If you’re imagining how the world could be so very fine this summer, then you’ll no doubt be elated to hear that The Happy Together Tour — featuring five major artists from the sixties — will be returning again this year.

Beginning in early July, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, will be embarking on a trek that will take them to approximately twenty U.S. cities where they’ll be performing a spectacular, fun-filled show full of their greatest hits (see full itinerary below).

In 2010, Happy Together hosts Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (also known as Flo & Eddie) took their show on the road in celebration of the 25th Anniversary Happy Together Tour that featured The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, The Mamas & the Papas, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and, of course, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie. The tour in ’85 lasted eight months and was one of the top grossing tours of the year.

With the exception of The Association (who first appeared on a Happy Together Tour in 1984), this year’s line-up remains virtually the same as last year’s, with five stellar artists boasting a combined 53 Top 40 Billboard hits, many of which they’ll be performing in concert. It’s like turning on your radio and listening to your favorite songs for more than two hours.

“Happy Together” by The Turtles hit #1 on the charts in 1967 (displacing the Beatles’ “Penny Lane”) and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. Although their biggest hit and signature song, it’s just one of their nine Top 40 hits, which includes such popular songs as “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “You Showed Me” and “It Ain’t Me Babe.” In 1968, far ahead of their time, they would release one of music’s first concept albums, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, where they pretended to be eleven different bands with different names, each providing a song in a different genre.The album — which showcased their incredible range of vocal talent — spawned the hits “Elenore” and “You Showed Me” (both peaking at #6 on the Billboard charts). Mark and Howard have remained plenty busy over the years with both The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie and their extracurricular music activities. In 2009, a new Turtles compilation CD was released titled, Save The Turtles: The Turtles Greatest Hits, which was issued on their own FloEdCo label. In all, the band has sold over 60 million albums worldwide to date.

The Association — who are new to the Happy Together Tour this year — first hit the music limelight in 1966 with the release of “Along Comes Mary,” which was followed by their first number one hit, “Cherish.” In 1967, they would release two other Billboard Top 10 singles, “Windy” (#1) and “Never My Love” (#2). In the midst of their success that same year, The Association made history by being the first band anywhere to open a rock festival – the now historic Monterey Pop Festival. One of the most successful bands to come out of the 60’s, they have sold over 80 million records. The Association have earned 6 gold records and 2 platinum records during their career and their album, The Association Greatest Hits (Warner Bros.), continues to be one of the longest best-selling albums in the history of the label.

“Indian Reservation” by Paul Revere & The Raiders hit #1 on the charts in 1971, selling over 4 million copies which made it the biggest selling single for Columbia Records for almost a decade. This massive hit followed quite a few that came before it from the band including “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Just Like Me” and “Good Thing” (as well as the Mark Lindsay Top Ten solo hit, “Arizona,” from 1970). In all, the band would achieve no less than fifteen Top 40 hits.

The Grass Roots burst upon the scene in ’67 and would not only amass over a dozen Top 40 hits, but go on to perform in front of an estimated 600,000 people in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 1982 setting an all-time attendance record for an concert performance consisting of just one act. Between 1967 and 1972 — thanks to numerous hits such as “Midnight Confessions,” “Let’s Live For Today,” “Sooner or Later,” “I’d Wait A Million Years” and “Temptation Eyes,” the band would set a record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 consecutive weeks.

“Kind of a Drag” from The Buckinghams would also reach the pinnacle of chart success, yet mark just one of many popular hits from the band including “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Don’t You Care,” “Susan” and “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song).” Their success in 1967 would lead them to be named “The Most Listened To Band in America” by Billboard Magazine.

The Happy Together Tour was such a good time had by all last year that they decided to bring it back again this year.

If you think that “kicks just keep getting harder to find,” then look no further… this show is where you’ll want to be come summer time.

Here’s what the artists have to say about the forthcoming Happy Together Tour:

“When we look at the music that created the best parts of American history,
the songs of these artists on this tour, Happy Together 2011, are at the top of the list.”

–Mark Volman / The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie–

“In turbulent times we tend to look to the music of our youth for
solace, escape, and the remembrance of happier times. The artists
on this year’s Happy Together Tour are the same guys I palled around
with in the 60s and 70s, and I can’t imagine a more fun group to be
touring with this summer to make that great music once again.”

