Pigbag reform for one-off London show
03.22.2011
04:00 am

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Seminal post-punk disco-afro-funk act Pigbag have reformed for a special one-off gig on Saturday at London’s Jazz Café. Best known for their smash hit “Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag”, the band were signed to the seminal Y Records in the 80s, and had other minor hits with “Dr Heckle and Mr Jive” and “Sunny Day”. From the press release:

The new line-up features original members Chris Lee on trumpet (who’s also played with the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl), Ollie Moore on saxes (Neneh Cherry, The Abyssinians) and drummer Kofi Adu (Osibisa, Mulato Astatke). New converts are the renowned jazz trombonist Annie Whitehead (Dr John), bassist Mark Jay Smith (Hardware, Infinite Wheel) Jessica Lauren on keys (Tom Browne, Juliet Roberts), percussionist Godwin Awala (Kush, Nana Tsiboe) and guitarist Ed Riches (Omar). This talented new line-up has been writing fresh material that fuses joyful African sounds and charged funk beats with punchy hooklines and surreal arrangements.

Perhaps a bit overlooked in the annals of punk-funk (not as cool as Public Image or the Specials, sampled by some dodgy acts) they were excellent and had a very distinctive horn-and-percussion-driven sound and atmosphere. “Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag” still retains its power to pack a dance floor and inspire a wordless singalong almost 30 years later. Here’s the band performing their signature tune on Top Of The Pops at the dawn of 1983:
 

 
More PIgbag - “Sunny Day”:
 

 
Pigbag - “Getting Up”
 

 
Pigbag recently re-issued their back catalog on two CDs (Volume 1: Dr Heckle & Mr Jive and Volume 2: Lend An Ear + Pigbag Live) through Fire records. For more info on the March 26th Jazz Café gig, go here.

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Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark turn the vibe around at SXSW
03.22.2011
02:32 am

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Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark

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Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark played SXSW on March 19 with all four original members on stage and they sounded and looked extraordinarily good. Despite a serious accident involving a camera boom collapsing into the audience, OMD managed to take a bad situation and make it better (vibewise). While the folks injured by the falling boom were being rushed to the hospital, OMD played a brief engaged set in their honor.

OMD is one of a handful of bands that emerged at the beginning of the 80s playing melodic synthesizer-driven pop tunes that had some substance to them. Along with Spandau Ballet, ABC and Human League, OMD’s shimmering surfaces and electronic beats included transmissions of humor, social commentary, politics and satire without the dour heavyhandedness of PIL or the soft focus Vaseline smeared slickness of Duran Duran. OMD’s electronic pulsation is hardwired to something warm and organic. It has heart. Thirty years after the release of their debut album, they still scintillate.

On a night in which the band and audience had been through a somewhat harrowing experience and were looking for some catharsis, OMD had about 20 minutes to turn the vibe around. Within the first couple of minutes of hitting the stage they pulled it off.

Andy McCluskey – vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
Paul Humphreys – vocals, keyboards
Martin Cooper – keyboards, saxophone
Malcolm Holmes – drums, percussion

Shot in hi def and with good audio, this video is pretty damn sweet.
 

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Lovely Youtube music collage: My Favorite Color
03.21.2011
07:05 pm

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Amusing
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Kutiman
My Favorite Color

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From youtube user Kutiman comes this very nice tune made from many disparate and unrelated individual performance clips. Ingenious, inspired, warm and fuzzy, even. I love the variety of room sounds captured mostly by cheap webcam mics and flip cameras. Even better, the composer provides links to every clip he used. It’s tempting to make another piece of music from the same group of clips !
 

this video is made of videos i found and really enjoyed watching ..
there is no intention to offend anyone this is truly from the love to
music..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGVBajZdv3E&feature=related Organ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiJR9_zry-g Rim
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8sHfjyAuxs Rain stick
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmk6oST2ehg Ride
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCHwRc_SUA8 Brushes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzIbPuSQ3IQ Drums
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0Df5oBCbXA Saxophon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eisGn-aFVY&feature=related Piano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cEPZcvdyCk Piano 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gB0y6EfDeg Piano 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KInzY7itSaA Frensh horn 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOHcVv-iPkk French horn 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwNNQcW3gnE French horn 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J8sSXO9VWk Vocal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KcT0kIlPPQ Triangle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2r7DG8VfGI Cello 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu1m780i1Bg Cello 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDHnkGeD8QQ Cello 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdbKwsK5O7w Micro synth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIb5X9X_tPk Korg MS-20 synth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87s5V1S9IGw Native american flute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4neudwAyvAg Flute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ay-s0QZh8 Guitar

 

 
with thanks to Josh Laner

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Virgin Eggs: The grossest food EVER?
03.21.2011
06:05 pm

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Unorthodox

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China
gross food
"Virgin eggs

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Yep, this might be the grossest foodstuff I’ve ever heard of: “Virgin Eggs” or eggs boiled in the urine of young boys—yes, you read that right—are considered quite a delicacy in China’s Zhejiang Province. From Oddity Central:

In most places, Spring is all about the smell of blooming flowers, but in Chinese cities like Dongyang, the streets reek of urine. No, the smell doesn’t come from drunk people reliving themselves in dark corners and back alleys, but from the large pots of Virgin Eggs. Called tongzi dan (literally “boy egg) they are an old culinary tradition listed as part of the Dongyong cultural heritage, similar to tea eggs – hard boiled eggs soaked in soy sauce and vinegar. The only difference is Virgin Eggs are soaked in urine.

