Sunday, 31 January 2016

Signe Toly Anderson R.I.P.

Airplane bassist Jack Casady wrote on Facebook that he’d been in touch with Anderson this past week when she moved from her home to a hospice. “She was a real sweetheart with a terrific contralto voice coming from a solid folk background,” he recalled. “Listen to how she made the three part harmonies of ‘JA Takes Off’ (first album) sound so thick … her wonderful tone between Paul’s and Marty’s.”
Airplane lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen wrote on his blog: “Signe was one of the strongest people I have ever met. She was our den mother in the early days of the Airplane … a voice of reason on more occasions than one … an important member of our dysfunctional little family.”

Peter Gabriel - The Making of Security/PG4 (The South Bank Show 1982)

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Israel's liberal artists decry attempts to limit expression

The Salacious Ammo Even Donald Trump Won't Use in a Fight Against Hillary Clinton

The Crime That Exposes The Insanity Of Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws

We shouldn’t be enjoying the Trump ascendancy – but who can look away?

Donald Trump And The Wig Of Evil

Timelapses of these drawings & more on Instagram -
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Friday, 29 January 2016

Iggy Pop Remembers David Bowie: 'He Appreciated Oddballs'


Will the History Books Record How Neo-Nazis Made Eyes at the Bundy Militia?

Coming soon...


Paul Kantner R.I.P.

Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner dies at 74

FBI release unedited video of Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum shooting

Meanwhile...let's just watch the video together shall we?

The Voices of Robert Wyatt

'Greedy Gutter Guru'

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art & design 1982 psychic tv 1st transmission
Thanks Robin

Some other things...

Bowie: What I've learnt. Isolated vocals, acoustic guitar and bass from 'Rock'n'Roll Suicide'

Tony Visconti breaks down 'Heroes'. Bowie's lost year in L.A. and when he lived briefly in Kyoto. 'Diamond Dogs' TV adverts. Bowie's must have 25 records and his top 100 books. A thank you letter to David Bowie from a palliative care doctor. We could be antiheroes.

Here's a review and videos of James Chance's wonderful set at the Northcote Social Club the other week...and I thought Don had such impeccable taste. Woody Guthrie really didn't like Donald Trump's father. The monarch of the middlebrow. An oral history of  Wax Treatment. Jah Wobble. Bill Laswell. The early days of Jamaican dancehall. The ultimate Lee 'Scratch' Perry guide. The unsung genius of Dennis Bovell. Take The Power Back. Beyond Fela: A guide to early African electronic music.
Got to be honest that I think shame is more likely to lead to a relapse tbh. That time the US dropped four nukes on Spain. The threat of a dirty bomb. Who to blame for ISIL? Saddam's ISIL? The myth of the ISIL messaging app. So much blood-lust in their most recent video and the trouble is who gets locked out after them? Mind over martyr. The cult of the arsehole.
The other Paris. The big sleep. Russian bookjackets 1917-1942. Australia's 'abusive refugee policies'. Who let Trump get this far? The brawl begins. Insults. Burnt and the art of the dealThe Quisling establishment. I am the living example of what drones are. So how is capitalism working out for you? Good luck with that one. There is enough weirdo wildlife out here without adding exploding kangaroos to the mix
Finally, the thought of Kanye covering Bowie sounded good to me...oh well

Massive Attack (ft Tricky) - Take It There

Batuk (ft Nandi Ndlovu) - Daniel

Thursday, 28 January 2016

24 Track Loop: The sound art of This Heat

In Search of Haruki Murakami

Discovering Electronic Music (1983)


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Skintologists - Drowned World

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Briggs and Aamer Rahman Versus Australia Day


It is beyond time for Britain to apologise to Australia's Indigenous people

The day I don’t feel Australian? That would be Australia Day

The Duel

A short comic gives the simplest, most perfect explanation of privilege

K-otic 1 Presents Idle No More (Invasion Day Mix)


Prominent Medieval Scholar’s Blog on ‘Feminist Fog’ Sparks an Uproar

Inside Virginia’s Creepy White-Power Wolf Cult

Medeski Martin & Wood with Nels Cline - Live @Cully Jazz Festival (2014)

