Happy Birthday to Herb Alpert

A Happy Birthday greeting to Herb Alpert. Herb's own music, along with the record company he founded with partner Jerry Moss known as A&M Records (Alpert & Moss) as well as the song publishing powerhouses the two created created, had changed the face of the music industry long before they were eventually sold to growing conglomerates during the consolidation era in the music industry. In 1994, Alpert & Moss started Almo Sounds, a boutique record label which continues until this day. Herb has also gone on to expose his wonderful gift as a abstract painter and visual artist. And, as many know, he is a a great humanitarian and philanthropist via the Herb Alpert Foundation. One of the coolest things he has going is a phenomenal restaurant/jazz club called the Vibrato Grill, a superior top notch West Coast jazz music venue. And... he is so much more to many fans and friends. Peace Love Groove, GC

Herb Alpert - Rise (1979)


Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - A Taste of Honey (1966)


Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - The Lonely Bull (1962)


Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - Greatest Medley Live (1969)


Connect direct with Herb Alpert at HerbAlpert.Com

Birdy

The songs below are by a gifted girl who can sit down at the piano and sing her ass off with no pomp or circumstance and deliver the goods with exceptional perfection. Her sensitive and emotionally driven angelic voice is mind alteringly beautiful. Enjoy! GC

"Without A Word" by Birdy from her self titled debut album


Birdy - 1901


Birdy - Shelter


Birdy - Skinny Love


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Jethro Tull - My God

From the DVD titled Nothing Is Easy 'Live at the Isle Of Wight Festival 1970".
Enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC



A Thick As A Brick sequel to be released April 2nd and Thick as a Brick Live in 2012 is coming!

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Music Television, Jethro Tull, My God, Thick as a Brick
Music Television: Where MUSIC is the ONLY REALITY!

The Beatles - I am the Walrus

A gem from the Magical Mystery Tour


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Kimbra - Two Way Street (live at Sing Sing)

Kimbra, the New Zealand songstress, is exceptional. Especially love this live recording at Sing Sing studios in Melbourne, Australia. Enjoy! GC

Kimbra - Two Way Street (live at Sing Sing Studios)


See six more fantastic videos of Kimbra at: http://www.musicload.com/2012/03/kimbra.html

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NNEKA - HEARTBEAT (Live from Rome Piazza di Populo)

"One of the great rising artists of substance anywhere is Nneka." GC

NNEKA - HEARTBEAT (Live 2009 performance at the Piazza di Populo in Rome, Italy)


Connect direct with Nneka at NnekaWorld.Com

Bobby Womack

Hours ago, Bootsy Collins posted a message to his Facebook page that soul legend Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with some serious health issues and has been hospitalized for pneumonia. Later after Bootsy spoke with Bobby, Bootsy posted again and wrote: "I JUST SPOKE TO OUR FRIEND BOBBY WOMACK. He Wanted You All to Know That He Loves You & Thxs for the Prayers. Docs Says He Is In 1st Stage of Colon Cancer, He is Very Up Beat About His Future, we laughed & joked before we hung up. Thxs Funkateers, we will get him Back on the One! — with Michael Howard."

Bobby Womack - Get Well Soon Brother :)

Our love and positive vibes go out to you Bobby, for your speedy elimination and full recovery from all of your health issues.

Bobby has has a new album coming out in June 2012 to be titled The Bravest Man in the Universe. A sound snippets is available on his website.

Here is a classic video of Bobby Womack with Todd Rundgren in the studio, via bassist Les July who had posted this to his Facebook page. Enjoy! - Peace Love Groove, GC



Sorry, this is not a video, but just a great recording :)
Bobby Womack - If You Don't Want My Love (1972)


And... click here to listen to a fun track:
Bootsy Collins featuring Bobby Womack & Catfish Collins - Don't Take My Funk Away


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Brother Sal

Heard about Brother Sal via a soulful LA indie artist I follow by the name of Joel Eckels who I originally saw perform in tasty group known as Paper Sun. He also has a project, Joel Eckels & The Wreckards. Both Joel Eckels and Brother Sal are playing March 26th with The Ladies Gun Club at the Room 5 Lounge - 143 N La Brea, Los Angeles CA. Enjoy! - Peace Love Groove, GC

Brother Sal - Scenes On Sunset (from the album Blood and Dust)
Featuring Jeremy Renner from The Hurt Locker


Brother Sal - Blood & Dust


Brother Sal - Good ol Boys


Connect direct with Brother Sal at TheBrotherSal.Com

Ayo

Ayo and her song titled Life is Real captivated me the moment I heard her for the first time in 2007.