–Mark Lindsay / Former Lead Singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders–

“We are back! Because of the success The Happy Together Tour 2010 enjoyed
last year, The Buckinghams have been asked back to be a part of The Happy
Together Tour 2011. We are so grateful to our fans who came out in large numbers
to support us. The lineup this year is tremendous with hit after hit! So once again,
the magic will continue with the greatest songs of the 60’s.”

–Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna / The Buckinghams–

“We’re looking forward to The Happy Together Tour and working with
old friends. When you get the opportunity to tour with your buddies,
there’s no down side to going to work every day.”

–Larry Ramos / The Association–

The Happy Together Tour 2011*

July 8 – NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York

July 9 – Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut

July 10 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

July 11 – Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

July 13 – Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania

July 14 – Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts

July 15 – South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts

July 16 – Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey

July 17 – Sovereign Pacific Arts Center in Reading, Pennsylvania

July 19 – Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida

July 21 – River Center Performing Arts Center in Columbus, Georgia

August 4 – Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Kettering, Ohio

August 5 – Centennial Terrace in Sylvania, Ohio

August 6 – Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois

August 7 – Wisconsin State Fair Grandstand in West Allis, Wisconsin

August 24 – Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville, Kentucky

August 25 – Effingham Performance Center in Effingham, Illinois

August 26 – Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois

August 27 – Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota (Corn Palace Festival)

August 29 – Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota

*More dates to be announced soon.



Fri 06/03/11

Los Angeles, CA


Sat 06/04/11

San Louis Obispo, CA

SLO Brewing

Sun 06/05/11

San Francisco, CA

Rickshaw Shop

Tue 06/07/11

Lake Tahoe, CA

Hard Rock

Thu 06/09/11

Salt Lake City, UT

Kilby Court

Fri 06/10/11

Boise, ID

Knitting Factory

Sat 06/11/11

Seattle, WA

Chop Suey

Mon 06/13/11

Portland, OR

Berbati’s Pan

Tue 06/14/11

Redding, CA


Wed 06/15/11

Sacramento, CA


Thu 06/16/11

Santa Barbara, CA

Velvet Jones

Sat 06/18/11

San Diego, CA

Casbah/Bar Pink

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Piano Red – The Lost Atlanta Tapes (CD)

So, a brief story about this release. We had a reviewer at NeuFutur that requested this title. They flaked out. I took over and finally found a copy of the album, and have been spinning it nonstop since then. Piano Red is nothing less than Atlanta blues royalty, and The Lost Atlanta Tapes represents recordings that were previously deemed lost. Continue reading “Piano Red – The Lost Atlanta Tapes (CD)”


For the first time in history, Chicago will host the US AIR GUITAR NATIONAL FINALS. On July 23rd at METRO, US Air Guitar’s nationwide search for the country’s finest professional air guitarists will culminate in what will doubtlessly become Chicago’s premiere summer event. The 2011 US Air Guitar National Finals will pit nearly two dozen handpicked winners from 18 cities across the country against one another in a battle for Air Guitar supremacy, immediate fame, and lifelong bragging rights. The winner of this event will be forever crowned the 2011 US Air Guitar Champion. The champion will go on to represent USA in a worldwide competition against over twenty national champions from around the globe at the Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland.

For nearly a decade, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and DC have consistently outbid Chicago for the honor of hosting the US Air Guitar National Finals. But Chicago’s audiences and, most of all, her regional champions, have made an inarguable case for their beloved “Shy” in 2011. After hearing the announcement, Chicago’s native son and three-time champion NORDIC THUNDER (Justin Howard) proclaimed he would emerge from retirement with the hope of winning the Championship Belt in his hometown. NBC quickly picked up the story, which airs during the “Dance Friday” segment on The Morning News on May 6th.

Chicago will also be hosting opening day of the US AIR GUITAR REGIONAL COMPETITIONS on May 12 at the DOUBLE DOOR. Cities who will be hosting Official Regional Competitions and sending winners to the Finals in Chicago include Denver, Kansas City, Austin, Milwaukee, Kalamazoo, Minneapolis, DC, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego. Visit usarguitar.com for real-time blogging from each event, awesome merch, and the news that matters most.

