Sunday, 13 July 2014
Another punk bit the big one.
Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, assembled and helped create one of the most influential bands ever. The Ramones never had a hit single, despite hiring the legendary (and mentally disturbed) Phil Spector.
Tommy Ramone was not new to the recording industry when he and other Brooklyn friends decided to form a band to provide an alternative to the pre-packaged marketing-department formulaic garbage that infested the airwaves in the mid to late 1970s. The Ramones went back to rock and roll garage-band basics, with a twist – they played louder and faster.
That The Ramones rose to popularity by playing 3-chord rock in an obscure venue in the New York City Bowery district says a lot. Punk was born at CBGB’s, and although The Ramones’ garage-band style never garnered them a hit, their influence was huge.
Their message was, “Screw Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Kansas, Foreigner and ELO! Screw CSN&Y and Boston! Listen to C, F & G!”
And The Ramones were spot on. R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, and thanks.
[Crossposted from here.]
Sunday, 13 July 2014
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.
[Found here. Related posts here and here.]
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.
Friday, 11 July 2014
[Found here, here and here. One or more is a fake.]
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Don’t do this. Please don’t.
[Found in here.]
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
You’ve never seen, felt, tasted or heard a single one of these denizens of our world, but they sense you. Not only that, the dorky dude with the Simpsons eyes and funny teeth could save your life.
The BearPig-lookin’ animal is an 8-legged tardigrade that kicks ass and beats roaches on survivability in extreme conditions. I bet it eats live roaches too – it’s that badass. Even roaches can’t see it.
Click on the images to admire these cute lil’ buggers in large scale.
[More beasties with descriptions found here.]
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Any website called “Trigonometry Is My Bitch” that includes an inverse hyperbolic tangential hailstorm .gif gets an instant link on our sidebar. Tangents rule in my world, and I’m off on another one.
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.