Lick My Decals Off, Baby is the fourth album by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, released in 1970 on Frank Zappa’s Straight Records label. The follow-up to Trout Mask Replica, it is regarded by some critics and listeners as superior, and was Van Vliet’s personal favorite. Don Van Vliet said that the title is an encouragement to “get rid of the labels”, and to evaluate things according to their merits rather than according to superficial labels (or “decals”).
We were warned.
We didn’t believe them.
eOne Music Canada signed Kelowna, BC-based The Wild! Their new EP is scheduled to be released in early 2015.
Their reputation, we were told, goes something like this:
“Guns N Roses, AC/DC, and the best party you’ve ever been to, all in one band. They are so crazy they have an “!” at the end of their name.
“Ha, ha!” We said, having over 120 years of experience between the staff. “We can handle everything! It’s 2014! The days of crazy rock and rollers went out the door in 1977 and Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin and the Sunset Strip! Look at their silly website name – they even put rock and roll in their URL! Dude, we had Slash on the label for years, so we know what we’re doing.”
eOne Music’s A&R Nathan Quinn asked The Wild! on Friday after the contract was done if they’d like to go out for dinner and celebrate. We found out this is like asking if Stephen King knows how to write scary books. He came home Saturday afternoon. This is a photo of him after leaving the hospital. All he’ll say is it involved a high-end restaurant to start, The Bovine, Cherry Cola’s, a stretch limo, a sunrise, and a bar tab into 5 figures.
We were told about their “Party ‘Til You’re Dead” attitude. It’s not just a song in their set. It’s what they do.
God help us all.
The Wild! are coming.
“Basketball Jones” was a song from Cheech & Chong’s 1973 Los Cochinos (“The Pigs”) record, and is about teenage Tyrone and his love of basketball sung in a falsetto voice by Cheech Marin. That’s not the ‘wow’ part, though. Listen for the backing band: George Harrison, Klaus Voorman, Carole King, Nicky Hopkins, Tom Scott and Billy Preston. The Blossoms with Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector and Michelle Phillips were the voices of the singing cheerleaders. The song was released as a single in September 1973 and reached #15 in the US charts, and animated short film of Basketball Jones was created to promote the release of the single.
On the heels of remixing The Antlers’ song “Doppelgänger,” Daniel Lanoishas reimagined the track “Adounia Ti Chidjret” by Grammy-winning desert blues band Tinariwen, capturing the collaborative spirit of “Anti-Thesis,” the Brooklyn concert event where all three artists will take the stage together this Monday, November 10th. Accompanying the new track is a guerilla video ofLanois remixing live as he rides through the streets of Toronto in a 1972 Fleetwood Brougham; nobody said deep sonics couldn’t be fun.
“Anti-Thesis” is a celebration of “body music,” a sound more visceral thanLanois’ classic ambient experiments with Brian Eno, but with a similar bent towards the hypnotic and immersive, stretched out into structures that proclaim texture and rhythm over hooks and pop structure. From Can to Ornette Coleman, this is music that often fails to cut through traditional media channels because the expansive nature doesn’t lend itself to our quick click culture, but music that lives on in secret societies until it becomes the defining sound of the decades that follow.
These three artists couldn’t be more different in terms of industry tropes like “genre,” but within this context of “body music,” they are bonded. TakeLanois’ remixes of The Antlers, and now, Tinariwen: on The Antlers remix, he takes an already ruminative tune into an even more spiritual/ambient mode, while for the Tinariwen remix, he uses his sonic skills to amp up the patented rhythmic throb of the track, creating something that evokes both the past and future.
So why are we doing “Anti-Thesis?” Because outsider music needs to start somewhere before it comes in from the cold. Because this music needs to be heard and more importantly “felt.” Because the union of these three great artists promises to generate new and unique sonic landscapes.
Reese’s long road to perfection has crossed the finish line. Holy diabetes, we have a winner. Introducing Reese’s peanut butter chocolate spread. Eventually, the next thing they develop will have to literally blow your head off. It’s over.
