Most have been previously posted elsewhere.
Stuff I Do When I’m Bored
Some of these are dated, and yeah, that was our experience with The Omigodmicron. The one at bottom right was an experiment – I took an arbitrary section of my recent WebEx Meeting Notes, ran it through a photo-morph and the alien from Planet of the Mufflers appeared.
Saturday Matinee – NFL 2019 Bad Lip Reading, Zappa & The Persuasions
Bad Lipreading of NFL 2019 (via).
I’m kinda in a doo-wop mood, and St. Valentine’s Day is coming up. Czech this out.
That’s one of my favorite Zappa love songs because he did it so righteously.
The Persuasions deserved more recognition than they ever got. They were always looking for an echo and they covered Zappa.
Have a great weekend, folks. See y’all back here tomorrow for stuff.
Saturday Matinee – The Archers of Loaf, The Axis of Awesome, Zappa & Santana
Archers of Loaf. Great 3-chord rock. According to Wiki, they disbanded, reformed, broke up and now reorganized before disappearing completely.
In 2009, The Axis of Awesome discovered the secret 4-chord progression required to make a hit record.
Zappa’s “Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression” is a classic. Unfortunately the video is not an actual performance, but a compilation of images pasted over the music. So what. I still like it. We’ll let Carlos Santana have the last word.
Woodstock put Carlos Santana on the map in 1969. Great jam.
Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow and we’ll mess around with stuff.
Saturday Matinee – Por Uhklelelas, Eric Clapton & JJ Cale, & Bill Tapia
Por Uhklelelas nailed it, and that’s the prettiest version of the song I ever heard. Unfortunately I can’t find a link to their website. On the other hand I can link to this:
Bill Tapia, aka,The Duke of the Uke, calls the chords. Huell Howser interviewed him.
Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow whether you like it or not.
Passive-Aggressive-Anti-Pro-Non-Confrontational Hot Links
THIS is a happy dog.
THIS is a happy sloth.
THIS is a link to a zoomable image of Trump’s Inauguration.
10 things you probably didn’t know about Chester Burnett [via].
The Hamilton Face Band featuring Ruth Underwood.
Still not sure who Ruth Underwood is? Try this.
Frankie and Bobby – a review of Bob Zappa’s memoir.
Check out these dragster bicycles. [h/t Carl L. via email]
Remember your / your dad’s / your grampa’s Sting-Ray? I don’t either, but here’s a short history. Its precursor was owner-modification – remove and reverse the handle bars from an old Huffy, angle them upwards like steer horns and remove the plastic grips; then hit it with sandpaper so it rusts and looks badass. Gears? You got one, and hand brakes were for pussies. Clip playing cards to the forks with clothespins for motor sounds. If you scored a Sting-Ray, the next thing was to save up for a sissy bar so you could pop wheelies effortlessly and be the envy of the kickball crowd.
Batbot is cool.
How to cook shrimp in 3 seconds [h/t Bunkessa].
Need cutting edge website design? Your search ends here. (Thanks, Bloort!)
[Top image found here. Spot the aberration.]
[Confidential to Randy L. of Bellingham for YKW: Muchisimas grassyass!]
Saturday Matinee – Postmodern Jukebox with Morgan James, Herbie Hancock with Miles Davis, & Frank Zappa
Postmodern Jukebox (featuring the amazing vocals of Morgan James) always gets my attention. Nice ’60s kinda sound happens here.
“Watermelon Man.” Herbie Hancock teams up with Bill Evans, Al Foster and Miles Davis on his 1962 soul/jazz/funk classic.
One of my favorite Zappa songs, “Black Napkins,” performed on the Mike Douglas Show in 1976. Kinda reflects my mood these days, but I’ll snap out of it. Meanwhile, have a great weekend, and for those of you in the midwest, have fun with the cicadas.
Billy The Mountain
Billy was a mountain. Ethel was a tree growing off of his shoulder.
[Found here. Obscure reference from somewhere else.]
The Saturday Matinee – To All The U.S. Cubano Families Who Just Got Chumped
Yep. The American Flag now flies over the U.S. Embassy in a country dedicated to the abolishment of the one form of government that is guaranteed to bring its denizens out of poverty, i.e., capitalism.
I pity those who think that capitalism is a bad thing, for they’ve been deceived and lied to, and the people who suffered under Castro’s brutal and oppressive regime are unable to speak.
Except for a very few, and I’ve met some of them. They’re not happy about this at all because they remember what happened to themselves and their families when the communists took over.
So where do we go from here?
The Cuban sound is a mixture of Spanish, African and European styles, an eclectic mix that blends well. Meanwhile, here’s another great Cuban:
Steven Stills & Manassas. Stills wanted to become one of The Monkees prior to his days with CSN&Y, but he was rejected for contract conflicts. It probably had something to do with being a Cuban, like this orchestra:
In case you didn’t click the link last time around, that’s Prague’s Talichova Komorní Filharmonie in 2012 performing a classic song by the late Cuban composer Frank Zappa.
Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow.
Hot Links En Regalia
How to handle job interviews like a pro.
More stuff about knots than what you learned in Boy Scouts. I can’t tell if this is brilliance, a spoof, or if someone in the UC Santa Barbara math department has gone scooters.
A Sloth Awakes [via]. I pray that someone called the police.
Top 5 Grammar Rules Not To Break [via]. Like, ya.
Frank Zappa’s classic “Peaches en Regalia” played by Talichova Komorní Filharmonie during the 2012 edition of Golden Prague International Television Festival.
The Magnus Effect. It’s more than just for sports [via].
Fred Johnson. (That’s him at the top of this post.)