Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday at his home near Wentzville, Mo. He was 90.
ALAVIDA, which is Hindi for “Goodbye,” is planning a release on March 21, 2017. It is King Lizzard’s last planned album which will have some special remixes of classic releases, and new tracks. The genre for this album is a return to the hard rock, prog rock of the early 2000s.
- King Lizzard Overture 2016 King Lizzard 2:13
- One of Thousands REMIX 3:55
- City Lights REMIX King Lizzard 4:46
- Gone4Ever REMIX King Lizzard 4:27
- Things We Wouldn't Do (fast) King Lizzard 2:49
- Surf Monster 2:35
- California Sunset 3:02
- Don't Slip Away (ft Tara Shelton) 4:21
- I Want U (ft Tara Shelton) REMIX King Lizzard 4:45
- Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding King Lizzard 10:33
- Voodoo Child Slight Revisit (A Starman I Should Turn to Be) King Lizzard 5:04
- I'm Sorry 2:06
- Only Passing Through 4:11
- The Last Call 2:53
What started out as my last studio album has turned into a two album release, due mid-November and December, known as the Vimochen, or Redemption. The double album release will consist of around 22 tracks over two themed albums:
One is Namaste, In Hinduism it means “I bow to the divine in you,” or, more loosely, Hello. This will be an album of 12 very experimental, avante garde, electronic tracks.
Second is Alavida in Hindi means Good-bye. This will be 12 tracks of remixes and traditional hard rock and pop.
The one cover features a Waif Angel entering into the bright light of heaven, the other cover shows the angel on earth minus her wings. It’s up to the listener/observer to determine which is first, Good-Bye then Hello…Or Hello then Good-bye, then free.
The Hearts of Darkness Band’s live version of this song has been in release since 2003 and was a staple of the live shows.
Did you know “Scorpus Taurio” was originally written in 1976 and was to be called “Donut Holes in My Mind.” The name came from two friends of King, a Taurus female and a Scorpio male, who were very passionate about each other…when they weren’t trying to kill each other. The name is a mash-up of Scorpio and Taurus and accounts a celestial battle in the heavens between the Bull and the Scorpion.
The studio version features the verses done entirely with a Korg Vocoder. This was recorded on 47 tracks using a Korg MicroKorg, a miniMoog, a Fender Jazz Bass, a Gibson SG and an Ovation Celebrity acoustic guitar.
Words and Music by King Lizzard
Blazing a hole through the ebony skies
Seeking a vanishing point in your mind
Visions of venus and mars colliding
The bull and the scorpion destroying all
Ghostly boats awash upon a crystal sea
visions of what is gone and what is yet to be
Passing through galaxies at speeds of light
forces of day and night take flight
Heed the words of the wizard who reads
Reading the cards of the tower of death
Moonbeams dance away softly on leopards paws
Great men of wisdom who preach and who write the laws
Celestial flower petals open in the sun
Scorpus and Taurio revelation of two as one
Nash Jenkins @pnashjenkins TIME MAGAZINE
The British musician David Bowie died on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, two days after his 69th birthday.
The artist’s verified Facebook and Twitter accounts were the first to post the news, which his son, Duncan Jones, then confirmed to Sky News.
Bowie was one of the most celebrated musicians of modern times and for many years a figurehead of pop’s avant-garde. He was born David Robert Jones in South London in 1947 and used this surname in the early days of his career, but by 20, he was Bowie: the svelte, almost foppish pop singer increasingly keen on melding the traditions of rock ’n’ roll with the stylistic affectations of camp. Two years later, on his eponymous second album, he released Space Oddity, the track still praised as one of his masterpieces and the one that introduced the world to Major Tom, the astronaut who wistfully sets off to explore the cosmos.
He was a willful shape-shifter. Major Tom was one in an ensemble of alter egos, which contributed in part to the legendary theatricality of his stage shows. There was, in 1972, Ziggy Stardust, who affirmed the popular image of Bowie as a dazzling androgyne; a year later, there was Aladdin Sane, a darker iteration of Ziggy, haunted by the scepters of fame and drug addiction; in 1976, we met the Thin White Duke, whom writer David Buckley later described as a debonair “barman from hell” inspired by the artist’s penchant for cocaine.
By the early 1980s, after a decade of hit singles like “Young Americans” and “Fame,” he was “music’s most exquisite artifact,” as TIME critic Jay Cocks wrote in 1983. That year, when new-wave sounds of bands like New Order and Duran Duran were setting the tenor of pop, his album Let’s Dance propelled him to a new stratosphere of fame.
He was a pioneer beyond music. In a 1976 interview with Playboy, he casually identified himself as bisexual, at a time when bisexuality — or even homosexuality — did not necessarily sit well with the public palate. He was married twice, both times to women: first, from 1970 until 1980 to Angie Barnett, who later alleged he had an affair with Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, and again to the Somali-American fashion model named as Iman, from 1992 until his death. The couple had one daughter together; Duncan Jones, 44, is from Bowie’s marriage with Barnett.
As a way to say Happy New Year from Las Vegas, here is a re-boot of my instrumental, “The Mirage,” which originally appeared on The Sin City Symphony in 1998. It was meant to relay the exuberance of fireworks over the Las Vegas strip.