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Simtec Simmons: The Computer and the Little Fooler
04.15.2010
04:05 pm
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I fully realize that my fetish for vintage drum machines is of very specific interest to myself and a small handful of other nerds but I feel that in these two singles from 1967 (!) I’ve found a sort of drum machine holy grail. Evidently Tea Pot (below) was a sizable regional (Chicago) hit for one Simtec Simmons (later of funk duo Simtec & Wylie). If this tune doesn’t qualify as a significant proto-krautrock jam then I dunno what. Endless thanks to Dangerous Minds pal Ian Raikow for pointing me in this direction after my Timmy Thomas post the other day.

 
But what’s truly mind blowing is this following attempted cash-in single by the same guy under the amazing moniker The Computer and the Little Fooler. As they perfectly framed it over at Office Naps, the fantastic (evidently defunct) blog where I found this incredible artifact,

The weirdest post-War American music has always shown up first on the 45 rpm record, one of the most expedient of commercial music media. But, that said, the strange-witted minimalism of “Computing” and its backwards flipside “Sw-w-wis-s-sh” beggars all belief. “Computing” was neither funny nor weird enough to be a novelty record, nor did it offer anything that anyone could point to as a being conventionally instrumental. There’s simply little sense to be made of it. Sometimes I think this is the greatest record ever made.

I must concur ! “Sw-w-wis-s-sh” is the most mysterious piece of vinyl I can recall, bathed as it is in sheets of white noise tape hiss, a skeletal rhythm section peeking through, bass all random. Yeah !

 

Posted by Brad Laner
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04.15.2010
04:05 pm
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Holy crap! Notorious YouTube weirdo has an album out!
04.15.2010
12:49 am
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Limited Edition LP with FREE CD over at Black Tent Press


 
WHOA! Here’s an excerpt of a bizarre interview freaky YouTube user Tonetta did with Lolokaust:
 
Lolokaust: Every time someone new comes on the scene the music press always try and categorize and pigeonhole an artist, this wont be easy in your case so how would you describe what you do?

Tone: I don’t really know i just accept what it is

Lolokaust: Do you collaborate with anyone to make your music?

Tone: no I do it all myself

Lolokaust: Who are your musical influences and is there anyone to whom you aspire to?

Tone: the genius John Lennon

Lolokaust: There are many references to the male member in your lyrics, is this something particularly close to your heart?

Tone: I’m simply promoting it.

Lolokaust: Many of the songs are about sexual deviancy, Would you consider yourself a Sexual Deviant?

Tone: Yes I am.

Lolokaust: You have had incidents with Youtube deleting your videos/accounts, What are your thoughts on Internet Censorship?

Tone: Makes no sense
 
Read more of the interview with the infamous Tonetta over at Lolokaust.
 

 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.15.2010
12:49 am
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Alex Chilton died from lack of health insurance
04.15.2010
12:17 am
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How sad is this? Paul Hooson writing on the Wizbang Pop blog:

The wife of indie-music icon, Alex Chilton, Laura Kersting, revealed how the legendary singer was suffering serious heart symptoms recently, but had to delay seeking medical help due to a lack of health insurance. According to his wife, the 59 year old singer had been mowing the lawn recently, when he developed shortness of breath and chills. Chilton lived in New Orleans.

Chilton was the lead vocalist of The Box Tops, and had a multi-gold 4 million selling single with “The Letter” at the tender age of just 16. Chilton was scheduled for a reunion show with Big Star only days before he called his wife at work to say that he wasn’t feeling very well. She rushed home to get him, and while in the car, Chilton lost consciousness only a block before they arrived at the hospital emergency room door. Chilton was soon pronounced dead.

Chilton lived in a mixed race neighborhood in New Orleans. He and and his wife managed to survive the great storm that ruined the city in recent years. Strangely, Chilton chose to use a push mower to mow his own lawn, and lived a very humble life. Although, Chilton had sold several million records over his career, he never became wealthy.

