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Public Image Ltd. - Death Disco (1979)
05.04.2010
04:36 pm
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As the current iteration of Public Image Ltd. continue to provide an evidently very satisfying P.i.L. experience at a venue near you i happened to stumble upon this 1979 promo clip that I’d never managed to see before. The song title as well as being self descriptive of the music points to the anguished cry of grief over Lydon’s dying mother reflected in the totally non-ironic lyrics. Keith Levene’s guitar and synths, which the 2010 stand-in guy approximates sort of  are brittle, grievous subconscious shards of memory decorating the sparse dub-influenced underpinning. Slick it up for the kids all you like, this song is bulletproof.
 

Posted by Brad Laner
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05.04.2010
04:36 pm
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DJ Spooky and Chuck D: By the Time I Get to Arizona
05.04.2010
03:48 pm
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DJ Spooky and Chuck D just collaborated on a free download song “By the Time I Get to Arizona,” riffing, of course, on the old standard “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and, uh, you know, commenting on some pressing news items and stuff.

In the wake of Republican Governor Jan Brewer’s anti-immigrant law, me and Chuck D were rappin’ and we decided to put together an update of his classic track “By The Time I get To Arizona.” Anyone who knows about hip hop from the early 90’s remembers John Mccain’s unwillingness to endorse creating a local version of Martin Luther King’s birthday. The update here is a 21st century look in the rear view mirror. The cliché that “those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it” still holds sway in our hyper amnesiac culture. I remixed D.W. Griffith’s infamous film “Birth of a Nation” with a bit of Public Enemy in mind, and later on, they named an e.p. with the same name as my project. Me and Chuck D have done several projects in the past around progressive, non knucklehead hip hop.

(Reality Sandwich: By the Time I Get to Arizona)

(The Actual Song)

(DJ Spooky: Drums Of Death)

Posted by Jason Louv
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05.04.2010
03:48 pm
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Pre-teen ass-kicking tabla prodigy Rimpa Siva
05.04.2010
12:32 pm
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Rimpa Siva, born in 1986, was a pre-teen when these absolutely stunning clips were made. What more can I say ? I was exhilarated and emotionally drained after watching these and shouting my approval at my monitor at regular intervals. I hazard a guess you will be too, momentarily.
 

 

 

thx Ustad E. Loi-Morelock !

Posted by Brad Laner
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05.04.2010
12:32 pm
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Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen
05.03.2010
11:36 pm
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Fascinating film about Leonard Cohen the poet/novelist and not yet folk singer of 1965. It’s strange to see him a) so young (he’s 31 here) and b) to see him being funny! Parts of his act back then was straight stand-up comedy. Leonard Cohen funny?

Informal portrait of Leonard Cohen. The film begins with Cohen delivering a comic monologue about his visit to a friend in a Montreal mental hospital. Later he is seen reading poetry to rapt audience and also alone, or relaxing with family and friends, walking the streets of the city, eating in a popular night spot, sleeping in his three-dollar-a-night hotel room, even taking a bath. His poetry readings are principally from “A Spice-box of Earth” and “Flowers for Hitler”. A press conference with Cohen and his friend Irving Layton forms a part of the film.

Filmed and recorded at various locations in 1964, released in 1965 by the National Film Board of Canada. Directed by Donal Brittain and Dan Owen, produced by John Kemeny. Black & white, 44 min.


 

 
Thank you Nicolae Halmaghi!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.03.2010
11:36 pm
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The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith
05.03.2010
06:00 pm
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While my Fall phase stopped completely with ‘88’s still-excellent I Am Kurious Oranj, Mark E. Smith and his rotating cast of band members have continued pumping out albums with almost Woody Allen-like consistency (28 albums, 33 years).  

In yesterday’s NYT article, Mr. Smith Shows His Staying Power, Ben Ratliff calls the new Fall album, Your Future Our Clutter, one of the band’s best.  He also attempts to zero in on just what it is that makes Smith such a fascinating, and yes, endearing, character.

