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  • 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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  • Login to watch the new episode of The Jeff Matika Show featuring Tré Cool: HERE

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  • Brian's picture
    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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