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Le1f on Letterman!

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torontocentric: PEOPLE CITY!!!

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This is the original People City video, used for station sign-on and sign-off in the 1970s and 1980s at Citytv, Toronto. Tommy Ambrose and Gary Gray were commissioned to co-write and produce the song for the station. There were two versions – the vocal one, used at sign-on, and the instrumental version, used at sign-off. via

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“dirty boots” by holopaw (via vice)


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sissydude loves: “on a path” – owen pallett (btw… he might be wearing Kenzo tonight)

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T-MAG: “But for the video for the song “On a Path,” which premieres above, Pallett turned to one of his longest-running creative partners, the artist Steve Kedo. The pair have worked together since they were college roommates. For this particular video, Kedo stayed at Pallett’s house for an entire week while photographing every object in it. “It’s very much conceptually about taking stock of our possessions, and the implied validation of life from the things we surround ourselves with,” Pallett explained. “And it will also help with insurance claims in case my possessions ever got destroyed in a fire!”

OWEN PALLETT T mag interview HERE

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Owen Pallett – On A Path (Lyric Video)
Directed By Steve Kado

Pre-order In Conflict at:
Domino (ROW) / Secret City (Canada) – http://smarturl.it/opinconflict
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/opinconflictitunes

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VERY COOL: MILEY’S COUNTRYish COVER of OUTKAST’S “HEY YA” (via gawker)

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Valentine’s Day can KILL! Here’s Matt Alber’s “End Of The World” cus it’s sweet & romantic… be optimistic, people!


I melt… AL GREEN is TIRED OF BEING ALONE (and other delights)

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He really was the HOTTEST thing!

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AB SOTO is, like… CRUNCHY

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Video by: Mikhail Torich: http://torich.net
Prod. Assistant/ Photographer: Lev Chesnov
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/fag…
Bandcamp: http://absoto.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/absotomusic

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AB SOTO is “DOIN’ IT”… with MR. CERNE too!

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EPIC INSPIRATION: BOWIE/ KOMI/ ARIAS Three Songs SNL 1979

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DAVID BOWIE (With Klaus Nomi & Joey Arias) – 3 Songs, Late On A Saturday Night In 1979 from Videodrome Discothèque on Vimeo.

TWITTER: twitter.com/#!/VideodromeDisco
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/videodrome
VIMEO: vimeo.com/user18627738

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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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remember ELECTRONIC?

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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.
Illustrations via Bibliodyssey

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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