On this day…
2014 – James Kottak, drummer for the Scorpions, was sentenced to one month in a Dubai jail for insulting Islam, raising his middle finger, and being under the influence of alcohol at an airport.
1997 – After becoming agitated, Mark Morrison was fined £750 for threatening behavior in Leicester city centre. He believed someone had kicked his car.
1990 – Guns ‘n’ Roses frontman, Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, at Cupid’s Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced nine months later.
1982 – “Experts” claimed in a testimony to The California State Assembly consumer-proction-commitee that when ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was played backwards, it contained the words : “I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.”
Brand Spanking New Music
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld | Never Were The Way She Was
There are very few contemporary psedo-classical artists that I look forward to their next work, Colin Stetson is one of these acts. As always with Colin Stetson’s work, this whole thing is done without the aide of loops or overdubs – which is always completely insane. This time he’s collaborated with virtuosic violinist Sarah Neufeld who brings a great compliment to Stetson’s outsider’s way of playing the saxophone and clarinet. Now, usually live performances don’t make their way onto this feature, but these two performing live something that needs to be seen to be believed.
Mew | +-
It’s funny how time flies when you’re not releasing music. All of a sudden it’s been 5 years, half a decade(!) since the last Mew LP and you start wondering where all the time went. When a career spans as long as theirs has, taking a little time off to get the next offering right was probably the best move. The problem with this record is that unfortunately Mew has about two different perfect records already in the bank, and +- will undoubtedly be put beside them as an inferior piece of work – which is completely unfair. This one holds up just fine on it’s own, but it may take a few listens for it to truly sink in.
Nai Harvest | Hairball
Ah.. nothing like the tones of unbridled garage-punk-rock. The new one from Nai Harvest stays in keeping the same intensity that the UK duo are known for, and somehow just simplifies their previous work into a more concise song form. Sure, there’s less subtlety overall, but that almost makes this album all the more charming.