The Doobie Brothers have their first new release in ten years, World Gone Crazy, out now The album reunites them with longtime producer Ted Templeman, who was behind the console for all their blockbuster albums of the seventies. The disc’s first single, “Nobody,” is a re-recording of their first-ever 45 from back in 1971. Amazingly, this new version blows away the one from 40 years earlier. The band has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and is currently on tour in support of the new release. Icon Fetch talks with lead singer / guitarist / songwriter Tom Johnston about the great care that went into assembling this new record. He also speaks candidly about him having to leave the band in 1974 due to health issues and being replaced by Michael McDonald. Click below for the Tom Johnston Doobie Brothers interview.
The local music shops are a dying breed, but they used to be a part of our everyday life. Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again is a new book that serves as both a history of retail music and an homage to the mighty few independent stores who are still fighting the good fight. The book is packed full of great photos and testimonials from a wide range of artists, all championing the local vinyl dealer. Icon Fetch talks with one of the authors, Gary Calamar, about putting this labor of love together. Click below for the Gary Calamar interview.
Squeeze has made some of the greatest pop music of the last 30 years, with gems like “Another Nail in My Heart,” “Tempted,” and “Black Coffee in Bed.” These days, there’s a great deal of money in song placement in commercials and films. Problem is, with the lousy contract the boys signed in their teens, they have no say in the placement of old songs, nor do they receive any money for them. Here comes Spot the Difference to the rescue; 14 of Squeeze’s best-known classics meticulously re-recorded to painstaking detail…so much so, that they dare you to Spot the Difference. Click below for the Chris Difford Squeeze interview.
The Toadies had a monster hit in 1995 with “Possum Kingdom.” The parent album, Rubberneck, sold a million copies…then the band disappeared. Actually, they recorded a follow up, Feeler, which the record company rejected, killing the band’s momentum and sending them back to the drawing board. They eventually broke up in 2001. After a successful reunion album, No Deliverance, in 2006, they’ve decided to revisit the old songs from 13 years ago; the songs that were inexplicably seen unfit to release. Click below to hear the Clark Vogeler Toadies interview.
Singer/songwriter Jim Wolf’s debut, Sleeping With Strangers, is a concept album of sorts; it chronicles a relationship, start to finish, from the budding romance, commitment, and finally, breakup and recovery. Wolf used a total of seven different studios in the process, taking several years to complete. The Connecticut native talks with Icon Fetch about the girl behind the songs, the experience of moving to NYC, and shrugging off the comparisons to John Mayer, who is from the same hometown, and who also played in a high school band with Wolf’s older brother. Click below for the Jim Wolf interview.
It’s been 20 years since the release of Pantera’s landmark “Cowboys From Hell.” To celebrate, they’ve put together a deluxe 3-disc collection, featuring the entire album remastered, a disc of demos and a third disc of live material, recorded during the ensuing tour. But, the real treat of the collection is an unreleased Pantera song called “The Will To Survive.” Icon Fetch catches up with former Pantera bassist Rex Brown and gets his thoughts on the new set, and it’s place in metal history. He also gives his reflections on the loss of bandmate “Dimebag” Darrell, and updates us on his new project, Arms of the Sun. Click below for the Rex Brown Pantera interview.
She was part of the reality series “America’s Next Top Model” on the CW back in 2007. Chicago native Sarah Vonderhaar is also a singer/songwriter, who has released a brand new digital-only EP called P.D.L. (Pretty Damn Lucky). One of the highlights is “Howling at the Moon” which has a real classic pop sound to it. Vonderhaar talks about the drama that surrounded the TV show, her custom-made Fender guitar, and how she’s a self-admitted “goof.” Click below for the Sarah Vonderhaar interview.
Richard Barone fronted the new wave band the Bongos in the early eighties, then went on to a critically-acclaimed solo career, which Rolling Stone dubbed “chamber pop.” He took several years off to work on projects for other people. He also wrote a book called Frontman – Surviving the Rock n’ Roll Myth. Now, he’s set to release his first studio album in 16 years, Glow. Icon Fetch talks with Barone about working with legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T.Rex), his new toy – the Digital Les Paul, and writing songs with legendary tunesmith Paul Williams. Click below for the Richard Barone interview.
Teeny Tucker’s dad was the famous bluesman Tommy Tucker, who had a hit with “Hi Heeled Sneakers” back in 1964. Teeny, who stands only 5’1″, is continuing in her father’s tradition with her new release, Keep the Blues Alive. She talks with Icon Fetch about her new CD, her writing process and the true story behind the song “Old Man Magnet.” Click below for the Teeny Tucker interview.
She is the youngest daughter of Tony Bennett, Antonia Bennett has just released her debut EP called Natural. Not surprisingly, the material is very reminiscent of her dad’s classic, piano-dominated sound. Yet, she’s also no clone of her parent either. Antonia’s voice is, at times, playful, and others, sultry, showing off a unique, interpretive quality befitting of her pedigree. She’s currently touring the world, opening shows for her father. Icon Fetch talks Ms. Bennett about following in her dad’s footsteps, playing the famed Royal Albert Hall, and having to sing the “Hokey Pokey” on stage as a kid. Click below for the Antonia Bennett interview.