Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Has your model car been used in any movies or TV shows?
Check it out at this site.
I was surprised to find that mine (Chrysler Sebring Convertible) has been used 83 times so far.
But I was most pleased to find it had been in two of my favorite TV shows.
Of course mine only appears in family photo ops.
So here we are on the 366th day of the year. They added the leap second already and we are just waiting for the countdown. Meanwhile to pass the time check out a year in 40 seconds. Great photography, check here to see how it's done.
One year in 40 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Who knew? Whales can blow bubble rings, they look like smoke rings but without the cancer.
These Beluga whales look like they are enjoying themselves. Maybe it is just me but they always seem to be smiling.
The art and beauty of the KAZOO. Metallica, "Enter Sandman." by Mister Tim
Filmed and recorded at The Batcave, Las Vegas, NV.
This version is sooooo much better than the Metallica version. And that's only my opinion.
It just moved to Europe. Check this out.
Swiss pianist Silvan Zingg plays his composition "Dancin' The Boogie".
Dancing by Will and Maéva.
Can't say who's better the pianist or the dancers.
Visit the Silvan Zingg International Boogie Woogie Festival 16-19 April 2009 in Lugano Switzerland.
DVD and CDs available!
Boogie Woogie kicks!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wow! Just wow! I never knew they ever performed with each other.
Phil Lynott was one of the great voices, very distinctive.
The song is track two from his first solo album called "Solo in Soho".
But this is a terrific version, Mark's silky guitar work with Phil's awesome voice.
I had heard the album a few times, but I don't think I ever owned it. So I never read the liner notes. According to Wikipedia Mark Knofler did in fact play on the album.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Seems like this is becoming a catch phrase. I gotta say I like the use of it here.
Gotta wonder if he saw this one, at least one other person thought so.
piscator11 says: I went up to one of the preacher ladies while her group was at GVSU preaching their 'Everyone's going to hell' nonsense. So I refuted everything they were saying, by shouting, "You aint got no pancake mix!"
While we are still in an Eastern mood for music, you should also check out the soundtrack album for Bab’Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul. The original soundtrack is by Armand Amar and is just a beautiful sound. Full of mystic promise.
I read one review that said the following regarding the sound track: The dervish music composed for the film by Armand Amar probably does more to take us into suggested worlds of magic, love, and awe than anything else, and on its own might even be worth the price of admission.
While I haven't seen the movie myself, I have to say that the soundtrack makes me want to see it. So I guess I have to check out video rentals.
As I am writing this I am listening to the album, and it is truly hauntingly beautiful.
In the never ending quest for different types of music, today I bring you this haunting song from Iran. This is by sisters, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat. I have been listening to their new album "I am Eve", and while I admit I don't understand the words their sound is truly beautiful.
Their mini-bio according to LastFM.
Born in Tehran in 1973, Mahsa Vahdat started her career in music by taking piano lessons of Minoo Mohebbi from an early age. She continued the piano with Laleh Aghevli. She picked up Persian traditional singing with Pari Maleki and continued singing with Mehdi Fallah and Mohsen Keramati. Vahdat also plays the setar which she studied under Ramin Kakavand and later Masoud Shoari. She entered the Art University in Tehran in 1993 and graduated from the Music Faculty with a BA in Music. In the Art University she has been under the influence of master musicians such as Sharif Lotfi, Ahmad Pejman, Hooshang Zarif, Behnam Vadani, Abdorreza Sajadi, Hushang Kamkar, and Mohammad Reza Darvishi.
Marjan Vahdat was born in Tehran in 1976. She studied piano with Minoo Mohebbi and Persian traditional singing with Pari Maleki. Here subsequent singing instructors were Mehdi Fallah and Sima Bina. Ramin Kakavand and Masoud Shoari have been her setar teachers.
You can find some more of their music to listen to here.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Is it Jazz? Is it New Age? There is a hint of Gypsy music and a touch of the mystic east.
Intriguing hardly covers it. And the video is very different.
Take a listen to Eldad Lidor. A recent friend from LastFM.
So many tunes, so little time. The depth of music on LastFM never ceases to astound me.
From LastFM: Eldad Lidor is a brilliant and sensitive music composer / sound track designer. He is definitely one of Israel’s most acclaimed theater and TV music producers, and has created over 1000 different compositions for the best theaters in Israel. Eldad has also won several awards and has worked in Europe on unique productions. These days Eldad is releasing a colorful new album with various contrast flavors and spice. The music is Expressive, cinematic and at times dramatic.
