XPN MusicNotes: Bruce Springsteen to release memoir, Pink Floyd to unleash giant box set

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | Photo by Cameron Pollack |

Bruce Springsteen will put out a series of songs to go with his just-announced memoir. Chapter and Verse will include two tracks from his first band, The Castiles, as well as early bands Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band. The album will include the previously unreleased early 1970s songs “He’s Guilty (The Judge Song),” ”Ballad of Jesse James” and “Henry Boy.” It will also include E Street Band songs and solo tracks like “Born to Run,” ”The River,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” Continue reading →


This Day in Music History: David Bowie releases “Space Oddity” in the UK, Jerry Garcia releases line of neck ties

David Bowie Space Oddity

1951 – On WJW in Cleveland, Alan Freed broadcasts his first “Moondog House Rock and Roll Party,” marking the first radio show with the phrase “Rock and Roll” and giving Freed a claim on the origin of the term. More importantly, Freed plays R&B music, which introducing the sound to a new (and mostly white) audience.

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XPN MusicNotes: Courtney Barnett covers The Lemonheads, Yusuf Islam releases a new song and more

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href="
Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN 

A couple of weeks after performing just part of it in Philly, Courtney Barnett covered The Lemonheads 1993 tune “Paid To Smile,”  plus two of her new ones, as an accoustic guest on CBC Radio 2’s The Strumbo Show.  In a recent interview Barnett called it “The perfect pop song.” Continue reading →