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Craig Clemens

September 16, 2016

On This Day..

1967 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded 11 takes of ‘Your Mother Should Know’, giving the song a stronger beat, but this version of the song was discarded in favour of the original recording.

1970 – Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scotts in London for what would become the guitarist’s last ever public appearance.

1979 – The Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’ was released. While it was not the first single to feature rapping, it is generally considered to be the song that first popularized hip hop in the United States and around the world. The song’s opening lyric “I said a hip, hop, the hippie, the hippie to the hip hip hop” is world-renowned.


Brand New Music
By Craig Clemens and Jonathan Knox

Cymbals Eat Guitars | Pretty Years
Still incredibly crunchy, Cymbals Eat Guitars have been moving slowly towards this, their most beautiful and polished work, for quite some time. At points the record seems to lag and eat up any particular interesting parts, leaving us wishing that the whole thing was written at the same great level of songwriting. They’ve found a home in the emo-revival going around at the moment and while it’s not likely to last too incredibly long the group release Pretty Years into these circumstances with what they do best – a very decent emo rock record.

Against Me! | Shape Shift With Me
Their seventh album in a still devleoping discography you’d expect that Against Me! would change it up a little bit. But with Shape Shift, the Gainsville-natives stuck with the exact same abrasive punk rock that has brought them here. Although it has it’s poppy moments it’s the aggression that continues to shine through. Tunes like “Norse Truth” and “Suicide Bomber” grate at the listener with challenging lyrics and hard burning guitars.

Preoccupations | Preoccupations
After being (appropriately) pressured to change their name from Viet Cong, the post-punk band formerly known as, returns with a new name which also titles their anticipated sophomore album: Preoccupations. That new name could be a slight jab at people obsessed with the band’s name change, or it could be a five-syllable status report to the band’s families and friends during the making of this album. The album maintains a great focus throughout and the band sounds tighter (and clearer!) than ever before. Again not over-staying their welcome, these 9 new songs all fit together in their own world and thankfully, with the rest of the band’s catalogue. Still not compromising their sound over to the mainstream, Preoccupations have properly delivered on the hopes of their promising 2015 debut with a very worthy follow-up.