On This Day..
1963 – Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).
1976 – After a gig in Memphis Bruce Springsteen took a cab to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home and proceeded to climb over the wall. A guard took him to be another crank fan and apprehended him.
1980 – Black Sabbath began their first tour with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne.
2001 – Rod Stewart asked for a change in wedding vows bringing them up to-date and to be treated like a dog license. Stewart said ‘a change is needed because they’ve been in existence for 600 years when people used to live until they were only 35’.
Brand New Music
Beyoncé | Lemonade
Did Jay-Z cheat on Beyoncé with “Becky with the good hair”? To Jay-Z and Beyoncé, it probably doesn’t matter. In a brilliant move of creative story telling and branding, Beyoncé has woven her tale of emotional and marital meltdown into a bold and personal statement. Lemonade is littered with her own worldview; how Beyoncé sees and interacts with her surroundings and it’s really, really good. Big, loud, emotionally dazzling and ultimately therapeutic, this is the best couples therapy session of all time. Naturally, it’s exclusive to TIDAL and HBO right now, so you’ll have to listen to it there.
Drake | VIEWS
A little less digestible than his previous two mixtapes, VIEWS is lacking some really heavy hitting tracks – but you were never going to get 20 bangers from a Drake record. That’s just not a thing. Drake may get accused of being a little bit of a naval gazer, but this is his love-letter to his hometown, so we watch him do it and it’s not bad.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Nonagon Infinity
Winning ‘Donnie Darko’ award this week is King Gizzard. There’s a huge amount of urgency and creativity in this release. The whole thing is a big of a novelty – the record itself loops seamlessly back to the first track, and it’s maybe meant to be listened to for infinity. The great thing about the LP is that it doesn’t feel like a novelty – it feels genuine. Each of the nine tunes effortlessly shape-shift into each other melting and oozing together to create something greater, brighter and continuously moving into new sonic territory.