‘Yes! I wanna go back on the bus! I wanna go back on the bus! You’re right, that’s exactly what I want.’”Kate “Penny Lane” Hudson
The Tragically Hip release their 9th album on June 29, 2004 which — for many — ends up being a bit of a statement on the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
June 28, 2011 ~ Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are back after a long, long, eight years with The Harrow & The Harvest.
The album takes its name from the frustrations incurred by both Gillian and David over the prior 8 years trying to write and record something — anything — that would meet with their approval.
“The sad truth is we never liked anything enough to put it out, which is not a pleasant place to be. Over the course of that time that we were quiet we probably had enough songs to put out two or three records. Actually we made a few tentative steps at trying to record, but inevitably the heart would go out of it when we realized that we simply didn’t like the material enough to go on with it.”Gillian Welch from an interview with The Australian
It was worth the wait. The album is nominated for “Best Folk Album” at the 2012 Grammys.
Happy 75th to singer-songwriter, humanitarian Bruce Cockburn …
On the newest episode of Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa’s delightful podcast Talking Sopranos, the duo unveiled a brand-new scene written by The Sopranos’ creator David Chase about how our first family of mobsters would handle quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Sports betting? Fucking gone with the wind, along with professional sports. Me and my friends are dying over here. The president might have a point. Let’s get business and manufacturing going again — by Easter, May Day, whatever the fuck.Tony Soprano
May 2, 2003 ~
Dixie Chicks appear naked on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly, with slogans such “Traitors,” “Hero,” “Boycott,” “Saddam’s Angels” and “Proud Americans” printed across their bodies. The slogans represent the mixed reaction Dixie Chicks received following singer Natalie Maines’ anti-George W. Bush comments.
The trio is flying high on the success of their album Home, which takes them on an international tour and during a London performance, Maines takes the opportunity to address the brimming post-9/11 “War on Terror” back home, saying: “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
And, so begins the Dixie Chicks backlash. Maines clarifies her statement on the band’s website, writing that she is against war, not against US troops. But with the Internet, many radio stations, and the President of the United States against them, the damage is done.
On the day of the Entertainment Weekly shoot, the group’s publicist tries to convince them to tone down their message, but they won’t budge. Every word on their body, including “Saddam’s Angels,” is an actual comment that was hurled at them online.
Dixie Chicks make a comeback in 2006 with Taking The Long Way, an album produced by Rick Rubin. The albums is a masterpiece and wins them a Grammy for Album of The Year. But Dixie Chicks did it without their original backers. Of the lack of support from the country music community. Martie Maguire says: “We don’t feel a part of the country scene any longer, it can’t be our home anymore.”
San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore Auditorium reopens on April 27, 1994. A few notable show up for the party. And somewhere, Wolfgang is smiling …
The Flaming Lips perform in Washington D.C. on Earth Day — April 19, 2009