Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Rush Working Men CD/DVD compilation

Rush Working Men CD/DVD compilation tracklist, cover images

UPDATE - 9/30@9:44AM: And here's the press release as a pdf directly from the Rush website which includes a CD cover image and the DVD cover image.

UPDATE - 9/30@8:44AM: Here's the official press release (thanks RushFanForever). It doesn't really reveal any information that we didn't already know other than to say that One Little Victory will be a previously unreleased version, which one has to assume is the the version that was left off of R30 and that will appear on the R30 re-release. Also a couple of corrections to my list below; Subdivisions was not on Rush in Rio and YYZ was not on R30 but will be on the R30 re-release.

I recently let you know that Rush would be releasing a new CD/DVD compilation on November 17th which will include cuts from their 3 most recent concert DVDs: Rush in Rio, R30 and Snakes & Arrows Live. The compilation will be titled Working Men and Music Tap recently revealed the tracklist (thanks RushFanForever).

Atlantic Records will be releasing Working Men for Rush, which is a 12-track performance collection ("Limelight," "The Spirit of Radio," "2112," "Freewill," "Dreamline," "Far Cry," "Subdivisions," "One Little Victory," "Closer to the Heart," "Tom Sawyer," "Working Man," "YYZ") planned for November 17. Rounder will release the DVD title for this one, same date.

Notice that they did not indicate from which of the 3 DVDs each track would originate, although we can narrow things down a bit. Here's the tracklist along with a footnote indicating which DVD(s) it might be taken from:

Limelight - RiR,R30,S&A
The Spirit of Radio - RiR,R30,S&A
2112 - RiR,R30
Freewill - RiR,S&A
Dreamline - RiR,R30,S&A
Far Cry - S&A
Subdivisions - R30,S&A
One Little Victory - RiR,S&A R30 re-release version
Closer to the Heart - RiR
Tom Sawyer - RiR,R30,S&A
Working Man - RiR,R30

RiR - Rush in Rio
R30 - R30
S&A - Snakes & Arrows Live


Soundgarden's Other Guy Speaks!

Lest Chris Cornell, who drifts further and further away from the non-ridiculous aspects of his legacy every time he opens his mouth to sing, be the lone voice holding forth in the wilderness, guitarist Kim Thayil, one of the undersung heroes of '90s heavy music, has broken his silence of about the state of affairs on the good ship Soundgarden. In this interview with Rolling Stone, Thayil discusses reunion rumors, the forthcoming box set full of unreleased goodies, the reason Soundgarden's presence in hesher America seems to have diminished so dramatically in the past 10 years, and generally what the hell he has been up to. Legitimate guitar heroes don't get much better spoken than Kim Thayil, so enjoy.

How did the recent "3/4 Soundgarden reunion" performance come together?

Tom Morello was coming through with the Justice Tour, and he had asked Susan Silver [Soundgarden's manager] — Tom wanted to get some notorious rock locals. Ben Shepherd and I were asked separately — we were going to be on the bill separately. As things worked out, it was getting close to the gig date, and Ben had not put together any project, and the guys that I was jamming with, our ideas were not gelling. We were going to do some old punk rock covers, and have [Mudhoney's] Mark Arm sing. That fell through. And Tom called, and said, "Would Ben and Kim like to join me on stage to do 'Spoonman'?" And we said, "Sure. But we heard Matt is coming down to the show, and I'm not going to play it in front of Matt — I would play it with Matt." So I called Matt, and he said sure. Ben said, "Let's do the first single, 'Hunted Down'/'Nothing to Say,' and then we'll do 'Spoonman.'"

And then this left a problem with who we would get to sing with us. A lot of people that I asked were real hesitant — they didn't want to replicate Chris' performance. So it had to be Tad [Doyle], right? It had to be the guy with God's Balls to say, "Fuck yeah, I'll do it!" We went down to the Pearl Jam rehearsal space and had one practice on a Monday and rehearsed for an hour and a half. The next day, we went over them at soundcheck, and then we busted out those three songs [at the Crocodile Cafe].

