Friday, November 30, 2007

Banjo Friday

Bach on Banjo
Bach's prelude for unaccompanied cello on banjo using a pick.

Jazz on banjo
Sean Moyses goes to town on "That's a plenty" with his Abbott Vox plectrum banjo at a concert in Neuss,Germany in 1996. The pianist is Ralf Peyer, the other banjoist is Udo Jägers.

World Speed Record on Banjo
Florida February 2007. Coverage and footage of the Guinness Event Worlds Fastest Banjo Player, Grammy Nominated Banjo Player Todd Taylor Sets New World Record.

Bluegrass on Banjo
Steve Martin, Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka playing banjo, "The Crow" on the Late Show Thursday, April 26, 2007.

Lateralus - Tool expanded upon

The Fibonacci in Lateralus
Math, music, and spirituality. This is a fairly long piece, as I'm sure all the Tool fans know. But this is an interesting video someone has created for it, thought provoking. Linking it to the Fibonacci Spiral, genius or what?

Tell it like it is

Erin Burnett my new news hero.
During a broadcast on Morning Joe, on 11/26/07, Erin Burnett refers to President Bush as "the Monkey in the Middle".
And listen to Joe Scarborough backpedaling like crazy, kissing the Prez's butt and generally fawning all over the place. He really should be on Fox News with that much love for Dubyah.

How well do you know your booze?

I'm not sure I should even publish this. This site has a quiz that tests your knowledge of alcoholic drinks, and gives you a rating. Not sure if I'm a genius or a drunk?


My excuse will have to be that I was a bartender for a while in an earlier time in my life.

The Domino Effect ultimate Mentos/Coke experiment

Experiment #214
The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments II - The Domino Effect:

Fritz & Stephen, the mad scientists from EepyBird, take it even further - with over 250 geysers of soda. And this time they're linked together in one giant chain reaction! A clever mechanism harnesses the power of one geyser of Diet Coke to drop the Mentos into the next bottle. So just like dominos, all they have to do is start the first one, and the rest is Diet Coke & Mentos history!
Check out many other experiments at EepyBird

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Mike Gravel - Give peace power to the people

Mike Gravel running for President as a Democratic candidate, he's not getting to much exposure so he has gravitated to YouTube. Since I have previously featured Hillary and Barrack I guess to be fair I have to include this. At first I thought is this kind of strange for a person running for President? Then I thought about our current President and said nahh, perfectly normal.


John Otway and the Theremin

Just last week I featured the Theremin, so I was overjoyed to find this video of one of my favorite artists playing one. Way to go John.
Otway and Barrett 30 years on and still breaking all the musical rules.
They are always touring in the UK, I wonder what it would take to get them over here in the USA? Preferably in the San Francisco Bay area. I think they would go down well in this area. It is usually open to different performers. And I mean that in a good way.

This is taken from the new DVD Otway and Barrett , Strung Together, Live at the Ram Jam Club. further details and gig list at John's web page.

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett, Theremin and Guitar Jam

Updated 1.9.2012 for all the usual reasons.

And here is a great double barrelled guitar version of one of his greatest hits.

Beware of the Flowers - John Otway

I previously featured John Otway in September, July and February.

Newton Faulkner - A talent to watch out for

On new releases Thursday on KFOG they played a track from Newton Faulkner, man what an interesting voice. And his guitar technique is something to behold.
He started out in a Green Day cover band, hard to visualize. Certainly a talent to look out for and he is going to be here in the Bay Area in the near future. But I can't find the exact date. Kick back and give him a listen.

Newton Faulkner - I Need Something

Newton Faulkner - Teardrop

Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me (acoustic version)

Stop Press: Thanks to my anonymous commentator I heard that he does a version of Bohemian Rhapsody, and since I already had posted a few other versions of that song. I Had to check it out, so here it is.

Newton Faulkner - Bohemian Rhapsody

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Shining Yakety Sax

OK, you want to see something strange? Then here's Jack, sped up somewhat and backed by Boots Randolph and his Yakety Sax. Smacks of Benny Hill. Very Funny.
Not sure what Jack, Stanley, Stephen and Shelly would make of this.

What a Wonderful World

A depiction of the world we live in.
Music by Joey Ramone of The Ramones.
If you can watch this and not feel remorse for what we have done to this world, you must be a re-cycling saint.
Obviously the Governments of this world, not just ours, have a lot to answer for.

