My friend Roger has just made his first blog post. I helped him get set up with Blogger and some free file download service and I'm pleased to see he's written a nice first post, including a downloadable file of one of his musical adventures.
At present, he's looking for names for his latest band. To be honest, the selections he has on show are less than inspiring. Fortunately for him, the Band Name Maker online is on hand to generate some rather curious, and occasionally half-decent, band names. For example:
I think "Second Night Of The Yellow Operator" is my favourite there. Though I've never had problems thinking up band names:
That'll be your man, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Later in the video, he invites the audience to take whistles and join in with his band, in the key of W; then plays jazz to a tiger while a child rides on his back; then plays a flute and annoys a fox. Interspersed with the very droll John Cage talking about music while preparing for a performance with a musical bicycle. I just realised John Cage sounds very much like Vincent Price, which may partly be why I like him so much.
On a related note, I'm doing my monthly hunt around YouTube for interesting videos. Here's what I found:
One of my favourite recent finds in the music sphere is Planningtorock. I think this is a performance artist originally from the UK. She recently released an album called Have It All, which I bought through eMusic. It is a really unusual, exotic, hilarious, deranged, baroque album, reminding me of The Residents, Aphex Twin, Kate Bush, Lydia Lunch, Moloko, Kurt Weill, Goldfrapp, and Bjork, often all at the same time in one song. It's a while since I've heard something so outrageously inventive, especially in how the vocals are layered and manipulated. Well worth a listen.
Here are some of her videos on YouTube:
Some tracks by a misguided but utterly engaging pub band. Their rendition of Macarthur Park seguing into Popcorn has to be heard to be believed, including a slightly out-there moog solo. The singer sounds like the pub singer as rendered by Vic Reeves.
Has to be seen to be believed: ftp://ftpmirror.sectoor.de/private/ganjatron/scanjet-elise2.mpg
A remix of the theme tune to Are You Being Served?: http://www.scottcairo.co.uk/pilchard/tunes/served.htm
Pilchard has a whole range of other remixes/mashups at: http://www.scottcairo.co.uk/pilchard/tunes/index.htm
I've spent this morning listening to WFMU (mp3 feed; ogg feed), a New York freeform radio station (basically, the DJs choose what to play). It is awesomely eclectic. It's like listening to the record collection of a mad friend who's spent too long at car boot sales. Jason Elbogen, I salute you.
I really should have a music category...
Some fantastic footage of John Cage, that most endearingly controversial of avant garde composers, performing one of his pieces (Water Walk) on the American game show "I've Got a Secret" in 1960.
Here's some crazy mashups for my sis. Now them's what I call mashups. You might also enjoy these one minute or less remixes of various songs. My favourite is this version of Stagger Lee by Nick Cave. I also enjoyed Take One (a version of Dave Brubeck's Take Five). Or how about the whole of OK Computer in 45 seconds (wait for the hilarious ending).
Martin Denny performing Quiet Village. Class.
In fact, just go and read this fantastic radio station blog I stumbled across where these and many other nuggets came from.
I love my music. I think I might die if I couldn't listen to music all day. I also love the 22nd of every month, as that's when my eMusic subscription refreshes. This month I've been loving:
Looking at that list, there's definitely a Teutonic tendency.