This Day in Music..
1966 Paul Jones left Manfred Mann just as “Pretty Flamingo” was climbing the US charts. He was replaced by singer Mike D’Abo, who would take over lead vocals on the bands next hit, “The Mighty Quinn,” a song written by Bob Dylan.
1973 Diana Ross scored her second US No.1 single with “Touch Me In The Morning”. The song marked a turning point in her career, coming immediately after her Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in her acting debut, Lady Sings the Blues.
1979 Chic went to No.1 on the US singles chart with “Good Times”, the group’s second US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK.
2012 American singer and songwriter Scott McKenzie died aged 73. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, ‘San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)’. He also joined a new version of The Mamas and the Papas and co-wrote “Kokomo” (1988), a No.1 single for The Beach Boys.
Brand New Music
Grizzly Bear | Painted Ruins
All told, Painted Ruins is one of the groups strongest works. A rewarding listen the LP is wonderfully complex as the group burrows themselves into the subject of things crumbling around them. They don’t necessarily drastically change from the ‘Grizzly Bear’-sound but it should be said that the formula is so naturally enthralling and unpredictable in the first place that it’s just a lot of fun to hear another incarnation of this.
Everything Everything | A Fever Dream
In continuing to push their own boundaries of creativity and overall abilities as a group to new levels, Everything Everything have come sour with a completely focused, polished and amazingly experimental. In it’s subtler moments it’s anxiety-inducing, emotional and high-contrast, but overall the whole LP remains a intense, dizzy trip.
Steven Wilson | To The Bone
Although the production overall is immaculately clean, To The Bone is not perfect. It still takes honesty and guts to delve into uncharted musical waters 30 years into his career. Citing the likes of Peter Gabriel, Talk Talk, and Kate Bush, Steve Wilson delivers prog-pop it only sometimes hits the mark.