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…
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.
“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.
Over an hour long looped version.
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.”
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.
“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.
Filmed and Edited by Alex Munro
A song originally done by The Smiths … this version features Sandy Shaw (vocals), Johnny Marr (guitar) and Morrissey (backing vocals).
LIVE Glastonbury 1984
photo from an old feature in CREEM via Alan Cross
Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem have teamed up to release the gay porn soundtrack work of San Francisco-based musician and producer, Patrick Cowley. Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the cannon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music coined “The San Francisco Sound.”
Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. He studied at the City College of San Francisco where he founded the Electronic Music Lab. During this time Patrick would create radio jingles and electronic pieces using the school’s equipment, first a Putney, then an E-MU System and finally a Serge synthesizer. He would make experimental instrumental songs by blending various types of music and adapting them to the synthesizer.
By the mid-70′s, Patrick’s synthesizer skills landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco superstar Sylvester such as “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, “Dance Disco Heat” and “Stars.” This helped Patrick obtain more work as a remixer and producer. Of particular note was his 18-minute long remix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” and production work with edgy New Wave band Indoor Life.
By 1981 Patrick released a string of dance 12″ singles, like “Menergy” and “Megatron Man”, creating the soundtrack for a generation. Also that year, he founded Megatone Records and released his debut album. Around this time Patrick was hospitalized and diagnosed with a then-unknown illness: that would later be called AIDS. Prior to his passing on November 12, 1982, he recorded two more Hi-NRG hits, “Do You Wanna Funk” for Sylvester and “Right On Target” for Paul Parker.
In 1981 Patrick was contacted by John Coletti, owner of famed gay porn company Fox Studio in Los Angeles. John had heard about Patrick’s music from the legendary Sylvester and proposed he write music for his films. Patrick jumped on this offer and sent reels of his college compositions from the 70s to John in LA. Coletti then used a variable speed oscillator to adjust the pitch and speed of Patrick’s songs in-sync with the film scene. “School Daze” is a collection of Cowley’s instrumental songs recorded between 1973 and 1981 found in the Fox Studio vaults.
Influenced by Tomita, Wendy Carlos and Giorgio Moroder, Patrick forged an electronic sound from his collection of synthesizers, modified guitars and self-constructed equipment. The listener enters a world of dark forbidden vices, introspective and reflective of Patrick’s time spent in the bathhouses of San Francisco. The songs on “School Daze” range from sparse proto-techno to high octane funk to somber post-punk to musique concrete, revealing the depth of Cowley’s unique talent.
Featuring over 80 minutes of music, this compilation contains soundtrack music from two Fox Studio films, “Muscle Up” and “School Daze”, never before released on vinyl. The tapes were restored and transferred using the same speed and pitch settings, then remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a glossy dual pocket gatefold featuring classic gay porn imagery from the Fox Studio vaults plus an essay from Indoor Life vocalist, Jorge Soccarras. For Patrick’s 63rd birthday, Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem present a glimpse into the instrumental world of a young genius. These recordings shine a new light on the experimental side of a disco legend who was taken too soon. All proceeds from “School Daze” will be donated to Project Open Hand and the AIDS Housing Alliance.
Patrick was fun. He was funny and never too serious. At the time he was very into his Masculine Music trip. We often talked of doing these great gay records about hanging around in deep dark places doing these nasty and wonderful things.
SISSYDUDE LOVES: Meet Evripidis and His Tragedies. The most handsome gay Greek crooner via Barcelona to ever land in NYC. (via Miguel F)
Evripidis and his Tragedies will play two acoustic shows at Metropolitan Bar (NYC), on the 15th & 21st of October and there will be other concerts and DJ sets through early November.
This is how he describes his concerts: ”Why not spend an early evening enjoying drink specials and listening to piano-driven songs filled with emotional angst, sexual tension, dark humor, sweet and sour memories, stray dogs, dreamboats, lazy summers, scary nights and natural disasters at your favorite Brooklyn hangout? Evripidis and his Tragedies, Athens-born and Barcelona-based, will be there for you, with his heart on his sleeve and his tongue in cheek.”
B&W polaroids by Benjamin Fredrickson.
October 15: Metropolitan (NYC, USA)
October 19: Rock Bar (New York, USA)
October 24: Pianos (New York, USA)
October 28: Metropolitan (NYC, USA)
November 4: The Gershwin Hotel (New York, USA)
DJ SET November 1: Nowhere Bar (NYC, USA)
more videos after the jump…