White Men Can't Dance School

We have has an ongoing joke in our office for many years that White Men Can't Dance, haven't we Sarah. But now I now why. They must have attended this dance school. Here two of the instructors go through the major moves.

Wednesday after Thanksgiving music feature

This day may not be special to you, but at least one person is enjoying it because it is the opening of a new chapter, maybe.
But anyway today really is the first Wednesday after the last Thanksgiving, and we do feature some music here.

Dirty Vegas - Days Go By (acoustic)

I have featured this song before, but was just directed to this version by my buddy Patrick. This is a really cool version, you can actually understand the words. And they have a meaning.

Ingrid Michaelson - The Way I Am

Now this is a song that has been embedded in my brain, thanks again Patrick. I believe it was featured on some TV show. But it is unshakable.

You can also check out a live version here from the Carson Daly Show.

Hilary Clinton Feat Barack Obama Music Video

A spoof music video starring the 2 democratic politicians using Rihanna's Umbrella Song. MadTV.

Sadly we are missing Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani action here.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007


This awesome movie gives new meaning to re-mix.
A mysterious DJ is sent to a busy city block to mend a series of tragic events that occur in our everyday lives. Winner of 35 film festival awards worldwide. And I am sure all 35 are well earned.

From DoubleEdgeFilms

Starwars vs StarTrek with a hint of Dr Who

This movie made in London has hints of the above mentioned Movie / TV shows with a cool soundtrack and a lot of other references you may recognize.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner.

Thanks to lichtfaktorcrew.

So you want to date my daughter

This Bridgestone commercial is truly funny. You know how it is you have to look good on the first date to impress her father and make sure he allows you to take her out. Don't be put of by the lack of English in this commercial, you don't need it. Very funny.


Premier teaser de Persepolis : dessin animé de Marjane Satrapi et Vincent Paronnaud.
Adaptation de la bande dessinée éponyme de Marjane Satrapi (éditée par l'Association) - Selection Officielle de Cannes 2007

To paraphrase (my French is kinda schoolboy, and that was many moons ago).
The main teaser for Persepolis. An animé by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Adapted from the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi.
Official selection of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
This looks like an interesting movie, something that the Doom crew (Dubyah, Cheney, Condi) should view. We are all just human beings wherever we are born.

IFC News coverage of the 2007 New York Film Festival Press Conference for the animated adapatation of the graphic novel "Persepolis." Writer/Director Marjane Satrapi responds to critics who have labeled her graphic novel and film "anti-Iranian" and explains how her story encourages humanism and international understanding.

Here is another teaser.

And just in case you are worried about all the French langauge stuff, there will be the English version. With the voices of Gena Rowlands, Iggy Pop and Sean Penn among others. So it has to be a must see.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Goldie!

Happy Birthday Goldie! Still as beautiful and funny as ever. Despite the content of this skit, with Dean Martin, Goldie is far from dumb. What other female has taken so much control of their life and success? Since her first appearance on Laugh In she has appeared in loads of movies from the sixties to the current date. My personal favorite was Overboard.

World of Warcraft

I am neither a gamer or a fan of either of these two, but I have to admit these are funny. Don't know how many will be convinced to play World of Warcraft, but who knows.

Mr T

William Shatner

Awesome video or CG?

Maybe the folks at Millimetres Matter can resolve the question, allthough I think they are just in the business of selling phones. Either way well worth viewing.

Dance for a free phone?

Would you dance on camera for a free phone? They would in Europe.
Samsung Mobile and SX Media present 'Europe United'. The idea is simple- we went to 10 different European cities; London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Prague, Ibiza, Barcelona, Moscow, Edinburgh and Galway and got regular people to dance in the street. Those who made it into the final cut of this video won a free Samsung phone.

For further details

Human Tetris

This form of Tetris I believe was created on some Japanese game show. I think this is from Europe somewhere.
Oh did I mention, they are all girls in bikinis.

Gnarls Barkley's Crazy - Theremin Jam

This video is an experiment to see how rapidly the theremin can be injected into the world's collective consciousness. It's amazing that not everyone knows what a theremin is. It was one of the first electronic musical instruments ever made and it was invented in 1919. Are Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley really theremin players? There's only one way to find out!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Save the Internet

If you love the internet then this is for you. You don't want to be paying for the fun stuff you enjoy for free now.

