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Apr. 26th, 2017 04:11 pm
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It's long, but it's not (yet) a meme )
If you know of more I forgot, let me know...

Edited: 2017/04/26 and re-crossposted.
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On the fluffy side: If they ever let NPH not host, they're idiots.
But I wouldn't be posting if it was just that.

What I mainly came here to say was:
Holy SHIT, Glen Campbell's "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" - written after his alzheimers diagnosis - is a total gut punch of a song.

www.youtube.com/watch

If you have lost anyone to dementia/alzheimers/degenerative brain disorders... I strongly suggest sitting down 1st.

Wow.

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So [personal profile] ahf and I wandered porchfest today (http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/porchfest) - this is the 3rd, and the 2nd I've made it out for, and it's still a favorite thing that Somerville does.

This year's music that we saw:
Somerville Symphony Orkestar - http://www.ssoband.com/ - VERY STRONG recommendation. If you like Balkan and/or Honk-y and/or BiL, I totally advise seeking out these guys.

Grand Fatilla - http://www.reverbnation.com/grandfatilla - Repeat the above, though they have no brass... and a strong Italian basis.

Atwoods Bluegrass Band (Sean Staples and His Bluegrass Rangers) - many different URLs. Stumbled on them between the 1st 2 above. Solid.

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library - http://michaeljepstein.com/ - I wanted more vocal strength. The über-hipster vibe I think is just inherent in MJE's work.

The Pennies - http://www.thepenniesmusic.com/ - Enjoyable, lightly quirky on the originals we heard, solid on the covers. I'd see 'em again.

Jon Bernhardt - http://www.wobblymusic.com/spaceman/ - A man and his theramin. Woo!

The Ways and Means Committee - http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/somerville/2012/05/porchfest_the_sounds_of_somerv.html?p1=Upbox_links - Cool enough. Not what we were looking for at the time, probably would've been better had we been.

Educate the Antidote - http://www.muziclab.com/artist.php?id=136 - Their description of themselves as "The Antidote=Dave Matthews meets Black Eyed Peas" is pretty spot on.

The New Babushkas - http://www.voortrek.com/thenewbabushkas/ - 2 accordions, fiddle, and cello today. Lovely stuff.

Dust Clouds of Mars - https://www.facebook.com/DustCloudsofMars - Would be right at home opening for Man Or AstroMan? and that's a good thing, imho.

Truckdrivin' Neighbors Downstairs - http://www.truckdrivingneighborsdownstairs.com - Solid.

The Rhythm Sons - http://www.facebook.com/TheRhythmSons - they should avoid harmony vocals, but as solo singers they were a fine group.

And finally, sadly the Somerville Ukulele Club (SUC) - no web presence - were drowned off their porch by their much louder neighbors.

All in all, a good day and I eagerly await next year!
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I _need_ the lyrics to the song by Clam Chowder. Does anyone have them around, or have it memorized well enough to transcribe them?

I'll buy the CD eventually (would that it were on CD Baby) or hook up the turntable... but I'd like to have the lyrics sooner than later.

Anyone?

Thanks!
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(Is there a way to get DW to link to LJ users instead of changing <lj user=...> tags in to (effectively) dw user=?)

I have a pile of partial thoughts here that I've been trying to put together since Saturday.
Failing to have had them coalesce, I'll just try to get some of them down here now, and let you - my far more coherent readers - figure out what I'm trying to say. :)

So, Mom and I went to see Arlo Guthrie's annual thanksgiving concert at Carnegie Hall, this year featuring Pete Seeger - currently 93 and in somewhat better voice than he's been the last couple of times I've heard him.

