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Robin Renee is a terrifically talented singer/songwriter who has guest-blogged with us here at Biff Bam Pop! before, about Stompin’ Tom Connors, as well as granting the site an exclusive interview earlier this year. Today she takes a very special holiday look at the work of her friend and idol, the late Warren Zevon.
If you’re a Paul McCartney fan, you’re likely loving all the publicity the man has been doing around his brand new studio album, NEW (don’t forget to enter to win a copy of the deluxe edition from us). But even before this week, 2013 has certainly been a banner year for Macca. Not only did it see the massive rerelease of the Wings Over America live album (we talked about that here), but around the same time the classic live concert film Paul McCartney and Wings: Rockshow was reissued on DVD and Blu-ray by our pals at Eagle Rock.
Check out the trailer and then get our take on Rockshow after the jump!
Unless you’ve been living under a classic rock…rock…you know that Sir Paul McCartney has released his brand new solo album, not so cryptically titled ‘NEW’. To celebrate McCartney’s first solo album in six years, our pals at Universal Music Canada have given us three copies of the deluxe edition of ‘NEW’ that we want to put in your hands. Here’s what you have to do:
1) Follow us on twitter @biffbampop
3) Tell us via Twitter or on our Facebook page what your favourite Paul song is – it could Beatles, Wings or solo Paul.
That’s it. Contest closes Thursday night at 11:59pm. We’ll choose three random winners on Friday, October 18th. Contest is open to citizens of the world!
Now, check out ‘Queenie Eye’ from Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘NEW’ and enter to win your copy!
One of the band’s I’ve grown increasingly fond of over the past few years is Deep Purple. Working in rock radio for the first part of my career, I was familiar with all the big hits (read that as the songs that would make the fairly stringent rotation list) – Smoke On The Water, Highway Star, Hush, Kentucky Woman, Woman From Tokyo. You’d never hear anything from the Mark III line-up, songs like Burn and Stormbringer, which are fantastic slabs of rock. And even the classic Mark II line-up’s 80′s comeback hits, Perfect Strangers and Knocking At Your Back Door, never seemed to get radio play.
Thankfully, the good folks at Eagle Rock have helped spread the word about Deep Purple’s stellar catalogue with various DVD releases, including Phoenix Rising and the brand new DVD, Perfect Strangers Live.
Last week saw the release of the new six cd Beach Boys box set, Made In California. Arguably the most beloved band to come out of the 1960s, the work of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Bruce Johnston and David Marks has been compiled in various permutations over the past twenty years, beginning with the gold standard Good Vibrations box set of 1993. That collection, the first to officially feature music from the band’s legendary, unreleased Smile sessions, finished off in 1988 with the release of Kokomo, and was filled with numerous unreleased songs and alternate versions.
The new set, Made In California, brings the story up to date, featuring tracks the band recorded in 1995 that were unreleased, and signs of its studio portion with a few tracks from last year’s 50th Anniversary reunion album, That’s Why God Made The Radio.
But that’s just the beginning.
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Talk to someone who isn’t a Bob Dylan fan and they’ll often tell you, “it’s the voice.” That nasal tone from the 60′s; the rasp that it has developed into over the past thirty years. Truth be told, I get it. Dylan’s voice isn’t for everyone, and can definitely be hinderance in discovering his brilliance.
Now, if I want to try and turn someone onto Dylan, I’ve got the perfect collection for them; the latest edition of the Bootleg Series, in stores today, and featuring outtakes recorded between 1969 and 1971. It’s titled Another Self Portrait and it is an absolutely stunning listen.
Get 45 minutes to talk to one of the most recognizable lead singers in the history of popular music, and you’re going to receive some amazing insights into being a legend. You can check out part one of my interview with The Beach Boys’ Mike Love, where he discussed his influences and how he came up with some of the band’s most enduring lyrics here. Today, in part two in what has become a four part exclusive interview, Mike talks about the art of the live Beach Boys concert. And he’s the man who should know – he’s been fronting the group in all its various incarnations for more than 50 years now.
Andy Burns: So what would be the ideal Beach Boys show for you?
Mike Love: To do the proper show, where the Beach Boys cover all the bases, you’d need a three hour show. We’ve got some really beautiful songs that go unperformed because of the time constraints. What, are you not going to do Good Vibrations? Or Kokomo? Or California Girls? Or Help Me, Rhonda? Or Fun Fun Fun?
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When I was 20 years old, The Beach Boys changed my life. A friend at university got me into the band, explaining Pet Sounds to me, and I was quickly off into a world of discovery. I learned to love both the experimental side of the band, along with the wonderful music they crafted in the early 60s which brought California to the world. One of the highlights of my personal and professional life was when I traveled to California in 2004 to interview Brian Wilson about his resurrected SMiLE album. But while Brian Wilson was the architect of the bands gorgeous music, Mike Love was the lead singer and co-writer on so many of those pre-SMiLE gems.
The history of the Beach Boys is long and storied and dramatic, all things you can read about elsewhere. For me, when the opportunity to finally talk to Mike Love came about, I was more interested in exploring his legacy – what inspired him as a kid, how he wound up writing some of pop music’s most enduring words, and what keeps him going today. Though 2012’s 50 Anniversary Tour featured the classic Beach Boys line-up of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, today’s band is the one that Love has performed with live for more than a decade, a smaller, compact group of musicians that play everywhere from casinos and state fairs, to theaters and Hyde Park. It was hours before a gig in Montreal that I spoke to Mike Love on the phone, in a conversation that went 45 minutes with Love doing most of the talking. The singer was friendly and engaging, delving deep into the band’s history, how he likes to perform today, his thoughts on the reunited Beach Boys album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, and their upcoming box set, Made In California.
So, without further adieu, put on some rock and roll music, and delve into part one of Biff Bam Pop’s exclusive interview with the one and only, Mike Love.