Posts tagged with ‘music’

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s death was both completely unexpected and weirdly unsurprising. I know he was only 50, but his life had been such a train wreck for such a long time that it was hard to conceive of him somehow carrying on for another 30 or 40 years. I’m grateful for the music. But it can […]



YouTube – weewoo the talking starling more talking starling. ( tags: starling video ) YouTube – François Macré – Thriller (reprise a’cappella 64 pistes) cool video via Metafilter. ‘Here is a remake of the “Thriller” song that I’ve entirely recorded with my own voice, using 64 A’cappella tracks. There is therefore no instrument, synthetizer, beatbox, […]

Sir Lattimore Brown

If you haven’t been following the superb series of posts about the soul singer Lattimore Brown at music blog the B side, now would be a good chance to catch up. It starts with the chance discovery that Brown is not as dead as had been thought, and takes a road trip with him while telling the story of […]


glisten: The Work of the Father… 'One singer referred him to another. He'd meet with these men and women and discuss lives and careers some forty years past and mostly forgotten; they appreciated his respect and inquisitiveness. Conversations would lead to questions that would lead to new singers and new conversations. My father filled hundreds […]


How General Franco cheated Cliff Richard out of Eurovision title – Telegraph A story combining Cliff Richard, Eurovision and General Franco: irresistible! ( tags: 1960s CliffRichard Fascism music )

Napowrimo #17: Music hath charms

Music soothes the savage beast — or so the Romans said, at least — but you still need to identify what kind of beast you’re threatened by. Gators loathe Puccini but are calmed by Johann Strauss; crocodiles hate everything that isn’t acid house. » Actually, the main source of that quote in English seems to […]


via Dilated Choonz

Fela Kuti

Fela performing in 1971.

New iTunes icon for Leopard: Aphex Twin

I made a super-large iTunes icon for Leopard’s coverflow mode, based on Aphex Twin’s album Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

James Brown and Pavarotti

via Coudal. I can’t decide if this is brilliant or just peculiar. Is Pavarotti just singing the normal lyrics in Italian, or something else? This one, on the other hand, is definitely just peculiar.

New stuff coming soon

I’m being an absolute dynamo of behind the scenes activity, wrestling with HTML, php and CSS for your reading pleasure. Sort of. Anyway, in the absence of any other new posts, have a video of Seu Jorge: If you haven’t seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, you should. It’s a very good film.

Pop Princess

I caught a bit of the build-up for the Concert for Diana earlier and it was a weird experience, seeing them try to present Diana’s taste for anodyne mainstream 80s pop music (Elton John, Queen, Duran Duran, Wham, ABBA, Chris de Burgh) as though it was a revealing personality trait. I’m not knocking her taste […]

Train songs

Larry has posted a whole compilation of train-themed soul music over at Funky16Corners, which seemed like as good a reason as any to post this video: Trains are a big presence in American music, of course: blues, jazz, rock and roll all have their great train songs. I don’t think they’ve ever had quite the […]

that George Szirtes music thing

George Szirtes has invited examples of “those occasions when I had only to hear a bar of music to know that something had radically changed.” This will do, for me: I’m cheating, really, though, because it’s not just that piece of music, though I think it holds up pretty well and it does have a […]

smoke-filled rooms

I do think it’s funny that the British, so temperamentally disinclined towards conspiracy theories that they even assume that referees are incompetent rather than corrupt, seem ready to believe in a shadowy international conspiracy to fix the result of the Eurovision Song Contest. EDIT: and after posting that I read that Richard Younger-Ross, the Lib […]

because it amuses me

The Cassette Generator, via things magazine, which/who I was surprised to realise I hadn’t already added to my blogroll.

New section: Music & Books

If you’re very observant, you may noticed a new link in the sidebar: Music and Books. I’ve been gradually tweaking it to my satisfaction, and you can now not only see a list of the ten most recent songs I’ve listened to and the ten most recent books I’ve read, but click through to see […]

War—hunh—Good God, y’all

We’ll soon know whether the ‘Ugly Rumours‘ version of War has made it into the UK charts. I’d be more sympathetic to the project if it wasn’t so closely linked with the all-conquering ego of greasy, self-serving media strumpet George Galloway. Anyway, here’s Edwin Starr: EDIT: the new version went in at #21, which isn’t […], again

I’ve joined, again, under a different name. The intention, again, is to post a ‘recently listened music’ widget somewhere on the site, but I’m still thinking about how best to rearrange various things. In the meantime, I was slightly startled by this. The ten most listened to artists for this week are: Red Hot […]

YouTube Madness

Otis Redding: Matt Le Tissier*: Baile Funk: *via More Than Mind Games

Bessie Smith

I promise not to spend too much time posting stuff from YouTube, but I thought this was amazing:

Mr James Brown

And if you want more James Brown goodness, check out James Brown Olympia 1966.