Algiers are one of the world’s most individualistic, relevant bands. Their 2014 debut album was a grim, confrontational mashup of oldschool soul, new wave and postrock, with a fiery populist, anti-racist sensibility. Their latest release, The Underside of Power – streaming at Spotify – is more Sandinista than London Calling . It’s a jaggedly interconnected suits that owes as much to the 80s film scores of Brad Fiedel and RZA’s lavish 90s Wu-Tang Clan sample collages than it does to rock or soul music. Informed by the Black Lives Matter movement, hip-hop, oldschool gospel and Albert Camus, it demands repeated ...
Packed with rare and unseen pics and unbelievably intimate commentary on the state of Floyd at such a pivotal time in their career, the book follows journeys with Roger and Pink Floyd in 1974 and 1975, first with Roger in Greece, and then on the band’s Dark Side of the Moon tour.
Catch the restored documentary in a theater near you, head to Morrison Hotel Gallery to check out a photo exhibit, and read a recap of a recent Q&A with D.A. Pennebaker. Also: watch Michelle Phillips play “California Dreamin'” at Monterey Pop 50 with The Head and the Heart.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop Fest and the Summer of Love, here are the 50 best psychedelic rock records of 1967, from Jefferson Airplane to Love to the Bee Gees to Pink Floyd to Donovan, and yes, The Beatles.
Roger Waters’ new tour is a spectacle of sight and sound (and nearly 20 Pink Floyd songs), with a band includes Jess & Holly of Lucius, Jonathan Wilson, and Beck drummer Joey Waronker. The tour hits the East Coast this fall.
The 2017 list includes releases from The War on Drugs, Pink Floyd, Andre 3000, Animal Collective, Big Star, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Creation, The Cure, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Grateful Dead, Iggy Pop, Julian Cope, Robert Johnson, and more.
The Dark Side of the Moon is Pink Floyd’s greatest commercial success. This is the LP with the famous cover art of light refracting through a triangular prism, an image so iconic it is almost universally recognizable due to the massive reach of the album. The record focused on correlating themes of mental health, greed, death and conflict, among others. These were topics that had been previously explored by the psych-rockers, but were never incorporated in such a direct manner as was used in this 1973 release.
On this day 44 years ago, these British rock revolutionaries played a show at The Spectrum ...
Cameron Mizell is the great pastoral jazz guitarist not named Bill Frisell. Like Frisell, he has a laser sense for a catchy hook, a spacious approach to melody, a fondness for the unconventional and a flair for the lurid that occasionally bares its fangs from deep in the shadows. Mizell’s latest album Negative Space – streaming at Destiny Records – is a trio effort with multi-keyboardist Brad Whiteley and drummer Kenneth Salters. Mizell is playing the small room at the Rockwood on March 13 at 7 PM.
The album’s opening miniature sets the stage, a brief, resonant Frisell-style tone ...
In 2016, prodigious Pink Floyd covers act Brit Floyddelivered their ambitious Space and Time CONTINUUM North American tour to a whopping 76-dates and astounded audiences with an aural and visual experience that could only be rivaled by Pink Floyd themselves…
1967 – Pink Floyd record their first single, “Arnold Layne.”
1971 – Five months after her death, Janis Joplin starts a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart with Pearl. “Buried Alive in the Blues” remains an instrumental as she died before adding her vocals.
1984 – The Jacksons’ Pepsi commercial premieres on MTV.
1995 – PJ Harvey releases her first solo album, To Bring You My Love.
2000 – The Beach Boys: An American Family TV mini-series begin airing on ABC.
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1958 – The first Gibson Flying V guitar is shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, MI.
1964 – New York band The Echoes recruits a new, young, then-unknown piano player named Billy Joel.
1967 – Pink Floyd start the first sessions on their debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn at the EMI Studios in St. John’s Wood, London. While working on the song “Matilda Mother” with former Beatles engineer Norman Smith, The Beatles themselves are working in the studio next door, recording “Fixing A Hole” for their Sgt. Pepper album. Micky Dolenz from The ...
1939 – Louis Armstrong records “Jeepers Creepers.”
1964 – The Beatles make their US chart debut when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” enters the chart at #45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It goes on to spend seven weeks at the top of the chart.
1965 – Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.
1969 – Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former bandmates. He sued them over remarks Ringo made in an interview implying that ...
1965 – The Rolling Stones record “The Last Time” and “Play With Fire.”
1967 – London’s Daily Mail newspaper carries an article about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire, inspiring John Lennon to mention it in “A Day In The Life.” That same day, a 40-year-old David Mason records the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid £27 ($42) for his performance.
1969 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts publishes his book, Ode to a High Flying Bird. The book is a tribute to Charlie Parker.
“At the end of the day, if you are looking for contemporary suggestions, I’m probably the last person you should ask. But I listen to music. I love the music I love. Here are 10 sonic elements that kept me going through 2016 (though, only a few are actually from 2016).” – Klaus.