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Paul Benedict (Jeffersons/Spinal Tap) R.I.P.

Posted by Billyjam, December 5, 2008 08:08am | Post a Comment
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As reported in the Obitiuaries section of this morning's LA Times, the actor Paul Benedict was found dead at his home on Martha's Vineyard. Benedict was best known to most as the actor who played the eccentric English neighbor Harry Bentley on the televiison sitcom The Jeffersons but he was also known for his small role in the movie This Is Spinal Tap as the "twisted old fruit" hotel desk clerk. See clip below. 

Unlike the neighbor character he played in the TV series, the actor  was not English. Benedict was 70 years of age. The cause of his death is still under investigation according to his brother, reports the LA Times.

DAITO MANABE IS LITERALLY FEELING THE MUSIC

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2008 09:21am | Post a Comment

"I'm not feeling that music," are words that you probably won't hear uttered by Japan's experimental sound artist Daito Manabe in reference to the music he composed and is literally feeling in his ongoing electric stimulus to the face project. Above is part three, posted on YouTube, in the intriguing series by the Tokyo based artist/designer/programmer who programmed and composed with support on the stimulus device from Masaki Teruoka and Katsuhiko Harada and from Taeji Sawai with some of the sound. Click here to see videos of Daito's other interactive body/music stimulus experiments, including his cool electric sensor which is similar to what some other artists, including Amsterdam based sound artist EboMan, were doing several years back.

HIP-HOP CLASSICS: EPMD, 1988 - 1992 SIX VIDEOS

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2008 07:55am | Post a Comment

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(aka Erick and Parrish Making Dollars), comprised of Erick Sermon & Parrish Smith, will forever remain one of the all time classic hip-hop acts. As proof, here are six music videos of some of the duo's best tracks from back in the day. From the years 1988 - 1992 these include the songs "Crossover," "The Big Payback," "So What Cha Sayin," "You Gots To Chill," the posse track "Head Banger" feat. Redman, K-Solo, and Das EFX,  "Strictly Business" -- culled from the duo's (always "business" themed) albums Strictly Business, Unfinished Business, and Business Never Personal.  Look for EPMD's music on vinyl and CD at Amoeba Music and next week (Dec 9th) check for their brand new album We Mean Business which will feature guest shots from Redman, Keith Murray, Method Man, KRS-One, Raekwon, Havoc, and others.


EPMD "Crossover" (1992)


EPMD "The BIg Payback" (1989)


EPMD "You Gots To Chill" (1988)

EPMD "So What Cha Sayin" (1989)


EPMD "Strictly Business" (1988)

YouTube Symphony Orchestra takes it to next level

Posted by Billyjam, December 3, 2008 09:45am | Post a Comment

 

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. But after first downloading music (by Tan Dun) and then uploading a video of you performing said piece of music. Hot on the heels of the recent big YouTube Live event out of San Francisco, the San Bruno based video sharing website continue in their bid for worldwide web domination with their next exciting project: the first-ever collaborative online orchestra that you (if you make music) can be a part of. The project is a collaborative effort by YouTube with the London Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, director of the San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, composer Tan Dun, and pianist Lang Lang (now known as "The first YouTube Symphony Orchestra Ambassador").

This unique project, which began accepting applicants two days ago and will continue for the next eight weeks, is open to all: both amatuer and professional musicians who play any instrument, of all ages and in all locations are encouraged to audition for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra by submitting a video performance of a new piece written for the occasion by the renowned Chinese composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Offered online via YouTube are tools to help learn the music, rehearse with the conductor and upload appliants part for the collaborative video.

Finalists will be chosen by a judging panel and YouTube users to travel to New York in April 2009, to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra summit, and play at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. The deadline for all video submissions is January 28, 2009. Official details here.

FIENDIN' FOR THE DIRTY SOUTH: NEW ORLEANS' FIEND

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2008 11:40am | Post a Comment

fiendReading yesterday's great Eric Brighwell Amoeblog about New Orleans rapper Lil Slim reminded me of another great and oft slept-on New Orleans rap artist -- Fiend, whom I first met back in the nineties when he initially hooked up with Master P's No Limit label, and with whom I last talked around this time last year when he released his recommended career retrospective CD on Priority Mr. Whomp Whomp: The Best of Fiend (look for it and other Fiend releases at Amoeba Music).

That best-of collection, which features collaborations from the likes of Master P, MIa X, Snoop Dogg, Mac, and Kane & Abel, ably displays Fiend's trademark gruff, growling, gravelly Nawleans rap drawl and the rapper's edgy lyrical style, coupled with his skill for creating killer hooks (often behind-the-scenes, fueling others' success including Silkk the Shocker, Snoop Dogg, and Master P for whom he heavily contributed to the runaway MTV/crossover hit "Make Em Say Uh").

Fiend initially earned his Rakim inspired name (as in "Microphone Fiend") coming up as a distinctive young hip-hop voice in both New Orleans' 3rd Ward and 17th Ward Districts.  Born Richard Jones, he grew up in what is known as the Hollygrove area, where, from his early teens onwards he spent any free time, "Making music whenever and wherever I could. I would record all over...at people's houses," he told me, citing as among his early the best of fiend mr whomp whompinfluences: Rakim, Con Funk Shun, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Big Daddy Kane, and Public Enemy. However even more profound an influence on his craft and his life was the sudden death of his younger brother Kevin, who was killed when Fiend was only sixteen years of age.

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