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Childhood Home: release on Mother’s Day

Ben Harper has just completed recording an album of duets with his mother, singer-songwriter Ellen Chase-Verdries. The 10-track record, Childhood Home, is all originals written by Harper and Chase-Verdries and will be released on Mother’s Day.

“It’s produced like early Elvis. Not one thing is plugged in. It’s all acoustic,” Harper said. “I think they’re going to call it ‘Americana,’ but it’s soul, California, folk rock, American.”

SWEETHEART 2014

Ben’s version of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” is available now on “Sweetheart 2014″ exclusively at Starbucks and digital outlets. Check out more at www.sweetheartalbum.com.

Download it at:
Starbucks
Itunes
Amazon MP3

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Press Release:

Ben Harper is known mainly for his guitar chops, but he’s putting down the axe for his contribution to Starbucks’ Sweetheart 2014 compilation album. Instead, he pulls up a piano stool and delivers a gentle cover of Mazzy Star’s 1994 single “Fade into You”.

It’s an interesting choice, considering the original version is driven as much by acoustic guitar as piano keys, but Harper is going for a different feel with his rendition. By paring the track down to slow, full piano chords, Harper imbues it with a haunting sense of loss. The wavering of his voice as he enters the chorus does little to mask the delicate sadness as he sings Hope Sandoval’s words. Take a listen below.

“Fade into You” is just one of 13 covers of popular love songs featured on Sweetheart 2014, available exclusively in Starbucks stores or digitally via Concord Music Group. While we’ve also already heard Vampire Weekend’s take on “Con te Partirò”, Beck do John Lennon’s “Love”, and Fiona Apple cover Anton Karas’s “I’m in the Middle of a Riddle”, the album also features contributions by Jim James and Phosphorescent. See the full tracklist below.

Sweetheart 2014 Tracklist:
01. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
02. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
04. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
05. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
06. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (The Carter Family cover)
07. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
08. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
09. Ben Harper – “Fade into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10. Fiona Apple – “I’m in the Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)

Source: benharper.com
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Ben Harper: videos live Paleo Festival 2008

[lang_fr]Voici l’intégralité du concert donné au Paléo festival 2008… en 14 vidéos

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[vg_dailymotion k1ryqdgd0uAFQ9Ifqx&related=1#Paleo festival – 2/14##Ben Harper – Paleo Festival – excuse me mister (part 2/14) ]

[vg_dailymotion k89DotRHtTIvqwIfwq&related=1#Paleo festival – 3/14##Ben Harper – Paleo Festival – fight outta you (part 3/14) ]

[vg_dailymotion k5G9GJjRVHK9IIIfA4&related=1#Paleo festival – 4/14##Ben Harper – Paleo Festival – in the colors (part 4/14) ]

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[vg_dailymotion k5gNMLYWnVi4JZIfDw#Paleo festival – 5/14##Ben Harper – Paleo Festival – diamonds on the inside (part 5/14) ]

[vg_dailymotion k4Fvjqa4yQpIVQIfJW#Paleo festival – 6/14##Ben Harper – Paleo Festival – whipping boy (part 6/14) ]

[vg_dailymotion k6av3fHHMTiVT0Ig8I#Paleo festival – 7/14##Ben Harper – Paleo Festival – forgiven (part 7/14) ]

[vg_dailymotion k4d9d6IQDCpDu7IkUI#Paleo festival – 8/14##Ben Harper – paleo festival – Black rain (part 8/14) ]

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[vg_dailymotion kQv71VXnUKOGaCIl2y#Paleo festival – 9/14##Ben Harper – Paleo Festival – Burn One Down (part 9/14) ]

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[vg_dailymotion k50slVbYpzEgqUImhu#Paleo festival – 11/14##Ben Harper – Paleo – Better Way (part 11/14) ]

[vg_dailymotion k7zuF9wb2I4YQUIgeX#Paleo festival – 12/14##Ben Harper & Vanessa Da Mata – paleo festival (part 12/14) ]

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[vg_dailymotion k3NLjznGdbGTXFImqk#Paleo festival – 13/14##Ben Harper – Paleo – Like A King (part 13/14) ]

[vg_dailymotion kshOkWsiA5bL7TImvy#Paleo festival – 14/14##Ben Harper – Paleo – I’ll rise (part 14/14) ]

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Ben Harper: New dates added (Europe)

[lang_en]Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, come back in Europe. they will do severals music festivals, many dates will be in France. See all the dates of the European Summer Tour 2008.

