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7" Fix: Blonde Redhead - 10 Feet High b/w Valentine

Posted by Kells, February 14, 2014 02:36pm | Post a Comment

Wishing oceans of love --  sweet, fuzzy, flawed, moody, or otherwise imrov'd love -- to everyone on this Valentine's Day. For me, no other band embraces the tragic romanticism of the human condition quite like Blonde Redhead. Without a doubt one of the best live bands still playing today, their sound ever continues to strike the just right chords, conjuring intense feelings and visceral love vibes that have, over the years, served as both cause and cure, effectively igniting and extinguishing many a lovelorn soul's heartache symptoms at once. Their 1995 7" single "10 Feet High" features something of a playful antidote of a b-side in "Valentine" -- a meandering surge of Violent Life dissonance that literally has Kazu giggling in her lah-las before the song is even half finished.

Blonde Redhead - "Valentine"



Here's a pretty great live video from 1999 featuring songs from three of their first four albums La Mia Vita Violenta, In An Expression of the Inexpressible, and Fake Can Be Just As Good -- check it out!




Also, I made this because I'm a dork, and I love.

You Down with KPP? Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's North American Tour Comes This Way Way Way!

Posted by Kells, February 13, 2014 04:33pm | Post a Comment
Watch out party people! Monster fashionista and idolatrous J-Pop sensation Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 
kicks off her 2014 Nanda Collection World Tour with a sold out show in Seattle, Washington tonight -- the first of six U.S. dates that includes stops in SF this Saturday and L.A. on Sunday [for which tickets are still available as I type this]. 

KPP, or Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu -- her full, formal stage name, started out as naught but a humble, fashion-forward blogger turned model who eventually cast her very own claim to J-pop fame upon releasing her first single, "PonPonPon", during the summer of 2011, citing such trend-setting pop icons as Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani as inspirations. While her ever changing appearance and unfathomably deep bag of look-book tricks keeps those enamored of her work in association with various niche fashion cultures hungry for all things Kyary-related, it'll be nothing if not an absolute pleasure to see Kyary and her fabulous backup dancers (because you know they're gonna be fabulous) do their thing on stage, live and in-person, this Saturday night (that is, if you're in SF, like me). 


~tour dates~
Feb 13 – Seattle / Showbox at the Market
Feb 15 – San Francisco / The Regency Ballroom
Feb 16 – Los Angeles / Club Nokia LA Live
Mar 5 – Chicago / House of Blues
Mar 7 – Toronto / Sound Academy
Mar 8 – New York / Best Buy Theater


Here's some candy, or rather "Candy Candy", or also one reason why I'm chuffed to bits for this show:


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EVERY THIN LIZZY GUITAR SOLO 1971 - 1983

Posted by Kells, February 7, 2014 02:05pm | Post a Comment


Whether you're experiencing a gumption deficit or feeling under the weather or just looking for that perfect hour and thirteen minute soundtrack to complete your daily routine this, gentle rocker, is the ultimate get up and go mix for you!

Today I learned that a friend of a friend in Detroit pieced together every, EVERY, Thin Lizzy guitar solo, roughly one hundred culled from twelve studio albums, into a career-spanning sonic tapestry and tapped it into YouTube thus gifting the masses with something of an ultimate longform Lizz fix featuring Eric Bell, Scott Gorham, Brian Roberston, Gary Moore, Snowy White, John Sykes (as well as two bonus keyboard solos by Darren Wharton) giving life to all youse rockers who love to live!

[listening to this while I type this up is testing my ability to refrain from utilizing an ALL CAPS voice].

Beginning from the top of Phil Lynott & Co.'s career -- the "peak" 1979-1980 period (I agree, these were not necessarily the best front-to-back albums but they sure serve up some of the best solos), transitioning to the early psych-folk rockin' Eric Bell years that comprise first three 1971-1973 albums and moving on to the signature harmonized twin-axe attack Thin Lizzy popularized in tandem with their rise to fame circa 1974-1977 and rounding out with their 1980-1983 "Heavy Metal End Phase" -- complete with Jailbreak bookends for good measure -- this mix is part of a complete breakfast Lizzfest! ARE YOU READY!!!

