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John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” 60th Anniversary Album

By Krishan Narsinghani

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps is one of the most important albums in American music history.” – Pitchfork

The John Coltrane Estate and Atlantic Records (Rhino Records) announce an upcoming release of Coltrane’s remastered jazz sensation, Giant Steps. Fans can expect 8 alternate takes or bonus tracks on the LP and CD physical pieces and 20 extra tracks on the super deluxe edition available on steaming platforms and digital downloads.

Along with the release, the Coltrane estate is giving away a Pro-ject turntable in celebration of the announce. Rules indicate to follow John Coltrane on Spotify.

Over 60 years ago, John Coltrane embarked on principal recording sessions for his first Atlantic album that became “Giant Steps,” less than two weeks after completing work with Miles Davis on what would become “Kind of Blue.” This was Coltrane’s first album comprised entirely of original compositions.

‘Giant Steps,’ the title track, has become one of the most legendary recordings in all of jazz history for its virtuosity. Pianist, Tommy Flanagan, originally thought that the song was a ballad when first reviewing the score, with its 26 chord changes in the 16-bar theme that has challenged musicians since its inception.

The first single “Naima” is available now. Listen here.

Eamonn Burke illustrates a rock music video article for 360 MAGAZINE

Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior Available

For the Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior spec sheet and info: Here.

By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into an innovative future, Gibson has set the stage for the next era of shaping sound for present and future with instruments that nurture new players across generations and genres of music. Gibson and Lukas Nelson have announced today, theyߣll release the first-ever Gibson USA Lukas Nelson 56’ Les Paul Junior. Later tonight, tune-in to watch a Live Q&A with Lukas Nelson about his musical history and songwriting at 7:00pm CTon Gibson TV. Lukas will answer questions from fans and share a special announcement from his studio in Los Angeles, tonight at 7:00pm CT/5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET,all on Gibson TV.
Lukas Nelson knows all about legacies, indeed he’s been hard at work carving his own for most of his young, but extremely eventful life. This customized Gibson Les Paul Junior is inspired by Lukas Nelson’s own 1956 Junior. “The beauty of this guitar is that it is very versatile with the sound. In fact, I can get a lot of different tones just from the P90 and the way that I attack the strings and through the intonation and the vibrato that I give,” says Lukas Nelson. If I hit it lighter, it doesn’t break up as much. If I get into it, it gets a lot of grit and dirt and breaks up. It’s a versatile tone, which Iߣm pretty grateful for. Frankly, Gibson has been nothing but incredible to us to me since I’ve met them. And this guitar has taken me on a long journey. It’s taken me to some amazing places, and I hope that a lot of other people get the same opportunity with their version of my guitar.

With his primary focus as the front man of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Realover the release of six studio albums, four Eps and world tours, Lukas and the band have evolved into an emergent and vital force in American music. In song after song, on stage after stage, Lukas and POTR have sharpened the edges of their singular sound, one that nods to their influences while also pushing forward into uncharted territory. The never-ending road also beckons with additional projects, Lukas and his band POTR’s frequent performances as Neil Young’s band and of course, performances alongside his father in Willie Nelson & Family.

Lukas and Gibson’s Luthiers worked closely to develop his Lukas Nelson 56’ Les Paul Junior. Several prototypes were road tested by Lukas on tour over this past year and the end result is Lukas’s vision. Based off his beloved 1956 Les Paul Junior which has been his main guitar for several years, the Lukas Nelson 56’ Les Paul Junior is rooted in tradition with some modern enhancements. Like his original, the single cutaway slab Mahogany body, and neck are crafted of genuine Mahogany for its resonant tonal characteristics and moderate weight. The fat 50’s-style neck profile feels smooth and comfortable while providing rigidity and sustain. It features a Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and medium jumbo frets for a vintage feel with modern playability. Finished in a deluxe satin Vintage Sunburst, this shade was developed to capture the same vintage patina of his original. The single, dog-ear P-90 pickup features Alnico III magnets and is voiced to replicate the tonal response that Lukas requires. The single volume and tone controls have gold speed knobs (as used in 1956) and are hand-wired featuring an orange drop capacitor and original spec 500k vintage audio taper pots. The aged nickel-plated hardware includes Vintage Deluxe strip style tuners w/ white buttons like the originals but feature a higher gear ratio for improved performance. The 50’s style wraparound bridge provides the same look and solid resonance as the original, but it is made with a stealthy compensation contour to improve intonation accuracy. The new Gibson USA Lukas Nelson 56’ Les Paul Junior will officially be available worldwide at all Authorized Gibson Dealers in August 2020.