KiKu ft Blixa Bargeld - Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime

Send cask arsenic exterminate aborigines letter will follow (Broome 1907)


Monday, 25 January 2016

How to show solidarity with Indigenous Australians this Invasion Day

Stan Grant: Australia Day - what makes us great, and what that greatness demands of us

Lizzy Mercier Descloux and Jody Harris - Mission Impossible (Live @Hurrah 1980)

Debbie Harry with James White & The Blacks - I Feel Good / Good Times (Live @Hurrah 1980)

Film by Charles Libin & Paul Cameron

Snatch - Joey (Live @Hurrah 1980)

Pat Palladin & Judy Nylon
Film by Libin+Cameron

Suicide - Sweetheart / Touch Me (Live @Hurrah 1980)

Film by Libin+Cameron

Future Pilot AKA - The Slave's Lament

LEAD VOCALS: Mairi Campbell
Credit: Trad. Arr. Sushil K Dade
Mairi Campbell/Iain MacInnes/David McGuinness
Descriptor: Dub version of Robert Burns poem previously performed with Sly & Robbie + Karine Polwart at Celtic Connections Festival

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Can - Halleluhwah (Joe Mckechnie Re-Edit)

Limited time .WAV download

James Brown 1970's videos

Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (Mike Douglas Show) 1970
Georgia On My Mind (Playboy After Dark) 1970
Sex Machine (Italian TV Show) 1971
Soul Power (Italian TV Show) 1971
It's A New Day (Olympia Theater, Paris, France) 1971
Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (Olympia Theater, Paris, France) 1971
Ain't It Funky Now (Olympia Theater, Paris, France) 1971
World (Dinah Shore Show) 1971
Sex Machine (Mike Douglas Show) 1971
Superbad (Soul Train) 1973
Get On The Good Foot (Soul Train) 1973
Soul Power (Soul Train) 1973
Escapism/Make It Funky (Soul Train) 1973
Sex Machine (Soul Train) 1973
Try Me (Soul Train) 1973
Papa Don't Take No Mess (Soul Train) 1974
My Thang (Soul Train) 1974
Cold Sweat (Soul Train) 1974
Can't Stand It (Soul Train) 1974
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Soul Train) 1974
The Payback (Soul Train) 1974
Damn Right I Am Somebody (Soul Train) 1974
The Payback (Zaire festival concert) 1974
Cold Sweat (Zaire festival concert) 1974
Get Up Offa That Thing (Mexico concert) 1978
Get On The Good Foot (Mexico concert) 1978
Doing It To Death (Mexico concert) 1978
It's A Man's World (Mexico concert) 1978
Sex Machine (Mexico concert) 1978
Eyesight (Santa Cruz concert) 1979
It's Too Funky In Here (Toronto concert) 1979
James Brown - Olympia 1971

Higher Authorities - Neptune (Version)

Produced by Adrian Sherwood

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Slow Low (Bowie's Low: All tracks played simultaneously and stretched to three hours)

IQ2 Racism Debate: Stan Grant

A powerful, powerful speech. Watch the full debate 'Racism Is Destroying The Australian Dream'. Murdoch columnist Rita Panahi really is way out of her depth up there.