Dart throwing Elephant

The other day I showed you the squirrel playing dead. Now let's go to the other end of the spectrum and check out the Elephant who plays darts. If he shows up down the pub, give him a wide berth.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Squirrel plays dead

You've heard of flying squirrels, how about dieing squirrels. So your dog can roll over and play dead, but this little guy has it down to a fine art.
He just hams it up to create a full performance. This has to be the funniest squirrel around.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Blues for the weekend

Friday night, time to sing the blues. It can be a joyful music too. Especially when coming form this fine bunch. Enjoy.
Most of these clips appear to be from the sixties.

Lightnin' Hopkins - Mojo Hand (1964)

Howlin' Wolf - May I Have A Talk With You

Willie Dixon - Bassology

Muddy Waters & Sonny Boy Williamson - Got my Mojo Working

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Hootin' the Blues

Thanks for Blues Image

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Dexter the best show on TV, cable or network, currently. It just keeps getting better. Even the intro, shown here, is so good. It is probably one of the best edited / directed opening sequences since the movie Walk on the Wild Side, made 45 years ago..
If you are currently up to date you should check out the preview they are showing for this coming week. I'm sure Lila, the hot hot addict sponsor, will come into it. She is the perfect sponsor for Dexter. Together they could rule with him killing and her burning stuff up. Definitely not your network fare. Showtime rules. And soon we get L Word and The Tudors back. Can't wait.

Dexter - Intro

Walk on the WIld Side - Intro

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran

They were among my idols in my youth. Loved to play their 45's all the time. They were both very popular in the UK and they were touring together in 1960 when Eddie Cochran met his unfortunate end in a car crash. Gene Vincent (along with Sharon Sheeley, Eddies fiancée, survived the crash). Gene was to sadly die eleven years later from a ruptured stomach ulcer. I had the occasion to meet Gene in the early sixties in a coffee bar in Soho, London. He was a really likable guy, and the epitome of a Southern Gentleman. Why are all the talented people taken so young? Still here is some fine rock 'n roll from around 1958 / 1959, I think they are all from the Town Hall Party. Town Hall Party was California's largest country music barndance, running from early 1952 until early 1961. The show was broadcast every Saturday night from a theatre made up to look like an old barn in the Compton suburb of Los Angeles.

Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-A-Lula

Eddie Cochran - Come on everybody

Gene Vincent - She Little Sheila

Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues

Embarcadero Blues by Goh Nakamura

In our "different" music series today I bring you Goh Nakamura, a local San Francisco musician. He is currently unsigned, so what are you music moguls waiting for? It is also a well made video.

Goh Nakamura is a SF Bay Area based musician who likes to write ditties about parking tickets, impossible crushes and faraway dreamlands (amongst other things). Accompanying himself with digital samplers and an acoustic guitar, his live solo shows are always unique and often unpredictable. This is a love song for San Francisco and anyone who works in the service industry!

It's a bird, it's a plane it's a P-791

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The P-791 is an experimental aerostatic/aerodynamic hybrid airship developed by Lockheed-Martin Corporation. The first flight of the P-791 was made on 31 January 2006 at the company's flight test facility on the Palmdale Air Force Plant 42. According to press reports, the designation "P-791" has no particular meaning.
Here is a video of the aforementioned airship in flight, no Led Zepplin jokes now. I like the fact it is from the Skunk Works.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Johnny Cash

There is a new DVD out with clips from the Johnny Cash TV Show back in the late sixties and early seventies. So I'm sure some of these may be on it. But if they ain't well you can see them here. Johhny Cash has always been one of my favorites, since way back. I think the first single of his I had was "I walk the line" with the Tennessee Two. Great stuff.

with Bob Dylan
This from 1969, performing the song "Girl From The North Country" from Bob's album Nashville Skyline. And if you have never heard it check out the Nashville Skyline Sessions album the pair cut together. Solid.

with Louis Armstrong
Performing a Jimmie Rogers song Blue Yodel No. 9, amazing. Let's give it to 'em in Black and White! Classic.

with Tony Joe White
here the two of them get together on "Polk Salad Annie", who has the deepest voice one has to ask.

Johnny Cash does Elvis
Just in case you never appreciated that Johnny had a fine sense of humor.

Tuesday is Bluesday

Today being Tuesday, not yet hump day, must be Bluesday.
So here for your entertainment a mixed quartet, some old time original blues, and some more recent blues. And even some mixes of all blues.
Booker White (Bukka White) - Aberdeen Mississippi Blues
If you don't know much about Bukka White check out his biography and discography.

