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John Cage - Water Walk (1960) [May. 17th, 2007|01:14 pm]
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comicbase
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Are there John Cage fans here? Or some John Cage haters? They both must have an opinion about his performance of Water Walk on the popular TV show I've Got A Secret in 1960...

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(no subject) [Apr. 13th, 2007|03:55 pm]
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r_c_c
Hey, zombies!

"I still cannot listen to it, because everything I wanted for that record, they took it away. I asked for drums, they said no. I asked for more guitars, they said no. And I asked for simplicity, and they covered it in flutes! [...] They added strings and – I didn't like them, but I could live with them. But the flute! The first time I heard the album, I cried and it was all because of the flute."

-Nico, on her album Chelsea Girl

(source: Wikipedia)
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x-posted like nobodys business (soooorrray) [Mar. 4th, 2007|12:50 pm]
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____fromfaraway
basically everyone on livejournal ever should join this community-


yadontsay


..not so much "random facts" (which are cool, but theres like bah-zillion LJ communities dedicated to that), but more focused on potentially life-changing tips/hints that we pick up daily and continue to use. I just started it, join if it seems like something youd be into/could contribute to!

Plus it has an awesome user icon that I feel really sums up the essence of its purpose.

p.s.
:insert any due apoligies here for my wasting 9 seconds of your time, if you so feel necessary:

:o)
-danielle .
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(no subject) [Jan. 23rd, 2007|06:56 pm]
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cunae
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The Waitresses is one of my favorite bands. Here's a little backstory on how the band formed as well as links to download two of my favorite songs of theirs.



"Heat Night" (Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?, 1982)
"Make the Weather" (Bruiseology, 1983)


While Chris Butler [guitarist and songwriter for The Waitresses] was a musician playing the Akron area with bands such as Tin Huey and the Numbers Band in the late 1970s, he wrote songs for a make-believe side group. "I came up with the name `the Waitresses' because it just sounded kind of New Wavey," he says. "It was all a big joke."

Donahue - the girlfriend of one of Butler's musician friends - sang a few Waitresses songs at Tin Huey shows. "As an encore gag, we would put on T-shirts that said, Waitresses Unite."

But when industry people in New York expressed serious interest in a tape of I Know What Boys Like, Butler quickly cobbled together a formal Waitresses lineup. Many of the musicians Butler recruited were Midwesterners who, like himself, gravitated to New York. Meanwhile, Donahue was still in Ohio.

A free spirit who was in and out of college when she wasn't working waitress jobs, she decided to come along for the ride. "I gave her my last 50 bucks, put her on the Greyhound bus, she kissed her boyfriend goodbye, and she decided to come to New York. What the hell?"


from "How an obscure 80s punk band created a Christmas classic" by John Petrick

cross-posted to wavemusicshare
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I Shall Be Released [Dec. 12th, 2006|11:02 pm]
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white_noise
[Listening to |The Band - I Shall Be Released]

To get the snare drum sound you hear on The Band's I Shall Be Released (Music From Big Pink), Levon Helm turned the drum upside down and dragged his finger across the snares. He did this because the band felt that the sound of hitting the drum, even with a brush, was too harsh for the song.

Source: A coworker who is a friend of Levon's.
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(no subject) [Nov. 10th, 2006|01:01 pm]
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cunae
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Guns N' Roses recently canceled a show because they were informed that, in accordance with state law, they wouldn't be allowed to drink onstage.

"I agree with, and ultimately take responsibility for, the end decision not to jeopardize the safety of the fans, the crews, the bands and myself as a result of the methods of these particularly draconian authorities," Rose's statement said. "We hope to find another way to play for you in the future."

CNN.com article

P.S. How come the last five entries have all been from me? Contribute, friends! :)
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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2006|11:09 pm]
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cunae
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Roy Wood is 60 today!


Source: my Amoeba calendar
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Bow Wow Wow [Nov. 3rd, 2006|05:59 pm]
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cunae
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Bow Wow Wow was formed by Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who convinced three members of Adam and the Ants to leave Adam Ant for the project. Boy George was originally considered as a second singer but was ultimately deemed "too wild."

Their biggest hit, "I Want Candy," was originally done by The Strangeloves in 1965.

The family of lead singer Annabella Lwin almost made her quit the band after the release of a 1982 EP that featured the fifteen-year-old naked.



The album cover was based on Edouard Manet's Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass.)



And, just for fun, here's the video for "I Want Candy." Watch for the random shot of Annabella licking an ice-cream cone. Classic.



