Saturday, April 28, 2007

I like Japan, and Sapporo Beer is better than Kirin

Japan circa 1930s old school acoustic locators listening for enemy aircrafts...
Now listen to this YMO track, from Multiplies - I Like Japan(mp3)(Snakeman Show) Rydeen(mp3) Ymo's massive hit, as used in the commercial below. Some great YMO albums, and spin-offs by Hosono, Takahashi and Sakamoto can be found at Rho-Xs, a nice blog you might like ; )

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Bill Bailey and Slayer

Slayer - the famous thrash-metal band suddenly gets trapped in irony.
Hello we're Slayer, next song is CHEMICAL WARFARE!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Abba around the world

Just found two nice blogs through Weirdomusic that both feature Abba. The first being Music from the third floor with an extensive dive into Bollywood soundtracks, and a "cheeky rip-off of Mamma Mia" from the 1977 production; Hum Kisise Hum Naheen (d/l-link). Secondly, the blog The More You Think About It, has a full Abba-tribute with cover-versions including artists like: Tall Dwarfs, Headless Chickens or Magick Heads called Abbasalutely

Zap zoom bang zoink blam

The BBC radiophonic workshop has produced thrilling sound effects for numerous radio productions and films. This one, from 1976 is no exception, capturing the zeitgeist of the 70s. A time capsule into stacks of moogs to a time when the year 2000 itself was equivalent to sci-fi. Thanks to ylowek scavel-cronek you can get "Out of this world" here. Pass: (Vinyl-rip) Go to the original post for details, and cover shots.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Thursday, April 12, 2007

419 Eater

Who is this fellow on the left? And why has he painted a red circle around his breast? Maybe you've received an email from him, asking you to help him out of a cash flow problem - leaving you with thousands of dollars... His name is Prince Joe Eboh from Nigeria.

The Tale of the Painted Breast - is a true story about a scam with an unorthodox outcome.

Listen to a BBC4 story on this case here (mp3).

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Nifty Field Recording Gadget

Sorry if this looks like an ad - believe me - ads on blogs are a NO! This is just a hint to what to get if you're into radio, playing in a band or otherwise want to preserve high quality audio for prosperity. I've been drooling over Marantz and Fostex see, but when the Zoom H4 came along I was in love. In Oslo it is reasonable priced at NOK 2645,- ($438,-). Best offer in the US is probably from Zzounds where you can get it for $299. Take a look at these specs at The H4 records on to Secure Digital (SD) media, a 128MB SD card is included with the unit. With a 2GB SD memory card, the H4 provides up to 380 minutes of recording in 16-bit mode (CD Quality), and 34 hours in MP3 stereo mode.
And again, sorry for going all commercial on ya'll ; )

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Church Of The Future

John Peel documentaries

Originally recorded as six one-hour documentaries in 1987, Peeling Back The Years is an opportunity to enjoy John Peel in conversation with his great friend and producer John Walters.

Original BBC-post

Tuesday 25 Oct, 2100-2200
Peeling Back the Years parts 1 and 2
Presented by Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson

The Fan and The DJ - John Peel recalls his memories of the music he listened to as a child at school and as a teenager at prep school and in the Army.

He reveals that his yearning to have an audience he could share the music he enjoyed with drove him to seek his first job at WWR Radio in Dallas, Texas. Whilst he would have liked to believe that he broke into broadcasting because of his extensive knowledge of the blues, in retrospect he suspects it was because of the way he spoke:

"In those days I used to talk like a minor member of the royal family. I had a perfectly extraordinary accent ... It was very high-pitched, very nasal and embarrassing to hear now ... I assume they put me on air because they thought people are not going to believe it when they hear this pillock!"

Also includes John's thoughts on his first experiences as a DJ in the US and his return to pirate radio and eventually Radio 1 in the UK.

Listen to Peeling Back the Years - part 1 (in full)
Listen to Peeling Back the Years - part 2 (in full)

Wednesday 26 Oct, 2100-2200
Peeling Back the Years parts 3 and 4
Presented by Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson

Pre-punk and punk - hear all about the late 60s and early 70s including music from Captain Beefheart, The Faces etc. Plus, the truth behind John Peel's relationship with Marc Bolan.

