On this day…
1998 – George Michael was arrested for committing a sex act in a public toilet. Later stating, “I was followed into the restroom and this cop – well, I didn’t know he was a cop at the time obviously started playing this game. I think it’s called – I’ll show you mine, you show me yours, and then when you show me yours, I’m gonna nick you!” The singer was later fined $810 after being convicted of a “lewd act.”
1990 – Tommy Lee, of Motley Cru, was injured by falling from a lighting rig 20 feet in the air.
1988 – Alice Cooper accidentally hung himself in rehearsal when a safety rope snapped; he hung there for several seconds before a roadie saved him.
1985 – Wham! became the first ‘western pop group’ to perform in China when they played the workers gymnasium in Beijing.
…and born on this day was John Oates (1949) and arguably the greatest female jazz singer of all time Billie Holiday (1915).
Brand Spanking New Music
Lapalux | Lustmore
If you’ve been following this page recently, you know we’ve been super-excited for this release. Not necessarily because it was expected to be ground-breaking or genre defining, but simply because the leading singles sounds so cool. The resulting album from Lapalux, aka Stuart Howard, is steeped in heavy IDM and hip-hop that creates a layered nostalgic tone.
Young Fathers | White Men Are Black Men Too
This record is not for the faint of heart. White Me Are Black Men Too demands attention from anybody listening to it and someone who is not available to dance and flail around wildly may pass this record by due to their own hangups. Huge, fearless, and largely without genre, it’s impossible to put this record into a corner.
Waxahatchee | Ivy Tripp
This one is a little more accessible when it comes to style, but when it comes to content this LP is a mess of loose ends, weird love songs, and complicated poetry. When combined with Waxahatchee’s entire sound the album actually hits home harder than expected when taken into account the Katie Crutchfield’s previous works. Of course all singer-songwriter material is going to have a certain amount of introspection, but the self-awareness of this record and Crutchfield’s unmatched ability as a musician sets this record apart from her peers by a large margin.