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Evocative film footage of The Lower East Side in 1967
08.09.2011
02:28 pm

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New York City’s Lower East Side filmed in 1967/68.

I visited the East Village in 1967 and when I moved there 10 years later not much had changed. The East Village, Tompkins Square and Alphabet City were in decay, whole areas were virtual urban wastelands. But, out of the ruins great things were rising in the arts and culture. During the mid-70s through the 1980s, the area was vibrant with a bohemian vibe. Then came gentrification and many of us were pushed out, along with the poor and elderly. The area is thriving now with fine restaurants, fashion boutiques and trendy bar after bar after bar. It’s still a wasteland - an expensive, well-maintained, cultural wasteland. Where once were bookstores, rock clubs and shops filled with hip affordable clothing there are now fast food chains, designer brand boutiques and banks popping up like a bad case of corporate herpes. Yes, I know I sound like a disgruntled ex-New Yorker. I am one.

The soundtrack is “All Tomorrow’s Parties” by The Velvet Underground.
 

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Dangerous Minds Radio Hour Episode 26 With Guest Nate Cimmino
08.09.2011
10:09 am

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Another fantabulous Dangerous Minds Radio Hour from Nate Cimmino. These radio shows from this guy turn up here almost like an abandoned child left in a basket on our digital doorstep. Richard Metzger claims to have met Mr. Cimmino once, and not even in a past life. It’s disturbing, but they’re so good.

So, once again, Dangerous Minds invites you for another aural excursion with our host, Nate Cimmino, who as best we can tell is wandering around blissfully, sending this offering to us while he was on vacation.

Playlist:

01. Demon Fuzz- Past Present & Future (under intro)
02. Dusty Springfield- Spooky (mono 45 mix)
03. Carole Pope- All Touch/No Contact
04. Johnny Cash- Folsom Prison Blues
05. Gordon Jenkins- Crescfent City Blues
06. Hetten Des- Ace Of Spades
07. Moby Grape- Soul Stew
08. Mars Bonfire- Born To Be Wild
09. Dennis Coffee- It’s Your Thang
10. Dennis Coffee- Sodomy
11. Edison Electric Band- Smokehouse
12. GHP-Rolling Confusion
13. Black Nasty- We’re Doin’ Our Thing
14. Aaron Neville- Mojo Hannah
15- Exuma- Exuma, The Obeah Man
16- Moondog- Moondog Monologue
 

 
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Dangerous Minds Radio Hour Episode 26 With Guest Nate Cimmino
08.09.2011
09:42 am

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Another fantabulous Dangerous Minds Radio Hour from Nate Cimmino. These radio shows from this guy turn up here almost like an abandoned child left in a basket on our digital doorstep. Richard Metzger claims to have met Mr. Cimmino once, and not even in a past life. It’s disturbing, but they’re so good.

So, once again, Dangerous Minds invites you for another aural excursion with our host, Nate Cimmino, who as best we can tell is wandering around blissfully, sending this offering to us while he was on vacation.

Playlist:

01. Demon Fuzz- Past Present & Future (under intro)
02. Dusty Springfield- Spooky (mono 45 mix)
03. Carole Pope- All Touch/No Contact
04. Johnny Cash- Folsom Prison Blues
05. Gordon Jenkins- Crescfent City Blues
06. Hetten Des- Ace Of Spades
07. Moby Grape- Soul Stew
08. Mars Bonfire- Born To Be Wild
09. Dennis Coffee- It’s Your Thang
10. Dennis Coffee- Sodomy
11. Edison Electric Band- Smokehouse
12. GHP-Rolling Confusion
13. Black Nasty- We’re Doin’ Our Thing
14. Aaron Neville- Mojo Hannah
15- Exuma- Exuma, The Obeah Man
16- Moondog- Moondog Monologue
 

 
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Subscribe to the Dangerous Minds Radio Hour podcast at iTunes
 

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Independent music distributor PIAS lose entire stock in London riots


 
Sad news for fans of independent and alternative music - among the worst hit in last night’s large scale rioting in London were the very popular independent distributor PIAS (né Play It Again Sam) who look to have lost all their stock when the Sony warehouse in Enfield was burnt down. If you are a fan or collector of independent music you probably have a couple of releases brought to you by the company already - they distribute labels like Mute, Rough Trade, One Little Indian, Warp, Ninja Tune, Kompakt, Domino, FatCat, Soul Jazz, Rock Action, Chemikal Undergroud, and lots lots more. It’s estimated that PIAS handle around 30% of independent music in Europe.

PIAS have issued this statement via their website:

There was a fire last night at the SonyDADC warehouse which services the physical distribution for [PIAS] in the UK and Ireland. [PIAS] is working closely with SonyDADC who are implementing their emergency plans. [PIAS]‘s UK offices in London and all other areas of our business are unaffected.
More information will be communicated shortly to all our labels and partners.

A campaign has already begun to help the company, with suggestions that records or downloads from PIAS distributed labels be bought today in solidarity. A Paypal account is also being set up by Twitter user fionchadd (hashtag #labellove) for people to donate money through, which will be distributed among the labels affected by the loss of stock.

Via Drowned in Sound

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Goofy, young Trent Reznor playing a Billy Idol song in an early 80s ‘New Wave’ cover band
08.08.2011
09:17 pm

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Who’s this fresh-faced New Waver with the asymmetric poodle hairdo? (Hint: It’s not one of the Thompson Twins).

Nope, it’s future Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor back in the early 1980s playing and singing a cover of Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without a Face” with his Cleveland, OH band-mates in “The Urge.”

