Fifty years ago tonight, the Beatles played their first public concert in the United States in the District, the day after an eight inch snowstorm no less. The lads had a snowball fight that afternoon before the show at Washington Colosseum — if you’ve ever taken a train north out of Union Station, you’ve passed it. I think it’s a parking garage now and under disrepair in general.
There is quite a bit of coverage about the anniversary, so I won’t spend much time writing about a concert that happened before I was born. I will say that I need to get the photo above (or one like it) and put it up some day.
DOCUMENTARY ON THE CONCERT
HOW THE CONCERT SOUNDED lots of screaming girls, some music
1983 DC101 INTERVIEW WWDC DJ Carroll James interviewed by WWDC/DC101′s Young Dave Brown and Ernie Kaye on December 17, 1983. YDB!
Music Tuesday! remember that? No. That’s okay. I dropped it in favor of just putting songs up on my tumblr, but right now youtube and tumblr aren’t getting along, so it’s onto the mothership.
The influential, but unliked, @PancakeCatapult introduced me to this instrumental a few weeks ago and I’ve listened to it often since then. Banjos, harmonica, flutes, trumpets and strings (real or synthesized) each get their moment as the song slowly builds to a slight crescendo and wraps up shortly thereafter. While it sounds like the end of something and is therefore bittersweet, it is quite agreeable, relaxing and interesting — easy listening for the 21st century.
You may have seen it on EDSBS and like I mentioned earlier, that was probably Mr. Catapult’s influence.
I heard this on 98 Rock while I was going out for my roast beast sammich at Harris Teeter today. It holds up pretty well..the song that is. The video, well bad 80s LA noir (needs more lens flare) and a dude playing his electric guitar with a violin bow needs no explanation.
Whitesnake was absent from the local radio for many years and sadly, whenever they do get airtime it is “Here I Go Again.” I’ll admit I was happy to hear this, thus a Music Tuesdaym a feature that used to be regular, post today.
Keeping the theme of songs dealing with Penn State opponents for Music Tuesday this football season can be a little tricky. For example, I was unaware of any Iowa musicians, so I had to look at Wikipedia. The Everly Brothers came up, so I figured they’d be as good as anyone. The Nittany Lions play the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night at 8.
If you name-check Penn State’s upcoming opponent in a song, you get to be on Music Tuesday. I am sure that is what Walter Becker and Donald Fagan were thinking when they wrote “Deacon Blues.” It isn’t my favorite Steely Dan song, but not a bad one either.
You probably thought I was going to play Lynyrd Skynyrd, right?
I’m bringing back Music Tuesday for football season with a theme — each week’s edition will be tangentially related Penn State’s opponent. This week is easy — Bruce Springsteen’s “Youngstown” since the Nittany Lions are playing Youngstown State.
Remember when I used to do Music Tuesday weekly? Good times, just haven’t been doing it lately. Anyway, on a whim, I searched YouTube for a live-ish version of the Jane’s Addiction song, “So, What.” The now defunct Revolution 101.1 in State College used to play this frequently — it was the only place I ever heard it. Now, after trying several times over the years on iTunes and YouTube, I’ve found it.
When he was growing up on the Lower East Side of New York City, Jim Carroll like to shoot hoops, heroin. He wrote The Basketball Diaries and started a band. “People Who Died” was his best known song. He died the other day at age 60.
Sometime in the late 1970s, Elvis Costello got banned from Saturday Night Live for some reason after playing “Radio Radio.” He and SNL have since made up and he crashed a Beastie Boys on the program apperance a while back. Clearly, he was predicting the demise of the Mike O’Meara Show and WJFK when he wrote the song.
Here is the original version back from when he was a still a New Wave nerd: