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The Holy Grail of Guitars?

John Lennon's second Rickenbacker 325 has been put on display (complete with 1964 set list taped to it!) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. [more inside]
posted by colie on Sep 24, 2014 - 58 comments

I want to be... under the sea...

explore.org livestreams beluga whales from Hudson Bay / Nelson River in Northern Manitoba. Thousands of belugas migrate hundreds of kilometres each summer from the Hudson Strait to warmer river waters on the western side of Hudson Bay so they can feed, mate and rear their young. This year, their activities are being captured in real time by cameras mounted underwater and on the bow of a small Zodiac boat, which trolls the water for a few hours each day, Monday to Friday. The next live showing is tonight @ 5pm EST. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 comments

and it's making me feel like my trousers are torn...

Be a fly on the wall while John Lennon gives birth to a song. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 11, 2014 - 5 comments

808state​:psycho​ecstatic​tranceenducing​groove​riding​techno​funk​alogical​sound

808 State is an English electronic group that formed in 1987, and take their name from the Roland TR-808 drum machine and their shared state of mind. As a trio, they produced their iconic track, Pacific, which fused influences of house music, jazz fusion and exotica. The group changed membership a bit over the years, but one way or another 808 State have released six albums* to date, and a number of singles, EPs, and promotional discs. 808state.com has a ton of information, including an extensive visual discography, a list of other productions and remixes, and over a gig of demos, live tracks, and other non-album audio to download. Given the group's 27 year-long history, there's a lot more to see and hear. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 7, 2014 - 30 comments

John, Paul, George, Ringo need not apply

Finding the Beatles too intense, too lyrical? Try 101 Strings Imagine a person who in the late sixties decided that the Beatles were too intense, too opinionated for them; they loved the music but not the message. That person could get just what they wanted in the form of the 101 Strings
posted by Ferreous on Jun 10, 2014 - 63 comments

The best 143 songs of all time

Andrew Collins started a blog in July 2013 - Circles of Life: The 143 - he's about half way through now. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on May 21, 2014 - 32 comments

Questing for Unicorns on Planet Earth and Elsewhere, since 1971

If you read to the end of Neatorama's list of 10 magical facts about unicorns, you'll see that Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan has issued "unicorn questing permits" since 1971. This is true, and you can download a PDF of the license form, but take note of the regulations. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 18, 2014 - 7 comments

I've looked at Abbey Road from both sides now...

Flickr user Harvezt brings you The Dark Side of the Covers, which recreates 33 rock album covers as seen from the OPPPOSITE direction. Some of the covers are iconic, others are obscure, some of the interpretations are simple and obvious, others are creative and... interesting. (And some are NSFW, but then, some of the original covers were NSFW).
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 15, 2014 - 15 comments

Please let me hold your hand

On February 1, 1964 the Beatles conquered the top of the Billboard Top 100 for the first time with I Want to Hold Your Hand. A week later they made their first American tour stop on the Ed Sullivan television show. The music business and the entire country were rocked. It's fifty years of Beatlemania. [more inside]
posted by bukvich on Feb 1, 2014 - 68 comments

Stopping the Presses

The assassination of President Kennedy forced most media in the United States (and beyond) to make some last-minute changes. The long-running Kiplinger Letter had to kill its lead story, "Less than a year until elections…how is Kennedy doing?", which has finally seen the light of day this week, as a historical footnote.

Meanwhile, LIFE Magazine dumped a cover story on college (and future pro) football star Roger Staubach [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 22, 2013 - 14 comments

Ringo takes a shot. And Again.