2008 US and World Air Guitar champion HOT LIXX HULAHAN will return to judge the competitions, and Author of To Air is Human and star of the hit documentary Air Guitar Nation, BJÖRN TÜROQUE has returned to host another year of the Regional Competitions and the National Finals. Mr. Türoque will later head to Finland, where he has hosted the World Air Guitar Championships for the past three years. Upon accepting our invitation, the air guitar wunderkind released this statement: “Chicago? Lots of ‘air puns.’ We better not blow.”

“Chicago has always been one of our favorite stops on the competition circuit, and has even produced our reigning National Champion, Romeo DanceCheetah. So it was with unmitigated delight that we accepted the Windy City’s airtight bid and agreed to bring our nation’s top virtual event to her number one second city.”
–The Office of the Co-Commissionership of the United States Air Guitar Championships

“We’ve supported US Air Guitar since 2007 and with this being our fifth year of having an event at Metro, we’re stoked to have the US Finals land in Chicago and in our venue, for the first time. Metro has seen some amazing regional and local shredders but to have THE cream of the national crop perform on our stage is an honor we proudly accept with great humility.”
– Chris Baronner, Señor Talent Buyer for Metro

Dementia 13 (Blu-Ray)

There is little information present online about the HD Cinema Classics label. In fact, after giving Dementia 13 a spin, the only thing that I know about the company is that they are looking to become a major force in giving forgotten-about films the light of day. Dementia 13 is one of the examples of this; Francis Ford Coppola’s first film is cleaned up and given its proper chance to shine on the Blu-Ray format. This horror flick was produced by Roger Corman, and features the story of a woman that accidentally kills eir husband and looks to have eirself come into the will. As the film chugs along, an axe-wielding maniac begins to cut down everyone around the former wife. The tension about who this murdered may be, along with stellar acting all around (featuring William Campbell, Patrick Magee, and Luana Anders), makes this into a much more lively horror than much present nowadays. Continue reading “Dementia 13 (Blu-Ray)”

Mountain Smashers LP (Topshelf Records-4/5/11)

Safely guarded behind four pairs of glasses and an arsenal of awkward tendencies, the members of By Surprise have spent an equal amount of time combing through the forgotten dust-filled grooves of 7-inch records released during the 90s indie label boom, as they have with the off-beat and inspirational works of Henry David Thoreau, Jack Kerouac, and Douglas Adams.

Mountain Smashers, the band’s first full-length album, and their first with Boston based Topshelf Records, romanticizes with the feelings of reluctance we’ve all felt towards growing up, slowing down, losing touch, and selling out. Clocking in at thirty minutes, it combines both the influence of those dusty 7” records, often overlooked, with the lessons learned from the aforementioned authors. It admits defeat, while exuding reassurance. It questions the norms, while embracing the inevitable.

Mountain Smashers was recorded in the band’s hometown of Haddon Heights, NJ at The Gradwell House with Dave Downham of Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, and was mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. Weston, bassist of Shellac and an also elder statesman of the independent music scene, has also worked on records with such bands as Archers of Loaf, Boys Life, Polvo, The Get Up Kids, Vitreous Humor, Sebadoh, and LCD Soundsystem.

The guitars are loud and the feedback bleeds, the vocals clash in uniformed motion, and the lyrics are kind of weird. It’s by far the band’s most focused effort to date, and in some ways, it’s their most adventurous.


You may remember Baiyu from MTVu’s “The Freshmen”, but she’s graduated and ready to share her soulful sounds with the world. Baiyu has released her new single Together via iTunes, Bandcamp, and GlobalGrind.com. Baiyu’s new EP, Fan Fair, will debut April 15th on her official website www.baiyuonline.com, and will be a free download – this being a gift to her many fans that have supported her career and continue to show her love. In downloading the single or the EP, listeners will have the option to make a donation, with all profits going towards the Japanese consulate in aiding earthquake/tsunami relief efforts.

“Fan Fair is truly music from my heart, which makes me even more anxious to give it to my fans. Music has always brought me such joy and clarity and I hope that my music is that same gift to my fans as they are to me.”

Even with all her success, Baiyu seems most excited about her upcoming release because it’s something that at its core, has a message of triumph. “Together is an R&B feel good song,” she confides. “It’s definitely a song that’s meant to empower the listener and really convey that things are going to be okay. Essentially, my music is the byproduct of my personal story. Hopefully, my story, through song, will help others in need.”

