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When Debbie Harry Combined Artistic Forces with H.R. Giger

After four years of phenomenal chart success, the band Blondie went on hiatus in 1981. While Debbie Harry pursued the acting she had started in punk rock filmmaker Amos Poe’s works, she also went the solo album route. On paper, this album, KooKoo, must have looked like a surefire hit: Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards from the band Chic were brought in to write and produce, hot on the heels of their successful resuscitation of Diana Ross’s career the year before. Harry and boyfriend/band m...
Tags: Google, Music, Heavy Metal, New York, College, David Cronenberg, Palmer, Harry, Ridley Scott, Cole Porter, Diana Ross, Blondie, Facebook Twitter, Debbie Harry, Emerson Lake, KCRW


John Prine’s Last Song Was Also His First to Go No. 1: Watch Him Perform “I Remember Everything”

It feels cosmically ironic that Great American Songwriter John Prine died of COVID-19 in early April, just before the U.S. response to the virus was developing into what may well be the Greatest Political Folly most Americans have ever witnessed in their lifetimes. Mass death for profit and power, colossal stupidity and bullying ignorance—these were just the kinds of things that got Prine’s wheels turning. His thoughts became folk poetry with teeth. Prine’s targets included the conservat...
Tags: Google, Music, College, America, Bill Murray, Leonard Cohen, Facebook Twitter, John Prine, NPR Music, Dave Cobb, Tom Petty, Josh Jones, Prine, Durham NC Follow, Zaleski, Annie Zaleski


How Ornette Coleman Shaped the Jazz World: An Introduction to His Irreverent Sound

Ornette Coleman “arrived in New York in 1959,” writes Philip Clark, “with a white plastic saxophone and a set of ideas about improvisation that would shake jazz to its big apple core.” Every big name in jazz was doing something similar at the time, inventing new styles and languages. Coleman went further out there than anyone, infuriating and frustrating other jazz pioneers like Miles Davis. He called his theory “Harmolodics,” a Buckminster Fuller-like melding of “harmony,” “movement,” a...
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When the Beatles Refused to Play Before Segregated Audiences on Their First U.S. Tour (1964)

When American rock and roll made its way to the UK in the 1950s and 60s, along with a burgeoning folk and blues revival, many young British fans hadn’t been conditioned to think of music in the same way as their U.S. counterparts. “Unlike racially segregated Americans,” for example, “the Beatles didn’t see—or hear—the difference between Elvis and Chuck Berry,” writes Joseph Tirella, “between the Everly Brothers and the Marvelettes.” They also couldn’t see playing to segregated audien...
Tags: Google, Music, Florida, UK, College, John Lennon, US, Paul Mccartney, Elvis, Beatles, Mccartney, Ron Howard, Jacksonville, South, Facebook Twitter, Little Rock


The Beastie Boys & Rick Rubin Reunite and Revisit Their Formative Time Together in 1980s NYC

The Beastie Boys’ record-shattering Licensed to Ill is thirty-four years old. This fact might mean nothing to you, or it might mean that you are thirty-four years older than the moment the album came out in November of 1986, and suburban parents around the country, maybe even your parents, freaked out in unison. The album was a stroke of genius from producer Rick Rubin, delivering hip-hop safe for white kids while also giving them permission to be as obnoxious as possible. Ostensibly a r...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Brooklyn, Slayer, Ill, Spike Jonze, Nme, Nyu, Kerry King, PAUL, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Perry, Rick Rubin, Josh Jones


Saxophonist Plays into Large Gas Pipes & Then Uses the Echo to Accompany Himself

The best saxophonists play just as well unaccompanied as they do accompanied — but they also know that, in the act of musical creation, it certainly helps to have even a little bit of sound to play off coming your way. German musician Armin Küpper discovered more than a little bit of sound coming his way when he tried playing his saxophone into a gas pipe he happened across near his home. Kept at a construction site and not currently in a state to pipe any gas, it served him as a kind of...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, College, Miles Davis, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Gerry Rafferty, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Armin Küpper, Pipelinefunk, Pipelineblues, Küpper, Instagram Saxophonist Plays


