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Craig Clemens

May 27, 2016

On This Day…

1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ A UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film “The Searchers” was playing. Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “that’ll be the day” was the Inspiration behind the song. It was also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently became The Beatles.

1963 – The album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released by Columbia in the US. Establishing Bob Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesperson for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached No. 22 in the US charts and No. 1 in the UK charts. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame.

1964 – Eleven boys were suspended from a school in Coventry, England for having Mick Jagger haircuts.

1964 – Pirate radio station ‘Sutch’ was started by Screaming Lord Sutch, broadcasting from former army fort ‘Shivering Sands’ in The Thames Estuary.

2008 – Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University. Yale’s president, Richard Levin, said; The former Beatle had ‘awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll and to rhythm and blues’. A band played “Hey Jude” as Sir Paul, 65, walked on stage to accept his degree.

2010 – Dozens of AC/DC fans needed treatment after complaining of burning eyes during a concert on the runway of Wels Airport, Wels, Austria. Around 150 fans had to be treated. Doctors found that the fans showed allergic reactions to bark mulch spread at the venue – the runway of Wels Airport, to avoid the soil getting too muddy after hours of massive rainfall.

2013 – A report was published saying how many musicians were frustrated with fans filming gigs on their smartphones. Jack White and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had both put up signs at their concerts asking people to leave their phones in their pockets.


Brand New Music

Gold Panda | Good Luck and Do Your Best
Again excelling at what they do best, combining diverse sonic ideas with repetition and a strong sence of motif, GLADYB comes off with a bit of swagger. Warm and sunny from start to finish, Gold Panda gained inspiration for their 3rd LP from trip to Japan. Far from a simple ‘audio journal’ this record attempts, and succeeds, in reflecting their own interpretation of the colours of Japan. Pencil this one in as one of the best electronic records of 2016.

Beth Orton | Kidsticks
It takes a while for this one to grow on you, but as it does Kidsticks reveals itself as a truly complex and beautifully crafted eclectic resurrection of Beth Orton’s musical output. Remaining soulful yet plain, Orton’s voice compliments an experimental and one-of-a-kind LP that is as sparse as it is challenging and artistically dense. In taking these risks as an artist, and as a musician, Orton has shown a ton of class in releasing what is subjectively her best record to date.

Holy Fuck | Congrats
Holy Fuck is impossible to ignore, even though it’s been nearly a full 6 years since their last album. They’re much clearer in their vision here, having spent a majority of their ‘time off’ from recorded music refining the sound of their vivid and animated live shows they’ve reached an artistic maturity level that shows on Congrats. This is a proper studio record. And they’ve remained just a hard and ever.