Looking back, what's your favorite Soundgarden album and why? I think I have three albums that stand out for different reasons. Screaming Life is distinctly different with Jack Endino's production and our original songs from that period that Hiro [Yamamoto, original bassist] played on. I just like those songs, and the sound of the production — the ambience and the feel. Just the way the room sounds. We recorded that at Reciprocal Studios, which a lot of early Sub Pop records were recorded at, including Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad.

And Superunknown. Once again, it's the ambience — the implied and created room. And I like the material and the performances very much. There's a dark feel to it that is powerful, and is great with headphones on. Badmotorfinger I love because it sounds great in a car. It's got a lot of weird quirks in it — as is typical with Soundgarden. We always added that element of crazy and weird. We had an ability to not take ourselves too seriously, while committing to the heaviness. Sort of like laughing while kicking your ass.

What exactly is the status of the much talked about Soundgarden box set of B sides and unreleased material? It's a matter of just working with the record company. Y'know, a year or two after we disbanded, A&M Records disbanded — it got bought, and all of our friends there got fired. The record company dissolving and our management company dissolving put a big hit on Soundgarden's catalog and merchandise. I think our merchandising catalog suffered quite a bit due to neglect from the record company and management. Which wasn't intentional, it's just the record company was gone and the management company wound up being a P.O. Box and a voicemail.

Basically, a box set slowly and surely will happen. We need communication with the band, our record label and management. I really cannot emphasis my apologies to all our fans worldwide — it pisses me off to no end that you can't walk into a mall, go to the local head shop or record store, and find a Soundgarden T-shirt or poster. It bugs the hell out of me, and everyone in the band. Just be patient — nobody's more bugged about it than I am. It's all inertia, if it's a big giant stone wheel, it comes down a hill really fast. But it goes up a hill very slow. Right now, it's at the bottom of the hill, and we've got to push it back up.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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954 PM EDT TUE SEP 22 2009

9 deaths blamed on Southeast storm; flood lingers

Jennifer Bozeman, 19, and Nabor Torres stand at the edge of Sweetwater Creek

AP – Jennifer Bozeman, 19, and Nabor Torres stand at the edge of Sweetwater Creek after it overflowed its …

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press Writer Kate Brumback, Associated Press Writer Tue Sep 22, 7:10 pm ET

AUSTELL, Ga. – Neighborhoods, schools and even roller coasters at Six Flags over Georgia remained awash in several feet of murky, brown water Tuesday, even as an emerging sun shed light on the widespread flood damage.

So far, at least nine deaths in Georgia and Alabama were blamed on the torrential downpours in the Southeast. The storms finally relented and relief was in sight with just a slight chance of rain overnight, but the onslaught left many parts of the region in stagnant water.

In Tennessee, a man was still missing after jumping into the fast-moving water as part of a bet. Boats and trucks evacuated 120 residents from a retirement center as nearby creeks rose, and several hundred others were ferried from low-lying neighborhoods and motels to dry land.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Escaped insane killer recaptured in Wash. - Crime & courts-

Man escaped from a field trip organized by his mental hospital.

SEATTLE - An insane killer who slipped away from the staff of a mental institution on a field trip to the Spokane County International Fair was recaptured Sunday without injury more than 220 miles away in south-central Washington state.

With a helicopter overhead and dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement officers swarming around Goldendale, Phillip Arnold Paul seemed ready to surrender when he walked out to the Goldendale-Bickleton road about 22 miles east of town shortly after 4 p.m., just as search personnel arrived at the scene, Klickitat County Sheriff Rick McComas told The Associated Press.

Spokane County sheriff's Capt. Dave Reagan said Paul, 47, was preparing to hitchhike, but McComas said Paul offered no resistance.

