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...a nobody walked onstage and a superstar walked off.


Jimi Hendrix Wild thing from Rénald Perquis on Vimeo.


Notice how the guitar keeps screaming even after Jimi's stopped playing? That's called a metaphor.
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...better known as Iggy Pop. 70 today. Whodathunkit back when he invented crowdsurfing while everyone else was singing about peace and love?


Iggy is famously wild on stage (and, for a long time, off it). Just listen to Henry Rollins explain it (seriously, do, that clip is hilarious). There are always jokes about how Iggy Pop or Keith Richards (or, though not lately, Lemmy) are simply too tough to die, how they'll be the only survivors of WWIII, etc. I think that's wrong. I saw Iggy a few years ago on one of the last Stooges reunion tours. He was just as wild as ever, but early on in the show he tripped and fell - bad. He was clearly hurt, and for the rest of the show he limped or jumped on one leg. But he kept playing and didn't slow down for a second even when he was in obvious pain. The thing isn't that Iggy is immortal or invulnerable. It's that he's mortal and not afraid to get hurt.

Iggy in 1991; very NSFW performance )

So here's to the world's forgotten boy. Open up and bleed, or don't; you've earned whatever you want to do. Maybe when you turn 75, you'll even own a shirt.

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I'm a firm believer that history is bigger than all of us. All those Great Men we learn about in school are just regular people who happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch a wave, and if they hadn't done what they did, someone else probably would have.

That said, all of the music we listen to today would have been very different if not for Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (1926-2017).


Hail, hail, rock and roll. Long as she got a dime, the music won't never stop.
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...because the last thing this world needs right now is another listless, misinterpreted version of "Hallelujah." (Seriously, over here people think it's a fucking Christmas song.)

Nick Cave started his solo career with a demented Leonard Cohen cover, and has spent his entire career trying to catch up.


Emmylou Harris can sing anything. Even if she has to change the title of "Ballad of an Absent Mare" to sneak Leonard Cohen into Nashville.


Electrelane recorded this krautpunk version of "The Partisan" in 2005, turning it into a furious queer protest song. It builds until about 5:00, then it unleashes.


Jennifer Warnes' version of "First We Take Manhattan" was the first time I became aware of Cohen. Stevie Ray Vaughan burning on guitar, also gone too soon.


And of course, the obligatory Johnny Cash version. "I have tried in my way to be free."


Bonus: OK, Dylan gets a pass because he covered "Hallelujah" long before everyone else did, and his version is anything but listless.
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Thank you for everything, Leonard Cohen. Shit, we didn't need this on top of everything else this year.

Give me back my broken night
my mirrored room, my secret life
it's lonely here, there's no one left to torture
Give me absolute control
over every living soul
And lie beside me, baby, that's an order!
Give me crack and anal sex
Take the only tree that's left
and stuff it up the hole in your culture
Give me back the Berlin wall
give me Stalin and St Paul
I've seen the future, brother: It. Is. Murder.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned the order of the soul
When they said "REPENT! REPENT!"
I wonder what they meant?


Of course, on the other hand...

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything:
That's how the light gets in!
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"Purple Rain" - the original, unedited, complete performance.



Interviewer: "What's it like to be the greatest guitar player in the world?"
Eric Clapton: "Dunno. Ask Prince."
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Goddamnit. And just days after releasing his best album in years, too. As someone just put it on twitter, "He was saying goodbye and we didn't know it..."







Thanks, David.
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Well, another three months have passed since I did the two previous roundups, so here are some new songs I found and really liked over the last three months. All suggestions for things I may have missed are welcome!

