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
Jimi Hendrix – Moebius (S)trip
Before license fees changed it all, MTv transformed music into the realm of the visual. Music videos added another layer of creativity to music.
Less than a year ago, Google launched Deep Dream, AI software to create videos. The video below is the work of YouTuber Lulu xXX. A live performance of Hendrix playing Hey Joe fused with the art of Jean Giraud aka Moebius.
Jimi Hendrix – Moebius (S)trip
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.
Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Perform a Song from Their New Album
While we have heard much about the greatness of David Bowie since his passing there are still others around doing great work. Iggy Pop and Josh Homme are among them. Sadly, the Star Man may no longer with us, he is, in a sense, still here. He was not only a terrific performer but served as a mentor and inspiration to many musicians. I am pleased to see some new work by a musician who once stated “He resurrected me” in an interview when he referred to the late artist.
After the break, check out this performance of a new track from Iggy Pop and Josh Homme.
David Bowie the Impersonator
No doubt we have all heard a lot about David Bowie of the late. But have you heard of David Bowie the impersonator? Certainly the multi-faceted talent could become any character. Glam rocker, Star Man, Tesla, a goblin king or any other role, he always seemed to nail it.
He did it perfectly and made it look easy. To the point where people are already wondering who can replace him in a rumored Labyrinth 2. Most performers become remembered for a particular character or role.
In my opinion, we are going to remember David Bowie for exactly the opposite. The man could become any character. He truly was flexible and elastic able to bend, shrink or expand to become whatever the role demanded. I remember first seeing him as Tesla and my reaction was “wait, is that David Bowie?”.
Check out how well David Bowie, the Impersonator, nails fellow musicians in the video after the break.
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.
2016.01.04 – POD – Blue Monday, The Most Depressing Day of the Year
Featureing I Don’t Want to Work Today Music of Beatnik Turtle
Today is the first Monday of 2016 and it is, allegedly, the most depressing day of the year. This unofficial holiday is called Blue Monday. This day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of each year unless New Year’s Day happens to fall on a Monday.
However, one should note that there is no evidence that it actually the most depressing day. In fact, there is debate as to whether it should be the second or third Monday of January.