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Steampunk x Supernatural x Ballroom Blitz = New Collab Project from EDM artist Savant & Video Producer Mike Diva

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2015 12:27am | Post a Comment




Hot on the heels of his just released latest/twelfth album Zion, busy Norwegian electronic dance music producer/instrumentalist Aleksander Vinter aka Savant has now unleashed another stellar project - this one a collaboration with the award-winning music video director Mike Diva (Kill The Noise & The M Machine) who took Savant's 2013 track 'Kali 47' to make it the driving soundtrack for   a music video that takes the genre to the next level an intense short movie that incorporates many cinematic styles. In fact it is really a homage to such styles as Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns and the work of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. There's horror, action, fantasy, shoot-outs, steampunks, and zombie type creatures delivered via using intense zooms and rapid camera movements. Just like a movie but only a few minutes in length, yet enough to pack in a lot of action and set changes etc. The video acts as the perfect visual counterpart to Savant's driving music which, he says, is inspired by literature, history, fantasy, and cinema. The piece reportedly took a couple of years to make since so much went into its production. For example the saloon had to be built completely from scratch just for this shoot. You can see the short film/music video in its entirety (all three minutes of it) above.

Rest In Peace Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band

Posted by Billyjam, January 21, 2015 11:26am | Post a Comment

Yesterday, Jan 20th 2015, the music world lost Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias who was one of greatest ambassadors of New Orleans style Mardi Gras Indian funk. He was 71 years of age. No exact cause of death has been announced but Dollis had been in poor health for past several years. Born Theodore Emile "Bo" Dollis in 1944, Dollis was the longtime Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians who as a young teen growing up in New Orleans joined the Golden Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, then after joining the Wild Magnolias as flag boy. But by the time he was 20 he had already risen in the ranks to that of Big Chief status. As such he was part of a whole new generation of Mardi Gras Indians to promote the culture in a positive light, focusing on the costumes (see above image of Dollis in full costume) more and and to turn away from violence, something strongly associated with and prevalent in previous decades. As such Dollis was pioneering in bringing the culture and sound of the Mardi Gras Indian culture to national awareness and acclaim. He was a trailblazer of the culture by recording the first commercial album of Mardi Gras Indian music  in 1970 best known by the single "Handa Wanda" that was a traditionally-rooted new Indian song written by Dollis (audio only video below). He was also a pioneer at that same year when along with Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians and and a young Quint Davis he performed at the original New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Fast forward four years and he would recording the acclaimed landmark album The Wild Magnolias that married funk sounds with Indian chants and hence  made it more palatable to more American ears. That album also featured Snooks Eaglin, Willie Tee, Uganda Roberts, Earl Turbinton, and Bo's wife Laurita Dollis. Four years ago he was honored with the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship.

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Top Five State of the Union Songs

Posted by Billyjam, January 20, 2015 02:52pm | Post a Comment
At 9pm Eastern time and 6pm Pacific time today (Jan 20th, 2015) President Barack Obama is scheduled to give his State of the Union (SOTU) speech that can be viewed on various TV stations as well as via the White House website stream. His sixth SOTU address and his first State of the Union address since Republicans took control of Congress,  this evening's address is likely to touch on such topics as the rebounding economy, increased taxing of the wealthy, the latest developments with Cuba, and the recent subject of the push to make community colleges free for students - as well as references to the many specially invited citizen guests in the house.

For more SOTU info visit the White House SOTU website page or check out the video below of the interview Obama on what to expect tonight - "Behind The Scenes: Sit Down with President Obama" that was uploaded yesterday. But ahead of that video are the Top Five "State of the Union" video song list with lyric excerpts from each song to get take on where they're coming from that range from punk to classic rock to folk and dub.



Rise Against "State of the Union (Live)"


#1: Rise Against's "State of the Union" song, which was the opening track off the Chicago hardcore punk outfit's 2004 album Siren Song of the Counter Culture, was - as the intro to the live performance above indicates - a vehemently anti George W Bush and his war song; a fact further proven by such no holds barred song lyrics as: "Reads war torn country still a mess The words, power, death, and distorted truth Are read between the lines of the red, white, and blue Countdown to the very end Equality, an invitation that we wont extend Ready aim, pull the trigger now Its time you firmly secure your place in hell"

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MLK Jr Day Movie List

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2015 10:30am | Post a Comment

A good thing to do any day, but particularly appropriate MLK Jr. Day, is to view some Martin Luther King, Jr. and cicil rights related films and documentaries. There are many to recommend, beginning with Selma, which is the Ava DuVernay-directed dramatization of the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama voting rights marches of 1965 that were led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Starring in an incredibly accurate performance of King, British actor David Oyelowo (pictured above) was famously snubbed by the Oscars in their recent 2015 nominations. Selma can be viewed in movie theaters today at no cost for students all over the Bay Area as well in other cities such as New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Nashville. The free screenings, which have actually been taking place over the weekend at theaters including 11 in the Bay Area, are thanks to a fundraising drive by a nationwide movement called “Selma for Students.” This fundraising group believes that students (particularly African American) might not otherwise be fully informed about this moment in history captured in Selma and its parallels to the challenges that they face today. Bay Area theaters include Grand Lake Oakland, AMC Bay Street Emeryville, AMC Van Ness San Francisco, Century Hilltop Richmond, and Cinemark Daly City. Students just need to bring some form of ID to the theater in the cities participating in the program.

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Rest In Peace "Lord Of Garbage" Kim Fowley

Posted by Billyjam, January 15, 2015 09:30pm | Post a Comment

Kim Fowley: Garbage Man in A Vinyl Wonderland


Sad news surfaced earlier today that producer, musician, writer, manager, and music impressario extraordinaire Kim Fowley died as a result of bladder cancer. He was 75 years old. While he was a tireless artist and part of the music world for five decades with stacks of records credited to him in varying capacities, Kim Fowley will best be remembered as an integral part of the LA music scene of the sixties and seventies including, most notably, being the producer and promoter/ambassador of The Runaways.

The animated and passionate Fowley remained active right up until very recently, even working with Little Steven on his 

weekend Sirius XM satellite radio show Underground Garage until just last week. Two years ago his book Lord Of Garbage was published by Kicks Books. The engaging video above (Kim Fowley: Garbage Man in a Vinyl Wonderland) is the book's corresponding video in which the aging but never relenting rocker shares his inspiring insights, memories, and love of the grooves and music, citing his "favorite record of all time" as Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential," which "tied with" several others. The 43 minute low budget video includes Fowley going through his record collection (his own and others) and sharing insights on his life and his love of rock & roll (even his sales pitch to sell said records). It's really really good and worth watching for a sense of who Kim Fowley was.

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