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Intoxica! With Howie Pyro
02.03.2010
12:09 am
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Recently been enjoying the hell out of the INTOXICA podcast with DJ Howie Pyro, bass player for the Blessed, the Freaks, D Generation, Joey Ramone, Genesis P-Orridge and Danzig… it’s a hell broth of creepsville surf tunes. I dig!

(Intoxica! With Howie Pyro)

 

Posted by Jason Louv
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02.03.2010
12:09 am
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Mina sings Amor Mio (1971)
02.02.2010
06:32 pm
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The great Italian singer Mina rocking a fierce shag in this 1971 clip. Liza Minnelli recently called her the best singer in the world, according to Billy Beyond, and she sang the theme tune to “The 10th Victim” one of my top favorite pieces of music.

Via Billy Beyond blog

Posted by Richard Metzger
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02.02.2010
06:32 pm
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Toke up for the Mystery Tour: Wu-Tang Clan meets the Fab Four
02.02.2010
06:04 pm
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When Danger Mouse released “The Grey Album,” his notorious—and quite illegal—mashup of Beatles tunes and Jay-Z’s a cappella wordplay in 2004, EMI Records immediately issued a cease and desist order. The album became a cause célèbre, with “information wants to be free” types providing download links and seeding torrent files all over the Internet. Take that, EMI!

Cut to 2010 and the mashups genre has a pretty well-established presence on the Web and, well… yawn. Who cares, right? Most mashups are clunky ear-bleeders, better read about than listened to, the main joke being, “Hey, I remixed Patsy Cline with Black Sabbath” or whatever. Amusing? Kinda of, in a very last decade sort of way, but do you actually want to listen to it?

So we were surprised when a 28-year-old Englishman named Tom Caruana decided to take some Wu-Tang Clan raps and painstakingly construct a new mashup using Beatles samples on “Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers.” And what’s even more surprising than his flagrant flaunting of EMI’s copyrights is that the mashups are really good! If Wu-Tang’s resident geniuses ever decided to delve into the Beatles catalog instead of soul obscurities for inspiration, this is the album they might have come up with. While most mashups sound like Frankenstein monsters created in Pro Tools, this one sounds less like a mashup and more like an actual Wu-Tang Clan record that uses Beatles samples. You can hear the Beatles, clearly, in the mixes (as well as Beatles songs covered by orchestras and “easy listening” combos) but it’s more covert than overt in this case.

As La Stampa, the Italian newspaper has wryly reported, Caruana’s elaborate Wu-Tang/Beatles mashup has been downloaded three times faster than Ringo Starr’s new record has on iTunes. Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon has even mentioned the project with approval on his Twitter account.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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02.02.2010
06:04 pm
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Corporate Cannibal
01.31.2010
10:57 pm
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Striking clip from Grace Jones’s Hurricane album from 2008.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.31.2010
10:57 pm
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The rise of Taqwacore: from parking lots to Park City
01.31.2010
09:01 pm
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Just when you think there are no new surprises coming out of the underground, something like the Taqwacore movement arrives, a fictional Islamic punk rock subculture that has become a REAL Islamic punk rock movement. Melissa Henderson writes at Brand X:

Originally imagined as a fictional world of living on the edge, Muslim punk rockers in Michael Muhammad Knight’s 2003 novel, “The Taqwacores”, Taqwacore has since evolved into an honest-to-goodness, real-life, fight-the-power scene, replete with young and charismatic activists, artists and Punk the only appropriate soundtrack to any decent rebellion.

Groups like the Chicago doom-crust band Al-Thawra and Boston-based ska-punkers the Kominas are rapidly gaining attention, as evidenced by August’s Los Angeles Times feature. Omar Majeed’s documentary about the subculture, Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam, made Spin magazine’s Best Music Documentary list of 2009, and “The Taqwacores”, Eyad Zahra’s feature film adaptation of the novel, premiered this week as an official competitor at the Sundance Film Festival. (For more on that, check out the post at the LA Times 24 Frames blog).

Knight, a Rochester, N.Y., native who converted to Islam in his teens and then struggled with an inability to reconcile his faith with his inner Punk, coined the book’s title from the Arabic word “Taqwa,” which means piety or God-fearing, and hardcore, a subgenre of late-70s punk rock. The novel, which he handed out for free in parking lots before finding a publisher in 2004, resonated so strongly with young Muslims dissatisfied with traditionalists in their own communities and cliches foisted on them by outsiders that it became something of a manifesto.

 
READ MORE: The rise of Taqwacore: from parking lots to Park City (Brand X)
 

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.31.2010
09:01 pm
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Handmade Morrissey Ouija Board
01.27.2010
01:20 am
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Peculiar handmade Ouija board by Etsy seller Maasproduction:

Comes with a heart shaped planchette which is also hand painted. Signed/dated on the back. Also makes a great objet d’art, Valentine’s Day or Birthday gift!

 
The price is $50.00.
 
(via Super Punch)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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01.27.2010
01:20 am
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The Knife’s Karin Dreijer out gagas Gaga on Swedish awards show
01.25.2010
11:44 pm
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Karin Dreijer of the Swedish sibling duo The Knife, also known professionally as Fever Ray, shows Gaga how it’s done.

Via Bob Lefsetz

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.25.2010
11:44 pm
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Caribou Goes Disco
01.25.2010
11:10 pm
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Caribou announced the release in April of their new album “Swim” today and released the above lead-off tune “Odessa” into the world. Main Caribou Dan Snaith is an absolute sonic master, dealing mainly in muted and worn textures. This song is somehow both awkward and hypnotic simultaneously, a subtle grower with lots of interesting little bits coming and going amid the repeated hooks galore.
Bonus clip : To my eternal delight Snaith had the questionable taste to sample a big chunk of my guitar madness from the first Medicine LP on the below song “Barnowl” from their 2005 LP “The Milk of Human Kindness”.
 

Posted by Brad Laner
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01.25.2010
11:10 pm
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You Can’t Always Drink What You Want: Keith Richards goes stone cold sober!
01.25.2010
05:41 pm
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Who saw this one coming? The NME reports that Keef is giving up the hooch!

Keith Richards has given up booze. The legendary drinker ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.25.2010
05:41 pm
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Scorpions Disbanding!
01.25.2010
02:21 pm
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Wait, they were still going? Alas, the winds of change blow for all men… hopefully the Berlin Wall won’t try anything now that these rock centurions aren’t keeping it down.

The German rock band Scorpions is bringing down the curtain on a career spanning more than four decades.

The band, known for its early 1990s hit “Wind of Change” among others, said on its Web site Sunday that “we agree we have reached the end of the road.”

It said it would end its career with a final album ?

Posted by Jason Louv
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01.25.2010
02:21 pm
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