Featuring Kraftwerk, Big Youth, The Electric Prunes and many others. Cheq out this tambourine 101 with Joel Gion from The Brian Jonestown Massacre. He's like an American Bez. From the Velvet Underground to The Byrds, if you want that authentic 60s sound, you'll be needing a tambourine person. In this video he shows some of his favourites from his extensive collection. If anyone out there knows where I can get one of those Ludwigs with the "Gene Clarke hole", let me know. Right on!
Black 2 Comm is a genre free radio show produced and presented by Paul Jackson. Each track connects to the following in a running order that switches between musical styles, dates and audio quality - often leading to strange and unlikely musical pairings. Avoiding the restrictions of mainstream radio play-listing and genre based programming, the sequence carves its own unique path through pop culture. It is broadcast live at 8 o'clock on Sunday evenings on Resonance 104.4 FM (in central London) and can be streamed from resonancefm.com.
Featuring The B-52's, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Dub Synicate and others. Cheq out this video for Punjabi-Canadian "singer" NAV and Metro Boomin's "Perfect Timing". It features all the standard hip hop promo requirements including the counting of money, the sipping of "lean" from a double styrofoam cup and wrist watches that cost more than you'll earn in your entire lifetime. What is unusual though is that the objectification of women is turned up a notch in this video. Scantily clad strippers can be seen bearing their pixelated breasts while donning panda and rabbit heads . . . perfect timing y'all!
Featuring The Rolling Stones, Shonen Knife, Woah Vicky and more. Cheq out this incredible footage of the Flamin' Groovies performing "Slow Death" (the best song the Stones never did) on French television in 1972. Guitarists Cyril Jordan and James Ferrell are both playing transparent Dan Armstrong plexiglas axes, the latter wearing a shirt with collars so big, he's in danger of taking off. Frontman Chris Willson (who'd recently replaced Roy Loney) is seriously rocking out with four, yes four maracas . . . not even Bez could manage that!
Featuring Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, The Sundays, Sonic Youth and more. Cheq out this interview that Dee Dee Ramone gave to MTV when he left the Forrest Hills Four in 1989. Many felt that the bass player was going through some kind of mid life crisis, having recently left his wife Vera and choosing to come off his medication. He felt that the constant touring was not compatible with his new found sobriety. He never did things by halves. He would attend three AA/NA meetings, buy himself a present like a new tattoo or a Rolex watch (at one point he was wearing three at a time) for every day that he stayed sober.
Featuring The Damned, Lil Tay, King Crimson and much more. Cheq out this footage of Tim Buckley performing "Song To The Siren" on The Monkees TV show in 1968. Monkees sticksman Mickey Dolenz, who directed this particular episode, had five minutes to fill and invited his friend Tim Buckley to play a song. He puts in an incredible performance, accompanied by his Guild 12 string acoustic in a pair of fawn jumbo chords. Buckley would go on to record a very different sounding version for his 1970 "Starsailor" album. The song would eventually reach a much wider audience when Cocteau Twins' singer Elizabeth Fraser provided the vocal on This Mortal Coil's version.