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Alexander Skip Spence - War In Peace from his 1969 Columbia solo album Oar.

Skip Spence - singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. A guitarist in an early lineup of Quicksilver Messenger Service, while rehearsing at Marty Balin's club The Matrix, Balin talked Spence into switching to drums and joining his folk-rock group The Jefferson Airplane. Spence was with the Airplane for around a year appearing on their first album Takes Off RCA 1966 and co-writing 2 songs - Blues from an Airplane and Don't Slip Away. Balin subsequently fired Spence when Skip went on an LSD fueled trip to Mexico and missed an Airplane gig. Although no longer in the band, Skip's song My Best Friend appeared on the Airplane's break through album Surrealistic Pillow RCA 1967.

Skip Spence then put together Moby Grape releasing their first album, that many claim as a masterpiece, for Columbia in June 1967. Staying at the Albert Hotel in New York City while recording the second Moby Grape album WoW, Spence suffered from a drug induced schizophrenic break. Wielding a fire axe, he battered the hotel room door of band-mate Don Stevenson seeking to kill him and fellow Grape Jerry Miller. Failing that, he grabbed a taxi, axe in hand, and headed to Columbia studios to confront producer/manager David Rubinson. He was subued and committed to Bellevue Mental Hospital for six months. There he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

While he was in Bellevue, Spence amassed a backlog of songs. David Rubinson was able to secure Skip a "solo deal" with Columbia. Upon his release, Spence got a meager advance of around $1000, purchased a motorcycle, and headed to Nashville.

Skip Spence began recording at 504 16th Avenue South (Columbia Nashville) on December 3, 1968. 28 songs later, on December 12th, he was finished with Oar. All vocals, instruments, and production was handled by Spence with engineer Mike Figlio.

Alexander Skip Spence, age 22, road out of Nashville and into 30 years of drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, and sporadic periods of homelessness. He died of lung cancer in 1999 days before his 53rd birthday.

Oar was released by Columbia with no promotion and "cut out" with the year. It was subsequently released on CD by Sundazed in 1999 in an extended format - including unreleased bonus tracks. Oar remains an audio documentary of one man's mental fragmentation at the edge of sanity.
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I just love what others may think of as noise in this recording. While its not exactly the kind of thing I would do to incorporate this music into mine, it does get the imagination going.

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Perhaps you are already aware of this, but it is worth repeating.

Many of the oldest Edison wax cylinder recordings are now available to hear online.
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Steven Bernstein  |  Chusen Kalah Mazel Tov
from Diaspora Soul (1999)
"Trumpeter Steven Bernstein gathers an excellent cast of some of New York's more adventurous jazz musicians. Tzadik's Radical Jewish Culture series has presented an endlessly creative variety of music that incorporates elements of Jewish music traditions into new jazz, rock, and experimental contexts, and the release of Diaspora Soul means a few more styles can now be added to the list! With a sense of humor lacking any condescending irony, Bernstein throws some cha cha into his New Orleans R&B and Afro-Cuban-influenced arrangements of traditional cantorials, an Ashkenazi wedding song, a Chanukah song, and more, resulting in a sultry and grooving album."
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http://www.allmusic.com/album/diaspora-soul-mw0000249130

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The All Music Guide mentions a New Orleans influence evidenced here by the melodic similarity to the classic St. James Infirmary . Some very nice solos. I don't think Zorn's Tzadik label has ever put out anything below the level of excellent.
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Robert Wyatt with the jazzy pop ballad, Just as You Are, from his album Comicopera. The album was voted by Wire magazine in 2007 as best of the year.

Read more: http://www.allmusic.com/album/comicopera-r1111933/review

~Hadrian Micciche
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Took a minute or so for me to get into this, but then I decided I really liked it.
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Dakha Brakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art "DAKH" by the avant-garde theatre director Vladyslav Troitskiy. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances their shows have never been staged without the scenic effects.

"We decided to create a new style of music that consists mainly of our native Ukrainian folk motifs, with some African-styles added in. We also combine Arab, Bulgarian and Hungarian ideas. Dakha Brakha collects the components of its repertoire during our expeditions. We go out to villages, pitch our tents and visit local babushkas and ask them to sing their folk songs. We record them and use them in our compositions," - says the band.

Dakha Brakha is still somewhat of a cult phenomenon in Ukraine, appealing to a discerning audience of knowledgable fans who like their aggressive sound, which involves a lot of ritualistic tribal rhythms and frenzied, sometimes caterwauling, vocals.