Anna von Hausswolff - Come Wander With Me (Album: The Miraculous)
Anna vH recorded her first album on a piano, her second on a church organ, and this third one on the biggest concert organ in Scandinavia. Presumably, by her fifth album she'll be playing the echo of the Big Bang. So of course her new single is a 10-minute cover of a song written for The Twilight Zone.
Youtube )

Yo La Tengo - Friday I'm In Love (Album: Stuff Like That There)
One of my favourite YLT albums was always 1990s mostly-covers Fakebook, and SLTT is very obviously a follow-up; mostly acoustic, mostly covers, mostly wistfully wonderful. And of course a cover of The Cure's sappiest love song needs a video in which giant hearts fall from the sky, crushing people and bringing about the apocalypse.
Youtube )

Destroyer - Times Square (Album: Poison Season)
Canadian hipster soul. What's not to love (apart from the fact that it makes me want to be in New York, but...)
Youtube )

Dave Rawlings Machine - The Trip (Album: Nashville Obsolete)
Gillian Welch and her guitarist Dave Rawlings have written and recorded some of the best country/roots/whatever albums of the last 20 years. And while we wait for the next one, here's an album from their role-reversed side project. "The Trip" is shamelessly Dylanesque, not just for the length, but the spoken-word ramblings that open up into that chorus...
Youtube )

Mitski - Townie (Album: Bury Me At Make-Out Creek)
Enough nice acoustics. Pretty much every review I've read of Bury Me At Make-Out Creek (Simpsons-inspired titles ftw) use the word "raw" at some point. There's a certain early-PJ Harvey-filtered-through-US-college-culture vibe to Mitski's songs, but then there's that chorus too, which has no right to be that catchy when her lyrics are that naked.
Youtube )

Kurt Vile - Pretty Pimpin (Album: b'lieve I'm goin' down...)
And on the subject of college culture, Kurt Vile continues to sound like he crawled into a bong back in junior year and found a musical genie in there and is still refusing to come out. But as long as he keeps making music that grooves this effortlessly, I vote we let him live in there.
Youtube )
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Let's go!

50 years and one day ago, rock music was 3-minute songs about cars and teenage love, and folk music was dull acoustic music about poverty. 50 years ago today, 25 July 1965, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. Fans booed, Pete Seeger tried to cut the juice with an axe, the MC begged Dylan on his knees to go find an acoustic guitar... Dylan gave zero fucks and thundered through the possibly shortest set to ever change music history, just three songs.

I try my best to be just like I am
But everybody wants you to be just like them
They say "Sing while you slave!" ...I just get bored.
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more!

...
Ain't it hard when you discovered that
He really wasn't where it's at?
After he took from you everything he could steal...
How does it feel?

...
I wanna be your lover baby, I don't wanna be your boss
Don't say I never warned you when your train gets lost!



And anyone who thought this was a passing phase might have noted that when he did borrow an acoustic guitar for the encore, it was a very pointed "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue".

Happy graduation day, rock and roll.
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Something happened in the mid-to-late-40s. For decades, the blues had been written off as "race records" (no, seriously, that was the official term) and existed in its own world at a safe distance from the white mainstream. Now it moved north from the Mississippi Delta up to the big industries in Chicago and Detroit, bought itself electric guitars and started kicking ass and taking names. That's the root of rock'n'roll, soul, funk, hip-hop, anything you've listened to over the last 60 years. Not the only root, obviously - Muddy Waters' favourite musician was Hank Williams - but the blues added something; sex, desperation, defiance, fun, volume.

With the death of BB King on Thursday, the last of the great original electric blues players is gone. A door to the past has closed. I'm not putting this behind a cut.

The selection here is of artists who started making their mark before anyone had heard the name "Elvis Presley". For some strange reason, all the live footage available is from many years later. When the Stones first came to the US, they asked to see Muddy Waters; their American record company asked "Where's that?"

Elmore James (1918-1963)


Aleck Miller AKA Sonny Boy Williamson (1912-1965)


Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker (1910-1975)


Chester Burnett AKA Howlin' Wolf (1910-1976)


McKinley Morganfield AKA Muddy Waters (1913-1983)


Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (1926-1984)


John Lee Hooker (1917-2001)


Riley "BB" King (1925-2015)

(You can see this whole show here, and you should.)
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Here’s a crossover I’ve thought about for a while. This is post-series Buffy crossed with the Flaming Lips song "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Part 1" (lyrics). You don't need to be familiar with the song to read it, but it’s a pop song so you can binge the entirety of this canon in 3 ½ minutes.

