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    The unlikely collaboration between Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones has resulted in the album Foreverly, a loving homage to the Everly Brothers’ 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Billie Joe and Norah also teamed up at the SiriusXM NYC studios recently to co-host this exclusive one-hour album premiere special, featuring the broadcast debut of tracks from the album alongside original versions and other hand-picked folk & country favorites that influenced the project from the Louvin Brothers, Stanley Brothers, Carl Perkins and the Beatles.


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  • Look for this great review in the Sunday edition of New York Daily News: HERE

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    November 25, 2013

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    November 23, 2013

    Over 100 celebrated artists from the art, music and skateboarding world all coming together to help Project LOOP raise money for a skatepark for the kids of Taylor, Texas.

    LOOP Students wrote letters to over 100 artists around the country to work on raw skateboard decks provided by CreateAskate. The finished works will be auctioned off to raise funds.

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    Billie Joe Armstrong is a musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the band Green Day.

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    November 22, 2013

    Darkness delivered sweetly: That’s what drew together the improbable partnership of gentle-voiced Norah Jones and pop-punk arena rocker Billie Joe Armstrong, who leads Green Day. They decided to remake, of all things, an entire album from 1958: the Everly Brothers’ “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us” (Cadence).

    The Everlys’ original is a contender for the most morbid album of the early rock ’n’ roll era. It arrived soon after their huge 1957 hits, “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Suzie,” both of which appeared on their 1958 debut album.

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  • Norah Jones, a singer who personifies "smokiness", and Green Day bawler Billie Joe Armstrong might ruffle some Americana feathers with this "reinterpretation" of a 1958 Everly Brothers album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Let them ruffle. These usurpers harmonise like an alt-country dream – who knew Armstrong could turn his hand to two-part folk-roots vocalising? – and, as a male/female duo, they take the songs to places Phil and Don couldn't. Backed by low-key drums, piano and pedal steel, the pair inject dark sensuality into folk staples such as Barbara Allen and Roving Gambler; further on, Jones's slow, sorrowing lead vocal on I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail wonderfully conveys the pain inflicted by a perpetually errant son. As a bonus on that last, the backing banjo and violin reach a ragged crescendo, causing chills. More challengingly, the material inclines toward bleakness, with death, disease or heartbreak as standard; and the pace is unremittingly slow. Anyone feeling blue had best avoid the funereal creep through the murder ballad Down in the Willow Garden.

    Review at The Guardian: HERE

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    November 21, 2013

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    November 21, 2013

    From Children's Hospital Oakland:

    Rain didn't stop us! TY to all for supporting us at Salesforce #df13 with a special thank you to @GreenDay for going unplugged. The concert last night at AT&T Park, benefitting our hospital and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, was truly an experience. Our patients, their families, and our supporters enjoyed rocking out with Green Day, Blondie & MC Hammer--and with all of the Dreamforce attendees!

    Here's a recap of the event: http://bitly.com/17NBx2F

    Pictured above: Bert Lubin, MD, President & CEO of Children's Hospital Oakland--along with other Children's

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  • When it comes to their respective musical genres, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones are truly the king and queen of all they survey. But—unlike Alexander, who wept when he studied his vast realm, simply because he had no more worlds to conquer—they just keep right on finding new, uncharted territory to claim. Mostly apart. But now—in one of the most unexpected team-ups of this or any other recent year—together as a single, decidedly retro-minded unit.

    Believe it or not, in a hush-hush New York session lasting a total of nine days, the duo re-cut one of rock’s greatest, and most unusual albums—the Everly Brothers’ second, little-known collection of dark-themed traditionals from 1958, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us—track by intricate-harmony track. It’s titled Foreverly

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