Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Happy Birthday IAN MCNABB (video)

#ianmcnabb #theicicleworks #rockfile
Robert Ian McNabb (born 3 November 1960) is an English singer-songwriter and musician from Liverpool, England. He is known both for his work as leader and songwriter-in-chief of The Icicle Works in the 1980s, and his critically acclaimed solo career throughout from the early 1990s to date. He has also played with musicians as diverse as Ringo Starr, Crazy Horse, Mike Scott (of The Waterboys), and Danny Thompson of folk band Pentangle.

McNabb's first book, an autobiography entitled Merseybeast, was released in October 2008.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday ADAM ANT (video)

#adamant #adamandtheants #rockfile
Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard, on 3 November 1954, in Marylebone, London) is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring 10 UK top ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three No. 1s. He has also worked as an actor, appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes from 1985 to 2003.
Since 2010, Ant has undertaken an intensive reactivation of his musical career, performing live regularly in his hometown of London and beyond, recording and releasing a new album and with three full-length UK national tours, two US national tours and a short Australian tour all now completed.

source: wikipedia


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy Birthday LYLE LOVETT (video)

#lylelovett #rockfile
Lyle Pearce Lovett (born November 1, 1957) is an American country singer-songwriter and actor. Active since 1980, he has recorded thirteen albums and released 25 singles to date, including his highest entry, the number 10 chart hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, "Cowboy Man". Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. It's Not Big It's Large was released in 2007, where it debuted and peaked at number 2 on the Top Country Albums chart. A new studio album, Natural Forces, was released on October 20, 2009 by Lost Highway Records. The last studio album on his Curb Records contract, Release Me, was released in February 2012.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday JIM STEINMAN (video)

#jimsteinman #rockfile
James Richard "Jim" Steinman (born November 1, 1947) is an American composer, lyricist, and Grammy Award-winning record producer responsible for many hit songs. He has also worked as an arranger, pianist and singer. His work has included songs in the adult contemporary, rock and roll, dance, pop, musical theater and film score genres. Beginning his career in musical theater, Steinman's most notable work in the area includes lyrics for Whistle Down the Wind and music for Tanz der Vampire.
His work includes such albums as Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and producing albums for Bonnie Tyler. His most successful chart singles include Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart", Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", The Sisters of Mercy's "This Corrosion" and "More", Barry Manilow's "Read 'Em and Weep" (originally released by Meat Loaf), Celine Dion's cover of "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (originally released by Steinman's project Pandora's Box) and Boyzone's "No Matter What". The album Bad for Good was released in his own name in 1981.

source: wikipedia


Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy Birthday NATALIE MERCHANT (video)

#nataliemerchant #rockfile
Natalie Anne Merchant (born October 26, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She joined the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and left it to begin her solo career in 1993.

Natalie Merchant was born October 26, 1963, in Jamestown, New York, the third of four children of Anthony and Ann Merchant. Her paternal grandfather, who played the accordion, mandolin and guitar, emigrated to the United States from Sicily; his surname was "Mercante" before it was Anglicized.
When Merchant was a child, her mother listened to music (primarily Petula Clark but also the Beatles, Al Green, Aretha Franklin) and encouraged her children to study music, but she wouldn't allow TV after Natalie was 12. "I was taken to the symphony a lot because my mother loved classical music. But I was dragged to see Styx when I was 12. We had to drive 100 miles to Buffalo, New York. Someone threw up next to me and people were smoking pot. It was terrifying. I remember Styx had a white piano which rose out of the stage. It was awe-inspiring and inspirational." "She [her mother] had show tunes, she had the soundtrack from West Side Story and South Pacific. And then eventually... she'd always liked classical music and then she married a jazz musician, so that's the kind of music I was into. I never really had friends who sat around and listened to the stereo and said 'hey, listen to this one', so I'd never even heard of who Bob Dylan was until I was 18." During 1988–1989, Natalie claimed she still didn't have a TV: "I grew up in a house where no one watched the news on television and no one read the paper. I've been discovering these things as I get older, and the news has affected me more than it ever has before."

