January 7, 2014

Finally Homer Dudley gets his due

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June 12, 2013

Bowie cover's one-year old song "Waiting for My Man"


To be honest, I couldn't listen to half of it. It's pretty bad. GIven the accompanying still group shot, this would have been a more appropriate song for them.

January 20, 2013

Stones' Rice Krispies commercial

Only broadcast in the UK, and apparently a parody of "Juke Box Jury" and co-written by Brian and a J. Walter Thompson guy.

December 11, 2012

Kermit and Miles cover LCD Sound System together

October 11, 2010

Bowie knew who they all were before the compilation came out

Funky Frauleins

September 10, 2010

Dion sings 'Purple Haze'

May 18, 2010

Stereolab were French

So this guy would've fit right in.

July 23, 2009


June 29, 2009

A Day in the Life?

One of them is drunk and the other one is a fan.

June 22, 2009

Documentary about Jean-Jacques Perrey


Here's a trailer for Prélude au sommeil (Prelude to Sleep), a new documentary about pioneering electronic musician Jean-Jacques Perrey. The film features appearances from Gershon Kingsley, Angelo Badalamenti, Michel Gondry, Air, and other contemporaries of Perrey and artists influenced by him. The film's director, Gilles Weinzaepflen, points us to a VOD site where you can view the full film in French or with English subtitles. Prélude au sommeil

April 16, 2009

Can't believe it took me this long to search for this guy on YouTube, part 342

Powerhouse is even better, although "embedding disabled by request."

March 20, 2009

Paul Ford's 7,812 words about 1,302 SXSW band demos: 2009 edition

Six-Word Reviews of 1,302 SXSW Mp3s. On local hometown faves Parachute, formerly Sparky's Flaw: "Wants so much to be infectious."

(Another great review: "ELO, I must be going. (Kazoo?)."

March 17, 2009

Bernard Purdie drum lesson

First I was thinking "imagine the mashups you could do with the audio from this." Then I realized that it should be left alone and just played as-is on a dance floor, with him playing and explaining the beats and nothing else, especially if you start at 0:25.

YouTube has several clips of him explaining things.

March 13, 2009

2000 people each paid 6 cents to sing backup

Via Mechanical Turk. Bicycle Built for 2000. The little video is worth watching.

March 11, 2009

random bandname/album title/album cover generator

My Album Generator

March 4, 2009

field recordings of 80s video arcades

These kids took their Sony cassette recorder with them to video arcades from 1982 to 1988: Classic Arcade Sounds

January 1, 2009

Phil Collins Gorilla British Cadbury spot

You may have already told me about this, but I just wanted to make sure you'd seen it:

December 20, 2008

The Pärty of the First Pärt

Guess who published the score of his latest symphony on the web on one of those lulu-like self-publishing sites.

November 20, 2008

How to get a big Tamborine sound.

Use four 18" tamborines and bang them against each other. The white SG bass is also a nice plus. 1:14 has a very moment.

October 16, 2008

Know any guitar players in St. Louis?

Besides Chuck Berry?

From Alex Ross: The St. Louis Symphony is seeking one hundred guitarists for its presentation of Glenn Branca's Hallucination City on Nov. 13.

October 11, 2008

Cash + Presley = Vincent (Gene)

August 27, 2008

Schoenberg's 2nd Viennese school: And, If You Act Now!

From Alex Ross's blog: a 1977 very funny "ad" for the greatest hits of "Arnie" and Webern and Berg. You vill enjoy! (It's from Cleveland in 1977, so just think of the other dissonant music with a sense of humor was in the air at the time.)

August 14, 2008

How many of those bands moving to Bridgeport know about this?

Steam's greatest hit.

From allmusic:

Suddenly, with a number one single to its credit, however, there were demands for Steam to perform, make appearances on television, and do all the other things that were usually done by groups to support a hit record -- except that there was no group. Leka put together a band...all came from Leka's hometown of Bridgeport, CT, and toured behind the single during 1970.

And what a handsome bunch:

It looks like isn't taken. Must resist urge to park it...

June 5, 2008

Perhaps the greatest single video on YouTube

To hold that opinion, it helps if you were 10 years old when this was on TV.

May 7, 2008

Create your own desi DJ remix and video "Test your skills on our Desi Mixer"

April 26, 2008

High School Pierre Schaeffers

High school Pierre Schaeffers via FMU blog. Lives up to its name.

April 25, 2008

Lost Planet Airman does Hot Rod Lincoln solo

A guy with a Telly, but... give it at least three minutes, for when he gets to the Duane Eddy part. The Link Wray/Martha Raye/Stevie Ray part alone is pretty impressive.

April 22, 2008

A Rose is a Rose

April 19, 2008

Channel 5 news withPiL Roseland soundcheck

Is punk dead? Is punk dead? etc. etc.

