Korsakov – Flight of the bumble bee – by Alexander Dmitriev

May 31st, 2007

This cat will whup your ass and take some names in an accordion death match. My dad was always bummed out that his parents forced him to learn the accordion as a kid, he gave it up with aspirations of becoming the next Keith Richards I think. If he had followed through on it, and devoted a maniacal amount of time and focus to it, perhaps he could have achieved the level of play of a Alexander Dmitriev…however due to the allure of rock and roll we will never know…rock on dad.

Korsakov – Flight of the bumble bee – by Alexander Dmitriev:

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You can’t eat guitar strings with a spoon

May 30th, 2007

However you can invent a creative new way to play the guitar and expand the possibilities. Check out this guy (i don’t know if he invented the technique) as he finger picks the lower registers and plays melodies over top with the spoon…in his mouth, using it as a slide.

Spoon Slide Guitar:

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Spoon: The ghost in you lingers

May 29th, 2007

This is the first single touted for release from the new Spoon album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (why not just call it 5Ga’s). It starts with a rather percussive piano part which lays the foundation for the whole song as it meanders here and there with some reverb saturated vocals playing back and forth. I’m not quite sure what to make of it as it sounds like the intro to something that never really develops, and I’m left waiting for the song to start. The video itself is a nice abstract montage of clips, sprinkled with tasteful effects, nothing too extraordinary. Spoon has been one of the more consistently good bands of the last 10 years so this is a pretty highly anticipated album, due out on July 25th. You can pre-order it from their website.

Spoon: Official Website

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Using the tuba to sterilize yourself?

May 28th, 2007

Tuba players are an odd breed, no denying it. As a bass player I know we share some things, a love for the lower register…the inevitable fact that you will be carrying the piece of gear that simply will not fit in the van, holding down the fort with the drummer/percussionists while the wanky soloists are getting all the play from the groupies…yeah, we’re a sad lot…Check out these cats as they festively rip through this tune, I have no idea who they are as I found this clip via a blind search for “tuba” on youtube, however when it comes time to take a solo this guy decides to invert the tuba and perform the solo upon himself (a serenade for my junk?)…I hope he got that whole having kids thing out of the way first? In the second clip which is quite long we witness the full circle from street beat box, to classical tuba…ok enough with the tuba, hopefully this will make James happy.

Amparito Roca solo de tuba:

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Eric Royer: THE one man band

May 26th, 2007

C’mon you know he’s the best! I do anyway, I’ve known Mr. Royer for quite some time, and not only is he the baddest banjo picker I know, he does this completely amazing one man band gig. You can see him in the warmer weather out on the streets of Boston where he currently resides. He made all of the modifications to the instruments so he could play them with his feet and change key etc. Check his website for upcoming gigs, and pick up one of his cd’s. We miss you out here in the west buddy!

Eric Royer: THE one man band:

Eric Royer Guitarmachine: Official Website

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Put da money in da bucket!

May 25th, 2007

Check out this mad cat as he bangs away on his custom drum kit with the kind of precision and skill only a guy who sits in the subway all day jamming could possibly be in possession of. I think my favorite part of the kit is the sneaker which (almost) keeps it all from sliding away from him. It takes a turn for the awesome when he busts into the ton loc classic “wild thing”, and then segways nicely into what can only be an original number…”Put Da Money in Da Bucket”. Bound to be a number one hit.

Larry Wright (the more famous street drummer guy)

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Make Magazine Cracker box amp: For CRACKERS!

May 22nd, 2007

This month’s issue of Make magazine has all the instructions you need to build an amp that fits nicely in a cracker box…or any box of your choosing. I scoured about a bit and found a pdf posted on WFMU if you are too cheap to buy the magazine. You really SHOULD buy it, it’s a great read every month, and touts quite a good roster of big name writers, along with all sorts of bizarre and fun projects. This amp can be constructed from parts you can get for $5 at Radio Shack (so they claim). I will endeavor to construct one and document my progress as I am a good example of a total electronics know nothing…so if I can do it, you should be able to. The amp even runs on battery power, so you can take it anywhere you go and rock out…just don’t bring it to the airport as you might end up with a good security buggering…and no one wants that.

Make Magazine Cracker box amp: For CRACKERS!

Make Magazine: Official Website
WFMU: Pdf for Cracker Amp

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Battles Atlas Video: Spinning glass cube full of dorks

May 21st, 2007

I’ve finally located a band that has more gear than my own, but in fairness my current musical project only includes two people, if we had three more i have no doubt we could take them in a gear war. The New York band Battles are on the cusp of bands incorporating electronics and computers into their overall sound (well in fairness the river has been running it’s course for a while now). My only complaint with Battles are the vocals…which seem out of place occasionally, and just plain unnecessary. This seems to be something that plagues many good instrumental bands, as it seems to be a constitutional truth that you will connect with more audience members if you have a singer…no matter what they are singing. HolyFuck have a similar sound sans vocals, however they wear the “We don’t use computers patch” front and center, and tend to be more of a groove and lock band (Trans Am are probably kings of Groove and Lock, and yeah i made that term up consider it my greatest contribution to musical history). This is a fun video featuring a flying cube full of our happy computer assisted band members hopping merrily along to the latest release “Atlas” from their Warp Records release “Mirrored”.

Battles: Listen to the whole album on their Myspace site

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Fujiya & Miyagi Ankle Injuries: Dicey

May 17th, 2007

You have to hand it to Fujiya & Miyagi when it comes to lyrics they have the perfect plan to fill in the gaps when they just can’t come up with anything…repeat the name of the band endlessly! I mean in this world of all out assault style “head on” marketing, this seems like the perfect ploy to force the innocent listener to remember who the fuck you are. I am not providing a link to their website as i deem it sucksville…i was simply trying to find the lyrics to this song so I could figure out what the hell he is talking about when he is NOT repeating the band name over and over. The video itself is fun to watch and the song like most of their music is pleasant and unharmful sugary suave euro cool guy pop.

Fujiya & Miyagi Ankle Injuries:

Visit their less shitty, but still shitty (all myspace sites suck) myspace site: Fujiya & Miyagi

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Early Man Demolition Derby: Pure marketing genius

May 16th, 2007

I recently filmed a demolition derby event here in the great desert of Arizona, so I was pleased to see this series of videos for the heavy rock duo Early Man. Matador records thought up this ridiculous and excellent idea to sponsor a derby car for Early Man (because Early Man are apparently all about destruction). the band is a heavy duo that sounds like a lot of the best old metal from the 70’s, they ain’t winning any originality contest, but they sure don’t SUCK like so much of today’s “metal”. Matador sent out someone from the home office in NYC to Utah, much to the surprise of the people there, to videotape the event and help decorate the car with the most excellent Early Man logo. This is pretty fun stuff, and great to see someone having a good time marketing their bands.

Early Man Demolition Video Part I

Watch the other two and grab a few Early Man Mp3’s from Matador Records who do NOT support “deep linking”…ok then. Here is a: shallow link

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