Date
Lieux
Festivals
Fri
Jul 4
Bavilliers, France
Sat
Jul 5
Werchter, Belgium
Sun
Jul 6
London, England
Mon
Jul 7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Thu
Jul 10
Barcelona, Spain
Sat
Jul 12
Lisbon, Portugal
Tue
Jul 15
Six Fours les Plages, France
Thu
Jul 17
Carhaix Plouguer, France
Sat
Jul 19
Bern, Switzerland
Sun
Jul 20
Zurich, Switzerland
Thu
Jul 24
Verona, Italy
Fri
Jul 25
Arezzo, Italy
Sat
Jul 26
Rome, Italy

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Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, reviennent pour une tournée européenne. Ils participeront essentiellement à des Festivals, plusieurs dates sont déjà officielles pour la France. Voici donc les concerts prévus pour le moment en Europe pour 2008.

Date
Lieux
Festivals
Fri
Jul 4
Bavilliers, France
Sat
Jul 5
Werchter, Belgium
Sun
Jul 6
London, England
Mon
Jul 7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Thu
Jul 10
Barcelona, Spain
Sat
Jul 12
Lisbon, Portugal
Tue
Jul 15
Six Fours les Plages, France
Thu
Jul 17
Carhaix Plouguer, France
Sat
Jul 19
Bern, Switzerland
Sun
Jul 20
Zurich, Switzerland
Thu
Jul 24
Verona, Italy
Fri
Jul 25
Arezzo, Italy
Sat
Jul 26
Rome, Italy

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[lang_en]Jack Johnson : new album 100% Eco-friendly ![/lang_en][lang_fr]Jack Johnson : un album 100% écolo ![/lang_fr]

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Early in 2007, Jack Johnson began remodeling an old L.A. mansion that also houses a recording studio and offices for his record label, Brushfire Records. Eco-friendly building renovations were made, and last June he began tracking his new album, Sleep Through the Static, out this month. The album was produced by J.P. Plunier, with recording and mixing by engineer Robert Carranza, and features Johnson’s band: Merlo Podlewski on bass, Adam Topol on drums and Zach Gill on keyboards. In contrast to the Pro Tools production on Johnson’s recent albums, the group went analog this time, tracking to Studer 24-track. “I liked not looking at the music on a computer screen — just hearing it,” says Johnson. “If it had a good feel, you moved on, living with your little mistakes. Those little mistakes become part of the character of the song.

“I am not a real audiophile; I leave that stuff to Robert,” Johnson continues. “The guys in the band can hear the difference between tape and digital. I have always been more into the songwriting and putting the song together. But it feels really warm, and we aren’t using a click. We just go sit in the room together and track the songs.”

Jack Johnson with his guitar on the steps of his new recording studio, Solar Plastic Power Plant. “We found this old building in Los Angeles with a room in the back with high ceilings — perfect for a studio,” says Johnson. “We wanted to make it as eco-friendly as possible: We put the solar panels on the roof. We are using bamboo for the floors, which is a replaceable resource, and we used the old wood to put in floors and ceilings in the house. We have toilets with the low-flush option, and the insulation in the walls is all recycled blue jeans. When you have the chance to do it this way, why not do it?”

“We used a variety of microphones for the drums,” says Carranza. “For the overheads, we used Audio-Technica 4050s. They have a nice top-end brilliance and warmth. You can get them really close to the cymbals and they sound really good. For the toms, we used standard 451s. Snare was a 57 with a 451 tied to it, bottom snare was a 451. Hi-hat was a 451. On the kick drum, we had an [AKG] D 12, which has a nice ‘pump’ to it. Adam [Topol’s, above] sound is very much how he plays, and he tunes them a certain way that works for him. We put up a stereo room mic about three feet back, an AKG, which gives an overall sound for everything.”

