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Music: "Shake and Fingerpop." Junior Walker and the All Stars (1965)

I said, do the Boomerang, the Twine, and the Jerk. They're jammin' at the bandstand, so everybody work.

Business is "better than ever" for the last audio cassette factory

"I think you could characterize our operating model as stubbornness and stupidity," says Steve Stepp, president of National Audio Company.

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Amazing video of Prince debuting "Purple Rain" that he doesn't want you to see

Footage from the August 1983 concert at Minneapolis' famed First Avenue club when Prince debuted the magnificent 13-minute original version of Purple Rain - with an additional third verse - that was later edited and overdubbed for the Purple Rain album. This was also guitarist Wendy Melvoin's first performance with The Revolution. Watch it now before his lawyers have it yanked again! (Apologies that the video host's Flash-based widget won't work on some mobile browsers.)

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Music: "Coming On Strong," Brenda Lee (1968)

Boing Boing posts that forgotten song.

Music: "Here Comes the Nice," Small Faces (1967)

Here comes the nice, looking so cool. Everyone knows the nice is no fool.

Which song have you been playing all your life?

For me, it's bouncy Erasure hit Sometimes. But we don't, individually, decide what becomes truly timeless. It's a generational thing, writes Matt Daniels.

nirvana Using Spotify data, Daniels figured out which songs we collectively never stopped playing. From the 1990s, there's a clear high-tail winner: Nirvana.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit," a track that never reached the Billboard Top 5 when it was released in 1992, is now the most-played song from the 90s," he writes.

Also: Mambo No. 5!

The data gathered is impressive and revealing. The '80s lack a runaway winner, but the fact that it's Journey may surprise you. Queen takes the 70s, thanks to Bohemian Rhapsody, but it's not the easy win you'd think: Fleetwood Mac gets close. The Stones take the 60s, but it must be noted that The Beatles are not on Spotify.

The artists who have cult-followings and underground appeal: it’s a signal for some undefined musical quality that’s impossible for a hit song to replicate. Perhaps it means that they are culturally ahead of their time. Or perhaps generations will feel obligated to share it, for fear of it fading.

Via Kottke

SF Bay Area: see David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) play in someone's living room

Alt-rock legend and renaissance man David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, my favorite band of the 1980s, continues his series of occasional living room live shows on September 11, 2015 at a home in Petaluma, California. Tickets are just $25. Above, the music video for Love and Rockets' "Yin and Yang (The Flowerpot Man)" from Express (1986).

David J: Living Room Show, Petaluma, CA, 9/11/15

Also, don't miss David J's memoir of high weirdness and musical intrigue, "Who Killed Mister Moonlight?: Bauhaus, Black Magick and Benediction!"



Listen to country songs about Bigfoot (c.1970)


Yesterday, I went to a terrific parking lot record swap in San Rafael, California and I regret not purchasing "Bigfoot: (Northwest's Abominable Snowman)," an album of country tunes about my favorite cryptid sung by Don Jones. Check out these two songs from the LP, including the title track that includes the "real scream of the true Bigfoot (Sasquatch.)"

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Music: "Emotion," Samantha Sang (1977)

There'll be nobody left in this world to hold me tight. Nobody left in this world to kiss goodnight.

Crudman: new musical instrument based on a hacked Walkman



The Crudlabs Crudman is a new tape-based instrument consisting of a hacked cassette Walkman controlled by pressing notes on a keyboard. Demo below! It might remind you of a Mellotron, another tape-based keyboard popular in the 60s and 70s, but Crudlabs points out that the Crudman "is not designed to replace a Mellotron and it does not sound like a Mellotron."

"The Crudman can provide endless atonal sounscapes but has been designed specifically to be just accurate enough to function as a traditionally melodic musical instrument. You can record anything onto a tape, so if you're a fan of the sound and idiosyncrasies of tape, the possibilities are pretty much endless. If you want to play melodies like any other synthesizer, just put in a tape tuned to C, and you play all the way from C two octaves down, to C one octave up - 3 whole octaves. If you want to make new atonal sounds with the singular qualities of analog cassette tape, just put in a tape with literally any music or sounds on it, and see what happens."

Crudlabs is currently making each Crudman to order for $375.

The Crudman (via Chris Carter)

BWAAAAP! Inception button makes everything dramatic


Need to spice up your next meeting or school presentation? Dave Pedu created this handy button to play the now-ubiquitous musical sting!

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Sun City Girls' Alan Bishop shares his love for Ennio Morricone

Alan Bishop, bassist/vocalist of Sun City Girls and global music collector, wrote an excellent post about his favorite film scores by legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone.

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Straight Outta Compton: the Ben Folds edition

Kern Saxton recut the Straight Outta Compton trailer to Ben Fold's cover of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit."

Watch Bill Withers play "Ain't No Sunshine" in 1971

Withers was inspired by the film "Days of Wine and Roses," starring Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon.

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Watch this incredible beatboxer "scratch vocally"


Beatboxer Tom Thum has a turntable and mixer stuck in his throat.

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Watch rare Brian Eno live TV performance (1974)

Eno performs his first solo single after leaving Roxy Music in 1974. (via Dangerous Minds)

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WATCH: More great a capella covers of classic video game themes

Smooth McGroove and his cat are back with a new set of lovely a capella versions of classic video game theme songs, including Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Super Metroid, Final Fantasy X, and Kirby.

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