The programme also includes the definitive story of one of the most exciting times in British music - told by the man who, in terms of radio, was the driving force.

The soundtrack to the interviews is provided by some of the bands he championed, including The Ramones, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Captain Beefheart, The Undertones and, of course, The Fall (with whom he had an extended love affair).

Listen to Peeling Back the Years - part 3 (in full)
Listen to Peeling Back the Years - part 4 (in full)

Thursday 27 Oct, 2100-2200
Peeling Back the Years parts 5 and 6
Presented by Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson

Post-punk and past, present, future; how the British music scene changed after the punk era.

Julian Cope and the Bunnymen are among the topics of discussion, and the programme also includes a round-up of some of the big players such as David Bowie, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young, as well as John's thoughts regarding the future of music.

Listen to Peeling Back the Years - part 5 (in full)
Listen to Peeling Back the Years - part 6 (in full)

SPLODGENESSABOUNDS : Splodgenessabounds (1981)

Splodgenessabounds is a British punk rock band, associated with the Oi! and Punk Pathetique genres. Their frontman is Max Splodge.

The band was originally fronted by Splodge and his girlfriend of the time, who was known as Baby Greensleeves. The band is best known for their 1980 track, "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps", coining a phrase that lent its name to a BBC sitcom. Peculiarly, the song was the B side of a single.
The less-popular A side was "Simon Templar", a souped-up version of the theme tune of the ITV TV series, The Saint. In 2006, the band appeared on Harry Hill's TV Burp, after being featured on Rock School with Gene Simmons. Hill made fun of the Kiss frontman, and the band performed at the end of the show, accompanied by Hill dressed as "The Demon", Gene Simmons.

In the band's early days, they were noted for playing pranks. These included leaving Splodge stranded on top of a seat of speakers for an entire set; supporting themselves when the support band failed to show by playing the wrong instruments badly at deafening volume levels; and a stunt where Splodge was rumoured to be held in Maidstone Prison and came on stage handcuffed to a prison officer. Splodgenessabounds' stage show sometimes went to carnivalesque extremes. Police were frequenting their live shows by December 1979, due to reports of public nudity and "farting on demand" during renditions of "Michael Booth's Talking Bum", and "Blown Away Like A Fart In A Thunderstorm", during which "Max gets a blowjob onstage from his female singing partner." The group was prone to humorously grandiose press release claims, such as the announcement that their debut album would be a triple, including a side of "old material transcribed from their own cassettes, coupled with their 'Pathetic Movements Manifesto'", and including a free Christmas tree with every copy. (wikipedia)
Thanks to Hangover Hard (link with d/l)

Monday, April 02, 2007

The In Sound From Way Out!

Some records stand out as milestones in recording history. As with Tomita's "Snowflakes are Dancing (se other post)", this '66 release by Perrey & Kingsley is equally interesting - well, hopefully not only to synth geeks. "The In Sound From Way Out!" has that liberating playfulness, virtuoso inventiveness combined with groundbreaking electronic know-how. And French... Probably, this "Frenchness" contributed alot to the overall "sound" on the recording. I'm sure that most enthusiasts of early Moog already have bought the triple CD-release...TISFWO is a taste of what was about to shape numerous of recordings of happy go lucky moog renditions across the globe. Btw, Swans Splashdown; a track from the CD, was heavily sampled on the song "Walking on the Sun" by the band Smash Mouth. A couple of years ago, former editor of the now non-circulating magazine "Cool & Strange Music Magazine" Dana Countryman, collaborated with Jean Jacques Perrey on a a new CD! Gershon Kingsley, the "other guy" on TISFWO, was the composer of the song "Popcorn". A massive hit in the early 70s, by the band Hot Butter. As Kingsley put it himself, "It got my kids through college". Go to WFMU for an amazing 79 versions of that tune!