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“The UK Gold” follows the dramatic battle of a vicar from a small parish in the London Borough of Hackney as he goes head to head with an ancient and mighty heavyweight, revealing its central status as the tax-haven nerve centre of the world.

As if that doesn’t sound like enough to make you want to see it already, its soundtrack was composed by Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Ninja, and Elbow’s Guy Garvey. Take a listen to it below.

This American Life host Ira Glass was never into William Burroughs. Didn’t get why people love his writing so much. Then he heard this radio story that changed all that, partly because it wasn’t very reverential about Burroughs. For Burroughs 101st birthday, we hear that story.

Iggy Pop, the documentary’s narrator, begins by listing some of the artists and artistic movements influenced by Burroughs: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Kurt Cobain, Lou Reed; punk, heavy metal. We hear from director John Waters on the impact on him of Burroughs’ open homosexuality and frankness about sex. Others talk about Burroughs’ heroin addiction and obsession with guns and weapons. Burroughs shot his wife to death in what he said was a terrible accident.

Iggy Pop picks up the story of Burroughs by explaining “Cut Up” — Burroughs habit of randomly jumbling, repeating and re-assembling words and phrases in his writing. David Bowie and others picked it up. We hear about Burroughs’ privileged childhood in St. Louis and his lifelong critique of exactly the world of power and money he grew up in. There’s archival footage of Burroughs and others reading his sci-fi stories, and finally Burroughs appearing on Saturday Night Live.

Found on Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 “Are You Experienced” album, “Third Stone From the Sun” is mostly an instrumental, but includes brief spoken passages by Hendrix over the music.

Voice recordings of Hendrix and his manager Chas Chandler are heard at a slower speed. At normal speed, the dialogue includes

Hendrix : Star fleet to scout ship, please give your position. Over.
Chandler : I am in orbit around the third planet of star known as sun. Over.
Hendrix : May this be Earth? Over.
Chandler : Positive. It is known to have some form of intelligent species. Over.
Hendrix : I think we should take a look (Jimi then makes vocal spaceship noises).

In this version, though, a great time was had by all.

Barbara London’s essay “Looking at Music” described it in the volume Rewind, Play, Fast Forward: The Past, Present and Future of the Music Video,

In October 1965, Paik screened his first videotapes as part of a series of “happening nights” at the Greenwich Village nightclub Cafe au Go Go—a venue that included Lenny Bruce and the Grateful Dead among its roster of performers. … Beatles Electroniques, 1966-69, made with the experimental filmmaker Jud Yalkut, is nothing less than an early black-and-white music video. Paik grabbed bits from the mock documentary A Hard Day’s Night (directed by Richard Lester in 1964), refilming and further distorting the footage through his video synthesizer (developed with engineer Shuya Abe). Snippets of the Beatles’ faces are caught in a loop of warped abstraction. To accompany the endlessly folding imagery, Paik created a sound track with Kenneth Lerner, which featured fragmented Beatles songs recited again and again. Whereas the original film is an upbeat paean to Beatlemania, Paik’s strategies of appropriation and repetition are conceptually closer to Andy Warhol’s silk-screened paintings of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, 1962, and Steve Reich’s phasing of spoken words from a publicized racial incident in his sound composition Come Out (1966). Like these works, Beatles Electroniquesbrought seriality into the realm of sensory overload.

It’s next to impossible to name any of the actual Beatles’ songs used, so take your guess, and be ready for an mind (or ear) blown.

The Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project is a collection of interviews concerning the Civil Rights movement and the socioeconomic, cultural, and political struggles of African Americans. Conducted in 1964 by Robert Penn Warren, a Kentucky native and the first poet laureate of the United States, these interviews constituted part of Warren’s research for his book Who Speaks for the Negro? Warren interviewed important civil rights leaders and activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., Milton Galamison, Adam Clayton Powell, Kenneth Bancroft Clark, Vernon Jordan, Malcolm X, Carroll Baker, Stokley Carmichael, William Hastie, Bayard Rustin, Ruth Turner, Claire Collins Harvey, Aaron Henry, Andrew Young, Gilbert Moses, and Ralph Ellison. Topics include racism throughout the United States, school integration, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), education, employment, nonviolent protest, peace activism, black nationalism and pride, civil rights legislation, religion and spirituality, the role of whites in the civil rights movement, Abraham Lincoln, African culture, the Free Southern Theatre, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Listen to the interviews here.

These are the telephone tapes made by A.J. Weberman of two phone calls (Jan 6th & 9th, 1971) to Bob Dylan regarding an article published by Weberman concerning Bob Dylan. Weberman became infamous for going through Dylan’s trash and selling the garbage he found. Rolling Stone magazine called Weberman “the king of all Dylan nuts”. Dylan, annoyed by Weberman who was constantly digging through his garbage, assaulted Weberman on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan.

Weberman expressed his unhappiness with Bob Dylan in a telephone conversation he recorded after digging through Dylan’s trash that was made into a 33 rpm LP by Folkways Records. That record has long since been deleted, but here it is.

As a music industry executive in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, Danny Fields was one of the most influential figures in the history of punk. He managed Iggy and the Stooges, as well as The Ramones, as has worked in various roles with The MC5, the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers.

Before Fields was hired by Elektra Records as a publicist, he hosted a radio show on New Jersey’s WFMU during its groundbreaking 1968-1969 free-form years. Check this out:

BitchTapes curates woman-centric mixtapes. This week’s Bitch Magazine‘s Bitchtape features some of the most heavy hitting women drummers in rock. Starting in the 1970s with the Slits, up into the 1980s with ESG, and working our way through the Pacific Northwest 90s with Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. Electrelane, Grass Widow, Broken Water and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club bring us into the 2000s, and they finish up with The Black Angels and Beverly who both released albums in 2014. So give this playlist a listen and start your 2015 off walking to the beat of these drummers.

Female Drummers Who Rock from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.

  1. I Heard it Through the Grapevine- The Slits
  2. U.F.O.- ESG
  3. Rebel Girl- Bikini Kill
  4. Oh!- Sleater-Kinney
  5. On Parade- Electrelane
  6. Fried Egg- Grass Widow
  7. Heal- Broken Water
  8. Took Out a Loan- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  9. Bad Vibrations- The Black Angels
  10. Honey Do- Beverly

This is the kind of record label promo you don’t see anymore – gathering up as many artists as possible to record a special holiday greeting for radio stations to play on the air. I love this idea, and which more IDs like this were being created. Contains messages from Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Gloria Estefan, Living Colour, Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, REO Speedwagon, Luther Vandross, Gino Vanelli, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Weird Al Yankovic and many more!

Angelou and Mitford teamed up to sing “Right, Said Fred” for the charity compilation album Stranger Than Fiction in 1998. The record included songs performed by bestselling authors Stephen King, Amy Tan and Dave Barry, and also rock critics Dave Marsh, Ben Fong-Torres and Greil Marcus, film critic Leonard Maltin and such literary heavyweights as Norman Mailer. Warren Zevon contributed liner notes and a variety of famous musicians played on the tracks, including Zevon, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of the Doobie Brothers, and Jerry Jeff Walker.