Source: Wikipedia
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(no subject) [Jul. 24th, 2006|11:35 pm]
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cunae
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[Feeling |boredbored]
[Listening to |"Downtown Dirt" - Lou Reed]


John Cage


In 1968, at a concert called "Reunion" at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto, artist Marcel Duchamp played chess against avant-garde composer and event organizer John Cage. The music was produced by a series of photoelectric cells underneath each square of the chessboard which were sporadically triggered during normal game play.

source: Wikipedia
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completely random facts about george harrison of the beatles [Jul. 21st, 2006|05:09 pm]
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yourcrowbar
[Feeling |boredbored]
[Listening to |feist :: "intuition"]

"Harrison was probably the first modern musician to organize a major charity concert. His Concert for Bangladesh on August 1, 1971, drew over 40,000 people to two shows in New York's Madison Square Garden with the intention of aiding the starving refugees from the war in Bangladesh. Ravi Shankar opened the proceedings, which included other popular musicians such as Bob Dylan (who rarely appeared live in the early 1970s), Eric Clapton who made his first public appearance in months (due to a heroin addiction, begun as Derek and the Dominos broke up), Leon Russell, Badfinger, Billy Preston and fellow Beatle Ringo Starr. Unfortunately, tax troubles and questionable expenses tied up many of the concert's proceeds...Apple Corps recently released a newly arranged concert DVD and CD on 25 October 2005, in the USA, and 24 October in the rest of the world. The DVD and CD contains additional material (such as previously unreleased rehearsal footage of "If Not For You" featuring Harrison and Dylan), and all artists' sales royalties continue to go to UNICEF.

....There was an attempt on Harrison's life...on 30 December 1999, a crazed fan, Michael Abram, broke into the Harrison's Friar Park home in Henley-on-Thames, stabbed George multiple times, ultimately puncturing his lung. Harrison and his wife, Olivia, fought the intruder and detained him for the police. 35-year-old Abram, who believed he was possessed by Harrison and was on a "mission from God" to kill him, was later acquitted on grounds of insanity.

Harrison married model Pattie Boyd on 21 January, 1966 at Leatherhead and Esher registry office, and is reputed to have written the song "Something" for her in 1969, although he himself denied this, saying he was actually thinking about a song for Ray Charles. In the late 1960s, Eric Clapton fell in love with Boyd, and famously poured out his unrequited passion on the landmark Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970). Some time after its release Boyd left her husband, and she and Clapton subsequently married. Despite this, the two men remained close friends, calling themselves 'husbands in law.'

Harrison married for a second time to Olivia Trinidad Arias (born 18 May 1948) in 1978. The ceremony took place on September 2 at their home, with guitarist and singer Joe Brown acting as best man. They had one son, Dhani Harrison, born the previous month. Dhani looks so remarkably like his father, that McCartney quipped on stage at Concert for George: 'Olivia told me that it looks like George stayed young and we all got old.' "

source:wikipedia.com

(they got married exactly ten years before i was born! hahah =/ )
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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2006|07:58 am]
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il_pleut
the band Zilch is made up of one Japanese musician, the late hide, and two American musicians whose names aren't as important at the moment. In the liner notes of their first release 321, they thank not only the usual list of their providers and musical equipment companies, but also successful Japanese musician J, and the one and only Marilyn Manson, who is often accused of sampling hide in his music by zealous fangirls.


not to be confused with the "christian punk" band zilch.
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Billy Preston has died [Jun. 7th, 2006|07:21 am]
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cheeesuschrist
[Feeling |sadsad]



US singer and song-writer Billy Preston has died at the age of 59 in Arizona after a long illness. He contributed to The Beatles' Let it Be, and Rolling Stones records including Exile on Main Street. As a teenager he played keyboards for the likes of Little Richard and Ray Charles.

Billy Preston became the only person to be given a label credit alongside The Beatles after his work on the song Let it Be, as well as the Abbey Road and White Album recordings. His fame was galvanised with a string of Number 1 hit singles of his own, including Outta Space (for which he won a Grammy), Will It Go Round In Circles, Nothing From Nothing and Space Race.

A prolific writer, he also wrote You Are So Beautiful, a major hit for his friend, British blues singer Joe Cocker. On top of this, he collaborated with superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Jackson Five, Sly and the Family Stone and Barbra Streisand.

Some of the music to which he has contributed, not including his solo work:

(1970) Let It Be -- including "Get Back" (The Beatles)
(1970) All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)
(1970) John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, piano on "God" (John Lennon)
(1971) Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones)
(1971) The Concert for Bangladesh (George Harrison And Friends)
(1971) There's a Riot Goin' On (Sly & the Family Stone)
(1972) Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones)
(1973) Ringo, organ on "I'm The Greatest"
(1973) Goats Head Soup (Rolling Stones)
(1974) Goodnight Vienna, clavinet on the title track, electric piano on "Only You (And You Alone)"
(1974) It's Only Rock'n Roll (Rolling Stones)
(1975) Blood on the Tracks (Bob Dylan)
(1975) "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker's biggest hit)
(1976) Thirty Three & 1/3 (George Harrison)
(1976) Black and Blue (Rolling Stones)
(1978) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (also acted the part "Sgt. Pepper" in the film)
(1990) Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (Billy plays keyboards and vocals)
(2003) Concert for George -- including Isn't It a Pity and My Sweet Lord
(2004) Me and Mr. Johnson (Eric Clapton) (also appears in the DVD companion Sessions for Robert J)
(2005) Choose Love (Ringo Starr)
(2006) Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) (on "Warlocks")
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Wake up, dead community! [Jun. 5th, 2006|02:05 pm]
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cunae
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[Current Location |Hancock Park]
[Feeling |boredbored]
[Listening to |"Gin-Soaked Boy" - Tom Waits]


