Count Basie’s band from Kansas City reached New York in December of 1936. Musicians took to them immediately, but the general public took a bit longer. Basie’s big break came in July 1938, when the band started broadcasting from the 52nd Street club the Famous Door. Music from those broadcasts makes up half of a new sampler of live Basie from the period. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says it’s choice:
“Basie specialized in the brand of blues that laughs at trouble. The music’s exceptional buoyancy stemmed from a four-piece rhythm section, with Basie on piano. Folks often say rhythm guitarist Freddie Green was more felt than heard. But sometimes his chomping beat came through loud and clear.”
5 bands to satisfy your cravings of girl representation in a lacking music scene.
Honeyblood: Punk duo from Glasgow, Stina and Cat are all about the punk rock sound. Their music is made up of strong, bold vocals and killer drums and guitar. Check out their newest album Babes Never Die.
Manic Pixi: Manic Pixi is a girl-fronted pop-punk, grunge, indie band from New York with songs you want to rock out to. This band is a personal favorite, check out their album Iron Heart.
The Kills: Described as “bluesy punk,” this is a duo consisting of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince. They’ve got a sexy rhythmic sound that I would compare to the Arctic Monkeys. Listen to their latest album Ash & Ice.
Cayetana: Upbeat trio from Philadelphia, Cayetana, have so much emotional expression in their songs. They are all about empowerment and independence. Their next album, New Kind Of Normal, is up for preorder but you can listen to them now on their Split EP with Camp Cope.
Diet Cig: This duo of Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman are a punk rock band from New York. Their upcoming album is also up for pre-order and you can listen to the lead single called “Tummy Ache.”
On this day in music history: October 8, 1980 - “Remain In Light”, the fourth album by Talking Heads is released. Produced by Brian Eno, it is recorded at Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas and Sigma Sound Studios in New York City from July - August 1980. The bands third and final collaboration with producer Brian Eno, many of the albums songs are inspired by experiments with African poly rhythms and recording the basic tracks in pieces then looping and editing the final results. The band also bring in outside musicians such as King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and singer Nona Hendryx. The final product is a genre defying and innovative work that receives great praise from fans and critics alike. The albums distinctive cover artwork, features photos of the four band members with red computer rendered masks obscuring their faces (except for their eyes, noses, and mouths). The design is created by drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth in cooperation with Walter Bender from MIT (Massachusetts Institute Of Technology). The process involved in creating the computer generated rendering, are very arduous and time consuming, due to the limited amount of computer memory available. It spins off two singles including the classic “Once In A Lifetime” (#103 Pop). In 2006, the album is remastered and reissued with four unfinished outtakes from the original recording sessions in 2006. The same year, it is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Rhino Records. “Remain In Light” peaks at number nineteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Meanstreak was an all-female thrash band from Westchester, New York, that was active from 1985-1994. They were playing at legendary New York metal club L’Amour when Mercenary Records asked them to contribute the song “Lost Stranger” to their compilation album L’Amour Rocks. The favorable reaction that the track generated lead to Mercenary issuing Mean Streak’s one and only full-length album RoadKill.
Meanstreak is notable for several reasons; not only were they one of very few all-female acts in the world of thrash, but three of the ladies went on to marry members of progressive metal titans Dream Theater. Perhaps the band’s greatest contribution to metal though was their drummer Yael. She would go on to become a metal legend and one of the most respected female drummers in the world.
The band as a collective, however, would never find the level of success that they seemed poised for. Despite several opening slots on tour with Dream Theater, Meanstreak would never truly find their own voice. They did not transition into the changing musical landscape of the ’90s very smoothly. Their last hurrah would be in the form of a 1993 demo called “The Dark Gift” which was produced by guitarist Marlene Apuzzo’s husband Mike Portnoy, the drummer of Dream Theater. The demo saw the band attempting a radical shift towards grunge and ballads. It was not received well, alienating the band’s existing fan base and failing to generate any substantial new interest. Several band members continued on in music, with lead guitarist Rena Sands (Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s wife) joining Judas Priestess, the all-female Judas Priest tribute band, in 2013.
this little piece of work know as Roadkill went pretty much unnoticed. It sure didn’t help that the band only released one full-length album. But it is now time to spread the word so forgotten old-school metal classics can be rediscovered by younger metalheads.
Lisa Pace Yael Devan Marlene Apuzzo Rena Sands Bettina France
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