You can hear more of his sounds at LastFM.
Take a listen here to Opening, a wonderfully evocative piece.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Another interesting find on LastFM. I will have to listen to some more of their sound, but so far I am liking them.
Okkervil River began as a mutual project of Will Sheff (vocals, guitar), and Seth Warren (guitar). They met and collaborated together when both were still in high school in Meriden, NH. After relocating to Austin, TX in the late 90’s, the duo decided to re-assemble the band with the addition of Zachary Thomas (vocals, bass), Jonathan Meiburg (vocals, banjo), and drummer Mark Pedini. In 1998, the group self-released their first disc, the “Bedroom” (EP), followed a year later with their debut album “Stars too Small to Use”. During the succeeding years, the band regularly played live on numerous occasions, including an appearance at the South by Southwest festival in 2000.
[via - My Aimz Is True]
Friday, December 19, 2008
My brother's coming to visit over the holidays and that got me to thinking about music we have in common.
Being the younger brother he introduced me to some of the "new wave" groups back in the day.
I recall he was a fan of Ian Dury (featured elsewhere on this site) and he was also a big fan of Roxy Music.
Once he introduced me to Roxy Music I became a big fan, and I still am. I actually saw them in concert finally a couple of years ago in Concord at the Sleep Train Pavilion.
Here they were a bit younger. Back in 1972 on the OGWT.
Still in 1972, from German TV.
Jump forward to 1985 and Live Aid at the Wembley Stadium.
Now move on to 2001, at the Apollo.
Bryan Ferry – vocals, keyboards (1971-1983; 2001-)
Phil Manzanera – guitar (1972-1983; 2001-)
Andy Mackay – saxophone, oboe (1971-1983; 2001-)
Paul Thompson – drums (1971-1980; 2001-)
Brian Eno – synthesizer, "treatments" (1971-1973)
Eddie Jobson – synthesizer, violin (1973-1976)
Graham Simpson – bass (1971-1972)
Long may they rock!
Looks like we are in for the return of the 80's.
Check out this video from Empire of the Sun singing Walking on a Dream.
Sounds like Euro-pop, but they are from Australia.
The video was shot recently in Shanghai, China.
Directed by Josh Logue of Mathematics (xy-1.com)
It's back to the 80s next year. And not just
any 80s, but the Europop and synthpop
we loved in our youth. Our biggest obsession
right now is Empire of the Sun. An Australian
duo formed by the fabulous Luke Steele of The
Sleepy Jackson and Nick Littlemore of Pnau,
it marries the ethereal vocals and melodic
pop of the former with the effects-laden
dance production of the latter. Like a fey,
fashion college version of The Postal Service.
The video of Walking On A Dream is worthy
of Duran Duran at their most over the top.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Spider-Plant Man is a parody of Spider-Man, it was made for the Comic Relief 2005 show and was shown on BBC One, March 11, 2005. It starred Rowan Atkinson as Peter Piper/Spider-Plant Man and Rachel Stevens as his love-interest Jane-Mary (not Mary-Jane Watson). Jim Broadbent portrayed Batman, and Tony Robinson was Robin.
Mr. Bean's Spiderman from NELSONIOUS on Vimeo.
Look out also for :
Mackenzie Crook as Scientist
Nick Frost as Scientist
Simon Pegg as Reporter
Maybe you can start to believe that Rowan Atkinson is so much better than Mr Bean.
A friend at LastFM sent me a recommendation today, to listen to this young lady.
What a great suggestion.
The tune he suggested was To Know This
Check out this live recording of it.
So I had to check her out a bit more. She has been around a couple of years and made a few recordings.
Very cool jazz sounds.
Wikipedia has the following to say about her.
Alice Russell is a English female soul singer from Framlingham in Suffolk, formerly signed to the Tru Thoughts label. Recently known for singing on tracks with Will Holland's Quantic and Quantic Soul Orchestra, she has also performed the lead vocals on a cover of The White Stripes' hit "Seven Nation Army" with Nostalgia 77.
Her solo work is performed in a nine-piece band called "Alice Russell Live". In July 2004, Russell delivered her debut solo album, "Under The Munka Moon" , for Tru Thoughts Recordings. A mixture of her earlier collaborative efforts and new material. Under The Munka Moon includes tracks written with Bah Samba, Kushti, Nature Boy, and Quantic, with additional production and remix work from Digitek, Atjazz, and Plaid.
