Tuesday, July 17, 2007

It was 40 years ago today


I recently read an article in Rolling Stone about the year 1967 and I gotta admit I never sat down and thought about the plethora of albums that came out that year. On top of that, they were coming from all over. One scene, happening in like 5 cities. Here, check this out:

London:
The Beatles released "Seargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." And while it wasn't relased until '68, Pink Floyd was across the hall at Abbey Road recording "Dark Side of the Moon." And while the Stones only released "Between the Buttons" and the rare misstep "Her Satanic Majesty's Request", they more than made up for it over the next 4 years with "Beggar's Banquet", "Let it Bleed", "Exile on Main Street" and "Sticky Fingers." Jesus, that's just unfair.

New York:
The Velvet Underground released "Velvet Undeground and Nico" under the guidance of Andy Warhol and really defined the New York scene until the Ramones came along.

New York/London:
Jimi Hendrix released both "Are You Experienced" and "Axis: Bold as Love" while globe-trotting. Oh yeah, and he tore up the Monterrey Pop Festival that summer.

LA:
The Doors released their debut "The Doors" and "Strange Days" and had Brian Wilson not lost his marbles the Beach Boys would have released "Smile."

San Francisco:
While the Dead never were about albums, per se (more a great live band/experience), they were of course holding it down up north there and developing what was to become the modern rock show.

That's not even getting into the '66 or '68 albums. Craaaazy.

Long story short, I think we're due for another revolution. I mean, there was the explosion of hip-hop in the 80's on both coasts here, there was the '91 grunge movement, there was the mid-90's Brit-pop craze/Madchester scene across the pond, the downtown NY scene in like 2001, and maybe a few other spurts of this and that but there's been nothing on that scale since.

All I'm saying is we're due. And while I've only been here a few months, I do feel like something might be brewing here in LA as there seem to be alot of good bands coming out of here and they're beginning to develop what one might call a "sound." We'll see.

And check out that little light bulb thing there on the right. Click on it if you like. I'll explain more in a few weeks (long story) but if you haven't swapped out your old-school bulbs for them fancy new compact flourescents, you should. It's sick how much more efficient they are. I gotta admit until a few months ago I had no idea silly little light bulbs could draw so much energy. Unscrew and screw or get screwed, I say.

2 Comments:

Blogger minus five said...

last night, i russian-sited the latest albums you recommended. so far, i've only listened to one of them. six or seven times in a row. andrew bird. thanks again for another good pick.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

I need to get back on the Russian site. It's the best. Glad you're liking the 'Bird.

2:46 PM  

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