Saturday Matinee – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Contours, and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros is a bit of an enigma to me. Some songs sound like folk busker music, some seem almost evangelical, and then they morph into a psychedelic jug band. Formed by singer Alex Ebert, the band’s name is based on a story he wrote about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe.

The Contours should need no introduction, but not according to some of the comments in the Utoobage. The 1962 hit Do You Love Me was written by James Brown and Pee Wee Ellis.

A former James Brown impersonator, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires turned up the soul groove with this retro gem from 2014. Great bassline too.

Happy Memorial Day weekend, stay safe in your travels, and we’ll be sitting on the porch as usual if you want to stop by.

Filipendulous Hot Links

Don’t Look Back, The Temptations (1967)
The Classic Five – Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams performing live on the Ed Sullivan Show 19 November 1967. The Temptations were THE Motown Sound (thanks in part to Smokey Robinson).

Peter Tosh (with Mick Jagger) recorded his version of Don’t Look Back in 1978.



Trilobite eyes.

“That makes sense.”

More Glitterbombing.

Life Lessons with Mr. T.

Russian Army Barbie World.

A history of Steamed Hams.

A repo repo {via Bunkerville].

There’s a reason for the nets.

Good planets are hard to find.

Eastbound on I-54 with Honey.

Playing with panic [h/t Pam M.].

A moment of cognitive dissonance.

Attack of the Marmite [ht Aussie Infidel].

The Social Conformity experiment (2015).

FYI: Facebook class action settlement notice.

A tiny sci-fi story every day [via Mme. Jujujive].

Women laughing alone with salad [via Memo Of The Air].

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Saturday Matinee – A.I. Family Guy Pizza, Hot Club de Piracicaba, Jimmie Vaughan, and Robert Randolph & The Family Band

When you ask A.I. to create a Family Guy pizza commercial you get this.

Hot Club de Piracicaba performs Paganini in Django style.

Guitar great Jimmie Vaughan is still pickin’ the blues at 72.
At 04:12 he says it’s an Eddie Taylor song, but a 1952 Meteor Records 78rpm issue credits Elmore James & James Taub as the writers.

Robert Randolph and The Family Band
“In his adolescent years before being discovered by the secular community, [Randolph] was almost completely unaware of non-religious music. He went on exclaim in an interview that ‘I grew up and saw a lot of older guys playing lap steels and pedal-steel guitars in my church. I had never heard of the Allman Brothers, or even Buddy Guy or Muddy Waters.’ “ [Wiki}

And I had never heard the term sacred steel before today. Have a great weekend, see you back here tomorrow. Bring your laundry.

Palificational Hot Links

Sugar Sugar, Wilson Pickett (1970) The same year The Archies bubblegum song was released, Wilson Pickett showed the world how even a crappy cloying song can sound great.

Lol City.

Mo Rilla.

Lez Pugs.

Three minutes of odd.

Doodling on an iPhone.

Ahnold filled a pothole.

The Bowl and the Laser Bat.

Laser topper [via Bunkerville].

Weather cat apology [h/t Kirk W.].

This is Bob. He doesn’t talk much.

The Jiggle Line for action pictures.

Michigan man finds squatters in his mailbox.

The Sav-On Fight Song [via Memo Of The Air].

[Top image found here. Don’t know the story, but a ship has been lost in Future World.]

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Quadrumanous Hot Links

Running Around, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs (1961) Williams & The Zodiacs were best known for their classic 1960 hit Stay, the shortest recorded number one hit in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart (US).

Taco Spin.

The Rewind Museum.

On Southern Heritage.

Norwegian bicycle lift.

An Aperiodic Monotile.

Always save the receipt.

U.S. Marines tested DARPA AI.

Silent Props [via Nag on the Lake].

Whanganui men [via Memo Of The Air].

The Flight of the Helivector [via Bunkerville].

Infra-Red, In Situ (IRIS) Inspection of Silicon.

Don’t let the dandelion horn die [via Mme. Jujujive].

[Top image was posted by somewhere on Twitter, misplaced the linky. It appears to be a pissed-off Short-eared Owl making a big scary face with its wings.]

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Lambitive Hot Links

You Can’t Make Me Doubt My Baby, Bunker Hill (1963) In the late 1950s David Walker joined a traditional gospel group, the Sensational Wonders, who would later become The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Walker used the pseudonym Bunker Hill to avoid conflict of interest trouble but they found out anyway and Walker was booted. As Bunker Hill, Walker also recorded with Link Wray (with brother and manager Vernon Wray).