The thing that struck me, sitting in a _full_ Carnegie Hall, where we're all singing, having been told by Pete to sing - and as we all know, when Pete says sing, you sing - is that there wasn't a lick of irony in the singing of Good Night Irene, Walk That Lonesome Valley, Turn Turn Turn (with verses for kids that Pete wrote ~50 years ago and only recently rediscovered), This Land Is My Land, and so on. That as much as a huge current in the current culture says that you can't enjoy that sort of song genuinely any more, that's just not true in a room with Pete Seeger ...And I'm tearing up writing about Pete as I can't help but think of how much poorer the world will be when he passes. He seemed certain he wasn't going to make his centenary when it was joked about on stage (as much of what Arlo was performing was Woodie's songs as part of HIS centenary) but the world is SO MUCH a better place for his being in it, and I can only hope that we can maintain what he's done after he's gone.

And for me, a huge part of that is the ability to sing songs like that, genuinely and with feeling...

(And Arlo and Family are /consummate/ professionals, as Jackie (Arlo's wife, half the band's mom, the 4 featured singers' grandma) died of (Fuck...) cancer in mid-October...)
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(I've never tried to do lj user tags here and I don't expect it to work, but that's the whole point of this post so here goes...)

So just how many people that I know who DON'T live in NYC are here (or near) this weekend??
[personal profile] 42itous
[personal profile] aliothsan
[personal profile] skreeky and Jon
[profile] bbbsg

And who else?
And why didn't we arrange carpools?

JB (and his mother), having been at the SAME CONCERT as 2 of the listed people, and not having their phone numbers, so not able to make contact and hopping on a probably-REALLY-FULL chinatown bus tomorrow at noon.
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It seems these days some of my best working-music is in the Space Rock genre, or at least at the edges of it: Quarkspace (when they're not singing), Øresund Space Collective, Radio Massacre International, Gong (who I know well enough to not have to spend brain cycles to parse that there's singing), Steve Hillage's 70s and 80s work (Ditto), Airsculpture, Ozric Tentacles, and ... well, who else? On average I'd prefer new stuff to be instrumental.
Tell me who I should have that I don't?
(I have Matt Howarth, at MilPhil, to thank for Quarkspace, Airsculpture, and RMI...)

Thanks!
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At
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/9de6ac9f-2959-4654-9608-9df279e2be19/933e659fdbbbdd3b239446c89a5b6ab4
there's a large picture of a section of a painting from 1870 that hangs in the Hamburg Kunsthalle. SFW.

Has anyone else ever seen such a way of holding a twinned fipple flute??
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I've recently come across 2 different references to said institution in 2 different bits of British comedy of 2 different (modern-ish) eras.
I'm trying to figure out what it is and the appropriate zeitgeist for the humor. (Ok, humour.) Is it just that it's old and well known?

1) David Nobbs, The Legacy Of Reginald Perrin, 1995.
"Now that he was no longer a threat to their inheritance, they all vied with one another to offer him their seats.
'Oh, no, thank you,' he said. 'I can't stand sitting when I'm waiting. I get tense. Coincidentally, I am also here in connection with a will. I'm making my will. It's rather amusing really. I'm leaving all my money to the Battersea Dogs' Home.'
The amusement at this intention was entirely confined to the newcomer.
'I just wish I could live to see the horror on the faces of my grasping relatives when they find out.'
He laughed heartily, and he laughed alone."

2) Flanders and Swann, introduction to "Paris" on The Bestiary (and Extiary) of Flanders and Swann, 1964/1994 (expanded CD release) (http://www.answers.com/topic/flanders-swann-the-bestiary)
"I live in London, in Kensington, actually. Swann lives in Battersea. He calls it South Chelsea, but it's Battersea. I have friends who've been there. It's very nice I believe. Has its own power station and dogs' home and everything. Very convenient if you want power or dogs or anything."

= = = = =
"The Legacy" also includes a reference to Fiddlers' Dram's hit, Day Trip To Bangor, which tickled my drooling-Oysterband-fanboy fancy.
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In mid late October last year, I was in England, watching TV in my hotel room one night, and there was a documentary (on an Asian-focused cable or satellite channel, I believe) about a Japanese train scheduler and the challenges of his work... how a 5 second change could change the flow in and out of a station changing the efficiency of the loading and how long it took for the train to be filled and leave, and other such things.