Vendors collect virgin boys’ urine from elementary schools around the city and use it as a main ingredient for their unusual street food. Plastic barrels are placed outside the classrooms and boys are reminded to pee in them, unless they are sick.  The pee is then used to boil eggs, their shell cracked to allow the flavour to slip through, then soaked in urine and boiled again. The whole “cooking” process takes an entire day. I know it sounds disgusting, but some people say they “have the taste of Spring”, while others claim “they’re so delicious that I could eat 10 a day.”

The “Virgin Eggs” (I guess it’s a bit catchier than “eggs boiled in piss,” isn’t it?) sell for 1.5 yuan (US $0.22) each, and street vendors often sell out. Hell, this “delicacy” would be too much for Fear Factor. Who came up with this? It’s so perverse.

Thank you (I think) Shade Rupe of New York City!

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Of angels & meat: A time-lapse view of Mark Ryden painting
03.21.2011
05:51 pm

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Mark Ryden seen here in the process of painting “Incarnation” in 2009 via time-lapse photography. If you’re a fan of his work (hand raised!) this is an incredible thing to see.

I’ve examined a lot of Mark Ryden’s paintings “in the flesh,” so to speak, and I gotta tell you, it’s always been impossible for me to figure out how he “does” it. When I first saw his work, I just assumed that he used an airbrush and was one of the greatest airbrush artists of all time. Nope, he gets his signature effects using a regular brush. Even though you can “see” exactly how he works here—and it’s fucking fascinating—after watching this, the artisan magic of what Mark Ryden does to a canvas was still very much a mystery to me. I think it’s best kept that way, don’t you?

Lady Gaga should hire Mark Ryden to do a portrait and repay the favor… After all, she got a lot of mileage out of one his best-known ideas.
 

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Dangerous Minds Radio Hour Episode 18

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Another solo DJ excursion from Richard Metzger, spinning tunes from the Monkees, Lydia Lunch, Hawkwind, Mick Farren, Ru Paul, Liam Lynch, Big Daddy Kane, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Lene Lovich, Blur vs. The Pet Shop Boys, Eels, Jeff Beck, the Dandy Warhols, Super Furry Animals, obscure 70s glam rocker Brett Smiley and more.

01. Monkees: Tema Di Monkees
02. Monkees: PO Box 9847 (alt stereo mix)
03. Malvina Reynolds: Little Boxes
04. Lene Lovich: Lucky Number
05. Lydia Lunch: Carnival Fatman
06. Hawkwind: Silver Machine
07. Mick Farren: Aztec Calendar
08. The Tomorrow People: Delia Derbyshire, Dudley Simpson, Brian Hodgson & David Vorhaus
09. PJ Proby: You Can’t Come Home Again If You Leave Me Now
10. Blur vs Pet Shop Boys: Boys & Girls
11. Ru Paul: Ping Ting Ting
12. Liam Lynch: My United States of Whatever
13. Monkees: Zilch
14. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: Mister Bobalina
15. Big Daddy Kane: Warm It Up Kane
16. Jeff Beck: Hi Ho Silver Lining
17. Brett Smiley: Va Va Va Voom
18. Eels: That’s Not Really Funny
19. The Dandy Warhols: Bohemian Like You
20. Super Furry Animals: The Man Don’t Give A Fuck
 

 
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Man flips out on NYC subway, insists on being called ‘Bloody Loco’
03.21.2011
02:22 pm

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Bloody Loco

 
A word to the wise: Don’t mess with Bloody Loco.

(via Buzzfeed)

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‘Shout!’: Scenes from an imaginary film on the life and music of superstar Lulu

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Scene 1

Exterior Night: Glasgow.

W/S of cranes and ships along the river and docks, tinged orange by winter’s twilight. City lights sparkle, the small theaters of tenement windows, the sound of distant traffic, blue trains rattling to the suburbs.

