On This Day…
1939 – Frank Sinatra made his first recording, a song called ‘Our Love’, with the Frank Mane band.
1989 – A radio station in California arranged to have all it’s Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a steamroller run over them in protest of the singer’s support of Ayatollah Khomeni.
1997 – Notorious BIG was cremated in New Jersey. The 24 year-old was gunned down and killed on 9th March of this year as he left a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
2004 – Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman’s TV talk show. The singer who had her back to the audience flashed at the presenter while singing the song Danny Boy. After the show, she went on to perform a surprise gig at the Plaid night-club in Manhattan where she was alleged to have injured a man by throwing a microphone stand into the crowd. Ms Love was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
Brand New Music
The Body | No One Deserves Happiness
Continuing their credo of heavy, intense and almost suffocating industrial rock, the Rhode Island duo The Body tries to stretch their wings a little with their newest offering No One Deserves Happiness. Experimenting with some faster tempos, this is probably their most tightly packaged record to date. It’s not catchy, or even at points pleasantly listenable, but by sticking to a grimy Swans-like approach remains rewarding throughout the entire record.
Underworld | Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future
After many years of stagnancy, Underworld looks to move forward with one of their best works in two decades. This is exactly what you would want if you were a long-term fan, and if you’re a newcomer, it’s a great introduction. This LP is an inspiration for a group who is struggling to remain relevant, and is doing it with hope and grace.
Baauer | Aa
Fans of “Harlem Shake” are going to find a lot more than they bargained for on Aa. Purposeful and surprisingly artful, Baauer has evolved from a viral video to a more agile producer of found sounds of sub-bass. This album isn’t perfect, and the amount of growth that is still required from Baauer is evident, but Aa shows a bit of his range – which may result in an even better outing next time.