Nile Rodgers Tells the Story of How He Turned David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” from Folk to New Wave Funk

When David Bowie invited Chic guitarist and all-around funk/disco guitar genius Nile Rodgers to make an album of “hits” in Switzerland, Rogers remembers thinking, “okay, ‘hits’ with David Bowie, that’s an awesome project.” The way he deadpans might make us think he wasn’t super stoked about it, but the fact is, it’s hard to impress Nile Rodgers. He has produced, written, and played guitar—the very Stratocaster he’s holding in the video above—on “hundreds, maybe thousands” of records, he ...
Tags: Google, Music, Texas, College, David, David Bowie, Switzerland, Npr, Nile Rodgers, Rogers, Bowie, Facebook Twitter, Rodgers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow


Hear Brian Eno’s Rarely-Heard Cover of the Johnny Cash Classic, “Ring of Fire”

"Ring of Fire" has been covered many times and in many ways since Johnny Cash released it in 1963. But for all its recognition as one of his signature songs, Cash's "Ring of Fire" is itself a cover — or another interpretation, in any case, of a tune originally written by Cash's wife June Carter and songwriter Merle Kilgore for June's sister, Anita Carter. Though it made nothing like the mark Cash's recording did, the original "Ring of Fire" has its appreciators, a group that may well inc...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, College, Atlantic, Bob Marley, Brian Eno, Seoul, Eno, John Cale, Cale, Facebook Twitter, Woodbridge, Johnny Cash, David Pescovitz, June Carter


Public Enemy Releases a Fiery Anti-Trump Protest Song (NSFW)

Watch the video for their new song, “State of the Union (STFU),” above. Read the lyrics below. via Boing Boing Public Enemy Releases a Fiery Anti-Trump Protest Song (NSFW) is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email. And don't miss our big collections of Free Online Courses, Free Online Movies, Free eBooks, Free Audio Books, Free Foreign Language Lessons, and MOOCs.
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In 1968, a Teenager Convinced Thelonious Monk to Play a Gig at His High School to Promote Racial Unity; Now the Concert Recording Is Getting Released

In 1964, Thelonious Monk appeared on the cover of TIME. He had been chosen for an extensive profile, his biographer Robin D.G. Kelley tells Terry Gross, because the magazine thought Miles Davis or Ray Charles might be “too controversial.” Monk, it was thought “had no complaints… he wasn't so political.” This is not exactly so, Kelley writes in Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. The eccentric genius played benefit concerts throughout the 60s. But he was also begi...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Palo Alto, Jazz, Miles Davis, Npr, Ray Charles, Facebook Twitter, Monk, East Palo Alto, Josh Jones, Kelley, Terry Gross, Palo Alto High School, Durham NC Follow


Miles Davis is Attacked, Beaten & Arrested by the NYPD Outside Birdland, Eight Days After the Release of Kind of Blue (1959)

It is hard, on the other hand, to blame the policeman, blank, good-natured, thoughtless, and insuperably innocent, for being such a perfect representative of the people he serves. He, too, believes in good intentions and is astounded and offended when they are not taken for the deed.  —James Baldwin James Baldwin’s 1960 essay “Fifth Avenue, Uptown” is rich with heartrending ironies and razor-sharp refutations of the usual apologies for racist violence in America. It does not matter, Bald...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, America, History, Chicago, Missouri, New York Times, Davis, Miles Davis, St Louis, Judy, Facebook Twitter, Baldwin


Public Enemy Releases a Fiery Anti-Trump Protest Song

Watch the video for their new song, “State of the Union (STFU),” above. Read the lyrics below. via Boing Boing Public Enemy Releases a Fiery Anti-Trump Protest Song is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email. And don't miss our big collections of Free Online Courses, Free Online Movies, Free eBooks, Free Audio Books, Free Foreign Language Lessons, and MOOCs.
Tags: Google, Music, College, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, Boing Boing Public Enemy Releases


