Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Maybe the Best Present I Ever Got

Listening to the very recent Velvet Underground release of their four CD box set The Complete Matrix Tapes on Apple Music. Wow. The sound is really exception, considering this is live VU. Someone took great care to restore these recordings. Maureen Tucker's drums are so clear and dynamic now. Hell, everything is clear and dynamic! And the persistent tape hiss so prominent on Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed is gone. And I'm listening to the album on Apple Music. I assume the CDs are even better. I'll be getting the box sooner or later. 
Important day in rock...

The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their live debut in England on this day in 1966. The Beatles, Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, all of the Hollies and Small Faces, and other famous folks were in the audience. In essence, England "discovered" Hendrix since no one in the U.S. would give him the time of day until the Brits went gaga over him.

The White Album was released on this day in the U.S. in 1968. My mom bought it for me for Christmas. Maybe the best present I ever got.

Nick Drake died in his sleep on this day in 1974. During his lifetime, he sold fewer than 10,000 albums.
"[He said that] I had told him he was a genius, and others had concurred. Why wasn't he famous and rich? This rage must have festered beneath that inexpressive exterior for years." - Joe Boyd (Drake's frequent producer)
The original Band gave their final performance (later memorialized in the Martin Scorsese film The Last Waltz) on this day in 1976. 
"I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I'd rather look to the future."

"It's depressing when you're still around and your albums are out of print."

"There's only an 'X' amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It's your time."

"I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine."

"One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz." - Lou Reed