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Playable tortilla records for your turntables

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Someone at Rapture Records saw the video of someone “playing” a tortilla and created tortillas records.

The tortillas are, of courses, raw. The grooves are laser cut.

 

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Make your own here.

Posted: 8th, July 2015 | In: Music, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Zion blood is flowing: Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise And Top 10 Songs

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Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise is the story of the great music man’s life. German filmmaker Volker Schaner tells Mojo about his film of the great Upsetter:

“There is something so mysterious and sparkling in Lee Perry’s music. I always wanted to understand this man and his cosmos, and to make a film with and about him.”

Perry’s music is a mix of the mystical, spectral and the touchable.

 

These are our top 10 Lee Scratch Perry songs:

 

Roast Fish And Cornbread:

 



Junior Murvin Police & Thieves

 

 

Disco Devil

 

Roast Duck

 

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Posted: 7th, July 2015 | In: Key Posts, Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Other Parents: brilliant daughter v father beatboxing

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You can inherit mannerisms, skills and gestures. And your progeny can build on them and be better than you. In this video St. Louis-based beatboxer Nicole Paris and her dad battle. He’s good. She epic. There is only one winner:

 

 

Spotter: Leonard Beaty

Posted: 3rd, July 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Homemade Dutch sex toys (the video)

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The video to Dutch band De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig’s tune Elektrotechnique features DIY sex toys. If they remind you of happier times, do tell us how they work and if nails or glue is better:

 

 

Spoter: DM

Posted: 10th, June 2015 | In: Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The animated Joni Mitchell talks about being a reluctant star

 

Blank on Blank’s animated video features Joni Mitchell in conversation with record executive Joe Smith back in 1986 .

More in Smith’s book Off the Record.

Spotter: Open Culture, via Flashbak

Posted: 27th, May 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mike Young’s YouTube Channel is the greatest kamikaze karaoke this side of Tokyo

Richard Metzger points us toward the work of Mike Young, whose YouTube channel is a beautiful horror of kamikaze karaoke. A few highlights apepar below:

 

 

 

Enjoy the silence:

Spotter: DM

Posted: 19th, May 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch The Premiere Of John Carpenter’s Night Video

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‘Music to shiver by’ might be the name of John Carpenter’s album of Lost Themes. The man who thrilled us with his Halloween and these overlooked gems inspired directors Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst to put pictures to Carpenter’s tune Night. 

Hignight pays tribute to the master of sinister synth:

“Upon hearing NIGHT by John Carpenter my head was instantly filled with these nighttime highway road dreamscapes. Someone or something, haunted, traveling the road alone in the late hours.

“Our goal was to take that feeling and put it into a video that paid tribute to the film work of Carpenter but at the same time gave him a new world to play in… in this case literally through Virtual Reality.”

 

More here.

Spotter:  io9

Posted: 17th, April 2015 | In: Film, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rolling Stone: A Rape on Campus is ok but a bad Hootie And The Blowfish review will get you fired

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What gets you fired from Rolling Stone magazine? A story that wrongly branded a frat house violent gang rapists will not get your fired. But a bad review of Hootie and the Blowfish might.

When Senior Editor Jim DeRogatis reviewed the band’s 1996 album Fairweather Johnson, he called it ‘bland’. Lowlights include:

All of the songs overflow with generic jangly guitars that evoke denatured versions of edgier Southern popsters like R.E.M. and the dB’s, whose Peter Holsapple is reduced by the need for health insurance to serving as fifth Hootie on organ, piano, and accordion…

These comfy, cozy sounds–the musical equivalent of Mom’s chocolate chip cookies and a big glass of milk–are paired with lyrics that reek of Hallmark-card sentimentality…

To these ears, Hootie are the blandest extreme of a wave of bands…

His review was spiked, replaced with more favourable review by contributor Elysa Gardner.

DeRogatis told the New York Observer.

The Observer quoted a spokesman for Rolling Stone saying the review swap was a matter of writing quality and not opinion, and DeRogatis saying Rolling Stone Editor and Publisher Jann Wenner is not necessarily a Hootie fan, but “a fan of bands that sell eight and a half million copies” of a record. The day after the piece ran, DeRogatis was fired. (A follow-up piece in the Observer said Rolling Stone would not discuss DeRogatis’s departure for reasons of employer-employee privacy.)

