On This Day…
1964 – Mick Jagger was fined £16 for driving offenses by a court in Tettenhall, Staffs. His solicitor told the court: “The Duke of Marlborough had longer hair than my client and he won some famous battles. His hair was powdered, I think because of fleas. My client has no fleas.”
1970 – George Harrison released All Things Must Pass. The triple album included a number of songs that were left over from Beatle sessions, the set would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle.
1981 – The British Phonographic industry placed advertisements in the press claiming that ‘home taping was wiping out music’. The Boomtown Rats, 10cc, Elton John and Cliff Richard all backed the campaign.
2005 – Multimillionaire defence contractor David H. Brooks booked New York’s Rainbow Rooms and his daughter Elizabeth’s favourite acts for her ‘bat mitzvah’ coming-of-age celebration. The stars who appeared included 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks. 50 Cent who was paid $500,000 to appear performed only four songs but he did manage to work in the lyric, “Go shorty, it’s your bat miztvah, we gonna party like it’s your bat mitzvah”. The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from the venue.
SOPHIE | PRODUCT
SOPHIE (aka Samuel Long) has been gaining traction since his 2013 release “Nothing More To Say,” and has since been an incredibly sought after producer. Similar to his contemporaries such as Todd Terje and PC Music, SOPHIE’s LP, Product is less of an album, but more of a collection of singles he’s released over the last few years. The difference being is that, unlike specifically last years It’s Album Time, Product lacks cohesiveness. Singles such as “MSMSMSM,” “Hard,” and “Bipp” show the range of his abilities – and possibly what he’s learned from former collaborators Madonna, Charli XCX, and Le1f. Product is a beginners guide to SOPHIE, and it’s an exciting per-curser of things to come.
Foo Fighters | Saint Cecilia EP
The Foo Fighters, although still at the top of their fame, have had a bit of a off year. Where their 20th Anniversary Tour ended up being ‘Broken Leg Tour 2015.’ Sure it was great that Dave Grohl didn’t just take a few months off and rescheduled the gigs – the whole thing seemed like a watching a wild animal caged up onstage. He tried, the band tried, but the shows were literally and figuratively handicapped. Now comes along these collection of “riffs and ideas [that] were thrown around” called the Saint Cecelia EP. And really, it lacks any sort of inspiration. It feels like it was thrown together.. just because.
Fufanu | Few More Days To Go
According to Google the population of Iceland is just above 323 thousand souls – juuust below the current population of Arlington, TX. Really, this shouldn’t happen. There’s no way there should be this many great bands out of this small island nation in the middle of the North Sea. But alas, here’s another one! Fufanu’s debut Few More Days To Go is an incredible accomplishment. Drawing, naturally, on the folklore and natural beauty of Iceland to create a truly electronic rock record. But don’t convince yourself that these are merely computer nerds doing their take on rock ‘n’ roll, Few Days Left To Go has just as much rock swagger as any of their post-punk and rock contemporaries. If anything Fufanu have offered a bit of a futuristic perspective on it.