Happy Samhain Playlist

October 31, 2008

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Thoreau Time

October 28, 2008

Image design by C. Davis and C. Willis. Photographs depicting those groups in decline courtesy of K. Cerrudo, A. Miller-Rushing, J. Novak, T. Barnes, and C. Rushworth

Pipetop’s Lala Forecast Widget

October 24, 2008

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Wow, I am entranced by what Lala is evolving into…. Very cool….in fact this has the promise to be better than sliced iTunes with a dab of Facebook and a mutant splash of a Netflix model as a chaser.

Creative Music Studio

October 22, 2008

Interesting article about an interesting place that has been quite a bit under the historical radar, the Creative Music Studio Jazz trove reported on in the NY Times

Funky Fightin’ Berimbau Sample

October 2, 2008

A berimbau is a one stringed musical bow instrument outta Brazil with the metal string often made from the inside liner of a truck tire, it has an accompanying caxixi, a shaker; it is modulated by placing the gourd against the stomach and removing it. It sounds both organic and outerspacey…

Over at the Freesound site there are a number of great berimbau samples, this one is especially good and played by Capaeira Mestre Calango. Very funky.

Oh, and are you familiar with capaeira? Brazilian martial dance fighting….the berimbau is central in accompanying the dances/capaeira. The relationship of the berimbau to capaeira reminds me of the relationship highland bagpipes has to martial troop maneuvering…


October 1, 2008

Shoes Are Not For Walking…

September 13, 2008

Oh My. Here we have another fantastic┬áslide show from Bill Cunningham of the NYTimes, but it is the voice over with the photos and subject matter that tickles me to no end. Stop it please. Please this is too much. I could listen to this for years, In fact I think I will…. It’s like a ridiculous Terry Gilliam Brazil outake with a voiceover by a character from an old Warner Bros. cartoon, “not to start everyone on a rampage…. ah huh huh ghuh….”