Rolling Stone employment policy might change if the frat house sues

 

Posted: 7th, April 2015 | In: Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


AMY: Watch the trailer for the Amy Winehouse documentary

LONDON - JANUARY 15:  Singer Amy Winehouse performs live on stage at HMV Oxford Street on January 15, 2004 in London.  (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

LONDON – JANUARY 15: Singer Amy Winehouse performs live on stage at HMV Oxford Street on January 15, 2004 in London. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

 

Amy Winehouse was brilliant.  When she died age 27 she left behind too little music.

AMY is the documentary to her short life.

 

LONDON - JANUARY 23:  Singer Amy Whinehouse retrieves her mobile phone after receiving the Pop award for "Back to Black" at the South Bank Show Awards at the Savoy Hotel on January 23, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

LONDON – JANUARY 23: Singer Amy Whinehouse retrieves her mobile phone after receiving the Pop award for “Back to Black” at the South Bank Show Awards at the Savoy Hotel on January 23, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

 

This trailer features the line:

“I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it. I think I would go mad”.

Only a few things have made me shed a tear – her death was one of them…

 

Posted: 2nd, April 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Aretha Franklin sing ‘RESPECT’ in 1970 live at the Antibes Jazz Festival

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Today Aretha Franklin turns 73.

Back in 1970, the ‘Queen of Soul’ prefomed her her version of Otis Redding’s 1965 song Respect at the 11th Antibes Juan-Le-Pins Jazz Festival.

In New York on Valentine’s Day, 1967, Franklin and her backing singers – her sisters Carolyn and Erma – recored the song. They feminised Redding’s lyrics.

Redding sang:

Hey little girl, you’re so sweeter than honey
And I am about to just give you all my money

Franklin countered:

 

I’m about to give you all of my money
And all I’m askin’ in return, honey
Is to give me my profits
When you get home…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB

Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me,
sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me,
sock it to me, sock it to me)

Posted: 25th, March 2015 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Blurred Lines: The Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight is The Ketchup Song

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Blurred Lines: a look at songs that sound very much like other songs. Let’s look at the Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight and the Ketchup Song (Asereje) by Las Ketchup.

First up, the Gang and that catchy beat:

I said a hip hop,
Hippie to the hippie,
The hip, hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it
To the bang bang boogie, say, up jump the boogie,
To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.

 

 

And now for Ketchup kids who appear, as MichaelPDeacon has discovered, to be singing the lyrics of Rapper’s Delight in comedy Spanish accents.

 

aserejè ja de jè de jebe tu de jebere seibiunouva,
majavi an de bugui an de buididipi,
aserejè ja de jè de jebe tu de jebere seibiunouva,
majavi an de bugui an de buididipi

 

Send us your Blurred Lines.

Posted: 15th, March 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madonna accuses BBC Radio 1’s 49-year-old music chief of ageism

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Madonna accuses BBC Radio 1 of “discriminatory and unfair” behaviour for failing to play her latest song, Living For Love. The song failed to make the station’s playlist, which dictates its most-played songs. The BBC says this had led to “accusations of ageism from the 56-year-old’s fans”.

Radio 1 says songs are selected on “musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis”.

And who is the maven of what the young, go-ahead audience wants?

Radio 1’s 49-year-old head of music, George Ergatoudis, said the station had “moved on” from her music.

As David Hepworth tweets:

I was embarrassed about being 31 when I edited Smash Hits. I see the head of the Radio One playlist committee is 49!

Radio 1 reaches 12 million listeners a week, including 42% of all 15- to 24-year-olds (and their dads).

Posted: 12th, March 2015 | In: Music, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fantastic Trip Advisor comments on The Beatles Abbey Road crossing

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Phil Lucas spots comment on The Beatles Abbey Road crossing:

Although iconic, the Abbey Road zebra crossing has always been just a working crossing. Hasn’t stopped Trip Advisor.

Although iconic, the Abbey Road zebra crossing has always been just a working crossing. Hasn’t stopped Trip Advisor.

Posted: 10th, March 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Indie band Ex Cops open letter to McDonald’s who asked them to play for burgers during SXSW

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Happy day for Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding. The pop duo known as Ex Cops are invited to play at the Austin, Texas, SXSW. It would be just great. Think of the exposure. Think of the fans. Don’t think of the money because the invite from McDonald’s wants you to appear for free.

