Yes, the cat came back. They thought he was goner
But the cat came back. He just wouldn't stay away.
-- Harry S Miller
Read more Cat Fantastic, A Dream of a Thousand Cats, and When Animals Attack!.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova released from Krasnoyarsk prison camp
photo credit: voiceproject.org
As of Monday, December 23rd, 2013, with the release of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, that all imprisoned Pussy Riot members have now been released from prison.
This is a statement regarding the release of Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, from Hunter Heaney, Executive Director of The Voice Project:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
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Cat Stevens currently perform under the name Yusuf Islam since his conversion to Islam in late 1977 (his last album using the name Cat Stevens was 1978's Back to Earth).
The British singer/songwriter was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014, along with Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Andrew Loog Oldham, Brian Epstein, Linda Ronstadt, and The E Street Band.
Yusuf Islam remarked, "It will certainly bring happiness to a lot of my loyal fans, and fulfillment to all those who have long-campaigned for it—not to mention how kinda embarrassingly good it makes me feel too. The sleepy Peace Train is beginning to chug its way slowly uphill, again."
What's interesting to note is that the 2014 induction ceremony (to be held at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 10th) will be the first ever to be open to the public. You still have to buy a ticket to witness this, but if you have HBO, they will be broadcasting it in May 2014.
Trivia: Sheryl Crow, who recently stopped by Cottage Grove (12/14/13), uses Cat Stevens' "The First Cut is the Deepest" on her setlist.
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Just in time for the holidays, our friend Moby released a music video called "Almost Home" to benefit the Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay & Neuter Center in Los Angeles (Best Friends Animal Society). The lyric video, featuring beautiful dogs and cats, is a collaboration with Damien Jurado, taken from his recently released 11th album Innocents. You can watch the video at youtube.com
As described by Moby costs "roughly, $0, and it features a whole bunch of the dogs and cats who are available for adoption."
Marc Peralta, director of Best Friends Animal Society, adds this grim fact, "The sad truth is that more than 9,000 dogs and cats are killed every day in U.S. shelters simply because they have no safe place to call home. By showcasing shelter pets to such a vast national and international audience, Moby is an amazing voice for these wonderful dogs and cats. He beautifully illustrates how, as a community of animal lovers, we can work together to Save Them All."
Moby hopes you will adopt an animal at your local animal shelter, "(1) I hope you like the video, and (2) I hope you're able to provide a home for a dog or cat (or gerbil or snake or any other shelter animal) this season."
As a cat owner, I couldn't agree more.
Together Pangea (they prefer to spell it as "together PANGEA"), but is a Los Angeles-based trio with a third album called Badillac on Harvest Records. Jimi caught the band in Austin as part of the Burgerama Caravan of Stars tour earlier this year.
Cat Man (video)
If you were expecting Badillac to sound garage/psych/punk, singer/guitarist William Keegan tries to explain, "It might be confusing for people, assuming we're like this garage punk band and then hearing this record, but we really don't want to get trapped at all. To me, the album is so obviously influenced by the shit that I was listening to when I was 16. Growing up in the 90s, all that stuff – Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer. It wasn't conscious, the album just sounds like that."
Norwegian producer Magnus August Hoiberg performs under the name Cashmere Cat. He is releasing his four track Wedding Bells EP this January 2014 on Lukyme Records.
Cashmere Cat just previewed the new track "With Me", taken from Wedding Bells:
KEV LA KAT
I asked for a biography, but Kev La Kat didn't really provide me with one. So I have no idea where he (or she) is from and what type of music he makes. All I know is that his record label is Love Our Records and they release free downloads.
NIGHTMARE AND THE CAT
Los Angeles-based Nightmare and the Cat is a five-piece band, with an EP called Simple (released September 17, 2013) and a debut LP for 2014 on Capitol Records.
The band recently premiered "Blackbird Smile" on Rolling Stone, who describes the song as "sharp guitar lines, forceful percussion and distinct, soulful vocals."
Remember Harvey Danger? St. Louis-based Sleepy Kitty is a duo by Harvey Danger's drummer Evan Sult and all-girl band Stiletto Attack's Paige Brubeck.
What's interesting to note is that Sleepy Kitty is actually a graphic arts and music project. They design and print posters for bands, so expect an art project when their new album Projection Room hits stores on January 14th, 2014, via Euclid Records.