Both astonishing and completely ridiculous.
 

 
More baby-faced New Waver Trent Reznor after the jump!

Thank you kindly Michael Backes!

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Psychedelic Sadhu: Go go Goa mix
08.08.2011
08:59 pm

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For your listening and viewing pleasure, a mix of psychedelic tunes from France, India, Britain, Indonesia and The United States.

The mix concludes with two songs from one of my all-time favorite albums, “No Other” by Gene Clark. It’s a masterpiece that has been unheard by far too many people. I hope Clark’s songs included here will be a compelling introduction to those of you who haven’t heard the album and will seek it out. It’s really quite brilliant.

The visuals are comprised of excerpts from global experimental film makers, both contemporary and pioneers of early 20th century movie magic, including Larry Jordan, Jonas Mekas, Toshio Matsumoto, Segundo de Chomón and Maurice Lemaitre.

Songs:

“Aere Perennius” - Docdail
“Karye Pyar” - Nahid Akhtar
“Somebody’s Calling My Name” - Baby Grandmothers
“Don’t Let It Get You Down” - Shadrack Chameleon
“Pemain Bola” - Rasela
“Child Of Nature” - The Beatles
“Love’s The Thing” - Smoke Rings
“Didunia Yang Laing” - Ariesta Birawa Group
“Forge Your Own Chains” - D.R. Hooker
“Milkman” - Ema
“Written On The Forehead”- PJ Harvey
“That Shocking Day” - Ivo’s Group
“Who Can I Say You Are” - Morley Grey
“Heavy Head” - Little Sammy Gaha
“Strength Of Strings” - Gene Clark
“No Other”- Gene Clark
 

 

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Seldom-seen David Bowie interview, 1976
08.08.2011
11:48 am

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David Bowie admirably keeps his cool in the face of TV host Russell Harty’s idiotic questions (asked via satellite) in a nearly futile effort to promote his then-upcoming 1976 “Isolar” world tour. In marked contrast to other TV appearances around this time, the thin white duke doesn’t seem to have snorted a pound of cocaine before the interview started…

Each time Bowie appeared on Russell Harty Plus in the 1970s, he was subjected to goading and borderline insults from the supercilious, patronizing Harty, who comes off here like a right prat. You have to wonder why he bothered. Bowie had then just finished his role in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, briefly touched on here.
 

 
Thank you, Adrian Legg!

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Freddie Mercury’s gorgeous banana hair
08.08.2011
10:54 am

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Beatlemania in cockroach city
08.08.2011
02:14 am

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While most of my rock and roll friends were hanging out at the nocturnal punk rock Meccas of CBGB and Max’s in 1977/78, suburbanites were braving the harsh city streets and wallowing in nostalgia on Broadway. For a couple of years Beatlemania was a hit on Times Square for an audience that preferred the warm and fuzzy past to the bleak reality of New York at a moment when the city was frayed at the edges and the center was barely holding.

The four musicians who comprised the cast of Beatlemania came from nowhere, basked in the glory of reflected stardom for a few years, and ended up being marginal footnotes in the history of rock and roll. But, it must have been a blast while it lasted.

I wonder how the dead ringer for Paul, Mitch Weissman, dealt with his life after Beatlemania. The rest of the faux Beatles, none of whom looked like the originals, probably adjusted to lives of relative anonymity. But Mitch, what about Mitch? There’s a website that has some photos of Mitch today here. He seems to have morphed into the Paul of our nightmares.

Update 8/9: Mick Stadium, the fellow who uploaded these videos to Youtube, reveals the source of the Beatlemania clips:

A friend recently gave me stack of VHS tapes found @ a Flea Market, all labeled as “Beatlemania” related. Turns out they belonged to Mitch Weissman (Paul in the Original Cast) who had taped all of their ‘70s TV appearances as they aired. I’ve uploaded the best of the lot for your enjoyment. P.S. Weissman lives in LA and is getting his tapes back (which he says were auctioned in a storage unit selloff.)

 

 

 
More after the jump…

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German experimental music pioneer Conrad Schnitzler has died
08.06.2011
05:32 pm

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Sad to hear that prolific German experimental music pioneer, Conrad Schnitzler, one-time student of Joseph Beuys, early member of Tangerine Dream and founder of Kluster, has died.

Via Ric Leichtung at Altered Zones:

On August 4th, Conrad Schnitzler passed away from stomach cancer. Member of Kluster and Tangerine Dream, Schnitzler played in an invaluable role in the shaping of kraut and electronic music. Having studied under Stockhausen, Conrad composed more than 90 albums of solo material, and completed his final work, “00/830,” just four days before his death. In preparation for his departure, Schnitzler sent strands of his hair to be buried around the world and created the Global Living Project. In his words:

Since some time, I globalize me.
Why just living in one country,
why just sleeping in one country,
why just being buried only in one country,
now that we think and live globally.

I would like to be at beautiful places in the world,
without to move me from my place here.
I send my DNA (my hair) to different places in the world.
This means I’m all over the world.
I’m everywhere, even when I’ll be dead.
Nobody must come to my grave in Berlin.
My friends can visit me in the whole world now.

So if friends want to give me a place…., welcome.
I’ll send a DNA sample to bury me.
I am in the whole world at home now. I love this feeling.

Friends, family, and fans can pay their respects to Conrad at 9 different sites, including the Green Lagoon in Spain, Norway’s Lysefjord, and Mt. Fuji.

Below, Schnitzler’s “Magic Party”:
 

 
“Collection A #5 Take off”
 

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