 

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The Ex Cops’ replied via their Facebook page:

‘McDonald’s asked us to play SXSW. This is Brian’s open letter about it.

This week our band was asked to play the McDonald’s Showcase at the annual South by Southwest, also known to music insiders as “SXSW.”

Their selling point was that this was “a great opportunity for additional exposure,” and that “McDonald’s will have their global digital team on site to meet with the bands, help with cross promotion, etc”

I don’t, and doubt that they know what this means either.

Getting past that rhetoric, at the very least a big corporation like McDonald’s can at least pay their talent a little. Right?

“There isn’t a budget for an artist fee (unfortunately)”

As of 2013, McDonalds is valued at 90.3 billion dollars.

I won’t get into the internet semantics of things you’ve probably seen on your Facebook feed; like that thing where it takes a McDonald’s worker 4 months to earn what the CEO makes in an hour, or their GMO love affair, and I will certainly spare you the bounty of photos showing how they treat their animals.

In lieu of being paid like a real artist, or anyone who is employed to do a service, McDonald’s assures us that we will “be featured on screens throughout the event, as well as POSSIBLY mentioned on McDonald’s social media accounts like Facebook (57MM likes!)”

We recently headlined a show at the Brooklyn venue Baby’s Alright. They are by no means a DIY venue, but they are still an independent small business. The owners are people our age who used to book shows at Pianos and busted their asses to open a venue of their own in Brooklyn.

While I haven’t asked Billy or Zach how much they make annually (that would be weird) I’m going to guess they’re not looking at brownstones in Prospect Park at the moment. Yet when we played, we were paid very very fairly, were provided with drink tickets, and each band member fed a full entree from their menu (try the Brussels sprouts)

I will also go ahead and save time for any schill / troll rebuttals; “Are the other showcases paying you? No one is holding a gun to your head!” This is true. It is our choice (pretty much) to fly to Austin, play shows without soundcheck, and get paid nothing to a little. But hear this loud and clear, we LOVE making music, it is what we do, and despite some of its very apparent flaws, SXSW still provides a decent venue to be heard by some people who are really there to hear new music and not just do blow with dudes who wear square toe loafers.

It is a horrifying and gross reality when one sees the true nature of corporations and their pathetic attempts to achieve relevance with millennials. Doritos received a lot of flack for their stage a couple years ago, but i’m going to assume they paid Lady Gaga.

Oh, I almost forgot; “McDonald’s will offer free food to all audience members”

I don’t doubt that tons of bands will kowtow to this lame, lame attempt at a rock show. And I’m aware that to achieve any exposure is a Herculean task in 2015, but the Boethian Wheel is a real thing, and this will continue to exist if we, as artists, keep saying yes in exchange for a taste of success. Even if smells like a shitty Fish filet.’

Can you be a burger artiste? Just wondering because McDonald’s have a few opportunities – all unpaid – for anyone who can pump sauce into intersting shapes…

 

Posted: 7th, March 2015 | In: Key Posts, Music, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fantastic! Ray Charles tries to get arrhythmic and tone-deaf English kids to sing ‘Hit the Road Jack’ in 1964

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Fantastic! Ray Charles tries to get arrhythmic and tone-deaf English kids to sing ‘Hit the Road Jack’, 1964.

It’s from the film Ballad in Blue. Yeah. These were the better kids (when they hit the high notes they all turn into Hayley Mills):

 

 

Spotter: flashbak.com

Posted: 19th, January 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Clash Revisited: Watch Julien Temple’s film on the punk ‘revolution’

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Julien Temple’s latest raking of the coals of the punk ‘revolution’ looks at The Clash – a band often regarded with disdain and suspicion by the courtiers of the Sex Pistols (and indeed by the Pistols themselves).

The film revolves around their performance on 1 January 1977 at the Roxy, a small run-down nightclub in Covent Garden which had been commandeered to serve as Punk HQ.

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Although only a few months old, the band already had a distinct image: paint-splattered jumble sale clothes and stage backdrops of tower blocks painted by bassist Paul Simonon. They also had a unique body of songs, reflecting life on the dole or in dead-end jobs. A selection of these had been recorded as demos in November 1976…

Read it all on Flashbak.

