On This Day..
1966 Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. Among the first wave of American bands to become popular in the wake of the British invasion, the group combined rock, folk, and country music into a sound all its own. Its million-selling song ‘For What It’s Worth’ became a political anthem for the turbulent late 1960s.
1973 Winners at this year’s Grammy Awards included, Roberta Flack who won Song of the year and Record of the year with ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and Harry Nilsson won Best pop vocal performance for ‘Without You.’
1990 During a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities; Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Matsuyama, Nagoya, Niigata, Osaka, Sapporp, Sendai and Takamatsu.
2008 Beatles engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed “Normal Norman” by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums including Saucerful of Secrets and as Hurricane Smith had the 1971 UK No.2 hit ‘Don’t Let It Die’.
Brand New Music
Blanck Mass | World Eater
This is Benjamin John Power’s third solo record away from his main thing Fuck Bottons, and it may finally represent a identity that is no longer related to his original gig. The contrasts in style in World Eater are so much fun to listen to. While still retaining a balance throughout, the dance-floor highs and the transcendental modes strike a ferocious and intense tone.
Grandaddy | Last Place
Beautifully captivating in it’s own way, Last Place is ultimately incredibly sad, to be sure. COS put it really well, “Last Place feels like running into a once-dear friend. You make plans to see each other again over a meal or a drink, but even as you head off in opposite directions, delighted by the run-in, you aren’t sure when you’ll see them again. Nevertheless, you’re glad they’re doing well, if only for a moment.”
Ed Sheeran | ÷
In looking for words to describe the newest from Ed Sheeran I kept coming back to, mediocrity. Sickly sweet and completely over-produced, I’m not sure I expected anything else. Cheap sentiments and noticeably creepy lyrics, somehow I feel that songs from this record will be strummed around campfires this summer for all the wrong reasons.