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A new hit song by Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles

Feeling constrained by the limitations of the Jimi Hendrix Experience trio (which included drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding), the guitarist had already started working with an eclectic group of musicians.

They included the Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills, drummer Buddy Miles, saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood and bassist Billy Cox, with whom Hendrix had served in the U.S. military.

The resulting sessions, culled from 1968 and 1969, form the basis of “People, Hell and Angels,” co-produced by Janie Hendrix, original engineer and mixer Eddie Kramer and long-time Hendrix historian John McDermott.  (via Reuters)

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Fruits and Veggies as instruments

j.viewz plays Massive Attack’s Teardrop (also used as the opening song for the TV show House) using fruits, vegetables, and the MakeyMakey. I kind want one of these so I can play cupcake drums.

Via The Fox is Black

RIP Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers
Kevin Ayers passed away Monday. Here’s “Lady Rachel” to listen to whilst remembering:

Scott Walker — Bish Bosch (Album Trailer)

Scheduled for release December 3/4 on 4AD.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Carnegie Hall: Carmina Burana

Carnegie Hall opened its 2012-2013 season October 3 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Under the direction of Riccardo Muti, the performance featured the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Chicago Children’s Choir, together with soloists Rosa Feola, Antonio Giovannini, and Audun Iverson.

Everybody pretty much kicked ass, and that’s not Windy City boosterism.

For a few more days, I think, you can listen to the CSO’s Carmina Burana as it aired Wednesday night on WQXR and judge for yourself.

Gavin Bryars — The Sinking of the Titanic

I could wait till the weekend to post this, but why?

Performed live by the Wordless Music Orchestra on Jan. 16, 2008, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City.

Originally written in 1969, Gavin Bryars’ first major composition, The Sinking of the Titanic, still sounds just as vital, fresh, and forward-thinking now as it did then. In a concert from the Wordless Music Series, recorded by WNYC, the piece was performed live by the Wordless Music Orchestra on Jan. 16, 2008, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City. Conductor Brad Lubman led the ensemble.

R.I.P. Peter Bergman (1939-2012)

Writer and comedian Peter Bergman, best known as a member of the Firesign Theatre, died last night of complications from leukemia. He was 72.

Richard Metzger on Peter Bergman:

The last time I talked to Peter was a few weeks ago. I’d picked up the Albert Ayler Holy Ghost box set, and there, on one of the live discs recorded in Cleveland in 1966, was Peter introducing the band! I called him up that morning and he excitedly told me about that event and we laughed a lot and I told him that he just HAD to write his autobiography.

“Pete, you’re the ‘Zelig’ of the rock era! You’ve been in a film with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Farrah Fawcett. You coined the terms “love-in.” You smoked a joint with Bob Marley and the Wailers when they were your opening act [True, the Wailers opened for Procter and Bergman in Boston. Pete told me the joint was “arm-sized”!]. You guys gigged with the Buffalo Springfield. You’ve worked with Spike Milligan, and now here you are with Albert Ayler, for god’s sake! I mean, come on! You have to do this!”

The Little Willies | Lou Reed

John Statz | Distance

I’ve been listening to this album for the last few days. I had a little trouble picking out a track to share, so I just went with the first one.

Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Related to stuff we’re talking about.


Patrick Feaster studies the culture of early phonography (the recording and reproduction of sound) and blogs at Phonozoic, where I’ve been hanging out for the past hour or so. At the 2011 conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, Feaster shared “Phonogram Images on Paper: 1250-1950.” You can listen to his presentation and download slides here. Just scroll down a little ways and you’ll find the links.

