"It's hard to pick a favorite Zappa album when there are so many bad ones."
Stephen Malkmus was on an episode of WTF last week: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episod...tephen_malkmus
When it came out, Fables was seen as a step back after because it wasn't Murmur or Reckoning. i think even Bill Berry said it sucked. It doesn't really have any hits.. "Driver 8" maybe, that's it.
but i'm with you. I loved it when it came out and I love it today. Green grow the rushes indeed.
Oh, I don't like 'Good Advices' either.
We're here to play some Mississippi Delta Blues. We're in a horrible depression, and I gotta admit - we're starting to like it.
Led Zeppelin accused of stealing Stairway to Heaven opening
Ahead of their forthcoming Led Zeppelin IV reissue, a lawyer for the band Spirit is preparing an injunction against Page and co
theguardian.com, Monday 19 May 2014 07.13 EDT
Led Zeppelin may soon be headed to court over the claim that Stairway to Heaven was stolen, in part, from another band. A lawyer is preparing an injunction against the upcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin IV, arguing that one of the group's most famous guitar lines was nicked from the headlining act at their first US gig.
"It's been a long time coming," attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy said in a feature story for Business Week. Malofiy represents a songwriting trust for the late Randy California, guitarist for the band Spirit. According to California and his supporters, the opening of Stairway to Heaven copies from Taurus, an instrumental track that appeared on Spirit's eponymous 1968 debut album.
It certainly appears that Jimmy Page, who wrote Stairway to Heaven, would have had the chance to hear California's version. In 1969, Led Zeppelin and Spirit played together in Detroit, Atlanta and Seattle; on 26 December 1968, Zeppelin were the opening act for Spirit's gig at the Denver Auditorium Arena. Taurus was part of Spirit's set list at the time. "It was such a pretty moment, and it would typically come after a big forceful number and always got a good response," recalled Spirit co-founder Mark Andes. There's even evidence that Led Zeppelin integrated a different Spirit song, Fresh Garbage, into their 1969 tour sets.
Page has always said he wrote Stairway to Heaven in 1970 at a cottage in Wales. But music fans have long observed the similarities between the two songs. "I'd say it was a rip-off," California complained to Listener magazine in 1997. "[Led Zeppelin] made millions of bucks on it and never said thank you; never said, 'Can we pay you some money for it?'" But California never brought a lawsuit: "Nobody had any money, and they thought the statute of limitations was done," Mick Skidmore, who manages California's trust, explained to Business Week.
California had a tumultuous and ultimately tragic life. Born Randy Wolfe, he got his nickname from Jimi Hendrix in 1966. But he struggled outside of Spirit, and was allegedly bartering songs for food in the mid-90s. California died in 1997, at age 45, drowning while trying to rescue his son from a sea current.
Now, as Led Zeppelin move to release remastered versions of their original albums, including a cleaned-up version of Stairway to Heaven, Malofiy is readying a copyright infringement suit and an injunction that would block Led Zeppelin IV's reissue. "The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on Stairway to Heaven," he said. Although the United States does have a three-year statute of limitations on copyright infringement cases, this is usually interpreted as a limitation on royalties: Spirit could seek royalties from recent sales of Stairway to Heaven.
Those recent sales might be considerable. Experts have valued Stairway to Heaven at more than $560m (£330m) – well over $10m per year. When Led Zeppelin were previously accused of plagiarising songs – tracks such as Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You and The Lemon Song – they settled each of the lawsuits out of court.
A representative for Led Zeppelin's label told Business Week: "Both Led Zeppelin and Warner Music will be offering no comment for this story."
Pay Up, Zep.
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When the fuck is "Dude, Incredible" coming out!!!
Arctic Monkeys - 10.25.14 - Comerica Theater
Coachella - 4.10.15 - 4.12.15 - Empire Polo Grounds
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley is a shell of himself -- looking shockingly frail today as he leaned on his fiancee for support ... days after admitting he nearly died from years of hardcore drinking.
On Friday, Deryck revealed he'd been laid up in a hospital bed for a month, and confessed on his blog... "the reason i got so sick is from all the hard boozing i’ve been doing over the years. it finally caught up to me."
Deryck says his liver and kidneys collapsed, and docs have told him if he has one drink he will die.
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I couldn't find the 33 1/3 thread, but they recently announced their upcoming releases:
Coming Spring 2015
Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros by Andrew Shartmann
Coming Fall 2015
Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead by Puzz Poole
Beat Happening’s Beat Happening by Bryan C. Parker
Metallica’s Metallica (The Black Album) by David Masciotra
Phish’s A Live One by Walter Holland
Coming Spring 2016
Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew by George Grella
The Geto Boys’ The Geto Boys by Rolf Potts
The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy by Paula Mejia
Daniel Johnston’s Hi, How Are You by Benjamin Shapiro
Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out by Jovana Babović
Coming Fall 2016
New Kids on the Block’s Hangin’ Tough by Rebecca Wallwork
Donny Hathaway’s Donny Hathaway Live by Emily Lordi
The Raincoats’ The Raincoats by Jenn Pelly
Blondie’s Parallel Lines by Kembrew McLeod
What is this? Fantastic.
I have been consistently misreading The Coathangers tour dates for The Raincoats tour dates.
Also V-modas headphones are $89 on Amazon today.
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What is this? Fuck yeah.
I had never heard of Drop Nineteen either. Your post prompted me to look them up on Wikipedia, and I am just finishing the record Delaware on Spotify now - it's fucking great!
6/15/14 Failure - Glasshouse // 7/9/14 Cloud Nothings/Metz - Roxy
7/16/14 Planes Mistaken For Stars - Echo // 8/23-24/14 FYF Fest - Expo Park //8/25/14 Nine Inch Nails - Hollywood Bowl // 9/12-14/14 Riotfest - Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL
9/18/14 Neutral Milk Hotel - Hollywood Bowl
<3'd them throughout my high school years...grouped the discog btw...thanks for making me relive that
Heck yeah. Yeah the reason I come in here and post random songs from time to time without knowing what they are/context is that I've got all these gigantic Spotify playlists that I've made based on lists on the internet and a lot of times I just throw stuff on without knowing what it is.
So, there's gonna be a Scott Walker / Sun O))) collaborative album out later this year. That might be incredible.
Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers) & Jesse Wagner (The Aggrolites) make a record!
Rockethub Fund Project
goal's been reached, $10 bucks gets the digital DL
this and the EP they released earlier this year make me very excited for the new winged victory for the sullen album. I like the new tracks far more than anything off the first album. (and I liked that album a lot.)
snippet from the upcoming
If you're a METZ fan who's also Hispanic, does that make you a Metzican?