Despite a string of great singles and a huge imprint on American power pop music, Alex Chilton was just your “Average Joe” musician.

Thanks Steven Otero!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.15.2010
12:17 am
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Parliament-Funkadelic: Whatever happened to The Mothership?
04.14.2010
12:45 am
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Wonderful tale about tracking down what really happened to one of the wildest, most iconic set pieces of 1970s rock shows, the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership. Forget about Kiss, the Mothership was ten times cooler. George Clinton is a god. From the Washington Post:

Before the Mothership was built, it was a concept. Parliament released “Mothership Connection” in 1975, an album with a title track about hitchhiking to cosmic transcendence: “Swing down, sweet chariot. Stop and let me ride.” Clinton started dreaming up a tour to match. After watching the Who’s 1969 rock opera “Tommy,” he asked himself: “How do you do a funk opera? What about [black people] in space?”

He called upon David Bowie’s tour producer, Jules Fisher, to help bring the Mothership to life. “This was theater. This was drama,” says Fisher, a renowned Broadway lighting designer. “Current shows like U2 and the Stones—they don’t provide this narrative arc.”

The Mothership was assembled in Manhattan and made its first descent in New Orleans from the rafters of Municipal Auditorium on Oct. 27, 1976.

Minds were blown.

 
I’ll bet they were! The Mothership lands about 8 minutes in on the below clip. This must have been so amazing to see live.
 

 
In Maryland, George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic and a missing Mothership (Washington Post)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.14.2010
12:45 am
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Minimalist Vintage Drum Machine Soul: Timmy Thomas
04.13.2010
04:34 pm
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I’m a huge sucker for the sound of clunky old drum machines, so this brilliant 1972 single by one time Cannonball Adderley sideman Timmy Thomas is a slice of heaven for me. The B-side (below) could almost pass for Cabaret Voltaire for the first 30 seconds with that weirdly processed beat box. Sweet !

thx Ian Raikow !

Posted by Brad Laner
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04.13.2010
04:34 pm
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More Proto Acid: Electronic Movements by Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan
04.13.2010
12:53 pm
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Still in the mood for some old fashioned pop electronics ? Here’s two of the four tracks from this rather attractive 1962 E.P. by Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan a.k.a. Dick Raaijmakers, Holland’s kings of primitive synthesis and tape manipulation wrought pop gems for the whole family.

 

 
bonus clip: The gents at work in the lab. Unfortunately Dutch language only but lots of lovely gear porn shots !

 

Posted by Brad Laner
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04.13.2010
12:53 pm
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Mashup: Velvet Underground / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - “Venus in Furs” / “Ain’t No Mountain”
04.13.2010
02:40 am
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Dangerous Minds pal, Marc Campbell says, “It takes a certain kind of genius to put these artists together and make it work.”

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.13.2010
02:40 am
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Trippy 60s Watch Commercial
04.13.2010
01:12 am
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I dig this.

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.13.2010
01:12 am
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Outrageous: Kim Fowley
04.12.2010
11:56 pm
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Cult figure Kim Fowley, record producer, rock impresario, songwriter and musician. Manager of The Runaways, Animal Man and the original Mayor of the Sunset Strip. “One of the most colorful characters in the annals of rock & roll.” Thrill to gossipy stories of Sly Stone and Doris Day; Sonny and Cher; Cat Stevens, Led Zeppelin, Gene Vincent and more. Part 1

READ ON
Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.12.2010
11:56 pm
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Synthesizing: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat
04.12.2010
11:55 am
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Bollywood session keyboardist Charanjit Singh released Synthesizing: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat in 1982 to an uninterested Indian public. Having loaded up on all the then current electronic music goodies (a Roland Jupiter-8 keyboard, a Roland TR-808 drum machine and a Roland TB-303) he spent two days making his version of Indian classical music and inadvertently invented acid house in the process. It’s lovely stuff, have a listen !

 

thx Andy Davis and Tara !
(Charanjit Singh, acid house pioneer)

Posted by Brad Laner
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04.12.2010
11:55 am
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