On This Day…
1973 – Elvis Presley and Priscilla divorced after six years of marriage. Priscilla was awarded property, $725,000 cash and $4,200 a month support.
1985 – On what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday, Yoko Ono formally opened the three and a half acre garden at the Strawberry Fields site in New York’s Central Park. The area was planted with trees, shrubs and flowers gathered from across the world and with a $1-million donation from Yoko.
2001 – A man wrecked a $300,000 sports car owned by hip-hop star Missy Elliott after losing control of the 550-horsepower vehicle and crashed into a traffic sign and a tree. Joseph Johnson had taken the Lamborghini Diablo away from the garage where it was stored without permission for a late night spin. He was later sentenced to three years in jail and ordered to pay $170,000 for the car and $1,975 for curb repairs at the site of the accident.
2008 – Paul McCartney (a vegetarian for 30 years), was said to be furious when he heard that a Liverpool branch of McDonald’s restaurant displayed his picture, accusing them of using it to attract customers. Sir Paul was quoted as saying “What sort of morons do McDonald’s think Beatles fans are?”
Protomartyr | The Agent Intellect — LP | Hardly Art
Epic, dirty, gung-ho and almost profound. Protomaryr is so fully developed in their own identity that notwithstanding the post-punk cliches is decidedly non-revivalist. These guys are the real deal. Thematically The Agent Intellenct stays on-point while musically the whole thing blows up.
Dilly Dally | Sore — LP | Partisan Records
Toronto-based Katie Monks and Liz Ball bring this brutalist record forth that represents this sort of unvarnished female animalistic, stomach-rumbling hunger that is their own style of riot-grrrl punk rock. Gnarly, drawling, twisted, strange – this is the music that Dilly Dally does best.
Alex G | Beach Music — LP | Domino
Instead of offering his signature blend of homemade lo-fi rock that we’ve become accustomed to over the years, Alex G brings forth a little more of a variety with Beach Music. This may have to do with the fact that this LP was written and recorded over a larger amount of time, or he’s simply looking beyond his four wall (something artists have a tendency to shy away from at times). There’s a lot of imagination at work here, and although the melancholy still remains in Alex G’s voice, he’s grown out of his Philly-bedroom roots and finally produced a record that he’s worked on exclusively – without distraction. The result is a LP that is much more centered and refined.
Also out this week
Hurts – Surrender
City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You
The Game – The Documentary 2
Selena Gomez – Revival
Corb Lund – Things That Can’t Be Undone
The Spook School – Try To Be Hopeful
Spectral Wound Terra Nullius