Title: All In A Day's Work
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy/Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~850
Warnings/Notes: Poking fun at national stereotypes.
Characters/Pairing: Buffy, Xander, Yoshimi
Summary: To be fair, Buffy wasn't entirely sure how she was supposed to stop a giant robot about to attack Tokyo. But still, being told someone else would handle it felt a bit weird.

"What, you don't use machine guns in your movies?"
- Charles Bronson to Ingmar Bergman


I'm afraid we cannot guarantee the safety of non-union workers on this task. )
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I promised [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll I'd post some Nick Cave songs for beginners. Which is tricky, because much like that other lot of artists he often gets lumped in with (Leonard, Bob, Patti, Tom, etc) he can be a bit of an acquired taste; at once a horrible and fantastic singer, a whiny dealer of manpain and violence, and a viciously funny or heartbreaking deconstructor of it... There's his band, the Bad Seeds, who can play just about anything in the space between folk and punk as if they just got out of bed after spending three days getting drunk and listening to old blues records. He is one of the best lyricists in rock music - one of the few whose lyrics can even hold up without the music. His lyrics read like short stories, or even complete novels condensed to 5 minutes, with character voices, context and backstory snuck in through subtle little references to everything from the Bible (much like with Cohen and Dylan, there's a LOT of biblical imagery in his songs without it being necessarily religious) to Miley Cyrus.

So here goes, ten songs from young punk to elder statesman of rock'n'roll.

The beast it cometh, cometh down )

Also, a few thoughts on his 1996 album Murder Ballads as it relates to narratives about, to quote Johnny Cash, love, god and murder:
So it's Rorschach and Prozac and everything is groovy! )
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Didn't have time to write up a big music post this week, so I hit up This Day In Music and learned that today, it's exactly 38 years since the recording of one of the most charmingly amateurish debut videos ever made:



That's right, kids, once upon a time you could launch a band to (eventual) superstardom with just a flatbed truck, a handheld camera, a couple of bored bagpipers, and presumably lots of booze. I guess stuff like this happens every day in Melbourne.

I assume that people who don't love AC/DC have a reason for this. I'm sure they're very good reasons. Luckily, all the reason I need to dismiss those reasons are in the first few seconds of this song. And in pretty much every other song they recorded between 1975 and 1982 or so. Let there be light! ...Sound! Drums! GUITAR!





People say we've made 11 albums that sound exactly alike. Like hell! We've made TWELVE albums that sound exactly alike! - Angus Young
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Wooo! Nominations are open for [livejournal.com profile] rwsawards, and someone was kind enough to nominate three of my fics:

Gonna Make You Bark for Doomed (Best Het) (so apparently not for Angel/Mr Gordo then, heh)
Not In The Brochure for Fanged Midget (501-1000 words)
Help Yourself for Where's My Cookie? (100 words)

Thanks a lot! Nominations are still open.

ETA: Oh! And I signed up for this:

Two baby birds flying from a nesting box. Text: Get It Done 2013

Also, here's a question about an idea I had a while back. You know how comment ficathons work? Has anyone ever tried a comment fanmixathon? My idea is to set up a master post where people can post prompts (in the form of a character/pairing/arc/season/etc) and others can respond with youtube links to songs that would fit the prompt - hopefully ending up with collaborative fanmixes with some surprising twists. What do you think, dear flisters? Workable?
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WOOOHOOO! 21.12.2012 is just a few hours away! Here we go!

MUSIC! )

So, what do you think it's going to be? Place your bets now, tomorrow is definitely too late!
[Poll #1885933]

Oh, and I won this. Thanks a lot, everyone, and congrats to all the other winners!
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Awards stuff: The Return of the Son of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons is nominated for Best Comedy (Non-Spuffy) at [livejournal.com profile] c2c_buffyawards. Thanks a lot, o kind nominator/rix/on!


