On This Day…
1972 – Written after the ‘Bloody Sunday Massacre’, in Northern Ireland Paul McCartney and Wings released ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish.’ The song was banned by the BBC and the IBA. It peaked at No. 16 in the UK and NO. 21 in the US.
1994 – The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side of The Moon had become the fourth biggest-selling album in US history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. The album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
2006 – Following 2003’s false starts, The Rolling Stones finally performed for the first time in mainland China, at Shanghai’s Grand Stage Theatre. The Stones were banned from performing three songs (Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, Rough Justice). Chinese rock star Cui Jian joined the band on stage for a duet with Mick Jagger on Wild Horses.
2012 – It was reported that organizers for the 2012 ceremony had recently asked the manager of The Who if legendary drummer Keith Moon would be able to perform at the forthcoming London Olympics Games. Who manager Bill Curbishley, told The Times how he responded to the request. “I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to The Who’s anthemic line ‘I hope I die before I get old,'” he said. “If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him.”
Brand New Music
Tim Hecker | Love Streams
Hecker takes on a lot of complex and abstract ideas with Love Streams. Constantly experimental but beautifully technical. Hecker has a innate sense of what he’s trying to do, and in this last one he draws the listener in and holds them tight to the last note.
Parquet Courts | Human Performance
Track by track, note by note, Human Peroformance is an incredible exploration in rock music. Although they may have lost a bit of their intimacy, they remain tight and melodic. Lyrically still packed with droll and dry observations, Parquet Courts seem to finally be coming into themselves as songwriters and as a band.
Frightened Rabbit | Painting Of A Panic Attack
This is a wonderful record and despite near full line-up changes, personal life traumas and changes in geography that were far too evident on previous records, the bands essence has remained the same. Painting Of A Panic Attack is absolutely bigger and much more mature while the songs are currant and inclusive. Something that the stability of relationships and a nice life on the West Coast (something the band has enjoyed for a number of months now) really injected into their sound. Never worry, fans of the old Frighted Rabbit, happiness has not changed the sound – it has only given it more focus.