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Kioku / Happy Fun Smile

My friend Wynn Yamami leads a great experimental music group called “Kioku” (Japanese for “memory”), and they’re going on a west coast tour this summer. You can go to their myspace page to hear what they sound like, but if you’d rather… read more >>

Paris Hilton has nothing to do with Hawaiian Shirt Day

This is a watershed Wednesday. Everybody came be-decked in their ersatz Polynesian finery. It’s getting embarrassing. Maybe next week we’ll bring in our ukuleles. Hang loose, wahinis.

Dashboard Confessional at the Knitting Factory Part II!

As promised, here is a picture of the line for Dashboard Confessional’s free show at the Knitting Factory. A few comments about the photo: I love how happy the guy in the front in the hat looks. And he deserves to be-he’s… read more >>

Dashboard Confessional Secret Show! To-nite!

So, b.ARC comes in today and says “hey, you got your camera? There’s a line of people outside of the Knit. Go over and figure out what’s going on.” The Knitting Factory is one of our neighbors, so I waltzed right over… read more >>

“Some are dead and some are living…”

Silence of the lambs… Yes it was lug nuts in the carcasses last weekend at the more-or-less annual Lamb Roast and Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Party upstate at Breezy Hill Orchard near Poughkeepsie NY. Tell me Clarice, how noisy are those… read more >>

Rubinoos / Avril update

Part three, kids, hang in there. In case anyone was curious, the musicologist the Lavigne camp hired is Anthony Ricigliano. He was the expert – on the losing side – when the Isley Brothers sued Michael Bolton. In 1994, a jury found… read more >>

Wanted!

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we… read more >>

bite

Picture this:

Nifty update this morning on NPR of ongoing progress on a visual scanning technology for reading records that the Library of Congress is funding. A no-toucha-my-vinyl routine which will preserve a whole lotta music without damaging the original artifact. Basically this machine… read more >>

Woody Guthrie

Tomorrow, July 14, Woody Guthrie would have turned 95.  Happy birthday, Woody!  Here’s a short little clip of him playing (gotta love the part where the narrator says “lost in archives for over 40 years”; sounds so nefarious): [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5NJKx8ObDY] Also, some really… read more >>

Jr.

So I took the ‘G’ train. I’ve never taken the ‘G’ train. NO ONE has ever taken the ‘G’ train. But two Dutch stops later ( Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Bedford-Nostrand} I was in Bed-Sty, past alternating magnificent and run-down town houses, passing under… read more >>

The bar has been raised.

Today, Gizmodo blogged a YouTube video of a woman playing Ode to Joy on a panpipe made from tampon applicators.  It’s an amazing idea whose time I am surprised hasn’t yet come (apologies if it has; I am as of yet totally… read more >>

Shoutout to Mr. Butch

A friend just told me that a Boston institution, Mr. Butch (the King of Kenmore Square) has passed. Vaya con dios, sir. http://bostonist.com/2007/07/12/boston_has_lost.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Butch

iPhone Contest (continued)

 Yes, folks, my “New Edison-style Cup Phonograph Kit” has arrived safe and sound.  Now, when you send your contest entries in, I should be able to listen to them.  (If you’re just finding our blog, I launched the “Greatest Contest Ever” a… read more >>

I bet Avril has never even HEARD of Peaches!

Over on AbsolutePunk they’re doing the vergleichende Musikwissenschaft thing again, this time examining the connections between Avril Lavine’s “I Don’t Have To Try” and “I’m The Kinda” by Peaches. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0d2z-dWZmE] Oh, when are they gonna leave it alone. The two CLEARLY don’t… read more >>

Dr. Luke Exposed: Rubinoos v. Avril part deux

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37Ec9sRh8FI] Nice. Every time I listen the conviction that the “old people,” as the Rubinoos are known on the Avril Lavigne fan forums, totally kick teenybopper ass. In the comments section of part one of the Avy-noos saga HeyHeyYouYou outs producer and… read more >>

Music of the Living Dead.

Compliments of 1982… HOME TAPING IS KILLING MUSIC AND ITS ILLEGAL I come across this kind of a lot on records from the late 70s and early 80s.  If someone makes this into a t-shirt, please send some over to the ARChive,… read more >>

An Exotic Sheet Music Cover Collection Online!

While cataloging New York based organizations for the New York Musicians Index and Archive (or the NYMIA, a forthcoming resource for musicians in New York State), I found a really cool link on the New York Sheet Music Society’s web site to… read more >>

7-7-07!

Happy National Day of Stryper, y’all!  How are you celebrating? Let us know in comments! I know I said I’d be listening to metal, but instead I’m writing and listening to dub: In a couple of minutes I’m going to mess around… read more >>

Avril v. Rubinoos: Is it theft if you leave out the hook?

So Avril Lavigne is getting sued for stealing the Rubinoos‘ super pop classic “I Wanna be Your Boyfriend” First, let me say I like both these songs a lot. What can I say? I’m a sucker for bubblegum! Naturally in the interest… read more >>

The Anti iPhone Contest.

Edit: ALL SYSTEMS GO NOW!  GO HERE TO HEAR! Yes, the iPhone’s out and I can’t read anything without having to wade through all sorts of iPhone crap. I’m sure our readers have had enough about the iPhone as well, so in… read more >>