In 1969, French avant-garde chanteuse Brigitte Fontaine played a beautifully eccentric set at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in Paris with the radically experimental Art Ensemble of Chicago. The show, titled Comme à la radio, features Fontaine weaving her free-verse poetry through the AEOC's far out bass-driven percussive grooves and trance-inducing woodwind phrasing. Actor/musician Areski Belkacem, Fontaine's longtime collaborator, guests on hand drums. Check out the title track above! The fine folks at the excellent Superior Viaduct archival label have now reissued Comme à la radio on vinyl and CD, following up on their reissue of Fontaine's amazing 1968 debut Brigitte Fontaine Est…Folle.
The Apprehension Engine is a custom-made musical instrument designed to produce the scary, tension-building noises associated with horror movies, but without the all-too-obvious digital chopping and synthesizing invariably involved. The result is something organic and seamlessly natural—something that goes beyond fear and fright to nail you to some deep Jungian place so completely you become […]
After 40 years of trademark threats and general grousing, the Y.M.C.A. (or at least one international branch of it) is embracing the eponymous Village People song, Y.M.C.A.: it’s commissioned a cover version from singer and D.J. Boy George to promote the organization. The decision to embrace the song – along with queerness and marriage equality […]
The Samurai Guitarist brings some Morricone to Michael. (via Laughing Squid)
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]
As the old saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour.” Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most […]