Friday, December 15, 2006

Dirty Calypso

Junior Jennings & the Humble and the Meek - Sell the Pussy (MP3)
Lord Antics and the Lyons Band - Fork She Garden (MP3)
All taken from Bizarre Records (link)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Friday! Party hard!

fun stuff

LassegThe 22 year old Norwegian, Lasse Gjertsen (left) is having a huge success on the net with Amateur (YouTube) Some stunning drumming and video-editing there! Amateur (MP3) La Meg Være I Fred (MP3) Chaplin Snakker (MP3)Lucy

Michael Paulus has made an interesting character study of 22 present and past cartoon caracters to show what they're really made of.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Orcas and the Devil, marinated, grabbed by frying

Watch (or download) this (.avi) film from Lofoten, Norway. Orcas having a great time, while the Norwegians spout out cursewords in pure excitement! Enhancing, and adding to the general experience of the "whale-safari" a heartfelt linguistic tidbit!

Han e jo steike gal! - [He is frying mad]
Fy faen for et show - [phew Satan] what a show!
Dævven! - [Devil]
Dævven, salte, steike ta! - [Devil, marinated, grabbed by frying]
Å fy! - [oh phew]

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

People, Let Me Get This Off My Chest

Paul Stanley from Kiss.
80mb of stage ranting (megaupload) Working!
"let me telly something..."

A bit of Fry & Laurie Vox pop series 3

See all of the "vox pops" here (YouTube)

And from the southern coast of Norway (the bible belt), I give you this chilling story:

Mother arrested son (Aftenposten)

A frustrated mother decided to try and end her teenaged son's hash smoking by dragging him into the local police station on Wednesday.

The woman slapped down a nine-gram (0.3 oz) lump of hashish on the counter and told police that she had found it on her son, newspaper Agderposten reports. The 15-year-old admitted to daily hash smoking after being quizzed by police.

"This isn't something you see every day. But this was a sensible mother. What she did demands respect. Now this family can get help and a program that might be able to stop the 15-year-old's drug use," said Arne Arnesen of Agder police.

Local law enforcement officers were quick to help out the desperate woman, and after interviewing him child care authorities were notified.

"The interview will be sent to a police lawyer, who will assess what should happen with the boy in the future. Hopefully this will give him a jolt and he will quit," Arnesen said.



So people; if the police think the mother is so sensible, why then were child authorities notified?!

A lesson for life, I'm sure. The 15-year-old has learned this: Family-problems are community problems. They are not solved within the family, but is a responsability for the authorities. I hope this mother will equally respect what the son does when the time comes to to put her in a home, in care by others. While he sells off her flat to pay for his heroin dependance.

The stigma associated with cannabis by some, in this case a mother - will inflict greater damage than the drug itself.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hertzlichen Glükwunsch

Helge Schneider, the German version of M.A. Numminen. His comic techniques include parody, use of the local Ruhr area dialect, surprising use of infantile language and other unexpected changes in style, slapstick/physical humour, Dada like absurdities, sudden and unexpected use of crude/sexual humour, references to national and international highbrow and lowbrow culture, and phonetic and declamatory playfulness and exaggeration. Most of his material is heavily language dependent and therefore does not translate well into other languages.
The excellent blog; Rakete Rinnzekete, provides the album in the corner. The blog also features other great German stuff, such as Andreas Ammer & FM Einheit, Spliff etc... Well worth a visit

And If you're a fan of 30's and 40's UFA hits you will not be disappointed after a visit to Not Rock On - 4 CD with som classic Berlinerschlägers

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Strange Norwegian Metal Band

There is a band with the strangely familiar name Dimmu Borgir. They play some sort of traditional Saami Joik. Quite catchy, and ok to move your feet to! This video (youtube) from an outdoor concert somewhere, shows clearly that Lappish music has great appeal to young people. Being an indigenous saami band, Dimmu Borgir (now, where have I seen that name?) has managed to gain international success. Good going Dimmu Borgir! (maybe they will be at the saami festival Riddu Riddu in 2007?) Dimmu Dimmu... (Hmmm, that name - it rings some bells, but I can't put my finger on it...)