Alice Russell has claimed her influences include Minnie Ripperton, Eva Cassidy, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and Jill Scott.
But you really just have to listen to her. That is the acid test.
And she comes out of it with flying colors.
She also does a tremendous version of the Gnarls Barkley song "Crazy"
Alice Russell along with Nino Moschella and The Park performing Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' @ The Independent in SF on November 10, 2008
Right now I'm listening to this great new album by Lizzy Parks, Raise the Roof. You gotta check it out. This is a young lady with a really cool jazz vibe. Great pipes.
Maybe you never heard of her, so let's fill in a bit.
From her Bio on her web page:
If it’s an in depth explanation of my life and career so far you’d better catch me after a gig with a big bottle of gin! … but for those of you without the time or inclination, the basics goes like this …
I’m a Devon lass who’s lived and loved music for as long as I can remember. Tooting the Clarinet and Saxophone from the age of 7 gave me my thirst for jazz, then after discovering my voice with the school big band during a rendition of Skylark aged 11 there was no stopping me!
I went on to study music in all sorts of places, from clubs to Conservatoires, and got my first taste of session work with Chris Bowden, performing Crockers and Killers on his Slightly Askew album for Ninja Tune back in 2001. After recording for various other artists I released my debut album Watching Space in 2005 with indie label, The Birds Recording Company.
This is one very cool young lady. Wonderful voice and great styling.
What is it about Devon that produces such wonderful female vocalists?
Give her a listen.
Raise The Roof
Live with The Heritage Orchestra in Birmingham
This spectacular performance on Friday 3rd October 2008 featured The Heritage Orchestra performing the music of Amon Tobin for a unique club night at Town Hall Birmingham also featuring Lizzy Parks Album launch on Tru Thoughts. resonance events is a partnership between Town Hall Birmingham and Birmingham Jazz. Official Media Partners Wax Poetics Official Sponsors Ropeadope
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
It's that time of year when all the songs get more sentimental and happy.
So here to start the season of on Bearly Rambling is one of my favorite Christmas tunes.
The one and only Tom Waits with a Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis.
Big ups to My Aimz Is True for leading me to it.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
lanieriloo has compiled what has to be the ultimate in cat humor. We've probably seen most of these clips before, but the editing and the way the music complements them has to be admired.
Something to put a smile on your face on a chilly winter day.
The music is the rock version of Pachelbel's Canon performed as Canon Rock by Jerry C.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Stéphane Grappelli (26 January 1908 – 1 December 1997) was a French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt. It was one of the first (and arguably the most famous) of all-string jazz bands.
Grappelli started his musical career busking on the streets of Paris and Montmartre with a violin. He began playing the violin at age 12, and attended the Conservatoire de Paris studying music theory, between 1924 and 1928. He continued to busk on the side until he gained fame in Paris as a violin virtuoso. He also worked as a silent film pianist while at the conservatory and played the saxophone and accordion. He called his piano "My Other Love" and released an album of solo piano of the same name. His early fame came playing with the Quintette du Hot Club de France with Django Reinhardt, which disbanded in 1939 due to World War II. In 1940, a little known jazz pianist by the name of George Shearing made his debut as a sideman in Grappelli's band. [Wikepdia]
Sadly there is very little film of Stéphane and Django, but happily there is a host of recordings. To check out one of their best take a listen to Minor Swing, no video but what a great sound.
Stéphane made many, many more recordings after the war, and recorded with many other artistes. He was still going strong up in to his eighties.
When asked on his 85th birthday if he was considering retirement, Stéphane Grappelli replied: "Retirement! There isn't a word that is more painful to my ears. Music keeps me going. It has given me everything. It's my fountain of youth."
Check out some highlights from his music.
How High The Moon - Rare Live footage in Warsaw in 1991
Makin' Whoopee - Jazz at Studio 4 - 12/09/1961
Someone To Watch Over Me - and I Got Rhythm. Here, at the age of 81, he plays two numbers of Gerswhin in New Orleans, in the year 1989.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
How to avoid a ticket and the cost of the towing. Or not.
I don't think I would promote this as a good way out.
And she's not even blond.
Chick Refuses to Be Towed - Watch more free videos
I really would have liked a close up of his face!
