On This Day…
1967 – The ‘Summer of Love’ began, in earnest, as today was the first day of the Monterey Pop Festival in San Francisco. All the proceeds went to charity as all the artists agreed to perform for free. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag. John Phillips, of The Mamas and The Papas wrote, ‘San Francisco, (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’ to promote the festival, which later became a hit for Scott McKenzie.
1980 – Starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and featuring Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles, the Blues Brothers premiered in Chicago.
1988 – Montley Crue’s Vince Neil married mud wrestler Sharisse Rudell.
2000 – At the Temecula border crossing in San Diego CA, Snoop Dogg’s ‘Up In Smoke’ tour bus was stopped on the first night of it’s tour after border patrol smelled marijuana wafting from the bus. One member of the crew was arrested.
Brand New Music
Gengahr | A Dream Outside
This is a very remarkable debut. Defined almost by it’s own dynamism, floaty, angsty, and broken hearted, these psychpop melodies might be the funnest record to listen to in a long, long time.
High On Fire | Luminiferous
Every once in a while an album comes along that takes heavy metal to the masses and really engages fans who don’t even really listen to the genre on a regular basis. Luminiferous is one of those records. With no pretension and amazing bad-assery these tracks are filled with mammoth riffs and hungry, anxious noise. It’s beautiful.
Jaakko Eino Kalevi | Self Titled
Arguably the best disco-pop to come out a Helsinki bedroom. With layer upon layer of amazing groove, vocals, and percussion, this strange world of rhythm manages his joyful idiosyncrasies without losing his focus.