I was doing a little research on off-brand electric pianos and ran across this gem. Here’s the backstory:
“Firstman (AKA Hillwood, sometimes imported as Multivox) made mostly low end stuff that was sometimes a knockoff of Roland designs. They were never really successful, but made a few really odd products.
The funny thing is that the founder enlisted his teenage daughter to front a band that exclusively used their products.”
The 1969 quintet (Shorter, Corea, Holland and DeJohnette) was the axis on which Miles career would turn. Sure, the ‘70-‘72 groups were funkier and the gigantic ‘73-‘75 ensembles took abstraction to its limits, but the ‘69 quintet was the first and only to so delicately balance groove and chaos. A new Bootleg Series release captures the band on its July European leg, but this semi-official live album presents two sets from the quintet in late June at the Blue Coronet Club in New York City (entertaining nightclub chatter intact). What’s more, set two features only the second known live recording of the Bitches Brew centerpiece “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down.” Oh my.
If’n you haven’t seen this Pitchfork.tv produced documentary on the Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin, you’re really missing out. The band’s evidently putting the finishing touches on its new record, The Terror, as well as a 4-LP re-release of Zaireeka (yes, four LPs to be played simultaneously), so this’ll put you in the mood for the inevitable Flaming Lips media onslaught about to hit.
The word “wild” applies to the words “you” and “me”
Haters gonna hate, but I have a soft spot for McCartney’s Ram follow up, lite schmaltz and all. Wild Life, unleashed upon the world 41 years ago this week, introduced the world to Wings and marked the last time Paul would be caught taking things less seriously than he really should be. For better (“Wild Life”, “Some People Never Know”) or worse (“Love Is Strange”, sweet lord…).