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Astronauts Enjoy First Ever "Wake-Up" Song Performed Live - Big Head Todd and The Monsters

Big Head Todd and The Monsters will be at Houston's NASA Mission Control Center early tomorrow morning to become the first band ever to wake-up U.S. astronauts with a live performance. The band will play their original song "Blue Sky" at 3:23 am CST, and the live performance will be beamed up to Commander Steve Lindsey and the other five crew members to wake them for Shuttle Discovery's second to last day in space.

"Blue Sky" - which was originally written by the band as a tribute for the first post-Columbia flight, STS-114 - was the top vote-getter in NASA's "Top 40 Song Contest," where the voting for shuttle wake-up songs was opened to the public for the first time in history. "Blue Sky" recieved 722,662 votes, or 29 percent of the 2,463,774 total.

Anyone can tune in to NASA TV http://www.nasa.gov/ntv today at 3:23 CST to watch the performance live. It will also be documented and replayed several times on NASA TV throughout the day and available on the web (www.nasa.gov/shuttle).

Phish: Coral Sky Amphitheater (audio & video!)

On October 19th, JEMP Records will release Coral Sky, a 2-DVD set capturing Phish’s November 2, 1996 performance at Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL. The complete, uncut concert was created from archival videotapes of the multi-camera lawn screen feed and the audio was mixed from multi-track masters in stereo PCM and 5.1 surround.

Amid the swaying palms and soft breezes of South Florida, the two-and-a-half hour plus concert showcased some of the most unique and compelling playing of the band’s career, including a transcendent pairing of “Crosseyed And Painless” and “Run Like An Antelope.” Santana’s Karl Perazzo was featured on percussion throughout the show. Perazzo, who had become acquainted with the band members during their 1992 and 1996 summer tours with Santana, added polyrhythms that explored new space within Phish's music in this deeply experimental show. Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks sat in for the encore, “Funky Bitch.”
Check out some videos samples from the show, including 'Harry Hood' & 'Julius'
You can learn more about JEMP Records, including browsing through other JEMP releases here.

Billy Crockett To Release 'Wishing Sky' November 3

Veteran singer-songwriter-producer-master guitarist Billy Crockett will release on November 3 his new record, the artful and melodic WISHING SKY (Blue Rock Artists), with its smart and insightful lyrics and virtuoso instrumentation.

Crockett’s one-of-a-kind sound — fresh, thought-through lyrics included — is exemplified by WISHING SKY and its authentic songs of love and life and the handling of both from what the writer describes as a new point of view that crystallized during a respite from touring and the planning and building of Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, Texas.

With cameo appearances by Jon Dee Graham, Ray Bonneville, Paul English and Lloyd Maines, Crockett’s WISHING SKY features “Feel It,” about how thinking too much can get in the way of good stuff (the tango, for instance, he says); “Meant That,” about longing for authenticity and finding it in a word, guitar solo, a dog howling at the moon or in the way she walks; and “Long Live This Love,” an audacious appeal for lasting love.

“After nine years, I wrote and recorded the album, songs of independent observation, free of institutional ties. In a way, I’m starting over,” he says. “I have tried to strip down my own language and ideas to something essential, tell my story, and maybe ours, to anyone. No proclamations, no codes and credos. Now it seems more about the simple story.”

Another cut from the album, “Ticking of Her Heart,” about how fear, alienation and depression consume a self, is a co-write with the great Pierce Pettis. The recording also includes a timely pep talk to Americans, “Back on the Horse”: “… the only chance we have, of course, is to get our asses back on the horse. …”

And there is a horse named WISHING SKY: a 2-year-old thoroughbred, black with a white comet streak across his forehead, that is named for the album and title track (about two people listening to ancient voices under the night sky) that lives and trains in Louisiana and will start racing next month.

In 1999, Crockett dedicated the album SIMPLE PLANS and a yearlong 40-stop tour to efforts by Habitat for Humanity and the communities it serves. He’s also written and recorded PASSAGES, an album of classical guitar pieces. In 2006, he and his wife, Dodee, founded Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, where he is creative director and has produced albums for Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis and others in its state-of-art recording facility there.

Crockett will play a special album release show at Austin’s famed Cactus Cafe on November 18.

For more information, visit www.billycrocket.com and www.bluerocktexas.com.