On This Day in…
1959 – 15 Elvis Presley fans were arrested in Germany after marching through the street of Leipzig shouting “Long Live Elvis Presley” and making unkind remarks about German music.
1967 – All six members of The Grateful Dead were busted by California narcotics agents for possession of marijuana at the groups’ 710 Ashbury Street House in San Francisco, California.
1996 – A Pearl Jam show in Hartford Connecticut ended in a riot when mass fighting broke out among the 30,000 strong crowds.
2002 – Robbie Williams signed the most lucrative British record deal in history when he signed with EMI records for £80m. Asked what he was going to do with money Robbie said, “I’m going to count it all.”
Brand New Music
Wavves | V
Never sharper, still anxious, Wavves has gained a lot of confidence. It’s no secret that Nathan Williams is a machine. Five albums in eight years is quite the accomplishment and it may be that Wavves have finally found their peak.
Deafheaven | New Bermuda
The guitar is has become, less and less, the medium of choice for culturally relevant music – less central to the conversation. The result is a synthesized sound from Indie Rock that is become more of a response to pop music as opposed to pushing music forward. From a non-metal perspective the newest from Deafheaven is a little too rough around the edges and difficult to comprehend – but from a post-rock point-of-view, this one is another masterpiece.
Eagles of Death Metal | Zipper Down
The results are mixed on this one. Overall, the whole thing shows the weaknesses in Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme’s approach. A lot of the record seems tossed away as opposed to the effortlessness they usually offer. Being the first from this group in seven years I’ll give it a pass, but from start to finish there’s a delusion of grandeur that permeates throughout that is unfounded and unearned.