Earlier this year, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real released Naked Garden via Fantasy Records. A companion to the group’s highly acclaimed 2019 LP, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden), this 15-track collectioncaptures the joyful spirit and creative intensity of POTR’s News with previously unreleased songs and alternate cuts that came out of those sessions at Shangri-La and Village Studios. Wide-ranging in scope and minimalist production Naked Garden embodies the band’s shared spiritual connection and consummate musical chemistry. Guitarist/vocalist Lukas Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real which is rounded out by bassist Corey McCormick, drummer Anthony LoGerfo, percussionist Tato Melgarand multi-instrumentalist Logan Metz, teamed with John Alagia to produce Naked Garden. A few of the album’s many highlights includes the studio version of fan favorite Entirely Different Stars, the plaintive romance of Movie In My Mind, a rough, early-stage version of Bad Case, and Lukas’ unearthly falsetto on the classic country waltz, The Way You Say Goodbye. Listen to the lead track, a supercharged, alternate version of Civilized Hell HERE and watch the trailer for Naked Garden HERE.

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Lukas Nelsons’ ‘56 Les Paul Junior
WESTSIDE GUNN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM WHO MADE THE SUNSHINE

Westside Gunn x New Album

Westside Gunn has announced his long-awaited, incredibly anticipated Shady Records debut LP Who Made The Sunshine for August 28. The release date coincides with the second annual Westside Gunn Day, a day in Buffalo commemorated by the Mayor of the city recognizing everything he has done for his hometown. Gunn, who is a strong believer in the power of album cover art, has previously worked with such creative minds as Virgil Abloh on Pray For Paris and has always followed his own vision to create truly unique and inspiring art for all of his projects. This time he finds his inspiration close to home, with the artwork designed by WS POOTIE, Gunn’s daughter.  On art and Who Made The Sunshine Gunn explains I live my life based on ART, everything is ART, sometimes you might understand it sometimes you might not, sometimes you might not get the masterpiece until later on, but I knew it was a masterpiece the moment I made it”.

Westside Gunn is one of the most prolific artists currently in the game having already turned heads and made waves this year with Pray For Paris. The album garnered widespread critical acclaim, with heavy praise coming from the likes of GQ, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The Ringer, Stereogum, NPR to name a few. The album also saw Gunn’s entry into Billboard Top 200 for the first time. Three months later Gunn released his FLYGOD Is An Awesome God II mixtape, yet another highpoint for rap in 2019, and another addition to an impeccable discography. Gunn’s rap acumen and grind have brought him from the streets of Buffalo, NY to cosigns and deals with two of the biggest and most important rappers of all time; via a deal with Eminem’s Shady Records and a management partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, and his drive, determination and vision has established his independent record label, Griselda, as one of the most important and exciting imprints in the culture. Stay tuned for more details on the album coming soon.

Neil Diamond x 2 L.P Set

On August 7, 2020, Capitol/UMe will celebrate some of Neil Diamond‘s most electrifying live performances with the release of his 5 Hot August Night albums as a 2 L.P. black and limited-edition color vinyl set. The iconic performer’s mastery combined with the palpable excitement of the crowd is evident throughout the Hot August Night canon, which includes Hot August NightLove At The Greek, and Hot August Night II, as well as Hot August Night III, and Hot August Night/NYC, available on vinyl for the very first time. Neil Diamond’s All-Time Greatest Hits, a 23-track, standard weight 2LP collection, will also be released on black vinyl on August 7.

Hot August Night -The legend of Neil Diamond was unquestionably born on August 24, 1972, when the young singer/songwriter took over Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre for ten sold-out nights. Diamond and his band were at the peak of their game that summer, a night that would be captured forever on the two-record set Hot August Night. On one of these nights, Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times declared, “His 1972 Hot August Night stand at the Greek remains among the most celebrated series of shows by a mainstream pop-rock performer ever in Los Angeles.”

As one of Diamond’s most successful releases worldwide, the album was multi-platinum in the U.S. and spent a mind-blowing 29 weeks on the top of the Australian charts. Hot August Night is one of the most celebrated and acknowledged albums of Diamond’s career and arguably one of the greatest live albums ever recorded. The original Hot August Night (the title of which was gleaned from the opening line to one of Diamond’s most celebrated tracks, 1969’s “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show,) will be available as a black 2LP or crystal-clear limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Hot August Night, HERE.  Love At The Greek (the 1977 live double album) was Diamond’s second album recorded at famed Hollywood venue and the second album produced by Robbie Robertson. Love At The Greek (which features standout tracks such as “Holly Holly” and a fifteen-minute version of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”) will be available on vinyl for the first time in 30 years as a black 2LP or a translucent non-metallic gold limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Love At The Greek, HERE.