(via Excavated Shellac)

from the archives: August 25, 2009

Driftless: Stories from Iowa By Danny Wilcox Frazier:


Life in Iowa can be punishing. Many Iowans expend their lives sweating over soil and spilling the blood of livestock; they endure the hardships associated with a life inextricably bound to the ups and downs of nature. Today, those challenges and a shift in our nation’s economy have pushed the youth of rural communities to migrate to the metropolises of America. Those left in the wake of this out-migration continue their lives, seemingly unchanged from the generations that preceded them, and entombed in obscurity.

iOS 5 Assistant

An overview of potential features in Assistant, a voice controlled personal management system available in the next version of the iPhone software:

The system will actually speak back and forth with the user to gain the most information in order to provide the best results. The user essentially can hold a conversation with their iPhone like it is another human being. For example, if a user is making a meeting with me, they will say “setup meeting with Mark” and the first “bubble” of the conversation thread will say that. After that, the system will speak back: “which e-mail address should Mark be notified at, work or personal?” This question will both be spoken out loud by the iPhone Assistant and shown as a new “bubble” in the conversation thread. The user will then respond with the email address they want to notify me at, and the appointment will be made.

The speculation is this feature will only work with the new iPhones, and not the iPhone 4 or 3GS, because of processor and RAM requirements.

Great Big Saturnine Storm

At its most intense, the storm generated more than 10 lightning flashes per second. Even with millisecond resolution, the spacecraft’s radio and plasma wave instrument had difficulty separating individual signals during the most intense period. Scientists created a sound file from data obtained . . . at a slightly lower intensity period.

If you listen vary carefully to the audio file, you can hear Sun Ra.

Marcella Riordan reads the Molly Bloom soliloquy

In honor of Bloomsday yesterday Tim Carmody pointed to this beautiful reading of the Molly Bloom soliloquy at the end of Joyce’s Ulysses.

Josh Rothman says:

In my opinion, the best audio recording of Molly’s soliloquy appears in the Naxos audiobook of the novel; it’s read perfectly by the Irish actress Marcella Riordan. As it happens, you can listen to the last few minutes of her performance on YouTube. Molly thinks about nature and God, recalls her childhood in Gibralter (she’s half Spanish), and relives the moment she accepted her husband’s proposal of marriage.

Joyce McKinney calls Pete Ashton

In honor of the impending release of Errol Morris’s Tabloid, I give you Joyce McKinney’s call to Pete Ashton.

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Update: clusterflock’s visit from Joyce.

I can’t stop playing with it

Otomata lets you set a few variables, press play, and listen to the beautiful (sometimes) sounds that come out. It’s minimalist composition for the musically challenged.

If you make a composition you like, you can save it as a link. Here are a few I made that I like.

Also, I found a way to record them through the system audio on my Mac.

(via kottke)

David Guthartz: Hello, Mr. Giuliani, we speak again.

SC reminded us in comments:

I had a powerful Republican moment watching those clips. I couldn’t help but think of Guiliani’s infamous radio rant about ferret owners….

From the transcript:

There is something really, really, very sad about you. You need help. You need somebody to help you. I know you feel insulted by that, but I’m being honest with you. This excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness.

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Remember when Phil posted a weird rap battle video, and then I said it was in response to this guy who may or may not have been inspired by the first guy’s first video about tea, which was even more awesome?

Well, some guy at a blog I’ve never heard of wrote an article about them.

You are listening to Los Angeles

Okay. My 24/7 soundtrack. Ambient music and live LAPD police radio.

(Thank you, Mr. Ledgerwood.)

Where’s Timmy?

Super Flush Toilet Can Swallow Golf Balls

During testing, the team flushes objects with a range of consistencies, including napkins, sponges, miso paste, polyballs, saw dust and corn.

And with competition from other companies, American Standard has no problem demonstrating the punch of its products, even on smart phones.

Fifty-six chicken nuggets? No problem for these crappers. Water wigglers? You bet.

The Sound of Awkward: Album Covers of Regret

For Cindy.

Yes and Starship Trooper

From the TRIPLE album Yessongs! 1973 and live.

I know I won’t win any friends, but, what the fuck!

I looked for the Prog Rock category, but, couldn’t find it!

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