. That is sad. I shall always remember him as one of the most brilliant musicians of all time. His dark style of lyrics and breaking all the musical rules are simply the surface of his genius. He did all genre of music and it may be next century before we fully comprehend how brilliant his music is.
One great example of his musical genius is the track Rubber Shirt from the Sheik Yerbouti double album. The album became a huge hit when it was censored. The album is full of overdubs and is a masterful mix of songs. The Rubber Shirt track is an example of what Zappa called “Xanochrony”. The song is a mix of different musicians all recorded at different times, time signatures and tempos. The result sounds like a wonderful jazz improv.
We have featured Steve Benjamins at Indie Nation before when I reviewed Sightlines. You should check out that release and anything else he has done.
I am pleased to see that this talent from Toronto is still pumping out great music. His music could be described as downtempo but Steve is great a mixing it up. He has a powerful voice and his lyrics paint pictures in your mind and stir your emotions. Check our Surrender.
George Harrison’s Final Performance
I rarely meet anyone who totally hates The Beatles. I loved the band. However, I think one of the best things to happen with the breakup is the fact that George Harrison was no longer limited to one or two songs per album.
I was never aware of the video I am going to share until I happened on it at Open Culture.
Mnozil Brass is an Austrian brass septet. These horn players are talented and entertaining to watch. Not only performing excellent music but adding also add comedy to the performance.
The Heimatdamisch Covers Highway to Hell
The Heimatdamish is an eight-piece-polka-style band that is not shy about doing pop songs. I thought I would share a few of their covers today.
The Heimatdamish – Highway to Hell
They do a great job making interesting-one-set videos which are far from boring. One more video and links after the break.
Pink Floyd and Other Modern Music Performed on a Traditional Korean Instrument, The Gayageum
You may have already seen these videos. I noticed this Pink Floyd on the gayageum over at Boing! Boing!, saved it for further exploration and the next day found even more at Open Culture. Videos go viral for many reasons, in this case, the reason is Luna Lee’s talent.
More information, and videos, after the break. Check out how she nails the guitar parts about 2:30 in.
Another Brick in the Wall performed by Luna Lee
The Accidental Begining of “American Woman” by The Guess Who
Musicians try to jump on any creative spark as quickly as possible. When I was still composing, I wrote lyrics on napkins and matchbook covers because that was what was handy.
I am not going to spoil the video but listen in as Randy Bachman tells the tale of origin of American Woman.
The Origin of American Woman
Kudos to Open Culture for the find.
Some Recent Music Trends
Seems that the ever-changing music industry is continuing to do just that. 2015 saw some interesting music trends. First off, streaming is up and digital downloads are down. Even The Beatles are now available on streams. In many ways, it makes sense that streaming is up. You pay for a service, or get it free, and you don’t need to buy each release. However, vinyl is making a comeback at the same time.
Latchkey Revolt – High Energy Rock from Singapore
Latchkey Revolt is a quartet from Singapore. They are a hard-hitting rock band that pound the listener with great sound, grooves and solos. I like them much.
Disclaimer – Some of the lyrics in this material are explicit. This material is not safe for work. Listener discretion is advised.
Now if a little language does not bother you, I really suggest you listen on. These artists drive the songs from start to finish. All feature a powerful drive, each having their own individualism, and absolutely nothing dull about any of them. In my opinion, a great listen. Check out some Latchkey Revolt after the break.
David Bowie Passes
Numerous sources are reporting the death of the David Bowie. Both his publicist and son have confirmed the grim news. The talented artists had a career that spanned music, film, music video and stage. He entertained generations of fans. The legend passed only 2 days after his 69th birthday. I am convinced his music will remain timeless and he shall be missed.
The talented artists had a career that spanned music, film, music video and stage. He entertained generations of fans. The legend passed only 2 days after his 69th birthday. I thought I would take a moment to share one of my favorite collaborations by the artist.
David Bowie and Bing Crosby
We send our condolences, prayers and thoughts to his family.
- Random Pop Culture Apocalypse: Amazing Duet (jaypgreene.com)
- Listen to David Bowie Brood in Beautiful New Song “Lazarus” (flavorwire.com)
- David Bowie reveals new single “Lazarus” – listen (consequenceofsound.net)
2016.01.07 – International Programmers Day
Featuring Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton
Today is International Programmers Day. You can take part by liking the Facebook page. I would urge you to check out their website and page. They have some very interesting and entertaining material there. Check out the “Lady JAVA” video I share after the break.