Here's a little something old to bring in the new year: Jacco Gardner
and his debut solo album, Cabinet of Curiosities
(Grooveshark streaming tracks; full album on YouTube
). Why? Because it's a delicious platter of ornate, lushly orchestrated, psych-inflected "soft rock" or "baroque pop"
and if you didn't know better, you might guess it was made in the 1960s, not in 2012. The album was created almost solely by Gardner, who played all the instruments except the drums
. For live shows, the 25 year old multi-instrumentalist had to enlist more help, as you can see in this live set from Lowlands
, and two more, from Ancienne Belgique
and at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 31, 2013 -
Peter Grudzien lives in New York and makes psychedelic country music
or at least used to, since only two albums of his material ever came out, The Unicorn
in 1974, and The Garden of Love
, which is mostly a collection of demos. His songs are varied, ranging from noise music to straight up country, and their subject matters are equally wide-ranging, from strange fare, such as lyrics about his clone being at Stonewall
, to straight-up love songs
. His best known original is probably The Unicorn
, a beautiful song whose lyrics
recast the early 70s New York gay demimonde in terms of a barren zombie-filled wasteland which will be reborn when the titular unicorn is found by the queen. Other songs on YouTube are White Trash Hillbilly Trick
, New York Town
and an instrumental cover of the Georgia Gibbs hit Kiss Me Another
. Finally, here's a lovely cover of The Unicorn
by Calgary folkie Kris Ellestad.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 21, 2010 -
Mickey Ween: A security guard came onstage and Gibby threw the alcohol on him. The dude just started backing away, it was clear that Gibby probably would set him on fire. And now, knowing Gibby like I do, it was definitely within the realm of possibility.An Oral History of May 3, 1987: The Day The Butthole Surfers Came to Trenton, New Jersey
Mark Pesetsky: And Gibby just gave me that psycho look with the Charles Manson eyes. He grabs a bottle of the rubbing alcohol and throws it on me and then starts walking towards me with a lighter. And John, the other bouncer, just jumps offstage. It was every man for himself at that point.
Gibby Haynes: Oh yeah, I do remember that. I mean, I've lit kids' heads on fire and they were smiling!
. Butthole Surfers interviewed in bed, parts 1
, playing The Scott & Gary Show on their first run through New York, parts 1
, playing live in 1985 [low quality]
, live footage from the 80s
. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Mar 6, 2009 -
In 1975, Roger Glover
of Deep Purple
staged a rock opera
based on William Roscoe
's poem "The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast"
. (The book had been reprinted the previous year, with illustrations by popular record sleeve artist Alan Aldridge
The performance -- which featured such talent as Judi Dench, Vincent Price, Twiggy, and Ronnie James Dio (!) -- and subsequent recording met with enough interest that British animation company Halas
had planned a feature-length animated adaptation. While the full animated movie never materialized, a Max Fleischer
-influenced three-minute short accompanying the opening song, "Love is All"
, was broadcast frequently around the world. (Stateside viewers might remember it from such disparate programs as"The Great Space Coaster"
and, uh, "Night Flight"
.) [Previously on MeFi: Alan Aldridge.
posted by pxe2000
on Aug 1, 2008 -
On May 14th, 1967, the new British pop group The Pink Floyd makes one of their first ever TV appearances. Despite a stellar performance of the song Astronomy Domine, the pretentious host of the show, Hans Keller, has nothing good to say about the band. During the interview
(youtube, performance comes first, interview starts about 5:50 in. transcript here.
), he chastises the band for their "continuous repetition", "terribly loud" volume, and their "proportionately a bit boring" sound.
However, it seems that all Hans' show will ever be remembered for is this single interview
. Pink Floyd, on the other hand.. Well, we all know what happened to them
. Syd Barrett, on the other hand, was not so lucky
posted by Afroblanco
on May 29, 2006 -
This has got to be one of the strangest and most beautiful things I've ever seen. (Flash, requires audio, has lots of pretty colors and runs almost 10 minutes.) I have no idea who the artist is but he obviously spent a lot of time putting this thing together.
Does this give anyone else the feeling that they are trippin?
posted by daHIFI
on Jan 21, 2005 -