Songs in the Key of Z is the title of a book and two compilation albums created by Irwin Chusid in 2000. You can listen to Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1 and Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 2 here. The albums contain a fine selection of songs by "outsider musicians." Similar to "outsider art," Chusid defines "outsider music" as "crackpot and visionary music, where all trails lead essentially one place: over the edge." There's some pretty out-there stuff on these albums, and I can't get enough of it. Songs in the Key of Z has popularized a handful of obscure musicians to a wider audience, such as Daniel Johnston, Joe Meek, Jandek and Wesley Willis.
Check out this new video for Ozzy Osbourne's new song, "Patient Number 9." The song features Jeff Beck, and the video was directed by Todd McFarlane and also features his illustrations. Comicbook.com describes the project: Todd McFarlane and Ozzy Osbourne are reuniting again — and all in the name of rock and roll. On Friday, Osbourne released… READ THE REST
The lion's share of the praise regarding a film's craftsmanship typically falls on the shoulders of the lead actor or director. As one of the most collaborative mediums around, it's woefully unfortunate that several crucial members of a movie's production staff get overlooked. Depending on how savvy a fan is to the inner workings of… READ THE REST
Back in April, I wrote about how John Hinckley Jr, the guy who infamously once tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, was trying to make a go of it as a folk singer, and scheduled his first-ever live performance at the Market Hotel in Brooklyn. The concert, originally scheduled for July 8, has since been… READ THE REST
As much as you hate it, sometimes we have to search for things in places we never want to go, like the kitchen sink's drain, the dusty attic, or the spider-web-laden area underneath the house. Your shrieks might just bring music to their ears! But as much as we don't want to see what's in these… READ THE REST
Whether you have your own cookie business or run a celebrity gossip blog, having an unimpressive landing page can really slow things down. Sure, hiring a professional developer to create a website would be awesome, but their rates can be pretty steep, and that's not something you want to budget for these days. Just because… READ THE REST
How much of your Mac's storage space is actually stuff you use? Odds are good a significant portion of your hard drive is filled with untouched downloads, duplicate files, and apps you forgot existed. You may not have noticed it, but the gradual slowing of your computer could be due to all those files just sitting… READ THE REST