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I was just telling Xeni last night (waiting for the doors to open to see John Hodgman and David Rees perform at Largo in West Hollywood - great show!) that my only source for finding out about new music is Pesco and my 17-year-old daughter. That's why I was happy to learn about Sound It Out, a new website co-founded by my friend (and fellow beekeeper) Amy Seidenwurm. It's got new music, overlooked chestnuts, and free MP3s.
My pick from the stuff I've listened to so far, the "fuzzy psychedelia" of Toronto's Wish:
In 1971-1972, The Jackson 5ive were cartoon characters in a Saturday morning series directed by Robert Balser who previously was animation director for Yellow Submarine and later worked on Heavy Metal. (Thanks, Lux!)
Watch this Auralnauts video to see the importance of John Williams' bombastic score to Star Wars. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)
Andrew Huang plays Nena's 1983 jam "99 Red Balloons" on actual red balloons. But not 99 of them.
On October 28, my friends in the Afghan Whigs are reissuing their classic album Gentlemen packed with 21 bonus tracks, including almost all the record's unreleased demo tracks, lovingly remastered by bassist John Curley, several B-sides, and three live tracks. A deluxe triple vinyl edition will be available at your favorite independent record store on Record Store Day, November 28. I can't fucking wait.
Above, the video for the title track. Below, a 1994 clip of the Afghan Whigs doing their medley of The Supremes' "My World Is Empty Without You" and "I Hear A Symphony," which will also appear on the Gentlemen reissue! (Rolling Stone)
On January 15, 1987, the Beastie Boys appeared on The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)
Did you dig our exclusive interview/performance with legendary punk Bob Mould below? Well now check out the music video above for his track "The War" from the searing new album Beauty & Ruin. Don't miss the strange surprise cameo at the end!
Bob Mould on Boing Boing Video: