September 21, 2014

thenearsightedmonkey:

Dear Students

For no reason at all. Except Eddie Jefferson.

Sincerely,

Professor Bootsy

Classic vocalese courtesy of the great Lynda Barry.  Eddie Jefferson vocalizes James Moody’s solo to “I’m in the Mood for Love” and launches a style.

September 21, 2014

Heart, “Crazy on You”

The pasta water’s on.  So, bon appétit, all.  And enjoy the sisters Wilson and co. on The Midnight Special from 1977.

September 21, 2014

Sweet Talks & A.B. Crentsil, “Angelina,” from Hollywood Highlife Party

A little highlife for this Sunday evening from one of Ghana’s finest.

September 21, 2014

George Michael, “Happy”

From the Red Hot + Dance comp, a GM rarity.  Crank it up and shake what your momma gave you.

September 21, 2014

The Smiths, “Sheila Take a Bow”

And here’s another.  Moz camper than a Boy Scout Jamboree.

September 21, 2014

Parliament, “Unfunky UFO,” from Mothership Connection

Here is another.

No, don’t thank me.  I’m just helping you improve your interplanetary funksmanship.

September 21, 2014

T. Rex, “20th Century Boy”

My phone is playing me some lovely tunes while I make the pasta sauce.  Here is one.

September 21, 2014
moma:

MoMA Film curators have discovered the earliest existing footage of a feature film with a black cast. The film will screen at MoMA on November 8 as part of our To Save and Project film preservation series. 

Reportedly the most complete footage to date of Bert Williams, one of the biggest stars in vaudeville at a time when even some of his co-stars in shows like Ziegfeld’s Follies refused to share the stage with a Black man.  Huge find.

moma:

MoMA Film curators have discovered the earliest existing footage of a feature film with a black cast. The film will screen at MoMA on November 8 as part of our To Save and Project film preservation series. 

Reportedly the most complete footage to date of Bert Williams, one of the biggest stars in vaudeville at a time when even some of his co-stars in shows like Ziegfeld’s Follies refused to share the stage with a Black man.  Huge find.

(via dressthesavage)

September 21, 2014

Annie Lennox, “Walking on Broken Glass/No More ‘I Love You’s’,” from BBC One Sessions (2009)

In fine voice and fettle, Annie L., her band and the Strings of the BBC Concert Orchestra work through her best-known songs, among them “Walking on Broken Glass,” which, after hearing it here for the first time in some time, I’ve come to realize is the Motown song Smokey Robinson or Norman Whitfield never wrote.

You were the sweetest thing that I ever knew
But I don’t care for sugar, honey, if I can’t have you
Since you’ve abandoned me
My whole life has crashed
Won’t you pick the pieces up
‘cause it feels just like I’m walking on broken glass

September 21, 2014
Jimmy Page listens to Link Wray's 1958 Power Chord/Distortion Classic called Rumble

From It Might Get Loud (2008)

Even guitar gods play air guitar.

September 21, 2014

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, “Be-Bop-a-Lula,” Town Hall Party (1958)

Just the sort of music that God-fearing parents need to keep from fouling their teenaged children’s ears.  Likely to cause gyrations and contractions of the pelvis and buttocks, not to mention tolerant attitudes toward race relations.

Here, listen to that nice Pat Boone instead and cool off.

September 21, 2014

Bill Laswell, Imaginary Cuba

If you’re up this late, you might as well slip on this collection by remixer, cratedigger and dub aficionado Bill Laswell, in which he reworks Cuban music into something just outside of the real.

Try watching this in fullscreen HD on “mute” while listening to the album.

(Source: Spotify)

September 20, 2014

The Monkees, “Porpoise Song (remix)”

September 20, 2014

Tim Buckley, “Song to the Siren”

Performed on the final episode of The Monkees TV show.  If you’d like to compare it to This Mortal Coil’s great cover, here it is.

And you sang
Sail to me
Sail to me
Let me enfold you
Here I am
Here I am
Waiting to hold you

September 20, 2014

Leonard Cohen, “Sisters of Mercy”

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who’ve been travelling so long.