The Platinum-certified Hot August Night II (the follow up to the original Hot August Night album) was recorded in August of 1986 and initially released in 1987, reaching #59 on the Billboard 200 chart.  Hot August Night II features twenty of Diamond’s biggest hits, including “Love On The Rocks,” “America,” and “Song Sung Blue” and will also be available on vinyl for the first time in 30 years as a black 2LP or a white limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Hot August Night II, HERE.

Hot August Night Ill chronicles Diamond’s triumphant return to the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in August 2012. The magical evening was Diamond’s 40th-anniversary celebration of the original multiplatinum-selling Hot August Night collection that was recorded at the very same venue in 1972. Following the 2012 shows at The Greek, Billboard Magazine said of Diamond’s performance, “His voice remains powerful and accurate; he reaches towards the baritone register for emphasis, just as he did in the 70’s. …he never falters in delivering every line with conviction.” From the fine acoustic twang of “Forever in Blue Jeans” to the pure Americana swing of “Kentucky Woman” to the eternal sing-along sunshine of “Sweet Caroline” to the raw emotionality of “I Am…I Said” to the welcoming arms of “America.”

Hot August Night Ill cements Diamond’s mastery of the live stage and his unique connection with audiences the world over. This is the first time that Hot August Night Ill will be available on vinyl and will be available as a black 2LP or a sea glass limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Hot August Night III, HERE.

Hot August Night/NYC – Recorded live at New York’s Madison Square Garden in August 2008 (originally released in 2009, the album includes 25 career-spanning hits from Neil’s phenomenal four-night sold-out run at the fabled concert hall. Hot August Night/NYC debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2009 and is certified Platinum. This is the first time Hot August Night/NYC will be available on vinyl and will be available as a black 2LP or translucent red limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Hot August Night/NYC, HERE.

All-Time Greatest Hits marks the Grammy^® winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s most comprehensive hits collection, encompasses the artist’s entire body of work, from the earliest recordings through the present-day. Neil Diamond’s All-Time Greatest Hits black 2LP features the original studio recordings of such standards as “Sweet Caroline,” “Holly Holy,” “I Am…I Said,” and chart-toppers like “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” and the rarely heard original solo version of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” The set captures his beginnings as a songwriter-turned-singer in New York to his multi-platinum days in Hollywood. Listen to All-Time Greatest Hits, HERE.

Throughout his illustrious and wide-ranging career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 38 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. He has achieved record sales with 40 Gold albums, 21 Platinum albums, and 11 Multi-Platinum albums.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and has recently received The Johnny Mercer Award and the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations, ASCAP Film and Television Award, Billboard Icon Award, American Music Award, and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year Award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

Chris Cornell: Grammy Winner’s Deluxe Release

CHRIS CORNELL 2020 GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER FOR BEST RECORDING PACKAGE

INCLUDES 2019 GRAMMY® WINNING TRACK “WHEN BAD DOES GOOD”

Chris Cornell, the 17-track self-titled 2LP, was recognized by the Recording Academy and the wider industry with a GRAMMY® Award for Best Recording Packaging at the 2020 ceremonies.  This award is the second GRAMMY® Award tied to this release, the first being in 2019 for Best Rock Performance for the previously unreleased track, “When Bad Does Good.”

Chris Cornell commemorates his life and legacy not only as a singer, but as a poet and one of the most prolific writers and greatest voices of the modern rock era. Vicky Cornell wanted to create a special album for the fans that would include a selection of Chris’ expansive career, showcasing the breadth of his work and contribution to music history with selections culled from the deep catalogs of his three influential bands— Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave— as well as songs from his solo career. She turned to producer Brendan O’Brien, who was a trusted partner to Cornell over the years, and Jeff Ament who created the packaging for Chris Cornell, now a 2020 GRAMMY® winner.

“I am grateful to Jeff Ament and everyone who helped create such a beautiful work of art from beginning to end, in loving memory and in tribute to Chris – he would be so proud!” said Vicky Cornell. “And a huge thanks to all the fans who’s love and support have carried Chris’s legacy forward. Our children and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for keeping his memory alive. Chris Cornell Forever!”

“When Bad Does Good,” was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell, and was found in his personal recordings archive. The track was a favorite of his and it wasn’t until friend Josh Brolin reminded Vicky of the unreleased song that she decided to share it with his fans. Cornell won Best Rock Performance posthumously at the 61st GRAMMY Awards for “When Bad Does Good.” 

