Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Running gags abound: Perry Mason keeps requesting Top-40 tunes from the court, a rude robot recalls favorite TV episodes, and children's records and religious broadcasts morph into ads for feminine hygiene. As clever and funny as those British culture-vultures Cassetteboy, but coming from an American frame of reference, Butane has been creating outrageous sound collages for ages - his early works were (now out-of-print) home cassettes. Although I don't see his new one listed on his website
Flaming Canine, I'm sure he'll sell you a copy (cheap!) to anyone who asks nicely.
Wayne Butane "How Bazooka Joe Lost An Eye (excerpt)"
"C.G. & the B.L.'s (excerpt)"
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Hey, I can make everything different colors like Christmas lights.
Monday, June 27, 2005
"This Woman Stinks!" - an introduction to the Boys
"A Good Walk Spoiled" - a kinky game of golf
"As A Human" - a feel-bad message set to a toe-tappin' ska beat
"Tube Boob" - a terrifying documentary on London Transport
"Pint Of Churchill’s Please Treacle" - the shocking truth about Queen Victoria
"What’s Come Over You?" - Astrud Gilberto goes porn
"Michael Jackson cut-up"
Friday, June 24, 2005
As regular WFMU listeners know, Eyeball Skeleton, the world's greatest pre-teen punk band, recently released their debut album, #1. Consisting of a seven-year-old boy on guitar, his nine-year-old brother on bass, and their father on drums, these pint-sized Cramps mostly write songs about monsters - exactly what I would have written about when I was their age. And, actually, I still would.
Eyeball Skeleton: "Spooky Mummy Case"
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Never thought you'd willingly listen to a Brittany Spears song? Try this:
Boss Hoss: "Toxic" - Replete with absurd Western-movie sound effects, and a singer with a thick pseudo-Texas drawl asking, "Do ya feel me now"?
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
"Sounds For The Sun-Set (2005 Edition)
After clicking the above link, scroll down for a choice of downloading options. You may have to wait a few secs.
A surf music beach party made up of mostly other people's records. Finest kine, brah!
1. HOLIDAY INN: CAMBODIA - Martha & the Vandellas "Heatwave" vs The Dead Kennedys "Holiday In Cambodia" and thrift-store record sound bytes
2. BOP DON'T RUN- The Ramones "Blitzkreig Bop" vs The Ventures "Walk Don't Run"
3. TRICKY WIPEOUT - Run-DMC "It's Tricky" vs The Surfaris "Wipeout"
4. SWEET CALIFORNIA GIRL O' MINE - The Surf Coasters, The Beach Boys "California Girls," The Beastie Boys "Brass Monkey" Guns n Roses"Sweet Child O' Mine," beach movie bits
5. RASTA BISON HUSTLE OFF ILL APE BAND - title is anagram of "Buffalo Soldier" (Bob Marley) and the name of a certain children's TV show...
6. POPEMOBILE: The Customs "RPM," Fatboy Slim "Rockerfeller Skank"
vocals & lyrics: RIAA
7. SEX ON THE BEACHES - Peaches "Fuck the Pain Away," Jan & Dean "Honolulu Lulu," 20 Fingers "Short Dick Man," Sex Club XXX "Big Dick Man"
8. LOVERS' LUAU - Blondie "The Tide Is High," Beach Boys "Surf's Up," Buddy Holly "Words Of Love," "Ramones "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," Petty Booka "I W anna Be Your Girlfriend"
9. DAY-O TRIPPER - Harry Belefonte "Day-O," The Monkees "Mary Mary" and the Run-DMC remake, & The Beatles "Day Tripper"
10. TO THE BEACH! - New Order "Blue Monday," Aretha Franklin "Dr Feelgood",media clips, & James Brown thought he told you to "LOVE" him as...
11. SKAWAII FIVE 0 - Toots and the Maytalls "Dog War," The Ventures "Hawaii Five-0," Desmond Dekkar "007 Shantytown," Sol K. Bright's Hollywaiians "Hawaiian Cowboy"
12. CAN'T TOUCH THIS SURFIN' SAFARI - The Beach Boys: "Surfin' Safari," MC Hammer "Can't Touch This," The Astronauts "Baja," some other stuff...
13. SUMMERTIME SAMBA - Los Amigos Invisibles "La Playa Azul" ("The Blue Beach") vs DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Summertime"
14. GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUMMER FUN: Cyndi Lauper, The Fantastic Baggys "Summer Means Fun," Beach Boys "Surfin'"
15. RED HOT 110 DEGREES - Jan & Dean "Ride the Wild Surf," Public Enemy "Public Enemy #1"
16. CUZ I ROCK HIGH - Jeff Spicolli, Afroman "Cuz I Got High" vs Johnny & The Hurricanes "Red River Rock"
17. The TONGA HUT - obscure Africana: Chief Bey & his Royal Household "Congo Percussion," Barrister "More Fuji Garbage"
18. ALOHA ROCK: Polynesian drumming, The Chantays "Move It," Hawaiian travel record,
additional bits & beatz: RIAA; Art work by Pheugoo
RIAA recorded the first version of this album in 2004 (except for "The Tonga Hut," recorded on 8-track in 2001):
track# 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17 are from the 2004 edition - some were remixed/edited
track# 2, 4, 5, 12, 16 are remakes of 2004 versions
track# 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 13, 18 are new
Monday, June 20, 2005
Unknown Hip-Harmonica Guy
Friday, June 17, 2005
"First heralded by Brian Eno after judging a 1990 musical festival in Kazakhstan, Yat-Kha have been enduring purveyors of traditional khoomei (throatsinging) sounds of its native land of Tuva in South Siberia, while being aware of the western worlds of rock and experimental rock (claiming Deep Purple and Sonic Youth as faves). Leader/bassist vocalist Albert Kuvezin has steered his group into much acclaim over the years and to much larger audience, thanks to hooking up with the Chieftains' management...Their new disc Re-Covers finds them taking on songs by Hank Williams, Kraftwerk, the Stones and more." Yeah, including Motorhead and Captain Beefheart. Not many Americans know Beefheart, so how'd these guys in Mongolia get so hep?
