This is the focus of my own personal YouTube Geek Week.
[via The AV Club]
It’s a bummer that some people don’t know who Electric Light Orchestra are.
Can you please just do me a favor and listen to this?
I usually don’t condone greatest hits albums but this is an emergency.
Jeff Lynne: proof that a crazy fan can somehow become friends with his idols, and mimic their music just enough to turn that into a career (In this case, the Beatles).
Watch a rare Beatles video on iTunes
Over on iTunes, they’ve just unveiled an exclusive new Beatles compilation, Tomorrow Never Knows. If you head to the album’s page, you can currently stream this rare video of one of the album’s tracks, Hey Bulldog, for free. CS
I’m actually enough of a Beatles nerd to already have this video. It’s a cool look inside that middle-period recording process, when they were arguably at their most care-free and wild.
Also, it elicits one of those “oh wow, John Lennon was a redhead” moments.
The Fat Beatles’ final album before they all died from diabetes.
[originals via BuzzFeed]
Even if you’re not a musician, there’s something incredible about the iconic crash of the first chord on The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. What is that chord anyway?
Man, John Lennon would have LOVED Game of Thrones. Damn you Mark David Chapman.
In a letter dated 12 August 1960 to an unknown drummer, Paul McCartney writes:
In reply to your advertisement in Echo, Wed night, we would like to offer you an audition for the position of drummer in the group.
You will, however, need to be free soon for a trip to Hamburg (expenses paid ₤ 18 per week (approx.) for 2 months.)
If interested , ring Jacaranda Club, Slater St. [ROYAL 6544] and ask for either a member of the ‘BEATLES’ Alan Williams, or else leave a message, stating when you will be available.
Paul McCartney of THE BEATLES”
The letter is a part of an upcoming auction at Christies and is expected to fetch approximately ₤ 7,000.
Fucking. Awesome. It took me a few passes to get all 22.
When the outtake is better than the album version…
I’m a HUGE Beatles fan, and obsess over the Anthology, which is chock full of “outtakes”; glimpses into the songwriting genius and studio wizardry behind the greatest band of all time. Not many of these are fully-recorded, alternate versions though. In this case, “The Fool on the Hill (Take 4)” off of Anthology 2 is in my opinion, better than the album track. It’s got a more dystopian feel, a bit of angst, that the album version doesn’t. I think it holds truer to the lyrics, about a misanthropic loner, than the pep-in-your-step official cut. I think its that relentless, driving, minor acoustic chord that is up front for the entire song. (For comparison, here is the album cut).