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Pink Floyd win German music award Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Nick Mason - 2015 Echo music awardsPink Floyd emerged winners yesterday in the 2015 Echo music awards, in the category for Best International Rock/Pop Band, and broadcast on Das Erste ("The First"), or Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen ("First German Television"), which is the principal publicly owned television channel in Germany. The Echo awards are run by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, an association of recording companies of Germany to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. Winners are determined by the previous year's sales.

The Floyd's recent album, The Endless River, was up against Coldplay (Ghost Stories), The Common Linnets, Sunrise Avenue (Fairytales - best of 2006 - 2014), and U2 (Songs of Innocence), but emerged the winner as announced by German band The Scorpions (who of course started Roger's 1990 The Wall Live In Berlin concert).

As you can see in the video (which comes with a German voiceover) Nick does express a certain disappointment at not winning the Best Newcomer category, but he does state how thrilled he was that The Endless River was acknowledged, particularly as it formed a tribute to the late Richard Wright. Praise is also given to the record company (which is now Warners) for their part in the album's success, and to the German fans for their constant support.

You can view the video of Nick receiving the award through this link.

Jon Carin auction recording session released Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 March 2015

The Unemployed Teachers - Pavlov's ChalkboardWay back in March 2010 we updated you on the result of an auction which had on offer a recording session with Jon Carin, renowned producer and musician for the likes of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, and David Gilmour, which was won by BD regular Mark Owen Nutto.

Mark told us then that "recording with Jon was a blast and it was much more than I expected it to be. Up front, I had a little apprehension, so I'll tell you a few things of my experience that [others] might find of interest. After winning the auction, I sent Jon three of my songs, in a demo form, and he provided guidance on the one he thought best for recording. I sent him the song in a Pro Tools file in advance of our recording session. When the day finally came to record in a professional studio in Manhattan NY, I didn't quite know what to expect, as I have never hung out with any “rock stars” before. Would he bite off the head of a bat like Ozzy Osbourne? How was the song going to turn out? How much time would we have?

"Well, Jon is quite the professional, not only on how he approaches music, but on how he conducts himself. Musically, it was quite interesting on how he built the song up by recording tracks that started with a shaker track, then moved on to tambourine, snare drum, bass guitar, Kurzweil keyboards, lap steel, harmony vocals, and lead and rhythm guitar played with his trusty Gibson Firebird. It was quite amazing on how, in the space of a few hours, Jon built the song up until it became a quite beautiful and moving song. The next day was spent on mixing in Pro Tools HD and Jon went at it again using DigiDesign plug-ins and his expert ear.

"All along the way he was asking me what I thought and was open to any suggestions and input I had. In addition, Jon was relaxed in talking about all things Pink Floyd and even gave me a pointer or two on guitar playing. When I was a 15 year old lad, it was listening to David Gilmour's leads on Shine on you Crazy Diamond that led me to pick up guitar playing and subsequently to become a huge Pink Floyd Fan (saw the Animals, Wall, MLOR, Division Bell, and all the solo tours). So now, a few decades down the road, having an opportunity to record with a member of Pink Floyd is a dream come true and in some ways completes a full circle."

Well, the CD - Pavlov's Chalkboard by The Unemployed Teachers - is now available to buy, having been released at the end of 2014, and features special guest appearances by Jon Carin (on guitars, vocals, keyboards and percussion!) on Running With The Wind, and Greg Hawkes of The Cars, on Little Child. It's a really interesting album, quite heavily acoustic but with a variety of instrumentation used throughout. There's one track which is reminiscent of Wish You Were Here, betraying Mark's love of the Floyd! You can order it now from and also CDBaby.

New album Celebrating The Dark Side Of The Moon Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Celebrating The Dark Side Of The MoonReleased at the tail end of last year, by ACT Music, was the album Celebrating The Dark Side Of The Moon, by Nguyên Lê with Michael Gibbs and the NDR Bigband.

