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Ornette Coleman: Dancing In Your Head For Decades
12.17.2009
11:43 am
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National treasure Ornette Coleman has been showing people what freedom sounds like for more than 50 years. Here are two takes on his wildly manic (yet strangely accessible) “Dancing in Your Head” seperated by twelve years, from a small room in Rome for a film crew to a huge amphitheater in Japan for a rapt and adoring crowd. Coleman has long been a thorn in the side of so-called “jazz” lovers the world over with his self-styled harmelodic excursions . Just take a look at these anguished comments and witness some hapless musos trying to come to grips with what they’re hearing. Fun tip: play both clips simultaneously for extra harmelodic goodness !

 

Posted by Brad Laner
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12.17.2009
11:43 am
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Psychic TV Has A Foggy Notion
12.16.2009
03:09 pm
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Wonderful time yesterday as Dangerous Minds taped for an upcoming show “cultural engineer” Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.  Not to tease something that won’t show up here for a week or so, but Richard’s interview with Gen was at times so captivating I was practically crawling into the speakers beyond our “black box studio” so as to not miss a single word.  In the meantime, check out Psychic TV covering the Velvet Underground classic, Foggy Notion:

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Thee Psychick Bible Now Out! , The Infinity Factory: Genesis P-Orridge Interview,
The Infinity Factory: Robert Anton Wilson, Genesis P-Orridge and Me

 

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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12.16.2009
03:09 pm
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1950 GE Play-Talk Turntable Tape Recorder
12.15.2009
06:31 pm
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From Pea Hicks, The king of the Optigan.

This is a GE Play-Talk from 1950. It’s a kid’s toy, but it’s actually pretty advanced for the time, since tape recorders were just starting to become available. This is a tape recorder / record player hybrid. The paper disc is coated with magnetic tape and the tonearm has a tape recorder head on it. The little plastic disc that goes over the “tape” disc has a spiral groove for guiding the tonearm. The speaker serves double duty as the microphone. All tube electronics.

What’s great is the way you can play/record in random access mode. There’s no erase head, so the sounds just keep building on top of each other until you erase the disc with a bulk tape eraser.

In the 2nd part of the video, I use another fantastic GE toy- the Tote-A-Tune keyboard from the early 70s. I record a scale onto the disc, then attempt to play a tune by manually moving the tonearm over the disc. Lots of creative lo-fi applications for this sucker!!

Posted by Brad Laner
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12.15.2009
06:31 pm
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The Beatles as seen from the distant future
12.14.2009
09:23 pm
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I find this totally plausible.
 
(via Scott Gairdner)

Posted by Brad Laner
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12.14.2009
09:23 pm
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Krautrock: The Rebirth Of Germany
12.14.2009
03:39 pm
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Since Dangerous Minds seems to be trading the Stones for Krautrock (thanks, Brad Laner!), I thought I’d chime in with this BBC documentary, Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany:

Between 1968 and 1977 bands like Neu!, Can, Faust and Kraftwerk would look beyond western rock and roll to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard.  They shared one common goal—a forward-looking desire to transcend Germany?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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12.14.2009
03:39 pm
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It’s Christmas (But I Don’t Care)
12.14.2009
01:12 pm
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Hey that’s my name up there in pretty red letters ! Sorry for the self-indulgence so early in my tenure, but this here atheist Jew has composed and recorded a Christmas song for the 8 days of Hometapes event and today is my day. Hometapes is the fine and happening Portland-based label that released my 2007 solo debut LP, Neighbor Singing and is due to release my 2nd, Natural Selections some time next year.

Posted by Brad Laner
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12.14.2009
01:12 pm
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The Kings of Pastoral Portuguese Psych: Quarteto 1111
12.13.2009
10:20 pm
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Quarteto 1111 was a Portuguese progressive/psychedelic rock band founded in 1967 in Estoril. Singer/Keyboardist Jose Cid went on to be what I’ve seen described as the “Portuguese Elton John” though there’s no early warning of that here thankfully. Here are a couple of lovely, pastoral, weirdly produced tracks from their eponymous debut LP, a conceptual piece dealing with racism and emigration (or so they claim). Evidently the censorship-happy Salazar regime made sure it was pulled from shelves the very week it was released. Dickheads.

  
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This (unfortuntely truncated) black and white clip is for thier 1967 hit “El Rei D. Sebasti?ɬ

Posted by Brad Laner
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12.13.2009
10:20 pm
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Woman Stabs Lover to Death Over Kenny Rogers-Bob Dylan Argument
12.13.2009
02:49 pm
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From Daily Record.co.uk:

A woman who killed her partner in a bust-up over whether to play a Kenny Rogers or Bob Dylan CD was jailed for more than six years yesterday.

Andrea Neil stabbed Rober t Hamilton, 46, after the argument at their home in May.

The article goes on to say:

There was an argument about what music to play. It got so heated that the accused asked Mr Hamilton to leave, but he refused.

Mr Hamilton attempted to throw a television at Neil. He then pulled her to the kitchen floor by her hair and a struggle ensued. She grabbed at a knife which was lying on a kitchen counter and stabbed him on the left side of his chest. Mr Hamilton staggered a few steps and then collapsed in the hallway

Jail for woman who stabbed lover to death over Kenny Rogers-Bob Dylan row

 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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12.13.2009
02:49 pm
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Chicks and Vinyl
12.12.2009
10:16 pm
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Chicks and vinyl! Vinyl and chicks!

Lifelounge says, “May we present to you a gallery that is a homage to lovely ladies of the past caught mid turntable tease with vinyl in hand. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get the timeless appeal of this subject. Enjoy.”
 
Chicks and Vinyl

Posted by Tara McGinley
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12.12.2009
10:16 pm
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Another Perfect Krautrock Jam For The Rainy Weekend
12.12.2009
02:08 pm
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My brother Josh pointed out another perfect one in the form of “She Brings The Rain” by the venerable Can. DM reader Jason W points us in the direction of this description of the film from which it originally came. Somebody needs to dig that film up, pronto !

Posted by Brad Laner
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12.12.2009
02:08 pm
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