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Russian aerobics to electronic music (1985) is brilliant

The backing tracks to this slice of Russian 1980s culture was published by Melodiya. It’s brilliant and as horribly catchy as the man-made fibres on those leotards:

 

 

Spoter: @flashbak

Posted: 11th, May 2017 | In: Fashion, Music, The Consumer | Comment


Star Wars perform the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Today’s mash-up has been created by Palette-Swap Ninja. They’ve combined Star Wars and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Each song corresponds with a scene from the film:

Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
Luke Is In The Desert (Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds)
Being From The Spaceport Of Mos Eisley (Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!)

 

 

The whole video playlist is here. Download the full album here

Posted: 2nd, May 2017 | In: Film, Music | Comment


John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover sketch is for sale

John Lennon's former home found an old sketchbook containing this tiny sketch of the john lennon art Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

 

is everything a famous name does worth preserving or owning? When the owners of John Lennon’s former home found one of the singer’s old sketchbook they noticed it contained a small sketch of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. It’s for sale at auction, where the 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches doodle is expected to fetch up to $60k.

Julien’s Live auctions trails the find:

An ink on paper sketch by John Lennon of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover with Lennon’s handwriting of the album’s title on the central bass drum in the image. The drawing was found in a sketchbook left in Lennon’s former home, Kenwood in Surrey, England, and recovered by the new owners. The design of the album cover is known to have been executed by artist Peter Blake based on drawings provided by Paul McCartney. All of The Beatles contributed to the design of the cover in some way. It is unknown how this undated drawing figures into the history of the album cover and Lennon’s involvement.

 

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At the same auction you can buy a Paul McCartney signed copy of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for $1,000.

Where there’s ink there’s brass.

Posted: 2nd, May 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music, The Consumer | Comment


Blue Note album covers get animated

 

To mark the 70th anniversary of jazz publishers Blue Note Records, the label animated Reid Miles’ fabulous era-defining album covers.

And The Bella Vista Social Pub, looking to promote its own summer jazz concerts in Siena, Tuscany, came up with a smart idea. Why not pay tribute to Blue Note (and promote the Italian concert series) by animating the cool cover designs that graced Blue Note albums during its heyday.

via: Flashbak, Open Culture

Posted: 30th, April 2017 | In: Music | Comment


The Specials: Nursing Home Pensioners Rip It Up To Too Much Too Young (Video)

The Specials’ Too Much Too Young for the Nursing Home! As John Lydon says: “The Best Ska Punk Bands Ever.”

Posted: 25th, April 2017 | In: Music, TV & Radio | Comment


Dolly Parton Sings Jolene In The Death Metal Style

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Take it away, Dolly Parton. Her she is belting out a death metal version of her timeless hit, Jolene. It was created by Andy Rehfeldt – check out his Mary Poppins singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

 

Spotter: Laughing Squid

Posted: 24th, April 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment


Steve Martin sings ‘Atheists don’t have no songs’

Steve Martin Writes Song for Hymn-Deprived Atheists

As Christmas rolls up we wonder about the atheists. Steve Martin is here to help. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers perform at Merlefest 2010.

 

Until now!

A little tune called “Athiests Don’t Have No Songs”

(Christians have)
Christians have their hymns and pages.
(Hymns and pages)
Hava Nagila’s for the Jews.
(For the Jews)
Baptists have the rock of ages.
(Rock of ages)
Atheists just sing the blues.

(Romantics play)
Romantics play Claire de Lune.
(Claire de Lune)
Born agains sing He is risen.
But no one ever wrote a tune.
(Wrote a tune)
For godless existentialism.
(For godless existentialism)

For Atheists,
There’s no good news.
They’ll never sing,
A song of faith.

In their songs,
They have a rule.
The “he” is always lowercase.
The “he” is always lowercase.

(Some folks sing)
Some folks sing a Bach cantata.
(Bach cantata)
Lutherans get Christmas trees.
Atheist songs add up to nada.
(Up to nada)
But they do have Sundays free.
(Have Sundays free)

(Pentecostals sing)
Pentecostals sing, sing to heaven,
(Sing to heaven)
Gothics had the books of scrolls,
(Numerologists count)
Numerologists count, count to seven,
(Count to seven)
Atheists have rock and roll.

For atheists,
There’s no good news.
They’ll never sing,
A song of faith.

In their songs,
They have a rule.
The “he” is always lowercase.
The “he” is always lowercase.

Atheists
Atheists
Atheists
Don’t have no songs!

