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SISSYDUDE SONG OF THE DAY: “MR. BLUE” by JOHNNY CRAWFORD

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This is the B-Side of my favourite song of all time… Crawford’s “Your Nose Is Gonna Grow”. I though this tune would work perfectly with this smashing looking gent.


SISSYDUDE LOVES: SOLALA, A LATIN VOCAL GROUP from SWEDEN (via Accidental Bear)

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So Accidental Bear just posted SOLALA a few minutes ago. How can I not follow and post this as well? These three fuzz-faced fellows (in photo above L-R): Olle Bergel, Jens Lindvall & Anders Gabrielson are very talented vocalists… and they dress in that artisan/lumberjack/wilderness drag that I love so much (it’s a look that just seems to not be going away anytime soon). So check them out and see what you think.

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Facebook Page discription: Solala - a latin vocal group! We are three guys from Gothenburg, Sweden who want to revive old forgotten songs that we love. All of our videos and information about live shows will be posted here.

SOLALA’s FACEBOOK PAGE HERE
Solala’s YOU TUBE & their WEBSITE
THANKS Mike @ Accidental Bear for the heaps-up.

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They LOVE to play around with modern tunes but I’m really more impressed with what they do with the classics. Case in point, this performance of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Very pretty and complex Beach Boy style harmonies. What’s not to love?

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“Oh Holy Night”… Christmas tingles, people… (well, the first half anyhow).

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“Fuck you, very very much”… YAY!

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Classic.

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It’s All About Paul Rutherford, Bitches!

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“HIGH COIN” by HARPER’S BIZARRE

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Just obsessing about this song. I’ve always been a big Harper’s Bizarre fan but for some reason I never really knew anything about them. Today I’m learning… their brilliance all makes sense now. Van Dyke Parks & Lenny Waronker were producers & writers for all the albums.

High Coin (Van Dyke Parks)

1. I’m goin’ for high coin baby or I ain’t goin’ nowhere at all
I’m goin’ for high coin baby to keep me high and in and up and down and all
Well, if cats try enable you and tear down all the words you’re able to recall
That’s all before they fall

2. I’m in the high scenes, baby, I’m livin’ in far out and lie
I’m in the high scenes, baby, where day is night and nights are days and years gone by
While I cut towering some spools the hours strike these cats like fools and words gone by
I’m fine, it’s my time

3. It looks like high time baby to stop our lovin’ nickel dime
We’re in the high times baby where words are lost and tempest tossed in lemon lime.
When times and places effervesce in words of wonder from down under I’m no less.
I’m fine. It’s my time.

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TED TEMPLETON Q&A:

Q: I’ll bet…
TT: Oh, you know it…really amazing. Also, on the road, we used to do songs of his that we never recorded, like “Political Science”. But, Lenny’s idea of taking a group of great writers and putting them all together on an album was just terrific. Van Dyke’s song, “High Coin”, on the second album is, to me, the highlight of the whole Harpers thing…

Q: Yes, you can’t top that one…
TT: No, you can’t. It’s just amazing.

More of this great interview with member Ted Templeton HERE

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Rita Abrams’ ‘MILL VALLEY’ video directed by Francis Ford Coppola

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Rita Abrams (born August 30, 1943) is an American songwriter, performer and writer. Her song “Mill Valley”, recorded with children at the school where she was teaching, was released under the name Miss Abrams and the Strawberry Point Third Grade Class in 1970, becoming a Billboard Hot 100 hit and being nominated for a Grammy.

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FOR REAL ART POP! Beyoncé released a NEW visual album today. Here are a few samples…

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: KAREN BLACK sings “Did You Ever Wonder” on DOLLY! (December 1976)


THE VISUALS! THE SONGS! THE WIGS! THE SUPREMES perform ‘The Happening’ & DUSTY performs ‘The Son Of A Preacher Man’ (1968 VOB)


SISSYDUDE LOVES: ROBBIE WILLIAMS SWINGS BOTH WAYS (feat. rufus wainwright)

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I like when Robbie goes retro… he’s such a funny guy and he really gets that “manly camp” of the 60′s. His former longtime collaborator Guy Chambers is back thank god. They haven’t worked together for 12 years. He really brings out the best in Robbie. The new album features covers and originals.

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this is FUN!!!

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Based on the old DEAN MARTIN SHOW Christmas Specials

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Listen to the whole album after the jump…

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IF YOU’RE NOT FAMILIAR… ROTARY CONNECTION’S AMAZING 1968 Christmas Album ‘PEACE’

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Rotary Connection’s ‘Peace’ is like no other Christmas album… like a warped 5th Dimension/Free Design meets Procol Harem . Having the awesome vocals of Minnie Ripperton sailing in and out of the grand arrangements is pretty mind-blowing. Three very eclectic versions of ‘Silent Night’ and a song about Santa being stoned on mistletoe make it truly unforgettable. Check out some of the songs below. See what ya think…


‘Sient Night’ This is stellar!


‘Shopping Bag Menagerie’ Dated slightly, but… WERD!!!

More tunes after the jump…

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: “ROOTING FOR MY BABY” – MILEY “very STEVIE NICKSish” CYRUS (via Cody C)

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“BOUND”- PONDEROSA TWINS PLUS ONE & “BOUND 2″- KANYE WEST

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I know everyone is posting the Franco/Rogan parody today… but I really can’t stand it. I know it’s all in fun but I’m kinda sick of easy target/smug/ I’m better than you/ straight white frat boy humour. The parody did make me take a look & listen to Kanye’s “Bound 2″… which I quite love. Yes, the video is ridiculous… but it is totally fun to watch.

