It is constantly fascinating to find new connections between musicians and Manson; he really was the Kevin Bacon of the 1960s with direct connections to the Beach Boys (who recorded one of his songs) and a slew of other celebrities.
In 1968, teen phenoms the Box Tops were opening for the Beach Boys when they took a break from touring. The band’s singer, Alex Chilton—barely old enough to vote at the time—was crashing at Dennis Wilson’s house in Pacific Palisades with a motley crew of musicians and hangers-on. Among them was Charles Manson, who was a struggling songwriter and not yet the decade’s iconic bogeyman. The morning after an unimaginably wild party, Chilton awoke groggy and confused to find Manson sprawled out on the couch next to him. It was, the young singer decided, time to go back to Tennessee.
Around 20 years later, in the early 1990s, Chilton asked music journalist Holly George-Warren to co-write a book… His potential title: I Slept with Charlie Manson.
Sadly, I Slept with Charlie Manson never progressed beyond the planning stages
Really enjoying this single by local DC band, Paperhaus. More information + tour dates below:
Label: S/R ——— 8/28-Athens, OH @ Casa Nueva 8/30-Chicago, IL @ Burlington 9/2-Nashville, TN @ The Basement 9/3-Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light 9/4-Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival (The Hive @ Busy Bee) 9/7-Greensboro, NC @ TYP House 9/9-Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery 9/10-Athens, GA @ Green Room 9/11-Blacksburg, VA @ Casablanca 9/12-Baltimore, MD @ Holy Underground 9/13-Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
If you’ve spent much time around the DC music scene for the past five years, you’ve heard of Paperhaus. They’re a band founded by long time musical partners Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera, and over the course of two EPs and multiple national tours, they’ve worked their way up as one of the most well-known live bands in the city. Danny Bentley joined the band in 2014, adding a new edge and energy to the band with his relentless and powerful drumming.
Fascinating article over at The Atlantic about the history of the word “The” in terms of musical acts:
The band’s right to think about the grammatical implications of “the.” “There’s a distinction between count nouns, which can be enumerated—hives or, sometimes, so so glos—and a mass noun, which is something that, like electricity or freedom, simply cannot,” the OED’s Shiedlower explained. “There are contexts where you can make peace or love or freedom plural, but usually that isn’t the case. Water is a good example. Whether you have a puddle or an ocean, you just have water.
So the lack of an article has literal implications for the meaning of a band’s name: “Cults” vs. “The Cults,” “Foals” vs. “The Foals,” “Creem” vs. “The Creem.” But what about as a linguistic phenomenon?