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Rail Roadtrip = Pure Awesome.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

RRoadtrip SEFT-1

Artists Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene (Los Ferronautas) built their striking silver road-rail SEFT-1 vehicle to explore the abandoned passenger railways of Mexico and Ecuador, capturing their journeys in videos, photographs and collected objects.

Between 2006 and 2011, the artists traveled across Mexico and Ecuador in the SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe). In a transdisciplinary art project, they set out to explore disused railways as a starting point for reflection and research, recording the landscapes and infrastructure around and between cities. Interviewing people they met, often from communities isolated by Mexico’s passenger railway closures, they shared their findings online, seft1.com, where audiences could track the probe’s trajectory, view maps and images and listen to interviews.

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[Found here. Related posts here and here.]

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Saturday Matinee – DZappa plays FZappa

Saturday, 12 July 2014

I was talking to a younger co-worker today, and out of the blue he asked what my favorite band was. Good question with an easy answer.

My response was Frank Zappa, any lineup post-Mothers, beginning with “Apostrophe.” Jazz, rock, & pop, Zappa had all genres covered, and he did them all well (especially R&B DooWop). “Peaches En Regalia” is one of my favorite songs [00:54:00].

Zappa was one of the few popular musicians/composers that I would have liked to have met face-to-face, but since I’m not in the industry, and that Frank Zappa passed away years ago, it’s not going to happen.

Dweezil & Co. plays Frank. Jump to 0:2:45 for the start of awesome (and yes, according to FZ, Dweezil was named after his mother’s little toe).

Have a great weekend, folks, and be back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Red Skelton, David Byrne & SRV

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Classic presentation of The Pledge Of Allegiance eloquently delivered by Red Skelton.


“This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” is classic David Byrne.

Let’s wrap it up with Stevie Ray Vaughan from 1983 with a killer version of “Texas Flood.”

Have a great Independence Day weekend, folks.

Hot Links From The Valley Of The Jolly

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Vibraniques

Back Up Truck P0rn. Watch the whole thing. Awesome happens at about 07:42.

Much retroness found here. I remember some of the stuff.

It’s pronounced “tchar-leenah.”

One of the greatest movie soundtracks ever.

Out of isometric graph paper? Here you go. [Found here.]

Play God. Create an island [via].

Hey, buddy. Got a light?

What surprised 18 3rd World immigrants once they immigrated to 1st World Nations. (Yeah, there appear to be a couple of trolls, but the others are interesting).

Top image: The Vibraniques (?).

Saturday Matinee – 5 lbs of Possum, Trombone Shorty & Blue Mother Tupelo

Saturday, 28 June 2014

“Five Pounds Of Possum” may be the greatest roadkill song ever.

Trombone Shorty (age 13?) kicks it at 01:20.

Serious Swamp Rock crankage from Blue Mother Tupelo.

Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow, and remember that all you have to do is cook out the bacteria.

Saturday Matinee – Mormonball, RamCam, Kim Wilson with Kid Ramos, & Hurray For The Riff Raff

Saturday, 7 June 2014

“They clownin’, man! “

Turn up the sound and be amused – two Mormon missionaries sharked a streetball game. Here’s an exerpt from the Utoobage description:

“My cousin Cole, a missionary in Dallas Texas, has been dying to play some street ball and got the chance. After playing it cool asking to play because they are “Just some white boys”, they were allowed to play and tried to make it look like they weren’t that good. That is until they started to play.
[...]
“He actually was on a State Champ basketball team where he can dunk a regulation size hoop. He has over a 40″ Vert. but doing this in his dress shoes is even better.”

RamCam is self explanatory.

Kim Wilson is the best original blues harmonica jammer since James Cotton, IMO. Yeah, Magic Dick was awesome, but KW wins it in my book.

Bunkessa showed up without warning a while ago, and suggested Hurray For The Riff Raff for a wrap. 27:30 is pure retro awesome.