I watched David Foster and Friends (Hit Man) special on PBS the other night. The performer who totally blew me away, and there were some awesome performers on the show, was William Joseph. He played Asturias which I am certain was written for Guitar, at least in my mind Andres Segovia has always owned it. But William Joseph plays it on a piano. I have never seen a piano played that way before. It was as if the piano keyboard were a guitar. Amazing.
The video is on YouTube but as always with copyright stuff I'm sure it will be pulled soon.
So I have included a version that has been around a while and hopefully won't get taken down. You can't see his handwork so well but it is still an amazing piece.
Asturias - William Joseph
Then just for comparison, in case you have never heard or seen it here is the Segovia version. Sheer artistry.
Asturias - Andres Segovia
And then for a different side of William Joseph, here he tackles the Led Zeppelin classic.
How he got his break is just an amazing story:
A musician since the age of four, Joseph had one of those fairy tale starts to his career as a major label artist when he learned Canadian uber-producer David Foster was coming to Phoenix to conduct the orchestra for a fundraiser with Rod Stewart and Reba McEntire. A friend got him in to meet Foster during soundcheck with the simple aim of saying hello and handing him a CD, but it turned into something much more.
“In between Rod and Reba, I was introduced to him, and my friend asked if I could play his piano,” says the Reprise Records instrumentalist from his hometown. “So David said, ‘No, not at all, come on up!’ He’s very spontaneous, so he took me up in front of this world class band, and David looks at me and says, ‘Play something.’
“I immediately felt the cold sweat come over me, and I played this song I had written, which is the title track of my CD, Within. After about 20 seconds, David motions to the drummer to join in. All of a sudden the whole band joined in, I’ve got David Foster conducting over me, and I’m thinking, ’Please, please don’t mess up!’ Right after I finished, David gave me a high five, everybody in the room started clapping, and he said, ’What was that song?’”
From David Foster info page.
Now if you excuse me I have to go buy that Hit Man DVD, I will be watching it for ever.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia for cello and violin.
One person, two instruments a cello and a violin, a difficult piece, and a friend who can mix the two videos together. Awesome. It can't get much better than this. Amazing skills.
Playing a duet with yourself is much harder than it looks.
Videographer: Harold Marrero
Recording: Andres Bermudez
Thanks to artofcello
Being a cat lover and a broccoli hater I had mixed feelings about this. My initial thought was "cruel and unusual punishment". But obviously not, the kitten loves his broccoli and heaven help anyone or anything that gets in his way.
This is just too funny. My cats just like the usual stuff, cat food, tuna, salmon, shrimp and turkey. Nothing to exotic.
Thanks to kimberlyjennery for sharing this.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Robin Williams at the "We are most amused" show for Prince Charles 60th birthday.
He gives his take on the recent election to the Brits. And boy do they love it.
Very very funny.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Top Gear rules. Here is Jeremy Clarkson with the Marines invading a beach somewhere.
But of course being Jeremy he has to be different. So he is driving a Ford Fiesta.
Note to Ford USA, maybe if you sell this 65 mpg Fiesta in the USA it may help your current problems.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
It's coming to that season of the year that so many enjoy.
I found this one via The Presurfer and I thought it was a good start to the season.
See what you can do for nature this season.
And so of course you keep trying to get better. Well last night I was this close to the perfect game. I threw 10 strikes, and then a damned impossible split. So close yet so far.
But I guess it still leaves me with something to aim for, and of course it still leaves my wife the possibility of getting the perfect game before me.
I know her son bowled two or three perfect games back when he was a teenager. But of course that was in a real bowling alley.
Some time back in August we were visiting friends and relatives back in Michigan. One of our friends introduced us to Wii Bowling, we played it a few nights and we were hooked.
As soon as we got back to California we had to get a system.
Since then we have been bowling most weekends since then, and back in October we both had a great game and got high scores of 277 and 275.
We were stoked.
Friday, December 5, 2008
This apparently was the warm up before a "friendly" game.
Don't know if they get more agitated when it is for real.
But these guys sure got rhythm.
It was an exhibition game between an Australian Indigenous team and a New Zealand Maori team.
It was a warm up for the Rugby League World Cup, which New Zealand eventually won.
So check it out here - Maori Haka vs Aboriginal War Cry
Could you imagine the 49ers vs Raiders War Cry?