Rick Astley Sings an Enchanting Cover of the Foo Fighters’ “Everlong”

Now, if this leaves you wanting to hear Dave Grohl sing "Never Gonna Give You Up," all you have to do is click here. Enjoy... via Boing Boing Related Content: 1,000 Musicians Perform Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly” in Unison in Italy; Dave Grohl Responds in Italian Student Rickrolls Teacher By Sneaking Rick Astley Lyrics into Quantum Physics Paper Neil Finn Sings a Lovely Version of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” Live from Home Rick Astley Sings an Enchanting Cover of the Foo Fighters’ “Everlong”...
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Rick Astley Sings an Unexpectedly Enchanting Cover of the Foo Fighters’ “Everlong”

Now, if this leaves you wanting to hear Dave Grohl sing "Never Gonna Give You Up," all you have to do is click here. Enjoy... via Boing Boing Related Content: 1,000 Musicians Perform Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly” in Unison in Italy; Dave Grohl Responds in Italian Student Rickrolls Teacher By Sneaking Rick Astley Lyrics into Quantum Physics Paper Neil Finn Sings a Lovely Version of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” Live from Home Rick Astley Sings an Unexpectedly Enchanting Cover of the Foo Fighter...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Italy, David Bowie, Dave Grohl, Facebook Twitter, Rick Astley


The Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” Played By Musicians Around the World (with Cameos by David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett & Bill Kreutzmann)

Poet and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter penned some of the band’s best-known songs. Even if you’re only casually familiar with the Dead’s vast catalogue and even vaster labyrinth of live recordings, you can probably sing along to classics like “Casey Jones” or “Box of Rain.” Both came about during the most prolific phase of Hunter and Jerry Garcia’s collaboration on the country-folk masterpieces Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, released one after the other in 1970. Among thes...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Canada, Ringo Starr, Grateful Dead, Los Lobos, Hunter, Facebook Twitter, Jerry, William Butler Yeats, Josh Jones, Bill Withers, Jerry Garcia, Dodd


Tom Jones Performs “Long Time Gone” with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young–and Blows the Band & Audience Away (1969)

Welsh crooner Tom Jones made an unlikely comeback in the late 80s, covering Prince’s “Kiss” with Art of Noise. Then in the mid-90s, he showed up on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air to sing mid-60s hit “It’s Not Unusual” for superfan Carlton Banks. This was a time of 60s comebacks all around, but Jones’ resurgence was a little odd (though perfectly in character for Carlton Banks). Tom Jones had been a big star in the mid to late 60s, with his own TV show and a string of international hits. But...
Tags: Google, Music, Television, College, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Prince, Tom Jones, Young, Jones, Woodstock, Facebook Twitter, Roberts, Upstate New York, Neil, Josh Jones


When Punk & Reggae Fans Launched the “Rock Against Racism” Movement and Pushed Back Against Britain’s Racist Right (1976)

The UK of the late-70s was, in many unfortunate respects, like the UK (and US) of today, with far-right attacks against West Indian and Asian immigrants becoming routine, along with increased aggression from the police. Enoch Powell’s inflammatory 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech (denounced in the papers as a naked “appeal to racial hatred) energized the far-right National Front. Nazi punks and skinheads began violent campaigns in the mid-70s. A very hot summer in 1976 saw a riot at the Not...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, UK, London, College, US, RAR, Britain, Elvis Costello, Birmingham, Public Enemy, Leeds, Enoch Powell, Eric Clapton, Nme


Listen to Medieval Covers of “Creep,” “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Bad Romance” & More by Hildegard von Blingin’

All ye bully-rooks with your buskin boots  Best ye go, best ye go Outrun my bow All ye bully-rooks with your buskin boots Best ye go, best ye go, faster than mine arrow If bardcore is a thing—and trust us, it is right now—Hildegard von Blingin’ is the brightest star in its firmament. The unknown vocalist, pure of throat, pays heed to the fascinating 12th-century abbess and composer Saint Hildegard of Bingen by choice of pseudonym, while demonstrating a similar flair for poetic language. ...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, College, History, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Leeds, Joan, Windsor, Webster, Facebook Twitter, Mark Foster, Ayun Halliday, Bingen, Hildegard von Bingen


