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Hunter S. Thompson’s Top 10 albums of the 1960s

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Hunter S. Thompson was into music. “I resent your assumption that Music is Not My Bag,” he told Rolling Stone editor John Lombardo in 1970, “because I’ve been arguing for the past few years that music is the New Literature, that Dylan is the 1960s’ answer to Hemingway, and that the main voice of the ’70s will be on records & videotape instead of books.”

Bob Dylan is every inch Hemingway’s equal, at least in the eyes of the Nobel Prize winning committee he is. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954); Dylan took the same prize in 2016. Dylan never considered his songs literature.

You kind of wonder why the Nobel panel did? Is there a dearth of candidates? Was it a sop of populism? Is Paul Anker next in line? Carly Simon? Dr Dre? Was it just a chance for the Nobel doyens to meet their hero in a private show? If it was the latter, hard cheese: Dylan delivered his Nobel lecture via videotape.

But, yeah, Thompson was prescient.

And these are his Top 10 albums of the 1960s (according to Raoul Duke,” the hard-living alter-ego witnessed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

 

  • Herbie Mann’s 1969 Memphis Underground (“which may be the best album ever cut by anybody”)
  • Bob Dylan’s 1965 Bringing It All Back Home
  • Dylan’s 1965 Highway 61 Revisited
  • The Grateful Dead’s 1970 Workingman’s Dead (“the heaviest thing since Highway 61 and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man'”)
  • The Rolling Stones’ 1969 Let it Bleed
  • Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 Buffalo Springfield
  • Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 Surrealistic Pillow
  • Roland Kirk’s “various albums”
  • Miles Davis’s 1959 Sketches of Spain
  • Sandy Bull’s 1965 Inventions
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    Spotter: Open Culture

    Posted: 1st, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Music | Comment


    Dog steals the show at outdoor orchestra performance in Turkey

    To Ephesus, Turkey, where the orchestra is playing among the ancient Greek ruins when a dog gatecrashes the show. And steals it:

    Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment


    Glastonbury: Liam Gallagher ad libs about the smoke machine mid-song

    You know how it is. The artist comes on stage. He wants to sing his new stuff but the crowd are there to hear the old faves. But at Glastonbury 2017, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher combined the two to leave everyone happy.

    Having introduced his new song Wall Of Glass, Gallagher then moved into Oasis territory with Rock N Roll Star, Don’t Look Back In Anger and What’s The Story?, in which he ad-libbed a new line about a fog machine. “Turn that fucking shit fog machine off,” sings Liam in a departure from the normal lyrics.

    The crowd loved it.

     

    Posted: 27th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music, News | Comment


    North Korea wakes its citizens with this eerie alarm call

    Cock your ear towards Pyongyang, and in the morning you can hear the city’s PA systems waking citizens up to another rosy-fingered dawn. The North Korean regime’s choice of alarm is, well, alarming:

     

     

    Spotter: Richard Littler

    Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment


    The Twin Peaks Archive: 10 hours of rare and unreleased tracks from the TV series and FWWM

    The Twin Peaks Archive. 10 hours of rare and unreleased tracks from the TV series and FWWM.

     

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    By Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch. you can buy it here. And here.

    David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti – The Twin Peaks Archive (Track Listing)

