Category Archives: People, Art, Entertainment
[via] RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose music was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89. Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in […]
He’s responsible for the deliciously relaxed and understated guitar work you remember from Rainy Night in Georgia and the driving chukka chukka whipsnap that propelled Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady, as well as her version of Spanish Harlem. And he’s lent his masterful musical sense to many, many other tunes from artists as diverse as Ringo Starr, Archie Shepp, Joe […]
John Peel’s Record Collection ”Online interactive digital museum” The Space has begun the mammoth task of digitising DJ John Peel’s record collection. Now, nearly 8 years after his death, the first 100 albums under the letter A are ready, with a new letter to be released every week. With bonus content such as photos, Peel Sessions and samples of […]
[MeFi - hippybear] March 10, 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Jethro Tull’s Thick As A Brick album, their first ever #1 album in the US. (Previously, sadly the “very extensive packaging” newspaper link has rotted, but a replacement has happily been found.) And April 2, 2012 will see the release of Thick As A […]
[MeFi] Monkees singer Davy Jones passes away. (heart attack. Davy was aged 66) Davy Jones was one of four young actors cast to play members of the fictional rock band, The Monkees. He was considered to be “The Dreamboat” of the group. Some of the songs on which Jones sang lead: Daydream Believer I Wanna Be Free Valeri Daddy’s Song (from Head) […]
Courthouse News Service – Adam Klasfeld reports: Street artist Shepard Fairey lamented the “worst thing I’ve ever done in my life,” at an arraignment hearing where he admitted that he lied in court about the Obama photograph that inspired the iconic “Hope” poster. “In January 2008, I created the Obama ‘HOPE’ poster to help then-Sen. […]
[video link] AAP reports: Only a few hundred people braved the wet weather in Sydney to hear Alethea Jones‘ name announced as the 2012 Tropfest (Sydney) winner and founder John Polson is now considering moving the date of the film festival to avoid February rains. Jones, who hails from Victoria, won for her short film Lemonade […]
[MeFi] Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Pop‘ or, simply ‘The Voice,’ singer, actress, producer and a former model, Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48 y.o. Her self-titled debut album, released in 1985, sold 25 million copies worldwide. “In recent years, she struggled with drug abuse. She is survived by daughter Bobbi Kristina and […]
The Seventh Art is an independently produced video magazine about cinema with three sections: a profile on an interesting group/company/organization in the industry, a video essay and a long-form interview with a filmmaker. The production is based out of Toronto, Canada. Issue #1 Contents: i. Filmswelike (Ron Mann) ii. Video Essay iii. Interview: Guy Maddin The […]
‘Frank Zappa’, a documentary by Roelof Kiers for VPRO TV, Holland, 1971. With Dutch subtitles: Part One; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four; Part Five.
Mumbrella reports: An Australian music act is seeking legal advice after an ad that ran during the Super Bowl featured music similar to one of the band’s songs. The John Butler Trio was made aware by its fans through social media that the melody to a Oikos Greek yoghurt ad was very similar to the band’s […]
[MeFi - flapjax at midnite] Chances are that sometime, somewhere, out of the corner of one ear, at least, you’ve heard the iconic (yet all-but-forgotten) “Willie and the Hand Jive”. Set to a Bo Diddley beat, it was an infectious little number that made quite a splash back in its day. Here’s a fun live version of the […]
Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Jeff Tweedy.
Apparition is an interactive dance and media performance conceived and directed by Klaus Obermaier, in collaboration with the Ars Electronica Futurelab, featuring Desirée Kongerød and Rob Tannion. [video link]
[MeFi] Don Van Vliet is self-taught. He neither expects allowances for the amateur’s lack of dexterity nor permits any technical deficiency on his own part to limit his scope. Nobody’s understanding or forbearance sets limits to what he does – any more than does the fear of going wrong. The lacerations, transgressions, and awkward moments that he […]