How to Dress Like You’re in Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica” World

Three alien-chic looks inspired by Gaga's futuristic new era.
Tags: Music, College, Inspiration, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Pop Music, Outfit Ideas


Hear Enchanting Mixes of Japanese Pop, Jazz, Funk, Disco, Soul, and R&B from the 70s and 80s

Franz Kafka’s unfinished first novel, published by his literary executor Max Brod as Amerika, tells the story of a young European exiled in New York City. He has a series of madcap adventures, winds up in Oklahoma as a “technical worker,” and adopts the name “Negro.” Amerika is a novel written by an artist who had never been to America or met an American. His impression of the country came entirely from his reading. And yet, Kafka leaves readers with an authentically vivid, lasting impre...
Tags: Google, Music, Japan, College, New York City, America, Oklahoma, Kafka, Marshall, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Sergio Leone, Franz Kafka, Colin Marshall, Durham NC Follow, Amerika


6 Important Fashion Lessons We Learned from “Fresh Dressed”

Examining the most important fashion movement in American history.
Tags: Music, Movies, College, Hip-hop, 1990s, 1980s, Fashion Tips


Tom Morello Responds to Angry Fans Who Suddenly Realize That Rage Against the Machine’s Music Is Political: “What Music of Mine DIDN’T Contain Political BS?”

“I, Dancing Bear,” a song by an obscure folk artist who goes by the name Birdengine, begins thus: There are some things that I just do not care to know It’s a lovely little tune, if maudlin and macabre are your thing, a song one might almost call anti-political. It is the art of solipsism, denial, an inwardness that dances over the abyss of pure self, navel gazing for its own sake. It is Kafka-esque, pathetic, and hysterical. I love it. My appreciation for this weird, outsider New Romanticism d...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, Hollywood, College, Current Affairs, Paul ryan, Pentagon, Cia, Kafka, Agency, James Baldwin, Rage Against The Machine, Facebook Twitter, Paris Review, Emerson


Is This the Most Accurate Fan Cover of the Beatles Ever? Hear a Faithful Recreation of the Abbey Road Medley

I once thought I might be from the last generation to have spent a good part of their youth in front of a pair of speakers, playing their parents’ Beatles records until they memorized every note. Abbey Road was a special favorite in our house. I must have heard the outro medley a hundred thousand times or more. Now that reissue vinyl is everywhere, or something resembling the original records, there are loads of people who can say the same thing—and loads more who have streamed Abbey...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Paul Mccartney, Memphis, Elvis, Mccartney, Lennon, Andy, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Buddy Holly, Josh Jones, Abbey Road, Durham NC Follow, Abbey Road Medley


When Lucy Lawless Impersonated Stevie Nicks & Imagined Her as the Owner of a Bad Tex-Mex Restaurant: A Cult Classic SNL Skit

What we wouldn’t give to travel back in time to Sedona, Arizona for a non-socially-distanced $2.99 Tuesday night burrito special at Stevie Nicks’ Fajita Roundup, the hundredth best restaurant in this 161-restaurant town according to one ratings site. Alas, the closest this Fleetwood Mac-flavored Tex-Mex establishment has ever come to physical existence was in October 1998 when actor Lucy Lawless, famous then as now for playing Xena the Warrior Princess, was hosting Saturday Night Live. The day b...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Television, Jimmy Fallon, College, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Chrissie Hynde, Lorne Michaels, Sedona, Facebook Twitter, Rock Roll Hall of Fame, Lawless, Fink, Sedona Arizona


When Lucy Lawless Impersonated Stevie Nicks & Imagined Her as the Owner of a Bad Mexican Restaurant: A Cult Classic SNL Skit