Merchant started working in a health food store at 16. She considered a career in special education after taking part in a summer program for disabled children, but in 1981 started singing for a band, Still Life, that became 10,000 Maniacs.
Her latest solo album was released May 6, 2014 on Nonesuch Records and was named Album of the Week by The Daily Telegraph. The album debuted at #20 on Billboard's Top 200 albums and #2 on Billboard's Folk Albums charts for the week of May 24, 2014. She toured from July 3, 2014, kicking off in Kingston, NY, concluding at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on July 25, 2014.

source: wikipedia


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Happy Birthday MIDGE URE (video)

#midgeure #ultravox #rockfile
Truly one of my favorite vocalists! Happy Birthday Midge!

James "Midge" Ure, OBE (born 10 October 1953) is a Scottish guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his real name.

Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and 1980s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, The Rich Kids, and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox. In 1984, Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK. The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history. Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof. Ure acts as trustee for the charity, and serves as ambassador for Save the Children.

In 1985, Ure had a UK number one solo single with the song "If I Was".

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Happy Birthday MATTHEW SWEET (video)

#matthewsweet #rockfile
Sidney Matthew Sweet (born October 6, 1964) is an American alternative rock/power pop musician. He was part of the burgeoning Athens, Georgia, music scene in the early and mid-1980s before gaining commercial success during the early 1990s. He continues to tour, and his most recent studio album, Modern Art, was released in 2011.
In 1980, while attending Lincoln Southeast High School, Sweet, having written and recorded songs on four-track cassettes, and having joined the band The Specs, released his first recording on a battle of bands LP produced by a local radio station, and fronted his own local band called The Dialtones. After graduating in 1983, Sweet travelled to Athens, Georgia to attend college during the vibrant Athens music scene. That same year, Sweet, who had met the band R.E.M. when they played a show in his hometown the previous year, collaborated with frontman Michael Stipe in a duo group under the name Community Trolls, as well as played guitar in Stipe's sister Lynda Stipe's band, Oh-OK. In addition, he formed another duo, The Buzz of Delight, with Oh-OK drummer David Pierce, releasing an EP, Sound Castles, in 1984 on DB Records. On the strength of this 12" vinyl, Sweet was signed to a solo recording contract with Columbia Records.

In 1986, Sweet released Inside, his debut album, to good reviews but little commercial success.

In 1989, Sweet released Earth, after signing with A&M Records and, again, it was well-received critically, but failed commercially. This period marked a personal and professional low point, as both his record company lost interest and his marriage failed.

In 1990, A&M released Sweet from his contract, and he signed with rival Zoo Entertainment, which later formed into Volcano Entertainment several years later. Sweet formed a new band (which included Richard Lloyd, Robert Quine, Greg Leisz, Lloyd Cole, and Fred Maher), and together they spent that year assembling his next work, originally titled Nothing Lasts.

In 1991, Sweet released Girlfriend, the retitled pop-rock album which was widely considered an artistic breakthrough, and quickly garnered impressive U.S. sales, spawning a Top 10 single with the title track. The music video for "Girlfriend" (heavily aired on MTV, MuchMusic and Night Tracks) featured clips from the anime film, Space Adventure Cobra, while the video for "I've Been Waiting" used clips of the Urusei Yatsura character, Lum Invader.

In 1993, Sweet released Altered Beast, a harder rock album which drew mixed reactions with its intense and brooding tracks (such as "Someone to Pull the Trigger" and "Knowing People"). The music video for the single, "The Ugly Truth" (directed by Sweet) featured the singer being chased in the desert by police while driving his own 1970 Dodge Challenger, while the video for "Time Capsule" was a literary homage to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.

In 1995, Sweet released 100% Fun, an alt-rock album best known for its lead-off track, the self-deprecating "Sick of Myself". The album itself fared better commercially, and even made it onto Entertainment Weekly critic David Browne's years-best list.
In 1997, Sweet released Blue Sky on Mars, a new-wave album which featured the synth-laden singles "Where You Get Love" and "Come to California". The music video for the former featured Sweet as an astronaut traveling through outer space.

