Jam With An Awesome Band!

Iron Fred G-nose knows of The H2Y's love of Daft Punk, the Bowl's greatest techno band.  He served up the tools and Mr. M-nose took it higher.  

Want to play alongside the robot guys' who get the whole world moving?  Here's what you gotta do:
Step 1: Boot up the kickin' keyboard synthesizer where you too can play the robot voices with a flick of a finger: http://www.najle.com/idaft/
Step 2: Open a new tab in that window on your browser.
Step 3: Open YouTube and find Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger".  Load it.  Play.
Step 4: Shuttle back to the iDaft keyboard and play along.  You are now jamming!
We suggest to do it all standing up so you can dance along as you play, just like if you were wearing your robot suit too.

Johnny Hit And Run Pauline

I have been playing the alternative soundtracks to ADVENTURELAND since yesterday morning.  As good as a group of songs we licensed, and for all the loving embraces Greg gave the bad generoulsly placed them next to the good -- and thus allowed the worthy to rise in all their glory, there was also a great amount of truly memorable tunes we considered along the way but had to let go.  And some were truly greats.

I don't think a song ever blew my away as much as X's "Johnny Hit And Run Pauline".  I remember hearing it for the first time in my kitchen on SW Kelly when I was a freshman.  Bingo and Charlie and me were drinking in the afternoon.  Maybe it was the weekend, but I doubt it.  I was a music snob and thought I had heard it all.  The song scared me in that it was so far beyond my imagination and yet still so much of what I wanted.  It went right into my veins.  I was so eager for everything to be faster and harder.  
Mindblowing still is such a seldom reached plateau.  We settle for less unfortunately, but then again such creations help chart the course too.  We need the comparisons.  Every time that song comes on, I get locked in a flashback and stuck in the past but one where I knew the future would be glorious and fulfill many dreams.  Yet bodies would be left in the wake and that rhythm impossible to maintain.  Rare has been an album that reached the power of the first three cuts on "Los Angeles".  Whew.

Bratty Rock At Its Best

"Pushin Too Hard" by The Seeds has been one of my favorite songs since the moment I first heard it sometime in the late 70's.  I first thought they were a new punk band at the time and only learned later, they came a decade or so earlier.  The song just grabbed me with it's propulsive rhythm and some of the best bratty vocal stylings ever.  The nasal annoyance teams with the vocals to give it the perfect "get-off-my-back" attitude.

I've never seen them perform, but the bad lip-synch is worth the price of admission.

Making Music: Collaboration and The Mash Up

One of the great new music art forms of recent times is the mash-up, but it is a lot harder than it first sounds.  A mash-up is essentially of what was originally two or more songs or music tracks that have been mixed together.  It is one of the many ways to make something old new again.  You could say it is the cousin of the sample, which is exactly what it sounds like: a sample of one song used in another song, say just three drum beats or one phrase from the lyrics.

We sneezed three times in excitement when this video landed in our bowl.  From what we can tell, this musician both sampled and asked different people on YouTube to provide chords and beats and then he mixed them all together.  It's like people of all ages from all over the world got together and jammed.  Regardless, it's a great song that will make you want to shake your socks off!

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band

There has been very few things that have truly blown my mind.  And those that have, I cherish.  For some reason, I expect more from the music world, to have had that power.  The first time I heard X's "Johnny Hit And Run Pauline" certainly charts.  I will come up with a few others.

Captain Beefheart's wail did it regularly.  And for me it was alsways solo too, in that I never found other fans wanting to get lost in his crazy blues.  Borders will blown wide open everytime he opened his mouth though, even alone in my apartment.  Definitely driving.
I never came across this doc before several weeks ago.  John Peel narrates.  There are six parts up on YouTube.  Here's Part One:

Promise To Vote And Wilco Will Give You Dylan

On one hand it's absurd, what with the country in the shape that it is in, that anyone would need further incentive to vote.  On the other, sometimes people need to pledge things to their friends and family in order to actually go out and do them.

And of course, if you've already delivered great music for over a decade, evolved, changed, and proven yourself in virtually every way, how do you earn even further allegiance.
And when presented with the opportunity to distribute creations far and wide with barely an expense, how do you use this gift in good ways to get more done (and perhaps help people realize what will soon be lost if we lose Net Neutrality...).
thanks BoingBoing!

Alphabutt!

Twisted kids' music by Kimya Dawson comes out today.  The parents will know her from doing songs for that movie Juno.  But you can still love her for songs with lyrics like: 

A is for Apple, B is for Butt, C is for Cat-butt, D is for Doo-Doo, E is for Elephant-butt, F is for Fart, G is for Gorilla-fart, H is for Hairy Gorilla-fart"
You can hear samples and have your parents order it here.

Favorite Jeffrey Lewis Videos

The desire for authenticity is an interesting thing.  I often have had creative executives say to me that they are looking for something that "feels authentic", which I take it is something entirely different from something that is authentic.  The DFA is closely related to "keeping it real" which is a style I've seen worn quite well by those who are anything but (see Adbusters' great article on Hipsters).

Anyway I think Jeffrey caught all that and more with this Will Oldham (see prior post) Williamsburg Subway Horror.  When I first saw it I felt it was very much "right here right now", but that was earlier this year, but now when I watch it get then same kind of eye-well that the best nostalgia trigger gives.
I have a song list on my iTunes called "Songs About Songs and Singers".  It is one of my favorite groupings.  Jeffrey's made it far more than once.  Leonard Cohen should be proud of all that he inspires.

Jeffrey Lewis Is The Truth Of Now

Early this year, we stumbled into a show at Joe's Pub.  We were there to see some folkie that there was some buzz about.  Luckily there was some guy all alone at his table with great sight lines and we invited ourselves to join him.  Then Jeffrey Lewis took the stage.

Somehow we knew nothing about Jeffrey.  He wasn't whom we came to see.  On top of it all, he was even performing his own songs but those of the Anarcho Punk band CRASS who I also knew absolutely nothing about.  The night remains one of my favorite rock events ever!  Okay, not quite X's Wild Gift tour at Boston's The Channel, with Mission of Burma opening, but still, right up there, and that other one was sooo long ago.
Jeffrey has an incredible body of work.  I have now bought or otherwise acquired virtually all of it and it thrills me repeatedly.  The songs are consistently a blast, funny & wise, and occasionally work their way deep into my subconscious.  I love his comic books, but his histories (The History Of Lower East Side Punk, Of Communism, Of The Fall) really get me.  Now he's written something on the NYTimes' consistently great Measure For Measure blog that is the music equivalent of Jonathan Lethem's piece on influences earlier this year.
I look forward to this world where Jeffrey Lewis continues to consistently makes all kinds of stuff to delight and wake us up.  There's so much of it out there, I am going to have to make it a couple of posts, so stay tuned.
The Complete History of Punk Rock:

The History Of Communism (Parts 1 & 2):