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Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

Posted by Miss Ess, November 23, 2010 01:39pm | Post a Comment
who is harry nilsson and why is everybody talkin about him

How could i have forgotten how amazing Harry Nilsson is? His brilliance was buried in my psyche for a few years but now after watching the new documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) I have been reminded and won't soon forget his particular brand of genius again.

Nilsson was a fascinating, sentimental tunesmith who moved to Los Angeles in the '50s to begin a fabled career. Over the years, through success and failure, he covered his serious insecurities with his intense need to be the life of the party. And party he did, with all the entertainment industry luminaries, most notably John Lennon (especially during Lennon's "Lost Weekend") and Ringo Starr (best man at Harry's third wedding). He also wrote lastingly great songs like "One" (on a night when he was listening to the busy signal of his telephone), created his most famous album, Nilsson Schmilsson, and the music and concept for the cartoon The Point (which includes my favorite Nilsson tune, "Think About Your Troubles").


There are so many interesting interviews in the film with members of the creative community like Terry Gilliam, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Al Kooper, Derek Taylor's widow, Mickey Dolenz, Paul Williams, May Pang, Yoko Ono, Robin Williams, Randy Newman and many more. Each has a different story to tell about Harry, but most all of them comment on his big heart and, from the mid 70s onward, his being hell bent on self destruction. It's still so upsetting for songwriter Jimmy Webb to talk about Nilsson's eventual self-induced vocal ruin that he gets a rash and tears up. The trajectory of Nilsson's life brings many high highs and low lows, and this film chronicles them all.

Here's the trailer for the film:

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Remember John Lennon

Posted by Miss Ess, October 9, 2010 01:45pm | Post a Comment
I think everyone who loves music is probably thinking about John Lennon today, on what would have been his 70th birthday. Though his life was tragically short, I think it's safe to say he will never be forgotten. His songs, thoughts, concepts, will continue to inspire people on and on....

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It's impossible to choose a favorite track. Each of Lennon's best songs, especially over time as his career wore on in the Beatles and beyond, presents a different mood, a tiny world, a personal statement. And I think the thing that endears John to us is his brutal honesty and genuine, plain emotion coupled with the fact that he was clearly and continually grappling with the world and his place in it, just like all of us. That he was taken so tragically and unnecessarily is beyond heartbreaking.

"Look at Me" - Plastic Ono Band



"(Just Like) Starting Over" - Double Fantasy



"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" - Help



"Don't Let Me Down" - Past Masters 2



World Peace Day Message to the Powers Responsible for War: Give Peace a Chance

Posted by Billyjam, September 21, 2010 09:19am | Post a Comment

John Lennon/Yoko Ono "Give Peace A Chance" live (edited version)

Today, September 21st, is World Peace Day 2010, with many scheduled events already ongoing or about to take place all around the world. One World Peace Day event is the wonderful streaming webcast today that features performance from such artists as Patti Smith and Youssou N'Dour. To view this stream or get more information click here.

Of course, while nearly all of us agree that every day should be a day of peace round the world, it clearly is not. Unfortunately, it still seems that certain individuals in power around the globe will never heed the message of World Peace Day. Sadly, war and the (mostly male) greed and ego that motivate it are as old as time itself and show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

But just like the steps forward that have been made in civil rights in recent decades, I like to think that the message of the peace movement and events like this will also eventually sink into the stubborn heads of those who create wars and are responsible for the unnecessary deaths of so many.

To the world leaders responsible for war I say, give peace a chance! We know from experience that war doesn't work.

Junk Science's Latest, A Miraculous Kind of Machine, is the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Duo's Best Album Yet

Posted by Billyjam, June 15, 2010 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Junk Science "Really, Man" video directed by John Ta (2010)

Everything about talented Brooklyn hip-hop duo Junk Science, who very recently released their third album A Miraculous Kind Of Machine, seems to relate back to New York City and also manages to create something new & innovative. Comprised of emcee Baje One and DJ/producer Snafu, Junk Science's last album, 2007's Gran'Dads Nerve Tonic on Embedded/Definitive Jux Records, involved them teaming up with their local Brooklyn brewery Sixpoint Craft Ales, who made a special limited edition promotional beer specifically for the rap duo. And for their latest album, released on Baje One's recently set up, Brooklyn based Modern Shark record label, they plan on releasing a series of limited edition toys to tie in with the label's output -- all made in the basement of Brooklyn emcee Tone Tank, whose next album will be released on Modern Shark in September. Meantime, the engrossing John Ta directed video (above) for the new Junk Science album track "Really, Man" reenacts the tragic interaction between one time famous NYC resident John Lennon and his deranged fan/killer Mark David Chapman. The clip was all filmed in New York City with an innovative and (happily) much less tragic spin on the outcome of that infamous meeting between artist and obsessed fan.

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Beatles 3000 Offers A Hilarious Fake Historical Look Back At The Fab Four -1000 Years From Now

Posted by Billyjam, April 29, 2010 12:08pm | Post a Comment


"It was twenty years ago today. Sgt Pepper taught the band to play," go the famous Fab Four lyrics, but the hilarious Beatles 3000 clip above, courtesy of Zoltarkill and www.scottgairdner.com, travels a thousand Beatles Simpsons Sgt Peppersyears forward into the imaginary future to examine "the legacy of John, Paul, Greg, and Scottie."  Starring Ryan Mitchell, Perry Smith, Scott Gairdner, Brian Lyman, and Nick Mundy, this inspired ensemble of witty satirists imagine how future anthropologists and historians might attempt to (but fall way short of) retelling the accurate history of a pop group called The Beatles.

In addition to getting the line-up incorrect (John Lennon, Paul McKenzie, Greg Hutchinson, and Scottie Pippen),   these imaginary history tellers in the year 3000 also
hilariously fudge facts about Beatles songs and album titles, crediting  "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Don't Stop Believin" to the Fab Four and naming their hit single "Ticket To Run" and one of their albums Sgt. Petsounds & The Spiders From Asia. (Sgt Pepper's has been parodied before many times including by The Simpsons, left). Beatles 3000 offers other numerous and hilarious Beatles history faux pas and the 3 & 3/4 minute clip (made back in November) is well worth viewing if you have not seen it already.
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