In 2000, Sweet released Time Capsule: Best of 90/00, a retrospective compilation which featured two new tracks.

In 2001, Sweet and Darius Rucker performed The Beach Boys song "Sail On, Sailor" on the special A Tribute to Brian Wilson, and both the musicians later performed the same song with Brian Wilson himself on Late Show with David Letterman.

In 2002, Sweet released To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet, a retrospective compilation which featured unreleased material. Also that year, he formed the supergroup, The Thorns, with Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge.

In 2003, Sweet released Kimi Ga Suki, a garage-rock album initially released in Japan, where Sweet has a significant following.

In 2004, Sweet released Living Things, an acoustic album which consisted mainly of material he wrote while recording with The Thorns.
In 2006, Sweet and Susanna Hoffs released Under the Covers, Vol. 1, which featured covers of popular 1960s songs.

In 2008, Sweet released Sunshine Lies, his 10th studio album, which also incorporated a 2-LP set featuring 4 bonus tracks.

In 2009, Sweet and Susanna Hoffs released Under the Covers, Vol. 2, which featured covers of popular 1970s songs.

In 2010, the musical "Girlfriend", using songs from Sweet's eponymous album, was staged by the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

In 2011, Sweet released Modern Art, a labyrinthine album which featured the single, "She Walks the Night".

In 2012, Sweet celebrated the 20th anniversary of "Girlfriend" with a tour performing the entire album from start to finish.

In 2013, Sweet and Susanna Hoffs released Under the Covers, Vol. 3, which features covers of popular 1980s songs.

In 2014, Sweet will be a featured guest-voice on an episode of The Simpsons, the longest-running American sitcom.

In June 2014, Sweet began a Kickstarter project to create a new studio album and 3D art project.

source: wikipedia


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Happy Birthday STEVE KILBY (video)

#stevekilby #thechurch #rockfile
Steven John Kilbey (born 13 September 1954) is the lead singer-songwriter and bass guitarist for The Church, an Australian rock band. He is also a music producer, poet and painter. As of October 2014, Kilbey had 750 original songs registered with Australian copyright agency Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).
Kilbey formed The Church, together with Peter Koppes and Nick Ward in Sydney in the late 1970s. Marty Willson Piper joined the band in May 1980 days after his arrival in Australia when he went to see the band play a gig. After some success in their native Australia in the early 1980s, Kilbey and The Church went on to international fame when "Under the Milky Way", from the 1988 album Starfish, achieved success (Kilbey had co-written the song with Karin Jansson of Pink Champagne and Curious Yellow). "Under the Milky Way" appeared in the top-selling singles charts of both Australia and the United States (US). In late 2011 Kilbey revealed that, at the time of the interview, the song was still used for television programs and advertisements.
After recording the Gold Afternoon Fix album in the USA and touring to support it with the Church until mid-1990, Kilbey returned to Australia and made the Jack Frost album with Grant McLennan. He then went on a solo acoustic tour of the US, playing mostly clubs. After this tour, he and McLennan toured the USA together on the back of the Jack Frost project. The Jack Frost band name was derived from mutual friend of Kilbey and McLennan, Joel Eaves of Canberra, whose expression of "another Jack Frost day in Oceana", became a popular Sydney expression during the period.
Kilbey had recorded much of his solo work at his home studio in Rozelle, Sydney until around the release of his album "Narcosis", which was recorded at his new 'proper' 24 -track studio in Surry Hills, Sydney. He also worked as a produced with artists such as Melbourne singer Margot Smith and Canadian singer Mae Moore. He also produced the albums by Hex, Curious Yellow and Jack Frost.

source: wikipedia


Friday, September 11, 2015

Happy Birthday VICTOR WOOTEN (video)

#victorwooten #belafleckandtheflecktones #rockfileradio
Victor Lemonte Wooten (born September 11, 1964) is an American bass player, composer, author, producer, and recipient of five Grammy Awards.