Also: PiL doing Bodies, cranky old British showman full of opinions in 2007 ("I think Green Day fuckin' stink," "I love Colbert, he's bang on the money, nice piss taker") and on Kimmel in 2006, including comments on American Idol and its cranky judgemental Brit. "I just did a thing for Discovery channel...," and a very funny ending.

March 7, 2008

I've Got a Secret: I'm going to found the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed in a few years

John Cale on "I've Got a Secret" in 1963.

February 23, 2008

Rubber Souled

The mix of all the songs is one big file, and really great, except for Bill Cosby's awful "Sgt. Pepper." Steve Wonder's "We Can Work it Out" is great, except that he chose not to go to 3/4 for the bridge for some reason.

And I haven't even checked out part 2 and part 3 yet.

February 19, 2008

Jingle company's 1985 promo single

about why you should hire them. From FMU's blog.

February 6, 2008

Just Search on Circuit Bending...

January 31, 2008

MP3s of Stockhausen's "Prozession"

See FMU blog post. 1967, with "the composer himself on filters and potentiometers." Oh baby! Still probably the leader in the "Mom's worst nightmare" music lineup.

A comment to the posting points to this excellent YouTube video of an excerpt from the Helicopter String Quartet:

January 27, 2008

Ask Lou

Ak Lou. Because of something I'll be posting here shortly, I had to go to the domain name to see what was there, and I wasn't disappointed.

He mentions the Harvey Theater. That's where I saw him in the men's room line when we were seeing Ralphes Fiennes in Shakespeare's "Corilianus."

Your next mashup: Running with the ______

See this and then fill in the blank.

December 19, 2007

"Beatles" doing Stairway

Australian Beatles tribute band the Beatnix does an amazing moptop version of "Stairway to Heaven." The "And as we wind on down the road part" is particularly great. I was wondering "How will they end it?" And when they got to the ending, I realized "duh."

December 17, 2007

Background music for your home movies

From Kodak. A full orchestra, and very professional sounding. You might be able to use some. Background Music For Your Personal Movies

December 14, 2007

Who needs computers?

November 6, 2007

Fred Armisen presents Jens Hannemann "Complicated Drumming Technique"

October 25, 2007

The Rain, the Park, and the Cowsills

The only thing I can compare this to is the Lawrence Welk/Sister Ray thing, but instead of being some clever joke, this obviously is the actual group:

And it really came together when Mom sang along:

October 17, 2007

Herbie Hancock Demonstrates the Fairlight on Sesame Street

October 7, 2007

Nesmith as Zappa and vice versa

And then Zappa destroys a car while Nesmith conducts:

September 18, 2007

Kick Out the Jams

Can't believe I never searched YouTube for these guys, part 35: MC5.

September 8, 2007

They were The Nazz

Sometimes we forget: Todd Rundgren used to be cool! And you don't get more flower power than playing drums with flowers instead of sticks.

August 26, 2007

Shilling for Shell: Os Mutantes

Five thirty-second spots. It sounds like they did the jingle for the last one, and it's worth waiting for.

What would David Byrne say?

August 22, 2007

Put your gljek on the shelf.

August 7, 2007

Prison Thriller

YouTube - "Thriller" (original upload)

August 2, 2007

Our end of the "Steve Jones as LA DJ" exchange program

You didn't realize

Someone did a "remix" (or is "mashup" the au courant term these days?) of this and the Dell ad.

May 30, 2007

Crowd Sound

Classical Music - Favorite Intermissions - Music - New York Times

May 23, 2007

Suicide Live

Ghost Rider from FMU blog:

And that turns up an excellent Dream Baby Dream:

And lots more show up. Must get back to work...

May 2, 2007

Let the force flow through you Stevie.

Stevie at his most Eddie Murphiest.

April 26, 2007

Dutch Pop Videos!

Toppop | The Community

April 15, 2007

Come on Baby, let's Blow our Minds

Chubby Checker's Psychedelic Record

April 7, 2007

De La Soul video presskit

For the first album. It's interesting how they have to keep repeating that they're not a psychedelic hippy band. Many famous cameos.

And, I changed the Atom feed, hopefully so that embedded videos now show up, so this is a test. Let me know if there are any problems.

April 5, 2007

Best opening shot in a music video ever

Dick Dale in 1963.

March 16, 2007

Too Much Popcorn

I just started checking out and one of the first things I found was a collection of over a dozen versions of a certain Gershon Kingsley song. I never noticed the prominent role of the snare in the original. The Fairfax High School Marimba Band is the best one; it sounds like a gamelan.

March 12, 2007

Now My Empty Cup Is as Sweet as the Punch

Along Comes Mary on the Smothers Bros. on YouTube. It does sound genuinely live to me. And they start off with a "funny bit."