Watch Chris’s 12-year-old son, Christopher pay tribute to his dad in the official video for “When Bad Does Good,” here.

Chris Cornell is available as the GRAMMY® Award Winning 2LP, in addition to the Deluxe Edition 4CD, 1 CD and Digital versions, plus the limited-edition color vinyl Super Deluxe LP box set, re-released in 2019 due to overwhelming demand for the 2018 pressing of the original collection. The box set has been re-released by Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell on behalf of The Chris Cornell Estate through UMe, and is available exclusively via the Chris Cornell official store.

The Super Deluxe 4CD, 1DVD, and 180-gram 7LP limited-edition color vinyl box set holds 88 tracks — 64 songs plus 24 videos. Also included in the Super Deluxe box are a 66-page hardcover photo book wrapped in linen with a red foil signature cover, three artist lithos, three photochromatic lithos inspired by Cornell’s lyrical fascination about the sun (images are brought to life by holding under direct sunlight), a turntable mat, a microfiber vinyl cleaning cloth, and a 36×48-inch wall poster.

CHRIS CORNELL
LP ONE
A1. Loud Love [Soundgarden]
A2. Outshined [Soundgarden]
A3. Hunger Strike [Temple of the Dog]
A4. Seasons

B1. Black Hole Sun [Soundgarden]
B2. Can’t Change Me
B3. Like A Stone [Audioslave]
B4. Be Yourself [Audioslave]

LP TWO
C1. You Know My Name
C2. Billie Jean
C3. Long Gone (Rock Version)
C4. Call Me A Dog (Live Acoustic)
C5. Been Away Too Long [Soundgarden]

D1. Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
D2. Nothing Compares 2 U (Live at Sirius XM)**
D3. The PromiseD4.When Bad Does Good**

** Denotes previously unreleased material

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Judah & The Lion’s “Over my Head”

Judah & the Lion drops the official music video for their new single “Over my head” today as the song breaks into the TOP 15 at Alternative Radio its second week out and racks up more the 1 MILLION streams. The clip premiered live today via YouTube at 2pm PT/5pm ET – check it out HERE. “Over my head” follows the ascent of “Take It All Back” which spent three weeks at #1 at Alternative Radio before launching the band onto an international stage.

The band is thrilled to also announce Pep Talks: An Intimate Album Listening and Storytelling Experience Presented by Judah & the Lion, which will hit 6 cities across the southeast this April. At each event, Judah Akers, Brian Macdonald, and Nate Zuercher will be on hand to tell the story behind the 17-track Pep Talks, giving fans an exclusive, intimate listening experience ahead of the release. Pep Talks is their forthcoming third album and is set to be released this Spring via Cletus the Van/Caroline. The LP will include “Over my head” – a deeply personal track from frontman Judah Akers, who opens up about his struggles during a time that was both professionally exciting and personally turbulent – and December’s multi-track release “Quarter-Life Crisis” and “Pep Talk.” 

Purchase of a ticket will include the forthcoming album. Fans will also have an opportunity to enter for a chance to meet the band at their date by clicking here. Fans can also submit their questions for Judah, Nate, and Brian here. Proceeds from the events will benefit local non-profits (TBA) with help from High Five Squad, a non-profit by Judah & the Lion.

In addition to the April run, Judah & the Lion have been announced for this year’s Hangout Music Festival in May and Lollapalooza Paris this summer, with many more live shows set to be announced soon. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.judahandthelion.com. 

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AUBREY MILLER

The ever-so charming teen actress, dancer and pop singer Aubrey Miller just released her own original single “Crossing My Heart.” The upbeat lovestruck pop single, released just in time for Valentine’s Day, is accompanied by a music video that showcases Aubrey’s versatile dance chops.The video was choreographed by Hollywood’s elite dance instructors Kevin & Dea Nguyen and features some of the top youth dancers in the game Saryna Garcia, Jadyn Hernandez and Sheaden Gabriel.

Aubrey is best known for her series regular role in Amazon’s Just Add Magic, which will be returning with a new season on February 1st, 2019. She has additionally made her mark on the dance community, often posting renditions of KPop dance routines. Aubrey’s single and music video were influenced by the KPop arts and includes Korean-spoken lyrics laced throughout the chorus as a nod to the KPop community. With this single, Aubrey has taken a step back into the limelight as a recording artist on the rise and a full-on triple threat to look out for.