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Linda McCartney's Somewhat Obscure Psychedelic Alien Invasion Hallucination

Posted by Kells, January 25, 2014 06:22pm | Post a Comment

In 1978 Linda McCartney, then a member of husband Paul's Wings, teamed up with British animator and director Ian Emes (known for his work with Pink Floyd) to create the hauntingly hypnotic cartoon short The Oriental Nightfish (so named after the Linda-penned composition it accompanies). The song features Linda's lead vocals as well as her electric piano and moog synth stylings with Wings filling in the gaps, providing a little extra sonic lift.


 
 

Trippy as all hell, in the best way, Ian Emes revealed to the Birmingham Post in 2010 just how this totally far out project achieved full realization:
 
I got pissed off whisky and put the music on as loud as it would go, and lay on my back in the living room and let it wash over me. The whisky did indeed help, and I came up with this weird idea where alien forces enter this building where someone who looks like Linda McCartney plays a Gothic Expressionistic Wurlitzer. This blonde female is penetrated, got naked and inhabited by the alien force, then she's replicated, before becoming a comet that explodes. The film was a bit weird and scary and a little bit sexual. Yet it was later put on Paul McCartney's Rupert The Bear video for children. The kids who watched it years ago are now in their 20s, and they've set up an internet site called The Oriental Nightfish Haunted My Childhood. I guess it freaked them out and opened their imagination.
 

Though the aforementioned site seems doomed to internet obscurity (if it even exists), the track "The Oriental Nightfish" is available on the studio/compilation album Wide Prairie released in 1998 following Linda McCartney's death earlier that year. The video for "The Oriental Nightfish" was made available on the VHS release of Rupert and the Frog Song -- a 1984 animated film based on the comic strip character Rupert Bear, written and produced by Paul McCartney -- a questionable placement given the not-so-vague sexual content of this short. There are some "import" vinyl collections out there that feature the song, one such release being the aptly titled Oriental Nightfish.

<---  That cover, though.

 

Psych Folk legend Eiichi Ohtaki dies at 65

Posted by Kells, January 10, 2014 04:01pm | Post a Comment


Japanese singer-songwriter and producer Eiichi Ohtaki passed away at a hospital on Monday, December 30, 2013 after having collapsed at his Tokyo home while eating an apple, a piece which had apparently stuck in his throat causing him to choke. He was 65.
Ohtaki's influential contributions to Japanese pop and folk rock music worldwide could not be more legendary. Born on July 28, 1948, he was perhaps most famous for being the singer/guitarist and founding member of Happy End (pictured left above),  a band he formed with fellow Japanese rock heavy hitters Takashi Matsumoto (Apryl Fool), Shigeru Suzuki and Haruomi Hosono (Apryl Fool/Yellow Magic Orchestra). From 1969 to 1972 the ensemble produced three studio albums that pioneered a highly revered heavy acid folk sound that made them Japan's most beloved and critically acclaimed classic rock bands of all time. More recently the ensemble won notoriety stateside when their song "Kaze wo Atusmete" was featured in the soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost In Translation.

Happy End disbanded in 1973, but Ohtaki enjoyed a very successful solo career as a musician, singer-songwriter and record producer working with mid-'70s rockers Sugar Babe as well as prominent artists like Tatsuro Yamashita (pictured below to Ohtaki's left) and Onuki Taeko. His 1981 album A Long Vacation was named "Best Album" of the year at the Japan Record Awards and went on to receive both 20th anniversary and 30th anniversary reissues. [A mildly interesting fun fact:  A Long Vacation was also the first Japanese album to be released on CD.]

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