February 22, 2007

Shaft Goes to North Africa

Malik Adouane on YouTube The first 1:24 is painfully awful, but then it gets good. (Saw this on FMU's blog, never heard of the guy before.)

February 5, 2007

Music from the Third Floor

Here is the first posting at Musi c from the Third Floor:

I have a big box full of Bollywood soundtracks on LP, about 150 I think. Some are classic, some have one or two good songs on them, and some are duds. For a variety of reasons I've lost track of which are worthwhile and which can be chucked out (ie. sold). So, as much for my own sake as anyone else's, I'm going to digitalize and upload them here, on a semi-regular basis. And keep going until I've done the whole box, or otherwise been asked or told to stop by convincing parties. Such an eventuality notwithstanding, enjoy, start dancing, go mad, whatever. Comments are nice if you'd like to leave one.

He includes pictures from the movies, brief descriptions of the key information (who scored it, who's on it, which songs are any good, etc.) It's really great.

January 31, 2007

BDM: The Early Days

See See the ad of Honeybus playing with the Idle Race? During the pre-Jeff Lynne days of the Move, that's what Jeff Lynne was doing.

January 30, 2007


"The instrument was developed by a team of digital luthiers..."
reactable media

January 10, 2007

Raymond Scott and his wife on TV

Singing in the Rain. This Visual Guidance Ltd site looks like it could suck up a lot of time. Right now, it has videos of The Astronauts doing Firewater in what looks like someone's living room, Bert Kaempfert, Ella Fitzgerald with Joe Pass, the Mary Jane Girls... and that's just today's entries.

January 3, 2007

Not the Beatles

More FMU blog stuff: Anthony Newly singing Within You Without You from a 1977 TV special. "I think the greatest reason for the classic quality of the Beatles' music is that they were constantly experimenting, striving for change. Each song brought new growth, new meaning." It's particularly funny if you keep in mind that Bowie has cited him as an influence. The ending of the TV show is also pretty surreal. I'm sure Percy Thrillington enjoyed it.

Also, check out Cook and Moore's excellent Beatles parody. They said it was supposed to be a Beach Boys parody, and it sounds more like Smile (in February of 67!) than anything, but their accents make it sound it more like the Beatles.

December 28, 2006

Duke Ellington in 1937, Cream in 1968

How records are made, 1937 would be fascinating even if it didn't start off with a Duke Ellington recording session. It goes from the recording all the way to the application of the labels to the shellac disks.

For some reason, YouTube then suggested that I would want to see a 1968 live version of Cream doing "Crossroads", and they were right. Many of the same licks as the well-known version, but Clapton's solos really are different, and Bruce and Baker really, really kick ass.

November 26, 2006

weblog, with about one MP3 per entry, going back to Nightmares days, including the great Ed Shanahan song "Paralyzed."

November 17, 2006

Lou, pissed

San Francisco Chronicle story

October 26, 2006

Trippy Music Graphic Thingy

whitney music box var. 14 - stereo

October 23, 2006

Popcorn Superhet Receiver

Not a spam subject header, but Johnny Greenwood's shot at competing with more "serious" Brit composers for the 2006 British Composer Awards. It's pretty cool--almost Messiaen-ic! I'm guessing that the title is a pun on Terry Riley's Poppy Nogood and probably on several other things that I'm missing. (Real Audio of all entries available on the web page.)

September 8, 2006

Takeshi Terauchi rocks Beethoven

FMU has posted Takeshi Terauchi 's Let's Go Classics, complete. The "Fur Elise" is amazing. If you listen to it first, as I did, the rest are all disappointing, sounding more like mediocre Ventures than anything else.

July 10, 2006

analog synth porn

From my Australian friend Rick again: analog synth porn

June 28, 2006

Arif quick Bio

soul sides: ARIF MARDIN: 1932 - 2006

What could be worse than Jaco Pastorius having a son following in his footsteps?

Miami Herald article

June 15, 2006

Instruction Video Remix!

Remixing Intructional Videos

What clue is it that this is British?

May 9, 2006

famous sounds

with MP3 links two examples:

"Gated Snare: First heard on Peter Gabriel's third album, then virtually trademarked by Phil Collins, this is what happens when you run a drum through excessive reverb and then chop off the decay. So don't do it. "

"The "Pump Up The Volume" loop: Characteristic early house loop - from MARRS' hit - TR-909 galore, with analog 808 bongos."

March 25, 2006

How Pop Sounded Before It Popped

Good NY Times article on vaudeville-era recorded music becoming available on the Internet.

March 13, 2006

Human beatbox harmonica player

again with the YouTube

March 3, 2006

Funky Rockin' Osmonds video

Really: Crazy Horses

February 24, 2006

1985 synth supergroup

Again with the youtube: 1985 Grammy performance. Dolby looks goofy but throws in some nice stuff, Howard Jones is about as lame as you'd expect, and Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock make it interesting.

