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Friday, August 14, 2009

RIP Mike Seeger, Rashied Ali & Les Paul

We lost three great musicians recently: “One-man folk festival” Mike Seeger of the horribly underrated New Lost City Ramblers, master jazz drummer Rashied Ali, and guitar legend (in every sense of the word) Les Paul. I’ll miss them all very much.

Mike Seeger:

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Posted by Kevin K. on 08/14/09 at 09:02 AM

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Headlines I Didn’t Expect to See Today #428

From Pitchfork:

Bob Dylan Recording Christmas Album

Posted by Kevin K. on 08/07/09 at 11:03 AM

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Billie Jean is Not My Butter

I, obviously, got nuthin’.  You?

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/01/09 at 10:21 AM

Friday, June 26, 2009

What Matthew Cooper Owes Mr. Bean

This is one of the flat-out dumbest things I’ve ever read by a professional poliblogger who isn’t Andrew Malcolm. The only good thing about the post is that Cooper didn’t finish writing it.  This is how it ends:

Barack Obama lived a life of accomplishment, an upward trajectory from Punahou to Harvard, Springfield to the White House that seems incredibly void of demons whereas Jackson was all demons. They’re no more alike personally than

That part I liked. [hat tip Dave Weigel]



Posted by Kevin K. on 06/26/09 at 12:15 PM

Categories: MusicMusic NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08PoliblogsSkull Hampers

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Morning Music: Woods’ “To Clean”

MORE: Our pals at FREEwilly posted the music video for this song.  If you’re a New Yorker and looking for something fun to do tonight, here’s the scoop (*PUN ALERT!*).

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/12/09 at 08:03 AM

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Friday, April 17, 2009

New Susan Boyle video!

Okay, I lied.  It’s Micachu and the Shapes. Their new album Jewellery saved me after an interminable subway commute (fuck you G train, you horrible, horrible thing!) from Queens to Brooklyn last night.  I lost count of how many times I listened to the mangled semi-acoustic stomp-ditty “Eat Your Heart.” Hands down my favorite song so far this year. You can check it out and download it (and two other songs) here.

p.s. BTW, if you were bummed that this really wasn’t a Susan Boyle video, here’s a discovered recording of her singing “Cry Me a River” for a charity CD in ‘99. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/17/09 at 09:02 AM

Categories: MusicMP3/Music DownloadsMusic NewsMusic VideosYouTubidity

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saturday Morning Music: N.A.S.A.‘s “The People Tree” & “Money” (both featuring David Byrne)

In celebration of a very nice kick-off to the wonderful Celebrate Brooklyn music series in Prospect Park, here are two visually stunning videos from the N.A.S.A. collaboration for songs featuring David Byrne. This first one is both gorgeous and disturbing, and showcases art by the extremely talented Marcel Dzama:

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Posted by Kevin K. on 04/11/09 at 07:33 AM

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Morning Music: Neko Case’s “People Got a Lotta Nerve”

From her new album Middle Cyclone...

If you dig Neko as much as I do, check out this terrific mini documentary about the making of Middle Cyclone...

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Posted by Kevin K. on 03/05/09 at 07:04 AM

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

La Strada’s “The Sun Song” music video

Because I’m a major player in the music industry, the folks from $99 Music Videos emailed me a few days ago to let me know that one of my favorite local bands La Strada were debuting a music video for their joyous ‘n’ infectious anthem “The Sun Song.” I’ve been a fan of La Strada since I quite literally stumbled upon them playing in the bowels of the NYC subway system back in April of ‘07 (shoddy mobile phone video here). Their first official recording, a self-titled CD that includes this tune and the equally skull-sticking “Mama,” is coming out on Ernest Jenning records in a few days.  If you’re a New Yorker, they’ve also got a record release party coming up on March 5th.

Goddamn, I love that song. Just a perfect musical accompaniment to this crisp, sunny Brooklyn day.

MORE: You can watch a larger version of the video here and see how it was made for $99 here.

UPDATE: If you’ve got a local band you’d like to plug, feel free to do so in the comments. Love to check out what you folks have brewin’ in your hometowns.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/21/09 at 11:47 AM

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Communist Musicians Infiltrate Real Virginia

Apparently, a cell of subversive, underground musicians have been plotting for years in Charlottesville with a plan to destroy “the fabric of democracy.”  Word is the sleeper cell wants to upstage John McCain on October 26th by driving an hour to Richmond to give a “FREE” concert.