It’s like Russ Meyer meets Gone With The Wind via Tarantino with a splash of 90′s GAP ads. LOVE. Great tune/ warped production… and Kanye looks totally hot in his plaid layers. His lyrics are fun too.

“Hey, you remember where we first met?/ Okay, I don’t remember where we first met/ But hey, admitting is the first step”

Kim usually bores me but her “naked” inclusion gives it a good pop culture kick (“everyone could use a tan”). The sample in the song is “Bound” by Ponderosa Twins Plus One. The recording is from 1971. It’s such a lovely tune, never heard it before.

Thanks Kanye for such a wonderful song and introducing me to the Ponderosa Twins Plus One. Thanks James and Seth for making me take a look and listen to Kanye’s awesome “Bound 2″. And yes boys… dudes kiss all the time… and it’s not always a joke.

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for Sunday Morning… GOD’S CHORUS OF CRICKETS by JIM WILSON (via Sholem)

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“It’s a mysteriously beautiful recording from, I am told, Robbie Robertson‘s label. It’s of crickets. That’s right, crickets, the first time I heard it… I swore I was listening to the Vienna Boys Choir, or the Mormon Tabernacle choir. It has a four-part harmony it is a swaying choral panorama. Then a voice comes in on the tape and says, “What you are listening to is the sound of crickets. The only thing that has been manipulated is that they slowed down the tape.” No effects have been added of any kind except that they changed the speed of the tape. The sound is so haunting. I played it for Charlie Musselwhite and he looked at me as if I pulled a Leprechaun out of my pocket.” – TOM WAITS

Above is a long version without spoken words. Sissydude likes this one the best.
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This is the original version called “The Ballad Of Twisted Hair”. New agey spoken word… ughh… Gods Cricket Chorus was created in (1992) By Jim Wilson & David Carson.

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Over an hour long looped version.

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Tom Waits (on Jim Wilson): “Wilson, he’s always playing with time. I heard a recording recently of crickets slowed way down. It sounds like a choir, it sounds like angel music. Something sparkling, celestial with full harmony and bass parts – you wouldn’t believe it. It’s like a sweeping chorus of heaven, and it’s just slowed down, they didn’t manipulate the tape at all. So I think when Wilson slows people down, it gives you a chance to watch them moving through space. And there’s something to be said for slowing down the world.”

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HOTARIOUS: GINGER BAKER’S AIRFORCE!!! via Sonja A

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From a live Beat Club set in October 1970. Some brilliant afro drumming from THE man himself with the help of Speedy Acquaye on Congas.

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: ‘love to love you baby’/ ‘you can’t hide love’ – dionne warwick (german tv ’77) via lady bunny


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All Of The Sudden Their Sound & Style Seem REALLY COOL Again… FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS

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LILY ALLEN’S brill song ‘HARD OUT THERE’

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“The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification of women within modern pop culture. It has nothing to do with race, at all…If I was a little braver, I would have been wearing a bikini too…What I’m trying to say is that me being covered up has nothing to do with me wanting to disassociate myself from the girls, it has more to do with my own insecurities and I just wanted to feel as comfortable as possible on the shoot day.” – Lily Allen

I would have cut out the slow mo ass/twirk bits (but that’s just me)… LOVE the song though. The SLATE’s take HERE

NOISEY talks to video director Chris READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW HERE!

One concern people have levelled is that the video uses mostly black dancers, dancing in sexually explicit positions around a white singer. Obviously you’re doing that ironically, but does that make it any better?
We just chose the best dancers. Suzette who choreographed it is an amazing dancer herself, she does the Major Lazer tour and things, and we said we want twerking dancers and so we got the six best. Four of the girls are black, two of them weren’t and I felt that was a good balance in the sense that I didn’t want to comment on race, but it was just who was good.

More generally though, does making a satirical video about misogyny then make it ok to have skinny twerking girls pouring champagne in each others butts? You can still exploit women’s bodies, even for the purpose of satire. Do you get a free pass because you’re being ironic?

I think you do, because now people are talking about it. There are hundreds of girls who are in those [type of] videos and they come to the castings without getting told what they’re doing beforehand, they just have to walk in on the day and shake their arse. With this video we spoke to the girls in the casting, we talked about what we were doing and they all thought it was really funny.

I think if you’re gonna do it with pop music you’ve got to do it in a playful way, you can’t take yourself too seriously. With Lily’s songs you just want people to think a bit and say “hold on a sec.” That’s all it’s about, it’s not a campaign, its just meant to make people think.

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song of the day: ‘EVIL LOVE’ by evil

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LONELY NIGHT (ANGEL FACE) The Captain & Tennille… and The Ray Conniff Singers, Michel Legrand & Neil Sedaka!!!

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: ALICE CLARK singing “MAYBE THIS TIME” from her 1972 Self-Titled Album (via IVAN)

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“HALLOWEEN”: A ROMANTIC HALLOWEEN SONG by KIRSTY MACCOLL

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: LUCIUS – TURN IT AROUND (live) via phil v.

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Debut album Wildewoman out now in US+Canada
Vinyl+CD: http://po.st/wildewoman __ iTunes: http://po.st/wwitunes
Tour dates, mailing list and more: http://ilovelucius.com/

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Filmed and Edited by Alex Munro

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HOTARIOUS: CHER’S “YOU BETTER SIT DOWN KIDS” (with creepy mannequins) & the “I PARALYZE” (super cool 1982 flop)

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Cher with children (1981) Photo Credit: Harry Langdon_Shooting Star™

You can listen to the whole Cher I PARALYZE album AFTER THE JUMP…

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