Sonic Youth‘s Thurston Moore guest hosted MTV’s late night show 120 Minutes back in 1994, with newly-rising Beck and the Beastie Boys’ Mike D collaborating on a strange jam.
You probably know that most YouTube videos are at a normal frame rate – either 24 frames per second (like a movie) or 30 frames per second (like TV). But now that YouTube is supporting 60fps, 1080p videos, YouTubers are starting to upload some really cool videos. Make sure you select the 1080p, 60fps quality for full effect.
Find yourself submerged into the voyage depths of hell, and deep into the mind of Kurt Cobain. The tape was made on a 4-track cassette recorder grabbing cuts from Cobain’s own record collection, the radio, band demos and sounds he made or recorded himself and uploaded by Vimeo user SpaceEcho (who claims Cobain gave the tape to him personally). Presenting the full version of Kurt Cobain’s “Montage Of Heck” mixed-tape from 1986.
Kurt Cobain’s “Montage Of Heck” from SpaceEcho on Vimeo.
Montage of Heck Track List:
“The Men In My Little Girl’s Life” by Mike Douglas
“The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” by The Beatles
“A Day In The Life” by The Beatles
“Eruption” by Van Halen
“Hot Pants” by James Brown
“Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” by Cher
“Go Away Little Girl” by Donny Osmond
“Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver
“Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin
“The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis, Jr.
“In A Gadda Da Vida” by Iron Butterfly
“Wild Thing” by William Shatner
“Taxman” by The Beatles
“I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family
“Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?” by The Barbarians
“Queen Of The Reich” by Queensryche
“Last Caress/Green Hell” covered by Metallica
“Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin
“Get Down, Make Love” by Queen
“ABC” by The Jackson Five
“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael
“Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden
“Eye Of The Chicken” by Butthole Surfers
“Dance of the Cobra” by Butthole Surfers
“The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s Grave” by Butthole Surfers
“New Age” by The Velvet Underground
“Love Buzz” by Shocking Blue
Orchestral music from 200 Motels by Frank Zappa
“Help I’m A Rock” / “It Can’t Happen Here” by Frank Zappa
“Call Any Vegetable” by Frank Zappa
“The Day We Fall In Love” by The Monkees
“Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath (intro)
Theme from The Andy Griffith Show
Mike Love (of The Beach Boys) talking about “Transcendental Meditation”
Excerpts of Jimi Hendrix speaking at the Monterey Pop Festival
Excerpts of Paul Stanley from KISS’ Alive!
Excerpts of Daniel Johnston screaming about Satan
Excerpts from sound effects records
Various children’s records (Curious George, Sesame Street, The Flintstones, Star Wars)
Artist Tracy Worral, has collaborated with the UK-based art gallery Dorothy, and created “Rock N’ Roll Zoo,” cool-illustrated literal interpretations of animal-themed titles of rock songs.
She writes: “Our slightly weird but very wonderful Rock ‘N Roll Zoo is home to a whole host of fantastical animals large and small including Buffalo Soldier (Bob Marley), Elephant Stone (The Stone Roses), Eye Of the Tiger (Survivor), Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat (Bob Dylan), Monkey Gone To Heaven (Pixies), Rocky Raccoon (The Beatles), Crocodile Rock (Elton John), The Love Cats (The Cure), Diamond Dogs (David Bowie), Hounds of Love (Kate Bush), Little Red Rooster (The Rolling Stones), Beetlebum (Blur) and Superfly (Curtis Mayfield).”
These woderful prints can be purchased here.
And if there’s something specific you like from the print, you can also purchase it individually.
Mario Wienerroither just sent over his latest musicless video – this time, he brings out the squeaks and drums for Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”
Stripped of their original audio and remixed with reimagined sound effects and noises corresponding to the action, Wienerroither transforms classic pop music videos into ridiculous scenes where artists burp, squeak, honk and generally play their instruments very, very badly.