I'd love to find this documentary and the guy's name. Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance!
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So, we're planning on another BaitContra, as is by now traditional.

To the best of my knowledge, and due to my very limited recruiting so far, I think I know about 2 fiddles and 2 woodwinds players. There might well be a bass coming, but he hasn't actually RSVPd yet.

If you play music - esp. guitar, bass, keys (if you can bring your own), or really, whatever, and are willing to play for the Contra on Saturday night, let me know?

Also, we may or may not have a caller. This might be interesting. I've done a fair amount of calling-from-the-line to try to fix what's broken, but I've never done it in a full, proper, 'official' sort of way.
I'll try, if it comes to it. If you're interested in trying, too, let me know... or if you have experience doing so, and want to do more...
jbsegal: (Default)
So, we're planning on another BaitContra, as is by now traditional.

To the best of my knowledge, and due to my very limited recruiting so far, I think I know about 2 fiddles and 2 woodwinds players. There might well be a bass coming, but he hasn't actually RSVPd yet.

If you play music - esp. guitar, bass, keys (if you can bring your own), or really, whatever, and are willing to play for the Contra on Saturday night, let me know?

Also, we may or may not have a caller. This might be interesting. I've done a fair amount of calling-from-the-line to try to fix what's broken, but I've never done it in a full, proper, 'official' sort of way.
I'll try, if it comes to it. If you're interested in trying, too, let me know... or if you have experience doing so, and want to do more...
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Julia Nunes' music an performance style really really invokes a lot of memories of [livejournal.com profile] merde's..

This is a good thing. :)

There are a few echoes of Jim Infantino, too.

( http://www.julianunes.com/ or YouTube:jaaaaaaa (which my iPhone has somehow learned to spell already.))

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Julia Nunes' music an performance style really really invokes a lot of memories of [livejournal.com profile] merde's..

This is a good thing. :)

There are a few echoes of Jim Infantino, too.

( http://www.julianunes.com/ or YouTube:jaaaaaaa (which my iPhone has somehow learned to spell already.))

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance
Maria Bartiromo

- - - -
There have to be more songs about newscasters out there... I'm still debating if "What's The Frequency, Kenneth" counts.

Any suggestions?
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Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance
Maria Bartiromo

- - - -
There have to be more songs about newscasters out there... I'm still debating if "What's The Frequency, Kenneth" counts.

Any suggestions?
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[Poll #1546705]

The last entry was Artist: Track - Album and that felt weird.

This is Ar: Al - Tr - though it's too long to fit, so I've taken out all the extra spaces and still can't fit it all.
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[Poll #1546705]

The last entry was Artist: Track - Album and that felt weird.

This is Ar: Al - Tr - though it's too long to fit, so I've taken out all the extra spaces and still can't fit it all.
jbsegal: (Southpark)
The Residents
Nash The Slash
...
Who else?
(and yes, I know that Nash is almost certainly Jeff Plewman, and I know about all the "The Residents are Hardy Fox and Homer Flynn" stuff, but really, I'm in search of "Musicians who can play a gig, and then hang out at the bar after and NOT be recognized".)
jbsegal: (Southpark)
The Residents
Nash The Slash
...
Who else?
(and yes, I know that Nash is almost certainly Jeff Plewman, and I know about all the "The Residents are Hardy Fox and Homer Flynn" stuff, but really, I'm in search of "Musicians who can play a gig, and then hang out at the bar after and NOT be recognized".)
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Sadly, the audio-only recordings I made of the Oysterband concerts didn't come out well (The Nokia E71 has a good voice recorder app, but it's not that good.), but I have some (relatively) good videos of The Destroyers in Bristol, and a really pretty nice recording of the Oysters' _Put_Out_The_Lights_ in London.