(Christians have)
Christians have their hymns and pages.
(Hymns and pages)
Hava Nagila’s for the Jews.
(For the Jews)
Baptists have the rock of ages.
(Rock of ages)
Atheists just sing the blues.

Catholics,
Dress up for mass.
And listen to,
Gregorian chants.

Atheists,
Just take a pass.
Watch football in their underpants.
Watch football in their underpants.

Atheists
Atheists
Atheists
Don’t have no songs!
(Don’t have no songs)

Posted: 5th, October 2016 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Music | Comment


Mick Jagger and David Bowie perform Dancing In The Street without music

 Happy birthday, Mick Jagger

Happy birthday, Mick Jagger, born on this day 1943. Here is the Rolling Stones singer performing Dancing in The Street with David Bowie.

Posted: 26th, July 2016 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment


Dave Brubeck’s “Take 5” Performed On Sitar Is Glorious

Dave Brubeck’s “Take 5” on sitar. “Where would you see this wondrous stuff on conventional TV,” asks Victor Lewis Smith.

Posted: 24th, March 2016 | In: Music | Comment


Police hunting drive-by rap battlers in open-toe sandles

 

 

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To Massachusetts, where police are searching for two men challenging passers-by to rap battles.

Charlton police said a black SUV with two or three men in their late teens or early 20s inside, pulled up to three young teenage boys on Dresser Hill Road at about 3pm on Saturday.

One of the men, described as having brown hair and a pale complexion, wearing a grey T-shirt, gray pants and open-toed sandals, got out of the vehicle and started rapping while the other men asked the boys if they wanted to “spit some bars” with them.

When the boys declined, the SUV drove off. 

Open-toed sandals. Singing. Brown hair… pale. Hanging out with other men. It’s the second coming!

Posted: 17th, March 2016 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment


Daily Star turns Viola Beach ‘accident’ into something sinister

Viola Beach

 

Investigators say the deaths of all four members of British band Viola Beach was an “accident”. The driver “did not intend to kill himself or the group” from Warrington. As the Times reports:

Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin and Craig Tarry, the manager who is thought to have been driving, died when the vehicle plunged off a bridge, 18 miles from Sweden’s capital Stockholm early on February 13. A preliminary post-mortem examination found that the driver did not have drugs or alcohol in his body. Detectives believe the driver did not intend to kill himself or the band. The crash was due to unfortunate circumstances, they said.

Lars Berglund, of the Swedish police, says: “It looks like the drive acted deliberately… There is no suggestion that it was intended to kill himself or the band.”

And how does the Star report on the tragedy? It yells: “Brit Band Bridge Plunge: It Was Deliberate.”

Hideous.

 

Posted: 11th, March 2016 | In: Celebrities, Music, Tabloids | Comment


The Brexit Song: stop what you’re doing and watch what Eurovision won’t be

Posted: 24th, February 2016 | In: Music, Politicians | Comment


Listen to Rick Wakeman’s wonderful piano version of David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’

 

Rick Wakeman played on David Bowie‘s Life on Mars. On January 10 2015, Wakeman played a piano version on BBC Radio 2. It’s lovely. Truly. Wakeman has since recorded a new version of the song along with a version of Space Oddity. All monies raised from the songs go to the excellent Macmillan Cancer Support.

Download it: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Google Play and iTunes.

Posted: 30th, January 2016 | In: Celebrities, Music, TV & Radio | Comment


Vocals Only: David Bowie and Freddie Mercury sing Under Pressure

Vocals Only: David Bowie and Freddie Mercury sing Under Pressure:

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9th July 1973:  Pop singer David Bowie is seen off at the station by his wife Angie.  (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)

9th July 1973: Pop singer David Bowie is seen off at the station by his wife Angie. (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)

David Bowie performs his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. The concert later became known as the Retirement Gig.   (Photo by Steve Wood/Getty Images)

David Bowie performs his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. The concert later became known as the Retirement Gig. (Photo by Steve Wood/Getty Images)

Make-up artist Pierre La Roche prepares English singer David Bowie for a performance as Aladdin Sane, 1973. Bowie is wearing a costume by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Make-up artist Pierre La Roche prepares English singer David Bowie for a performance as Aladdin Sane, 1973. Bowie is wearing a costume by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British rock singer David Bowie performs with an acoustic guitar on stage, in costume as 'Ziggy Stardust,' circa 1973. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British rock singer David Bowie performs with an acoustic guitar on stage, in costume as ‘Ziggy Stardust,’ circa 1973. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

3rd March 1965:  British pop star Davy Jones before he changed his name to Bowie following the success of the Monkees and their lead singer Davy Jones.  (Photo by Potter/Express/Getty Images)

3rd March 1965: British pop star Davy Jones before he changed his name to Bowie following the success of the Monkees and their lead singer Davy Jones. (Photo by Potter/Express/Getty Images)

Posted: 11th, January 2016 | In: Music | Comment (1)


Listen to Brian Eno’s 10 albums for Obscure Records

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When Brian Eno’s Obscure Records closed in 1978, the ten albums he recorded for the label became tricky to find. Now Ubuweb has links to all ten albums.