Engineer Robert Carranza positions a Telefunken | USA U 47AE. “He is our sound now,” says Johnson of his longtime engineer. “In a certain way, he is in the band.”

“Jack has kind of a velvet voice, and this is the first time I really got the sound I have been trying to get all along,” says Carranza. On the guitar is an Audio-Technica 4050.

Zach Gill’s keyboards include Celeste, Clavinet, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Moog and piano. “He did most of the piano live,” explains Carrana. “It was blocked off, with the soundboard faced away from the drums with a little gobo, some 451s and that was our tracking style. Sometimes he played through a little Fender Deluxe amp miked with a [Shure] 57.” Pianos went through two Neve 1073s miked L/C/R using less of the center to create space.

Carranza miked Johnson’s acoustic guitar with an AKG. “Jack is such a mellow player. He would sometimes play acoustic, sometimes electric, all done live in the room,” Carranza says. “One of the best things about making this record is that we used the Avion headphone system. You can discretely send tracks to each player and everyone can make and store their own mixes.”

Analog treats (top-bottom): Summit Audio DCL-200 Dual compressor/limiter, Empirical Labs EL-7 Fatso Jr., Ridge Farm Boiler ultra compressor. (“Serial number 35,” says Carranza. “When you want something to go crazy, put it through that box.”), Tube-Tech-Dual Compressor CL 2A. Lindcraft Denmark tube stereo compressor, TLA-100A Summit tube leveling amplifier, and a Teletronix LA2A original limiter. (“When used with an amplifier, it zooms in on sound and brings out all the little characteristics that are in there.”)

Many amps on the project were borrowed from producer J.P. Plunier’s collection. “The one on the left is a Bell stereo amplifier that has two inputs so you can create a stereo effect; we used that one quite a bit,” says Carranza. “The little orange one is an old Gibson. We also used the little combo on the bottom with the tweed design. Standard miking [included] an SM7 or a 57; sometimes, I put the 251 on the amp farther back.”

Overall, signal chains were simple. “All the drums went through APIs,” says Carranza. “Room mics went through Neves. API straight in, straight to tape, with just a little bit of API EQ. Adam has his drums dialed in, and they sound good the way they are. Jack’s acoustic went through a Neve, bass went through the UA 610s with those great tube electronics.” Vocals went through an API mic pre from the Telefunken | USA U-47 re-issue into the API 512, into an LA-2A and straight into tape. “We used the 1176 every once in a while, not too much; this is more of an LA-2A kind of record. No aggressive stuff.” Acoustic guitars went through APIs with graphic EQ to add high end

Source: http://mixonline.com

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L’artiste a enregistré son prochain opus d’une manière originale, en respectant l’environnement.

 

Le prochain album de Jack Johnson, “Sleep Through The Static”, est attendu pour le 4 février prochain. Le premier single, “If I Had Eyes”, est disponible sur les plateformes de téléchargement depuis le 13 décembre. La particularité de ce disque est qu’il a été enregistré dans des studios d’Hawaï fonctionnant entièrement à l’énergie solaire ! L’esprit écologiste du chanteur se répercutera sur les thèmes des chansons. “Certains titres traitent du monde dans lequel nos enfants vont grandir, à la fois rempli de guerre et d’amour, de pessimisme et d’espoir”, a précisé l’artiste au magazine américain Billboard.

 

Le dernier album studio de Jack Johnson, “In Between Dreams”, date de 2005. Cet ancien champion de surf, reconverti en chanteur, y livrait avec sa guitare acoustique quelques ballades et mélodies simples, agrémentées de son grain de voix profond. En 2006, l’artiste est retourné en studio pour élaborer la bande son du film d’animation “Curious George”. (source: musicactu.com)

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