Saturday, August 25, 2007

tabloid Lazarus?

A friend just told me . . .

The bad news is it seems that Weekly World News will no longer be published.

The good news is it's online and there's this cool article written by one of its contributors.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Aunt Mimi online

Couple months ago, I posted a video of the acoustic duo Aunt Mimi playing out in the front yard.

Since then they've been playing clubs and such as you can see at their website.

If you're in Boston MA this Saturday night, they'll be playing from 10PM to 12:30AM at Porter's, 173 Portland Street.

Some more info on Porter's.

Also posted on uberkayness.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

dispatched from the land of fame #3

I've mentioned music producer Joe Boyd's book, White Bicycles.  It's very recommended for any a number of music fans, musicians, recording buffs, etc.

Indeed, I went to Boyd's site:

And I found there an interesting PDF of the program[me] for a Syd Barrett tribute concert:

Joe Boyd wrote a short dedication to Barrett in the program.  Like Boyd's book, also recommended reading, esp. for Barrett fans.

dispatched from the land of fame #2

Obscure to some, not to others is the premature death of one Elvis Costello.  Perhaps readers of science fiction (or conspiracy theoreticians) may conjecture that the performer did indeed die in a crash at Heathrow Airport in the 1984, that all the signs are there as plain as day.

See the second paragraph down at the site below for more:

An anecdote dimly recalled: in the sleepy university town of Charlottesville, some radio listeners who heard the "news" held a private candlelight vigil with the records of the deceased playing all night long. 

And one fan, upon learning the not-so-sad truth of EC's continued good health, saw the hoax as an opportunity to appreciate Costello and his music.  Time to do what we might always do for the one that's lost--celebrate the time we've had together and all that issues forth.

dispatched from the land of fame #1

I'll begin ungraciously with my own tiny plot of notability--the vids I've recently posted on YouTube.

Aunt Mimi playing "I Don't Care"
(above) has been viewed 306 times.

The Cashmere Jungle Lords playing "Apache" (below) has been viewed 296 times. 

These top two videos have been traveling close together in popularity, switching places now & then, for weeks now. 

The Loved Ones playing "Public Bath" has been seen 162 times, my "Egypt Lane" music vid 116 times and EBowed Toaster Oven 78 times.

While even mildly popular YouTube videos have been seen thousands of times, these viewing figures (and the current aggregate of 1,315 viewings for all 17 vids) are encouraging.  I didn't expect to do this well.

And I find it interesting that the most popular videos (and more than half of the overall viewings) are of good performances of fondly remembered, if obscure, cover tunes.  The top two, both shot on the fly with little skill or preparation on my part, have what web meisters so often call "content".  The third live vid, while shot with someone possessing more experience and better equipment than I, is even more cavalier in terms of form.  It's the song and (at any moment, 2/3rds of) the band playing it--that's it.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Nick's sister, Gabrielle

Often the last to know, I just realized that Gabrielle Drake, the actress who played the purple wigged Moonbase commander Lt. Ellis on the TV series UFO, is sister to singer/songwriter/guitarist Nick Drake:

Her name had stuck in my head before, but only when reading about her acting career in Joe Boyd's book White Bicycles did dawn break on Marblehead.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Monday, August 6, 2007

"laughter preferable to tears"

An interesting intersection of two 1960s American institutions, game show TV and avant-garde music . . .

Composer John Cage performs his "Water Walk" on I've Got A Secret, hosted by Garry Moore.

Posted on YouTube by holotone.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

"it's a happening thing"


My friend Steev sent me this link to an MP3 of a Crybaby wah pedal promo record from 1967.

Once you're there, just click on the record to hear it.

funky animatronics on Music Thing

I hear this is how T.S Eliot started with Cats:

Hope to see these Chuck E. Cheese escapees doing a road show soon.


Checking out other animatronic videos by this fellow christhrash, I saw the above and was really struck by the very cool light show.

With the house lights down & judicious use of tight spots, I forget the singing figure here is a big robotic mouse cheerleader holding pom-poms.