Dylan Shall Be Released
Bob Dylan has approved a DVD release of the Feb. 6 MusiCares Person of the Year concert footage that included performances by Bruce Springsteen, Alanis Morissette and Jack White. While recent editions of the Grammy Foundation's annual tribute have made their way to DVD -- notably Neil Young, Springsteen and Paul McCartney -- rights issues and other stumbling blocks have kept about 20 of the events in the vaults. Dylan, though, personally matched performers and songs for the tribute, which an insider says made for easier clearances. It's unclear whether his much talked-about 35-minute speech, which alternated between thankful and hostile, will be part of the package.
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Halestorm's Hot Afterparties: 'Half-Naked Girls' and 'Jäger-Filled Shoes'
Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale, of the Grammy-winning hard-rock band Halestorm knows how to throw an afterparty. The flame-haired frontwoman tells Overheard that post-concert celebrations on the band's tour bus usually consist of "blasting James Brown", which may lead to "half-naked girls", the misplacing of her pants in the refrigerator, "Jäger-filled shoes", and "the game Twister." Don't expect to see any photos or videos from these soirees pop up online, however. There's a strict "leave your smartphone at the door policy," says Hale.
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Don Was Producing Dr. Lonnie Smith's First Blue Note Album In 45 Years
Don Was, president of Blue Note Records, is personally overseeing the return of Dr. Lonnie Smith -- the 72-year-old soul-jazz master of the Hammond B3 organ -- to the label. Smith's new album -- recorded over three days at Systems Two studio in Brooklyn, N.Y., with Was producing -- will be his first for Blue Note in 45 years, with younger players like pianist Robert Glasper and trumpeter Keyon Harrold as well as saxophonist Joe Lovano sitting in with Smith's band. "He's one of the great Blue Note artists still out there playing," Was tells Overheard of Smith, who released an album of Beck covers in 2003. "He's had a real creative spurt, and he's at the peak of his form," says Was. "It's a propitious time to get him back."
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Robert Delong's Alien Dream
Now that The X Files is returning as a miniseries, maybe creator Chris Carter should talk to Robert Delong about scoring it. The eccentric indie-electronic musician's dreams are as far-out as his music. Delong tells Overheard that he recently had a dream where he stumbled across "two bright lights" which came together to form "a sort of X Files style UFO in the fog". "I saw two or three figures approaching and became quite frightened, " he says. "The scene looked a lot like the night scenes in Montauk in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
TripAdvisor Inspires Marina and The Diamonds
Welsh-Greek singer-songwriter Marina Diamandis, better known as Marina and The Diamonds says inspiration for her newly released album Froot came from some unlikely places. The 29-year-old singer claims that a visit to the medieval city of Magdeburg, Germany, while on tour with Coldplay inspired parts of the album and that a "TripAdvisor comment on a Polish war memorial" stirred her to write the track "Immortal".
An edited version of this story originally appeared in the April 4th issue of Billboard.