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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Did you know Paul McCartney is a vegetarian? I didn’t, but then again, I never looked into it until now.

On his latest and upcoming tour, the former Beatle is banning all meat related foods. In other words, he is forcing his crew to be vegetarians, too.

According to Sify News, 480 vegetarian meals will be served each day on the tour.

McCartney has always been an important figure in animal activism, but is this latest move taking things too far? Some fans think his decision to ban meat tastes a little bit like tyranny. So be it — his new title should be Sir Paul McCartney, vegetarian tyrant!

In a bold act of defiance, groups are being formed over the internet to bring beef into the lives of the common people who serve under the tyrant. A blogger from BeatCrave  has already had the idea of smuggling  in foods, like burgers, steaks and ribs to the meat-deprived crew.

While I understand McCartney’s need to revert to vegetarianism, I can’t possibly fathom why he would force those ideas on anyone else. PETA would be thrilled.


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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Many musicians from the 60s have had recent reissues, like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. It seems to be the thing to do now that record companies are suffering from a decline in sales of new music. However, the latest reissue comes from an artist that we will most likely be seeing much more from.

Jimi Hendrix, who only released a few cds during the time he was alive, is due for a reissue called Valleys of Neptune, which will release on March 9. The cd contains several unheard songs, like the title track, new recordings of some of his old favorites, and also covers of other band’s songs, like Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love.’

Apparently, Hendrix was hard at work and never had the chance to release all his music because of his death. Hendrix’s stepsister, in an article in Rolling Stone magazine, said, “In the past decade, we’ve discovered so much unheard audio and video that we’ll be able to put out two discs a year for at least the next decade.”

There has also been some said-to-be incredible footage of Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in Miami (1968). Most likely, we will see that come to DVD sometime soon.

If this cd is a must have for you, you can preorder it on amazon.com. There is a full song listing from the cd on the site as well.


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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s finally happened to me after all these years. That’s right, I finally went to my very first Phish show ever! Let’s just say this — I went on Tuesday night. It is now Friday and I can’t stop daydreaming about it, listening to my live Phish albums, and wanting to go back for more. This band has had a lot of time to perfect their shows…and they certainly have.

After releasing their first album in 1986 and touring for nearly twenty years, the band went on a haitus, a break that was much needed for certain members who had started overdoing the drugs (I won’t mention names here.) Nonetheless, that time gave them all a time out and a chance to think about what they wanted for the future of their music. Now they’re back, armed with a slick light show and some seriously funky beats.

Photo by Kate Langenburg

The crowd in the Wachovia Center Tuesday night was ridiulously large. I never knew venues of that size existed until now. (I also never would have guessed I would end up with a club box seat complete with my own private bar, bathroom, and sitting area.) Everyone in the entire place seemed to be grooving simultaneously, with smiles and good vibes permeating the walls of the arena.

Here’s the setlist from the November 24 Philadelphia show:  

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture>Bathtub Gin>Cities>Camel Walk>The Curtain With>The Wedge>The Moma Dance>Reba>Golgi Apparatus>Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan

Set 2: Possum>Down With Disease>Twenty Years Later>Harry Hood>The Mango Song>Mike’s Song>Simple>Slave to the Traffic Light>Weekapaug Groove

Encore: A Day in the Life

From the very first note of Chalkdust, I knew I was in for something great. When they went into a real funky Moma Dance, I was in heaven. Everyone was singing along with Reba one minute then, jamming out to Possum, then going into a free fall whirlwind of musical pleasure when they heard A Day in the Life.

Phish’s sound has certainly gotten stronger over the years, and I don’t see this band disappearing any time soon. They are loved by too many fans, have too much talent, and have the drive to keep on keepin’ on. I don’t even know which song was my favorite…they were all wonderful, amazing, beautiful, great. Check out my videos from the show by clicking on the song names below:

The Moma Dance


Weekapaug Groove

A Day in the Life (Encore)

If anyone I work with happens to read this post, I’m sorry, but I just might have to quit my job and go on tour with Phish. 🙂

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The folks over at Abbey Road Studios in England sure have had their hands full lately. They have remastered all the Beatles albums and re-released them for purchase.

Okay, so big deal, right? What does it take to remaster an album? And why would anyone want to have an remastered album that they already bought a regular copy of? These are just some of the questions you might be thinking. Believe me, once you hear the newest remastered Abbey Road album, you won’t have any of those concerns.

Thanks guys, for making the Beatles even that much better! Photo from abbeyroad.co.uk.

Thanks guys, for making the Beatles even that much better! Photo from abbeyroad.co.uk.

According to the Abbey Road Studios website, the engineers first had to take a listen to all the Beatles albums to decipher which would be the best to restore. Then, a bit of de-noising technology was used. During the restoration process, “it was decided that any performance-based imperfections, such as breaths and coughs, should be retained. Other faults and noises from the original masters, such as microphone pops or tape dropouts, were addressed on both the mono and stereo versions of the albums.”

Then, they got to work on the final mastering of all 13 albums, during which comparisons were constantly made between the original and remastered versions of various songs. “It was auditioned in Abbey Road’s Studio Three, where all other recent Beatles mixing projects had taken place. Each album was subject to a rigorous approval process, with further EQ alterations performed until the satisfaction of the entire team had been gained.”

And let me tell you, that process certainly worked wonders for the albums. I have heard snippets of the new and improved Abbey Road album, and it was as if I was hearing it for the first time. Not only is the sound quality excellent, but it also includes small sounds that you might not have heard before on the original recordings. This is the aspect that makes it completely authentic — much like the day it was when it was first recorded.

It costs a bit more than normal to purchase one of these cds, but if you  have the extra cash, love the Beatles, and want to hear some absolutely amazing sound, then I recommend going out and buying one (or thirteen) of these albums. Oh yeah, and make sure you listen to this music with headphones at least once.

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