Monday, March 27, 2017

I bet she liked Ron Nasty best - Yoko tweets her love of the Rutles

Yoko One noted the March 27, 1978, TV debut of the Beatles parody TV special "All You Need is Cash" featuring the Rutles with a Tweet:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

So long, Pete Shotton - original Quarrymen member and John Lennon's close friend

The Liverpool Echo has reported the death of Pete Shotton at age 75.

Shotton attended Dovedale Infants School and Quarry Bank Grammar School with John Lennon and was an original member of the Quarrymen, playing washboard.

He fell out of the band once Paul McCartney came on board and group transitioned from skiffle to rock'n'roll. Lennon famously announced Shotton's "firing" during a drunken argument in which he smashed the washboard over Shotton's head. The two remained friends for the rest of Lennon's life, however.

Shotton operated a grocery store owned by Lennon and George Harrison on Hayling Island and stayed in close contact with the Beatles, managing their Apple Boutique and serving as the first managing director of Apple Corps.

John Lennon first confided his love of Yoko Ono to Shotton, and Shotton was present during several Beatles recording and songwriting sessions, reportedly contributing lyrics to "Eleanor Rigby" and "I Am the Walrus." He recounted his times spent around Lennon and the band in "John Lennon: In My Life," a memoir written with author Nicholas Schaffner.

You can watch a TV interview with Shotton here.

Paul McCartney talks new LP

Paul McCartney tells the BBC he's at work with Greg Kurstin, recent producer with Adele, on his new album.
“I’m making a new album which is great fun. I’m in the middle of that. I’m working with a producer I first worked with two years ago on a piece of music I’m doing for an animated film.” 
"[Kurstin] went on to work with Beck and got Best Album of the Year with Beck. Then he went on to work with Adele and has just got Song of the Year, Record of the Year, with Adele, of course and just got Producer of the Year. 
“My only worry is, people are going to go, “Oh there’s Paul going with the flavour of the month.”

Monday, March 13, 2017

Paul McCartney - Elvis Costello cassette slated for Record Store Day release




With the 'Flowers In The Dirt' Archive Collection edition’s March 24th release date via MPL/Capitol/UMe fast approaching, Paul McCartney has confirmed a very special Record Store Day exclusive.

To commemorate Record Store Day this April 22nd, a limited edition three-song cassette of Paul and Elvis Costello's 'Flowers In The Dirt' demos will be made available at participating RSD stores.

The limited edition cassette-only release will be the first time these recordings— 'I Don’t Want To Confess', 'Shallow Grave' and 'Mistress And Maid'—will be made available in the same form as when Paul and Elvis first cut them directly to tape.

Speaking about these tracks Paul said: “The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written. So there’s nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them. I hadn’t listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment’s finally arrived.”

The demos will be made available digitally only as part of the Deluxe Edition when 'Flowers In The Dirt' is released as the 10th installment in the multiple-GRAMMY-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

The Paul McCartney Archive Collection release of 'Flowers In The Dirt' was, as always, personally curated and overseen by Paul himself.