Birdengine- Thoughts Of A Falling Glass Man

November 28th, 2007

I had never heard of this guy, but my pal Ketogah sent this link to a video for his song “Thoughts Of A Falling Glass Man” and I was hooked. The music is broken minimalist folk or whatever you call something you can’t pigeonhole in one word. It’s created by Lawry Joseph Tilbury from a variety of acoustic instruments and sounds. This video does a nice job of creating a strange surreal fantasy land to illustrate the music.

Birdengine- Myspace Site

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Tin Hat Trio – Willow Weep For Me (Live)

November 21st, 2007

Good God damn…Carla Kihlstedt totally fucking nails this song (originally written by Ann Ronell or possibly George Gershwin if you believe the rumor mongers!) live with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia playing back up band. She is just an amazingly well rounded musician who continues to grow and expand her talents across multiple genres. She rips and screams and squeals on vocals and violin with her complete monster of a metal goth band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and here she demonstrates how she can flip that completely over and deliver a stunning lead vocal performance, on a song they (Tin Hat performed it on one of their early albums) originally trusted to none other than Willie Nelson!

Carla Kihlstedt- Myspace
Tin Hat Trio- Official Site

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Ballet Mécanique by George Antheil

November 11th, 2007

This piece was originally written in 1924 by the American composer George Antheil (1900-1959) as a musical accompaniment to the film of the same name by Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger. This version was realized at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. on March 12 2006 with the music edited and programmed by Paul D. Lehrman.

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Joanna Newsom- Sawdust and Diamonds

November 11th, 2007

Say what you will about her sometimes chalkboard screechy voice, she’s undeniably mesmerizing to watch as she effortlessly sings while plucking away madly on the harp. This is a particularly inspired performance of Sawdust and Diamonds…which is almost a 10 minute song. I can only imagine the strength of her disciplined little Elf hands could easily crush diamonds into sawdust…

Joanna Newsom- DragCity Website

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Singing Tesla Coil- Best light show ever!

November 8th, 2007

Check out this pretty damn sweet demonstration of a Tesla coil put tho music. I’ll add the info hear from the about section because I’m feeling lazy today, thanks to Ketogah for the link.

This is a solid-state Tesla coil. The primary runs at its resonant frequency in the 41 KHz range, and is modulated from the control unit in order to generate the tones you hear.

So just to explain a little further, yes, it is the actual high voltage sparks that are making the noise. Every cycle of the music is a burst of sparks at 41 KHz, triggered by digital circuitry at the end of a “long” piece of fiber optics.

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Stanley Clarke- Bad Bass Motherfucker

November 7th, 2007

Check out this rather bitchin’ acoustic bass solo by Stanley. He really beats the pulp out of the old gal and makes her sing. The funny thing about this video in particular is how far full circle Jazz has come, it’s no secret of course…I mean Newport…could it get any more wealthy fat America? Check out the swinger on the lawn chair with the umbrella as he air guitars along to the bass solo (guitar hero Stanley Clack version). Anyway, I really don’t want to take the view away from Stanley’s solo at all, it’s great, just the dynamic is rather amusing is all. Jazz is one of those musical genres with a wide, wide range. It can be so damn great, and so damn horrible and just about everything in between…unlike say, New Age.

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Laura Veirs Wrecking- Lonely Lion

November 6th, 2007

This is a user submitted video for a song by Laura Veirs, a cool side effect of Youtube is obviously the ability for fans and others to create videos for their favorite songs. Recently one was even selected by Apple and used in an iTouch commercial. Follow the sad Lion as he leaves the forest to try and live among the naked apes…he gets smart at the end and returns to the forest. Thnks to Ketogah of the Project Bluebird for the link.

Laura Viers- Official Site

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