March 18, 2013 |
Ohio-born indie rock singer and songwriter Jason Molina of the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. died Saturday at age 39 after a long battle with alcoholism, his record label announced. “Jason is the cornerstone of Secretly Canadian,” read a statement issued Monday by the Bloomington, Ind.,-based label. “Without him there would be no us -- plain and simple. His singular, stirring body of work is the foundation upon which all else has been constructed. After hearing and falling in love with the mysterious voice on his debut single "Soul" in early 1996, we approached him about releasing a single on our newly formed label.
February 19, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Among the dozens of musical luminaries referenced in record man Clive Davis' new autobiography, "The Soundtrack of My Life," are a number of wild cards and surprises. Yes, Davis devotes pages to his close affiliations with Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Sly Stone, Patti Smith, Aretha Franklin, Santana, Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys. But fans of rock history will be equally transfixed by some of the little details. Davis' success over 50 years as an executive with the Columbia, Arista, BMG, J Records and Sony record labels has made him the face of the recording establishment.
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January 8, 2013 |
Hector Gonzalez straps a five-string bass guitar over his belly inside a music studio on a dreary stretch of Monterey Park. He plays as a smooth, prerecorded tenor joins a funky accordion through his headphones. Trying to bite a bullet, or sometimes count to 10, For the sake of argument , let's just pretend, We both agree to disagree. Gonzalez is helping a silky-voiced old bandmate record a nostalgic-sounding soul album. But in a larger sense, the 59-year-old music producer is trying to keep alive a legacy he inherited 18 years ago. Gonzalez is the head of Rampart Records, which earned a measure of fame in the 1960s as the originator of the "West Coast Eastside Sound" - and whose founder dreamed of its becoming a Mexican American Motown.
December 20, 2012 |
For a musician, there are probably more flattering movie roles to be offered than that of a guy who single-handedly ruins a record label with his dismal sales. Fortunately for British rocker Graham Parker, who plays such a character in the new Judd Apatow comedy "This Is 40," his decades in the music business have left him with a thick skin and a good sense of humor. In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series with The Times' Rebecca Keegan, Parker talks about his real-life reunion with his band the Rumour after 31 years and how they got involved in Apatow's film.
December 14, 2012 |
So long, L.A. Reid. The music mogul announced Thursday that he won't be back for Season 3 of Fox's "The X Factor" and will instead devote his full energies to the music label he runs for Sony. The TV singing contest was created by Simon Cowell, who also serves as a judge. "Of course, I will miss the show," Reid told the Hollywood Reporter. "In my opinion Simon attracts the best talent but I'm looking forward to getting back to my core business and the responsibility of running Epic Records.
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December 14, 2012 |
A&M Records spent much of the 1960s, '70s and '80s as one of the leading independent labels in the music business, buoyed by a remarkably consistent string of hits from superstar acts, beginning with label co-founder Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and continuing through the Carpenters, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, the Police, Sting, the Go-Go's, Janet Jackson, Bryan Adams and many others. The one thing they had in common: Most weren't superstars when they came to A&M. "We don't sign big names," Gil Friesen, the longtime president of the label founded in 1962 by Alpert and business partner Jerry Moss, told Forbes in 1988.