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The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy: Peter Lorre
08.11.2009
10:07 pm

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Peter Lorre, Peter Lorre, you can trust him, he’s a brick, he’s a brick! (From Pat Fish.)

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World Party: Ship of Fools
08.11.2009
08:36 pm

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OK. If you watch this video, you’re going to have some mental hurdles to cross. You’re going to have to cope with the fact that, yes, that guy with the Aretha Franklin voice belting it out like he grew up singing gospel in a Harlem church… yes, that guy DOES look like a 13-year-old who just beat you at Magic: The Gathering. And then, if you’ve never heard of this band before, you’re going to wonder why. Because Karl Wallinger and World Party recorded some of the best singles of the last three decades, and still, STILL, nobody knows. That might be why, when you watch the second video, which might be almost, impossibly, an even better song than the first, you’ll notice that Mr. Wallinger apparently switched hobbies from Dungeons and Dragons to alcohol. Where is this guy? How was he so awesome? Will he return to save us?

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Su Tissue, Superstar, Or…The Greatest Video Of All Time!
08.05.2009
06:10 pm

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Meet Su Tissue, n?ɬ

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Ultimate guide to the hottest women in classical music
08.05.2009
12:32 am

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Here’s a website dedicated to the hottest women in classical music.  Beauty in Music says, “Beauty exists in music and the universe. Humans will never know what existed before the Big Bang, but we do know what exists after the explosion.” 

Feel the hotness!


Beauty in Music

Thanks Wilson Smith!

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Henry Rollins vs. The Techno Viking
08.04.2009
11:14 pm

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Our friend David Pescovitz at Boing Boing posted this hysterical video of Henry Rollins mashed up with The Techno Viking.

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The Album Bj?ɬ?rk Doesn’t Want You to Hear
08.03.2009
12:55 am

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Many think Bj?ɬ?rk’s album Debut was, um, her debut album. But it was not. Oh no.

Actually, Bj?ɬ?rk dropped her first jams back in 1977, when she was 11. And it was awesome. The album even charted. She throws down awesome covers of songs like “The Fool on the Hill” in Icelandic to beats that would put Disco Duck himself to shame. I mean, she’s Bj?ɬ?rk. She’s an international treasure. Even the album she did when she was 11 is better than anything most musicians will ever even be able to think about possibly doing in their whole careers.

But oh no, it is not to be heard. For the Goddess of Iceland hath decreed you may not buy or hear it. Apparently she deliberately keeps it out of circulation or popping up in the press. Which is a shame, because it’s a great album, but if that’s how she feels, than so be it, and far from me to suggest that it might be available on the Internet, especially not here. All hail Iceland and its Pixie Goddess.

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Bombin’: Graffiti Documentary featuring Goldie and Massive Attack’s 3D (1985)
08.02.2009
02:01 pm

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There’s no consensus on exactly when “Bombin’” came out.  IMDb says 1988, but other sources say between 1985 - 1987. Who knows? Whatever the year, “Bombin’” is a treat!

Scratchworx says:

First shown on Channel 4 in the UK, Bombin’ chronicles the journey of NY artist Brim through the UK media, as well as meeting a young Goldie, who in turn travels to NYC to meet Afrika Baambaata. This was filmed at the times of the Birmingham riots and shows the parallels of life in the inner city on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bombin’ on Flicker


(via Nerdcore)

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The Astral Projection: Astral Scene
08.01.2009
12:30 am

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More from Dr. Schluss:

It could be the two manhattans that I just drank speaking, but I find this one exceptionally groovy. Even more than the Millennium’s Begin, I feel like these cats are trying to induct me into some strange hippy cult. We’ll dance around like the Brady Bunch on the days that Greg got high, sugarcubes in hand. That said, this sunshine pop is not musically in the same league as Curt Boettcher’s productions (like the aforementioned Millennium), but I would go for this one before the 5th Dimension, and it’s far trippier than the Mamas and the Papas. The Allmusic Guide mentioned that this was a studio construct and mostly exploitative of the counterculture scene, but I’ll admit that I’m pretty well fooled.

It’s a pretty awesome album, actually. I listened to it on Venice Beach recently. Kind of perfect.

Link here.

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Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood
07.30.2009
02:58 pm

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From Dr. Schluss’ Garage of Psychedelic Obscurities:

I’m willing to say this obscure sitar-infused psychedelic jazz album is one of the absolute best I’ve heard from the legendary Impulse! jazz imprint. Why they haven’t reissued it yet is beyond me. Bill Plummer’s primary trade is in the string bass, which does provide the awesome backbone for all of these songs. But someone must have tossed Mr. Plummer in a vat of acid (almost like Jack Nicholson in the 1989 “Batman”) before the making of this album. With it’s layers of Eastern gauze, occasional blasts of spoken word and free jazz, and oddball covers, this is the most ear pleasingly far-out legitimate jazz album I’ve come across (the wild fury of John Coltrane’s Om, also on Impuse!, is probably the most far out, but it’s not easy to listen to).

The first track, “Journey to the East,” is far beyond awesome and deserves a place on every psych compilation. It’s got a rock-solid groove, crazy chanting, a wall of sitar, and a totally entertaining spoken word rambling. Practically every 60’s cliche is packed into the spoken word, but it’s all convincingly sold by the dispassionate reading and the phenomenal music backing it up. I think I’ve listened to it about 600 times in the past week; I can’t think of a better complement than that. For your own mind journey to the East, you need go no farther than “Arc 294,” which plays as Indo-psychedelic free jazz for about ten minutes. The covers here are of note as well. Seeing “The Look of Love” on a track listing typically makes me groan, but with sitar drones and a groovy beat accompanying the tune, it works out just fine. Even better is the similar treatment to the Byrds great, yet-neglected “Lady Friend.” I didn’t know that that song required a transcendental Indo-jazz reading, but apparently it did. To hear Mr. Plummer score at making more conventional jazz, head for “Pars Fortuna” and “Song Plum”

This album manages to fuse jazz, Indian music, and wacky psychedelia, while still ending up as more than the sum of its parts. You need to become part of the Cosmic Brotherhood as soon as possible.

(Link here.)

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Little Heard Joni Mitchell Performances
07.30.2009
12:08 pm

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I am a complete Joni Mitchell nut. I once went for nearly a solid year listening to nothing but Court and Spark
and Ladies of the Canyon
in the car. I’ve easily played those two albums, 500 times each. My life has been immeasurably enriched by her music. There is nothing better to listen to when you are really, really sad, but her more joyous tunes can have you dancing around the house singing along like a fool.

When the we’re all dead and gone and future musical historians write the history of the 20th century’s greatest music, I have no doubt whatsoever that Joni Mitchell’s artistic contribution to our culture will rank alongside those of Lennon and McCartney, Miles Davis, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

And if you want to know how I really feel…

Here’s a stunning performance of a very young and very beautiful Joni Mitchell (then going by her maiden name of Joan Anderson) on the “Let’s Sing Out” TV show, hosted by the renowned Canadian folk singer Oscar Brand. Here Mitchell sings her own composition, “Urge for Going” which is better known as Tom Rush’s cover version.
 

 
I also found this clip. The audio is less than stellar, so turn it up, but what’s interesting about it, is that you can really see her hands playing the guitar. As a child Mitchell caught polio and it left some residual damage in her hands. So to get around this, she created custom tunings that allowed her to play exactly the sound that was in her head, and what her hands would have otherwise had trouble doing. It’s an extraordinary thing to see.
 

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