Archive for October, 2006

The Mothership takes flight with Do That Stuff

October 31, 2006

George Clinton, the Captain Beefheart of soul music refried brains all over the world (that should say universe really), with Parliament, Funkadelic and a thousand other versions of his genius P-Funk. What his blow minds…

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For more Clinton, read here for a great article

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Hey George! I Don’t Care, I Still Want To Be A Funkateer

October 31, 2006

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The arrival of a new album under any guise of George Clinton’s P-Funk collective; is a significant event in my musical sphere. While my first encounter of the Parliament-Funkadelic Thang around 1995’s Dope Dogs was yet to convert me, when the music did hit, l devoured their substantial catalogue. However, I have waited nine years for the P-Funk journey to continue; a daunting prospect in the same way Rolling Stones fans feel about a new studio album. You don’t have to travel as far back to find a classic release, but it’s hard not to be apprehensive.

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Outside Chance by The Turtles

October 29, 2006

The Turtles were one of those infuriating bands that could release sugary pop tat (like ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’), only to sneak crackers like ‘Buzzsaw’ and ‘Outside Chance’ out too. Focusing on the latter, The Turtles came up with a headrush of garage snot and  Beatle riffs (circa ‘Ticket To Ride’) to make one of the best pop singles of the sixties. Find it on the Nuggets Box Set

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The Family Hendrix dispute song sales

October 27, 2006

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The family of late rock musician Jimi Hendrix has threatened to take legal action over a £7.9m sale of some of his best-known songs.

A company owned by Hendrix’s family has said it will prove it owns the title and rights to hits including Purple Haze and Voodoo Chile.

The songs were auctioned on Thursday as part of the estate of Hendrix manager Michael Jeffery, who died in 1973.

The rock guitarist died in London three years earlier at the age of 27.

Rights issue

A spokesman for the Seattle-based Experience Hendrix company said: "Whoever bought this bought themselves the right to be a litigant. It will be contested instantly," added Bob Merlis.

The company claimed that it owns all rights to the music and recordings of the musician.

The Chicago-based auction house which conducted the telephone sale in New York declined to comment.

Hendrix continues to sell around 600,000 albums a year worldwide.[via BBC]

Sonic Youth News

October 26, 2006

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Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon will offer the U.S. premiere of her film, "Perfect Partner," and also play live in a performance of the soundtrack this Saturday in New Jersey. Gordon will be joined on stage by her husband and Sonic Youth partner Thurston Moore and longtime collaborators Jim O’Rourke, Ikue Mori and Tim Barnes for the screenings.

"Perfect Parter," which Gordon assembled in tandem with artist Tony Oursler and director Phil Morrison, is a road movie reflecting her obsession with the ad copy in car brochures. "Ad copy is this existential, contemporary philosophy that doesn’t mean anything," she told Billboard "But the brochures are so sophisticated. They really stretch and try to be poetry and art."

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Kirsten Dunst to play Debbie Harry?

October 25, 2006

A little teaser at the end of Liz Smith’s column in Variety
suggests that Kirsten Dunst is all set to play Debbie Harry in a big
screen version of Harry’s life story. This comes on the back of the news that Zooey Deschanel is about to begin shooting the biopic of Janis Joplin. Is it all going wrong or all going right?

I’m The Urban Spaceman by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

October 25, 2006

Neil Innes acheived his biggest hit with the Bonzo’s with ‘I’m the Urban Spaceman’, which you can watch here (complete with incredibly long bass player arms). Less well known is Innes’ creation of The Raggy Dolls on kids TV…

I’m The Urban Spaceman by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

October 25, 2006

Neil Innes acheived his biggest hit with the Bonzo’s with ‘I’m the Urban Spaceman’, which you can watch here (complete with incredibly long bass player arms). Less well known is Innes’ creation of The Raggy Dolls on kids TV…

Runaways drummer dies of lung cancer

October 25, 2006

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The Runaways drummer Sandy West has died from complications following a battle with lung cancer.

West passed away aged only 47 years old. West formerd the garage punkers with Joan Jett in 1975 who influenced the likes of The Go-Gos and The Bangles, as well as the Riot Grrrl movement of the 90s.

In tribute to West, Runaways leader Joan Jett said: "I started The Runaways with Sandy West. We shared the dream of girls playing rock and roll. Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer. So underrated, she was of the calibre of John Bonham. I am overcome from the loss of my friend. I always told her, we changed the world."

Runaways member Cherie Currie wrote on her official site: "Sandy West was by far, the greatest female drummer in the history of rock and roll. No one could compete or even come close to her, but most important was her heart. Sandy West loved her fans, her friends and family almost to a fault. She would do absolutely anything for the people she loved. It will never be the same for me again to step on a stage, because Sandy West was the best and I will miss her forever."[Mof Gimmers]

Lee and Nancy sing ‘Jackson’

October 23, 2006

Johnny and June may have been awarded a Grammy for their performance of ‘Jackson’, but Lee and Nancy’s version creams the rest.