Also, voting is open both at [livejournal.com profile] c2c_buffyawards (here) and the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards (here). Go forth and supporteth the fandom! ...eth.

Finally, here's a fun meme gakked from [livejournal.com profile] shinodabear:

Take 10 songs and run their opening lines through Bad Translator. Make a post with the translations and see if your f-list can guess what songs they’re from.

ETA to add answers to the ones nobody got. Oh, and youtube links, obviously.

1. "In addition, in 1955, in the beginning, I know it does not show that music is rock n'roll and jazz, and all" "Let There Be Rock", [livejournal.com profile] frogfarm
2. "I remember I remember my house with two black lightning" "I remember how the darkness doubled/I recall, lightning struck itself": Television, "Marquee Moon"
3. "Hey, my husband bongo man singing competition, I did not sleep, no place to go" "Mr Tambourine Man", [livejournal.com profile] rebcake
4. "The same way every night, and with the opposition and struggle" "Going Through The Motions", [livejournal.com profile] alwaysjbj
5. "You know you have a beautiful face? You know, another piece of land?" "Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face? Do you realize we're floating in space?": Flaming Lips, "Do You Realize?"
6. "My heart is not my girl under the bridge" "I lost my heart under the bridge to that little girl, so much to me": PJ Harvey, "Down By The Water"
7. "In the doc, and Sally, was reduced to 5" "Duck and Sally inside, they're cooking for the down five": Velvet Underground, "Sister Ray"
8. "I was a girl form the blood fountain" "Bachelorette", [livejournal.com profile] frogfarm
9. "There is a new game, we want to see the reality of the game" "There's a new game we like to play, you see/A game with added reality": Depeche Mode, "Master And Servant"
10. "Jesus Christ died on the offense, but I" "Gloria", [livejournal.com profile] ravenwings_7
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Awards stuff: The Return of the Son of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons is nominated for Best Comedy (Non-Spuffy) at [livejournal.com profile] c2c_buffyawards. Thanks a lot, o kind nominator/rix/on!


Also, voting is open both at [livejournal.com profile] c2c_buffyawards (here) and the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards (here). Go forth and supporteth the fandom! ...eth.

Finally, here's a fun meme gakked from [livejournal.com profile] shinodabear:

Take 10 songs and run their opening lines through Bad Translator. Make a post with the translations and see if your f-list can guess what songs they’re from.

ETA to add answers to the ones nobody got. Oh, and youtube links, obviously.

1. "In addition, in 1955, in the beginning, I know it does not show that music is rock n'roll and jazz, and all" "Let There Be Rock", [livejournal.com profile] frogfarm
2. "I remember I remember my house with two black lightning" "I remember how the darkness doubled/I recall, lightning struck itself": Television, "Marquee Moon"
3. "Hey, my husband bongo man singing competition, I did not sleep, no place to go" "Mr Tambourine Man", [livejournal.com profile] rebcake
4. "The same way every night, and with the opposition and struggle" "Going Through The Motions", [livejournal.com profile] alwaysjbj
5. "You know you have a beautiful face? You know, another piece of land?" "Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face? Do you realize we're floating in space?": Flaming Lips, "Do You Realize?"
6. "My heart is not my girl under the bridge" "I lost my heart under the bridge to that little girl, so much to me": PJ Harvey, "Down By The Water"
7. "In the doc, and Sally, was reduced to 5" "Duck and Sally inside, they're cooking for the down five": Velvet Underground, "Sister Ray"
8. "I was a girl form the blood fountain" "Bachelorette", [livejournal.com profile] frogfarm
9. "There is a new game, we want to see the reality of the game" "There's a new game we like to play, you see/A game with added reality": Depeche Mode, "Master And Servant"
10. "Jesus Christ died on the offense, but I" "Gloria", [livejournal.com profile] ravenwings_7
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