Everything's up on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/baitcommajail

Enjoy!
More about the trip later.
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Sadly, the audio-only recordings I made of the Oysterband concerts didn't come out well (The Nokia E71 has a good voice recorder app, but it's not that good.), but I have some (relatively) good videos of The Destroyers in Bristol, and a really pretty nice recording of the Oysters' _Put_Out_The_Lights_ in London.

Everything's up on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/baitcommajail

Enjoy!
More about the trip later.
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Looking at the instrumentation (I couldn't SEE the sound check), I did pick right.

2 fiddles, 2guitar, bass, 2 trumpet, trombone, hurdy gurdy, tuba. Drums, banjo, accordian, piccalo, flute, oud(!), dadouk(!!) and a Svengali-like lead vocalist. 3 Mustaphas 3 meets Lo'Jo with a hint of Gong and a pinch of The Residents. Win!

Gig's over now! Omfg. WIN!!

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(ETA: To make everyone's lives easier in finding the band: The Destroyers!
jbsegal: (Default)

Looking at the instrumentation (I couldn't SEE the sound check), I did pick right.

2 fiddles, 2guitar, bass, 2 trumpet, trombone, hurdy gurdy, tuba. Drums, banjo, accordian, piccalo, flute, oud(!), dadouk(!!) and a Svengali-like lead vocalist. 3 Mustaphas 3 meets Lo'Jo with a hint of Gong and a pinch of The Residents. Win!

Gig's over now! Omfg. WIN!!

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(ETA: To make everyone's lives easier in finding the band: The Destroyers!
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So, a couple of months ago (late Mar., it seems), I was poking around the net, looking for various music of my childhood - The Rousers, Dizzy And The Romilars, Nastyfacts, Hi-Sherrifs Of Blue - the various artists who were on Jimboco Records for its short and not-well-known lifetime around 79-8(3?)ish. (I _think_ someone in my middle/high-school might've been related to Ramona Lee Jan of Dizzy... or just had a taste for obscure pop/etc. in the 7th-10th grade.)

So there was one more band on Jimboco - one that actually became vaguely well known: The Nails. You know... 88 Lines About 44 Women...
Back when I was buying ALMOST all of Jimboco's catalog - which was 5 singles and 3? eps, I think - I bought only 4 of the singles for some reason and now can't remember the name of the last band - I bought The Nails' single and EP.

The Nails were seemingly founded by a guy named Marc Campbell - (www.marccampbell.com), and included among others brothers Dave and George Kaufman.

So, during that night of surfing, I found that googling "Ramona Jan" will end you up at Nastyfacts myspace page and from there it's not too far over to http://www.gmkmg.com/ - George Kaufman's site.

It was there that I discovered that their 2 major label albums, "Mood Swing" and "Dangerous Dreams" had been finally released on CD (I ordered them from CDBaby that night), and that I found that George had a whole pile of random Nails (and others) tunes available for download, as well as having done various interesting things over the years, which he'd documented online. I pulled a pile of stuff that night which I've been enjoying since.

Tonight the "Seven Points Gang" tunes started playing, and as I'd just gotten them not that long ago and I didn't remember from where, I googled my way back over to http://www.gmkmg.com/ and found on the front page:
-----
To all the friends and visitors of George's website:

We are deeply saddened to announce the untimely passing of

George on 3/8/09.
-----
Damn. I didn't know him, but I've been listening to his music for 25+ years, and am saddened by his passing - just as I'd found him again, pretty much.

Timing. The essence of... something.

(Hm. I thought I knew the timeline here, but it may be that, due to the links described in the 1st paragraph, I was looking at the stuff in the 2nd paragraph a couple of months before the stuff in the 1st, so there's not actually any linkage there. I don't know. Ah well.)
= = = = =
To tie this to the post I made back when I was 1st re-finding all of this (See: this)
(Nastyfacts, Nails, Rousers songs are all easily available. I haven't gone looking for the Hi-Sherrifs yet. Dizzy isn't. I'll be ripping the single (and the flexi-single cover of Bowie's TVC-15) and maybe the EP tonight.)
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So, a couple of months ago (late Mar., it seems), I was poking around the net, looking for various music of my childhood - The Rousers, Dizzy And The Romilars, Nastyfacts, Hi-Sherrifs Of Blue - the various artists who were on Jimboco Records for its short and not-well-known lifetime around 79-8(3?)ish. (I _think_ someone in my middle/high-school might've been related to Ramona Lee Jan of Dizzy... or just had a taste for obscure pop/etc. in the 7th-10th grade.)

