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]
Be a fly on the wall while John Lennon gives birth to a song
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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]
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
started a blog in July 2013 - Circles of Life: The 143
- he's about half way through now. [more inside]
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
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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).
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]
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]
“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
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
A visualization of the four final "master" tracks - Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper
(SLYT) (via OpenCulture.com
(so not really single link anymore, is it?))
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
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Best Beatles cover ever
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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
The Beatles in mono, the Beatles in stereo: an album by album comparison
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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
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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
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.
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).
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.
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]
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.
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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
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.
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
Fifty years ago today, the UK record company EMI Parlophone put out a single by four young lads from Liverpool: Love Me Do
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite PABLO FANQUE'S CIRCUS ROYAL
Grandest Night of the Season!
AND POSITIVELY THE LAST NIGHT BUT THREE!
BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR.KITE
(LATE OF WELLS'S CIRCUS
MR. J. HENDERSON
THE CELEBRATED SOMERSET
, VAULTER, RIDER
On TUESDAY Evening, February 14, 1843
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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]
Mashup-Germany - "The Day the Music Died" (YouTube
) and "Hey Jude, I'll Be There
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
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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