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The Trespassers

It’s time for the first ever Music Sumo CD giveaway featuring music from The Trespassers! Starting on Friday, June 29th, Music Sumo will be giving fans the opportunity to sign up and win a copy of The Trespassers’, The High Lonesome Rambler. The contest will run for approximately two weeks after which a winner will be announced and recieve the CD along with some other cool gifts from Music Sumo. For more information and to sign up for the giveaway please visit the “Giveaways” tab on the Music Sumo Facebook Page, and don’t forget to “like” us while you are there!!

Good luck, and much love from Music Sumo!!

***WINNER!!!***

I would like to thank all 137 of you for participating in Music Sumo’s first CD Giveaway. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner though, and that winner is Michael McLane from Clarks Summit, PA. Congratulations, Michael! The Trespassers’, The High Lonesome Rambler should be on its way to you shortly along with a couple of other Music Sumo goodies! Hope you enjoy the tunes!

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Peter BarsottiOn June 24th, 2012 the West Coast music scene lost a great man when Peter Barsotti succumbed to Leukemia at age 64. Peter was sometimes known as the “ideas guy” behind many Bill Graham Presents (BGP) productions including Day on the Green and BGP’s annual New Years Eve bash.

Barsotti was a longtime Bill Graham confidante and he retired after BGP was purchased by SFX Entertainment. He and his late wife, Bettike, also bought the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland, CA in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Debra, and four children; father Mario and four brothers.

This news particularly hits home since it was a member of the Barsotti family who hired me at BGP a decade ago. The Barsotti family has really helped introduce me to the San Francisco Bay Area music scene after graduating from Berklee College of Music. I also frequent the Iron Door Saloon as I head up to Yosemite or to catch some shows by bands in that area like, The Trespassers. I have also had cancer a couple times and am currently in remission.

The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation recently posted the following on their Facebook Page:

“Farewell to our dear brother, Peter Barsotti, who died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Peter’s creative fingerprints were all over Bill Graham productions for many years – from Day On the Green sets, to backstage environments, to Bill’s New Year’s Eve ‘midnight rides,’ decorations, special effects, logistics, you-name-it. Peter was one of Bill’s primary idea guys; and then Peter ushered those ideas into being. Thank you, Peter. Our hearts go out to your family and extended family.”

A memorial is also in the planning stages.

RIP Peter. You will be missed.

As most of you may have already seen on the Music Sumo Facebook Page, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ guitars were reported stolen from Culver Studios in Southern California on Thursday April 12th while at rehearsals for their up coming tour. The guitars were Petty’s blond 1967 maple 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTVJunior, Mike Campbell‘s blue Dusenberg, Ron Blair‘s Fender Broadcaster, and Scott Thurston‘s 1967 Epiphone Sheridan. Collectively, the guitars were said to be worth around $100,000. On their website, the band offered a “no questions asked” $7,500 reward for information leading to the return of the instruments.

Police Chief Don Pedersen said a break in the case came when a 51 year old security guard from the Culver Studios named, Daryl Emmette Washington, pawned one of the guitars at a Hollywood pawn shop for only $250. While I am sure that Tom Petty and the boys are glad to get their instruments back, a message seeking comment from the band’s publicist, Jim Merlis, was not immediately returned.

Have a good tour, guys!

bryan Titus - anymore

Today I was fortunate enough to steal some time to sit down and listen to an album by bryan Titus titled, …anymore. bryan Titus was kind enough to send me a copy of his album to check out and I am glad that he did. Initially, it ended up taking me a few days to get to listen to the album since my roommate got hooked on it and it disappeared into his room for a bit. When I got the album back I was then a little apprehensive to listen to it since it was described to me as “really Country.” I was really shocked, and pleasantly surprised, that it was not so much Country but more of a mixture of genres.

