I’ve been reading Sticky Fingers, Joe Hagan’s new Jann Wenner biography and it’s really fascinating. One of the things that has surprised me was how DIY those first several issues of Rolling Stone were. It really was a bunch of volunteers hustling to pull those 24 pages together. Granted, some of those volunteers might not … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Jann Wenner, Beatles Fanboy
A quick look at some recent books about Zapple Records, electronic dance music, Willie Nelson, Brian Jones, and Bruce Springsteen.
How many times have you watch a bar band cover The Beatles? How many times has that band actually included a Beatle? On his way to Desert Trip, AKA Oldchella, Paul McCartney and band stopped off to play a quick set at Pappy and Harriet’s, a high desert bar with a capacity of 300 people. … Continue reading Paul McCartney at Pappy and Harriet’s Looks as Amazing As You’d Imagine
Apropos of nothing, here’s a list of all the Beatles + solo releases from November 1968 through 1970.
Fifty years is not ancient history. And yet mysteries are still possible. Earlier this week everybody celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the release of two groundbreaking albums: the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde. Both of them are masterpieces but only one of them was released on May 16, 1966. Why … Continue reading When was Blonde on Blonde released? Nobody knows.
Adele’s new album, 25, sold 3.38 million copies in its first week in the United States. This is bonkers. That’s more — way more — than any other album has sold in a week since Nielsen started tracking real sales in 1991. Only one other album has sold more than two million albums in a … Continue reading Adele’s Album Sales Are Historically Bonkers
If we think back to our English 101 classes, classes that occurred so long ago, we’ll undoubtedly recall a poem by A.E. Housman, even though we have no idea who the hell A.E. Housman was, which is somewhat understandable, given that he died in 1936, and we’d be unlikely to have any reason to read … Continue reading The Beatles: Dying Young
I’ve mostly avoided the hullabaloo around Robin Thicke because I thought I didn’t care, but the truth is that it bugs the shit out of me. Not because I feel a need to defend him (but I will) or that I think he’s some amazing artist (who cares?) but because the hypocrisy of the whole … Continue reading I’m Down With Alan Thicke
Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records (Sexy Intellectuals) As record companies become less and less relevant in today’s digital age, the story of The Beatles’ own foray into the record business stands to risk its own extinction. While it is exciting to watch the industry transform back into a singles-based culture with the gap between … Continue reading Strange Fruit: The Beatle’s Apple Records
Video: Flaming Lips – “I Am the Walrus” I actually expected this to be a lot weirder than it is. It’s a surprisingly faithful rendition of the Beatles classic, considering the stripped-down nature of the effort. It’s almost entirely driven by the fuzzed out Rickenbacker bass, but Drozd fills in all the sound effects with … Continue reading Flaming Lips – I Am the Walrus