On This Day..
1958 – Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. Presley would earn $78 per month as an army private.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono started their week long ‘bed-in’ in the presidential suite at The Amsterdam Hilton hotel. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.
1983 – Motown Records celebrated its 25 anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, featuring; The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5. During his performance of “Billie Jean” Michael Jackson slid backwards across the stage, debuting the ‘Moonwalk’.
1999 – 73-year-old Country music singer Ray Price was arrested in his Texas home for possession of marijuana. He was fined $200 after pleading no contest to the charges. According to Price in a 2008 interview, old friend Willie Nelson – no stranger to marijuana arrests – phoned and told him he’d just earned $5 million in free publicity with the drug bust.
Brand New Music
Bob Mould | Patch The Sky
Coming full-circle and under-playing his advanced age of 55 by a huge margin. Bob Mould, with his 11th studio album, can still work a six-string better than many who are half his age. Finding a great contrast of melody and angst, Mould has turned his music into a personal pool of refection, a blank watery canvas where he expertly throws stones of his own short comings and emotions.
Margo Price | Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
Possibly one of the better country records of 2016, Margo Price has delivered the first full-fledged country release on Third Man Records. A fresh take on classic tropes and whims of old-country & western music, Margo Price shows she is an absolute master of detailing the problems of her own life within the confines of this sound – all the while, she remains simultaneously sophisticated. This is a brilliant piece of storytelling and songwriting.
Open Mike Eagle & Paul White | Hella Personal Film Festival
For those with a short attention span, you will find little value in Festival, to your own detriment. Even as the material remains magnetic, this new LP is refreshing and varied, while Open Mike Eagle finds the right delivery and attitude through a long, challenged and sometimes modest set of tunes.