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Another 1974 Photo of Lennon and McCartney

Seeing this 2006 post about the “last known” photograph of John Lennon and Paul McCartney reminded me that I recently stumbled across a better photo from the same day.

And this one’s even in color. Can’t remember where I found it, but here it is. Gotta love Paul’s clam diggers.

It’s been like three whole days since we’ve posted anything Beatle-related, and we figured you must be jonesin’.

Sound + Vision Interviews Beatles Remastering Team

Maybe you’re sick of talking about The Beatles‘ remastered catalog, but we’re not. Especially when it comes to the technical inside baseball talk and getting insight to some of the decisions made by the remastering team.

Sound + Vision caught up with project coordinator Allan Rouse and recording engineers Guy Massey and Paul Hicks. Most of the interview hits the usual audio geek questions around gear and the condition of the original tapes, but this bit caught my eye:

…we wanted to improve the recordings at least to an extent that helps them sound better, perhaps, for the 21st century. I suppose you could argue that you should remaster them twice: once for the people from the ’60s, and again for the new generation.

Please don’t tell me there’s ever been any consideration to enter The Beatles into the loudness wars. I don’t like the sound of remastering “for the new generation” since those poor kids have been bombarded with noise with no rest in the dynamic range for more than a decade. Massey attempts to clear it up:

We were obviously aware of the Loudness Wars — squashing, brickwalling, all that sort of stuff — and we didn’t want to do that. We wanted to retain the original dynamics. So for the loudest part of the loudest songs, there may be limiting of 3 to 4 dB, but for most of the songs, most of the time, there isn’t any limiting.

But then Rouse chimes in with some nonsense about The Beatles not just being about the sound, but the songs. Well, no shit. But the sound of those recordings is almost as important as the songs they capture. The Beatles revolutionized popular music recording and the dynamic range of the music is part of that revolution. They specifically moved the kick drum mic closer to Ringo’s kit to capture a particular sound that was essential to backbeat music.

As happy as I am with the remastered catalog, talk like that makes me nervous about any future work.

The Beatles: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Beatles Stereo Box in Limited Ed. USB Drives


For anyone frustrated with the fact that The Beatles box set isn’t available via digital download, maybe this will help. Apple and EMI have announced that the stereo box set will be released in a limited run of custom designed USB drives. The 16GB apple-shaped USB drive is loaded with the re-mastered audio for The Beatles’ 14 stereo titles (provided in FLAC 44.1 Khz 24 bit and MP3 320 Kbps formats). Also included are all of the re-mastered CDs’ visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes.

All for £200.00. Update: Amazon has it for $238.99.

The Beatles: Amazon, Insound, wiki

Lady SOV is a Humorless Little Turd

This isn’t new but it’s too funny not to share. Some dude has been challenging Lady SOV to a rap battle. His name: DJ Jelly Donut and he dresses in a donut costume. When he shows up at one of her shows and gets the crowd on his side, the World’s Tallest Midget loses her cool and has him tossed. What happens outside is hilarious. Watch through to the end.

Jelly Donut Vs. Lady Sovereign (w/ sound)

Lady SOV: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Most Popular GLONO Items: October 2009

Glorious Noise: a nicer place to be.Once a month we look back on the stuff we wrote that got the most attention. We don’t do any special weighting for items that appeared later in the month, or anything fancy like that. These are simply the things that received the most views last month, according to our stats. If an item ranked last month, its position is in parenthesis.

1. Fun with Forkcast, Round 18 (Oct 2009)

2. (5) Elliott Smith’s Girlfriend Cut Off (2007)

3. (14) Noel Gallagher Quits Oasis (August 2009)

4. (4) Fun with Forkcast, Round 17 (Sept 2009)

5. Five from the Archive: Weir Does Dylan (Oct 2009)

See positions 6 through 20 after the jump…

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GLONO Twitter Roundup #3

Tweet tweetBelow are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter…

# Johnny Marr kind of bored by Smiths reunion talk. Enjoyed Television reunion. Velvet Underground reunion? Not so much. 1 minute ago

# New Britney Spears video for 3. Pretty tame. Provides no clues to meaning of “Peter, Paul & Mary gettin’ down with 3P.” 23 minutes ago

# Video of Davy Jones with Sam & the Goodtimers, the r&b band that backed the Monkees on their 69 tour. Too bad song blows. about 2 hours ago

# Google’s music search unveiled. Kinda lame. Didn’t work on any of my tries. And I wasn’t even being obscure. #googlefail about 2 hours ago

# ‘This Is It’ grossed $2.2 million in its opening day. On track for highest-grossing opening weekend for a concert film. about 4 hours ago

# EW’s Michael Slezak freaks out over Adam Lambert’s album cover. Personally, I was hoping for more Priest and less Beyonce. about 4 hours ago

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Death Cab, Others Announced For Twilight: New Moon Talent Tour

Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack Man, chicks love Twilight. If you live in a cave or haven’t recovered from the Harry Potter madness of five years ago you might not even realize that most of the young people in this country have gone crazy for vampires. Yes, vampires. The ladies in particular love this stuff. A spate of copy-cat movies and TV shows are in the works to capitalize on the success of the Twilight but nothing beats the original…except a sequel…and a tour.