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Posted by poputonian on 10/21/08 at 08:46 PM

Categories: ImagesMusicMusic NewsNewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08St. McSameSarah Palin

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley supports Obama in radio ad

As some of you may know, I’m a big-time bluegrass fan, dating back to my high school years when one of my best friend’s older brothers introduced me to the music of the late, great John Hartford. It warms the cockles of my heart (whatever in the hell those are) to report that bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, who many of you may know from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, is starring in an absolutely charming pro-Obama radio ad that’s running in Virginia (and maybe elsewhere). You can listen to it at TPM. I just may have to wear my big dopey straw hat with Ralph’s signature on it on November 4th for good luck. Yee haw! [hat tip to my bluegrass festival buddy Iceberg Wedge]

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/02/08 at 05:15 PM

Categories: MusicMusic NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08

Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Paul Westerberg album for $0.49

Just found out about this at TBogg’s joint. I’ve been on a pretty huge Replacements run since Rhino re-released and remastered their Twin-Tone stuff, so this is pretty great news (and, from the sounds of it, a pretty wise business move on Westerberg’s part). You can only get it here (I looked), but I’m listening to it now and it’s worth it (yeah, I know, 49 cents, but you have to install Amazon’s ridiculous MP3 downloader and time is money, yo).

UPDATE: 49:00 is a jumbled, cross-hatched mess (which I really like) and for that reason I’m going to label this my favorite Westerberg solo album yet.  Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash is my favorite Replacements album, so your mileage may vary.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/31/08 at 02:01 PM

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Things I Learned Today #3428

Eminem is far more politically sophisticated than Ludacris.

That concludes this evening’s edition of “Things I Learned Today.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/30/08 at 07:27 PM

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ticket giveaway for I’m From Barcelona & Thao Nguyen this Thursday at Brooklyn Masonic Temple!!!

“We’re From Barcelona”—I’m From Barcelona


Folks, as promised last week, I have a pair of tickets to give away for the I’m From Barcelona & Thao Nguyen show this Thursday May 1st at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (317 Clermont Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY). I’ve heard and read really great things about I’m From Barcelona’s live show and I can tell you from personal experience that the Masonic Temple is an extremely cool place to catch a show.

If you’d like to enter to win a pair of tix, simply send me an email to “tips (-at-)” (or click on the “Tips” email link in the top right sidebar), write “Barcelona” in the subject and your full name in the body of the email before midnight tonight (4/29 ET). I’ll randomly select a winner and contact you via email if you’ve won.

This giveaway is courtesy of the fine folks at Boost Mobile.

In addition, tickets are still available at TicketWeb as well and you get a free six-month (23 issue) New York magazine subscription with purchase.

Peek below the fold for a few more Barcelona videos and one really cool claymation video from Thao Nguyen…

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Posted by Kevin K. on 04/29/08 at 12:36 PM

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Robyn Hitchcock & Gary Lucas perform two Captain Beefheart songs

Sorry for the lack of blogging.  I took a huge and tragic spill on a hill I had no business skateboarding down back when I was in college and, as a result, I occasionally throw my back out, so I’ve been laid out flat for the past two days.  Here’s a quickee post for you to enjoy and then I’m going to crawl back on the couch. 

Guitarist extraordinaire Gary Lucas hosted a “Beefheart Night” back on April 9th at the Knitting Factory here in NYC. Gary played with his fantastic all-instrumental Captain Beefheart cover band Fast ‘N’ Bulbous (their CD Pork Chop Blue Around the Rind is highly recommended) and several fans and friends of Don Van Vliet spoke in between the band’s two sets. David Lynch sent in a cool little video of himself reading “Pena,” too. The highlight was a surprise appearance by the legendary Robyn Hitchcock at the tail end of the evening, who performed three songs with Lucas accompanying him on the steel guitar.  A few weeks ago I uploaded my video of them doing “Sure ‘Nuff ‘N’ Yes I Do” to YouTube and yesterday Lucas contacted me to let me know that both he and Hitchock really enjoyed seeing it, so I uploaded their version of “China Pig” today (unfortunately, I didn’t record their last song “Click Clack”). Enjoy.

“China Pig”

“Sure ‘Nuff ‘N’ Yes I Do”

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/27/08 at 06:19 PM

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