…anymore. seemed more Rock oriented to me than anything, but it certainly had some other genres mixed into the pot. There was some added dashes of Country, Gospel, Blues, and more. The album is a wonderfully blended eclectic mix that seems to be likable across many demographics. In fact, one person who heard the album with me said that it would probably sell well in a Starbucks. I was able to play the album for several different people throughout the day and they all loved different aspects of it. Right away, the listener is greeted with sound from a band that seems like they are having a good time, and this feeling transfers onto the listener. Multiple people who heard the music moved their bodies and tried to sing along without knowing the lyrics or the actual melody first. The music seemed somewhat infectious. With emphatic vocals, bryan Titus certainly does not hide on the album. He is right out in front, commanding his band through a concerto of musical good times. Backed up by a dynamic band built up of Jonathan Weed (Acoustic, Electric & 12-String Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals), Will Weissman (Bass) , and Jeremy Miller (Drums & Percussion); …anymore. at times seemed reminicent of some Dave Matthews or the Counting Crows. All of the guys with bryan Titus are professionals, they have been playing together for some time, and it shows. …anymore. is a tight album with a nice mix that could be liked by many. It’s good any time music.

bryan Titus is out playing live quite a bit and I encourage you to check him out if you can. He has been taking over the Los Angeles area for the past few years, but he does manage to get around. To find out what he is up to, check out his Facebook Page. His next show is at the Genghis Cohen on Friday April 13th at 8pm. Go check him out!

…anymore. can also be purchased online in a few places including the following:

Bandcamp

iTunes

Amazon

If you would like to check out a preview of his album beforehand, you can do that, here:

CREDITS:

Bryan Titus – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Violin & Viola

Jonathan Weed – Acoustic, Electric & 12-String Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals

Will Weissman – Bass

Jeremy Miller – Drums & Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Gerry Mattei – Keyboards & Piano
Skip Edwards – Pedal Steel (tracks 3, 7 & 11)
Charlie Superfly – Guest Vocal (track 1)
Tracy Nicole Chapman & Debbie Kee – Add. Vocals (tracks 2, 3 & 8)
Hanna Kondo Weed – Backing Vocals (track 7)
Ryan “Frogs” McCormack – Add. Percussion (track 9)

Recorded at Sonic Environments by Jeffery Weed. Vocals recorded at Eargasm Studios by Chris Wonzer and additional recording at Radar! Studios by Jonathan Weed.

© 2010 by Bryan Titus/Jonathan Weed
All rights reserved. Neon Zion/BMI Gasius Clay/ASCAP

I kept seeing this video posted around Facebook and finally got curious enough to click on it. Glad I did! Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers are on tour right now and it seems they have come up with a pretty simple, but innovative idea to promote themselves while on the road. They have periodically been recording covers of tunes from other artists while they are driving in their van and they have been posting them around the internet as their “Van Sessions.” Check out this video of them covering Hall & Oates‘, “I Can’t Go For That.” For this and other videos by Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers check out their YouTube channel, here. Good stuff!

Terrapin Crossroads

Terrapin Crossroads, Phil Lesh‘s new venue in San Rafael, CA is gearing up for a great opening run of shows in March with Phil Lesh & Friends playing 12 nights. The venue will be opening with full bar and limited menu in the dining area. Tickets are on sale now at the Terrapin Crossroads Events page. Don’t worry too much if you don’t get a ticket right away though. If you are diligent, you could still possibly get a ticket. According to their website:

“We will be holding tickets for band family and friends for every Terrapin Crossroads show, and 48 hours before every show we will start releasing any unused tickets for half of the GA ticket price. These will only be available online and we will send out a Twitter missive and a Facebook post every time we release some. Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook, as we plan to release tickets frequently prior to every show, up to two hours before showtime.”

However, if you still don’t manage to get tickets don’t be too disappointed. I hear that Terrapin Crossroads will also possibly be offering $5.00 webcasts for selected shows. Check out the line up of artists playing and pick up your tickets today!

