Kid Koala- Moon River

December 26th, 2007

I bought the Carpal Tunnel CD when it came out and was really impressed by Kid Koala’s ingenuity, and his fun fresh mix of humor and jazz style turntablism…”Irregular Chickens” still makes me chuckle to this day. After that the stuff I heard seemed uh, longer and not so interesting, and then he sort of dropped off my radar really. Thanks to my pal Nancy for dropping me this great link of him doing a live remix “Moon River” on the turntables…I’ll say my interest is re kindled for sure, great stuff.

Kid Koala- Official Homepage

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Happy Holidays

December 19th, 2007

Christmas music is usually enough to induce an instant vomit reflex in me, but I am constantly charmed by the Christmas albums of Sufjan Stevens…His happy little translations, and honest tunes seem to convey a sense of warmth lost in most of the modern commercial Christmas renditions. Here is a little animation featuring the song “Put the lights on the Tree”. Have a safe holiday and just try to give more than you receive. Just the other night I saw Santa getting busted by the man…so hopefully he will make bail in time to make his rounds this year, if not you know what happened.

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The Carps- Compton to Scarboroo

December 16th, 2007

From the fertile musical spawning grounds of Canada comes yet another great new band. The Carps are a bass and drums duo who combine a punk rock ferocity with somewhat R&B style singing. You can find this tune on their debut cd out now…and be on the lookout for them in a city near you. This song takes a fresh narrative style to a violent theme, and showcases their interesting sound quite well.

The Carps- Myspace

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John Zorn / Heliogabalus – Litany 5 (excerpt)

December 13th, 2007

I have to admit I gave up buying John Zorn and Mike Patton’s experimental music a few years ago…I mean c’mon it’s cool and all, but I just felt burned one too many times on a $30 cd filled with screams and gurgles. When these people actually get it together to play some music as a combo I find them simply awesome, and after checking out a few of these Litany pieces I’ll probably rescind my Zorn/Patton ban temporarily and purchase this one…don’t get cocky though fellas I have a long memory and a very limited pocketbook. I find it hard to resist the combo of Trevor Dunn on bass and Joey Baron on drums…a real rhythm section monster if there ever was one. Here is the line up-

Trevor Dunn – bass,
Joey Baron – drums,
Mike Patton – vocals,
John Zorn – sax,
Ikue Mori – electronics,
Jamie Saft – organ,
Cluver Fischer Sollek – chorus
“Six Litanies For Heliogabalus” Tzadik 2007,
short movie by Man Ray (Le Retour a la raison – 1923)

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The Birthday Party- “Deep in the Woods”

December 12th, 2007

The Birthday Party still reigns as my favorite Nick Cave band…check out this great live rendition of “Deep in the Woods”. They were dark goth murder punk, full of piss and vinegar, and this tune really exhibits all the bottled up explosive rage that made them so great. The bass player was pretty damn cool…really, he had this gay creepy cowboy look kickin’ in the late 70’s.

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Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)

December 8th, 2007

Karlheinz Stockhausen who just passed away, would probably be best known for being listed on the Beatles St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album (check your liner notes for where he is on the cover). But he was a modernist composer who was at the forefront of the serialist and electronic music in the 50’s, 60’s, and into the 70’s. He would also unfortunately be remembered for his controversial comments about the September 11 attacks in which he alleged to have said the attacks were “works of art”. As to whether he said it or not, it is possible he did. But in doing so, you would have to first understand the man himself and more importantly, his music for context. More importantly, that he would’ve not said to be sympathetic to the attackers in any shape or form. Rather, he was a consummate composer in which everything in the world was filtered through his ears (and eyes) as music.

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Dead Kennedys- Nazi Punks (Live in Studio)

December 4th, 2007

Aw heck I still love the DKs even if they fell apart and started fighting about money. They were one of the most ferocious punk bands ever in their day, you can’t deny them that. Check out this great live clip of them recording their love song for Nazi punks. I once had a Nazi dork flip a lit cigarette at me on stage…he didn’t walk out of the club on his own accord, and I think I was able to bop him in the face (while still playing) with the end of my bass, before the fracas took him away. There were a lot of those pinheads up in Phoenix back in the late 80’s and being that I played in a band fronted by a fat, really friendly guy in a g-string, they made us a target. So again “Nazi Punks, Fuck Off”.

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