Wooten has won the "Bass Player of the Year" award from Bass Player magazine three times in a row, and was the first person to win the award more than once. In 2011, he was named #10 in the "Top 10 Bassists of All Time" by Rolling Stone. In addition to a solo career and collaborations with various artists, Wooten has been the bassist for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones since the group's formation in 1988.
In 2008, Wooten joined Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller to record an album. The trio of bassists, under the name SMV, released Thunder in August 2008 and began a supporting tour the same month.

Wooten has also written a novel titled "The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music". On his website he has stated that he is currently writing a sequel and intends to release at least three more books.
Wooten also operates his own record label, Vix Records, on which he releases his own music.

source: wikipedia


Monday, August 31, 2015

DVDs, Blu-rays and Videogames for SALE

DVDs for sale

I am selling off at least 2000-3000 titles of my personal DVD collection! (I will also have a small number of Blu-rays and PS3 and Xbox 360 games that I will be adding.) I will post in batches as I get them organized.

This list will be updated constantly. SOLD items will be removed ASAP.

Paypal, checks, money orders or cash accepted.

Shipping is at actual cost, I prefer Priority USPS, weight is not a factor plus it is tracked and insured. But, we can discuss options. Here are some shipping estimates:
3 DVDs for $5 Priority or $3 First Class
19 DVDs for $11 Priority or $8 Media Mail
28 DVDs for $17 Priority or $14 Media Mail

If you are in South Florida, I will meet you.

"New" are still in the plastic and have never been opened.
"used" have usually been watched only once and are in "like new"
condition. More pics can be provided.

Thanks for looking,


-The 6th Day - used $2
-8 Mile - used $2
-40 Year Old Virgin - used $2
-50 First Dates - used $2
-2010 - used $2
-Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights - used $1
-Adventures Of Power - New $2
-Aero-Troopers - used $1
-Alien Quadrilogy - used $8
-The Battle Of Shaker Heights - used $1
-Beerfest - used $1
-Better Luck Tomorrow - used $1
-The Big Lebowski - used $2
-Bill Cosby Himself - used $1
-The Birds - used $2
-Blade - used $2
-Blade II - used $2
-Borat - used $1
-The Borrowers - used $1
-Bottle Shock - used $1
-The Bourne Identity - used $2
-The Bourne Supremacy - used $2
-Bullitt 2-disc - used $2
-Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - used $1
-Chocolat - used $1
-Clash Of The Titans (1981) - used $1
-Clerks X 10th anniversary 3-disc - used $4
-Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - used $2
-Code 46 - used $1
-Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind - used $1
-The Contract - used $1
-Das Boot Original Uncut - used $3
-The DaVinci Code 3-disc - used $2
-Enter The Dragon 2-disc Special Edition - used $3
-The Fantasia Anthology (Disney) 3-disc - used $8
-Final Fantasy The Spirits Within - used $2
-Game Over - used $1
-Jerry Seinfeld Comedian - used $1
-Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius - used $2
-The Last Emperor import - New $3
-Memories (anime) - New $3
-Pitch Black - used $2
-Roughnecks Starship Troopers The Pluto Campaign - used $1
-Scourge Of Worlds (Dungeons and Dragons) - used $2
-Starship Trooper Superbit w/slipcover - used $5
-Star Trek Nemesis - used $2
-Starsky and Hutch (2004) - used $2
-Startup.com - used $1
-Step Into Liquid - used $2
-The Stranger (Orson Wells) - used $1
-Suicide Kings - used $2
-The Sum Of All Fears - used $2
-Tarzan (Disney) Collector's Edition - used $4
-Thunderbirds (2004) - used $2
-Touching The Void - used $2
-Tron 20th Anniversary - used $4
-Tuff Turf - New $4
-The TV Set - used $1
-Two Brothers - used $2
-Two Week Notice - used $2
-Underworld - used $2
-Waking Life - used $2
-Wall Street - used $2
-The War Of The Roses - New $4
-Who Framed Roger Rabbit - used $3
-Willard (2003) - used $2
-Wing Commander - used $1