Ringo Starr photgraphed 5 Beatles fans on their way to a concert 50 years ago. Now, he's tracked them all down and shot the same photo again.
posted by 256 on Oct 30, 2013 - 21 comments

Have You Heard The Word

“Have You Heard The Word” used to appear—frequently—on Beatles bootlegs as a ‘long lost’ Beatles recording. In fact the song was recorded by Bee Gees singer Maurice Gibb, who, along with some Aussie mates, gathered round the studio mics and recorded, apparently, a single take of the song, featuring Gibb's rather convincing John Lennon impersonation.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 10, 2013 - 32 comments

Meet The Beatless

This is what the last sixteen minutes of Abbey Road sounds like with only the vocal tracks audible.
posted by Atom Eyes on Sep 4, 2013 - 78 comments

The scrupulous gadabout genius

David Frost - RIP [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Sep 2, 2013 - 26 comments

This is what happens when you give your own rotten teeth out as gifts.

"Many Beatles fans remember where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot. I hope they also live to hear the day he was given another chance." (autoplay music)
posted by 256 on Aug 21, 2013 - 41 comments

Portraits of a dysfunctional family

The Last Beatles Photo Shoot
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 19, 2013 - 94 comments

Deconstructing Harry

His is a career that feels both forgotten and deeply embedded in modern pop. He sang standards and rock and jazz and winding conceptual songs and tiny little kids' tunes and commercial jingles. He wrote, voiced, and spearheaded an animated film starring Dustin Hoffman. He played Dracula in a movie. He soundtracked a sitcom and nearly fought Jackie Gleason in a nightclub. He was "the Beatle across the water." He tore up London bars with Ringo Starr and Keith Moon. He invented the remix album. He also invented the mash-up. He dropped acid with Timothy Leary. He sang of moonbeams and fire and coconuts and puppies. He was a prodigious songwriter whose two biggest hits were covers. He performed live in concert in his prime exactly zero times. He wrote a musical about the Wright brothers. He had no. 1 albums and pop smashes and disastrous failures. He won Grammys. He was hilarious, and such a sad man.

The Legacy of Harry Nilsson.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Aug 7, 2013 - 33 comments

May I introduce to you the act you've known for all these years?

A visualization of the four final "master" tracks - Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper (SLYT) (via OpenCulture.com (so not really single link anymore, is it?))
posted by DigDoug on Jul 3, 2013 - 30 comments

Peter Sellers documentary 1969

Will The Real Mr Sellers Please Stand Up - a rare ~50min film narrated by Spike Milligan and made during the filming of 'The Magic Christian'*via Cinephilia and Beyond. [NSFW - some nudity] [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jun 11, 2013 - 12 comments

The Beatles: Also featuring Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton’s Isolated Guitar Track From the Classic Beatles Song, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ (1968) [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Jun 5, 2013 - 130 comments

John would've liked this one...

Best Beatles cover ever. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 5, 2013 - 30 comments

Batman vs Eggman

Batman solved the 'Paul Is Dead' Beatles' mystery in a 70s Batman story.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Apr 15, 2013 - 33 comments

Before Jojo and sweet Loretta Martin...

The song that became "Get Back" began as an anti-immigrant satire so easily misunderstood it remains in the vaults. Writing for Salon, Alex Sayf Cummings delves into the story behind No Pakistanis.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 14, 2013 - 17 comments

O v. ⱭD

The Beatles in mono, the Beatles in stereo: an album by album comparison. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Mar 27, 2013 - 42 comments

rrrrrrrrrrr​aaaaaaaaaaa​iiiiiiiiiiiii​nnnnnnnnnnn

The Beatles song Rain, 800% slower version.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 19, 2013 - 51 comments

The best jam that never happened

Whole Lotta Helter Skelter (slyt)
posted by maggieb on Feb 23, 2013 - 24 comments

Farewell to an old rock'n'roller...

