On This Day…
1954 – Elvis Presley, Bill Black and Scotty Moore made their first appearance a The Grand Old Opry, which coincided with their second Sun single, “Good Rockin’ Tonight”. The performance was so poorly received that the Opry’s manager, Jim Denny, told Elvis that he should go back to driving a truck.
1969 – Featuring Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, as well as a soundtrack featuring The Band, Jimi Hendrix and Steppenwolf, the film “Easy Rider” opened at The Classic in London.
1986 – Mere days after getting his licence back following a five-year suspension, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band was arrested in Florida for drunk driving.
1996 – Oasis outraged the crowd and industry gathered at New York’s Radio City Music Hall when, during their performance of ‘Champagne Supernova’ at the MTV Awards, singer Liam Gallagher spat on stage and threw a beer into the crowd.
Brand Spanking New Music
Dam-Funk | Invite The Light
Just a few days removed from selling a collection of synths out of his trunk in a LA parking lot, legendary funk producer Dam-Funk released his second work of 2015, following his STFU EP. Sticking to his ever-reliable, amazingly funky and polyester sound, it’s difficult to imagine listening to this record anywhere but behind the wheel of a ’64 Impala.
Miley Cyrus | Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
This one is kinda not good. I mean, I appreciate the effort here – this record rides the line between completely unlistenable trash and a ‘must listen’. Playful, subversive, experimental and sickly-sweet the whole thing has the appeal of Miley Cyrus singing along with a synth-iPhone app. The most substantial thing Cyrus has done to date and may end up being held up as “what happens when good Christian girls smoke pot” and a large reason why the US Federal Government doesn’t legalize pot nationwide. Coincidentally, it also really makes me want to take a shower.
The Arcs | Yours, Dreamily
The first one from Dan Auerbach’s “new” group (a collection of musicians he worked with when he produced Dr. John and Lana Del Rey) has kept his foray from Blues-Rock to Rock ‘n’ Soul a very familiar affair. The Black Keys, Auerbach’s main group, is regularity panned for operating in a very limited space – relying on the same old tropes to create the same old style. This work with The Arc’s doesn’t show so much of a strech when it comes to style, but if anything, it simply is a showcase of what makes The Black Keys, and the music of Dan Auerbach, so lisenable in the first place.