17 Colorful Facts About The Beatles’ ‘White Album’

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(via mental_floss) by Roger Cormier

“The White Album”—its official title is the decidedly simple The Beatles—was released on November 22, 1968 to an eager audience. Released almost 18 months after the seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, the 30-song collection captured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr indulging in a variety of musical styles. While the songwriting was evolving, and most of the songs were composed while attending a Transcendental Meditation course, the relationships between the four continued to dissolve during the recording; The Beatles officially broke up in April 1970. Here are some facts about one of the most polarizing, enigmatic records ever made.


Mike Love was a fellow attendee of the Maharishi’s course in Rishikesh, India. He recalled McCartney and his acoustic guitar at breakfast one morning playing what would become the first song on the ‘White Album.” Love suggested putting something in the song about “all the girls around Russia.” McCartney listened.


Starr never felt like more of an outsider within the band than during the recording of the album, and told his bandmates so. He borrowed actor Peter Sellers’ yacht and went to Sardinia. Because he wasn’t around, McCartney played the drums on “Back In The USSR” and “Dear Prudence.” Eventually the group sent him a telegram that said he was the best rock ‘n’ roll drummer in the world, that they all loved him, and asked if he would please return. When he came back, he was greeted with the words “Welcome Back, Ringo” spelled out in flowers on his drum kit.

Read more: http://mentalfloss.com/article/71221/17-colorful-facts-about-beatles-white-album

Video of the Week: Guster Cover a Fan’s Cover Video of Their Song

For non-fans of the band Guster, we apologize that this blog has been so Gustercentric lately. It’s just that they keep doing cool shit and we feel the need to tell you about it.

On the other hand, since we think this is one of the most unfairly overlooked bands around, perhaps we shouldn’t apologize for beating the drum for them so insistently.

In this case, the merry pranksters came across a fan’s tribute cover of their song on YouTube, choreographed a cover of the cover video, then stalked the fan a bit until they got in touch with a friend who surprised him with Guster’s version.

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Nickelback Hatred Finally Explained by Science


(via msn entertainment)

Allow yourself to be blinded by science.

Finnish student Salli Anttonen has completed a study determining why Canadian pop-grunge combo Nickelback is so universally despised.

The findings: People can’t stand them because there’s not much there. And yet, there’s too much there. (Yes, this is complicated. It’s science, after all.)

After combing through 14 years of Nickelback reviews, Anttonen determined that the group suffers from an authenticity deficit in music journalists’ eyes…

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/nickelback-hatred-finally-explained-by-science/ar-BBrLP88?ocid=spartandhp

Songs You May Have Missed #584


Dwight Yoakam: “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” (1993)

At the height of Garth mania in the early 90’s, Dwight Yoakam’s Bakersfield sound had more of an attraction for me than the typical Nashville product. He seemed to record songs that had more of an authentic emotional pull as opposed to melodrama. And his hooks–like the harmonized, reverb-drenched chorus of this weeper–seemed to owe more to classic pop than Nashville assembly line craftsmanship.

These things are highly subjective of course. All I know for sure is that this is one song that had a way of insinuating itself into my brain and staying there for extended periods of time.

On a Lighter Note…














Led Zeppelin is going to trial for allegedly lifting the opening chords to ‘Stairway to Heaven’


(via The Week)

Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven” is taking them straight to court. A U.S. judge ruled Friday that the song has “substantial” enough similarities to the instrumental piece “Taurus,” written by the band Spirit in 1967, that a jury should decide whether Led Zeppelin’s members are liable for copyright infringement…

Read more: http://theweek.com/speedreads/617902/led-zeppelin-going-trial-allegedly-lifting-opening-chords-stairway-heaven

Video of the Week: The Incomparable Nicholas Brothers

Brothers Fayard and Harold Nicholas a.k.a. the Nicholas Brothers formed one of history’s greatest and most beloved dance teams, rising from the nightclub circuit to a successful career on the big screen.

The above scene is from their personal favorite of their over 30 films, 1943’s Stormy Weather. And it just may be the greatest dance routine ever filmed. They come in at 1:30.

Among those the Nicholas brothers later gave dancing instruction to: Janet and Michael Jackson.

Songs You May Have Missed #583


Eric Bachmann: “Mercy” (2016)

You know how people try to console you with that philosophical bit of banality that “everything happens for a reason”?

Eric Bachmann isn’t having it.

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With a self-titled release that signals a break from his snide and sneering Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers records of the past, Bachmann shows a newfound earnest directness in his lyrical approach.

“Mercy” bathes one such very direct message in early 60’s retro glory with an arrangement that’s equal parts Phil Spector and Four Seasons. While Bachmann reminds us that “there is chaos in the violence” and “there are those who suffer for no reason every day” the ultimate take-away message is to “fill your heart with love and cherish what you can while you are here”.

It’s what I’d call tough love.

Steve Miller rants at Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony


(via USA Today)

Steve Miller was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday night, but apparently he didn’t enjoy the experience.

Speaking in the press room after his induction, Miller, 72, insisted, “The whole process needs to be changed…It doesn’t need to be this hard. There’s nothing fancy going on out there that requires all of this stuff.”

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2016/04/08/steve-miller-rants-rock-hall-fame-induction-ceremony/82824082/

Songs You May Have Missed #582


Maura O’Connell: “Summerfly” (1989)

This haunting folk ballad certainly deserves recognition here, where one of our main objectives is to give wider appreciation to great but lesser-known music.

The only difficult decision involved which version of the song to recognize–there are at least three excellent ones.

Cheryl Wheeler originally wrote the song, although her version wasn’t released until 1991, two years after O’Connell’s.

Chanteuse Hayley Westenra also released an excellent recording of “Summerfly” in 2007:

In another younger day I could dream the time away
In the universe inside my room
And the world was really mine from June till September

And if it wasn’t really so I was lucky not to know
And I was lucky not to wonder why
‘Cause the summertime is all that I remember

A summer fly was buzzin’ every night when I was young
In the gentle world my childlike senses knew
And the world was just my cousin, and the wind was just the tongue
In the voice my lonely moments listened to

And I look at me today all the dreams have gone away
And I am where I never thought I’d be
Seein’ things I never thought I’d see happen to me

And I lay awake at night till the darkness turns to light
Hearin’ voices callin’ out my name
Callin’ over and again the same message to me

Cryin’ who’s your partner, who’s your darlin’, who’s your baby now?
Who wakes up at night to pull you in?
It don’t matter, you’ll just make him lonely anyhow
Don’t know why you even try to win

Cryin’ who’s your partner, who’s your darlin’, who’s your baby now?
Who wakes up at night to pull you in?
It don’t matter, you’ll just make her lonely anyhow
Don’t know why you even try to win

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