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April 18 Music et al

April 18 Music et al

Tommy Shannon


April 18, 1946: Tommy Shannon born. Bassist best known for his work with Johnny Winter.


April 18 Music et al

The Beatles

Dell Shannon

April 18 Music et al


April 18, 1963: The Beatles performed at a rock show at the Royal Albert Hall in London broadcast live by the BBC.


The event, titled Swinging Sound 63, also featured among others, American singer Del Shannon. They performed twice – at 8:40 pm and again at 10 pm.


April 18 Music et al


Following the event, Paul McCartney met Jane Asher for the first time. (Beatles, see May 5; Shannon, see June, 1963)


April 18 Music et al

1965 Oscars

The Sound of Music

April 18, 1966: 1965 Oscars held. Bob Hope hosts. Best picture: The Sound of Music (1964) which had surpassed Gone With the Wind (1939) as the number one box office hit of all time.


April 18 Music et al
The Road to Bethel
Wallkill approval

April 18, 1969: the Wallkill Zoning Board of Appeals gave permission for the festival in the area known as Scotchtown. (See April 19)


Tim Hardin

April 18 Music et al


April 18, 1969: Tim Hardin signed to perform. $2,000. (see Apr 21)


April 18 Music et al

The Beatles

John Lennon

 

April 18, 1975: John Lennon performed in front of a live audience for the last time when he appeared on ‘Salute To Sir Lew Grade’, performing ‘Slippin And Slidin’, and ‘Imagine’. During ‘Imagine’ he ad libs “Imagine no immigration…” because of the recent reversal of his deportation case.


From Ultimate Rock site: “Everything finally seemed to be coming together for John Lennon, as he took the stage for what would sadly become his last public performance on April 18, 1975.


Wife Yoko Ono had become pregnant following their post-Lost Weekend reunion, earlier in 1975; Sean Lennon would be born on John’s 35th birthday that October. By then, a New York State Supreme Court judge had reversed Lennon’s pending deportation order, allowing him to remain in the U.S. He’d finally concluded a long-standing legal action over songwriting royalties with his publisher too, and that’s what brought Lennon to the New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The occasion was a gala all-star special, organized for television broadcast, called A Salute to Sir Lew Grade: The Master Showman.”



 
April 18 Music et al
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Tash Sultana Already Does

Tash Sultana Already Does


Tash Sultana Already Does


 

Tash Sultana Already Does


One of the most common comments I hear while volunteering at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is “How come they don’t make music like that anymore?”


“That” being music like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, or some other dead band or musician of the 1960s.


I have two answers to that question.


  1. On a deeper level, we first experience music at a time and place in our lives that connects those musicians to us in a unique way. Since we can never experience that music again in the same way, it holds a landmark place in our personal history and life view.

As I say, that’s the deeper level answer.


2. On a simpler level, the answer is that “They” already make music like that, but are we are willing to set aside those personal landmarks for a moment.


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Tiny Desk Concerts


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NPR’s Tiny Desk series is a gold mine of new music. Host Bob Boilen describes the show as one with “intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered….”


All Songs Considered is the key phrase. If we are searching for golden music, we must be willing to put in the time to pan through a lot of grit, get uncomfortable, and have patience.


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Gold in the Cloud


Gold there is, though, in them there sound clouds.


Tiny Desk featured Sultana on April 7, 2017. I was simply surfing the show’s many offerings, but I stayed with her a bit to watch her build the song “Jungle.”


Here is the link to Sultana’s mesmerizing 25 minute 37 second Tiny Desk performance 


It wasn’t the first time that I’ve seen a single  musician use modern electronics to build sounds into a song. For some, such construction is cheating. The sounds are not “real.” Songs need several musicians, not one. To me, that thinking is weak since any electric music is manipulated sound. And acoustic musicians use all kinds of techniques to change acoustics.


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Five days one million


In 2016, Sultana posted this video of herself performing/creating “Jungle” in her living room. It fools you because it looks like there is far too much music to come from just one person.


One cute part of the video is when her mom sticks her head around the hallway corner at 2:23.


In its first five days on YouTube, the video had one million views! As of April 2018? 14,788,658 .


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Bandcamp.com


Vein of gold

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Tash Sultana associates with the musicians’ site Bandcamp.com.  We don’t listen to music on the radio anymore. We stream music and Bandcamp is a streaming site.


Its difference is that it is also a platform for artist promotion,  particularly independent artists.  Artists can post their music for free and we can listen for free.


The idea is that if you like what you hear you can buy the music.  The idea apparently works since the site recently posted the following: “Fans have paid artists $211 million using Bandcamp, and $5.3 million in the last 30 days alone.”


Bandcamp describes Sultana as “…a roots reggae/folk inspired singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Victoria. Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the mere age of three, the self taught artist was only destined to expand over the coming years.


For me, it answers the question…


How Come They Don’t?

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Because Tash Sultana does already.


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Vinyl Renaissance

Vinyl Renaissance

Vinyl Renaissance
Beauty turned on its side
Columbia Records developed the 33 13 rpm LP (for "long-play") format and marketed it in 1948. In response, RCA Victor developed the 45 rpm format and marketed it in 1949. The 45 format allowed for juke boxes to proliferate.

Audio Fidelity offered the first commercial stereo two-channel records in 1957, however, it was not until the mid-to-late 1960s that the sales of stereophonic LPs overtook those of their monophonic equivalents, and became the dominant record type.

Such stereo technology combined with LSD's psychedelia created an opportune format for many bands to present their music.

Since the 1990s vinyl recordings, despite their sound quality, were largely replaced by the compact disc. 

And since 2000, digital downloads and streaming have replaced CDs.

However, in 2007, vinyl sales made a sudden small increase, starting its comeback, and by the early 2010s it was growing at a very fast rate.

Sales of vinyl in 2016 reached a 25-year high as consumers young and old have once again embraced physical formats of music.

In 2016, fans purchased more than 3.2m LPs, a rise of 53% over 2015 and the highest number since 1991 when Simply Red’s Stars was the bestselling album. 2016 was also the first year that spending on vinyl outstripped that spent on digital downloads.

Vinyl Renaissance

Sweet vinyl’s sound return.

Here is an article about America's oldest record store and how important the sale of vinyl records still is to the store.
Here is an interesting perspective about our shelves today and vinyl records. The New York Times article begins with, "When I was 13, in the early 1990s, I dug through my parents’ cache of vinyl records from the ’60s and ’70s. We still had a phonograph, so I played some of them, concentrating on the Beatles. Their bigger hits were inescapably familiar, but a number of their songs were new to me."

And below is a video from the New York Times about this vinyl renaissance and keeping up with pressing records.

 

 

 

 

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