Posts Tagged ‘Retro’

Saturday Matinee – 5/4 Time Variations

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Here’s Dave Brubeck‘s partially discordant cool jazz classic “Take Five” in 5/4 time (also known as quintuple time, i.e, five beats per measure, quarter note gets the beat: 1-2-3-1-2, 1-2-3-1-2, etc.). Here’s an interesting take:

Sachal Studios, Lahore, Pakistan, with sitar and that boingy drum thingy.

Another famous song in 5/4 is Lalo Schifrin‘s “The Theme To Mission Impossible.” Here’s a bizarre version that wavers between 5/4 and 4/4, by Kua Etnika.

Sting‘s “Seven Days” is in 5/4, too, as if you cared, and Zappa’s former drummer Vinnie Colaiuta explains it here.

Ginger Baker’s Air Force also cranked 5/4 in 1970 with “Do What You Like,” and it included a self-indulgent in-your-face mandatory drum solo (dissected by Marky Ramone).

That should hold you for a tad. Have a great weekend folks, and we’ll be back in a jiffy.

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Welcome To The Cool Zone.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Welcome To The Cool Zone

Been there. It was cool.

[More abandoned amusement park stuff here. Related post here.]

Hold a big red greasy thing like Hollywood does.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Hold A Big Red Thing

[Found here.]

The Saturday Matinee – ANIJAM, Tommy Pederson & Frank Leightner, John Prine & Iris Dement

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Anijam” was a 1984 animation experiment created by Marv Newland, and appeared in the movie/video series “Animation Celebration.” No plot, just an exercise in surreal animation focused on an odd character named “Foska.” (Watch for some early computer animation sequences.)

ANIJAM was created by 22 animators, each doing a different sequence. The first drawing of each sequence is the last drawing of the previous sequence. The animators did not know what action came before, or went after their own sequence. The animators were free to create any animation that they wished. They were required to begin and end their sequence with Foska.”

So where do we go after that level of bizarre? How ’bout this:

The Flight of The Bumble Bee” [ca. 1900] on trombone is VERY tough to do. I could barely double-tongue on trumpet (dugga-dugga), or triple-tongue (dugga-ta-dugga-ta-dugga) but that guy was quadruple tonguing (dugga-dugga-dugga-dugga) on a trombone at high speed. Spike Jones’ band was awesome.

John Prine & Iris Dement at Sessions at West 54th (full concert) February 2014 [via]. The only thing I have against John Prine is/are his forced rhymes, but his voice and songwriting makes up for it. After all, it’s a Big ‘Ol Goofy World.

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

Where is The National Lampoon now that we need it?

Thursday, 6 November 2014

National Lampoon Death Issue

Seems somewhat appropriate given the results of yesterday’s poll. The majority of the US voting populace hasn’t bought into the crap promoted by the socialists, despite their hollow threats, and that’s a good thing.

[Image found all over the internest, but reposted from here.]

The Best VW Repair Manual Ever: “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot”

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

VW CUTAWAY
This predates the “For Dummies” books, and although it focuses on VWs, it’s also a primer on how all the systems in a gasoline-powered car work, how to maintain them, how to diagnose trouble and how to fix it.  It’s written as if your Uncle Joe was coaching you, and the diagrams (and comics) are hand-drawn in Robert Crumb style. I learned a lot from it when I was in my 20s, and the book is still in print via Amazon here.

Even if you don’t own an old VW, get a copy and read it just for fun, enjoy the illustrations, and pass it on to your favorite teenage greasemonkey like I did. (It’s the perfect Christmas gift for someone with a VW, an adjustable wrench, a hammer and a couple of screwdrivers.)

Oh, and click on the image to see the big picture.

Patching a Program

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Punch Tape Patch

Yeah. I remember computer paper punch tape. [Found here.]

A Small Motor-Driven Machine To Which Can Be Attached Various Implements

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hair Drying Device 1923

[Popular Science, 1923. Found here.]

“Friday The 13th Comes On A Monday This Month…”

Monday, 13 October 2014

Van Gogh

“… so we got a whole week of bad luck.”

[The Friday the 13th snark was coopted from Walt Kelly’s classic comic strip Pogo. Image from here – it’s a charcoal sketch by Vincent Van Gogh captioned “Worn Out: At Eternity’s Gate.”]

Elvis Smells A Shirt.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Elvis Smells A Shirt

[Found here.]


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