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Luminous Craft – Slow Motion Suicide
Nov 30th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Luminous Craft “Slow Motion Suicide”.

Here’s a nice very recent live video (shot by Mark Chavez) of Nick Camber, aka Luminous Craft (another video from that evening, for “Lonely in the Dark”, is here).  This was at Kosmos in Albuquerque.  I always liked this song and you can hear many versions of it on the Halo page on this site.  Nick will be up in Seattle soon and I very much look forward to seeing him again.  Enjoy these videos … before WikiLeaks finds out some embarrassing facts about them.

Tame Impala – Solitude is Bliss
Nov 29th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Tame Impala – Solitude is Bliss.

This is a band I hear a lot about lately but barely ever hear any actual music from, so I am posting the first song I found from them on YouTube.  Diagnosis:  Pretty awesome.  One day I may actually go to a record store again and buy some albums, and this one will be one of them.

The Two Escobars
Nov 24th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – The Two Escobars | trailer Cannes 2010 SPECIAL SCREENING Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist.

I watched this whole documentary tonight, and it was riveting.  If y0u like soccer, and you like mafia stories, this will be the best thing you’ve seen in a long time.  Poor Andres.

Sade – Smooth Operator
Nov 23rd, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Sade – Smooth operator.

I don’t think I had ever watched this whole video until now.  It’s pretty great – and a lot longer than I had thought.  It’s a mini movie.  The chase scene around the six minute mark with the sax solo is awesome.  Who would have thought that such an easy on the ears song would have such a violent ending!

Snowpocalypse 2010 left a lot of ice on the roads and I didn’t venture out very much today.  It will be nice to have a white Thanksgiving, though – the cold temperatures will keep the snow around for the next few days.

Echo and The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar
Nov 22nd, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Echo and The Bunnymen -Lips Like Sugar -1987.

Wow – it’s snowing in Seattle, and in much bigger volume than I was led to believe.  I was expecting maybe a small flurry with not much sticking, but it has been an all-day event of blustery ice and wind.  So that means I got to work from home today, and most likely tomorrow and the next day, too.  And then it’s Thanksgiving and a long weekend.  I don’t know how much more snow to expect this winter, so I am milking this storm for every flaky flake I can get it out of it.

Queen – Under Pressure
Nov 19th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Queen – Under Pressure.

From Greg:

‘Alright.  Vanilla Ice ripped it off and made a serious white-dude hip-hop cheese-bomb out of it.  It’s David Bowie and Freddie Mercury in a sing off.  It’s about Freddie attempting to come out of the closet during the pre-G80’s acceptance era.  No, it’s none of these things other than a classic fucking song.  I probably listen to this jam at least once a month when shit is getting heavy and one starts feeling up to here with it.  More often than not it’s concurrent with a waxing moon set to be bright and full.

Truth be told, I love Queen.  I think Brian May was one of the smartest guitarists around during the 70’s (he built his own guitar and customized his own electronics for christ sakes – let’s see Jimi or Jimmy do that).  They had one of the most solid (and sampled) rhythm sections happening, and ushered in rock music as a viable sample source for hip-hop to vibe off (other than Kraftwerk).  Bowie is another post altogether.  And Freddie, well … he’s just from space.

But this song … this song, is like none other in the Queen cannon.  It stands apart.  It’s two powerful voices matching in perfect symbiosis about what it is.  What it is to be.  What it is to love.  What it is to see.  What it is to Um Ba Ba Be.’

The Clash – Lost In The Supermarket
Nov 18th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – The Clash – Lost In The Supermarket.

I was looking for all kinds of videos today, but nothing struck a chord with me more than this one.

The Ocean Blue – Ballerina Out Of Control
Nov 17th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – The Ocean Blue – ‘Ballerina Out Of Control’.

I used to love this song and haven’t heard it in quite a while.  I tried to post the actual video but it wasn’t embeddable, which you can watch here – but it kind of sucks.  They really blew it on the video because they made it too literal and sort of 80’s in a bad way.  But it’s still worth watching for its weirdness and crystallization of a certain period in alternative and Britpop-influenced American music.

Santigold – Lights Out
Nov 16th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Santigold – Lights Out.

I added a new link to the “Associated Bands” there on the left side of your screen – for Gavin Rhodes’ new band, Lightouts.  We can expect some quality recordings from them, which it sounds like they are in the process of doing now.

I spent the day in Bothell, WA today for my job.  What a wasteland of strip malls and highways it is from Bellevue north to Bothell.  A sea of grey buildings under a grey sky with a lot of off-white and grey cars driving to and fro.  It’s hard to see, especially during the day, on the highway here when commuting because of this monochromatic scenery.  Thank goodness for my photo-grey lenses – they really grey the hell out of everything.

Jimi Hendrix – Testify
Nov 15th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Rare Jimi Hendrix-Testify.

I don’t know that much about Jimi Hendrix.  I’m one of those lame people who only owns some best-of posthumous compilation of his hits and hasn’t really spent a lot of time listening to his music.  But I heard this song today (when he performed with the Isley Brothers) and got a little more interested.   And then I read that he went to Garfield High School, literally right across the street from me, and lived in my neighborhood, which makes me feel like I should maybe listen to his albums and get to know the music a bit more.

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