They perform in native Ukrainian dress, as befitting their faith in Ukrainian culture, which they believe has enormous potential that should be explored and retained.
from http://www.womex.com/virtual/more_zvukov_agency_1/dakhabrakha

~Hadrian Micciche
 
DakhaBrakha - Nad dunaem ambient folklore
DakhaBrakha wurde 2004 am Kiev Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” vom Avantgarde-Theaterregisseur Vladyslav Troitskiy gegründet. In den Aufführungen der Band hat die Theaterarbeit ihre Spuren hinterlassen – bei ihren Shows hat es nie an Szeneneffekten gefehlt.
Der Name “DakhaBrakha” ist originell, außergewöhnlich und authentisch gleichermaßen; in ukrainischer Sprache bedeutet er “Geben/Nehmen”. Die Bedeutung von “Geben” ist offensichtlich – ein Geben von Musik, Freude und Festivität, das ganze Spektrum von Gefühlen und Gedanken, die Musik und Gesang mit sich bringen. Aber wo wird dabei “genommen”? Die Energie kann nicht nur aus einer nativen “Quelle” geschöpft werden, sondern von überall...
Die Band hat mit ukrainischer Volksmusik experimentiert und Rhythmen der Welt um sie herum in ihre Musik einfließen lassen und schafft somit ein heiteres, einzigartiges und unvergessliches Erleben von DakhaBrakha.
Die Sänger von “DakhaBrakha” sind Nina Garenetska, Iryna Kovalenko, Olena Tsibulska und Marko Halanevych. Die verwendeten Instrumente sind: indische Tablas, Marakas, Cello, Akkordion, Didjeridu, Bongo, Darbuka, Djembé, ein buddhistischer Gong, karpatische Bukhalo usw...
hier noch ein interessanter Videoclip; DakhaBrakha - Vesna
#WorldMusic #DhakaBrakha #Ukraine #Ambient
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I loved this movie. I love this music. Eminently worthy of a listening to.

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The theme from Paris, Texas is one of my favorite Cooder pieces.
The movie - directed by Wim Wenders - is a must see. The very underrated actor Harry Dean Stanton's best role.
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A video of a 4-year-old boy running in the snow naked recently showed up on the internet. It was posted by the boy's father, to demonstrate his self-described vicious child rearing methods. The video was shot in New York, in the snow, with a temperature of -13 degree Celsius.

Eagle Dad, as he calls himself, said his son had a premature birth, and would possibly become mentally retarded in the future. Unfortunately, this poor child is growing up under the care of a father who is mentally retarded now.

To Cure A Weakling Child by Aphex Twin.

~Hadrian Micciche
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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/eagle-dad-trains-his-4-year-old-son-running-naked-in-the-snow-2012-2
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"Born into poverty in St. Louis, dancer and singer Josephine Baker progressed from vaudeville to New York theater to the Parisian cabaret scene and became the toast of Europe before the age of 21. Though her later career wasn't quite able to handle such an early peak, Baker spent much of her life working tirelessly against prejudice, during World War II in Europe and the civil rights era in America".

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Read more: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/josephine-baker-p3081/biography
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Love Lady Josephine.  She was the first and the only of her time.  What courage it must have took to do it, even afraid for the benefit of others.  She will always be an inspirational figure in my life.  Right or wrong, she did her "banana dance"!
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Our co-editor of this page is off posting elsewhere. I decided to steal a post for this page. This is too good to pass up.

~Hadrian Micciche
 
The Swedish Omnibus Wind Ensemble perform the previously unrecorded Frank Zappa composition No.7
From their Music by Frank Zappa CD on the Opus3 label.
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This is kinda cool. a transcription of the opening phrase of No.7 http://www.zappa-analysis.com/number7.htm
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Lost Weekend featuring Sarah Vaughan
In 1976 Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left the British band 10cc to work on their ambitious concept Consequences.
Released as a triple LP boxed set by Phonogram/Mercury Records in 1977, Consequences was a massive commercial failure. Critics hailed it as pretentious and overindulgent.
It featured spoken word contributions by Peter Cook (Dudley Moore's ex-comedy partner) and the Gizmo - a special effects device attached to a guitar bridge, developed by Godley & Creme in 1973, to emulate bowing and sustain of orchestral strings.
Current re-evaluation of the work finds it to be "one of the most notorious examples of '70s music-business excess" and "a disaster."
Godley & Creme originally sought Ella Fitzgerald to contribute vocals but the label brought Sarah Vaughan to the project. Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990), one the great jazz voices, lights up this "duet" with Kevin Godley. A haunting piece.
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I read her obit in the NYT today. I came to her music in a roundabout way, as I was building a collection of André Previn's early jazz, and film/tv works before he disavowed jazz.

I wish I had experienced her music as it happened, or during my teenage years.
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I'm listening to Carmina Burana. No, not that Carmina Burana. This Carmina Burana.

Long before Carl Orffed-up these poems, written by 13th century monks, troubadours traveled all over Europe singing these songs to people who didn't know they were living in the Dark Ages (but that's another story).

Many of these old songs have only survived in lyrical form. The original arrangements may have been lost in time, but painstaking research managed to reconstruct them. One amateur reviewer comments: "Boston Camerata 's powerfully original rendition of Carmina Burana is a recommendable scholarly work suitable for music researchers, as well as common-folk who are looking for something different".

Common-folk? Something different? "Hey Ma...let's go see that there Shakespeare play. People on stage are wearin' funny clothes!"

I don't know what kind of clothes were worn by Boston Camerata in the performance of this music, but they sure had some funny instruments with them, including the hurdy-gurdy, shawm, lute, tambourine, harp, lute, fiddle, recorder, slide trumpet, and guiterne. According to our reviewer, the singers also contribute to the creation of an "accurate medieval atmosphere, which -- even if you do not understand the Latin, Middle German, French, or Provençal lyrics -- is sure to entertain you in a unique manner".

Hey, you folk headed out to the play? You are in for a real treat. Them Shakespeare people talked real funny too!
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