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September 23, 2020

This Day In Music History

It was on this day in 1949 that Bruce Springsteen was born (to run, presumably in the badlands). You don’t need us to tell you about The Boss. We love him, you love him, he’s great. Instead let us use this as an opportunity to share one of our favorite covers, Crooked Fingers doing a hell of a haunting job on the Springsteen classic “The River.”

September 11, 2020

This Day In Music History

One year ago today we lost singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Johnston. Johnston’s earnest and almost childlike songs won him a legion of devoted fans, including Kurt Cobain who described him as the “best songwriter on Earth.” The 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston detailed Johnston’s lifelong battle with bi-polar disorder and how it effected his music and art. Here is a great short set from Johnston for the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert series.

September 4, 2020

This Day In Music History

Today is the birthday of Gary Duncan guitarist and vocalist of early psych rock pioneers Quicksilver Messenger Service. Duncan’s intricate guitar work and complex interplay with fellow guitarist John Cipollina helped give Quicksilver their signature sound and laid a blueprint for many psych rock bands to come. We lost Duncan last June, but you can see him doing what he did best in this clip from 1975.

August 31, 2020

This Day in Music History

Today is both the birthday of 80’s pop icon Debbie Gibson, and the anniversary of CBGB founder Hilly Kristal’s passing in 2007 from complications from lung cancer. What better time to revisit when their world’s collided in the mid-90’s thanks to the Circle Jerks and their cover of The Soft Boys “I Wanna Destroy You.”

August 25, 2020

This Day In Music History

The great Walter Williams of The O’Jays was born on this day in 1942. His silky smooth voice helped make songs like “Back Stabbers” and “Love Train” bonafide hits, but the O’Jays also dropped this often overlooked classic of power to the people funk, the title track to their 1975 album Survival. An apt anthem today just as much as it was then.

August 21, 2020

This Day In Music History

Joe Strummer of The Clash and The Mescaleros was born on this day in 1952. You can celebrate Strummer’s life and immeasurable impact on music and culture at large with today’s live stream of A Song For Joe – a benefit for #SaveOurStages. Conveniently scheduled here in the states during normal office hours, throw on the headphones, pretend you’re working on spreadsheets and stick it to the man by checking out archival footage of Strummer and appearances by his friends.

August 18, 2020

This Day In Music History

Today is the birthday of the mighty Maxine Brown who navigated soul, jazz and pop with equal deftness. Born in 1939 she had a string of hits in the 60’s for Wand Records including this song, penned by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. This performance also features a young Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic fame on piano.

November 28, 2011

This Day in Music History

It was this day in 2011 that we stumbled across evidence that Weezer jumped the shark…on a cruise ship.

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November 25, 2011

This Day in Music History – Nathaniel Seer on Nick Drake

It was on this day in 1974 that singer-songwriter Nick Drake passed away.  Nathaniel Seer tells us how Drake’s music has been there for him, and how we should have been there for Drake.

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November 23, 2011

This Day in Music History – Jason Fickel on Robert Johnson

It was today in 1936 that Robert Johnson laid down his first recordings.  Here to talk about the man and his own three degrees of separation is Jason Fickel.

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