Friday Apr 18, 2008

♪ keep on rockin' in a free world ♪

Last week, I introduced all of you to Pete Yorn and told you that he would be joining fellow rockers on stage at the Troubadour for the Justice Tour. The show sold out in a few hours and the place was jam packed waiting to hear all the boys rock out on stage. Pete sang three of his own songs, including a new one, 'Shot Gun'. I was fortunate to have heard it previously when he did a show at another legendary LA venue, The Roxy Theatreback in December for another great causeThe Spectrum Program at New Roads School. I really like Shot Gun...its a darker and emotionally raw, I'm really looking forward to the studio version of it to come out soon. But...back to the show itself...the show featured early acoustic performances by Tom Morello, Pete Yorn, Jerry Cantrell and MC5's, Wayne Kramer. Morello acted as master of ceremonies and orchestrating the chaos. After warming the crowd up, Morello then brought out what would serve as the core of the evening’s house band: Travis Barker on drums, Flea playing bass and a rotating line-up of Steve Vai, Slash, Dave Navarro, Davey Havoc and Morello sharing guitar duties. The team backed up Cantrell for a version of Thin Lizzy's 'Jailbreak' and rocked out on covers of Rihanna's 'Umbrella' and Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition.' The culmination of the night, for me, was when Pete was joined on stage by the rest of the boys to cover Neil Young's 'Keep on Rockin' In A Free World'...luckily, someone captured it on YouTube and now all of you can enjoy it too! It was great to see Pete lead on that song and to watch him rock out! The show was amazing and it helped raise a lot of money and awareness for PATH. Enjoy the clip and get ready to rock out with them! Also, look for the Justice Tour hitting cities across the US...each stop will benefit a different charitable organization and will feature different guest rockers. How hot is that?! 

Wednesday Apr 09, 2008

for a good cause. (or two)

Hello everyone! I have been super busy with all things JavaOne and haven't really been able to post that much this week....I owe you a run down of my last two days at the Evans Data Developer Conference, but before I can get into that, I need to introduce you to two very good causes and my artist of the week. This week I am featuring the one and only, Pete Yorn. I took a few minutes to myself to catch up on all my social media outlets when I cruised by Pete's  myspace page to read two new blog posts that caught my eye. 

The first thing I read was that Pete's song "Old Boy"  is on The Green Owl Compilation: a Benefit for EnergyAction Coalition. The disc came out yesterday (April 8th) and is available at all Whole Foods stores, your local record stores and on-line at Amazon, iTunes and Insound. The Disc is made up of unreleased tracks from an eclectic group of artists. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from the album will be given to support the EAC. If are you interested in finding out more information, please go to Green Owl Records. Old Boy is one of my most favorite PY songs, so go and soak it in. Your ears will once again thank you. :-)

And... if that wasn't enough, for those of you in the Los Angeles area, you can join Pete in helping kick off The Justice Tour next Tuesday, April 15th at the legendary Troubadour. I have to say that the Troub is one of my most favorite venues in LA, so to catch such an incredible show with the following people performing might warrant a quick jaunt down:

The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello) with special guests: Slash, Perry Farrell, Flea, Pete Yorn, State Radio, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill and Davey Havoc of AFI.

Proceeds from the show will benefit PATH - People Assisting the Homeless. 

Doors at open at are only $10 and can be purchased through

Just think...two great charitable organizations that will benefit from
Pete...way to go!! 

Alright, I am diving back into all things JavaOne, but check out the greatness that is Yorn and if you are in the LA area, go and enjoy the show. It will be an amazing night of music! Keep rockin'.

Friday Mar 21, 2008

Ch-Ch-Check It Out!

Happy Friday everyone! Most people know that I have a deep, deep love and commitment to music. And most people know that I am all about Pete Yorn and catch him live as often and as much as possible. While Heidi and I were down in Austin at SXSW, Pete joined his good friend and fellow musician, Matthew Good on stage at my favorite Los Angeles venue, Hotel Cafe, for a song. They covered Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You In The End" and thanks to YouTube, I am able to catch their performance of this song. I think about all the amazing live music I have seen over the years and how I wish YouTube was around back then. Whether it was my first and only Smiths show in Hamburg, Germany, as a kid, or last week at SXSW, the memories that YouTube has been able to preserve are immeasurable. Please enjoy the clip of Pete and Matthew. I hope that I can turn you all on to these two amazing artists.


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