Obscure Records (1975-78)

Via:OpenCulture, Flashbak

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Posted: 6th, January 2016 | In: Music | Comment


The top five Christmas songs written by Jews

circa 1925: Russian-born US composer Irving Berlin (Israel Baline, 1888 - 1989) at the keyboard with violinist Jascha Heifetz. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

circa 1925: Russian-born US composer Irving Berlin (Israel Baline, 1888 – 1989) at the keyboard with violinist Jascha Heifetz. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

 

Have yourselves a happy Christmas, folks. Here are the top five Christmas songs written by Jews:

“White Christmas” – Written by Irving Berlin. Bing Crosby’s version is the bestselling single of all time

“The Christmas song” (“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”) – Written by Bob Wells and Mel Torme.

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” – Sammy Cahn.

“Santa Baby” – written by Joan Javits.

“Winter Wonderland” – written in 1934 by Felix Bernard.

Take it away, Eartha Kitt:

Posted: 20th, December 2015 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment (1)


Creepy Christmas songs: Angels of Love

An incredibly creepy Christian kids song for Christmas. Linda Blair is away:

 

Posted: 6th, December 2015 | In: Music, Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment


Cynthia Robinson (1944 – 2015)

Cynthia Robinson has died of cancer. The musician played trumpet with Sly And The Family Stone Roots drummer Questlove salutes her life:

… she wasn’t just a screaming cheerleading foil to Sly & Freddie’s gospel vocals. She was a KICK ASS trumpet player. A crucial intricate part of Sly Stone’s utopian vision of MLK’s America. Cynthia’s role in music history isn’t celebrated enough. Her & sister Rose weren’t just pretty accessories there to “coo” & “shoo wop shoo bob” while the boys got the glory. Naw. They took names and kicked ass while you were dancing in the aisle. Much respect to amazing CynthiaRobinson.

This video show Robinson and the Family in 1968:

 

Posted: 28th, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, Music, Reviews | Comment


Songs of Vietnam: The Top 10

A human skull keeps watch over US soldiers encamped in the Vietnamese jungle during the Vietnam War. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Getty Images)

A human skull keeps watch over US soldiers encamped in the Vietnamese jungle during the Vietnam War. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Getty Images)

 

In We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, narrate the story of the music that whirled about the heads of American fighters.

 

 

Read it all: The Top 10 Songs Of The Vietnam War: The Veterans’ Picks

Posted: 20th, November 2015 | In: Music, Reviews | Comment


Burn hole cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain on MTV-Unplugged sells for $140,800

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The deeply unfashionable cardigan wort by Kurt Cobain on MTV: Unplugged in 1993 has been bought at auction for $140,800. The seller was a “friend” of the Cobain family.

Four months after the show, Cobain committed suicide.

Julien’s “Icons and Idols: Rock N Roll” auction advertised it thus:

A blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discoloration on right pocket.

 

Posted: 9th, November 2015 | In: Music, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment


Listen to The Ronettes – Baby I Love You (isolated Vocals)

American pop trio The Ronettes, comprising Veronica Bennett (later Ronnie Spector), Nedra Talley and Estelle Bennett, UK, 21st October 1964. (Photo by Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

American pop trio The Ronettes, comprising Veronica Bennett (later Ronnie Spector), Nedra Talley and Estelle Bennett, UK, 21st October 1964. (Photo by Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

Listen to The Ronettes sing Baby Love You in 1963 – no instruments. Just the sweet voices:

 

Posted: 5th, November 2015 | In: Key Posts, Music, Reviews | Comment


Watch German school children perform Kraftwerk’s classic Die Roboter

At the Lemmchen elementary school in Mainz, Germany, the cool kids are performing Kraftwerk’s Die Roboter.

Not all school concerts need be painful:

 

Kraftwerk - Roboter - Lemmchen primary school

 

 

 
Spotter: Electronicbeats.net

Posted: 30th, October 2015 | In: Key Posts, Music, Reviews | Comment