"I reckon if Thom Yorke fucking shit into a light bulb and started blowing it like an empty beer bottle it’d probably get 9 out of 10 in fucking Mojo," Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher told Esquire UK
. "I’m aware of that."
And here's Gallagher on Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, and the "new generation of rock stars":
“They’ve got the fucking skinny jeans and the boots, and all that eyeliner. I’ve got a cat that’s more rock ‘n’ roll than all of them put together. Pigeons? Rips their fucking heads off...”
“I go back to this: Fame is fucking wasted on these people. The new generation of rock stars, when have they ever said anything that made you laugh? When have they ever said anything you remember? People say, ‘They’re interesting.’ Interesting! That’s a word that’s crept in to music: ‘Yeah, man. Have you heard the new Skrillex record?’ ‘No.’ ‘Yeah, man. It’s really interesting.’ I don’t want interesting! Rock ‘n’ roll’s not about that. To me, it’s about fucking utter gobshites just being fucking headcases. Well, not headcases. But what I want, genuinely, is somebody with a fucking drug habit, who’s not Pete Doherty. Do you know what I mean?”
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Strata-East Records was a pioneering record label founded in 1971 that went deep down the post-bop, spiritual jazz path most famously explored by John Coltrane on his iconic 1964 work "A Love Supreme." Strata-East was a radical label, featuring radical sounds by the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, label founders Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell, Clifford Jordan, Pharaoh Sanders, Cecil McBee, Sonny Fortune, Shirley Scott, and other greats.
I'm just beginning to check out the history, edges, and intersections of the jazz genre(s), and I had never heard of Strata-East until I visited San Francisco's legendary Groove Merchant record store several weeks ago. I told proprietor Chris Veltri that I love "A Love Supreme," Alice Coltrane, and Pharaoh Sanders, and asked where I should go next. Without missing a beat, he answered Strata-East. And now I can't get enough. My primers are Andy Thomas's excellent article "A Guide to Strata East," the killer compilation Soul Jazz Loves Strata East (from top-shelf reissue label Soul Jazz), and DJ Gilles Peterson's incredible Strata East Mix, celebrating a Strata-East Live event that took place in London earlier this year. Listen to Peterson's mix below:
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"Cavern" by groove based punk masters Liquid Liquid served as backing track for Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel's "White Lines."
There is also an animated video, but the sound quality was meh enough I suggest listening to the above. Read the rest
The high-water mark of American culture.
"If that's your best, your best won't do." Read the rest
"I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know."
(via John Curley)
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Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was released 40 years ago. Here is Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor along with the group's studio engineer Justin Shirley Smith on the history of this feat of rock opera. This clip is from the bonus DVD on Queen's Greatest Video Hits 1. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is on Queen's LP A Night at the Opera and the track will be released as a special edition vinyl 12" this month on Record Store Day Black Friday!
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From the 1980s, an era when I wore copious amount of black eyeliner, and Ministry's Al Jourgensen cultivated a faux English accent, we bring you the underground club anthem "(Every Day Is) Halloween."
(Fan video via YouTube.)
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A windless sail and a waterless sea, a rusted ship and a discontinued journey. Read the rest
Postmodern Jukebox covers Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1991 hit, "Give It Away." Read the rest
Susan Delson of the Wall Street Journal profiles the Japanese sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan, featuring accordion music that "glides from klezmer to Balkan beat to zydeco, from French chanson to blues and boogie."
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The music of Charan-Po-Rantan is rooted in the accordion, not a common instrument in Japan. But it was the one that Koharu set her sights on when, at age 7, she attended a performance of Cirque du Soleil.
“I told my mom, I want that thing that stretches in and out,” Koharu recalled.
I'd long wondered who recorded this, I'm not surprised to learn it is the famous Bob Crewe. Read the rest
Far fucking out! Weirdo space jazz prog-rock from French composer Jean-Pierre Massiera and his Visitors ensemble 1974. Here's what reissue label Lion Productions had to say when they re-released The Visitors:
(Massiera) decided that his new psychedelic nightmare should be a concept album on the theme of extra-terrestrial contact. It is a truly startling mix of prog, psych, fusion and zeuhl elements, with complex arrangements and grandiose vocals. Massiera kept the basics: keyboards (Hammond organ and mini-Moog), guitar, and rhythm section. That said, he also insisted on a type of vocal polyphony, with voices singing in unison or performing call-and-response echo effects in the style of Vanilla Fudge. To push it further, Massiera peppered the album with special effects. Samplers were non-existent, which meant that he had to transfer location-recorded “found sounds” onto the master-tape by hand! The Visitors album which resulted from this musical alchemy is a dark and doom-laden psyched-out masterpiece: other-worldly, with outer space violins, burning guitar leads, layers of lysergic organ, and twisted choral voices creeping up on you from behind the shadows.
The Visitors (Amazon)
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A guy who works by day as a pharmacist in Korea makes these funny video compilations of himself singing Asian pop hits. His supercut is going super viral in Korea and Japan. Read the rest
Let it hang out baby, do the Baltimore jig! Read the rest
In this video, MonotoneTim converted The Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive to MIDI: the sound of the song, rather than its individual notes.
The result, an endless mash of piano noises, eerily and rather unpleasantly replicates everything in the track, right down to Barry Gibb's falsetto vocals. This is described as an "auditory illusion."
Aside from the fact that the result sounded like a piano factory exploding, I also could have sworn I heard sung lyrics in it, even though the only midi track was a piano. Not sure how the converter works, but I guess the way vocals are recreated via piano is similar enough to the real song for our brains to mentally fill in the words where there aren't any. Maybe? Pianos usually don't talk.
Let me know how well you hear the lyrics, if at all, and what other songs you tried!
It's seems like a vocoder. So many notes are playing that it merges together to becomes a staccato droning noise, which is then modulated by the song's waveform into an audible semblance of the lyrics. Read the rest
Mark Goffeney has more musical talent in his big toe than I do in my entire body. The San Diego musician was born without arms and has studied guitar since he was eleven years old. This short film, "Hands Free," was directed and produced by Ross Harris and Stanley Gonzales.
And here is a 2010 profile of Goffeney in Ability magazine: "Armed with Talent"
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People walk around they don't know what they're doing, they been lost so long they don't know what they've been looking for
Well, I know what I'm a looking for but I just can't find it.
I guess I gotta look inside of myself some more. Read the rest