And so it is with great excitement and just a bit of nervous giggling that the New Moon Talent Tour kicks off on a tour of—what else?—malls to celebrate the much-anticipated theatrical release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon on November 20.

Kick off starts in LA with Death Cab for Cutie, Band of Skulls, Sea Wolf, and Anya Marina, and then continues with Anya Marina and Hurricane Bells doing a few separate dates in the US.

I am busting out my best velvet smoking jacket and stealing my lady’s eyeliner and heading straight to Hot Topic to pick up some hot vampire love.

Twilight: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Death Cab for Cutie: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Band of Skulls: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Dates and venues for the tour after the jump…

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Rod Stewart Souled Out

Remember earlier this year, when Daptone Records was robbed, how they threw out the teaser that the Dap-Kings were scheduled to lay down some music for Rod Stewart? We wondered if this could be a good sign of a return to form that he hadn’t even attempted since…when? 1974? Since he left Mercury Records? Who knows? It’s almost impossible to believe he was ever cool. But he was.

So we were hopeful about a potentially good Rod Stewart soul album. While we have yet to hear a single note, this blurb from Billboard has all but dashed any hope. Just look at the cast of contributors:

“Soulbook,” meanwhile, finds Stewart covering 13 R&B favorites and collaborating with Stevie Wonder (“My Cherie Amour”), Smokey Robinson (“Tracks of My Tears”), Mary J. Blige (the Stylistics’ “You Make Me Feel Brand New”) and Jennifer Hudson (Jerry Butler and Betty Everett’s “Let It Be Me”). […] “Soulbook” was produced by “…Songbook” collaborator Steve Tyrell and Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards), who recruited an all-star cast of musicians for the tracks such as Motown veterans Bob Babbitt, George Bohannen and Ray Parker, Jr., Memphis heavyweights Willy Mitchell and Wayne Jackson, Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones, Toto’s David Paich and session aces Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar, Greg Phillinganes, Tom Scott, Ricky Lawson and others.

Not a Dap-King in site. No Faces either, while we’re griping. Just the tired gimmick of cramming a shitload of duets with one or more representatives of each targeted demographic. So lame. Rod needs to pull his head of Clive Davis‘ ass and realize that his legacy has vanished into the ether of late-night infomercials. He’s become Pat fucking Boone.

Sure, those Songbook travesties have sold like hotcakes to every grandmother in America, but is that really how you want to go out? Is that what it’s all about? You’re a joke, man! You need to call up Ian McLagan and Ronnie Wood before it’s too late and play some rock and fucking roll! Do it! Now. Make it happen.

Rod Stewart: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

The Vehicular Return of Another Bad Band

Ford S-MAX Titanium

In case you were wondering, as the reformed Spandau Ballet rolls through Ireland and the U.K. this month as part of its “Reformation Tour” (clever, eh: reformed, reformation—that’s the kind of stuff that makes the band what it is), it will be doing so in Ford S-MAX Titanium vehicles. As lead singer and evident car whore Tony Hadley puts it of the S-MAX Titanium 2.0TDCi Automatic that he’s been driving for the past few months (we’re guessing he didn’t pay retail), “I wanted a car that was stylish and comfortable for long journeys, and the S-MAX fits the bill perfectly.” Right.

Or maybe that should be “True.”

Spandau Ballet: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki.

Mid-October GLONO Twitter Roundup

Tweet tweetIn what is becoming an ongoing feature, below are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter… This may seem like a silly thing to do, but there are a couple reasons that make this seem worth doing: 1) After a couple of weeks, it’s pretty much impossible to find stuff you’ve posted to Twitter; and 2) There are a lot of cool links here, and we know not everybody uses Twitter, and we want to share them with everybody. Plus, call me old school (or self-important) but Twitter’s just too fucking ephemeral for my tastes. I like to have a permanent record of the stuff we’re talking about/reading/listening to/following…

What do you think? Worthwhile or stupid?

# RT @idolator: Madonna disavows “Cherish” and “Into The Groove.” I KNOW, RIGHT?! “I feel retarded singing…” about 2 hours ago

# Ryan Adams interviews Yoko Ono: “Sean is very sensitive and very careful. That’s the difference between his dad and him.” about 3 hours ago

# RT @colinmeloy: Etched in the vinyl of ‘the queen is dead’ reissue: “them was rotten days.” about 19 hours ago

# Musictech09: Seattle mayor candidate Mallahan cancels at the last minute, almost literally. It’s all McGinn now about 20 hours ago

# At musictech summit09: Aurhor Charles Cross is grilling city atty candidates about 20 hours ago

# Peter Criss survives breast cancer: “Lots of men die: They wait, they don’t go in, they put it off.” Shaft had it too! about 22 hours ago

Lots more after the jump…

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