50 years ago today Pink Floyd commemorated the moon landing with an improvised, seven and a half minute performance of a song titled, “Moonhead”, a spacey, atmospheric piece commissioned by the BBC that featured “cosmic guitar effects, pulses of percussion, and Waters’s ominously descending bass line,” “an eerie piece of improvisation that translates the breathtaking awe of the moon landing into music.”
The song was mostly lost to obscurity until being released in 2016 as part of the box set titled, “The Early Years 1965–1972” but as The Atlantic article says, “For seven and a half minutes on the night of July 20, 1969, Pink Floyd took thousands of BBC viewers to the moon. Of course, two men were already there: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the Apollo 11 astronauts who became the first human beings to set foot on the lunar surface. However, the members of Pink Floyd—David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright—weren’t using science, calculus, and technology to transport people through space on that fateful evening. They were using music.”
Read the entire article here.
…and a walking testament to the power of weed. It may have even saved his life.
In addition to being the world’s most legendary country artist,
Willie Nelson might also be the world’s most legendary stoner. Before
Snoop or Cheech and Chong or Woody Harrelson, there was Willie. He has
been jailed for weed, and made into a punchline for weed. But look at
him now: Still playing 100 shows a year, still writing songs, still
curious about the world. “I’m kind of the canary in the mine, if people
are wondering what happens if you smoke that shit a long time,” he says.
“You know, if I start jerking or shaking or something, don’t give me no
more weed. But as long as I’m all right . . .”
Years before weed became legal, he spoke about the medical benefits and economic potential of weed if it were taxed and the profits were put toward education. “It’s nice to watch it being accepted — knowing you were right all the time about it: that it was not a killer drug,” says Nelson. “It’s a medicine.” Read the full Rolling Stone article here.
From the NY Times review: “One way for a songwriter to invigorate a long career is to keep breaking routines, to change up methods and parameters and solve different puzzles with every album. It’s a modus operandi that has carried Bruce Hornsby from radio hits in the 1980s through bluegrass, jazz, a stint in the Grateful Dead and, lately, collaborations with a younger-generation fan, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. “Absolute Zero,” his 21st album, is one more daring, rewarding turn in his catalog: 10 knotty, thoughtful yet rambunctious songs that juggle scientific concepts, history and human relationships.” Read the whole review here.
What can we say, except, wish we were there.
And it’s a thing of beauty. Read a review here or, better yet, go get it.
Still incredibly creative at 74, Paul is scheduled to release Stranger to Stranger on June 3 (with a cover image apparently by artist Chuck Close). If you missed his last album, So Beautiful or So What, check it out. It is one of his best.
The NY Times has a good piece about the album here.
“Radiohead give us one of their most musically and emotionally arresting albums, full of low-flying panic attacks and gorgeous orchestration.” Read the entire Rolling Stone review here.