Thursday, June 19, 2008


Entering sleep mode, with just a few items 'fore snoozing . . .

I'm Learning To Share!
posts a Ferrante and Teicher 78 from their prepared piano days. Yes, prepared piano--"Beezwhacks" is an especial example.

Poem of the Week
posts the poem "Grief Calls Us to the Things of This World".

Anyone arriving bored & confused might time trip back a year to unterkayness' first month of posts. Too many to deal with? Maybe try the second one.

No doubt more groovin' stuff out there awaits, but lids grow heavy, torpor sets in, and autopilot takes over as suspended animation slows things down.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

in advance of the broken brain

Even as the heat retreats, thoughts have been too far pushed away. Indeed, thought in general has taken a siesta. And so may this blog.

Meantime, FABULON gives Nancy Sinatra due consideration.

The Dresden Dolls once again land on Venice Beach . . .

And freely work through a flux of time, mood and persona:

And back in the 80s, pop angularity is made manifest by The Go-Betweens (courtesy bennyshambles):

Here Siouxsie and The Banshees will take us out (courtesy 3m3c3p3ka):

Thursday, June 5, 2008

tra la la, diy and absence

BrandlandUSA waxes nostalgic about the Banana Splits. And if you too were once a banana (or a dastard), you can reup here.

Synthtopia posts a bit of the DIY or DIE video, brought to you by the same fellow behind $30 Film School and Baby Opaque.

The Boat Lullabies posts a few images from a new Square America series, On the Beauty of Absence. Cool old photo album pages with some photos still there and others gone.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

make the brass shimmy & shake

The Music of Sound, having brought folks some cool sounds from Bali, may bring yet more of the same from a Gong Factory. Cool articles linked there.

Deviant Synth posts about inventor/electronic media experimentalist Eric Archer. Indeed, Archer has all kinds of cool audio & visual stuff going on like the Money Synthesizer, the Wasabi Photopickup, and my "hell, yeah!" favorite, the Electric Gongs.

Seems like struck or shook, metal's gotta sing . . .

at noon too soon to swoon in June

Now is the time on unterkayness when we repost yet more fun/obscure/geeky music videos from back in June '07.

Like the above vid of Glenn Branca establishing a indelicate equilibrium with a Telecaster (original post).

Or the one below featuring Pauline Oliveros as one of the Timeless Pulse Trio (original post):

Here yrs truly hand models the latest in repurposed kitchen appliances (original post):

Totally wired for sound (original post):

Aunt Mimi on road and off (original post):

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

smiling are the dead

Were I some famous type person and I were to wake up dead some morning, you could forgo the Viking funeral and just toss my ashes in a swamp.

That is, providing I'm Learning To Share! did a post on my life & times.

Like this one on the departed Bo Diddley (which features the music tech geekalicious image of Bo in possession of a WEM tape delay).

Or this one on Harvey Korman ("that's Headley . . .").

Beyond the prospect of joining James Doohan (a moment of silence, please . . .) or being shot into orbit by the likes of Jonathan Winters, the famous dead may yet hope to reach escape velocity & return to FABULON.

Meanwhile, looking over the cast of Blazing Saddles on Wikipedia, I noticed at least two long departed celebrities of note, Madeline Kahn and Cleavon Little. [Also, mention of the extant Rodney Allen Rippy.]

Who can begin to say enough good things about Madeline Kahn?

And I hope someday to see some new (and funny) genre parody in which a intransigent crowd unwilling to help will be lead on by the words: You'd do it for Cleavon Little.

And the crowd will say in hushed and reverential tones: Cleavon Little . . .

Monday, June 2, 2008