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On this day in music history: October 30, 2001 - “Invincible”, the tenth album by Michael Jackson is released. Produced by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Babyface, Teddy Riley, Andre Harris, R. Kelly, Andreo “Fanatic” Heard and Dr. Freeze, it is recorded at The Hit Factory and Sony Music Studios in New York City, The Hit Factory/Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, Future Recording Studios in Norfolk, VA, Brandon’s Way Recording, Marvin’s Room, and The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, Darkchild Studios in Pleasantville, NJ, Barking Doctor Studios in Mt. Kisco, NY, and Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA from October 1997 - August 2001. It is MJ’s first full album of new material in six years (besides the remix album “Blood On The Dance Floor in 1997), and the final studio album released in his lifetime. The sixteen track album features Jackson collaborating with a number of top producers and songwriters including Babyface, R. Kelly, Teddy Riley, and Rodney Jerkins. It spins off three singles including “You Rock My World” (#10 Pop, #3 R&B) and “Butterflies” (#14 Pop, #2 R&B). The album is launched with a thirteen and a half minute "short film” for “You Rock My World” directed by Paul Hunter (TLC, The Notorious B.I.G., Justin Timberlake) that features actor/comedian Chris Tucker and actors Marlon Brando and Michael Madsen. The song is also remixed by The Track Masters and features a rap cameo by Jay-Z that quickly becomes a hot club track, but is only issued as promotional 12" single. Similarly, the follow up single “Butterflies” is also remixed by The Track Masters and features rapper Eve, but again is only released as a 12" vinyl promo single. Though there is public demand for a commercial release of both promo mixes, Sony opts not to release them. The end result  a plethora of bootleg vinyl copies of both singles flooding the marketplace. To date, neither remix has never been issued commercially. The initial CD release of the album features the cover artwork in five different color variations (white, red, blue, green, and orange). In spite of selling over thirteen million copies worldwide, it is initially seen as a commercial disappointment in spite of selling over 363,000 copies in its first week in the US. It receives a Grammy nomination (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “You Rock My World”)in 2002, and is voted best album of the decade by Billboard Magazine. “Invincible” debuts at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, spending one week at the top of the chart, also debuting at number one the R&B album chart, spending four weeks at the top, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Alfred Lion, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, Ray Bryant, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Clifford Jordan and John Jenkins take a break from recording for an outdoor lunch, June 2, 1957 at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Hackensack, NJ.

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On this day in music history: September 16, 1979 - “Rapper’s Delight”, the debut single by the Sugarhill Gang is released. Written by Michael Wright, Hank Jackson, Guy O'Brien, Sylvia Robinson, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, it is the debut release biggest hit for the New Jersey based rap trio. Recorded at Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s All Platinum Studios (redubbed “Sugar Hill Studios”) in Englewood, NJ, the rhythm track and vocals are recorded entirely live in a single take. Though technically not the first rap record released (“King Tim III (Personality Jock)” by Fatback is released a few weeks before in August of 1979), it spreads the New York City born underground phenomenon beyond its five boroughs to the rest of the US, and the world. The song is an instant smash and at its sales peak is selling over 30,000 copies a day. Initially released only as a 12" single, it sells over three million copies in the US alone (featuring the full unedited version on one side (original labels list the timing as 15:00, though the actual running time is 14:29), and a edited version on the flipside (listed as 6:30 on the label, the actual running time is 7:10) ). It is later revealed that the verses by Big Bank Hank were actually written by Grandmaster Caz (aka Curtis Fisher) of The Cold Crush Brothers but does not receive a writing credit or receive royalties from sales of the record. Chic members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers also have to sue Sugarhill for proper credit and royalties since the song borrows the music (also cutting in the strings from Chic’s record) from the band’s recent smash “Good Times”. “Rapper’s Delight” peaks at #4 on the Billboard R&B singles chart, and #36 on the Hot 100. The single is a huge international hit as well, peaking at #3 on the UK singles chart and hitting number one in Canada and The Netherlands.

