On This Day
1967 – The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ to Let’s Spend Some Time Together when appearing on the US TV The Ed Sullivan Show, after the producers objected to the content of the lyrics. Jagger ostentatiously rolled his eyes at the TV camera while singing the changed lyrics, resulting in host Ed Sullivan announcing that The Rolling Stones would be banned from performing on his show ever again.
1969 – George Harrison had a five-hour meeting with John, Paul and Ringo where he made it clear that he was fully prepared to quit The Beatles for good. Harrison wasn’t happy with plans for live performances and the current ‘Let It Be’ film project.
1983 – A new pop music show was launched by Channel 4 TV called ‘Gastank’ hosted by ex Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton from Ashton Gardner & Dyke.
2002 – 1980’s British pop legend Adam Ant was admitted to a mental ward 24 hours after being charged by police with pulling a gun on staff in a London pub.
2008 – Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band’s recent Bigger Bang tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.
Brand New Music
Daughter | Not To Disappear
Their sophomore release, the new one from Daughter continues reflect the confidence in their own sound and sonic voice. By relying heavily on the contributions of bandmembers Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, the sound of Elena Tonra’s voice imparts a delicate, elegant, complex and sometimes harsh subject in a beautiful way. This album documents unspeakable hurt in a highly unique musical way.
Anderson .Paak | Malibu
Everybody is going to get something a little different from this record. Focusing the life and struggles of people of color, Malibu reaches out to anybody living outside of societal norms; a gospel of the ‘universal struggle’. Stylistically toeing the line between jazz and R&B, .Paak has released what can only be described as ‘millennial jazz’ – something less manufactured than classic, chart-topping neo-soul (see: The Weeknd) and a lot more raw. Malibu is the first great album of 2016.
Ches Smith | The Bell
Back in the ’40’s, ’50’s and ’60’s (aka the ‘Golden Age of Jazz’) the best of the best in the jazz world would end up on each others records or on stage with one another all the time. It was the name of the game, the roots of which came from the origins of the genre in the form of a ‘cutting contest’. Ches Smith is a bit of a throwback to this regards showing up on almost 50 different EP’s, LP’s and live recordings in this century alone. The Bell is a risky LP but it is focused, lyrical and full of surprise. Relying on the great work of pianist Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri The Bell create a very intimate environment, woven by these masters of improvisation.
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