Monday, November 20, 2006

The Cowboy Outlaw

Gather 'round my children, and I'll tell a tale of woe
About a famous cowboy outlaw who lived a hundred years ago.
Today his soul at last is resting peacefully in hell
Though many years have passed away since through the gallows-trap he fell.
He was sitting propped up in a chair just after he was hanged
And they photographed his body as a distant churchbell rang.
A circus man was waiting with fifty dollars in his coat
And he bought the cowboy outlaw so he could have him in his show.
And very soon he was embalmed and toured from town to town
People paid to see the outlaw that they'd heard so much about
He stood before them with a pistol against a painted scene
The greatest cowboy outlaw that the world had ever seen
But in time he was forgotten and no one knew his name
And when he began to fall apart they took his booth away
They painted him with varnish and put a crown upon his head
Come and see the king of Egypt said the sign out front instead
And then one year the circus closed, the tents were packed away
And he was sold to an amusement park on Massachusetts Bay
He was sold for next to nothing and they packed him in the van
They thought they'd bought a dummy but they'd really bought a man.
He was sprayed a special color to help him look a fright
And they hung him from a gallows 'neath an ultra-violet light
He hung there in a spookhouse for many, many years
As youthful faces passed him by in tiny railroad cars
Until one fine and fateful day in 1976
He fell down from the gallows when the hangman's noose unhitched
His arm broke at the shoulder as he clattered to the floor
And the man who went to fix him was stunned by what he saw
And the teenage boys did holler, and the teenage girls did faint
When they saw the bone protruding from the varnish and the paint
A coroner came to serve him and ran a slew of tests
they found out who he was, in time, and laid his soul to rest
A hundred years have come and gone since he spoke his final words
I'm not afraid to die and leave behind this rotten world
So go and pull the lever hangman, now my race on Earth is run
And he thought his life was ended but it had only just begun

By Brian Dewan - From "Tells the Story", The Cowboy Outlaw (mp3, from a stream...)

Friday, November 17, 2006

Gorgon the Janitor's rap

Gorgon the Janitor, known from his obsessive compulsive disorder, has gone forth and made this little ditty (mp3). Courtesy of Semiotisk Front, enjoy!

The far right young gentleman to the left seems to like it.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Pompel & Pilt

Moffedillen_1The Norwegian TV-show "Pompel & Pilt" was both loved and hated in its home country due to the surreal, amoral personalities of its characters. After the series was broadcast in 1969, 1973, 1976, 1979 and 1985, the show was banned by NRK (Norwegian National Broadcasting) as it was deemed too dangerous for children. After this a huge cult-following grew, demanding to get "Pompel og Pilt" back on television and today the characters are considered one of the greatest pop-cultural icons in Norwegian television-history. Watch the first episode (YouTube) Pompel_og_piltThe dialog is fairly simple. The two main characters are always looking for something that needs mending, as most stuff in their world is either bizarre, or just malfunctioning in a spectacular way. Be also aware of Gorgon, the janitor, a scary guy, that creeps everybody out with his obsessive-compulsive disorder, spouting out words that rhymes with "reparere [to mend/repair]" - such as "to subliminalise", "regressitate" etc ad nauseum.

Moffedille (upper left corner) is a fantasy animal from the show. The moffedille vaguely resembles a porcupine, eats keys, and communicates through howling sounds and cartoon-style balloons.

The series consists of five episodes, of which the moffedille appears in episodes 2 and 3. It is introduced as the protagonists, the repairmen Pompel and Pilt, sit down on it in the belief that it is a tuft of grass, a misconception that is gradually cleared up as the moffedille starts moving. The moffedille then asks for a key (by uttering a talking-bubble containing a drawing of a key). Pilt, who has earlier found a key, shows it to the moffedille, which immediately grabs it and eats it. It then leaves. This concludes the appearance of the moffedille in episode 2. Moffedille excerpt (.mov/4mb)

In episode 3, Pompel and Pilt meet up with the moffedille again. This time, it utters a big SOS inside a talking bubble. By uttering different semi-mysterious talking bubbles, along with rudimentary body language, the moffedille manages to communicate that it has a key inside of it, that it wants Pompel and Pilt to remove. Pompel, intending to do surgery on the moffedille, comes up with a saw. Pilt, however, does not approve of this, and suggests an alternative approach, where they feed the moffedille a length of rope, and make it dance. After the dance, they pull the rope out of the moffedille. MigrantIt turns out that a large number of keys are now threaded onto the rope. One of them resembles the key that was swallowed by the moffedille in episode 2. Pilt takes this key, and the moffedille swallows all the others again. The moffedille then leads the way to a locked door. Pilt uses the key to unlock the door. The door opens, and a migrant (another type of fantasy creature) comes out. The moffedille eats the key again, and leaves. (from wikipedia) See episode 3 (.mov/35mb)

Favourite excerpts: Hungry Baby (.mov/9mb) Parcel Lady (.mov/10mb) Machine (.mov/9mb)

Pompel & Pilt intro music (MP3) Gorgon Janitor's rambling (MP3)

The TV show was created in 1969 by Arne and Bjørg Mykle (script for the 4 first episodes here - in Norwegian).

