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Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Lola Flash/Emma Russack: Duty Now for the Futuire

 

I avoid imperatives because... well, because I should.

However, I must tell you that you are ORDERED to check out Emma Russack's work, solo and with her comrades in Lola Flash.  I was given this order by Xaos, and She was right, and now I am right.  If you need points of comparison, Mazzy Star and Cat Power leap to mind.  Lola Flash show remarkably catholic tastes, in any case - shockingly for their generation, they don't like anything that's crap at all.  Influences aside, you will thank me for this.  After all, what self-respecting music nerd doesn't savour the taste of the words "I was into them way before they were cool"?

The sources: 

You're welcome!

 

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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

 

Wow - by the kindness of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Discordia, I have had the pleasure of being introduced to the improbably-named Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip.  DO NOT MISS "Thou shalt Always Kill", featured at PFLD, above-referenced, and also available here.  Also check out "The Beat That My Heart Skipped", and "Letter from God to Man".  Now, hie thee over to their website or their Myspace page ASAP and start spending money on them or something.

 

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Saturday, December 22, 2007
Zlad! Rokks Your Futuristik Pudenda

 

Straight outta Molvania, allow me to introduce Zladko "Zlad" Vladcik, with his immense, powerful, really, really BIG powerthruster of a sexytime space-disco luv ballad, Electronic Supersonic, which is both electronic and supersonic.  More "information" might be obtained at this outlet for Molvaniana.

Off-blast!  (And thanks to Xaos for the up-heads.)

 

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Saturday, November 24, 2007
Speaking of the Unspeakable...

 

This, you did not expect.  I wouldn't say it is horrifyig, exactly, so much as very perplexing.  More specifically, it is Paul Anka covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - which, unsurprisingly, it does emphatically not.

I found this by way of Harmless Ranting.

 

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Sunday, November 04, 2007
Busdriver Now Boarding!

 

So, here's the info. you've been missing:  If you aren't aware of Busdriver, you are late to the party, and it's just barely early enough to say you were fashionably late.

Here's one of my playlists over at Project Playlist (others may be found in earlier posts) - it features some tasty chunks of Busdriver, along with a few other non-sucky hip-hop types and some miscelleny that, in context, makes sense to me:


More Busdriver goodness can be found on his MySpace page, at Epitaph Records, and at his tenuous official website.  I'm off to buy real estate in imaginary places.  See you there!

 

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Sunday, October 28, 2007
Not Unpleasant Music

 

In a shocking change of pace, I would like to point you in the direction of some non-grating, innovative but not avant-garde, listenable gems that have recently caught my ear.

First up, Bat for Lashes, a group of British multi-instrumentalists (tho some animals are clearly more equal than others) offering some atmospheric niceties in a post-Bjork, world-music-aware, dreamy-yet-driving vein.  Best check them out directly, rather than waitng for me to explain it.

This video was shot live in a library, which seems suitable to the mood of the group.  They start with a brief Nico cover, then move into their excellent song "Trophy".  This live version of "Sarah" shows the importance of beating the stage into submission.  Their video for "What's a Girl to Do?" makes effective use of animal-headed trick bicyclists.  This is not a favorite song, but the video is rather striking.  This performance of "Horse & I" features a musical saw, which instrument, I warrant, is full of win. 

I was recently reminded - the clue provided, yet again, by Quest for Slack - of the nowadays neglected talent of Laura Nyro.  Try out "Goodbye Joe", "Time and Love", "Save the Country", "Lu", or "Blackpatch".

Totally new to me, and largely without explanation in English, is Juana Molina.  Here is her video for "La Verde".  Clue courtesy of Exploding Aardvark.

 

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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Quicksilver Messenger Service

 

I picked up this link from Pope Flores' consistently excellent, entertaining, edifying, and educational blog, Quest for Slack.

It is a live performance of "Mona" by the Quicksilver Messenger Service, who should be more prominent in our collective memory of the 60s than they are. 

There is more here and here.

WarningLOUD!

 

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Saturday, October 20, 2007
A for Effort (Which Starts with "E")

 

A quick post to alert you to some tremendously powerful footage of one Alan Gillet.  Our national security may depend on this information.

First, we have a fan-modified version of his... inimitable take on "All Shook Up" (a.k.a. "Dobbs Version").  Purists may prefer the unadorned original version.  If you found that footage persuasive, you may tke equal delight in his rendition of Personality.  There is also a... erm.  Well, let's just call it a "response".

Also of great importance for the phenomenology of the spirit as revealed through the arts is Eilert Pilarm's version of "Blue Suede Shoes" (audio only).

These PsychoIllogical WarFear materials brought to light through the courtesy of the gentle people over at alt.slack (web version here).

 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Hank 3 Speaks Truth to Power

 

I know that, as a Californian, I should hate Texas and all things Texan, but the Lone Star State, and Austin in particular, keep dragging the love out of me.  So, let's not forget Scratch Acid, Daniel Johnston, the Butthole Surfers, the Mad Dog writers' group, the John Dillinger Died for You Society, Richard Linklater, and, of course, the Church of the SubGenius...  The best and the worst seem to be closely related.

(Oh - and cattle mutilations.)

In this delightful video, recorded in Austin before a manifestly illuminated crowd, Hank Williams III does his part to put the "cunt" back in "country" - and sums up succinctly why lovers of country music hate country music.

(Courtesy of Exploding Aardvark.)

 

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Saturday, October 06, 2007
Sonic Youth - Diamond Sea

 

It's hard being a Sonic Youth fan, because for many people, there is a difficuilt transition that needs to be made between "What is that shit?" and "Wow - that's amazing!"  That is, there is Something to be Got, and while some people Get It immediately, for others it takes time to Get It.  So the problem is one of technique - how to get people from Don't Get It to Get It before they lose interest or get annoyed.

I have recently found a possible solution - this footage of a German concert they did featuring an outstanding version of "The Diamond Sea" - a favorite of many, including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who covered it, and Jason Knuth, at whose funeral it was played. 

It's been chopped into three bits, I'm afraid, due to length - if anyone is capable of a German reunification, please let me know!  Oh, and... PLAY LOUD!!  And if you really can't sit still for the whole thing - check out Part Two, starting at about 4:50 - and see how right I am.

Tune in, turn on, and dive in:
The Diamond SeaPart One | Part Two | Part Three
Bull in the Heather (same concert)
Starfield Road (same concert) <-- Only 2:32, and no jamming to speak of

 

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