Clapton, Knopfler, Collins, Holland - Same old blues
Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Phil Collins, Jules Holland and Ray Cooper at the Royal Albert Hall in 2006.

John Lee Hooker - Hobo Blues
Live 1965 At American Folk Blues Festival. Awesome voice. Truly the blues.

Roy Buchanan & Albert Collins - Further On Down The Road
Live at Carnegie Hall

Monday, November 12, 2007

Computer Technology

Do you really know how a computer works?
Well this won't help you in any way, but John Cleese is always funny.
One of many wonderful commercials John did for Compaq Computer Corporation in the mid to late '80s.
A very rare find and a treasure for any John Cleese fan, these classic ads were shown only in England.

If you can ever find them check out also his Acurist commercials from the 70's.

Daniel Castro

He is a new name to me, one of my co-workers introduced me to his sound, thanks Sarah. He plays around the Bay Area with his band, and also has a couple of CD's released. His biography page starts of with the following:
Daniel Castro is a force on guitar. With his pure passionate sound reminiscent of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins, he is on the forefront of the Bay Area Blues Scene. Arriving in the Bay Area only a short time ago with his trademark Fender Telecaster and backed by one of the hottest bands around, he has already gained quite a reputation as a Bluesman.
I like his sound, and to me he has more of the Roy Buchanan sound than the aforementioned in his Bio. On these videos the picture is a little dark, but the sound is really good for live recordings.

That's what love will make you do

Got My Mojo Working

Jammin' at the RWC Blues Festival

You can catch some more of his sound here.

Valkyrie - Movie Trailer

Tom Cruise keeps surprising me by appearing in better roles all the time. Generally when I see his name on the marquee I don't think I want to see the movie. But more often than not the interest of the movie outweighs my dis-interest in Tom Cruise. This one looks like it will be another movie to see despite his appearance in it. It has a great cast anyway, including Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp, Kenneth Branagh,Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, and Stephen Fry.
For a synopsis of the movie check out this site.

How open minded are you

You can check out this site and find out how open (or closed) minded you are. Assuming you believe in these type of questionaires. I'm sure you can slant it any way you like if you are not honest in your responses. But anyway, just a bit of fun for today.
You Are 80% Open Minded

You are so open minded that your brain may have fallen out!
Well, not really. But you may be confused on where you stand.
You don't have a judgemental bone in your body, and you're very accepting.
You enjoy the best of every life philosophy, even if you sometimes contradict yourself.

Found via

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Something in the air

Do you remember the Cadbury's commercial with the Gorilla banging out Something in the Air Tonight? Well the folks at Wonderbra decided they could come up with something similar. Nice.

Do you suffer from Restless Mind Syndrome (RMS)

A quote from their site. It can start with a simple distraction, like catching a glimpse of a butterfly fluttering outside the window. Or playing with the hole in your sweater. Without warning, your mind begins to wander and before you know it, you've missed important stuff. If this describes how you feel some or most of the time, you may suffer from Restless Mind Syndrome commonly referred to as RMS. Do you suffer from it?

Friday, November 9, 2007

Duran Foo Eagles

Friday night is music night, so let's see what kind of mix we can find this week.
Let's start with Duran Duran - FALLING DOWN Official Video. From the upcoming album Red Carpet Massacre. Falling Down is co-written by Justin Timberlake. Go Duran Duran! Yes they are still around.

Now let's get a little more current, here are The Foo Fighters - Long Road To Ruin. Seems like everyone wants to tell stories in their videos today.

And since we started with a classic older group, let's finish with an even more classic older group. The Eagles - How Long from the CMA a couple of nights ago.

24: The unaired 1994 Pilot

What if Jack Bauer used AOL 3.0? Since the new season won't be shown in January (due to the writers strike) this should help stop your Jonesing for a while. Apparently they have only completed about 10 episodes so far. But lack of writing never stopped them before did it? Was it really writers who put the daughter in a mountain lion's way? Or how many Presidents they get through while we are stuck with the same one.

And since we are in to technology here I couldn't resist adding this gem. Goes along with my usual Friday theme of music and as I mentioned Technology.
A little dity entitled The Day The Routers Died...
The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and co-ordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally. This was a song performed by the secret-wg in the closing plenary of the RIPE 55 conference.
Check out their mission statement here.