-Afro Samurai (anime) - used $10
-Alias Season 4 - New $8
-Alias Season 5 - New $8
-Ally McBeal Season 1 - used $5
-Battlestar Galactica - Complete Original Series - used $8
-CSI: Season 2 - used $6
-Dexter Season 1 - used $6
-Dexter Season 2 - New $8
-Eureka Season 1 - used $6
-Family Guy Volume 1 Seasons 1 and 2 - used $10
-Futurama: Volume 2 - used $6
-Gene Simmons Family Jewels Season 2 - New $5
-Grey's Anatomy Season 1 - used $6
-Heroes Season 1 - used $6
-Iron King The Complete Series - New $5
-Jericho Season One - used $6
-John From Cincinnati - used $6
-LEXX 1.0 - used $2
-LEXX 2.0 - used $2
-LEXX 3.0 - used $2
-LEXX 4.0 - used $2
-LEXX S2 5-discs - used $10
-LEXX S3 4-discs - used $8
-LOST Season One - used $8
-M*A*S*H Season 4 - used $8
-Monk: Season 1 - used $6
-My Favorite Martian - used $6
-The Office Season 1 (BBC) - used $6
-The Office Season 2 (BBC) - used $6
-Original TV Christmas Classics - used $8
-Peanuts: Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown - New $4
-Rescue Me Season 1 - New $8
-Rescue Me Season 2 - New $8
-Roswell Season 1 - used/big box $4
-The Simpsons Season 1 - used $8
-The Simpsons Season 2 - used $8
-The Simpsons Season 5 - used $8
-Sleeper Cell 3-disc - used $6
-Spider-Man: The New Animated Series - used $5
-Star Trek: TNG Season 1 - used $8
-Star Trek: TNG Season 2 - used $8
-The Super Robot Red Baron The Complete Series- New $5
-Supernatural Season 1 - New $12
-Supernatural Season 2 - New $12
-Ultraman Complete Series 3-disc - used $3
-Wacky Racers: The Complete Series - used $8
-War Of The Worlds: Complete First Season - used $6
-Weeds: Season 1 - used $6
-X-Files Season 1 - used $6
-X-Files Season 2 - used $6
-X-Files Season 8 - New $8

IMAX / Nature

-Best Of Discovery Vol. 1 (5 discs) - used $5
-Hyperspace (Sam Neil) - used $3
-IMAX: Antartica- used $4
-IMAX: Blue Planet - used $4
-IMAX: Cosmic Voyage - used $4
-IMAX: Destiny In Space - used $4
-IMAX: The Dream Is Alive - used $4
-IMAX: Everest - used $4
-IMAX: The Great Barrier Reef - used $4
-IMAX: The Greatest Places - used $4
-IMAX: T-Rex - used $4
-Prehistoric Planet - used $2
-Space Age (Patrick Stewart) - used $3
-Warren Miller's Journey - used $2


-Ghost In The Shell - used $3
-Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex 1 - used $3
-Karas The Prophecy - used $2
-Key The Metal Idol Dreaming - used $2
-Lady Death - used $3
-Lunar Legend Tsukihime - used $2
-Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Operation 1 - used $3
-Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Operation 2 - used $3
-Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Operation 3 - used $3
-Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Operation 4 - used $3
-Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Operation 5 - used $3
-Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Operation 6 - used $3
-Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Operation 7 - used $3
-Ninja Resurrection - used $2
-Serial Experiments Lain Navi - used $3
-Serial Experiments Lain Knights - used $3
-Sol Bianca The Legacy Separation - used $2
-Sol Bianca The Legacy Going Home - used $2


-24 Season 7 - Used $10
-Anchorman Rich Mahogany edition - used $7
-Army Of Darkness Screwhead Edition - used $4
-Bones Season 6 - used $10
-Elsewhere - New $4
-Fast Five (Blu-ray and DVD) w/slipcover - used $7
-Ghostbusters w/slipcover - used $6
-Halloween- New $5
-House Season 7 - New $12
-Killer Clowns From Outer Space - used $4
-King Of New York - New $5
-Night Train - New $4
-Rescue Me Season Three - used $10
-The Terminator - used $4
-X-Men III The Last Stand - used $4

Much more to come....


