Friday, May 01, 2015

Lindstrom on Runddans

XLR8R has a good interview with Hans-Peter Lindstrøm on what it was like working with Todd and Emil on the Runddans album and more detail son how it came about and who did what. "[I]t’s not the kind of album that you put on and do some work while it’s playing; you really have to concentrate, I think. And you’ll get different things out of it every time you listen—there are a lot of musical references to Todd’s past, for instance, and all kinds of things that are important to us, and that we hope listeners will enjoy as well. So, basically, it’s serious listening music."

4 Star review of Runddans

The Guardian says of the collaboration "The vibe is more often trippy and transcendental than indulgent, whereas even the most far-out moments fail to disguise Rundgren’s pop nous, most evident in the synth rushes of Put Your Arms Around Me and the electrifying soloing that follows it."

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Podcast Four: 2015

PING! Yes, a new podcast and some Todd to talk about. But there is more with 3rd album's galore.

The Prodigy - The Day is My Enemy

Todd Rundgren - Global

Halestorm - Into the Wild

Laura Marling - Short Movie

Marina & The Diamonds - Froot

Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

Check out this episode!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Todd on Letterman

30 Years of Todd on Letterman Meanwhile John Mellencamp asks why Todd isn't in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beatles Time

 Advance stream of Todd Rundgren’s quite straight version of “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” from the forthcoming multi-artist Cleopatra album Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles.

Monday, April 27, 2015

More reviews for Global.

Q Magazine in a 2 star review says whilst Global is 'more cheery than 2013's State' it is 'less appealing'.

Mojo Magazine too are not feeling the love, stating it lacks" the quality of songwriting in his best best work from the '70s"

The Evening Telegraph's Kevin Bryan says: "It's not the most subtle offering that Rundgren has ever unleashed on his discerning devotees but as an exercise in rather superior synth-based dance music it fulfils its function more than adequately, with Evrybody, Blind and Terra Firma emerging as the best of the bunch."

Meanwhile, Record Collector's Joseph Adair says: "Global is as pastiche-y as the album’s cartoon-styled portrait sleeve, but no less enjoyable for that"  in its 3 star review.

It's about playing live, stupid

There is an interview with Todd in the ClevelandPlain Dealer where he once again speaks up against artist that are obsessed with maintaining the album/CD cash cow

“The performing is what you’re there for,” he said. “Musicians have to be reminded that 120 years ago, there was no such thing as a record industry. Since then, artists have come to rely on album sales for the bulk of their income. But with today’s technology, where anyone can record and distribute a record via programs such as Pro Tools or Garage Band and sites such as Soundcloud and Reverbnation, it’s almost as if we’re going back to the good old days.The changes only highlight the fact that the live performance is the most essential part of a musician’s life, and the rest is all merchandise,” he said.