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Internal organs served while external organ is played

Tabani Kakas is a "must experience" place to visit if you're ever in Budapest. (Attila ut, 27, Budapest 1013 Hungary) Dishes on the menu include Hungarian chicken stew, sholet beans with smoked ribs and goose liver Hungarian style at fairly moderate prices. Guests are also entertained by soft organ music, and vocal extravaganca from the elderly lady after 6 pm. To give you an example of the music try these downloads (rapidshare) "Old Lady Playing Badly, Volume 1" and "Old Lady Playing Bad, Volume 5" (Taken from the wonderful blog of X-Y-Z Cosmonaut (link)

But, really the best restaurant in Budapest is by no doubt Náncsi Néni Vendéglője [Aunt Nancy] -
it is a 10 min ride up from the riverside (buda) - where you can frolic in the nice gardens. It is also popular among the locals. A place to take whole parties. Good service. Good food. AND check out their nice homepage (link) Address: Address: Ördögárok u. 80, Budapest, II. district, take a taxi to get there. Tel: (+36 1) 397 2742 - If you leave Budapest without visiting Náncsi Néni you have made a fool of yourself.

Friday, November 10, 2006

So you wanna be a drummer?

Well, take a look at this guy. He is 12 years old, and totally blew my mind. So, if you're planning to be a great drummer, start early...
The videoclip is 9 years old - go here for his homepage.

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Frivolous Five - Sour Cream & Other Delights

First we'll get the obvious out of the way. The cover art and album concept is a parody of everyone's favorite brass polisher, Herb Alpert and his Band O' Brass. Although only a few of the cuts here are taken from the Alpert album, the selection of material is planted firmly into the same vein. I can't vouch that the ladies of the cover are actually playing the instrument herein, but the music is humorous in any case. It takes talent to play that bad intentionally. Deft hands, mouths and brain combine to dangerously weave from chaos to an almost coherent structure before disintegrating into another round of follow the leader with no one in particular singled out as the aforementioned leader. Another one to file under W for Weird and Wonderful. Check Out The Cool Wax (link to original post)

Friday, October 20, 2006

CBGB's no more

Rock'n'Roll High School (article NYT) Fans of a Groundbreaking Club Mourn and Then Move On (article + photos NYT)

...and there is Jamie, sitting in lotus, watching Patti. Cheers Jamie ; )

So, they finally closed it down - Not much different than the Taliban. Blowing up statues, closing down landmarks, same same, but different. Some do it for Allah, some do it for the money...

But the good 'ol punk reek can still be found around the corner of CB's; at the Mars Bar. There is still some legendary vomit on that ceiling! Yeah, punk is not dead, it's just relocated...

Friday, September 22, 2006

The Chaucer Pubbe Gagge - by Bill Bailey

Three fellowes wenten into a pubbe,
And gleefullye their handes did rubbe,
In expectatione of revelrie,
For 'twas the houre known as happye.
Greate botelles of wine did they quaffe,
And hadde a reallye good laffe.
'Til drunkennesse held full dominione,
For 'twas two for the price of one.
Yet after wine and meade and sac,
Man must have a massive snack,
Great pasties from Cornwalle!
Scottishe eggs round like a balle!
Great hammes, quaile, ducke and geese!
They suck'd the bones and drank the grease!
(One fellowe stood all pale and wan -
for he was vegetarianne)
Yet man knoweth that gluttonie,
Stoketh the fyre of lecherie,
Upon three young wenches round and slye,
The fellowes cast a wanton eye.
One did approach, with drunkene winke:
"'Ello darlin', you fancy a drink?",
Soon they caught them on their knee,
'Twas like some grotesque puppettrie!
Such was the lewdness and debaucherie -
'Twas like a sketch by Dick Emery!
(Except that Dick Emery is not yet borne -
So that comparisonne may not be drawn).
But then the fellowes began to pale,
For quail are not the friende of ale!
And in their bellyes much confusione!
from their throats vile extrusione!
Stinking foule corruptionne!
Came spewinge forth from droolinge lippes,
The fetide stenche did fille the pubbe,
'Twas the very arse of Beelzebubbe!

Thrown they were, from the Horne And Trumpette,
In the street, no coyne, no strumpet.
Homeward bounde, must quicklie go,
To that ende - a donkey stole!
Their handes all with vomit greased,
(The donkey was not pleased,
And threw them into a ditche of shite!)
They all agreed:
"What a brillant night!"


and seriously - a little bit on Chaucer's English:

Although Chaucer's language is much closer to modern English than the text of Beowulf, it differs enough that most publications modernize (and sometimes bowdlerize) his idiom. Following is a sample from the prologue of the "Summoner's Tale" that compares Chaucer's text to a modern translation.

A nice hypertext version of the Canterbury Tales.

From the BBC «Click Online»

Everyone who's ever learned to speak English, whether as a first language or not, will know how hard it is to get your head round. All those words which sound so similar, but which are spelled completely differently. I know many people who rely on spell checkers to make sure everything is correct before it's published. If you do the same, remember, they're pretty mindless - as this cautionary tale we received from an anonymous viewer shows.

