Check out that smiling southpaw guitarist tearing it up behind those two singers dancing in within a questionable proximity of each other. That is a young Jimi Hendrix's first televised appearance, as an afterthought no less. The next year, he and his friends Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell would release "Are You Experienced" and he would take flight into the pantheon of untouchable axemen.
Not yet experienced
Song #318: Buddy & Stacy with Jimi Hendrix - Shotgun
Today marks the anniversary of the death of someone who I believe to be one of the best composers of my generation, Elliott Smith. He has already been featured on EDAS before several times, but seven years ago today (just a few weeks into my first year of college) he supposedly took his own life by stabbing himself in the chest. Damn that's cold.
He is one of those sublime talents who was not long for this earth and its heavily echoed in his lyrics. Regardless of the specific subject matter, the depth and poignancy of his songs help stand out as one of the etherial musicians and songwriters of our time. His is, and will continue to be, sorely missed.
Song #316: Elliott Smith - Happiness
BONUS SONG: Elliott Smith - I Didn't Understand & Miss Misery
Just got the new NBA JAM for Nintendo Wii. Back in the day, you could find Kids rocking out on an NBA Jam Machine in the back of almost every Pizza Joint. Back then it was the likes of Larry Johnson, Dominique Wilkins, Shawn Kemp, James Worthy, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Detlef Schrempf... Nowadays it's LeBron, Kobe, Barack Obama and Sarah Palin running around on my filling my life with straight crazy jams. Happy Mon-day.