Escaped insane killer recaptured in Wash. - Crime & courts-

New Rush CD/DVD compilation and full concert R30 Blu-ray

Rush will
be releasing a new CD/DVD compilation this coming November which will include
cuts from their 3 most recent concert DVDs: Rush in Rio,
R30 and Snakes &
Arrows Live
. The compilation will be titled Working Men
and is slated for release on November 17th. The compilation will also be offered
as a standalone CD. The CD/DVD combo is already available for pre-order at
Amazon at this
. Also slated for release on November 17th is a Blu-ray version of R30
which will include 8 additional tracks - meaning the full concert! More
details as I learn them.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Interview with Ian Grandy - Rush's first roadie

Talk with Ian Grandy - Rush's First Roadie

If you are familiar with early
Rush history, you may have heard of Ian Grandy - Rush's first roadie who worked
with the band from 1969 up through 1983. Skip Daly (of tracked down Ian and
interviewed him for a recent
article at
. Ian shares his firsthand knowledge of
Rush history as he remembers it and has some very interesting tales to tell. His
point of view of the band's history is highly unique since he was present from
when Rush played high school gyms in the late '60s and early '70s on through to
when they were selling out massive arenas in the early '80s. In this excerpt Ian
describes being present for Neil Peart's audition for Rush:

Monday, September 14, 2009

Rush - Neurotica

You just don't get it what it is
Well, you're not really sure
You move like you're walking on thin ice
Talking like you're still insecure
Time is a spiral, space is a curve
I know you get dizzy but try not to lose your nerve

Life is a diamond, you turn into dust
Waiting for rescue and I know that you just don't get it
You just don't get it

Neurotica, exotica
It's just erotica, hypnotica
It's psychotica, chaotica
It's just exotica, neurotica

Just don't get it, baby
Don't you ask yourself why?
If you don't like the answer, forget it
You know I hate to see you cry
Fortune is random, fate shoots from the hip
I know you get crazy but try not to lose your grip

Life is a diamond, you turn into dust
Looking for trust and I know that you just don't get it
Well, you just don't get it

Neurotica, exotica
It's just erotica, hypnotica
It's just psychotica, chaotica
It's just exotica, neurotica

Snap, hide in your shell, let the world go to hell
It's like Russian Roulette to you
Snap, sweat running cold, you can't face growing old
It's a personal threat to you
Snap, the world is a cage for your impotent rage
But don't let it get to you, snap

It's just neurotica, exotica
It's just erotica, hypnotica
It's just psychotica, chaotica
It's just exotica, neurotica
It's just psychotica, neurotica
It's just erotica, neurotica

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Nirvana members dismayed by 'Guitar Hero 5'

FILE - This 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain. (AP Photo/Mark J.Terrill,

AP – FILE - This 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain. (AP Photo/Mark J.Terrill, File)

By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang, Ap Entertainment Writer Fri Sep 11, 6:10 am ET

LOS ANGELES – Kurt Cobain's appearance in the latest "Guitar Hero" video game is not hitting the right notes with the surviving members of Nirvana.

Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl said in a joint statement Thursday that they were "dismayed and very disappointed" that an avatar of the late Nirvana frontman could be used to play songs by other artists.

"While we were aware of Kurt's image being used with two Nirvana songs, we didn't know players have the ability to unlock the character," they said. "This feature allows the character to be used with any kind of song the player wants. We urge Activision to do the right thing in 're-locking' Kurt's character so that this won't continue in the future."

Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, had been lashing out on Twitter this week about her late husband's inclusion in the game, calling it vile and claiming she would sue Activision, the game's publisher. Love claimed she never approved Cobain's digital likeness, and that she thought the grunge rocker would despise the rhythm game "let alone this avatar."

Activision said in a statement Thursday that they secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Love to use the singer's likeness as a fully playable character in "Guitar Hero 5," which includes "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Lithium" among its 85 tracks that can be played with instrument-shaped controllers.

Other real-life rockers featured in the latest edition of the popular rhythm game franchise for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Wii include Carlos Santana and Johnny Cash. Previous "Guitar Hero" editions have featured the likenesses of Jimi Hendrix, Billy Corgan, Ted Nugent, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Barker and members of Aerosmith.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rush Might Return in 2010

Rush fans take note -- the legendary progressive rock band could be back on the road with a new album in 2010. The trio would love to work again with Nick Raskulinecz, who co-produced the last studio album, 'Snakes & Arrows,' but he'll have to hang on a bit longer.
"I think Nick calls the office once a week," laughs guitarist Alex Lifeson, "just to make sure we're still planning on getting back to work at some point."
Lifeson, lead singer-bassist Geddy Lee and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart played 120 shows behind 'Snakes & Arrows' and "were pretty beat by the end of it," says Lifeson. "We'd been working constantly for the last eight years or so, and really needed a break, and decided to take a year off. We're sort of coming to the end of that period.
"Neil and his wife had a baby just a couple of weeks ago, so he's asked if we can just wait a little bit until he gets settled and see how he feels about getting back to work or when to get back to work. So we're sort of playing it open right now."
Lifeson says he's been doing a little writing at home in Toronto, "just getting myself back into the groove again with recording and stuff like that. I would guess that sometime in the early fall we would get back together and start writing again, and then hopefully by next summer, we'd be ready to tour."

