Rave On With New Music Thursday and new Noise At Nine Today

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Buddy Holly

We’re approaching the 75th anniversary of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Buddy Holly[/lastfm]‘s birthday.  Okay, it doesn’t arrive until September 7, but some people like to plan ahead.  Buddy was an amazing talent during the early days of Rock and Roll.  His entire career spanned barely a year and a half until his death in a plane crash in February of 1959, but his legacy lives on in the influence his songs had on the generations of Rock and Rollers who followed.  Evidence of that is the impressive and varied list of artists who lined up to pay tribute to Buddy on a new album due to come on June 28, Rave On Buddy Holly.  We’ll have a couple of songs from the tribute album to play tonight between 9pm and 10pm on New Noise at Nine.

Also on New Noise at Nine tonight we’ll be playing new music from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]My Morning Jacket[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Warren Haynes[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Death Cab for Cutie[/lastfm] and more.

For more about the Buddy Holly tribute album, Rave On Buddy Holly, and hear the song recorded by the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Black Keys[/lastfm] see our previous post.

Also, here’s a large part of the press release about Rave On Buddy Holly.

RAVE ON BUDDY HOLLY CELEBRATES ROCK ICON’S 75th BIRTHDAY
AND ENDURING LEGACY  

Daringly Original Tribute Collection Features My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Modest Mouse[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nick Lowe[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Florence + The Machine[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cee Lo Green[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul McCartney[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kid Rock[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lou Reed[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Patti Smith[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Julian Casablancas[/lastfm] and more – Available June 28, 2011
From Fantasy Records /Concord Music Group

For immediate release – April 28th, 2011 — In his short-lived but extraordinary life, Buddy Holly left behind a body of work so enthralling, his enduring influence is nearly impossible to overstate.  The melodic joy and fierce independent streak at the core of his artistry is profoundly felt on Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-song collection of indelible Holly covers by a rich assemblage of current musical visionaries and creative kindred spirits.  Fantasy/Concord will release Rave On Buddy Holly June 28th, 2011.

Rave On‘s striking collection of musicians share Holly’s insurgent rebel spirit and outsider point of view.  The artists cross generations and styles, collectively and defiantly embracing Holly’s distinctive rough and tumble inventiveness.  Very few songwriters could inspire passionately personal, fearless cover versions from performers such as My Morning Jacket, Cee Lo Green, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Justin Townes Earle[/lastfm], The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]She & Him[/lastfm], Modest Mouse, Paul McCartney, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Julian Casablancas[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lou Reed[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Patti Smith[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Fiona Apple[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Brion[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Graham Nash[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Detroit Cobras[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kid Rock[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Doe[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Karen Elson[/lastfm], Nick Lowe and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jenny O[/lastfm]. Which is part of what makes this much more than a mere “tribute album.”

Rave On Buddy Holly steers clear of the reverent re-creations typically found on similar projects; the artists clearly felt free to explore radically new interpretations. Florence + The Machine bring an industrial New Orleans vibe to “Not Fade Away” (with help from Bayou icon Ivan Neville on keys). The Black Keys’ elemental accompaniment touches the emotional core of “Dearest” while Modest Mouse takes “That’ll Be the Day” into truly avant-garde territory.  Cee Lo Green’s exquisite vocals, for example, echo among handclaps and percussion on his epic reading of “Baby, You’re So Square.” Paul McCartney’s take on the originally lilting “It’s So Easy” is a raw, propulsive excursion filled with boisterous spoken ad-libs. Lou Reed lays down a blazing “Peggy Sue,” replete with overdriven guitars and loopy keyboards. The romantic underpinnings of Holly’s music are cleverly revealed in Rave On‘s multiple male-female pairings: Apple and Brion, Reed, Elson and (husband/producer) Jack White and She & Him.

Known for his work with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson and Todd Haynes, esteemed film-music supervisor Randall Poster was sought out to produce and oversee the project. “As the tracks from various contributors were gathered for the album,” explains Poster “we seemed to be gathering pieces of a complex and original puzzle … that traces back to the roots of rock and roll and shapes so much of the music that followed.”

Poster gives special recognition to producing partner Geyla Robb and her overall influence on Rave On‘s exceptional blend of tender toughness. Poster also credits the album’s richness to the various track producers, such as Matt Sweeney, Joe Henry, Jack White and C.C. Adcock.

A true pop pioneer whose astonishing tunes boasted rock ‘n’ roll punch, irresistible hooks and boundary-pushing sonic sweep, Buddy Holly would be 75-years-old on September 7th of this year.  Sadly, of course, he died in 1959 at age 22.  But Holly’s music never died, and has exerted a profound influence on virtually every part of the pop music soundscape. His sparkling hooks, tender lyrics and elegantly concise compositions set the bar for all the rock, country and pop tunesmiths who followed in his brilliant wake.  A bold affirmation that proves his music, on the eve of his 75th birthday, is more relevant than ever, Rave On Buddy Holly tips its collective hat with love and appreciation.

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