Ryan Chernin Releases Debut LP

His Debut Release Brings “A Sultry Collection of Songs About Life, Love and Loss” to Fans of the NY Based Singer-Songwriter

Following the release of the single and video “Ash Tray Kisses”, Singer/Songwriter Ryan Chernin recently dropped his Debut LP “You Know Who You Are” via Inhuman Records. Packed with “mature songs, personal lyrics, and intricate instrumentals” its being called “more like an exploration of self than a combination of songs”. And for the NY based Chernin, it seems likely only more positive feedback is headed his way!

Singer/songwriter Ryan Chernin showed an inclination for music at an astoundingly young age.

My mom has this one story – my grandmother swore by it too – that at three or four months old they were talking to me in my crib and I apparently gave them their exact intonation back,” Chernin recalls, laughing. “According to my mom, that was my introduction to music.” He insists that his real introduction was the Yellow Submarine tape she’d play for him in the car, and the piano lessons he begged his parents to sign him up for as a child.

Over the years Chernin’s parents continued to encourage his love for music and his passion for performing, knowing even back then that it was more than just a phase.

Watch:

“Ash Tray Kisses” (Official Music Video)

“Accessories” (Official Music Video)

“The Drought” (Official Music Video)

In college Chernin studied film, and as an accomplished actor, spent much of his time in and around theaters. However the spotlight is something the soft-spoken artist has never been entirely comfortable with. The reason, according to him, is simple: “Every time I got on stage and did musical theater, I was always a character. I was very much about throwing myself into those characters.” That disconnect is something Chernin struggled to overcome as he began working on his latest LP, “You Know Who You Are”. “It’s me up there. It’s my pain, my happiness. It’s all out there and it’s very vulnerable.

You Know Who You Are is the culmination of a year’s worth of work in and out of the studio, a sultry collection of songs about life, love, and loss. “What was most important to us was to take our time with it and really make sure it was perfect every step of the way,” Chernin explains. “It was about selecting the right people.” That list of people includes producer John Eugenio, mixer Chris Davies, and SNL guitarist Jared Scharff. The result is a maturity and depth that takes most artists years to capture, with Chernin’s quick wit and caustic sense of humor complimenting his raw indie rock sound.

To Purchase Ryan Chernin’s “You Know Who You Are” via iTunes, VISIT: http://apple.co/2rGq6vS

To Hear “You Know Who You Are” via Spotify, VISIT: http://spoti.fi/2InkcH0

For More Information on Ryan, VISIT:

www.RyanChernin.com

Facebook.com/RyanCherninMusic

Instagram: @ryanchernin
Twitter: @ryan_chernin

Ryan Chernin’s YouTube Channel – Inhuman Records

For More on Inhuman Records, VISIT: www.InhumanRecords.com

Certified Classics Releases New Big Pun Picture Disc

CERTIFIED CLASSICS RELEASES NEW PICTURE DISC TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF BIG PUN’S CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

2-LP PICTURE DISC VINYL FEATURING ICONIC ALBUM ARTWORK AVAILABLE HERE

CERTIFIED CLASSICS ALONG WITH THE THREAD SHOP & BIG PUN’S ESTATE RELEASED NEW MERCHANDISE WHICH IS AVAILABLE HERE

Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, honors the legacy of the late great Bronx emcee Big Pun with the release of a special 20th Anniversary Picture Disc Vinyl edition of Capital Punishment which is available now. Click HERE to purchase.

The 2-LP picture disc vinyl features iconic album artwork (shot by photographer Danny Hastings) from Capital Punishment on each LP side. Capital Punishment, originally released on April 28th, 1998, celebrated its 20th Anniversary earlier this year.
In addition to the picture disc vinyl, Certified Classics, in conjunction with Sony Music’s innovative merchandising company The Thread Shop as well as the Big Pun Estateworked hand-in-hand to create a new Big Pun Capital Punishment merch collection as part of the celebration. Click HERE to purchase.
About Certified Classics
Certified Classics is Legacy Recordings’ division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip-Hop and R&B catalog. With artists like The Fugees, Maxwell, Nas, A Tribe Quest, Xscape, Aaliyah and many more, Certified aims to pay homage to the legendary innovators of Hip-Hop and R&B by preserving, curating and reissuing repertoire from the 1980s through the early 2000s.
Launched in 2016, Certified creates opportunities to discuss, revisit, and renew interest in a genre that shaped an entire culture, making the leap from a grassroots form of expression to a mainstream juggernaut with staying power. Certified provides contemporary music fans access to rare and unreleased albums, singles, remixes, photos and video footage from iconic labels that have come through the Sony label system such as Jive, Ruffhouse, J Records, Arista, LaFace, So So Def, Profile, RCA Records, Epic, and Columbiaߞall in an effort to tell stories that help illustrate the impact R&B and Hip-Hop have made on music and the world.