Aug 28 in Music History: Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On, and Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! are released

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

1964 – The Beatles are introduced to Bob Dylan, who immediately introduces them to marijuana when he joins the band after their concert at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. Dylan is surprised they haven’t tried it before, as he thought they sang “I get high” in their song “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” when it was really “I can’t hide.”

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XPN MusicNotes: Leonard Cohen celebrates 82nd birthday, The Kinks to release vinyl collection, & new Oasis doc will screen for one night only

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Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker | Courtesy of the artist

We tip our hat to Leonard Cohen, who celebrates his 82nd birthday today and fans are happy with the release of his latest song – the title track of his forthcoming album: “You Want it Darker.” Hear it below.

Leonard Cohen’s new album- You Want It Darker comes out October 21st. The title track appeared earlier this year on the Netflix series Peaky BlindersYou Want It Darker is produced by Cohen’s son, Adam and is the follow-up to 2014’s Popular Problems. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Oasis teases new documentary, Gregg Allman cleared to perform again

Supersonic documentary poster | via

The trailer for the soon to be released Oasis documentary is out. The Mat Whitecross directed rock-doc entitled Supersonic will come out this fall. It tells the true life story of the rise and fall the Britpop greats. Asif Kapadia, director of the Oscar-winning documentary Amy, is the film’s executive producer. Check out the trailer below. Continue reading →


Watch Oasis play the first-ever show at the CoreStates Center 20 years ago today

Oasis at Wells Fargo Center | still from video
Oasis at Wells Fargo Center | still from video

In the 90’s, The Spectrum gave way to a bigger and better (?) South Philly arena initially known as the CoreStates Center. This name lasted two years before it became the more Philly-centric First Union Center (“Yo, FU, get it?”) and is now the Wells Fargo Center.

Its first proper concert, held 20 years ago today, was a lineup of Manic Street Preachers, Screaming Trees, and a band “breaking the States” called Oasis. I did not attend this show; had I gone, my obsession with Oasis probably would have been much more short-lived. I was intensely into Oasis; Liam Gallagher seemed like the best guy ever. I owned all of the important bootlegs, books, singles, and t-shirts. I belonged to the newsgroups, message boards, got mad at anyone who “slagged off” the Gallagher brothers. The whole lot, mate. Needless to say, when I read this review from Tom Moon in the Philadelphia Inquirer, it was upsetting to me. Moon mocked Liam being frustrated with having a sore throat — sore throats suck, what did this music critic know of such things? Liam’s attitude was Oasis, maan!

A few years after this, I did see Oasis at the First Union Center and Liam pretty much pulled the same nonsense. Continue reading →