After digging deeper into her repertoire, I learned that in most of her earlier work she pours her heart out and exposes her deep vulnerabilities in her songwriting and performs them with the sweetest voice. In her latest track titled, I Wanna Dance, she departs the sweet vulnerable side like a liberated girl who wants to have fun. Kudos to Ayo! GC

Ayo - I'm Gonna Dance (French Release 2011)


Here is that vulnerable side of Ayo
Ayo - Love and Hate (LIVE @ New Pop Festival in 2007 in Baden-Baden, Germany)


Ayo - Down on My Knees (Live with full band) (host speaks until 2 minute point - scroll past if you don't speak French)


This was the track that originally captivated me
(Be sure to turn up the volume on this video and fatten up the tone knobs, for the mastering is/was not the best)
Ayo - Life is Real (from 2006-2007 European release)


Ayo, performing her song entitled Black Spoon, for the French website madmoiZelle.com that has featured many unique artist presentations over the years.
Ayo - Black Spoon (Live Acoustic)


Connect direct with Ayo at AyoMusic.Com

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The Persuaders - Thin Line Between Love and Hate

It is a must to pay tribute and love to the godfather of soul music on TV, the late great Don Cornelius. This clip of Mr. Cornelius introducing The Persuaders is as exciting now as it was when it first aired. Many early shows of Soul Train had full bands playing live and other times, vocal groups singing live to pre recorded instrumental tracks. There was much lip sync activity in later years. It appears this may be live vocals to a pre recorded instrumental track. What do you think? Regardless, this is real sweet stuff. - Peace Love Groove, GC

The Persuaders - Thin Line Between Love and Hate


Connect direct with The Persuaders, who are still at it, at ThePersuaders.Net

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Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill :: Live at Body and Soul

This is a interesting random find. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill perform live at the Body and Soul Festival Main Stage while the cameras by Myles O'Reilly & Stephen Mogerley capture the spirit of the festival goers. Enjoy! GC

Song 1. Feabhra by Peadar O'Riada - Song 2. P. Joe's Reel - Song 3. The Mountain Lark - Song 4. Tom Doherty's


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Nneka

Nneka is one of the most important rising artists to keep an eye and ear tuned to. In having conversations with her when she was in LA, came to realize how deeply thoughtful Nneka is in terms of truth, love, justice for all mankind from heavy issues like political corruption, crony capitalism that exposes itself as corporatist ruination of resource centers. Nneka being from Lagos, Nigeria in the oil rich Niger Delta region of Africa, is all to familiar with life's harsh realities for those in her homeland. The gulf of Mexico oil spill is really, truly nothing.... compared to decades of such never ending raping and pillaging of the Lagos region by global energy cartels.

MusicTelevision.Com presents Nneka (photo by Gregory J. Chamberlain)
Photo of Nneka in soundcheck mode at the Troubador, Hollywood
When Nneka sings, she is singing about real hard core issues, hidden in what often seem like love songs, at first. She has some Bob Marely in her. Perhaps that is why the Marley's have taken her in, to a certain extent, and had Nneka open shows for Damian Marley and collaborated on songs and videos with Ziggy Marley. Nneka also has some Michael Jackson in her at times. I know she is not consciously doing it, but it's beautiful. She is a true original and most certainly the real deal on many levels. She is only one of a small handful of artists with a most powerful sound, in my humble opinion, that also sings about many things important. That's why she is one to watch, for those who seek revolutionary change for the better. Peace Love Groove - GC

Africans (2007)
This is one of her signature tracks that gained her a grassroots following of fans early on.


Heartbeat (2007)


Come with Me - (live unplugged in France on madmoiZelle TV)


Soul is Heavy (Title track from Nneka's latest 2011-2012 release)


Do You Love Me Now - (Stellar live acoustic version with Nneka speaking about her backstory :)


Nneka feat. Ziggy Marley & Eeday - Express Yourself
Soundtrack from the 2011 hip-hop feature film titled Beat The World


Bantu feat. Nneka "I'm Waiting"
Soundtrack from the film titled Relentless


God of Mercy (Live in France at Vieilles Charrues Festival - 2009)


Connect direct with Nneka at NnekaWorld.Com

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The Police

Here are a mix of live clips and music videos from one of the greatest rock trios of all time, The Police. Turn it up loud and enjoy! GC

Driven To Tears (Audio begins at 22 second point)


Next to You


When The World Is Running Down


Message In A Bottle


Man In A Suitcase


De do do do, De da da da


So Lonely


Connect direct with the official website of The Police at ThePolice.Com

Rest In Peace Ronnie Montrose - 1947-2012

In the early 70's, there were some great rock bands. I was just a kid when I heard one of the baddest cats on the block: guitarist Ronnie Montrose. Sammy Hagar played in Ronnie's band known simply as Montrose. Ronnie had dozens of other collaborations with a very diverse range of artists and bands. Montrose himself, influenced entire legions of guitarists who have come up through the ranks, such as Eddie Van Halen. But, Ronnie and Sammy was the most killer combination that was so out of this world when it first came out, that it put Montrose on the map with this little kid who was living in Irvine, California. Ride that bad motor scooter all the way to rock & roll heaven, Ronnie. Peace Love Groove - GC

Montrose - Bad Motor Scooter featuring Sammy Hagar (Live - 1974)


Montrose - Rock The Nation - featuring Sammy Hagar


Here is some vintage footage of Ronnie without Sammy Hagar, in 1978 :0

Ronnie Montrose - Open Fire (Live - New York City - 1978)


Ronnie Montrose - Mandolina - (Live - New York City - 1978)


Ronnie Montrose - Rocky Road - (Live - New York City - 1978)


Ronnie Montrose - Leo Rising - (Live - New York City - 1978)


Ronnie Montrose - Town Without Pity - (Live - New York City - 1978)


Ronnie Montrose - Starliner - (Live - New York City - 1978)


Connect direct with the official Ronnie Montrose site at RonnieMontrose.Com