English rocker Tony Sheridan, who took the Beatles under his wing in their early Hamburg days, using them as one of his backing bands, acting as their fashion guru (outfitting them in sleek, bad boy black leather) and introducing them to the music of Little Richard, has died at age 72. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 18, 2013 - 12 comments

We Buy White Albums

We Buy White Albums is a New York record store dealing exclusively in first pressings of the Beatles' self titled 1968 double album (aka the White Album). The store is actually an art installation from Rutherford Chang. The inventory is growing (currently over 700 copies), with vinyl condition ranging from very good to scratched, warped, and graffitied, all filed by serial number. Each copy is being digitized and photographed with plans to press a new double-LP made from all the recordings layered upon each other and a composite cover of all of the photos. Vinyl collector site Dust and Grooves has an interview with Chang and a lot of pictures of the "store" and individual copies.
posted by Slack-a-gogo on Feb 16, 2013 - 50 comments

Beatles harmony tutorial videos

Galeazzo Frudua, of Bologna, Italy, possesses an uncannily good ear for harmony, and has produced a series of videos that painstakingly and expertly analyze and demonstrate for you the vocal harmonies employed in various Beatles songs. His perceptive commentary, his very, very capable singing voice, unassuming manner, impressive video editing skills and, hey, his charming Italian accent all combine to create tutorial videos that are fun and educational viewing. Start with the first one he made, for Nowhere Man, and then, well, just check 'em all out. You won't be disappointed.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 23, 2012 - 36 comments

The Beatles Performing Shakespeare

The Beatles Performing Shakespeare. In 1964, the Fab Four added another art under their belt — live theater — when they performed Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in color, to the sound of shouting hecklers (scripted, part of the play) and someone yelling “Go back to Liverpool!” (unscripted, decidedly unshakespearean).
posted by nickyskye on Dec 20, 2012 - 13 comments

Nothing You Can Sing That Can't Be Sung...

SLYT: The New York Times released a video today of an incident from September 10th: Preacher Terry Jones was in Times Square, staging a one-man anti-Muslim demonstration, and a Beatles fan who was passing by chose to weigh in.
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Dec 18, 2012 - 69 comments

We're all Irish

Perhaps the greatest Irish band in history. They came from Liverpool, a city with an Irish population so large that it's known as "The Real Capitol of Ireland," and with an accent, "Scouse," that betrays its Irish influence. There were four in the band, and three were of Irish descent. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 13, 2012 - 126 comments

"You're Kurt"

"Somebody whispered to me, 'That's Nirvana. You're Kurt.'" For the (scalper's delight) 12-12-12 Benefit Concert for Hurricane Sandy (and anti-poverty programs), Paul McCartney will front a reunited Nirvana.
posted by mrgrimm on Dec 12, 2012 - 386 comments

Poor Man's Moody Blues

The Barclay James Harvest's "Titles" remains memorably catchy in spite of its faintly irritating musical parlor trick of lyrics created entirely from Beatles song titles. -- Allmusic.com. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Dec 11, 2012 - 15 comments

just some blokes mucking around in the studio

Whoever let the tape roll on at a Beatles recording session at Abbey Road studio, 47 years ago, deserves our gratitude for several reasons. For reminding us that these exalted and almost absurdly famous musicians could sound like rank amateurs trying to teach themselves their newest song. For giving non-musicians a window onto the utterly mundane reality of the recording process, i.e. the endless waiting around for the engineer to get the tape cued up into the right spot. For giving us an audio glimpse of Lennon and McCartney's continual nutty banter, which can be quite entertaining. All that and more to be heard in The Beatles in Studio - Rubber Soul (1965) and Rubber Soul (Think For Yourself) 1965 Session.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 10, 2012 - 49 comments

Rock gods at the Library of Congress

Joe Smith interviews Jagger, McCartney, Bacharach....apparently pretty much everyone. Retired American music mogul Joe Smith has donated recorded interviews with a who's who of 20th century popular music to the U.S. Library of Congress, which is posting the digitized audio online. The first batch are up now -- more coming at some unspecified future time.
posted by bowline on Nov 28, 2012 - 5 comments

if you want some fun, sing

Desmond has his barrow in the market place.
Molly is the singer in a band.
Desmond says to Molly "Girl, I like your face".
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand

posted by growabrain on Nov 26, 2012 - 84 comments

Meet the Cheatles

In February 1964, when the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show, record executives in America were faced with the question of how to get a piece of the Beatlemania action. The result was an explosion of knockoff Beatles records, promising things like “The Beetle Beat”, “Beat-A-Mania” and “The Original Liverpool Sound”, credited (often in type far smaller than the famous song titles) to bands with names like The Bearcuts, The Manchesters, The Moptops and the Liverpool Kids, and featuring cover models with varyingly plausible approximations of the Beatles' haircuts, as detailed by WFMU's Gaylord Fields (SLVimeo).
posted by acb on Nov 22, 2012 - 34 comments