Owed two a Spell Chequer

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee four two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong
Eye have run this poem threw it
am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

Martha Snow, from The Funny Times

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Vivian Stanshall

Vivian was along with Neil Innes the most prominent figure in Bonzo Dog Band (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) An interesting biography can be found here (wikipedia). His tribute page is here. As a connoisseur of Brit pop-culture, as I assume you are - you would be TOTALLY lost without some essential background information about Vivian and the Bonzos, as well as being a boring ignorant. So do yourself a favour - get enlightened! AND get even more than most, by seeing one of the Bonzos 40th anniversary-tour concerts!
(Vivian will not be attending, as he is indeed quite dead)

“Why can't I be different and unusual... like everyone else?” (Quote Stanshall)

Get a tidbit of Vivian's makings (Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead) here (RS-link)
Thanks to the Palestinian Light Orchestra blog.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings; Zappa's testimony before the Maryland State Legislature Feb. 14. 1986. Here (YouTube)
During Tipper Gore's crackdown on dirty rock lyrics, Zappa found himself thrust into the role of first amendment spokes-musician, and he handled it expertly, confounding people like Novak with his direct, articulate approach to free speech and government censorship. But Zappa's ire is directed not at Novak, but at John Lofton, (at the time) a columnist for Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times.
Lofton is practically frothing at the mouth, at one point even ridiculing Zappa's stated interest in getting young people to register to vote, and Zappa quips that he actually likes Novak more than Lofton. Frank Zappa on CNN Crossfire 1986. Here (YouTube) Here (mov download 50mb)

Little Georgie's Energy Plan

Monday, September 04, 2006

Friday, September 01, 2006

Buckethead meets Hieronymus Bosch

Buckethead is the stage name of Brian Carroll, an Avant-Garde musician and composer who has released a huge number of solo albums as well as collaborations with other musicians. He is probably best known for his time with Guns N' Roses. His music touches on many genres, notably thrash metal, funk, ambient and electronica. From his 2004 album The Cuckoo clock of Hell, you can see the video of Spokes for the Wheel of Torment (YouTube) or download it here (mov). It really brings life (or death (sic)) to the paintings of Mr. Bosch.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

"He was our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire...He elevated the song to the level of Art."

Well, that is what the French President François Mitterrand said on the death of Serge Gainbourg in '91. Through the 1980's and towards the end of his life, Gainsbourg became a regular figure on French TV. His appearances seemed devoted to his controversial sense of humour and provocation. He would frequently show up drunk and unshaven on stage. Perhaps his most famous outburst came when he whispered "I want to fuck you" (YouTube) into the ear of American singer Whitney Houston on Michel Drucker's live Saturday evening show.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Leslie Hall

In the never ending series "People who are more talented than Paris Hilton", we bring you Leslie Hall (wikipedia). I just recently stumbled upon this woman who possess all qualities you'd like to see in a modern media personality. She raps. She has golden spandex pants, that would make Eilert Pilarm envious. She has the extravaganza of Mrs. Miller and Divine combined. She has a nice web-page. And has some kewl videos on YouTube. She began collecting gem sweaters in 2000 and has since amassed a over 165 different sweaters according to her February 2006 interview with Bust magazine. Her first TV appearance you can see right here (YouTube)

Monday, August 28, 2006

You Broke My Heart With Be-Bop

Another great timecapsule from probe. From '49 featuring Rosemary Calvin singing about the oh so familiar theme - boy meets girl - only here it is the cool be-bop jive talking city slicker meets innocent hillbilly girl, and the inevitable heartbreak. Some great singing here!!!
Do get it here (mp3-link)
The end of summer

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Mike Warnke, led to a pot of gold by the light of Lucifer

Warnke, a former "priest" in a Satan-cult - now a born-again christian with a mission, committed a record in '79 A Christian Perspective on Halloween. Thanks to the Scarstuff-blog (go there for more info!) you can download it here (full-zip).

I always wanted to write him a letter and say, Mike, when were you able to have this coven of fifteen hundred people? About the most exciting thing we used to do was play croquet.
—One of Mike Warnke’s college friend

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Another Richard Cheese...

Standout track of the album/career is his go-through of Blink 182’s “Feelin’ This”; remade as a 1950s studio romantic drama soundtrack, elevator stylings, light as helium. It’s a fine example of one of the two things Cheese does best: stripping away whatever was standing in the way of the original track achieving its full greatness (i.e., Travis Barker). Read the review. Get it here

Saturday, August 19, 2006

trout mask paris

Paris Hilton could probably have been named Ensenada Woodland, if her parents consumed their marriage at the captains pad... Why is Paris holding a copy of Trout Mask Replica? Is it a hidden message? Is it a signal to restore normality? Gives me shivers down my spine! Original post here.