On This Day..
1966 – The Monkees first recording sessions took place. These sessions featured members of the Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles but proved to be unsuccessful.
1991 – Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr kicked off an 8-date tour at the Gothic Theater in Denver. Other notable acts who’ve appeared include Death Cab for Cutie, The Fray, The Cranberries, Gavin Rossdale (of Bush), The Wallflowers, Rise Against, Blue Öyster Cult and The Black Keys.
1993 – Irish singer Sinead O’Connor took out a full-page ad in the Irish Times asking the public to “stop hurting me please.” She blamed her troubles on abuse she suffered as a child. O’Connor was still being criticized for ripping up a picture of the Pope during an appearance on Saturday Night Live the previous October.
2006 – The surviving members of Led Zeppelin met at a secret rehearsal space in England to run through songs for the forthcoming 02 Arena benefit tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder, the late Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first time the three members had been in the same room with instruments since their four-song set at Led Zeppelin’s 1995 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Brand New Music
Sumac | What One Becomes
An extremely visceral and intense listen, it’ll be hard to find a better metal record this year. Although sometimes it may feel like they’re just throwing exciting and overly technical parts at you to impress the listener, these parts fit so well together that it sounds more like a carefully composed study than a wank-fest. Dense, hard, reckless but completely in control, Sumac hit it out of the park.
The Monkees | Good Times!
Hey look! It’s the Monkees! And it’s also 2016? Critics are questioning if this is their best work since the ’60’s. Is that even possible? How is this LP likeable? How can a group, as vaunted as this, take a 20-year hiatus and still come up with the a quality record? This is like if ‘The Phantom Menace’, or any of the Star Wars prequels had been good; like really, really good.
The Invisible | Patience
If you’re unfamiliar with CBC Radio 2’s Laurie Brown, you should probably be acquainted. Late weekday nights you find her spinning sometimes dark, always mysterious and hazy new music from around the world – focusing, of course, mostly on artists from Canada. She’s basically got her next show right here. Sounding free of the pretense of trying to find their sound, The Invisible have settled into something that they know they can do super well.