    Deer Meadow Shuffle
    Deer Meadow Shuffle (film version)
    Just You (Instrumental Baritone Guitar)
    Twin Peaks Theme (Alternate Version)
    Annie and Cooper
    Nightsea Wind
    Freshly Squeezed (Bass Clarinet)
    Twin Peaks Theme (Nostalgia Version)
    Twin Peaks Theme (Harp and Guitar)
    Twin Peaks Theme (Solo Rhodes)
    Mysterioso #2
    Mysterioso #2 (film version)
    Mysterioso #1
    Mysterioso #1 (film version)
    Love Theme (Alternate Version)
    Love Theme (Solo Rhodes)
    Americana
    James Hurley (Outtake)
    Mister Snooty
    Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version)
    Picking On Country
    I’m Hurt Bad (Industrial Symphony No. 1 Version)
    Western Ballad
    Preparing for M.T. Wentz
    Secret Country
    Dark Mood Woods (Full Version)
    RR Swing
    Great Northern Piano Tune #1
    Great Northern Piano Tune #2 (Truman and Josie)
    Great Northern Piano Tune #3
    Twin Peaks Theme (Solo Piano)
    Girl Talk
    Birds In Hell
    Audrey’s Prayer (Synth Version)
    Audrey’s Prayer (Clarinet & Synth)
    The Norwegians
    Sneaky Audrey
    Freshly Squeezed (Solo Vibraphone)
    Miss Twin Peaks (Piano Rehearsal)
    Miss Twin Peaks Theme
    Lana’s Dance
    Lucy’s Dance
    Miss Twin Peaks (Finale)
    Sycamore Trees (Instrumental)
    South Sea Dreams
    Hula Hoppin’
    Love Theme (Piano and Rhodes)
    Owl Cave
    Slow Speed Orchestra 1 (24 Hours)
    Slow Speed Orchestra 2 (Unease Motif/The Woods)
    Slow Speed Orchestra 3 (Black Lodge Rumble)
    Half Speed Orchestra 1 (Stair Music/Danger Theme)
    Half Speed Orchestra 2 (Dark Forces)
    Half Speed Orchestra 3 (Windom Earle’s Motif)
    James Visits Laura
    Harold’s Theme (The Living Novel)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Ethereal Pad Version)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Ghost Version)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Guardian Angel Version)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Sax)
    Solo Percussion 1
    Solo Percussion 2 (Grady’s Waltz)
    Solo Percussion 3
    Audrey’s Dance (Percussion & Clarinets)
    Northwest Gulch
    Dance of the Dream Man (Drums and Bass)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Clarinet)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Clarinet 2)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Flute)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solos Bass)
    Just You (Instrumental)
    Bookhouse Boys
    Bookhouse Boys (Solo Guitar)
    Hank’s Theme (Version 2)
    Earle’s Theme
    Hank’s Theme
    Invitation to Love Theme (Bumper)
    Half Speed Orchestra 5 (Leo’s Theme)
    Invitation to Love Theme
    Invitation to Love (Lover’s Dilemma)
    Lana’s Theme
    Horne’s Theme
    Wheeler’s Theme
    Harold’s Theme (Josie’s Past)
    Freshly Squeezed (Complete Version)
    Freshly Squeezed (Clarinet)
    Freshly Squeezed (Flute)
    Freshly Squeezed (Mid-tempo Version)
    Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version 2)
    Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Solo Bass)
    Freshly Squeezed (Solo Bass Clarinet)
    Freshly Squeezed (Solo Clarinet)
    Freshly Squeezed (Solo Flute)
    The Mill Deal
    Josie and Jonathan
    The Mill Fire
    Theme from Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me (Saxaphone)
    Teresa’s Autopsy
    Phillip Jefferies
    Back to Fat Trout (Unease Motif/The Woods)
    Laura Visits Harold
    Behind The Mask
    Wash Your Hands
    It’s Your Father
    Jacques’ Cabin/The Train Car
    Circumference of a Circle
    Dark Mood Woods (Studio Version)
    One Eyed Jack’s Parlour Music
    Twin Peaks Christmas Greeting
    Dance of the Dream Man (Fast Soprano Clarinet)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Baritone Guitar Punctuation)
    Leo Returns
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Dark Synth)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Solo Piano)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Vibraphone)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Letter from Harold)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Caroline)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Clarinet Bridge)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Clarinet Strings Bridge)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano Bridge)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK1
