On This Day…
1963 – Fans at King George’s Hall in Blackburn, Lancashire began the tradition of throwing jelly beans at The Beatles while they were on stage, after George Harrison mentioned, off-the-cuff, that he enjoyed eating them.
1990 – The mansion owned by the group 5 Star was repossessed by bailiffs for non-payment of mortgage. The band had achieved 15 top 40 hits over the previous five years.
1994 – Left Eye, of TLC, set fire to her boyfriend’s Atlanta mansion burning it to the ground and causing in excess of $2-million in damages. She was convicted of arson and sentenced to 5 years probation and a $10,000 fine.
2002 – It was announced that Mick Jagger was to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music
Brand New Music
Jenny Hval | Apocalypse, girl
This is an absolutely staggering record. Dealing with big ideas about life and society in the West in an intensely personal and dream-like way, this LP positions Hval as a sort of poet-pop star hybrid. According to COS, “Apocalypse, girl is an understated mesh of free jazz and artful improvisation, guiding us out of the nightmare capitalism has dreamed for us and into sexual liberation and individual rebirth.”
Sharon Van Etten | I Don’t Want To Let You Down
This EP is most definitely a stop-gap of creative material in between records, but that creative cup runneth over. Using her amazing control of her own voice to relay 4 songs of emotionally complex material in such a dexterous way is, quite plainly, very beautiful to hear.
FFS | Self-Titled
Seriously good, this album is still very silly at times. The skills of Sparks and Franz Ferdinand are undeniable, but there are times here where the combination of their own humor and skill combine to make the listener laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. This album succeeds on it’s own terms – it’s own smear of playful, glammy, dance rock.