Yat-Kha: "Love Will Tear Us Apart." - About half-way through listening to this for the first time, I just started laughing and shaking my head in bewilderment. No more calls please, we have a winner...
Thursday, June 16, 2005
But thanks to a site with the oh-so-British name of Scrunty Bastard, we may now hear:
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Supposedly they're very funny live, and the pictures on their site are amusing - clad in tuxedos, they sit next to each other in a semi-circle, like a classical chamber ensemble.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
"Radio Clash Show 31: Audio pOditties" - Playlist and notes here. Li'l Markie's "Diary of an Unborn Child," my nomination for worst record ever made, is so disturbing, he lost some listeners and had to apologize on his next show:
"Radio Clash Show 32: Beach Clash Mash Bash" - Back to the usual unusual shows Tim typically does. Playlist here.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
I guess I'm just an enabler - found this in the archives:
The Lounge Brigade: "Ironman" - in which a most-likely studio-concocted "band" does Black Sabbath, from the album "Sabbath In The Suburbs."
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Wednesday, July 6, 2005, 8:00 PM
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Mark Watters, conductor
A live concert event featuring full orchestra and choir performing music from the greatest video games, plus laser and light sequences, video clips, live characters, and a special segment dedicated to retro arcade classics!
Games scheduled to be included are:
MarioTMZelda®Halo®Metal Gear Solid®Warcraft®Myst®Final Fantasy®Castlevania®
Medal of HonorTMSonicTMTron©Tomb Raider®Advent Rising,Headhunter,Beyond Good & EvilTMSplinter Cell®Ghost ReconTMRainbow Six®EverQuest® IIPong®Donkey Kong®
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, eh? Well, this ought to really make classical music purists' socks roll up and down. Apparently it's touring the USA. Anyone care to give a concert report?
Thursday, June 09, 2005
"You Oughta Know" - Alanis Morrisette gets what she deserves
Another Jaymz Bee album, "Sub Urban," (covering rap/r'n'b hits) looks worth picking up - both these CDS are available used from Amazon for less then $2, so what the heck.
Richard Cheese, however, is consistent like Ex-Lax. Witty, hilarious - words you never thought would apply to Radiohead, but here it is. You wanted some Dick Cheese, you got it:
And, oh, why not more swanky Anka since you asked so nicely:
Paul Anka: "Wonderwall" - Originally by Oasis, done properly on the new album "Rock Swings."
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
As Donna Kossy, author of the book "Kooks" and proprietor of the Kooks Museum website says, the writings of Francis E. Dec make the rest of kook literature look as routine as a business memo. Dec, a disbarred lawyer, convicted forger, and paranoid schizophrenic, holed himself up in a house on Long Island, New York in the mid-60s and rarely left it or talked to anyone except through his written diatribes, of which thousands of copies were mailed out to media outlets, and elsewhere. He hated and feared just about everyone, since everyone seemed to be working for the Computer God who was trying to control him through Frankenstein Eyesight TV. Or something like that.
In 1985, radio newscaster Boyd Britton (now working on Los Angeles's KROQ as "Doc On The Roq"), while employed at WZUU in Milwaukee, recorded himself reading several Dec rants, adding occasional studio effects and background music, such as the soundtrack to the James Bond film "Goldfinger." These cassettes were passed around for years, portions of which were sampled by the British group Psychic TV (in collaboration with Don "Kitten Sparkles" Bolles) on the song "St. Francis E" on 1992's "Ultrahouse: The LA Connection" album.
Finally, these tapes are available to the public, thanks to the good people at UBUWEB. One's eyes can easily glaze over trying to read Dec's delirious rantings, but Britton's production and impassioned reading make Dec's hellish visions come alive with hallucinatory power.
Listen to "Rant no. 5"
(I particularly like the bit about the Pope's "High Holy Communion sodomy.")
In the mid-'90s, Dec finally had to leave his house for a VA hospital. As reported in this article, "I Met Francis Dec!," his nurses claim he hardly ever spoke - a surprising end to the life of a man who had so much to say.
Monday, June 06, 2005
Paul Anka: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
"Eyes Without A Face"
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Moritz "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Three of the five original members of Queen had the nerve to reunite and play a few shows in England recently, calling themselves "Queen" despite the absence of their late lead singer Freddy Mercury. We know who they should have hired...