EditorialFor the love of music


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Craig Clemens

June 24, 2016

On This Day..

1966 After holding a press conference aboard a yacht in New York City, The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth North American tour at the Manning Bowl, Lynn, Massachusetts, with support acts The McCoys and The Standells.

1978 – Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Devo, Brand X and The Atlanta Rhythm Section all appeared at Knebworth Park, England, tickets cost £6 ($10).

1991 – Frank Zappa took part at the concert ‘Adieu Soviet Army’, organised in Prague, as the farewell to the last soldiers of Soviet Red Army, leaving free Czechoslovakia (the Red Army had occupied Czechoslovakia since the Prague spring). This was probably Zappa’s last rock appearance on the stage and it is recorded on the album Adieu C. A. (Soviet Army).

2012 – The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried was withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine. More than 10,000 fans signed a petition against the sale of the tomb at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Julien’s Auctions said it would not sell the crypt until the cemetery “finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis”.


Brand New Music

Deerhoof | The Magic
One of the toughest things to do as a group is to replicate the energy of a live show in a studio. Ever since the advent of home recordings, this has been a problem. Deerhoof does a really, really great job in stamping their vintage, ragged blend of punk, electro and gnarly R&B of their previous records and stage show into The Magic.

DJ Shadow | The Mountain Will Fall
DJ Shadow hasn’t lost much of his swagger from him early 00’s heyday. Keeping his signature rhythmic sound, even if he’s changed many of his methods, The Mountain Will Fall remains a really fun listen. He’s not reinventing the wheel or exploring a ‘new sound’, Josh Davis is releasing something that he probably wants to listen to – and the results, although not advantageous, are still a great accomplishment.

RiFF RAFF | Peach Panther
The game of “weird rappers” has changed significantly since RiFF’s debut in 2014 – Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Dicky, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, even Desiigner’s “Panda” is pouring codeine-infused weirdness onto the hip hop charts. Peach Panther offers more of the same as RiFF recreates his image (and his body, in gaining 50 pounds of muscle in the last 2 years) with new alias’ such as Carlos Slim, (“I might move to Mexico, Carlos Slim”). There’s a few radio hits on here and the record itself will do fine, but RiFF RAFF has lost the appeal of this weirdness he once had to others and he’s going to have to up that game to stay on top.