Tobias Jesso Jr.'s Make-Out Party
Tobias Jesso Jr. was feeling the love at the afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse in New York's East Village for his rapturously received March 24 performance at Mercury Lounge. The "Without You" singer-songwriter arrived early, said some hellos and then hit the dance floor, where he was seen either dirty dancing or making out with at least three people before departing.
Dogfish Head & Sony Legacy Collaborate on Record Store Day Compilation
A friendship between Sony Legacy Records President Adam Block and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Founder and President Sam Calagione has resulted in the first Record Store Day collaboration between a major label and a beer brand. Music To Drink Beer To will be among the limited-edition vinyl releases available to collectors on Record Store Day, which takes place April 18.
The 12-track 12-inch was curated by Block and Calagione after the latter tells Overheard, "I reached out to Adam and told him "I'll bring some cold beers to your office and let's sit down with your sweet collection of thousands of albums and curate a record."
Music to Drink Beer To features a retro album cover designed by Dogfish Head's in-house graphics guru, Tim Parrott -- Calagione's vintage Sansui stereo receiver, which his uncle brought back from the Vietnam War is pictured -- and a diverse track listing that includes Bob Dylan and The Band's "Please Mrs. Henry," Iggy and the Stooges' "Gimme Danger," Mtume's "Juicy Fruit and Janis Joplin's "What Good Can Drinking Do" (The complete track list can be found at the brewery's website.) Approximately 2000 copies will be distributed for Record Store Day and the albums will sell for a suggested price of $21.98.
The Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head, which is also the official beer of Record Store Day this year, has put out a series of music-themed beers,, and in 2010 worked with Sony Legacy to put out a Bitches Brew stout to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis' classic album of the same name.
"Music is such an important part of Sam's DNA, and, I'm reluctant to say this, but beer is such an important part of my DNA," Block says with a laugh. "At some point we were going to find the right idea that we could both get behind and have fun with." Block adds that Calagione's interest in collaborating on a Record Store Day release "represents another milestone in the evolution of Record Store Day. It's starting to appeal beyond the core vinyl collector and is becoming the lifestyle idea that music really represents in our culture," he says.
Calagione, who'll be spending Record Store Day at his local vinyl emporium, Gidget's Gadgets in Rehoboth Beach, says he's particularly pleased that Dylan okayed the use of "Please Mrs. Henry" for use on the compilation. "I was sitting at home emailing Adam about doing this album while I'm playing The Basement Tapes Complete Raw and Dylan's braying about 'drinkin' too many kegs'" – a lyric from the song – and thinking, holy shit, what are the odds that Dylan would give us the rights?"
"That's part of the wonderfulness of Bob," says Block. "He works in mysterious ways."
Kinks to Become Celluloid Heroes
Casting of musically talented actors will begin soon on a Kinks biopic that has been in the works for more than three years. Director Julien Temple says he'll begin shooting the film, You Really Got Me, this summer. Temple, who directed and produced the documentary Ray Davies: Imaginary Man for British TV, says the story of Ray Davies' drug overdose at White City Stadium in July 1973 will bracket the film, although he adds, "It will end on a more positive note." Memoirs by Ray Davies, X-Ray, and Dave Davies, Kink: An Autobiography, are being used as source material though brothers have been involved with the development of the script. "It's really about the two brothers," says Temple. "They weren't house-trained the way the Beatles were or the Stones. They were a punk band if there ever were such a thing. The violence onstage -- long before Pete Townshend was smashing amps they were smashing each other."