This week's entry rounds up twenty favorites from Roy Ayers -- Jazz-funk pioneer, vibraphonist and soulman. The set kicks off with the first Ayers track I came in contact with, "We Live In Brooklyn, Baby" culled from the Roy Ayers Ubiquity album, He's Coming from 1972. All propers to Digable Planets for the turn on - the group sampled the cut on their track "Borough Check" off their sophomore album, Blowout Comb (1994). Nineteen tracks later we close out with "2000 Blacks Go To Be Free" found on Ayers collaboration with Fela Kuti, Fela & Roy Ayers. Get to know this legend. Vibes for life.
39 years ago today, the Sex Pistols secured a gig that's generally described as a key turning point in their career: playing at the 100 Club in London.
It's not as though the Pistols hadn't played live prior to March 30, 1976, but their gigs were decidedly tumultuous and oftentimes more than a little bit spontaneous. For instance, on February 20, they'd shown up at Buck's College in High Wycombe, England and claimed to be the opening act for Screaming Lord Sutch, even though they weren't actually booked at all. Nonetheless, they took the stage, started playing, and…well, things went rather poorly, let's just say that.
Today, God hits the big 7-0. Oh, wait, did we say God? Sorry, we meant Eric Clapton. (That darned photograph...) But for what it's worth, Clapton is a god among guitar players, so you can understand our error.
I can't stop playing this.
I discovered it on the Spotify playlist "Top 100 Country Tracks," which I follow and have synched to my phone and when I'm burned out on the usual suspects I pull it up and see what's going on in the country world.
And too many of the tracks are me-too.
31 years ago today, Metallica brought their heavy metal stylings to England for the first time, delivering to dear old Blighty some rather hard rock.
The gig in question took place at London's famed Marquee Club, with the band Savage also on the bill. How did this pairing come about? Well, we'd guess it had something to do with a young man by the name of Lars Ulrich having discovered the band's song “Let It Loose,” which appeared on a compilation album entitled Scene of the Crime. If you've somehow managed to find yourself a copy of Metallica's famed audition tape for the Whiskey A Go-Go, then you know that the band covered that song, along with “Killing Time” by the band Sweet Savage. (No relation.)
25 years ago today, the future former frontman for House of Pain - you know, the band that graced us with the unforgettable single “Jump Around” - dropped his debut solo album, an effort which you probably don't remember from its original release because…well, frankly, it wasn't terribly successful.
Iconic Rock Band to Perform on Hollywood Boulevard for March 30 & March 31 Broadcasts
Los Angeles, CA - On Monday, March 30, Van Halen will visit 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' as the late night host's in-studio guest discussing the band's first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth - TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, which will be released as a double CD; four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; and digitally beginning March 31, 2015.
27 years ago today, the former frontman for The Smiths arrived at the top of the UK Albums chart with his debut solo album a mere six months after the release of his band's final studio effort, Strangeways, Here We Come.
Produced by Stephen Street, Viva Hate had already been preceded by Morrissey's debut single, “Suedehead,” which hit #5 on the UK Singles chart and caused Smiths fans' mouths to start watering at the thought of what Viva Hate would sound like, which no doubt had something to do the album's out-of-the-box success.