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14g industrial barbell with 14K rose gold “Milano” Paloma swirl center piece and 14K rose gold white opal bullet cut ends.

14K rose gold millgrain bezel with white opal.

Gold jewelry from Body Vision Los Angeles, barbell shafts from Anatometal.

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On this day in music history: October 27, 1973 - “Midnight Train To Georgia” by Gladys Knight & The Pips hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 4 weeks on October 20, 1973. Written by Jim Weatherly, it is the first pop, and fourth R&B chart topper for the legendary vocal quartet from Atlanta, GA. Songwriter Jim Weatherly pen a number of hits for Gladys Knight & The Pips over the years including “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)”, “Where Peaceful Waters Flow”, and “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” to name a few. The classic “Midnight Train To Georgia” was originally titled “Midnight Plane To Houston” and had been recorded by Cissy Houston in 1972, though her version is not a hit. When Gladys Knight & The Pips sign with Buddah Records in early 1973, they will work with producer Tony Camillo (Tony Camillo’s Bazuka) on “Imagination”, their first album for the label. The basic track is recorded at Camillo’s studio in Somerville, NJ with former Funk Brothers Andrew Smith (drums) and Bob Babbitt (bass), along with Barry Miles (piano) and Camillo himself (electric piano). Knight and The Pips record their vocals Artie Fields Recording Studio in Detroit. Issued as their second single on Buddah in August of 1973, it is an immediate smash, simultaneously climbing the pop and R&B singles charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #71 on September 1, 1973, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Midnight Train To Georgia” wins the group a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group, one of two awards they receive in 1974 (also winning the pop group award for “Neither One Of Us”). “Midnight Train To Georgia” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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I’ve been slacking on taking photos lately. Here are a couple of photos from today! Fresh 14g wrist surface piercing with 5mm prong set blue opals and a fresh 14g sternum surface anchor with a 5mm prong set white opal. All jewelry from Anatometal!

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On this day in music history: October 6, 1967 - “Wave”, the fourth album by Antonio Carlos Jobim is released. Produced by Creed Taylor, it is recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studios in Englewood Cliffs, NJ from May 22-24, 1967 and June 15, 1967. Sparking the international bossa nova craze in 1962 with “Desafinado” and in 1964 with “The Girl From Ipanema”, its writer musician Antonio Carlos Jobim begins to make a major name for himself outside of his native Brazil. Considered one of the most gifted songwriters of his generation, Jobim’s songs are covered by numerous jazz and pop musicians. Recording and releasing his US debut solo album “The Composer Of Desafinado Plays” for Verve Records in 1963, he follows it up with numerous collaborations with Dori Caymmi, Astrud Gilberto, Herbie Mann and Stan Getz. After recording two more solo albums for Warner Bros in 1965 and 1966, Jobim re-connects with producer Creed Taylor when he becomes one of the first artists signed to Taylor’s new label CTI Records, distributed by A&M. Having written several new songs, the composer flies to the US in the Spring of 1967 to work on the album. Recorded at famed engineer Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Jobim is featured on piano, guitar and harpsichord, and is supported by a group of top flight musicians that include Ron Carter (bass), Claudio Slon, Bobby Rosegarden, Dom Um Romão (drums and percussion), Urbie Green, Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Joseph Singer (french horn), Raymond Beckenstein, Romeo Penque and Jerome Richardson (flute, piccolo). The string arrangements are written by Claus Ogerman (Wes Montgomery, George Benson), conducting a group of violin players that feature Bernard Eichen, Emanuel Green, Gene Orloff, Harry Lookofsky, Irving Spice, Joseph Malignaggi, Julius Held, Leo Kruczek, Lewis Eley, Louis Haber, Louis Stone, Paul Gershman and Raoul Poliakin. The albums cover photo featuring a giraffe running along the African plains is taken by photographer Pete Turner, who becomes reknown for his distinctive cover photos for various releases on CTI, Verve and Impulse Records. Once released, “Wave” spins off several songs that become jazz standards including “Look To The Sky”, “Triste”, “Mojave” and the title track. In time, the album becomes regarded as one of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s greatest works, and a definitive bossa nova/Brazilian jazz album. Original copies of the LP feature Turner’s cover photo tinted in a red and purple hue. Later reissue pressings are printed in error in a green and bluish tint, and is not corrected for many years. First released on CD in 1986, “Wave” is remastered and reissued in Japan in 1992 and 2000 respectively, with the latter restoring the original 1967 cover artwork. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Speaker’s Corner Records in 2004. “Wave” peaks at number five on the Billboard Jazz album chart, and number one hundred fourteen on the Billboard Top 200.