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK2
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK3
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK4
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano B) TK1
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano B) TK2
    Abstract Mood
    Abstract Mood (Slow Speed)
    Slow Speed Orchestra 4 (White Lodge Rumble)
    Harold’s Theme (Harpsichord)
    Audrey’s Prayer (Flute)
    Audrey’s Dance (Clean)
    Audrey’s Dance (Drums and Bass)
    Audrey’s Dance (Solo Rhodes)
    Audrey’s Dance (Synth and Vibraphone)
    Audrey’s Dance (Clean Fast)
    Audrey’s Dance/Dance of the Dream Man (Saxophone)
    Audrey’s Dance/Dance of the Dream Man (Clarinet)
    Audrey’s Dance/Dance of the Dream Man (Flute)
    Sneaky Audrey (Audrey’s Investigation)
    Sneaky Audrey (Solo)
    Sneaky Audrey (Alternate)
    One Armed Man Theme (Solo Clarinet Improvisation)
    Great Northern Big Band
    Wedding Hymn
    Wedding Song #1
    Wedding Song #2 (‘Stranger Nights’)
    Wedding Song #3 (Accordian)
    Attack of the Pine Weasel
    Great Northern Piano Tune #4
    Twin Peaks Theme (Harp)
    Ben’s Battle
    Ben’s Battle (Solo Percussion)
    Ben’s Battle (Solo Flute)
    Ben’s Battle (Solo Trumpet)
    Ben’s Lament
    Half Speed Orchestra 4 (Dugpas)
    Half Speed Orchestra 6 (Bob’s Dance/Back to Missuola)
    Half Speed Orchestra 7
    The Culmination
    Distant Train
    Laura’s Dark Boogie (Clean)
    The Red Room
    Love Theme (Dark)
    James & Evelyn
    Evelyn’s Mourning
    Evelyn’s Mourning (Extended)
    La Speranza
    Trail Mix
    Dark Intro #1
    Dark Intro #2
    Dark Intro #3
    Dark Intro #4
    Dark Intro #5
    Dark Intro #6
    Packard’s Theme
    The Mill Durge
    Jean Renault’s Theme (Solo Bass Clarinet)
    One Eyed Jack’s Country
    Dick Tremayne’s Swing
    Llama Country
    ‘Such Stuff as Dreams are Made of”
    Earle’s Theme (Audrey’s Walk)
    Leo Attacks Bobby
    The Pink Room (Extended Version)
    Half Heart (Solo)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Original)
    Great Northern Piano Tune #2 (Full Version)
    One Armed Man’s Theme & Jean Renault’s Theme (TV Mix)
    Audrey (TV Version)
    Voice of Love (Slow)
    Log Lady Presence
    Love Theme (Light)
    Wheeler’s Theme (TK 2)
    Solo Percussion 4
    Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version 2 Clean) *partial
    Solo Percussion (Arbitrary Cymbals)
    You Killed Mike
    Falling into Love Theme (Demo)
    Love Theme Slower and Darker (Demo)
    Slow Cool Jazz (Demo)
    Chinese Theme (Demo)
    Wide Vibrato Augmented Chords (Demo)
    Night Walk (Demo)
    Low Wide and Beautiful (Demo)
    Wide Vibrato Mood to Falling (Demo)
    Love Theme to Falling (Demo)
    Love Theme Light (Demo)
    Questions in a World of Blue (Demo)
    Love Theme from ‘On The Air’ (Take 4)
    Love Theme from ‘On The Air’ (Slow Jazz Version)
    Love Theme from ‘On The Air’ (Clarinet Strings)

     

    Spotter: here.

    Posted: 27th, May 2017 | In: Music, TV & Radio | Comment


    Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album cover reworked with famous faces who died in 2016

    Sgt. Pepper’s Album Cover Gets Reworked to Remember Icons Lost in 2016

     

    Around 50 years ago The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album featured a brilliant cover.  On it were the likes of Bob Dylan, Edgar Allan Poe, William S. Burroughs, Albert Einstein, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, HG Wells, Shirley Temple.

    In a tribute to people who died in 2016, Muhammad Ali stands where boxer Sonny Liston did in the original. the reworking also features. George Michael, Prince, David Bowie,  Leonard Cohen, George Martin, Glenn Frey and Alan Rickman.

     

     

     

    Spotter: Consequence of Sound, by Chris The Barker

    Posted: 23rd, May 2017 | In: Music | Comment


    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

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    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

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    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)