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Shackleton: Blood on My Hands
10.28.2009
04:29 pm

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This is one of the most impressive Dubstep releases I’ve heard since, well, I forgot dubstep existed. Just the right hint of Burroughs, Gysin and the assault of the citadels of enlightenment. Towers open fire!

Download a DJ mix from Shackleton here.

And get his new release “Three Eps” here.

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Har Mar Superstar: Large and In Charge
10.27.2009
07:05 pm

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Portly, balding, comic R&B singer Har Mar Superstar, yes, he of the overactive libido, is hardly anyone’s idea of a dreamboat, but that has not stopped the performer (real name Sean Tillman) from being the most buzz-worthy man in pop music today. Har Mar’s latest CD, “Dark Touches,” seems to be everywhere you turn, both online and off.

His latest single, “Tall Boy,” was originally written for Britney Spears, but rejected by her management. Undaunted, Tillman recorded the song himself, but without switching the gender roles for an amusing, off-kilter, homoerotic approach.

The “Tall Boy” video features spacesuits, ray guns and famous friends like Eva Mendes, “Arrested Development” actress Alia Shawkat and comedian Eric Wareheim. The clip, directed by prestigious L.A.-based design shop Tomorrow’s Brightest Minds, has been making the rounds as a popular viral video.

Har Mar (who has also gone under the monikers Sean Na Na and Calvin Krime professionally) has seen his star rise to unexpected heights in the last few years and he’s picked up some famous friends along the way. It’s recently been announced that Tillman has co-written an HBO pilot with his co-stars in Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It,” Ellen Page and Shawkat, with the working title ?

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Sergej Auto: Horai Flibjck
10.27.2009
02:46 pm

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Can’t find any info on this outside of the fact that it is awesome and full of win.

(Serej Auto’s page)

(Serej Auto found via Swen’s Blog)

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B.J. Snowden Sings “In Canada”
10.25.2009
10:09 pm

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B.J. Snowden with Fred Schneider from the B-52s
 
The companion piece to the Songs in the Key of Z post (see below) is what came right after it on the show, the music video for B.J. Snowden’s mighty In Canada video, taken from her Life in the USA and Canada CD. BJ Snowden is a very interesting talent. Her songs are catchy, they are original and they are fully formed. They are also malformed, but I don’t mean that in an insulting way, I’m just trying to describe her music accurately. B.J. could have been another Andrew Lloyd Webber, except that her music is missing a few chromosomes.

Suffice to say, once you have heard this song even one time, you will never, ever forget it.

In one of those incredible-but-true show business stories, fate has played a role in Ms. Snowden?

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All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Film
10.22.2009
11:33 am

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Um, WOW! This looks like a lot of fun! Creative Review says:

After premiering in Edinburgh earlier this year, the film of the best alternative music festival in the world tours the UK from this week; opening in Manchester on Friday and then taking in Glasgow, London, Leeds, Brighton and Bristol…

All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Film is a special piece of cinema. It’s been compiled from hundreds of video clips of the various artists that have performed during ATP festivals at the out-of-season Pontins holiday camp in Minehead, sent in by fans and then shaped into a film by director Jonathan Caouette.

The film brilliantly captures the experience of actually being at the festival ?

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John Cage: Indeterminacy
10.20.2009
05:54 pm

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Check out an online archive of John Cage’s Indeterminacy stories here, and on YouTube below. Stereophile has this to say:

The idea behind Indeterminacy was, like many Cagean ideas, essentially simple and audaciously original. Cage read 90 stories, his speed determined by the story’s length. In another room, beyond earshot of Cage, David Tudor, pianist and veteran Cage collaborator, performed miscellaneous selections from Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra and played pre-recorded tape from Cage’s Fontana Mix. The resulting collaboration is an astounding piece of “music,” and a fine introduction to the innovations of John Cage. “A wonderfully curious way to hear stories.”

Check out Indeterminacy on CD here.

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Knitted Kraftwerk
10.20.2009
01:27 am

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Knitted Kraftwerk by cakeyvoice.

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The Rolling Stones’ Loving Cup (With Clapboard)
10.19.2009
03:23 pm

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First the Beatles, next up The Rolling Stones—or at least Exile On Main St.  Saw this weekend that Universal Music is giving Exile the deluxe packaging and remastering treatment for release later this year.  Well, I’m of mixed emotions not sure how I feel about this.  I do love, love immeasurably, that album’s sprawling, bluesy murk—is Exile something that can profit, really, from being cleaned up any further than it was in ‘94?  Or are there sounds in those tracks—sounds as buried as they are essential—whose magic another scrubbing might forever eradicate?

While I/we have a few months to ponder that one, here’s something delightfully raw, circa Exile: little-seen rehearsal footage of that album’s “Loving Cup.”  Similar footage has been floating around on YouTube, but this is a recent addition, with a clapboard opening and (often) excellent sound quality.

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds: You Never Give Me Your Money: Metzger on the Beatles Remasters

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Free Preview of New Tom Waits Album
10.17.2009
08:42 pm

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Tom Waits is making eight tracks from his new album, “Glitter and Doom Live,” available here. Anti- records says:

As a special thank you for visiting tomwaits.com, we?

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The Official The The / Matt Johnson Appreciation Post
10.16.2009
08:24 pm

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Matt Johnson, under the moniker of The The, played the Hank Williams of the 1980s. Inspired by a Throbbing Gristle cassette as a teenager, he went on to record some of the most poignant and heartfelt pop music of the decade, helping lay the groundwork for the “alternative” heart-sleeving of the 1990s.

The The’s stuff is, to my mind, just brutally honest and True about the human condition. Johnson’s albums have gotten me through some hard parts of my life… and judging from his Amazon comments, I’m not alone. The Cult of Johnson, while small, is about as rabidly dedicated as you could expect a fan base to be?

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