Human Beat Box Flute…Human Flute Box Beat?

February 29th, 2008

I’ve never been a huge fan of flutes or human beatbox dudes (with the sole exception of this guy)…and I can’t say this video really does much to change my mind. He is really good though, and don’t let my personal distaste for instruments which fall into the “ruined by hippies” category influence your enjoyment of this gentleman’s ingenious genre instrument mashing talent.

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What Does the RIAA do with all the money?

February 28th, 2008

So you’ve probably heard about the numerous RIAA lawsuits and the money people have been paying them in settlements. This is good right? they are just protecting the Artists royalties and obviously since this money is COMPLETELY based on profit (they are suing on an assumption of purchase) it is going back to the Artists right? Wrong…The major labels have negotiated large settlements with numerous websites and now the artist’s management is wondering where their cut is? They are considering filing suit to retrieve their money in what would have to be considered an ironic twist.

“They will play hide and seek, but eventually will be forced to pay something,” Azoff said. “The record companies have even tried to credit unrecouped accounts. It’s never easy for an artist to get paid their fair share.”

New York Post- INFRINGEMENT! ARTISTS SAY THEY WANT THEIR MUSIC SITE DOUGH

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Sun City Girls

February 23rd, 2008

Somehow through a series of possibly questionable decisions I ended up in the isolated yet creative city of Tucson in the late 80’s. Although they were not from Tucson (they hailed out of Phoenix at the time) Sun City Girls played our clubs quite often and were certainly one of my all time favorite live acts. They were masters of their instruments, although this was just as easily abandoned for live performance. On occasion they would dress up in asian or middle eastern themed costumes and berate the audience with words or sometimes even firecrackers. Other times they would simply show up and play an amazing set of their special blend of middle eastern music, punk rock, conspiracy theory etc etc. I was sad to learn that drummer Charles Gocher passed away last year after a long battle with cancer. He was an incredible drummer and an honest musician who never compromised anything for his art. Sir Richard Bishop continues to perform a solo act on guitar, and here is a nice little performance of a classic SCG song Esoterica of Abyssinia from “Torch of the Mystics”. Recorded in Rochester, NY in 2005, as well as a quick little video of Charlie gone wild on the drums.

Sir Richard Bishop

Charles Gocher Drum Solo (sadly truncated mid solo, but you get the idea…he was great)

Update- One More great video for Eggshell Minds thnx to Ketogah

Sun City Girls- Official Website
Sir Richard Bishop- Official Website

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Kaoss Pad + Guitar = Stoner Playtime!

February 16th, 2008

Korg Kaoss Mini

So a buddy of mine had sent me a link to the Korg Kaossinator recently, and I started poking around for links to Kaos pad guitar mods…Let me tell you there are some really bad videos on Youtube, just because you CAN do it, doesn’t always mean you should…and just adding a new effect toy to your guitar will not turn you into Jimi Hendrix. Finally I stumbled upon this video from Shortscalegeardemos which is pretty good. He takes a while to get some good noise out of it, but proves that with some weed and this set up, you could probably waste at least one evening driving your neighbors fucking insane. The video description almost scared me off without listening to it…
“I rawk the hell out, showing you how to be awesome with A kaoss pad mini.”

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Tuli Kupferberg! Armaments Fair

February 16th, 2008

I was first introduced to Tuli via the Fugs records. The Fugs were an avante mix of chaos, beat poetry, absurdity, and politics. They were a really crazy bunch of pretty intelligent fellas. Tuli continued on, and released a pretty interesting record on the Shimmy Disc label in the 90’s. He usually sings his compositions, and has been posting some Youtube videos recently. He is quite old, but it sure is great to see him, still full of piss and vinegar, kicking at the pricks. Here he performs his parasong about the defense “industry” entitled Armaments Fair to the tune of Scarborough Fair. Thank you Tuli for your vision and your unyielding commitment!

The Fugs- Official Site

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Tesla Coil Guitar Amp

February 12th, 2008

Yow! Check out this damn cool Tesla coil guitar amp! The distortion is a bit choppy, it has a nice…electric sound to it, and just imagine this on stage as the ultimate mad scientist light show…Suck on that, shitty 80’s hair metal ballad band, Scopeboy rules you.

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Trioon I

February 11th, 2008

Sound, repetition, minimalism…Take a deep breath and stop for a minute or two to watch and listen to this brief piece by Alva Noto (a.k.a. Carsten Nicolai) and Ryuichi Sakamoto. It’s similar to the work of Ryoji Ikeda who masterminded the wonderful +.- album years ago, and the two have collaborated under the moniker Cyclo. The equally minimal video accompaniment created by Karl Kliem is perfect.

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John Zorn Meets Kenny G

February 7th, 2008

Sometimes something comes along that makes me believe in the perfect harmony of the universe. If your name is Kenneth Goldsmith and you do a radio show using the name Kenny G, chances are good you will end up getting some letters intended for someone else…Let’s face it the REAL John Zorn has been less than reliable in the last 10 years…maybe it’s time to try something by Jonathan Zorn. Thanks to Ketogah for this great link.

John Zorn Meets Kenny G

John Zorn Meets Kenny G- Listen to the music!

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