(top photo by Richard Darbonne) Read the rest
(top photo by Richard Darbonne) Read the rest
This month marks the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. It's a good time to celebrate that moment, when the portals opened and a stream of cosmic creative force spilled into our reality.
Pink Floyd need no introduction, being one of the most influential superstar bands of the 20th century. Their sound concoctions, played and aired for millions of hours all around the globe, generated a sonic morphic field of unparalleled beauty. These guys hit their musical nail heavy on our collective subconscious' head.
Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd's ninth studio album, strikes a balance between commercial craftsmanship and inspired artistry. Ironically more shining than their previous album's lunar success, this work remains a remarkable exemplar of the prog rock and psychedelic era. The band conjured up a melancholic soundscape, weaving kaleidoscopic interstellar jams carrying emotional weight, grief, loss, disillusionment, yet leaving the door open to the manifold possibilities of love and mystic enchantment.
Forty years after the release of Wish You Were Here we live in a world where the experience of consuming music is peculiarly fragmented: we listen to tunes on YouTube, impatiently skipping from to song to song, or randomly accessing tracks on iTunes and mp3 players. In our hectic and disenchanted times, the electro-mechanical reproduction of musical artworks contributed to the loss of aura in artworks in general. Devoting our full and undivided attention to listening a whole album - from the beginning till the very end - is a sporadic experience and a rare luxury. Read the rest
Most contemporary "kids music" sucks. However, my favorite reissue label Light In The Attic is releasing a killer children's vinyl compilation titled "This Record Belongs To______" that includes the likes of Shel Silverstein, Nina Simone, Donovan, Van Dyke Parks, Vashti Bunyan, Woody Guthrie, and many other musical greats, along with a storybook illustrated by the talented Jess Rotter. Read the rest
Colin Toupé set up his electronic drum kit to trigger animations. Simple idea and wonderfully executed! Read the rest
8 years ago, Universal Music sent a takedown notice over Stephanie Lenz's 29-second Youtube video of her kids dancing in the kitchen to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy." Read the rest
Legendary musician David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets is collaborating with Detroit's Theatre Bizarre Orchestra to create an immersive performance experience involving a studio recording, DVD, and tour. Help make it happen by supporting the project on Kickstarter! Above, David and the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra perform a Minnie the Moocher-inspired version of the Bauhaus classic "Bela Lugosi's Dead" at last year's Theatre Bizarre Gala, a moment that provoked this latest endeavor.
On Friday night, my family and I saw David perform under the stars in a Petaluma, California backyard and it was a deeply magical experience. His musicianship, warmth, and wit energized the delighted group of fans and friends who had gathered for this intimate show. From "living room concerts" to crowdfunded endeavors like this one, David continues to demonstrate how an artist working at the edges of culture can connect directly with his or her supporters beyond traditional channels to fund new work, inspire creativity, and fuel the passion of everyone involved.
"I'll give them a straw," he said, according to The Mirror. You might recall that Richards also made headlines years back after claiming that he snorted his own father's ashes.
He later elaborated on that: "I opened dad’s ashes, and some blew over the table. I asked, should I desecrate them with a broom? So I wet me finger and I shoved a bit of me dad up me fucking hooter. I’m sure he’s still blessing me. The rest I put round a tree.”
"Want some Bud Light, want some Bud Light, hey, yeahhhhhh!" Read the rest
"I'll tell it like it is, girl you gotta keep your distance. Cause the doctor says I've got a very low resistance." Read the rest
Our pals at Noise Pop are hosting their third annual 20th Street Block Party of music and local food tomorrow (Saturday) in San Francisco! It promises to be a rocking and rollicking good time with the low, low entrance price of just $0! Headlining are the curious and wonderful alt.folk mavericks, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down! Read the rest
Postmodern Jukebox does retro versions of popular contemporary pop songs. Their latest video is a cover of The Stroke's 2002 hit "Someday." It features Cristina Gatti on vocals. The versions are very different from each other, but I like them both. Read the rest
Dig this far out avant-jazz/electronic madness from San Diego's Brian Ellis Group that the record label, El Paraiso, rightly says should be filed in the same crate as "Miles Davis, Tortoise, Marion Brown, Joe Henderson, Can, and Donald Byrd." Read the rest