Archive for November, 2010
On this day in 1970 Luna 17 successfully landed on the surface of the Moon. The Soviet spacecraft carried a vehicle that roamed the Moon’s terrain and performed experiments. The Luna Program officially launched 24 spacecraft between 1959 and 1976, although more were launched. Those that failed to reach orbit were not publicly acknowledged at the time, and not assigned a Luna number.
Dean Wareham (from the band Luna) played in Seattle last night, where he performed an entire set of songs from the Galaxie 500 catalog (it was great). Today we have Hefner performing a cover of the Galaxie 500 song Oblivious.
On this day in 1984 Madonna released her second studio album Like a Virgin on Sire Records. According to author J. Randy Taraborrelli, “Every important artist has at least one album in his or her career whose critical and commercial success becomes the artist’s magic moment; for Madonna, Like a Virgin was just such a defining moment”. Since its release the album has sold more than 21 million copies worldwide and has become one of the best-selling records of all time.
On this day in 1986, R.E. M. performed at the University Of Virginia with the band Let’s Active. During the song “Seven Chinese Brothers,” a guy in the audience jumped up on stage and tried to grab Peter Buck’s guitar. He was unsuccessful, but he managed to escape back into the crowd. Peter tore off his guitar and jumped in after him. Mike and Michael then yelled at the guy from the stage as Peter tried to find him. Mike Mills: “If anybody sees that guy, grab him and bring him backstage after the show.” Michael Stipe: “So the Republicans won in this state, huh?” After a few minutes, Peter made his way back on stage without the assailant and the crowd cheered. After he re-tuned his guitar, and the band started into the song “Femme Fatale.”
On this day in 1965 The Beach Boys released the album Beach Boys’ Party! In August 1965, Brian Wilson was working on his next studio album, which would become Pet Sounds. Capitol Records requested a new album for the holiday season and since a live album, Beach Boys Concert, had already been released the previous year, the “live party” idea was selected. Although presented as a live recording, the individual songs were actually recorded in the studio – laughter and background chatter were mixed in during post-production. Today we have I Get Around/Little Deuce Coupe from Beach Boys’ Party!.
Recently Unchikun Records held a Tullycraft art contest and last week the winners were announced. Here are the two winning entries by Jake Rohdy and Kiku Hughes. Thanks so much to the winners and everyone who entered. These are way too awesome! Happy Friday!
On this day in 1995 Sonic Youth, The Amps and Bikini Kill performed at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Today we have the song by Blood One by Bikini Kill.