Bearded clever white guy rappers are all the rage these days and Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobious Pip are amongst the top tier. Check out the fun video for the song “Thou Shalt Always Kill” directed by Nick Frew. The song is a fun romp through all the absurdity of modern culture peppered with snark and a razor sharp edge. They are the self proclaimed Next Big Thing…but they’re just a band. Tip of the cap to the mighty Sunshine Flower Bunny for the link.
I have a love hate relationship with the music of Animal Collective, a lot of it seems too self indulgent and inaccessible, however they are certainly one of the most creative and innovative sound makers to break through to mainstream, or at least alternative mainstream acceptance. Much of the musical success is probably a result of the self indulgence and experimentation, which is why I continue to pay keen attention to them. What I enjoy most about them is their disregard for traditional structure, and the way they embrace and create unique organic noises. This combined with the usually joyous yelping and experimental vocals can result in some pretty wonderful tunes. They consistently deliver on the video end, with something oddly creepy and full of wonderful costuming. This new video for the song Peacebone is no exception.
Here is another video from the album Strawberry Jam called “Fireworks”-
Spin magazine wins this weeks (I’m sure they’d win every week if I paid any attention) idiotic review award, for their vanilla glossing of the Meat Puppets. Let’s get one thing clear here first off, I love me some Meat Puppets, and I own their first few singles released way back when they were not seemingly stuck in a rut of mediocre college rock sounding nonsense, if you like that, well fine, they are certainly GOOD at it. The review states that this new release will show why “Kurt Cobain was a fan boy”. I call utter bullshit on that statement and you can compare as I found this really great old video of a home rehearsal from 1983, the sound quality is what you’d expect, but hang with it, it’s pretty great. I’d have to think Kurt Cobain was a pretty sharp guy, at least when it came to the MUSIC…I think what made him a “fanboy” (fucking lame description of anyone) was the hyper spastic noise punk with the over the top insanity that really pushed the early Meat Puppets stuff out of the normal sphere of Punk Rock. This is a band that has gone through a number of total sound renovations over the years, however there are clearly elements of the early stuff that would have been influential to a young Cobain, the later stuff…not so much methinks.
New Track “Dissapear”-
Youtube Video- Meat Puppets Home Rehearsal 1983
This is some funny shit…just about sums it up.
More good stuff- xkcd
Now you can finally pack all your drums into the compact car when you go on tour, and feel like a real live giant when you hit the stage. You can really turn the tables on Terry Bozzio and Neil Pert with these midi powered monsters, assuming you can actually PLAY. Check out this pretty realistic sounding tiny midi drum kit.
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When you think of Queen, the first image that comes to mind is obviously flamboyant frontman Freddy Mercury with his glam costuming and amazing operatic vocals. However you can’t ignore the guitar genius of Brian May, he really pioneered an original sound and worked a few amazing tricks using delay pedals, creating some of the more instantly recognizable rock solos. In recent news he finally handed in his thesis for Astronomy which is rather richly entitled “Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud”. Sounds like an operetic prog rock title to me, maybe there will be an accompanying stadium tour. Below is a clip of May demonstrating some fun stuff with guitar and delay, which earned him an honorary PhD in rockin’ dude. Good luck with that thesis review pal!
Check out the great moves of Amalia Aguilar as she mesmerizes the audience with her Rhumba styled dance routine. Amalia was born in 1924 Cuba and had a pretty accomplished film career in Mexico during the 40-50s.
Nick Drake has always been kind of a mystery…he only released three albums, and there is no video performance footage of him. His music enjoyed a real resurgence in the 90’s somewhat because of a VW commercial and the song “Pink Moon”. So how do you make a documentary about a man of whom so little information exists, well you interview his family and show pictures. This seems a bit forced at times, but does give some insight into where he came from and some of the things that may have influenced him. His mother (according to his sister) was very creative and perhaps even influenced his song writing with her own compositions, which are quite interesting in their own right. There is quite a bit of filler in this both visual and content, but I suppose they did the best they could with the available resources.
Nick Drake- A Skin Too Few Part 1
This is a pretty fun work in progress. The site allows you to enter some words which are processed and spat back out at you sung by chopped up rock stars. Well the Rock Stars are not exactly chopped up, but the words are sampled from actual songs. It is still a work in progress and it doesn’t have every word or letter (there is a box for you to suggest one…like I have time for that). Hopefully future versions will allow you to save your song as an mp3 or something!