And her story is only just beginning. With a college tour in the works, TV and movie projects lined up and superstar collaborations in the making, Baiyu has truly emerged.

“I think people will be surprised when they listen to my music because they don’t expect an Asian American artist to sound like me. I’m determined to be one of the first Asian artists to make it in this industry, and I definitely look forward to breaking some barriers.”

Caural – Die Before You Die // 10″ Vinyl

Over the last ten years, bouncing back and forth from Chicago to NYC, Zachary Mastoon composed a diverse and critically-acclaimed catalog under the alias Caural. Pressing wax for such labels as Chocolate Industries, Mush, Plug Research, Sound in Color and many others, his song-oriented compositions and flair for unique sonic juxtaposition continue to set him apart from his contemporaries in the beat scene. Yet it was only by default – and much to his dismay – that he found himself pigeonholed by any one genre. Having come from a lifetime of recorded music (some of his earliest released work was done when he was 6 years old), a pursuit of jazz guitar studies with avant-garde giant Anthony Braxton (and even a journey sailing around the world playing Javanese Gamelan) Caural engages in SOUND more than form.

However, always in search of the next step, Caural began bidding adieu to the electronic format, but not before finishing his swan song of sorts, ‘Sorry, Underground Hip Hop Happened Ten Years Ago (for Regan)’. Titled after the self-deprecating joke his touring mate Busdriver had donned on a tee-shirt, this rhythmic sound piece – constructed entirely out of vocal samples of the word “yo” and the incidental sounds accompanying them – is a brilliant, fragmented journey through some of Mastoon’s favorite moments in hip-hop; in some ways, it was also his way of saying goodbye to it.

And ‘Die Before You Die’ is exactly that: a collection of some of the last material Caural produced before his signature Yamaha SU700 sampler was stolen from his apartment, which proved to be an ironic epilogue for Mastoon’s musical alter-ego. From the driving, futuristic atmosphere of ‘Dragon Top’ through the head-nodding, warm crackles of ‘Sunburned’, to ‘All Doors Open to the Same Room’ (a short and ominous piece based on the beep of his friend Feltbattery’s mini-disc recorder capturing a hive of bees), ‘Die Before You Die’ is a limited edition must-have for any fan of Caural’s or music alike. Pressed on 10 inch coloured vinyl.

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Candi & The Strangers Release Music Video For “Glide”

Coming off a successful SXSW, and recent nomination for Best New Artist at The Austin Music Awards, Candi and The Strangers drop their video for album single, “Glide”, this week. Directed and filmed completely by the band’s own John and Samantha Constant, for their House of Constant imprint, the video combines video projection, stop-motion animation and live footage to follow a non-sentient android through a post-apocolyptic waste land of pop imagery as it rescues an injured subversive leader from the futuristic police state that’s after her.

Candi And The Strangers wrote the entirety of ’10th of Always’, soon after producer Erik Wofford (Maserati,The Black Angels, Voxtrot, The Octopus Project, Explosions In The Sky) joined the band in early 2009. The songs were arranged to convey a grand cinematic feel in a live context, enhanced through live visualizations. Candi And The Strangers combine their psychedelic live set with dark angelic orchestrations inspired from their film score work during 2009 and 2010 to make a sonic landscape reminiscent of French dream pop. They will spend the rest of 2011 furthering their relationship to sight and sound, more film score work, and the continuing work on the band’s upcoming audio-visual full-length animation feature titled Children Of The Tone.

BRUCE LAMONT Confirms Back-To-Back European Tours With Macabre, Keelhaul

5/02/2011 Magasin 4 – Brussels, Belgium
5/03/2011 W2 – Den Bosch, Holland
5/04/2011 Molotow – Hamburg, Germany
5/05/2011 Mantra – Moscow, Russian Federation
5/06/2011 Arctica – St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
5/07/2011 AZ Conni – Dresden, Germany
5/08/2011 Kontich – Lintfabriek, Belgium
5/09/2011 Le Grand Wazoo – Amiens, France
5/10/2011 L’Usine – Geneva, Switzerland
5/12/2011 Magnolia – Milano, Italy
5/13/2011 PMK – Innsbruck, Austria
5/15/2011 007 – Prague, Czech Republic
5/17/2011 Club Schocken – Stuttgart, Germany

Stay tuned for more updates on BRUCE LAMONT and his ongoing legacy of musical experimentation.