Henry Rollins (et al) vs Ann Coulter

Per Wikapedia
Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield) is an American singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, author, and actor.
Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American conservative columnist, political commentator and best-selling author, known for her biting satire.

I was never much into punk rock so was unaware of Henry Rollins until he stopped singing and started talking. You have to see his show on IFC to appreciate how much of an understanding of this world he has. If there were more people at his level the world would be a saner place. Here he sticks his tongue firmly in cheek and writes a letter to Ann Coulter. Ann Coulter has appeared too many times with Bill Maher, but I am assuming he only has her on to take the piss. Thankfully for the sake of my ears and sanity I have missed pretty much all of her appearances on Fox News (sic) and other round the clock "news" channels.

Henry Rollins voices many folks thoughts on how to handle a bitch. Nice one Henry.

And in the spirit of fair play, grin, here's Ann Coulter showing her intelligent side.

But let's see her here in her more usual screeching bitch self. But we need someone to put her in perspective, so lets call on Keith Olbermann.

et al. - and others ('et al.' is used as an abbreviation of `et alii' (masculine plural) or `et aliae' (feminine plural) or `et alia' (neuter plural) when referring to a number of people); "the data reported by Smith et al."

Lies and the lieing liars who tell them

How can a group of people persist in telling so many obvious lies, and being caught out all the time?
How can they face the public?
How can they face their family and friends?
How can they face themselves?
And since they claim to be so religious how will they face their Lord?
But more to the point, why do we the American voters put up with them?
Can anyone in the Democratic house spell impeachment?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Memorable musical moments in movies

Pennies From Heaven - Let's Misbehave
From the movie "Pennies From Heaven". This was a sort of musical, from a 1978 BBC television drama serial by the highly-regarded television playwright Dennis Potter. Starring Bob Hoskins in the role that made his reputation in the UK. This was from the far inferior movie version starring Steve Martin. But anything with Christopher Walken is always worth watching. Christopher Walken sings, tap dances, and does a striptease to the song, "Let's Misbehave".

Updated 10-28-2011, previous version removed.

Deliverance - Dueling banjos

One of the memorable scenes in the movie. Definitely not a musical movie. This song has become the permanent soundtrack to anything related to backwoods / redneck culture. You just have to hum a few bars as you walk into Wal-Mart.

Updated 10-28-2011, previous version removed.

Young Frankenstein - Puttin on the Ritz
The movie, Mel Brooks funniest ever, was not a musical. But this little musical gem was one of the many highlights. This was a rolling in the aisles movie from the first moments. So many comedic genius's in the one movie. Spectacular, spectacular.

Updated 10-28-2011, previous version removed.

Kevin Nealon

Kevin Nealon (born November 18, 1953 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American comedian and actor best known for the characters he played on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995, now he has this great role on the Showtime series Weeds. Kevin started in showbiz as a standup comedian. While doing stand-up comedy. He debuted on network television doing a stand-up routine for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1984. In 1986, Saturday Night Live recruited his friend Dana Carvey, and Carvey in turn recommended Nealon. Both joined the cast that year, and Nealon became a full-time performer in the 1987-1988 season, and remained for nine seasons. He also appeared on "Dharma & Greg", "The Outer Limits" , and has made many movies.

Kevin Nealon doing Subliminal Man (from Saturday Night Live) on The View.

Here he is doing some standup in front of Dubyah, who suprisingly appears to understand some of the humor.

And here he is in the truly funny Showtime show "Weeds".
Weeds is one of the funniest comedies on television, it is now in it's third season and if you have missed it check out the DVD's of the first two series. You won't want to miss another episode then. In this scene there is a discussion over Andy (the heroines brother-in-law) being called up to fight the war in Iraq and the city councilman (Doug Wilson played by Kevin) giving his take on the war. I especially like his last sentence.

And finally here is Kevin's take on the Weeds theme. Little boxes.

Balkán rock!

Péterfy Bori & Love Band - Hajolj bele a hajamba (Labamba)
This video of the Péterfy Bori & Love Band was made from 4723 photos, nice animation.
The band are from Budapest, Hungary as far as I can find out. If you ever get the chance make sure to visit, I was a frequent visitor back in the early seventies. Installing computers and such, they have some great restaurants there. The Karpatia was one of my favorites, the food and the music were excellent. I would love to pop in there and savor some of their great gulyás. Budapest was by far my favorite Eastern European city to visit, I was in many in the early seventies.