In Reality.

What are you?

Rock-a-bye baby.

Robbie the Robar.

A letter to a centenarian.

Robopigeon [via Mme. Jujujive].

Jammin’ the bar codes [via IHSTWOTI]

What we have that they don’t [via Feral Irishman].

Buy ’em by the sack [via The View from Lady Lake].

Explained: Netherlandish Proverbs, Bruegel the Elder, 1559.
[h/t Memo Of The Air]

Flight 5390 in flight photos; story here. [h/t Bunkerville]

[Top image found here. I think those are young emus.]

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Saturday Matinee – Bill Plympton’s Boney D, Elise LeGrow & Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Boney D. (1996) by Bill Plympton & Jonathan Lee . Better than computer animation, and Plymptoons always made me smile.

Elise LeGrow‘s unusual take on Fontella Bass’ 1965 hit Rescue Me is sultry and sleazy, yet still respectful to the original.

Boogie woogie master Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra head over to Fat Freddie’s Place. Don’t know who the soloists are in this lineup, but that trumpet player melts it.

Fun times this week, and I’m getting a bit tired of it. See you back here tomorrow and we’ll cook up a big ‘ol pot of drudgery. Have a great weekend.

Saturday Matinee – The World’s Largest Laser Gun, Oorutaichi, The Heavy Heavy, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones

World’s Largest Laser Gun (2018) by Corridor.

Oorutaichi is a “free-form, improvisational electropop artist from Osaka. Inspired by The Doors and The Residents,” he once had a band called Urichipang, and the Utoob description (via Google Translate) doesn’t help much:

PV of “Atlantis” from the album “Giant Club” by Urichipan-gun, which has been well received by UA, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Seiichi Yamamoto, and many other people as one of the masterpieces in J-POP history.

What a laid-back groovy groove. The Heavy Heavy is “a reverb-drenched collision of psychedelia and blues, acid rock and sunshine pop” based in Brighton, UK.

Jake’s and Elmore’s long lost nephew.
Paul Janeway of St. Paul & The Broken Bones nails the Stax/Volt soul sound, while Janelle Issis makes the video even better.

Might get a haircut tomorrow before someone starts calling me “mulletman” – again. See you back here for popcicles and beer.

Gnosiological Hot Links

Freddie’s Boogie, Freddie Mitchell And His Orchestra (1953) Saxophonist Freddie Mitchell was among other things “a session musician and bandleader for multi-artist rock shows held by Alan Freed. Mitchell had previously recorded Moondog Boogie named in honor of the disc jockey and the two of them appeared together in the 1956 film Rock, Rock, Rock.”

Rock, Rock, Rock was the first video cassette tape I ever bought; spotted it in a bargain bin for a couple bucks.  My next purchase was a video player.

The Honker.

Bench Wars.

100 kid farts.

Tucker & Fritz.

The Bystander Effect.

Sexism in PhD Awards.

Icecoasters [via Mme. Jujujive].

The Celtic sport of ferret legging.

R.I.P. Wayne Shorter (1933-2023).

Um, better stay out of Earl Orkin’s room.

The angels’ share and the devil’s fungus.

This cheeseburger costs over $21 per ounce.

Czar Peter the Great, Amateur Dental Surgeon.
[via Memo Of The Air]

Meerkats. Cutsey little standy-uppy weasel-lookin’ bastards.
[h/t Bunkerville]

[Top image: Mao money mockery found here.]

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Resipiscent Hot Links

Cadillac Boogie, Jimmy Liggins and his Drops of Joy (1947) Precurser to (and influence of) Jackie Brenston’s Rocket 88 (1951).
Jimmy Liggins – guitar & vocals
Charlie “Little Jazz” Ferguson, Harold Land – tenor sax
James Dedmon – alto sax
Glen Willis – trumpet
Eugene Watson – piano
Jonathan Bagsby – bass
Leon Petties – drums


Say it. SAY IT.

Roomba showdown.

The Grin of Success.

When AI bots go bad.

Der Splatter-Meister.

About Kill a Haole Day.

Random Comic Generator.

Psychopath vs. Sociopath.

1997 interview with Buddy Guy.

Bags of Wonder [via Mme. Jujujive].

The Endless Zip-Line [via Bunkerville].

The GREATEST bollard soundtrack in history.

Just another fat and blushing girl from Chelsea.
[via Memo Of The Air]

Hydraulic Press Channel is a fine collection of things being destroyed with a hydraulic press.

[Top image: Economy anti-scratch collar found here, via Feral Irishman.]

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