TRACK 12 (DELUXE) RIVER OF TEARS

sometimes when good things end, we can’t help but cry about them. we cry about what we miss, we cry about feeling alone, we cry about having to move on, and we cry about losing someone important to us. 

at first, losing the one we love is the worst possible thing. we may be angry and heart broken for many reasons and we tend to hold this anger inside us towards the other person because our emotions get the best of us. we find ourselves closed off and crying our heartbreak away piece by piece.

but then something starts to change: you realize that all the anger you felt is gone and all the crying you’ve done has washed away any bit of sadness you once felt. now, it is no longer a loss, but rather something you hold close in your memory. 

thats what river of tears is about. its about loss in love, but finally realizing (after you’ve cried your heart out) that you’ll be perfectly fine. 

FUN FACTS

-this song has so many references to water and we made it around the time i got my sailboat tattoo. the theme of sailing and water has been a recurring thing in my life, especially around that time.

-the version you hear is the demo version we initially recorded 

^ here is a picture of me recording it at reefa’s studio in NJ

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On this day in music history: July 13, 1993 - “Toni Braxton”, the debut album by Toni Braxton is released. Produced by Babyface, L.A. Reid, Daryl Simmons, Vassal Benford, Bo & McArthur, Toni Braxton, Vincent Herbert,  Ernesto Phillips and Tim & Ted, it is recorded at Studio LaCoCo, Doppler Studios, Bosstown Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA, Elumba Studios in Hollywood, CA, Encore Studios in Burbank, CA, Summa Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Central Studios in Bladensburg, MD and Newark Sound Studios in Newark, NJ from May 1992 - May 1993. Raised in a large strict religious family in the suburbs of Washington D.C., Toni Braxton grows up singing her local church choir, but aspires to sing secular music. Blessed with a distinctive, rich and sensual contralto voice, it won’t take long for the young singer to be noticed. The course of her future changes when she is overheard singing to herself while pumping gas at a station in Servern, MD. Bill Pettaway, Jr., the man who hears Toni singing, is a member of a band called Numarx (“Girl You Know It’s True”) and has ties to the music business. Through Pettaway, Toni and her sisters are signed to Arista in 1989, releasing the single “Good Love” in 1990. The single is a failure, but is heard by L.A. Reid and Babyface who are interested in signing Toni as a solo artist to their Arista distributed label LaFace Records. Initially hesitant to leave her sisters behind, they give her their blessing when they realize this is their older sisters’ opportunity to become successful. L.A. and Babyface first have Toni record “Love Should Have Brought You Home” (#2 R&B, #33 Pop) and “Give U My Heart” (duet with Babyface) (#2 R&B, #29 Pop) for the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy comedy “Boomrang”. Both songs are major hits, thrusting Braxton into the spotlight and generating buzz for her first solo album. Spending an entire year in the studio with L.A. and Face and a number of other producers, Toni Braxton’s debut album is an immediate smash. Led by the single “Another Sad Love Song” (2 R&B, #7 Pop), it spins off a total of six singles also including “Breathe Again” (#4 R&B, #3 Pop) and “You Mean The World To Me” (#3 R&B, #7 Pop). The huge success of her debut quickly establishes Toni as one of the top female vocalists of the decade, selling over ten million copies worldwide. The album is nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning three including Best New Artist in 1994, and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance in both 1994 and 1995. “Toni Braxton” spends three weeks at number one (non-consecutive) on the Billboard R&B album chart, two weeks at number one (non-consecutive) on the Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.