Posts Tagged ‘The Beatles’

For its 121st year, Carnegie Hall will host its first solo hip hop artist headliner. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter will once again make history by performing at the historical music venue during his benefit concert to raise money for both the United Way and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

With the release of his most recent solo studio album “The Blueprint 3,” Jay-Z now holds the record for the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in Billboard history and the second-most No. 1 albums altogether. The only thing stopping Jay-Z from holding the record for the most No. 1 albums are The Beatles.

The Jay-Z and The Beatles comparisons have always been discussed, and this historic event will only perpetuate them. Although not the first rock band to perform at Carnegie Hall, The Beatles did change the culture of the venue. Historically, Carnegie Hall was a venue for classical music and, as time progressed, it evolved. Classic jazz artists such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and even Count Basie began to perform at the Manhattan concert hall. When The Beatles performed at Carnegie Hall during their first trip to the U.S., those in charge began to diversify the styles and genres of the artists that they booked, and allow underrepresented genres more frequent acts than they had previously hosted.

Despite debates over who is better or who will be the most timeless popular music icon(s), this is a perfect example of how the music industry should and can be a cooperative effort between artists even if they represent different genres or different time periods entirely.

-A.J. Allen

When one hears the name Yellow Dubmarine, he or she is immediately taken back to classic rock of the sixties and one of the most popular bands of all time.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon were fortunate enough to have lived through their glory days and still be alive to witness all of the fruits of their labor, which include an overwhelming amount of covers. Although they are in fierce competition with many other tribute bands, Yellow Dubmarine has taken a very unique approach to their idolization of the Beatles.

The sixties were a very busy decade in the world of music. While members of the Beatles were rehearsing, practicing and performing in Liverpool, a new sound called Reggae was being born in Kingston, Jamaica. Nearly 40 years later, the two very different sounds consolidated and formed Yellow Dubmarine.


So I made an epic discovery last week.


I have found the world’s first and only time machine.


While I might be tempted to see if Jesus was a cool dude, my first setting on the dial is July 31, 2004. Why a random day from my 14th year? That, my friends, is Dispatch’s last concert ever. It wasn’t until a few years after that summer day that I first heard of Dispatch.

I wish I could be "dispatched" into concerts of music's past.

I wish I could be "dispatched" into concerts of music's past.

And that is when I started compiling the Time Machine List. 


I have this Time Machine List running in my head. It’s a list of bands I would to have loved to see play, either when they were still together or at a different time in their musical career. The List ranges from bands that broke up recently, before I “discovered” them – like Dispatch, to bands that were gone long before I got here – like the Grateful Dead, to bands I believe hit their prime long before I found them – like Taking Back Sunday (think TBS circa 2002, the Tell All Your Friends era), to Beethoven.

Bands that recently broke up before I ever had a chance to see them live are at the very top of the List. Discovering them, and then discovering they broke up a mere few years ago blows. Like listening to the Beatles, you know that you never had a chance. You were negative years old, not even thought up yet, when they were touring. But someone like Dispatch? Damn, they are on the Time Machine List in a major way. (more…)

Haven’t you always wanted to be present for one of those moments when everyone simultaneously breaks into song with Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer?” The mood changes, everyone is connected and smiling, and nobody has to say it, but everyone’s thinking it–damn, life is good.

Music has that general effect on the world; we have Cameron Crowe to thank for this particular scene and the emotion that follows. Crowe found a way to get a glimpse into that inexplicable thing about music that makes it so amazing and put it into a movie.

Lorna’s Top 5 Music Movies (in no apparent order):

1.  Almost Famous (more…)