So there was one more band on Jimboco - one that actually became vaguely well known: The Nails. You know... 88 Lines About 44 Women...
Back when I was buying ALMOST all of Jimboco's catalog - which was 5 singles and 3? eps, I think - I bought only 4 of the singles for some reason and now can't remember the name of the last band - I bought The Nails' single and EP.

The Nails were seemingly founded by a guy named Marc Campbell - (www.marccampbell.com), and included among others brothers Dave and George Kaufman.

So, during that night of surfing, I found that googling "Ramona Jan" will end you up at Nastyfacts myspace page and from there it's not too far over to http://www.gmkmg.com/ - George Kaufman's site.

It was there that I discovered that their 2 major label albums, "Mood Swing" and "Dangerous Dreams" had been finally released on CD (I ordered them from CDBaby that night), and that I found that George had a whole pile of random Nails (and others) tunes available for download, as well as having done various interesting things over the years, which he'd documented online. I pulled a pile of stuff that night which I've been enjoying since.

Tonight the "Seven Points Gang" tunes started playing, and as I'd just gotten them not that long ago and I didn't remember from where, I googled my way back over to http://www.gmkmg.com/ and found on the front page:
-----
To all the friends and visitors of George's website:

We are deeply saddened to announce the untimely passing of

George on 3/8/09.
-----
Damn. I didn't know him, but I've been listening to his music for 25+ years, and am saddened by his passing - just as I'd found him again, pretty much.

Timing. The essence of... something.

(Hm. I thought I knew the timeline here, but it may be that, due to the links described in the 1st paragraph, I was looking at the stuff in the 2nd paragraph a couple of months before the stuff in the 1st, so there's not actually any linkage there. I don't know. Ah well.)
= = = = =
To tie this to the post I made back when I was 1st re-finding all of this (See: this)
(Nastyfacts, Nails, Rousers songs are all easily available. I haven't gone looking for the Hi-Sherrifs yet. Dizzy isn't. I'll be ripping the single (and the flexi-single cover of Bowie's TVC-15) and maybe the EP tonight.)
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http://www.locatetv.com/tv/wife-swap-usa/season-2/2007258

(http://www.google.com/search?q=dizzy+and+the+romilars - the lead singer was on this episode, it seems.)
(I have their single and EP, and a 12" single she did as "Nursery School"... I found http://www.myspace.com/nastyfacts (which lead me to "KB TuffNStuff, drag king of the blues", and also to the handy tool http://file2hd.com/ ) and http://www.therousers.com/ as part of all this digging around, but I've not found this episode...

I have this vague notion I might've come across it once via tivo, but I really want to see it with full awareness of who I'm watching.

(Edited 4/11: It's airing within the next 2 weeks. Tivo's getting it for me.)
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http://www.locatetv.com/tv/wife-swap-usa/season-2/2007258

(http://www.google.com/search?q=dizzy+and+the+romilars - the lead singer was on this episode, it seems.)
(I have their single and EP, and a 12" single she did as "Nursery School"... I found http://www.myspace.com/nastyfacts (which lead me to "KB TuffNStuff, drag king of the blues", and also to the handy tool http://file2hd.com/ ) and http://www.therousers.com/ as part of all this digging around, but I've not found this episode...

I have this vague notion I might've come across it once via tivo, but I really want to see it with full awareness of who I'm watching.

(Edited 4/11: It's airing within the next 2 weeks. Tivo's getting it for me.)

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