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy Birthday SHIRLEY MANSON (video/audio)

#shirleymanson #rockfile
Shirley Ann Manson (born 26 August 1966) is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and actress, best known internationally as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career Manson commuted between her home city of Edinburgh and the United States to record with Garbage; she now lives and works in Los Angeles. Manson gained media attention for her forthright style, rebellious attitude and distinctive voice.
Manson's musical career began in her teens when she was approached to perform backing vocals and keyboards for Scottish band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Quickly she developed into a prominent member of the group and developed a formidable stage presence. Manson was approached by her band's record label with the idea of launching her as a solo artist, and recorded an album with her band under the Angelfish name. After seeing Manson in an Angelfish video broadcast only once on MTV's 120 Minutes, Garbage invited Manson to audition and record vocals on a couple of unfinished songs; she eventually co-wrote and co-produced an entire album with the band. The resulting self-titled debut, Garbage, was a critically acclaimed, worldwide hit, and was followed by four studio albums, including the multiple Grammy Award-nominated Version 2.0, and a greatest hits album. Garbage toured worldwide and sold 12 million records over ten years.
In 2006, Manson began to write and record solo material after Garbage was put on "hiatus" and in 2008 was cast in her first professional acting role on the second and final season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as series regular Catherine Weaver, a liquid metal T-1001 Terminator. Manson returned to the recording studio in 2010 to write and produce material for the group's fifth studio album Not Your Kind of People.

My interview with Shirley Manson:

source: wikipedia


Monday, August 24, 2015

Happy Birthday JEAN MICHEL JARRE (video)

#jeanmicheljarre #rockfile 
Jean Michel Jarre (born Jean-Michel André Jarre; 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer, and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient, and new-age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks.

Jarre was raised in Lyon by his mother and grandparents, and trained on the piano. From an early age he was introduced to a variety of art forms, including those of street performers, jazz musicians, and the artist Pierre Soulages. He played guitar in a band, but his musical style was perhaps most heavily influenced by Pierre Schaeffer, a pioneer of musique concrète at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales.
His first mainstream success was the 1976 album Oxygène. Recorded in a makeshift studio at his home, the album sold an estimated 12 million copies. Oxygène was followed in 1978 by Équinoxe, and in 1979 Jarre performed to a record-breaking audience of more than a million people at the Place de la Concorde, a record he has since broken three times. More albums were to follow, but his 1979 concert served as a blueprint for his future performances around the world. Several of his albums have been released to coincide with large-scale outdoor events, and he is now perhaps as well known as a performer as well as a musician.
As of 2004 Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums. He was the first Western musician officially invited to perform in the People's Republic of China, and holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event.

source: wikipedia


Monday, August 17, 2015

Happy Birthday COLIN MOULDING (video)

#colinmoulding #rockfileradio
Colin Ivor Moulding (born 17 August 1955, Swindon, Wiltshire, England) is a bassist, songwriter and vocalist. He is a founding member of the band XTC. Though less prolific than bandmate Andy Partridge, Moulding wrote many of the group's most popular songs, including their first three UK hit singles: "Life Begins At The Hop", "Making Plans For Nigel", and "Generals and Majors". "Making Plans For Nigel" was also a Top 20 hit in Canada, and "Generals and Majors" was the band's first U.S. chart entry, peaking at #104 in 1980. Moulding's songs tended to differ from those of Partridge, in some cases having more political overtones.

source: wikipedia


Friday, August 14, 2015

Happy Birthday DAVID CROSBY (video)

#davidcrosby #rockfile
David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN, who are sometimes joined by Neil Young as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young [CSNY]); and CPR.
Crosby has been depicted as emblematic of the counterculture.

Musically, he wrote or co-wrote Lady Friend, Why, and Eight Miles High with the Byrds and Guinnevere, Wooden Ships, Shadow Captain, and In My Dreams with Crosby, Stills & Nash. He wrote Almost Cut My Hair, and the title track Déjà Vu for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 1970 debut. He is known for his use of alternate tuning, and jazz influence (notably on Eight Miles High, Wooden Ships, Déjà Vu and with his group CPR).
Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once for his work in The Byrds and once for his work with CSN.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday STEVE MARTIN (video)

#stevemartin #rockfile
Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer.

Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, Martin has become a successful actor, as well as an author, playwright, pianist and banjo player, eventually earning him an Emmy, Grammy and American Comedy awards, among other honors.
In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. He was awarded an honorary Oscar at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013.
While he has played banjo since an early age, and included music in his comedy routines from the beginning of his professional career, he has increasingly dedicated his career to music in the past decade and a half; acting less and spending much of his professional life playing banjo, recording and touring with various bluegrass acts, including Earl Scruggs, with whom he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 2002. He released his first solo music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, in 2009, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

source: wikipedia


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Happy Birthday PAT METHENY (video)

#patmetheny #rockfile
Patrick Bruce "Pat" Metheny (born August 12, 1954) is an American jazz guitarist and composer.

He is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works and other side projects. His style incorporates elements of progressive and contemporary jazz, post-bop, Latin jazz and jazz fusion. Metheny has three gold albums and 20 Grammy Awards. He is the brother of jazz flugelhornist and journalist Mike Metheny.
Continuing the tradition of jazz guitarists borrowing tones and techniques from their rock counterparts, Metheny has made his own additions to the jazz guitar tone palette.

Six-string electric

Metheny's tone, which has evolved over the years, involves using the natural full-frequency response of his hollow-body guitar, combined with high-midrange settings on his amplifier to create a smooth, sustaining lead sound that is virtually devoid of piercing treble yet is able to cut through a dense mix. By using digital signal processing that involves digital delay/chorus and reverb, he has created a big, rich, and resonant instrumental voice.

Twelve-string electric

Metheny was an early proponent of the twelve-string guitar in jazz. During his 1975 tour with the Gary Burton "Quartet" (five people, including Metheny), he primarily played electric 12-string guitar against the 6-string work of resident guitarist Mick Goodrick.

Prior to Metheny, Pat Martino had used the electric twelve-string guitar on a studio album, Desperado, and John McLaughlin had used a double-neck electric guitar with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Ralph Towner was perhaps the first to use acoustic 12-string guitar extensively in Jazz ("The Moors", from Weather Report's I Sing the Body Electric, Columbia, 1972), and Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine made extensive use of acoustic twelve string in alternate tunings at the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival, later releasing some of the material on their 1976 Twin House album. Metheny used 12-string guitar on his debut album, Bright Size Life (1977), including alternate tuning on "Sirabhorn", and on later albums ("San Lorenzo, from Pat Metheny Group and Travels).

Guitar synthesizer

Metheny was also one of the first jazz guitarists to make heavy use of the Roland GR-300 Guitar Synthesizer. While John Abercrombie and Bill Frisell also used Roland guitar synthesizers heavily in the 1980s, Metheny is the only one of the three who still uses the instrument regularly. Unlike many guitar synthesizer users, Metheny limits himself to a very small number of sounds. In interviews, he has argued that each of the timbres achievable through guitar synthesis should be treated as a separate instrument, and that he has tried to master each of these "instruments" instead of using the synthesizer for incidental color. One of the "patches" that he has often used is on Roland's JV-80 "Vintage Synth" expansion card, entitled titled "Pat's GR-300". Metheny was also heavily into the Synclavier Digital Audio Workstation made by New England Digital and brought it out on tour starting in the early 1980s.

42-string Pikasso guitar

Metheny plays a custom-made Pikasso I created by Canadian luthier Linda Manzer on "Into the Dream" and on the albums Quartet, Imaginary Day, Jim Hall & Pat Metheny, Trio→Live, and the Speaking of Now Live and Imaginary Day DVDs. Metheny has also used the guitar in his guest appearances on other artists' albums.

Manzer has also made many acoustic guitars for Metheny, including a mini guitar, an acoustic sitar guitar, and the baritone guitar, which Metheny used for the recording of One Quiet Night. He also used the Pikasso on Metheny Mehldau Quartet, his second collaboration with pianist Mehldau and his trio sidemen Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard; the Pikasso is featured on Metheny's composition "The Sound of Water".

source: wikipedia