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Devendra Banhart: What Will We Be
10.31.2009
05:18 pm
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Devendra Banhart’s new album What Will We Be is just out, and not bad.

I just gave it a listen; it’s pretty fun, kind of like summer barbecue music for ratty youth. There is very little of the somberness of, say, Cripple Crow, and also not much outside Banhart’s usual musical territory. But he’s continuing to polish and perfect his style, and the album is a strong, polished and mature effort from the artist. I dig it!

(Devendra Banhart: What Will We Be)

(Linked below: Banhart’s artistic pinnacle IMO, the “Carmensita” video w/ Natalie Portman.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.31.2009
05:18 pm
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GG Allin Toy
10.31.2009
12:22 am
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The original version of this ghoulish effigy is SOLD OUT! This “Extra Filthy Bloody” Edition a striking representation of GG ALLIN circa 1991 with added crud, blood, and cuts. The figure, limited to 500 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall and is made of a lightweight polyresin. Loaded into a full color “splatter” box, here GG is accurately sculpted right down to the tattoos, and copious amounts of blood and filth.

This GG Allin toy can be yours for $16.95.
 
(via David Pescovitz over at Boing Boing)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.31.2009
12:22 am
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The Unexpected Crass-Beatles Nexus Point
10.30.2009
11:49 pm
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Tonight brings a special guest post from Dangerous Minds pal, main Medicine man, and one of my dear childhood friends, Mr. Brad Laner:

Crass has always been one of my favorite bands.  While mostly known for their brilliant iconography and lyrics, media pranks, and communal origins/existence, I think they made tremendously creative and musically interesting records.  Drummer/lyricist Penny Rimbaud‘s drumming in particular is like none other I can think of.  The man managed to work a bizarre martial uh…march feel into nearly all of their material, and therefore made Crass sound like no other “punk” band before or since.

I recently picked up Rimbaud’s autobiography, Shibboleth, and while there is precious little about the actual music, it’s a fun and informative read.  An early moment finds teenage Jeremy Ratter (the future Mr. Rimbaud) crossing paths with The Beatles on Ready Steady Go.

As unlikely as that sounds, it’s thankfully preserved for all time on the YouTubes:

It also must be mentioned that Crass created the greatest lost feminist manifesto/concept album ever in 1981’s Penis Envy.  I’d be hard pressed to come up with another band that was able to so beautifully marry great heaping mouthfuls of bitterly angry lyrics to almost jubilantly inventive music.

Bonus I: Crass’s Nagasaki Nightmare (fan vid)

Bonus II: Crass’s Bata Motel (fan vid)

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.30.2009
11:49 pm
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Shackleton: Blood on My Hands
10.28.2009
04:29 pm
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This is one of the most impressive Dubstep releases I’ve heard since, well, I forgot dubstep existed. Just the right hint of Burroughs, Gysin and the assault of the citadels of enlightenment. Towers open fire!

Download a DJ mix from Shackleton here.

And get his new release “Three Eps” here.

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.28.2009
04:29 pm
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Har Mar Superstar: Large and In Charge
10.27.2009
07:05 pm
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Portly, balding, comic R&B singer Har Mar Superstar, yes, he of the overactive libido, is hardly anyone’s idea of a dreamboat, but that has not stopped the performer (real name Sean Tillman) from being the most buzz-worthy man in pop music today. Har Mar’s latest CD, “Dark Touches,” seems to be everywhere you turn, both online and off.

His latest single, “Tall Boy,” was originally written for Britney Spears, but rejected by her management. Undaunted, Tillman recorded the song himself, but without switching the gender roles for an amusing, off-kilter, homoerotic approach.

The “Tall Boy” video features spacesuits, ray guns and famous friends like Eva Mendes, “Arrested Development” actress Alia Shawkat and comedian Eric Wareheim. The clip, directed by prestigious L.A.-based design shop Tomorrow’s Brightest Minds, has been making the rounds as a popular viral video.

Har Mar (who has also gone under the monikers Sean Na Na and Calvin Krime professionally) has seen his star rise to unexpected heights in the last few years and he’s picked up some famous friends along the way. It’s recently been announced that Tillman has co-written an HBO pilot with his co-stars in Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It,” Ellen Page and Shawkat, with the working title ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.27.2009
07:05 pm
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Sergej Auto: Horai Flibjck
10.27.2009
02:46 pm
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Can’t find any info on this outside of the fact that it is awesome and full of win.

(Serej Auto’s page)

(Serej Auto found via Swen’s Blog)

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.27.2009
02:46 pm
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B.J. Snowden Sings “In Canada”
10.25.2009
10:09 pm
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B.J. Snowden with Fred Schneider from the B-52s
 
The companion piece to the Songs in the Key of Z post (see below) is what came right after it on the show, the music video for B.J. Snowden’s mighty In Canada video, taken from her Life in the USA and Canada CD. BJ Snowden is a very interesting talent. Her songs are catchy, they are original and they are fully formed. They are also malformed, but I don’t mean that in an insulting way, I’m just trying to describe her music accurately. B.J. could have been another Andrew Lloyd Webber, except that her music is missing a few chromosomes.

Suffice to say, once you have heard this song even one time, you will never, ever forget it.

In one of those incredible-but-true show business stories, fate has played a role in Ms. Snowden?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.25.2009
10:09 pm
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All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Film
10.22.2009
11:33 am
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Um, WOW! This looks like a lot of fun! Creative Review says:

After premiering in Edinburgh earlier this year, the film of the best alternative music festival in the world tours the UK from this week; opening in Manchester on Friday and then taking in Glasgow, London, Leeds, Brighton and Bristol…

All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Film is a special piece of cinema. It’s been compiled from hundreds of video clips of the various artists that have performed during ATP festivals at the out-of-season Pontins holiday camp in Minehead, sent in by fans and then shaped into a film by director Jonathan Caouette.

The film brilliantly captures the experience of actually being at the festival ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.22.2009
11:33 am
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John Cage: Indeterminacy
10.20.2009
05:54 pm
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Check out an online archive of John Cage’s Indeterminacy stories here, and on YouTube below. Stereophile has this to say:

The idea behind Indeterminacy was, like many Cagean ideas, essentially simple and audaciously original. Cage read 90 stories, his speed determined by the story’s length. In another room, beyond earshot of Cage, David Tudor, pianist and veteran Cage collaborator, performed miscellaneous selections from Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra and played pre-recorded tape from Cage’s Fontana Mix. The resulting collaboration is an astounding piece of “music,” and a fine introduction to the innovations of John Cage. “A wonderfully curious way to hear stories.”

Check out Indeterminacy on CD here.

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.20.2009
05:54 pm
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Knitted Kraftwerk
10.20.2009
01:27 am
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Knitted Kraftwerk by cakeyvoice.

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.20.2009
01:27 am
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