The holidays are upon us! Keep yours “Rock Steady” with Aretha Franklin’s 1972 hit of the same name.
Another week of lies from our president. What better time to partake in the Liars’ excellent new track (and video for), “Mess on a Mission,” the chorus of which begins, “Facts are fact and fiction’s fiction.”
Few videos say “Friday” like Wiz Khalifa and Lil Skies’ recent collabo, “Fr Fr.”
Have great weekends, y’all!
The dual identity of “the man” in American slang perplexes me. We say “Damn the man” or “Don’t let the man get you down” to sneer at establishment figures, from the police to nameless powers-that-be. Yet at the same time, perhaps even in the same conversation, we praise peers’ success by declaring “You’re the man!” or “You the man!” (“You’re the woman/You the woman” is basically nonexistent, replaced instead with the cheer “You go girl!”)
On this date 50 years ago, country singer Jeannie C. Riley went number one with her instant classic “Harper Valley PTA,” a lyrical rebuke against gossiping, trash talking, shade throwing and general small mindedness. The track and the no nonsense narrative haven’t aged a day.
Have good weekends!
Today’s a special day in music history: It’s the 50th anniversary of the first time the Led Zeppelin we know and love performed together, in 1968, at a spot called Teen Club in Denmark.
Of course, back then they were called The New Yardbirds, an updated version of a band called the Yardbirds that changed its name when Jimmy Page came aboard in 1966.
Internal factions led members to come and go, and it wasn’t until 1968 that John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham came aboard, rounding out the magic mix that soon took the world by storm — under a new name, a play on “lead balloon,” thanks to a cease and desist letter from a former Yardbird.
Anyway, here’s Led Zeppelin with “Immigrant Song,” from a 1972 show. The footage is… lively.
There are a few more hours of work, but let’s start getting in the weekend mindset with Anderson .Paak’s infectious single, “Bubblin'”.
You may not know the name of this image, but you’ve almost certainly seen it — or a variation of it, at least.
Entitled Daybreak, it was created in 1922 by Maxfield Parrish, the legendary artist whose 148th birthday was yesterday. An instant viral sensation, the painting’s popularity only grew as the century unfurled, becoming, like Benji Franklin’s “Join, or Die,” a sort of pre-internet meme.
For this Friday’s Friday Vibe Video, enjoy “Count To Five,” from Rhye’s excellent new album, Blood.
This week really flew by, so I’m going to take a second to slow down with London-based musician Jerkcurb’s languid “Night on Earth” – I hope you will too.
Happy weekend y’all!