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Craig Clemens

August 26, 2016

On This Day…

1967 The Beatles held a press conference at University College in Bangor, North Wales with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Beatles announced that they had become disciples of the guru and that they renounced the use of drugs. The four had become members of the Maharishi’s ‘Spiritual Regeneration Movement’, which obligated them to donate one week’s earnings each month to the organization.

1970 Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, (his last ever UK appearance), Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Arrival, Cactus, Family, Taste, Mungo Jerry, ELP, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone and Free all appeared over three days at the third Isle Of Wight Festival. Weekend tickets, £3.

2005 Green Day were named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards, they also won best live act. Welsh metal group Funeral For a Friend won best British band, while New Jersey’s My Chemical Romance picked up best album and best video. Iron Maiden were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame and Marilyn Manson took the Icon Award. Best single went to Foo Fighters’ ‘Best of You’ while Trivium were named best international newcomers. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was named classic songwriter while Killing Joke were given a lifetime achievement accolade.

2007 Police who raided the home of US rap star DMX, found 12 neglected pit bull terrier dogs and a number of guns. The bodies of three more dogs had been buried. No arrests were made and DMX told police he had not been at the property in Arizona for at least two months. The rapper who had launched his own range of dog clothing, including caps, scarves and raincoats for canines also featured on the cover of his latest album, Year of the Dog… Again, with a pit bull straining at the leash.


Brand New Music
By Craig Clemens & Jonathan Knox

De La Soul | And The Anonymous Nobody
After raising over $600,000 for the cause, De La Soul has finally delivered on their Kickstarter promise with the new crowdfunded LP and the Anonymous Nobody. Although this record never really had a chance of standing up to their quintessential 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul did something that they’d never done before: actually record their own samples. After struggling for years with lawsuits and labels holding the rights to music they wanted to sample they’ve finally created, literally, their own sound. Recording over 300 hours of original material from jam sessions at their Vox Studios in LA directly to tape – they created a form of completely guilt-free sampling that works incredibly well.

Carly Rae Jepsen | E•MO•TION: Side B
To mark a year after releasing her 2015 Pop music masterpiece, E•MO•TION, Carly Rae Jepsen collects eight unreleased songs from that album’s recording sessions for, E•MO•TION: Side B. This new album keeps with the original’s big-80s Pop leaning sound, particularly evident on lead-off track, the early-Madonna sounding “First Time”. There are indeed other standouts (“Higher”, “Fever”, “Cry”), though this time around, the Pop isn’t quite as varied. That said, fans of the original album should still definitely check this one out.

Glass Animals | How To Be A Human Being
Fresh off their triumphant release ZABA, Glass Animals return with this, a brilliantly layered and broadly strange and intoxicating LP. Amazingly executed and inventive to the last, this record shows a inner madness of these four Oxford dudes in both a clear and murky lens.