Have a great weekend, folks, and be back here tomorrow for more fun.

Saturday Matinee – The Band 1969, Janis Joplin 1967 & Barry McGuire 1965

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Great performance by The Band, 1969. So let’s go retro to a great bluesey holler.

Janis Joplin did what other blues singers couldn’t do – get attention in the U.S in 1967. So what about 1965?

Barry McGuire gravelled his way through P.F. Sloan‘s “Eve of Destruction” without knowing what he was singing about almost 5o years ago. Turns out he may have been right for the wrong reasons, but it’s still a classic song.

If you agree with the Barry McGuire of 1965, believe that things are falling apart in 2014 and have the right to vote, please use your vote wisely… and whenever in doubt, abstain or vote NO.

Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow for the cool stuff.

Saturday Matinee – Miss Tess, J.D. McPherson & 2 DooWop Documentaries

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Miss Tess & The Bon Ton Parade perform “That Oo Oo Oo” in October 2009. According to the Utoobage comments, she’s playing an electrified 1920 Weymann archtop. This is early morning roadtrip music for me. I love it.

J.D. McPherson at Sun Studios 2014. Jump to 02:30 for kickass rockabilly.

Doowop wasn’t called “Doowop” until the 60s or so, so here’s a Rhythm & Blues Documentary instead. Yeah it’s  kinda sucky, so try this:

Have a great weekend folks, and remember that this three-day weekend is not a holiday honoring BBQs and bloviating politicians.

Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives in the name of Freedom.

Saturday Matinee – Tuba Skinny with Erika Lewis, Leon Redbone, Brent Johnson & The Call Up

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Tuba Skinny on a hot, steamy New Orleans day, playing James Scott’s “Climax Rag”  from 1914. Pay attention to the girl on cornet – she knows exactly how to do it right – and before you assume that the girl on bass drum is only there for eye candy, check this out:

That’s Erika Lewis & Tuba Skinny performing at The Louisiana Busker Fest in Abita Springs 21 April 2013.  BTW, the band is from Tasmania. Now, how ’bout some Leon?

Leon Redbone made his debut in 1976 with his album “On The Tracks.” Here he is on SNL, and here’s Mr. Redbone’s  home page.

Mike Imbasciani with Brent Johnson & the Call Up doing a heavy swamp rock take of Chick Willis‘ “Stoop Down Baby.”

There are enough links up there to keep you out of trouble for a few hours. Have a great weekend folks, see you back here tomorrow for more fun stuff.

[Update: Tuba Skinny is from Louisiana. Thanks to Lulu for the correction.]

Saturday Matinee – Mock Lobster, Mountain Of Dinosaurs & Spirit Family Revival

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Mock Lobster by the Bit52s is very cool [via].

Mountain of Dinosaurs [Rasa Strautmane, USSR 1967] was an anti-soviet propaganda film. Watch it for the nuances before you read the following.

The short warns about what happens if powerful stewards meant to care for individuals actually stifle those they are charged to protect. Dinosaurs didn’t die because of climate change, the short says, but because their eggs became so thick-shelled in response to colder temperatures that the baby dinosaurs couldn’t hatch. The shells (yes, the eggshells speak) mindlessly drone that they are doing their “duty,” but by growing thicker and thicker they kill the nascent sauropods. The scene is the saddest dinosaur cartoon I’ve ever seen, and it seems to be a metaphor for the Soviet government suppressing the rights of individual citizens. Indeed, the death of dinosaurs was not only used by Americans to issue dire warnings — they are an international symbol of extinction.

Brian Switek

Heavy stuff is neither to be ignored nor swept under the rug, IMO.

So let’s lighten it up a tad instead.

The Spirit Family Reunion plays “Come On/Anna” in a bus. Nice roadtrip music, even if they play it at 11.

Have a great weekend, folks, and be sure to hug your mother on Sunday.


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