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Archaeological Records

“I’ve used the contemporary archaeology of Olompali to address the concept of stereotype, in this case, what we generally consider to be the ‘hippie,’" - California state archaeologist, E. Breck Parkman has published a paper analyzing the diversity of vinyl records excavated from the ruins of Rancho Olompali in Marin County, California. The site, formerly closely associated with the Grateful Dead, was the home of the Chosen Family commune from 1967 to 1969. The commune and the mansion both met their end in '69, razed by an electrical fire. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Jun 5, 2014 - 9 comments

One hundred years ago today, a Broadway star was born

And it wasn't Carrie Underwood [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Dec 1, 2013 - 5 comments

Celebrating Johnny Mercer on his Birthday

Today is the 104th birthday of Johnny Mercer, the great American lyricist, songwriter, and singer. We have him to thank for: [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Nov 18, 2013 - 15 comments

Your Mother Should Know

Rock guys cover showtunes: You probably know (if you're old enough) The Beatles' version of Til There Was You from The Music Man, Bobby Darin's somewhat-canonical Mack the Knife, originally from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera, and The Marcel's cover of Rodgers and Hart's Blue Moon. But you might be less familiar with ... [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Oct 8, 2012 - 78 comments

Giant Bugs 2: Best 5 minute musical ever

The Striking Viking Story Pirates craft and perform badass showtunes made from stories written by little kids.
posted by 23skidoo on Sep 14, 2007 - 8 comments

Titler

Hitler in a dress singing showtunes about being gay? You bet. (Embedded Quicktime link.) (YouTube link here.) (By Magic Box Films.)
posted by Astro Zombie on Jul 9, 2006 - 14 comments

"Ten Favorite Offbeat Musicals"

"Ten Favorite Offbeat Musicals" by Jonathan Rosenbaum
posted by matteo on Apr 4, 2006 - 30 comments

Rap Month!

April is Rap Month on Michaelpella. Watch and listen [avi files] as some internet guy (and an occasional friend) butcher some rap classics by the likes of Ice Cube and Public Enemy. I don't know much about rap, so I enjoy perusing the 50+ song archive chock full of chestnuts like "Runaway," "Rawhide," and "Love Shack." Send in your requests now.
posted by marxchivist on Apr 15, 2005 - 7 comments

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