Lee Marvin, Tom Waits


Tom Waits has claimed on several occasions to be a member of the secret society, "The Sons of Lee Marvin", a group founded by Jim Jarmusch in which all members bear a physical resemblance to actor Lee Marvin.

source: Wikipedia
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OMG! [May. 24th, 2006|09:02 pm]
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cunae
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[Current Location |Los Angeles]
[Feeling |dorkydorky]
[Listening to |Blowing in the Wind/Where is My Mind? hybrid]

So guess which hot, amazing, legendary musician turns 65 today?


BOB DYLAN!!!
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Relax, turn around and take my hand... [May. 18th, 2006|04:09 pm]
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poppy_man
[Feeling |tiredtired]

Fact: The intro to Tool's Stinkfist was recoreded by hitting a metal beer keg and flicking the ring pull on a can [once opened, you know how you can rotate the ring pull and flick it?].
Can unknown.
Source: Audio Teacher

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(no subject) [May. 11th, 2006|04:25 pm]
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cunae
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[Listening to |"I IQ" - Japanther]

Some facts about NEU!
• "Neu" is the German word for "new," pronounced "noy."
• The band always wrote its name in block capitals with an exclamation point at the end, intending it to resemble a pop-art slogan.
• Neu! formed in 1971 as an off-shoot from an early line-up of Kraftwerk (another seminal Krautrock band.)
• The band originated from Düsseldorf, Germany.
• Neu! only recorded three studio albums: Neu! (Brain Records, 1972), Neu! 2 (Brain Records, 1973), and Neu! '75 (Brain Records, 1975)


verified at Wikipedia's Neu! article
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(no subject) [May. 7th, 2006|10:03 am]
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cheeesuschrist
[Listening to |Mendelssohn's 3rd Symphony]

Happy birthday Tchaikovsky!

Some Tchaikovsky facts:

1. He loved to play whist (a card game).
2. Once he sang and danced opera on a train car--to the amusement of the passengers.
3. His favorite food was macaroni and cheese.
4. His favorite flower was the Lily of the Valley.
5. He liked to go on walks in the country and through town.
6. He liked to attend mass--because of the music.
7. Once as a child, he went door to door with a box of kittens asking if anyone wanted to adopt them.
8. Author Leo Tolstoy sat beside him at a concert and cried as his music was played!

Stolen from classical_music
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(no subject) [May. 2nd, 2006|03:11 pm]
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cunae
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[Feeling |amusedamused]

Canadian folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie appeared regularly on "Sesame Street" over a five year period from 1976 - 1981. She's gone into Oscar the Grouch's trashcan!

Source: Wikipeida 1 2
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(no subject) [Apr. 24th, 2006|05:17 pm]
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cunae
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[Listening to |"Miss Homa Gangei" - Brett Cutts (dead at 28)]

"For most of us, the Bermuda Triangle of morbidity lies between the ages of 50 and 53, after which, if you dodge cancer, heart disease and other bullets, you'll probably live for decades. For rock stars, the year to fear is 27 -- the checkout date for Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones and Robert Johnson, among others.

Honorable mentions to Nick Drake (at a wizened 26) and Tim Buckley (at a boyish 28) -- who were, after all, eccentric."

- Blender's 50 Worst Things That Happened to Music


originally posted to useless_facts by nostalgicbitch
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(no subject) [Apr. 20th, 2006|07:54 am]
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cunae
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[Feeling |boredbored]
[Listening to |"When You Were Mine" - Prince]

Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958), known as Image:Princesymbol.png (or, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince) from 1993 to 2000, is a popular and influential American musician. His music has spanned myriad styles including funk, pop, rock, R&B/soul, and hip hop, and is widely regarded as musical genius and the definition of the "Minneapolis sound". He is also known to have hundreds of songs unreleased in a vault under his own alias, as well as other names. Regarded as a perfectionist, Prince has a reputation as being difficult to work with, and for being highly protective and controlling of his music. He writes, composes, and produces most of his music single-handedly, and plays most of the instruments on his albums. He also is a well-known songwriter for other artists, and some of those songs have topped the charts as well.

copied directly from the Wikipedia article on Prince
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