Caption

: Glasgow, 1963

Interior Night: The Lindella Nightclub. Wisps of smoke, tables along one side of room, a bar with a scrum of customers, eager to get drunk, enjoying themselves. Backstage - a band, The Gleneagles, are ready to go on. They can hear the audience getting restless. The bass player asks if everything is okay? Over the sound system, the voice of the compere introducing the band. This is it. A ripple of applause, a rush, then the band is on stage. At the rear, a young girl, who looks hardly in her teens, her hair bright red, sprayed with lacquer, and set in rollers. She has a cold, but smiles, and looks confident. A pause. She checks with the band. The audience are uneasy, mutter quick comments (“Away back to school, hen”). Laughter. Then 14-year-old Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, opens her mouth and sings:

Lulu

: Wwwwwwwweeeeeeeelllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!

The voice is incredible. Little Richard, Jerry Lewis and The Isley brothers all rolled into this tiny figure at the front of the stage.

At the back of the room, a woman stands slightly away from the crowd, which is now mesmerized by the young girl’s singing. The woman is Marion Massey, and she will become Lulu’s manager.

Lulu

: (V/O) When I was fourteen, I was very lucky. I was discovered - to use a terrible term - by a person who was absolutely sincere. Since I was five, people had been coming up to me saying: ‘Stick with me, baby, and I’ll make you a star’. In fact, nobody ever did anything for me. Then Marion came along.

CU of Marion watching Lulu perform.

Marion Massey

: (V/O) She looked so peculiar that first time I saw her. Her hair was in curlers underneath a fur beret. She had a terrible cold, was very pale and wore three jumpers. But I was very intrigued by her. It wasn’t her singing;There was something tremendously magnetic about this girl. I knew she had the makings of a great star.

Cut To:

Scene 2

Caption

: London, 1964

Interior Day: Lulu performs on Ready Steady Go
 

 
More scenes from Lulu’s life co-starring David Bowie, Sidney Poitier, Maurice Gibb and Red Skelton, after the jump…
 

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Terry Southern ‘interviews’ Donald Trump
03.21.2011
01:24 pm

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Terry Southern, photographed by Stanley Kubrick near Shepperton Studio, England, 1963. From The Terry Southern Estate.

Well, not really…

Nile Southern has generously given us permission to post another of his late father’s unpublished pieces. This short satirical piece was originally submitted to Grand Street magazine in the 1990s:

GAYMAN’S NOOK, GAYMAN’S CRANNY
by Terry Southern

DONALD TRUMP

(The following is a transcript of a conversation which took place recently at Mr Trump’s penthouse office atop the Trump Plaza Hotel)

Terry Southern: Unless I’m very much mistaken, you have rather low-profiled your gayness until now, isn’t that so?

“Donald Trump”: Oh absolutely! Good heavens yes! I could not care less about it! It’s just so silly, all the fuss about it! And at this late date! Good grief!

TS: Yes, well, just what caused your change of mind in that regard?

DT (with a toss of head, half-closed eyes): Oh well, that’s always one’s prerogative, isn’t it? Or am I beginning to sound too much like Doris Day?! Good grief, I hope not! I dunno, maybe it was peer pressure—I hate that expression!—but maybe that was it. Anyhoo, Leona—my very dearest friend, Leona Helmsley—kept after me about it. “Fess up, Donnie!” she would say, “fess up. fess up!” And finally I said “What the heck!” So here I am! (beams) Ready or not!

TS: Have you been able to use gayness to advantage in your financial affairs?

DT: Oh godness no, I would never ever think of mixing my financial affairs’ no pun intended!—with my personal mode. In fact when I switch into what I like to call my ‘prancing-gay mode,’ I
couldn’t add two plus two!

TS: You really get into it, do you?

DT (quite excited.). And how! Boy-oh-boy! Bro-ther!

TS: What is your response to having been dubbed “an Albrechian yahoo” by the general media?

DT: Oh no! Who said that? Was it Gore? Gore Vidal? Only Gore could say something so silly! Let me tell you exactly what happened! He came into the Palm Court and was as cross as two sticks because I was sitting at what he considered his table! Can you buh-leeve it?!? My Palm Court, my hotel. and his table. Quite the qrand-seigneur, isn’t he? But I simply love his work! Anyhoo, I sent a case of D.P. up to his suite, so perhaps he isn’t so cross with me now! And I most certainly am not what he said. ‘Prancing gay’, yes, but not that other thing. Good grief!

[Legal disclaimer: This is a fictional “conversation” that never actually took place. No, Donald Trump did not come out of the closet back in the 90s. Chances are that if he had, you’d have already heard about it…]
 

 
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Pat Paulsen in black face from censored Merv Griffin appearance from 1974
03.21.2011
12:37 pm

Topics:
Television

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WTF
Pat Paulsen
Merv Griffen

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File under “Quite Odd”: Comedian—and perennial presidential candidate—Pat Paulsen appears in black face, telling ethnically insensitive jokes in a 1974 appearance on The Merv Griffin Show that never aired… for reasons that should be rather obvious.

Griffin and guest actor Doug McClure (who seems a bit drunk) actually walk off the stage in nervous embarrassment, but upon his return at the end, Merv fires off a great improv’d line.
 

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