The idea behind a new reading of Pink Floyd's 1973 classic album came from ACT director Siggi Loch and NDR producers Stefan Gerdes and Axel Dürr, whose radio Big Band is no secret for jazz fans. Their idea was bold and aimed at linking tradition with today, combining Michael Gibbs – composer and arranger – with Nguyên Lê, a guitarist known for jumping stylistic borders. Lê draws on influences embracing all continents, and is painted with colours drawn from jazz, rock, and a kind of world fusion permeated with light.

Celebrating The Dark Side Of The Moon demonstrates this well, with the album not just covered, but adapted, and expanded in places they felt it was needed for their own experimentation. We heard all sorts of different sounds and influences in it - and at times, it felt like some of the late, great Frank Zappa's more jazzy pieces. Certainly makes for an interesting difference and we're all for novel and unusual interpretations of Pink Floyd's music.

You can order this album now through these direct links: Amazon UK,, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.

Pink Floyd at 50: further reader recollections and thoughts Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

pink_floyd_1965.pngOur pages marking the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd and asking for your thoughts, feelings and memories have clearly been very popular. We've had a great response via email and Facebook, and wanted to include even more here for everyone to enjoy.

We asked various questions, relating to the band's golden anniversary. What have been your Pink Floyd highlights - either the moments in their career you consider most significant, or the moments you remember best on a personal level? Did you see them live? Any special memories of that, or of hearing any of the albums for the first time? Any amusing stories? And, have you ever met any of the band? If so, please share the experience for those who haven't!

Below we start with a detailed, and fascinating piece from one of our Norwegian friends, with plenty of cherished memories. We'll be adding other submissions to this page too. We look forward to hearing from you if you've yet to join in with your memories. You can either email us at the normal address ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or join the conversation over at the Brain Damage Facebook page or our Twitter page. We're looking forward to seeing your responses!

Thoughts from BD contributor, JT, Oslo, Norway:

Music in general, but Pink Floyd in particular, is an extremely important part of my life. For me the music of Floyd is something that touches me in so many levels. It goes straight to my inner soul and evokes feelings I can’t control. Putting on a record and just dive into it and just get lost in all the emotions is a wonderful, but also a bit frightening thing to experience. Even more so hearing the band, or band members, perform it live and just lose contact with the real world...

Phil Manzanera describes The Sound of Blue Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 March 2015

Phil Manzanera - The Sound of BlueThe highly-respected, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, whom many of you would also have enjoyed as part of David Gilmour's touring band on his 2006 tour (and subsequent CD/DVD releases), enjoys a thriving solo career. Some of you may have heard his wonderful 2004 album, 6PM, partly on the strength of David guesting on it, or the follow-up, Firebird V11 which was released in 2008 to deserved acclaim.

Of course, more recently he worked extensively on The Endless River, helping to get that ready for release. But, not one to take it too easy, he's also been working on more of his own material - next Monday (March 23rd), a date worth noting in your diaries, is when Phil releases his new album, The Sound Of Blue in the UK and Europe. For those in the US, it is one week later (March 31st) and Canada follows (7th April).

Phil is releasing the album on his own label Expression Records, licensed to Universal Music Catalogue. The Sound of Blue is described as an instrumental memoir with one song, a cover of the track, 'No Church in the Wild' by Jay Z and Kanye West, who sampled Manzanera's guitar riff for the opening track of their 2012 smash album, 'Watch the Throne'. The Sound of Blue's 10 tracks are a musical memoir of this singular musician's life. Each track is illustrated by a short film created by Manzanera using personal iPhone and Super 8 footage. The album is produced by Manzanera and mastered by Pink Floyd soundman, Andy Jackson.

Phil: "When I write instrumental music I think about a possible narrative for each track. During the writing of The Sound of Blue it started evoking memories and emotions that I hadn't revisited in years: my 60's childhood in Latin America, Magdalena, my Colombian mother, the heady days in the 70s of early Roxy Music, music adventures in Spain and Sweden, days spent exploring Cornwall... and the unlikely musical coming together with two global rap stars. The Sound of Blue and its short films is in effect a sort of musical memoir."

To place your order now, for despatch to you on release, you can do so through these direct links: Amazon UK,, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.

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