Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt is the debut solo album by
American musician John Frusciante (pictured), released on November 22,
1994, by American Recordings. Frusciante was previously a member of the
Red Hot Chili Peppers, but left in 1992 after he became overwhelmed by
the band's newfound popularity. During this period, he became severely
depressed and developed a serious drug addiction. He isolated himself in
his home to record music for an eventual album. For Niandra LaDes and
Usually Just a T-Shirt, Frusciante combined avant-garde and stream-of-
consciousness styles, with guitar, piano and various effects on a four-
track recorder. It was met with general confusion and a mixed response
from fans and critics. David Wild of Rolling Stone wrote that the album
"is twisted, cool stuff". It sold 15,000 copies by 1996. Two years
later, Frusciante rehabilitated and rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Today's selected anniversaries:
The pirate Blackbeard was killed in battle by a boarding party
of British sailors off the coast of the Province of North Carolina.
The French steamship Ville du Havre collided with a Scottish
iron clipper in the North Atlantic and sank with the loss of 226 lives.
In Britain's worst mountaineering tragedy, five teenage
students and one of their leaders were found dead from exposure on the
Cairngorm Plateau in the Scottish Highlands.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
2. To announce or herald (something) using a clarion (noun sense 1).
3. (figuratively) To announce or herald (something) clearly, especially
so as to stir or unite people.
4. (also figuratively) Of a thing: to cause (a place) to echo with a
sound like that of a clarion.
5. (intransitive) To sound a clarion; also, to make a high-pitched,
piercing sound like that of a clarion.
6. (music, historical or poetic) A medieval brass instrument chiefly
used as a battle signal; related to the trumpet, it had a narrow,
straight pipe and a high-pitched, piercing sound.
7. (by extension)
8. (poetic) The sound of a clarion (sense 1), or any sound resembling
the loud, high-pitched note of a clarion.
9. (music) An organ stop consisting of pipes with reeds giving a high-
pitched note like that of a clarion (sense 1).
10. (heraldry) A charge thought to represent a type of wind instrument,
a keyboard instrument like a spinet, or perhaps a rest used by a knight
to support a lance during jousting.
11. Of a sound, a voice, a message, etc.: brilliantly clear.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction
that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we
sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
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