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La Bionda, Wacky Italia Disco Synthpop Duo (1980)
07.21.2009
05:20 pm
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I coundn’t find much information on Italian disco group La Bionda, except for that the musical duo was formed by brothers Carmelo and Michelangelo La Bionda and they make me smile.  La Bionda, are considered among the inventors of the disco Italiana.

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La Bionda

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.21.2009
05:20 pm
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Miles Davis Quintet Skateboards
07.20.2009
10:11 pm
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Ian Johnson designed this jaw-dropping series of skateboards for Western Edition. The skateboards depict the 1959 lineup of the Miles Davis Quintet, the group who played on the classic album “Kind of Blue.”

Update: Dangerous Minds reader Greg says, “Hi, just thought I’d let you know that this product and description are a bit wrong: The group that played with Miles Davis on the 1959 album ‘Kind of Blue’ was a sextet. You have missed out Cannonball Adderley. Also, on one of the tracks (Freddie Freeloader) Wynton Kelly played piano not Bill Evans. Just thought you’d like to know, Greg”

Ian Johnson

(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.20.2009
10:11 pm
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Pushnoy Perform ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’
07.20.2009
03:01 pm
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Enjoy!

(via Arbroath)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.20.2009
03:01 pm
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Robotic French Space Disco inspired by Star Wars (1977)
07.19.2009
03:42 am
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imageInspired by the 1977 release of Star Wars, Yves Hayat (synthesizers and sequencers) formed Droids along with Richard Lornac on keyboards and Jean-Paul Batailley on drums and tablas. Two of the guys performed the single “(Do You Have) The Force” on French TV in 1977 dressed as robots—which could explain the Daft Punk comparison. Star Peace came out a year later, and then the Droids were out. The LP is sought after for its kitsch appeal but also killer electronics and good vibes.

Star Peace’s connection to George Lucas’ space-opera is essentially negligible. Except for a few signifiers, namely the two-part “(Do You Have) The Force” with its R2D2-ish synth squelches and blaster sounds, the whole thing has less to do with Star Wars and more to do with the big astral-plane ideas of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Old New Hope: Half-Baked Record Nerd Oddities From Dennis Wilson and Droids Resurface

Droids

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.19.2009
03:42 am
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‘It Might Get Loud’ - starring Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge
07.19.2009
12:38 am
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Definitely looks promising! Opens in New York and Los Angeles Thursday, August 14.

The history of the electric guitar as seen from the point of view of three significant musicians: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2’s The Edge and the White Stripes’ Jack White. It tells the personal stories, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos. It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing his favorite instrument. Concentrating on the artists musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations and provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays.
It Might Get Loud
Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.19.2009
12:38 am
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TOM WILKES R.I.P.
07.18.2009
10:48 pm
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With all the name-brand dying going on these days, I thought I’d mention the passing of someone less well-known who probably touched many of us more deeply and intimately than, oh, Walter Cronkite.  Tom Wilkes, celebrated album cover designer for The Rolling Stones, George Harrison and The Who died recently, in, of all places, Pioneertown, California.  Beyond Beggars Banquet, though, Wilkes was wildly talented, wonderfully prolific.  For a good taste of it all, including his artwork for Monterey Pop, click the link below:

Tom Wilkes homepage

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.18.2009
10:48 pm
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88 Lines About 44 Women
07.18.2009
01:43 pm
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Marc Campbell of New Wave group The Nails posted this on Facebook:

In the 30 years since 88 LINES ABOUT 44 WOMEN was first recorded there has never been a video version authorized by THE NAILS. Of the dozens of videos on youtube that pay homage to the song, this is the only version created by a member of the band, me. So, here’s the world premier of 88 LINES the video. Hope you enjoy it. I had fun making it.

(NSFW-ish)

Update: This is the infamous video of 88 LINES ABOUT 44 WOMEN that was banned by youtube.

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.18.2009
01:43 pm
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THE ZOMBIES FIND BUNNY LAKE (AMUSING)
07.18.2009
01:09 pm
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After The Yardbirds in Blow-Up, my 2nd favorite band cameo has got to be from The Zombies in Skidoo-auteur Otto Preminger’s Bunny Lake Is Missing.  They’re seen only briefly (and on a pub TV at that), but their presence does wonders to anchor the film in a place and time.  And in a clear reaching out to, you know, “the kids,” they even cut a promo for Bunny—one that manages to mock, it seems, the very serious film they’re selling!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.18.2009
01:09 pm
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Young Madonna performing at Danceteria, 1982
07.17.2009
05:14 pm
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I accidentally stumbled across this clip of Madonna making a very early appearance at the fabled Danceteria nightclub in New York. It’s a wonder more people haven’t looked at this clip—just 4k as I write this. Must be one of the earliest Madonna performances out there (according to Wikipedia it was her very first “solo” appearance, but I’m not sure I believe that).

Madonna used to work at Danceteria, in the coat check. This is from a weekly talent show/cabaret night there that was called “No Entiendes,” hosted by Howie Montaug and DJ Anita Sarko.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.17.2009
05:14 pm
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Karl-Heinz Stockhausen is not amused
07.17.2009
11:24 am
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07.17.2009
11:24 am
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