You know how those storage places get ya suckered in, the first month is only a dollar. but they don't tell you what it goes up to after.
And the more you store the more you pay. Well this guy is straight up with ya. $10.99 a month, no matter what you have to store.
An elephant, a bus, a tank, whatever. All for $10.99 a month. Sign up at www.jonesbigasstruckrentalandstorage.com tell him the Bear sent ya.
[A Welsh View]
Thursday, December 4, 2008
This has to be the funniest video I have seen in a long while. Both my cats are scared of vacuum cleaners, as soon as the vacuum is turned on they disappear under a bed somewhere. But this cat obviously loves it. His own personal Segway.
If you have any doubts about the reality of this claim then you only have to check out this video. Here he is doing a commercial for a German magazine, in German and you don't have to understand a word of German to appreciate the humor.
Does any one remember the Accurist commercials from the 70's? Hilarious.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Lydden Hill brings back memories. Start on tarmac just up from Paddock bend, then on to the chalk (to simulate snow) then grass, mud and back on to tarmac to scream around Devil's Elbow and climb the hill to hit the hairpin (North Bend) at the top. Then it was downhill (Hairy Hill) from there to the right hand Paddock Bend at the bottom that took you back onto the chalk.
They may have changed the surface somewhat since I raced there, back in the late 60's / early 70's but this clip brought back memories.
Mind you we never raced buses, it was more like Minis and Spridgets. It stopped being fun when the factory drivers joined in with their unlimited cash flow and hotted up Escorts.
But of course the guys at Top Gear have to always go one better.
This is a hoot.
This is a terrific idea, with wonderful music. Check them out and do what you can to help. Time to change the world. Playing for Change is leading the way.
From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe. This and other songs such as "One Love" will be released as digital downloads soon; followed by the film soundtrack and DVD early next year.
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The power of music to bring hope and inspiration is more than evident in this clip (cover of Tracy Chapman's song, "Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution") from the township outside of Cape Town where we just built our first connected music school.
Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I just got a couple of albums by David Garrett, Encore and Virtuoso. I have always been as fan of the violin, and this guy really knows how to make one sing. I'm just loving his sound.
David Garrett (born David Bongartz, 1980 September 4 in Aachen, Germany) is a classical violinist and recording artist.
When Garrett was four years old, his father bought a violin for his older brother. The young David took an interest and soon learned to play. A year later, he took part in a competition and won first prize. By the age of seven, he was playing once a week in public. He studied violin at the Lubeck Conservatoire. At the age of 12, he began working with the distinguished Polish violinist Ida Haendel, often travelling to London and the other European cities to meet her. At the age of 13, he recorded two CDs, appeared on German and Dutch television, and gave a concert in the residence of the Federal Republic of Germany President, the Villa Hammerschmidt, at Dr. von Weizsäcker’s personal invitation. He was offered the use of the famous Stradivarius "San Lorenzo", which is among the best instruments of the "golden period". At the age of 14, as the youngest soloist ever, he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft. At the age of 17, he played with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta in Delhi and Bombay in concerts marking the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence. At the age of 19, he played with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchster in Berlin, under the direction of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and was hailed by critics. This led to an invitation to perform at Expo 2000 in Hannover. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music in London. At the age of 21, he was invited to perform at the BBC Proms. He graduated from the Juilliard School in 2004. [Wikipedia]
One of my favorites, the Carmen Fantasia from Bizet.
Appearing at the German Charity Gala "Hand in Hand" here he performs Smooth Criminal from his CD "Encore".
Here he performs Czardas with an orchestra in what looks like "The Proms" from The Albert Hall.
And here is where he became the world's fastest violinist by playing Flight of The Bumble Bee in 1 minute 6.56 seconds, an amazing 13 notes per second. Filmed on BBC TVs Blue Peter children's program.
When we first saw the hee haw catfish a few days ago, I realized that catfish had that special magic.
But I never realized how much.
The catfish is so magical it works it's charms on both male and female.
And sometimes it brings out the Catfish Dance!!!
Sexy Funny Juggers Dance - Watch more free videos
I could just go for some blackened catfish about now.
Last night I was watching Palladia (HDTV), great for short attention span and concerts when on came Knights of Cydonia by Muse, which I hadn't seen in a while. So this reminded me of my intention to check out some more of their music.
I was not disappointed. Check these out.
Time is Running Out