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Friday, Feb 27, 2009

These are all the video’s I can find for Sia’s surprise Billboard charting 2008 impulse item Some People Have Real Problems. There’s just something about this bizarre Australian that melts my jaded, critical heart. The best of her vids is her most recent, “Soon We’ll Be Found”. It’s undeniably beautiful, even if the music doesn’t do it for you. I often think she’s crazy, then I wonder why her music sounds so normal. She’s like a Bjork that doesn’t drag reporters down airport walkways and mentally explode on film sets. All that’s left is a nice voice, an endearing, impish personality, and a big effort. I can’t help rooting for her. She had me since Zero 7’s “Destiny”.


Sia - “Soon We’ll Be Found”


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Friday, Feb 27, 2009

Not being from Chicago, the Chic-a-go-go show is somewhat bewildering to me. It seems too good to be true that there’s a Public Access show where ? and the Mysterians, the Specials, and Nobunny would all play. This Nobunny clip from the end of 2005 is especially excellent—possibly because of the carrot as microphone or the gentle and awkward dancing/bobbing of the teens, adults and children. Also, the song is excellent. I’m posting this because I won’t be able to see Nobunny on his latest tour, so to make up for it I watch this YouTube clip over and over.



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Friday, Feb 27, 2009

The rumored reunion of one of the previous decades biggest acts, Faith No More, looks to be true. Blogs all over the net are reporting, and the band has confirmed, that a late summer European tour is in the works, after the band’s ten year hiatus.


Rumors of a possible set at this years Coachella Festival have been floating around on the message boards.  Singer Mike Patton is scheduled to perform with the Roots Rahzel currently.


The band posted a statement on it’s website explaining the decision: “What’s changed is that this year, for the first time, we’ve all decided to sit down together and talk about it. And what we’ve discovered is that time has afforded us enough distance to look back on our years together through a clearer lens and made us realize that through all the hard work, the music still sounds good, and we are beginning to appreciate the fact that we might have actually done something right.”


More to follow as this story develops…



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Thursday, Feb 26, 2009

There are very few taboos in the work of American composer Dave Soldier. In the mid-1980s, he founded and played violin in the punk chamber group the Soldier String Quartet, an outfit that attempted to bring together the raw, amplified energy of rock with the polyphonies of Haydn and Beethoven. 


Soldier has collaborated everyone from Russian conceptual artists, Komar & Melamid to Kurt Vonnegut to Mo Tucker on classical compositions, operas, chamber music, blues rock and amplified Andalusian folk, but he is, perhaps, most notorious for his work with children and animals. The Thai Elephant Orchestra, for example, was just what it sounded like, a herd of elephant playing enormous musical instruments, and he has also composed for zebra finches and pygmy chimpanzees. In the early ‘00s, he founded Da Hiphop Raskalz, a group in which five-ten-year-olds in East Harlem wrote and played their own music. Lately, he has travelled to Guatemala to create music with Mayan Indian children at the Seeds of Knowledge School in San Mateo Ixtatan. The children use giant marimbas, built especially for them, and it sounds pretty damned good. 


Dave Soldier
“Casamiento de los Apaches” [MP3]
     



And just for fun, here’s a video of those elephants in the Thai Elephant Orchestra



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Thursday, Feb 26, 2009

Czech Romani hip-hop group Gipsy.cz is representing the Czech Republic at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Moscow. Last year’s Reprezent is a superb booty-shaking melange of hip-hop beats and Gypsy instrumentation and melodies. Here is the group performing “Benga Beating” from Reprezent at Eurosong 2008.


And here’s an older treat, “Romano Hip Hop”...



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