Um, maybe it’s the crank factor?  The 53-year-old singer claims that Pavement, “didn’t have an original idea in their heads.”  He also thinks that Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore should “have his rock license revoked.” 

And while Smith may have written in his autobiography, Renegade, “The Fall are about the present, and that’s it,” what follows below is a considerable chunk of his past, Part I of the ‘05 BBC documentary, The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith (links to the other parts at the bottom).

 
The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith Part II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX

Bonus: Kurious Oranj, Live In Edinburgh

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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05.03.2010
06:00 pm
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The dangerous diskofolk of Derdiyoklar
05.03.2010
04:32 pm
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Once again Mr. Eddie Ruscha points out a confounding delicacy for our obscure delight in the form of Derdiyoklar (roughly translates as The No Problems): a Turkish self-styled diskofolk duo based in Germany and, as evidenced in the completely unhinged and nicely confusing live clip below, mostly played weddings and other events amongst fellow “gastarbeiter” Turks.
 

 
When not enacting elaborate melodramas in a live setting, the records (check the clip below) rather more live up to their description. There is nothing bad and a whole lot good about electric phase-shifted baglamas over groovy disco beats.
 

 

 

Posted by Brad Laner
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05.03.2010
04:32 pm
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Do It Yourself: The Story of Rough Trade
05.03.2010
11:59 am
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Yet another essential recent BBC music doc, this time a fascinating glimpse into the history of the seminal indie label/empire Rough Trade. More beloved late 70’s post punk records are touched upon than would be wise to list, but I was particulary awestruck to see footage of the original lineup of Scritti Politti sitting in a dilapidated bedsit earnestly hand-assembling the epochal “Skank Bloc Bologna” single. Founder Geoff Travis comes across as a passive aggressive faux-naif with faultless taste and a talent for the elusive right place/right time nexus. Watch, learn and listen.
above photo : Genesis P-Orridge delivers the 2nd Throbbing Gristle L.P. D.O.A. to Geoff Travis @ Rough Trade HQ, 1978
 

 

 

Posted by Brad Laner
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05.03.2010
11:59 am
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Return to the Pleasure Dome benefit concert for Anthology Film Archives with Kenneth Anger, Lou Reed
05.02.2010
06:09 pm
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Attention New Yorkers, don’t miss Return to the Pleasure Dome, a benefit concert event for Anthology Film Archives with a Life Achievement Honor for Kenneth Anger.

Featuring Technicolor Skull (Kenneth Anger and Brian Butler), Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, The Virgins, Moby & other special guests.

Wednesday, May 19, 8:30p.m at the Hiro Ballroom, New York City, $99 via Ticketweb
 


Video: Kenneth Anger’s 42-second long film, Death. Part of the OneDreamRush project.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.02.2010
06:09 pm
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John Cale on I’ve Got A Secret
04.30.2010
04:53 pm
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On a prior Dangerous Minds post, pioneering architect Frank Lloyd Wright was the game show guest on I’ve Got A Secret.  Today’s guest is a pre-Velvet Undergound John Cale.  What’s Cale’s secret?  His participation in an 18 hour and 40 minute piano recital of Erik Satie‘s Vexations.

Cale and a number of performers—including John Cage—all took turns playing the piece that’s just 3 lines long, but needs repeating 840 times.  Cage, it seems, also organized the event, having been introduced to Vexations in Paris in ‘49.

The man sitting beside Cale is off-Broadway actor, Karl Schenzer.  His secret?  He was the only audience member ballsy enough to stick out the entire concert.  Schenzer went on, possibly, and according to the New Yorker’s Alex Ross, to become a bit player for Francis Ford Coppola.

 
Bonus: John Cale live performing Paris, 1919

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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04.30.2010
04:53 pm
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DeBarge: Rhythm of the Night
04.30.2010
04:41 am
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Yo dawg we herd you like staying up all night so we put some Rhythm of the Night in your night so you can can dance to the beat of the rhythm of the night while you’re up all night

Posted by Jason Louv
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04.30.2010
04:41 am
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