What we wouldn’t give to travel back in time to Sedona, Arizona for a non-socially-distanced $2.99 Tuesday night burrito special at Stevie Nicks’ Fajita Roundup, the hundredth best restaurant in this 161-restaurant town according to one ratings site. Alas, the closest this Fleetwood Mac-flavored Tex-Mex establishment has ever come to physical existence was in October 1998 when actor Lucy Lawless, famous then as now for playing Xena the Warrior Princess, was hosting Saturday Night Live. The day b...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Television, Jimmy Fallon, College, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Chrissie Hynde, Lorne Michaels, Sedona, Facebook Twitter, Rock Roll Hall of Fame, Lawless, Fink, Sedona Arizona


How Jazz Helped Fuel the 1960s Civil Rights Movement

Oh, Lord, don’t let ‘em shoot us! Oh, Lord, don’t let ‘em stab us! Oh, Lord, don’t let ‘em tar and feather us! Oh, Lord, no more swastikas! Oh, Lord, no more Ku Klux Klan! —Charles Mingus, “Fables of Faubus” In 1957, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus decided that integration—mandated three years earlier by Brown v. Board of Ed.—constituted such a state of emergency that he mobilized the National Guard to prevent nine black students from going to school. An outraged Charles Mingus responded ...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Washington, Alabama, History, United States, Arkansas, Village Voice, Jazz, John Coltrane, Birmingham, Naacp, Civil rights movement, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong


Gil Scott-Heron Spells Out Why “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

Consider the influence of television, even in the digital age. Consider the power that networks like Fox and CNN continue to wield over that nebulous thing called public opinion; the continued dominance of NBC and CBS. These giants don’t really inform so much as sell packaged ideological content paid for and approved by corporate sponsors. There's really no need to update poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron’s radical, 1971 classic “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” unless we wanted to...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, Nbc, College, Jay Z, Cnn, Fox, Current Affairs, Cbs, Nina Simone, Woodstock, Lauryn Hill, Facebook Twitter, Brooklyn Rail, Gil Scott Heron


When Afrobeat Legend Fela Kuti Collaborated with Cream Drummer Ginger Baker

At the end of the 60s, superstar drummer and angriest man in rock Ginger Baker was on the verge of collapse. Strung out on heroin, deeply grieving Jimi Hendrix’s death, and alienated from his former Cream and Blind Faith bandmates, he needed a new direction. He found it in Nigeria, where he decamped after driving a Range Rover from Algeria across the Sahara Desert. (A madcap adventure captured in the 1971 documentary Ginger Baker in Africa). Once in Lagos, Baker started jamming with Afro...
Tags: Google, Music, UK, England, London, College, Nigeria, Africa, US, Jimi Hendrix, Algeria, Rolling Stone, Baker, Sahara Desert, Facebook Twitter, Trinity College


What Makes a Cover Song Great?: Our Favorites & Yours

Many years ago I tried to persuade friends I played with in a local indie band to debut a country-punk version of Wu Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” live. No one went for it, and looking back, I’m pretty sure it would have been a musical disaster. That 90s hip-hop classic deserves better than our Weird Al-meets-Ween-meets-Wilco approach, which is not to say that such a cover couldn’t work at all, but that Neil Young was more our speed. Great cover songs come in all styles, and the world’s best ...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Wilco, Jimi Hendrix, Charles Bradley, Neil Young, Roger Ebert, Wu Tang Clan, Trent Reznor, Facebook Twitter, Johnny Cash, Ozzy, Dylan, Gus Van Sant, Otis Redding


Led Zeppelin’s 2007 Reunion Concert Streaming Free for a Limited Time

A quick heads up: Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion at London's O2 Arena is now streaming free ... for the next two days. Writes Jambase: "Founding members vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones shared the stage that night for the first time since 1995. Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, was behind the kit for the 16-song performance. Celebration Day, the concert film and live album documenting the one-off reunion, was rele...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Kashmir, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jason Bonham, Good Times Bad Times



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