Saturday, March 17 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Brian Lesh / Chris Robinson / Jeff Chimenti / Jimmy Herring / Joe Russo / Bob Weir

Sunday, March 18 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Brian Lesh / Chris Robinson / Jeff Chimenti / Jimmy Herring / Joe Russo

Tuesday, March 20 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Chris Robinson / Jimmy Herring / Jeff Chimenti / Joe Russo

Thursday, March 22 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jeff Chimenti / John Kadlecik / Joe Russo

Friday, March 23 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jeff Chimenti / John Kadlecik / Joe Russo

Saturday, March 24 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jeff Chimenti / John Kadlecik / Joe Russo

Sunday, March 25 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jeff Chimenti / John Kadlecik / Joe Russo / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams

Tuesday, March 27 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jeff Chimenti / Joe Russo / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams / Warren Haynes

Thursday, March 29 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jeff Chimenti / Joe Russo / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams / Warren Haynes

Friday, March 30 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jaz Sawyer / Jeff Chimenti / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams

Saturday, March 31 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jaz Sawyer / Jeff Chimenti / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams

Sunday, April 1 – Phil Lesh / Grahame Lesh / Jackie Greene / Jaz Sawyer / Jeff Chimenti / Larry Campbell / Teresa Williams

Being a Beatles fan for most of my life I really enjoyed this video when it was shared with me by a friend on Facebook. It’s great since you get to hear a lost guitar solo by George Harrison on his song, “Here Comes The Sun” from the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. In the video we see Dhani Harrison, the son of the late guitarist, as he sits in a recording studio (presumably at Abbey Road) with George Martin, the Beatles’ legendary producer, and Martin’s son Giles. Together, they play with the mix of “Here Comes the Sun,” when the moment of discovery happens. The three of them stumble upon the long lost guitar solo that never made the final cut of the album. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Ticketmaster leaked the 2012 Bamboozle lineup.

Looks like a Ticketmaster gaffe has leaked the Bamboozle 2012 headliners a little ahead of schedule. Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters and Blink 182 all appear in a promotional image on a page that was shared 2500+ times between Facebook and Twitter before Ticketmaster realized they’d jumped the gun on the announcement. The page has since been taken down, but the information is out there now.

Tickets are $65 for Friday passes, $75 apiece for the weekend dates or $190 for a 3-day pass. No word yet on when they’re supposed to go on sale (Ticketmaster errors aside).

Praise be to NJ Underground for spotting this.

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Pete Townshend, the legendary guitarist and frontman for the classic rock band, The Who, slammed Apple’s iTunes at the beginning of this month, calling them a “digital vampire.” Speaking in Manchester in northwest England, Townshend called on the online music giant to do more to assist the artists from whom they are making so much money from. Townshend was quoted as stating the following:

“Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the wild west Internet land of Facebook and Twitter, it can’t provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire… for its enormous commission?”

He went on to describe how record labels and publishers had provided a range of services to artists, offering editorial guidance and how they would nurture artists creatively in the past. He did offer a possible solution though. He stated that he he feels Apple should hire 20 talent scouts “from the dying record business” to help new acts and provide financial and marketing support to the best of them.

Although I do feel that this is a great idea on one hand, I do not think that it would be a smart move for Apple overall. I feel that by doing so, Apple would open themselves up to a whole new industry that they know nothing about. Right now, they are riding a fine line, but they are still very much a computer company and not a music company. I say keep it that way and let’s try to find better ways of incorporating Apple’s iTunes into the music industry’s overall model. What are your thoughts?

Spotify coming to Facebook?!

Posted: September 12, 2011 in News
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You all remember Spotify, the free online music service from Sweden? I posted about it a few weeks ago, and I have been having a blast with it ever since. Well, recent news coverage suggests that Facebook plans on unveiling a free online music service using Spotify, MOG, and Rdio. This is amazing news. Assuming that this service launches globally, 750 million people on Facebook would suddenly have access to free music. My only thought is how the revenue model works out on this. Actually, I imagine that this might be the only thing that could hold up this deal as the record companies could possibly decide to go back on the offer if they suddenly feel a sense of unease. I can’t wait to find out. Has anyone been using Spotify, MOG, and/or Rdio? What are your thoughts on these services, and what are your thoughts on receiveing free music via Facebook?