Rush gearing up for new album and tour in 2010?

Rush gearing up for new album and tour in 2010?

September 9, 2:15 PMCanada Music ExaminerRobert Rheubottom

Rush live during their 30th Anniversary tour.

Good news for Rush fans. There’s word circulating that the Canadian progressive rock trio may be gearing up for another album and tour.  The band has been on hiatus since touring behind their 2007 studio release Snakes and Arrows.  At least 2 of the band members, singer/bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson are anxious to get back to work on new material.

It’s possible drummer Neil Peart may have a different idea. Peart’s wife Carrie Nuttall recently gave birth to their first child which the band announced on their official website:

“The Rush family congratulates Neil and his wife Carrie on the birth of their healthy, beautiful daughter Olivia Louise Peart.”

With Peart under the thrall of domestic bliss, it may take some persuading on Lee and Lifeson’s behalf to crowbar their drummer away from his family.

But a recent post from hints that the power trio may resume work soon and, if things go smoothly, have a new album ready in time for a tour next summer.

Rush co-produced Snakes and Arrows with producer Nick Raskulinecz and it appears he may be onboard to produce the next album as well.  “I think Nick calls the office once a week just to make sure we’re still planning on getting back to work at some point,” says  Lifeson.

The band had been working hard for 8 years leading up to their highly successful Snakes and Arrows tour.  But the tour, consisting of 120 shows performed at venues around the world, took its toll on group members. Afterwards, the band decided it needed to take a year off to relax and recuperate.

Although the band has not released an exact time frame on when they will regroup in the studio, Lifeson says he has been doing some writing and hopes he will get together with fellow Rush members soon to start planning their next album. “I would guess that sometime in the early fall we would get back together and start writing again, and then hopefully by next summer, we'd be ready to tour."

It might be a bit premature for fans to start booking hotel rooms for a Rush tour next summer tour, but it’s gratifying to know that it appears Rush aren’t ready to hang up their instruments anytime soon. It’s not a matter of “if” they’ll be back, it’s just a matter of “when?”

Rush in concert.

Rush in concert.

Great shots of Rush in action live from their Snakes and Ladder Tour and from their 30th anniversary tour.

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The Beatles Stereo Box Set remasters

The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles, Music CD



Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Beatles - Within You Without You (Sgt. Peppers)

We were talking-about the space between us all
And the people-who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth-then it's far too late-when they pass away.
We were talking-about the love we all could share-when we find it
To try our best to hold it there-with our love
With our love-we could save the world-if they only knew.
Try to realize it's all within yourself
No-one else can make you change
And to see you're really only very small,
And life flows ON within you and without you.
We were talking-about the love that's gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul-
They don't know-they can't see-are you one of them?
When you've seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind,
Is waiting there-
And the time will come when you see
we're all one, and life flows on within you and without you.

The Beatles - Elanor Rigby

Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people

Eleanor rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from ?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong ?

Father mckenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near.
Look at him working. darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there
What does he care?

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

Eleanor rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father mckenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

The Beatles - Nowhere Man

He's a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.

Doesn't have a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?

Nowhere Man please listen,
You don't know what you're missing,
Nowhere Man,the world is at your command!

(lead guitar)

He's as blind as he can be,
Just sees what he wants to see,
Nowhere Man can you see me at all?

Nowhere Man, don't worry,
Take your time, don't hurry,
Leave it all till somebody else
lends you a hand!

Doesn't have a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?

Nowhere Man please listen,
you don't know what your missing
Nowhere Man, the world is at your command!

He's a real Nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody!

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