February 14, 2006

Keith at 50 & 25.

I was wondering exactly what was played.

February 12, 2006

Middle Finger down means what?


February 10, 2006

The Partch Man Kicking It Readymade Stylee

American Mavericks: Harry Partch's Instruments

February 7, 2006

So Good


January 18, 2006

Del Nileppez: Yawriats Ot Nevaeh

Stairway to Heaven as a series of backwards quarter-notes. From WFMU's Beware of the Blog "Composer Thomas Dimuzio has taken this classic rock tune, reversed it, cut it up into quarter-notes and then reassembled it in forward order to retain the melody." If it starts to get boring, skip ahead to just before 4:17, where the drums come in. (MP3)

Maybe I should start a new blog entry catalog "gimmicky zep remixes."

January 15, 2006

"Have You Seen the Latest Cross-Under Hit?"

Times article asks the question and points to an article that it says has a link to the video, but it doesn't. I dug it up, and it's actually very good. Alan Thicke's son and some New Orleans' rapper "Lil' Wayne" on Leno. The band kicks ass. Read the Times article for the setup. ("Shooter" on Leno)

The sensitive side of NWA

January 8, 2006

Frog in the throat?

Albert_Kuvezin_Yat_Kha_Love_Will_Tear_Us_Apart.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)

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January 3, 2006

Now is the time in Palais Schaumburg when we dance

They build a new city. Skip right to the video in the second paragraph.

Devo re-records hits with kids singing, for Disney

Reuters article

December 19, 2005

A Rubber Band Christmas

A Rubber Band Christmas

I think they really are playing, because if they were faking it the melodies would be more in tune.

interesting NYT Magazine article on Mannheim Steamroller

"When I was in college, I was so straight classical," Davis told me. "Norman [Luboff] got my mind open."

And wait until you see the job titles of the two guys (Davis being one of them) who invented C.W. McCall, of "Convoy" fame.

December 17, 2005

Cyril Neville: Austin better than New Orleans


Jimbo told me the same thing about working two weeks a year. And check out the stories about the Meters plus these two brothers or those two brothers.

December 5, 2005

Stairway to Gilligan's Island on the web

See Does this make my vinyl copy more valuable or less valuable? There's one on eBay for $50.

December 1, 2005

Perez Prado and Rosemary Clooney

A Touch of Tabasco.

TABASCO is the trademark for Mcllhenny Company pepper sauce.

November 22, 2005

Audio Playground Synthesizer Museum

See I hadn't seen the Sequential Circuits logo in a while.

Don't miss the virtual Boss DR-55 Drum Machine.

Famous dolls and action figures, with their modular synths

November 11, 2005

filmstrip: the history of electronic music

Seriously, an old-fashioned film strip, complete with the little "ding" to announce that it's time for the next picture. Very dated, and very great. I've only done part 1 so far, but now I know how to pronounce "ondes martenot."

November 7, 2005

More Popcorn

November 3, 2005

Extensible Toy Piano project

With a brief try, I couldn't get the audio samples to work, but it looks like they were done with care: "2-Neumann TLM 103s (positioned front-L & back-R); Nuendo recorder."

November 2, 2005

Ween: "Rejected Pizza Hut Jingle"

To promote the cheese being inside the crust.

November 1, 2005

Mike Watt with old videos!

J. Cope's Album of the month

Head Heritage | Unsung | Julian Cope's Album of the Month

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October 28, 2005

Boxtops lip-synch

The Letter: Chilton's lips don't match up well, and he doesn't care, because he's just too damn cool.

October 25, 2005

PiL on Bandstand

I had to work at the Gap on that May afternoon in 1980 and this was my first chance ever to see it. When Dick Clark introduces it as "something interesting and special," I don't think he realizes just how right he was.

October 23, 2005

Nice piece on Stockhausen

Although one sentence does begin with the phrase "When Björk asked him..."

October 21, 2005

Nice Halloween mashup

Smells Like Monster Mash (link no longer works)

October 15, 2005

Listen to drunken Murry produce the Beach Boys

R&R Circus: Yer Blues

Greatest supergroup ever!

Post-Cream, apparently, but Clapton's use of his ES 335 takes his sound back to his Bluesbreakers days.

October 7, 2005

Roll-up piano keyboards

froogle list

Stones Charlottesville setlist

Why a Japanese weblog? I don't know. During Miss You, a small section of the stage moved through the crowd as they played, to directly across from where we were sitting about 10 rows from the field, roughly at the 20 yard at the other end from the main stage. It moved back during Honky Tonk Woman. It was nice to see them that close, and the side view gave a good view of Charlie despite his setlist-covered plexiglass walls.