This Metafilter post by Madamjujujive has extensive links and background on The American Folk Blues Festival 1962 - 1966, annual festival that brought some of the greatest blues acts of the USA to British audiences in the UK and put them on stage with British acts like Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. The Youtube clips from the show are spectacular, featuring artists like Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters & Howlin' Wolf.
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Nerdcore rapper Dan Bull earns a good living from his Youtube videos, but he is constantly being dragged away from the studio to fight fraudulent copyright claims from major labels, who are able to censor his work with impunity. The video for his 2010 song I'm Not Pissed has been removed ten times by automated, fraudulent claims from the likes of BMG Rights Management and PRS, who face no consequences for lying about their involvement with his work.
In a new song called Fuck Content ID, Bull slams Google's automated Content ID takedown system, documenting his woes at the hands of Big Content, and with Google, who collaborate in a system of copyfraud that neither one seems to care about.
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One day after a video of Pussy Riot being horsewhipped by cossacks in Sochi went viral, the band had released a new music video in which the footage is heavily featured, amid anti-Putin rhetoric.
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San Francisco's influential Noise Pop Festival kicks off on Tuesday (2/25) with a week of amazing indie music, films, panels, and parties. The musical lineup includes Dr. Dog, Real Estate, Bob Mould, Rogue Wave, Throwing Muses, Laydtron, Lord Huron, Mark Kozelek, and dozens more acts at clubs around the city! (Above, Throwing Muses' "Fish" from 1986.) Our pals at Noise Pop gave us a pair of badges (valued at $150 each) to get a Boing Boing reader and a pal into all general admission (non-seated) concerts, films, happy hours, the Noise Pop HQ, and other events during the festival. As is our tradition, we held an acronym contest and asked you to tell us what NOISE POP is an acronym for. Competition was tough but happy mutant Daemonsquire won with this gem:
NOISE POP: Not Only Impeccability Sounds Excellent: Passion Outranks Precision!
Thanks to everyone who entered and we hope to see you at Noise Pop 2014!
Crazyman Liam Lynch has a new funnyjam, and it's all about cookies.
A question: when exactly does it start being "later"? When can I eat the cookies?
Subscribe to the Lynchland channel here, and buy the song here.
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Steve Wahrer of The Trashmen going all out on American Bandstand in 1964.
The Trashmen's biggest hit was 1963's "Surfin' Bird", which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the latter part of that year. The song was a combination of two R&B hits by The Rivingtons, "The Bird's the Word" and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow". The earliest pressings of the single credit the Trashmen as composers, but following a threat from The Rivingtons' legal counsel, that group was subsequently credited as composers. The early single was credited solely to the drummer (and singer) – Steve Wahrer. The song was later re-recorded by artists including the Ramones, The Cramps, Silverchair, The Psychotic Petunias, Pee-Wee Herman, Equipe 84, and the thrash metal band Sodom. It has been used in filmmaking and television productions including, most notably, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket; Vince Vaughn's "Fred Claus"; John Waters' Pink Flamingos; Lyndall Hobbs' Back to the Beach (where Pee-Wee Herman sang it); and the soundtrack to the video game Battlefield Vietnam.
I've been enjoying Derek's "Post-Psychedelic Freakout 45s" posts on Bedazzled. This time, he presents MP3s of three 45s from the late '60s-early '70s, including "Make Me Stay A Bit Longer," by The Status Quo (who released the great "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" in 1967, which was covered to good effect in 1989 by Camper van Beethoven).
Derek's Weekly 45's: Post-Psychedelic Freakout 45's, Part 2
As I previously posted, in April my friends in the Afghan Whigs will release their first new album in sixteen years, titled Do To The Beast. The first single, Algiers, was just revealed today and it's a scorching, gritty ballad shrouded in what I can only describe as a Morricone haze. Video above. It's a western. I listened today to Do To The Beast in full and can attest that it's as deep, multi-layered, soulful, cinematic, rocking, and everything you would hope to hear from the reborn Whigs. The Afghan Whigs will play Coachella and a handful of other US dates on the West and East Coast in April and May.
Phantogram releases its highly-anticipated second LP today, Voices, and it's a beaut. Voices is a lush, lovely cycle of spacey, psych, mid-tempo electronic pop infused with a contemporary soul/R&B vibe. Above, the trippy video for Fall In Love. Phantogram is currently on tour with upcoming dates in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Joe Sabia's Collective Cadenza (CDZA) YouTube musical project has two Valentine's Day specials out this week: The History of Women Moving On, and The History of Men Moving On. They're both a lot of fun. Subscribe for weekly musical experiments.
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Shirley Temple Black, child movie star and adult diplomat, has died. She was 85. Above, Temple sings "On the Good Ship Lollipop" in the 1934 film Bright Eyes. (New York Times)
Friends! Have you heard the good news? A prophet walks among us! He's The Digital Prophet. Video Link
Editor's note: Just so we're all clear here, I think Shingy's cool.
The latest episode of Michael Hearst's Songs for Unusual Creatures series features the Sea Pig and our friends in The Kronos Quartet! For more of Michael's quirky brand of animal education, check out his book Unusual Creatures.
The covers for Rhino Records' two-part collection of 'Crime Jazz.'
A friend recently turned me on to "Crime Jazz," the two-volume soundtrack collection from Rhino featuring ominous, jazzy theme music from 1950s TV shows and movies in which very bad people do very bad things. It'd be great music for a cocktail party where you serve themed drinks and dress up with fake shotgun wounds, or one of those dinner theater parties where there's a crime, and everyone has to try and solve it. I love driving around Los Angeles with this CD blaring from my rolled-down windows.
The website PopCult has a great collection of covers from LPs of that era, and a little musical history:
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In case you missed it, we’re at the end of our semi-bi-yearly Free Music Week. Nine exceptional artists offered up a free download and I think they make a great playlist as a group. If you missed any of it, you can still grab the songs through the weekend. They’re all here.
Please support the musicians you love (and their art) by buying music and going to live shows. It’s a mitzvah.