Reissues of rare New Orleans funk/soul 7"s

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The first-rate crate-diggers at Soul Jazz are reissuing a series of scarce New Orleans funk/soul 7-inches in sweet packaging including this early 1970s smoking groover by Inell Young, "What Do You See In Her." Listen below!

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Video: The history of the violin, throughout music history

CDZA's latest "The Instrumentals" episode explains the “History of the Violin” through song, with violinist Charles Yang.

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Renovation of power station on Pink Floyd "Animals" cover

The decaying chimneys atop London's iconic Battersea Power Station, recognizable from the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals (1977) will be "painstakingly" reconstructed to precisely match the originals as the building is turned into shops, offices, and, yep, luxury condos.

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Relistening to Bowie's Pin Ups

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At Trunkworthy, my pal Gil Kaufman penned an appreciation for David Bowie's "Pin Ups" (1973), his cover album recorded with The Spiders From Mars.

Video: Tower Records, 1971

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Video below of Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, 1971.

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Negativland's "All in Your Head": illegal art about religion, packaged in a Bible

The upcoming 2-CD set, the band's first studio album in six years, deals with "monotheism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, neuroscience, suicide bombers, 9/11, colas, war, and shaved chimps," and is packaged as CD inserts glued to the inside covers of a "found" copy of the King James Bible.

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Martin Scorsese making a movie about The Ramones

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One of numerous projects underway to celebrate The Ramones' 40th anniversary next year is a film involving Martin Scorsese! (Billboard)

John Lennon's killer staying in jail

mark-david-chapman-mugshot Mark David Chapman, who said his 1980 assassination of John Lennon required "incredible planning, absolutely, incredible stalking," has been denied parole for the eighth time.

Kickstarting Openmix: "world's smallest audio mixer"


The tiny, $29 gadget can mix two audio sources with a simple fader, allowing friends to share the acoustic landscape and mix in effects in realtime.

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Support Sun Ra's "Space Is The Place" 40th anniversary!

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It's the 40th anniversary of Sun Ra's science fiction epic film Space Is The Place and to celebrate, Grammy-nominated DIY musicologist David Katznelson/Harte Recordings launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund a limited hardcover book containing a DVD of the movie, the soundtrack, and a ton of bonus material! Far fucking out.

sun-ra-space-is-the-place-soundtrackThe other bonus material will include:

· New DVD commentary on the film from Producer Jim Newman
· Essays from Screenplay writer Josh Smith and Director John Coney
· A book introduction by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips
· An interview with Ray Johnson (who played THE OVERSEER)
· Dozens of never before seen photos taken both on and off set during the making of the movie

There will be 3000 copies made of this epic celebration of one of the most intriguing space-films-made-by-a-spaceman. Through PledgeMusic you can order early and have the opportunity of also getting some choice, limited edition items made specifically for this release including a reproduction of the original movie poster, a Space Is The Place tee-shirt, high-end issue of the Space Is The Place soundtrack on vinyl, and the ability to have your name as a pledger, duly noted in the book.

Sun Ra: "Space Is The Place" 40th Anniversary on PledgeMusic

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MC Frontalot's Question Bedtime: nerdcore fairy tales for kids and parents


If you know anything about nerdcore superstar MC Frontalot, then you know he's not just about ice-cold flow and deep rhymes: he's also funny as hell. Now, with Question Bedtime, Frontalot brings us an album for kids, 40 minutes' of hip-hop fairy tales.

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James Brown pitches miso soup in The Galloping Gourmet's kitchen

James Brown hawks Nissin Miso Soup in a TV kitchen that BB pal Jim Leftwich noticed is a close reproduction of Graham Kerr's The Galloping Gourmet set from the 1970s!

Pop songs as sonnets


Pop Sonnets is a tumblr that turns pop music into Shakespearean sonnets: above, YMCA ("Oh sweet and noble lad, be not aggrieved!").

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Glimpses: amazing audiobook of one of the all-time-great rock-n-roll novels

Cory Doctorow rates Lewis Shiner’s haunting Glimpses as one of the all-time great rock-n-roll novels, right up there with George RR Martin’s stupendous Armageddon Rag. It’s now available as an audiobook, and he’s delighted.

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Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat) and photographer Glen E. Friedman on the images in 'My Rules'

Photographer Glen E. Friedman has a new book out in September, 'My Rules,' which represents some 30 years and 7 pounds of gorgeous hardcore, hiphop, and skateboarding history. He got together with his old friend Ian MacKaye at Dischord House just outside of Washington D.C. to discuss some of the photographs in Glen's forthcoming book. Below, a couple of great shots of Minor Threat in the early 1980s by Glen.

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Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.


Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.


Photo: Glen E. Friedman, All Rights Reserved.