Category Archives: Music

“R.A.M.O.N.E.S.”

My favorite band tribute song these days, bar none. Plus, there’s nothing like a shot of Motörhead to jumpstart the day.

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Day Crab Crab Day Day Crab Crab Day

Ever wonder what a music video might look like if John Waters and David Lynch co-directed it? And what if the music they fixed in visual narrative were a brilliant 11-1/2 minute instrumental that evokes the likes of Stereolab, Tom Waits, and My Bloody Valentine? If you have any interest in seeing what the confluence of ideas and sounds swirling outta the minds and speakers of these folks and bands might look like, look no further than the title track on Cate Le Bon’s fourth album, Crab Day (April 2016). Shot in Berlin and directed by the intriguing English-born / Berlin-based artist and filmmaker, Phil Collins (no, not Sussudio!), this video is at once absurd and mesmerizing, compelling and awkward. I wish it were longer. This is 11-1/2 minutes of Dadaist joy! The rest of album is pretty great, too.

’bout as good as it gets

Maybe one of these days someone from the EMP community will post a proper retrospective of Prince — a big task, no doubt. In lieu of that, for now, here’s the original version and a much more recent live version of “When You Were Mine.” To my mind, easily one of his finest songs.

Lou Reed & the What Game

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R.I.P. Lou Highness

Over a decade ago, a small band of good-time Charlies (some might have called them ne’er-do-wells) gathered in a private residence in Bigcity USA. There wasn’t anything special that brought them together that night. Just for kicks, to shoot the breeze, and to listen to music, probably a prelude to a longer night bouncing throughout some of Bigcity’s lively neighborhoods. Whatever the case, one aspect of the evening to this day has lived on quite clearly: one of the revelers introduced the idea of playing the What Game. This proposition wasn’t new to the group, but the game wasn’t a frequent thing for them either. Everyone capitulated eventually, the game commenced, and it lasted a while. For those readers who don’t know the What Game, it’s a simple word game meant to evoke laughter and sometimes, given the right stimuli and wordsmithery, tremendously contagious silliness. Players collect two small stacks of scrap-paper. On one stack they write questions that begin with the interrogative, “What,” which they then fold up and put into a bowl.  On the other stack, players write short random answers to questions that begin with the question-word, “What.” what-hiThe answers then go into another bowl. One by one, players take turns drawing a random question from one bowl followed by a random answer from the other bowl. À la Mad Libs, the questions and answers do not typically match up in a rational way, and often the absurdity of the questions and answers elicits a good deal of laughter. Now, returning to the evening with which this post began, legend has it that the What Game players in question were well into their second or third round, when someone drew the fated question: “What’s inside Bill’s pants?”What01 Continue reading

Come together, right now

I’ve always loved the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover (and the music on the album is pretty incredible as well).  Beatles_-_Abbey_RoadJust the other day, I learned about a live webcam outside Abbey Road Studios in London that records the very same pedestrian crosswalk seen on the album cover, 24hrs a day, 7days a week. I looked it up. And I gotta say, it’s incredible! I’ve been right there at that spot — not on foot, but while on board a bus, and I recall the bus having to stop while some blokes lined up like George, Paul, Ringo, and John for a photo. After only 4mins of watching the live webcam, I saw three cars suddenly having to stop for folks lining up to pose for pictures. Honking ensued, naturally. It’s a terrific idea, really, which creatively serves as a testament to the mind-boggling genius and artistry of the Beatles. That so many people still visit this spot to recreate an image (not the music) of these four guys, so many years after they’ve stopped making music and global headlines, is really something to ponder. Here’s the webcam link:

http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing

While looking around for some images for this post, I found lots and lots that I liked. Such as this one of the Beatles sitting on a stoop. Looks like George has the others enthralled in a good story, perhaps about his latest visit to Rishikesh or a recent lesson on the sitar. But even better than this, is another photo I found of Mr. Paul Cole. He’s apparently the guy standing in the background on the original album cover next to the black police car on the right side of the road, between Ringo and John. I wonder who originally tracked him down?  Abbey-Road-Cover-Beatles-05Paul-Cole-Abbey-RoadAccording to the blog BuzzFeed Music, Mr. Cole didn’t even like the Beatles: “He thought they were just 4 ‘kooks.'”

Florida’s TCPalm online paper published the following interesting and funny piece about Mr. Cole in 2008 after he died. Continue reading