Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Piping Hot {August '12} Mix

Well, it's the end of the month (August) and instead of sifting through OLD vinyl and OLD cassettes, I decided to start a series called "Piping Hot" that concentrates solely on brand NEW music!

So, at the end of each month I will compile (from that particular month) all of the hot, fresh, cutting edge songs that I can find from not only bands and musicians I already know and love, but also bands and musicians I've just discovered. Sound thrilling?!

 And August '12 is just the beginning ... I'm excited to see what the upcoming months have to offer! 

As always ...


You may download the mixtape RIGHT HERE

The tracklist is HERE.


>>>>RANDOM NEWS<<<<<

HEY Huntsville folks!!! This Friday, August 31st (6-8pm) come see me on the 1st floor of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in Huntsville, AL for the closing reception of my "Silent Majority" painting exhibit! I'll have new bumper stickers and my new LOVE T-shirts (below) available as well!
Hope to see ya there!


 >>>>>>>VIDEOS ARE NOW<<<<<<<

Hey look!!! This new Ariel Pink video plays like an 80's porn without the porn parts! haha

An intense and (literally) mental video from Frightened Rabbit

Roy Burns recently posted a wonderful piece about the very obscure 60's singer, Karen Dalton ... You can read it HERE. Thanks, Roy!

Here is a Karen Dalton video

This new Xiu Xiuvideo is dedicated to Ryan!

Wow! A new Michel Gondry movie! Hope it comes to B'ham!

Here's two great Jazz videos:

1. Matt Shultz posted this 'un of one of my all-time favorites, Thelonious Monk ...
Thanks, Matt!

2. John Schmersal posted this aboslutely incredible video of (Birmingham's own) Sun Ra from the 1988 Under The Sky Festival ... Wow!
Cheers, John!

>>>A Triple Dose of Dessert!<<<

Roy posted this amazing Jan Švankmajer animated clip circa 1966 ... Danke!

Walker posted this rather bizarre "Libya Children" video ... Thankers, Walker!

And Tantra posted this pretty funny bit from SNL called "Coffee Talk"...


The following (excellent) photographs were taken by my extremely talented twin brother, Peter ... Here here! Thanks for letting me post them, brother!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Merrillee's Across The Pond Mix

Hey! It's the 2nd to last week of August! Today we have exactly one more month of Summer left!

This month's guest mixtape was created for you by the one and only Merrilee Challiss who is not only an incredible visual artist (check out her awesome work HERE!), but also the owner of the best rock venue in the USA, Bottletree Cafe!

What I dig about this mix so much is that it has this old school feeling to it, like you're lazing around a friend's house and they're putting on record after record and those present are occasionally commenting on the songs and the music floating through the rooms. This compilation's mood seems thick with a soft and relaxing sort of nostalgia. Nice.

I asked Merr to describe the playlist and she said:

"Here are some just fun (pop) and doleful songs by British and French people all mixed together....a last hurrah for Summer...."

Short and sweet ...Lovely!
THANKS again for the music, Merr!

As always, ENJOY.

You may download the mix RIGHT HERE.

Here is the track list:


>>>>RANDOM NEWS<<<<<

So the brand new Wild Nothing album, "Nocturne" is now streaming!
Check it out HERE.

Speaking of streaming, so is the brand new Animal Collective album, "Centipede Hertz" !!!
Each song has some amazing visuals created by Avey Tare's sister, Abby Portner.
Check it out HERE.

In local B'ham news, watch these protestors make a ruckus at the latest civil rights "immigration law" hearing :


Speaking of hearings and protests, witness Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist punk-rock band based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, the band stages politically provocative performances about Russian political life in unusual locations, such as Lobnoye Mesto on Red Square, on top of a trolleybus or on a scaffold in the Moscow Metro.

On February 21, 2012, five members of the group staged a performance on the soleas of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, motivated by their opposition to the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the politics of the Russian Orthodox Church. Their actions were stopped by church security officials. On March 3, after a video (below) of the performance appeared online, three of the group members were arrested and charged with hooliganism.

It's pretty outrageous that these women were arrested. A lot of folks are upset about it and wanting to get them out of jail. Read this Kathleen Hanna interview about Pussy Riot's jailing HERE.

And Pitchfork did an article about "why Pussy Riot matter" HERE.

Furthermore, Peaches made a protest video for Pussy Riot starring The Knife, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn And John, Nick Zinner, the Hives, Miike Snow, Kate Nash, Light Asylum, Wayne Kramer, Marshall Crenshaw, JD Samson, and others

Here's Pussy Riot's new single

So it turns out that the 3 women arrested were sentenced to 2 years in prison.
Pretty outrageous, huh?!

You can sign a petition to free them HERE

and also Laura Ledbetter sent me the following Amnesty International protest link with another
petition. You can sign it HERE and help give these brave ladies JUSTICE!!!


 >>>>>>>VIDEOS ARE NOW<<<<<<<

Hey look! It's an INSANE new Animal Collective video!!

Here is the very tour-oriented new Japandroids video

Elise posted this very subtitle-filled one by French Films. Gracias, E!

Dig this marvelous animated short by Kevin Parry

Jamie Naugher posted this excellent Liquid Liquid video from '83 ... Cheers!

And here's a sort of "day in the life" new Peaking Lights video


1st up, Walker Yancey posted this madness called Baby's Gang ... Thanks!

And my brother Peter sent me this bit of Mario madness (gets bizarre towards the middle!) ... Danke, mein bruder!