Zeugma, syllepsis, ellipsis

In Praise of the Rolling Stones and Their Zeugmoids [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 11, 2012 - 13 comments

Bloco do Sargento Pimenta

Bloco do Sargento Pimenta: mashing up Beatles with carnaval street party rythyms
posted by Tom-B on Oct 24, 2012 - 2 comments

Love Me Do. . . and we did

Fifty years ago today, the UK record company EMI Parlophone put out a single by four young lads from Liverpool: Love Me Do
posted by Mister Bijou on Oct 5, 2012 - 82 comments

And in his way, Mr. K will challenge the world!

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite PABLO FANQUE'S CIRCUS ROYAL TOWN-MEADOWS, ROCHDALE Grandest Night of the Season! AND POSITIVELY THE LAST NIGHT BUT THREE! BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR.KITE, (LATE OF WELLS'S CIRCUS) AND MR. J. HENDERSON, THE CELEBRATED SOMERSET THROWER! WIRE DANCER, VAULTER, RIDER, etc. On TUESDAY Evening, February 14, 1843. [more inside]
posted by jonp72 on Aug 25, 2012 - 11 comments

The all-taking, all-singing, all-dancing, all-action-packed extravaganza

All This and World War II is a 1976 musical documentary that juxtaposes Beatles songs, performed by a number of musicians, with World War II newsreel footage and 20th Century Fox films from the 1940s. It lasted two weeks in cinemas and was quickly sent into storage. "In this installment of Rock 'N Roll Case Study we talk about All This and World War II, which is perhaps one of the most bizarre movies in rock 'n roll." [via]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jul 4, 2012 - 24 comments

Two Particularly Wonderful Mashups for Your Morning

Mashup-Germany - "The Day the Music Died" (YouTube/Soundcloud) and "Hey Jude, I'll Be There".
posted by WCityMike on Jul 3, 2012 - 13 comments

All You Need Is Love

Forty-five years ago yesterday, various countries and networks (coordinated by the BBC) presented the first live, international satellite broadcast - "Our World", which was seen by an estimated 400 million people. The world's most popular band came up with a new song just for the occasion, which they debuted with a live performance. If you missed it at the time, here's exactly how that song was presented. [more inside]
posted by Curious Artificer on Jun 26, 2012 - 32 comments

A 10 Minute Shoot

Outtakes from the Beatles' Abbey Road photo shoot
posted by msalt on Feb 15, 2012 - 35 comments

"The strange thing is, I’m frightfully keen on her too"

Peter Sellers enjoyed doing spoken word covers of songs by The Beatles as performed by different characters. These included “A Hard Day’s Night” done as Laurence Olivier’s Richard III, and “She Loves You” as an Irishman (mildly NSFW), a cockney, an upper class British twit, a possibly particular German, and most wonderfully; Dr Strangelove. [via]
posted by quin on Feb 15, 2012 - 22 comments

Pop music cutups

The Beatles, "Revolution," cut up, scrambled, and looped. The Beatles sing "one two three four" for an hour. All of Billy Joel's greatest hits played at once. Celine Dion screams for 1.5 minutes. Please enjoy responsibly. (Mostly via I Love Music.)
posted by escabeche on Jan 25, 2012 - 36 comments

Queen vs. The Beatles -- Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together

Queen vs. The Beatles - Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 7, 2012 - 42 comments

Either the pinnacle or nadir of Rock and Roll.

Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper and Weird Al Yankovic all "Come Together"
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 2, 2012 - 36 comments

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