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BAM! by Yoko Ono: We Are Plastic Ono Band: Yoko + incredible special guests: Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY 16 Feb

BAM! Suddenly the audience started to sing Happy Birthday to me right in the middle of the sing along GIVE PEACE A CHANCE! That was such a nice surprise. I was so unprepared for it, I don't even remember if I had thanked the audience or not. Did I? There was so much love circulating, it didn't seem necessary to say anything... We were family. The curtain went down after GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. Sean and I looked at each other. Sean's eyes were twinkling. "You were great." said Sean. "So were you." It was a grand moment. We knew we had been witnesses to something that was bigger than both of us.

2010-07-31T08:15:16+00:00February 17th, 2010|Feature, Music, Yoko listens|

Yuka Honda – Heart Chamber Phantoms

For her third solo album for Tzadik Records’ Oracles series, releases that “celebrate the diversity and creativity of women in experimental music making”, Yuka Honda delivers another fascinating, mostly instrumental set, this time using her programming and production skills to create what the label describes as “a hypnotic groove for young moderns”. Featuring two co-writes with Sean Lennon, with whom she currently performs in Yoko Ono’s regenerated Plastic Ono Band, and three with horns arranger Michael Leonhart (who also guests on percussion, keyboards and vibraphone), Heart Chamber Phantoms looks sets to be her most ambitious solo outing to date. Regular collaborators Dougie Brown (drums) and Courtney Kaiser (vocals) are among the other guests.

2010-02-10T12:47:09+00:00February 10th, 2010|Yoko listens|

THE SUN IS DOWN! remix competition – THE 20 WINNING REMIXES

Dear Friends A BIG THANKYOU to over 200 remixers who took part in the THE SUN IS DOWN! remix competition. The 20 prizewinning remixers are: Bill Kates, Billy Martin, Damien Price, DJ Chernobyl, Jorge Artajo, King Louis & Mighty Jay, Konrad Behr, Mabarak, Madeon, Nick Vernier Band, Pedro Vainer, Posterboys, Rondo Brothers, Rumours of Whores, [...]

2010-07-31T07:57:55+00:00January 26th, 2010|Imagine All The People, Music, Yoko listens|

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – The Sun Is Down – remix competition – UPDATE

Dear Friends Thankyou all so much for the overwhelming response to the THE SUN IS DOWN! remix competition! We were surprised that they were all of a very high standard, which we have not counted on. We've now realized that we need more time in order to give a good listening to all of your [...]

2009-12-22T07:30:08+00:00December 22nd, 2009|Downloads, Imagine All The People, Music, Music News, Yoko listens|

Apple & EMI to release ltd edition BEATLES Stereo USB apple

Following the September 9 (9-9-09) debut of The Beatles’ digitally re-mastered catalogue on CD, Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are pleased to announce the worldwide release of a limited edition of only 30,000 Beatles Stereo USB apples on December 7 (December 8 in North America). The exquisitely crafted, apple-shaped USB drive is loaded with [...]

2009-11-03T18:15:27+00:00November 3rd, 2009|Beatles News, Yoko listens|

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE profits United Nations Peacebuilding Fund

Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Julian Lennon partner with EMI Music and Sony/ATV Music publishing to donate net proceeds from Plastic Ono Band’s “Give Peace A Chance” 40th anniversary digital single to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. Commemorative Digital Single Launches Today, Exclusively on iTunes, here. New York, NY – November 3, 2009 – To [...]

2009-11-03T18:51:42+00:00November 3rd, 2009|Feature, Music, Yoko listens|

Basement Jaxx feat. Yoko Ono – Day Of The Sunflowers (We March On)

Basement Jaxx: Scars - new album - out 21 Sept 2009 The long-awaited new album from Basement Jaxx, entitled “Scars”, will be released on September 21st. You can pre-order your CD copy from Play.com and get an exclusive bonus track by clicking here. Preorder from the iTunes Music Store here: Record your own version of the [...]

2009-09-08T00:08:40+00:00September 1st, 2009|Music, Music News, Yoko listens|

Tribute to Gustav Metzger

We wrote letters but received no replies. One of us pushed a note under the door of his flat in London. Then we were able to speak to him. But the tape recorder had to stay off. He was born in Nürnberg. His parents, orthodox Jews, and nearly all his other rela- tives were murdered [...]

2009-04-08T14:58:48+00:00April 8th, 2009|Yoko listens|

$4m+ of INSTANT KARMA to Darfur

Gift of Lennon's Songbook Supports Amnesty International’s Global Campaign on Darfur February 18, 2009 Yoko Ono's generous gift to Amnesty International -- the right to have leading international musical artists record new versions of John Lennon's solo compositions – provided a significant boost toward the organization's campaign to end the violence in Darfur, achieve security for [...]

Basement Jaxx: Behind Closed Doors

by Alicia Bridges, Perth Now. AFTER 15 years as one of the two artists behind Basement Jaxx, Simon Ratcliffe remains almost entirely anonymous. A career of international hits and critical acclaim has done little to coax him and bandmate Felix Buxton into the limelight. For most of their fans they are names without faces, and that’s [...]

2009-01-26T07:52:52+00:00January 26th, 2009|Yoko listens|

Sarah Cahill: Berkeley pianist’s ‘A Sweeter Music’ project sets the weapons of war aside

  by Sue Gilmore, Contra Costa Times, 19 Jan 2009 Beating swords into plowshares is about as noble an antiwar notion as they come, but Sarah Cahill of Berkeley is taking the Old Testament injunction out of the fields and into the higher realm of music. The noted pianist, recording artist and "Then & Now" radio talk-show [...]

2009-01-20T07:09:13+00:00January 20th, 2009|Yoko listens|

The GOASTT live at the Living Room, NYC

The Ghost of A Sabre Toothed Tiger Last minute gig - Monday 12 Jan at the Living Room at 6:30pm. The Living Room 154 Ludlow Street, (between Stanton and Rivington), New York, NY 10002 [map] Tel: 212-533-7237 www.livingroomny.com  Directions: Take the F or V trains to 2nd Ave  No Reservations. $5 suggested donation to artists, 1 drink [...]

2009-01-13T12:57:38+00:00January 1st, 2009|Yoko listens|

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air traffic al jarreau amiina amy winehouse antony & the johnsons the apples in stereo aretha franklin automatic bacon brothers barbra streisand basement jaxx the beatles ben folds ben lee billie holiday bimbo jones bjork blondie blow up bob dylan bob marley & the wailers bob weir brother brothers bruce springsteen buffalo springfield buffy sainte-marie [...]

2011-06-18T03:03:00+00:00December 3rd, 2008|Yoko listens|

Pet Shop Boys bag Brits top honour

The Pet Shop Boys will collect the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at next year's Brit Awards, it was announced. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe will be honoured with the award at the ceremony on February 18, the UK's recorded music association, the BPI, said. The pioneering dance duo, known for their chart-topping hits including [...]

2008-11-03T11:52:10+00:00November 3rd, 2008|Yoko listens|