October 30, 2008

do re me

fa so lala ti

 do music


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


October 9, 2008


punk post Wire

dots time with salty

lowdown dash

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…

Fishy Elephant and Donkey Music

September 5, 2008

I was wondering about the musical selections played at the conventions. The funniest most surprising one that I heard was “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer played after Bill Clinton’s speech….

When I heard Heart’s Barracuda played at the Elephant-in-the-Room convention I thought it effective but ironic and today Heart released a very clear and strong statement that they basically don’t want anything to do with the Elephant’s presumptuous use of the song.  Here is a quote from the Heart statement:

” The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.)”

And as sung in the song:  “If the real thing don’t do the trick, You better make up something quick.”

More colorful reporting about this over at Rolling Stone.

Remember when the Reagan campaign appropriated at length and repeatedly Springsteen’s Born in the USA  against his wishes…


My Musical Family Lives in the Basement

September 3, 2008