Posted: 9th, January 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jah Wobble: when kids from pokey council flats all over London made music

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Jah Wobble  is talking to the Guardian. Wobble was John Wardle until a drunken Sid Vicious slurred it:

When my mate John Lydon told me he was joining a band called the Sex Pistols, he might as well have said he was becoming a 747 pilot, because working-class kids like us just didn’t do that. It wasn’t like music now, where well-off kids have three years and a flat in Notting Hill to make a go of it. If you asked for that where I was from, they’d have had you sectioned, but suddenly there were kids from pokey council flats all over London coming together with energy, intelligence and humour. Punk was closer to the Marx Brothers than the situationists, but a window opened. I was already thinking about music, so it was fantastic timing….

I borrowed Sid Vicious’s Fender. He’d say, “You’re shit” and I’d go, “You can’t fucking play. Give it to me …” But the first of my own was a Musicman copy. I was living in a squat and had burned the furniture to keep warm. The others were furious and rightly so – so after a big fight, they just left me there with this bass and no amplifier, propping it against the headboard to get a sound. The first bass line I wrote [heard on the song Public Image] went top 10. Commercially, it’s been a steady decline ever since (chuckles)…

I made a radio documentary called In Search of Sid Vicious about that. [Author] Jon Savage very generously gave me access to his recordings of Sid’s mum – a heroin addict – going, “I fucking told him, ‘I don’t care where you go. Sling yer hook. Fuck off. Sleep on a park bench for all I care.” This when Sid was 15 years of age. So a very damaged boy. When Sid told a shrink that he wanted to kill himself, the shrink told him to bring a friend along to get him interested in life, and that was me. I said, “To be honest, I don’t know if he has got anything worth living for. Suicide is a viable option.” The shrink was horrified – we ran out of there pissing ourselves laughing. But, of course, many a true word said in jest. He was thinking of topping himself.

Read it all…

Posted: 8th, January 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Music fan tongues radio DJ’s bumhole to win concert tickets live on air

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To Chile, where DJ Paul Hip (“I’m crackers, me”) is giving away tickets to the EDM Mysteryland Festival. the contest is simple: what would you do to get the tickets?

The winner is the woman who offers to stick her tongue inside DJ Hipe’s bumhole. And then arries at the studio to perform her purchase live on air.

Prisa Group, the Spanish radio conglomerate that owns the station, is unimpressed, issusing the apology:

“Les dejamos una declaración del equipo de 40 Principales Chile.”

All terrible. but not all that new:

The most notorious of all Zeppelin legends began when the band played the Seattle Pop Festival on July 27th, 1969, then retired to the Edgewater Inn. The building sits atop Seattle’s Puget Sound; guests can actually fish directly from their windows. The 1985 Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods – which got much of its information from Zep road manager Richard Cole – describes a graphic scene in one of the rooms. “A pretty young groupie with red hair was disrobed and tied to the bed,” wrote author Stephen Davis. “Led Zeppelin then proceeded to stuff pieces of shark into her vagina and rectum.”

Spotter:  Diario Registrado

Posted: 22nd, December 2014 | In: Music, NSFW, TV & Radio | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Terry Hall of The Specials Handles A Man In The Crowd Throwing A Can

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I once watched The Alarm get pelted with bottles, cans and at least three big ceremaic cider jugs. They played on. Terry Hall, of The Specials, isn’t going to take it. When a face in the crowd at Nottingham Rock City tosses a can towards the stage, Hall reacts.

Language is very spicy. You’ve been warned.

 

Posted: 25th, November 2014 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Life After Manchester United And Coventry City: Dion Dublin’s Christmas Album

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This Christmas why not sit back and liten to the sounds of former Coverntry City, Aston Villa, Norwich City and Manchester United footballer Dion Dublin? It’s for charity.

And it might be pretty good. Dion has muscial roots.

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Posted: 24th, November 2014 | In: Music, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Worst DJ Event Ever! A My Little Pony Disco Inferno

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EVER been to a disco that made you feel awkward, terrible and upset at the realisation that you were among your people?

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Posted: 19th, November 2014 | In: Anorak TV, Key Posts, Music | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Big Bank Hank Was ‘Six Foot One And Tons of Fun’ (August 5, 1957 – November 11, 2014)

BIG Bank Hank, US rapper and Sugarhill Gang founder member, has died. He was 57.

 

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Born Henry Jackson, BBH only became a rapper as he couldn’t find a job connected to his oceanography degree.

He was “six foot one and tons of fun”:

 

Posted: 11th, November 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0