Kamasi Washington's 'The Epic' in Concert

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now. Even longer, if you consider how long his 10-piece working band has known each other: Most of its members, known collectively as The Next Step or The West Coast Get Down, have known each other since at least high school decades ago in South Central Los Angeles, and in some instances well before that. Even as their diverse careers have made it difficult to focus exclusively on this band — Washington is, for instance, the saxophone player heard on the new Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar albums — they've all continually committed to experimenting with a brand of jazz that resonates with their own generation's lived experience.
Jazz Night In America features Kamasi Washington and the music of The Epic at its release party, and in its full glory. From the Regent Theater in Downtown L.A., Washington presents his new album with his working band, a choir, a string section and plenty of special guests.
5:45 - "Askim"
27:25 - "Change of the Guard"
47:00 - "Leroy and Lanisha"
1:02:01 - "Henrietta Our Hero"
1:15:10 - "Re Run"
1:44:00 - "The Message"
Kamasi Washington, Tony Austin, Ronald Bruner, Stephen Bruner, Brandon Coleman, Cameron Graves, Miles Mosley, Ryan Porter, Patrice Quinn, Battlecat, Munyungo Jackson, The Gaslamp Killer, Terrace Martin, Leon Mobley, Ras G, Dwight Trible, Rickey Washington, Dontae Winslow, Miguel Atwood:Ferguson, Paul Cartwright, Yvette Devereauz, Atryom Manukyan, Ginger Murphy, Tylana Renga, Molly Rogers, Jim Simone, Andrea Witt, Nia Andrews, Trenyce Cobbins, Thalma de Freitas, Taylor Graves, Charles Jones, Dawn Norsleet, Steven Wayne, Mashica Winslow

What's Mo Tucker up to these days?

Still posting her right wing posts on Facebook

Friday, 22 January 2016

Grant Hart to play Old Bar in Melbourne on March 5th

No advance tickets on sale unfortunately but a mere twelve bucks on the night. 
Here's a video of  Grant performing '2541' at the Northcote Social Club on his last visit out here...and was that really SIX years ago?

Photos & video: TimN

RSWX presents Dave

Download the RADIO SOULWAX app for iphone / ipad / android or watch online at
Our homage to the man whose ability to change whilst remaining himself has been a massive influence on us. There are many legends in the music industry but for us, there is no greater than the mighty Dave. We've included all things Bowie, whether that is original songs, covers, backing vocals, production work or reworks we made, to attempt to give you the full scope of the man's genius.
For the visual side to this mix our friend Wim Reygaert (who also made the amazing film for Into The Vortex) came up with the most ambitious film for RSWX, taking us on a fever dream time travel through the man's career starring the amazing Hannelore Knuts as Dave. We've got to extend a special thank you to the cast and crew and everyone involved for putting so much time and energy and heart and soul into this amazing film, it is a pure labour of love for the phenomenon that is Bowie.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

David Bowie - America / Heroes (The Concert for New York City 20/10/01)

Or as some would call it, "taxes."


The Junior Militiaman Anti-Government Playset

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Andy Johnson R.I.P.


Record Making with Duke Ellington


John Martyn - Black Man At Your Shoulder (Demo)

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

FIRE! w/ Oren Ambarchi - Live @Bar Open Melbourne (19/1/16)

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Mats Gustafsson (Saxophone, Electronics), Jonas Berthling (Bass), Andreas Werliin (Percussion) w/ Oren Ambarchi (Guitar) & Mariam Wallentin  (Voice *last song only)

A little older. A little more confused

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Glenn Frey R.I.P.

The Drones - To Think That I Once Loved You

Kanye West ft. Kendrick Lamar - No More Parties in L.A.

Monday, 18 January 2016

J.G. Ballard - 'Super-Cannes' Book Reading (Blackwell's London 14/9/2000)

David Bowie in Bournemouth (1973)


David Bowie Criticizes MTV for Not Playing Videos by Black Artists

...and remember Dr Dre would have been seventeen in eighty three!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Every Recording of Gymnopedie 1

Timestretched to the length of the longest recording

Friday, 15 January 2016

Giorgio Gomelsky: Recording the Yardbirds

James Chance & The Contortions - Live @Max's Kansas City (1978)

James Chance, Jody Harris, Pat Place, George Scott, and Don Christenson
Contort Yourself @Max's Kansas City 1980
Contort Yourself @M-80 Festival, Minneapolis 23/9/79

James Chance, Patrick Geoffries, Kristian Hoffman, Melvin Gibbs, Ronnie Burrage, Joe Bowie, Byron Bowie, Steven Kramer & Bradley Field

William S. Burroughs Reads & Sings His Experimental Prose in a Big, Free 7-Hour Playlist

Giorgio Gomelsky R.I.P.


James Chance: Ups And (Mostly) Downs Of A Funk Visionary (The Face 7/81)

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Words by James Truman. Photo by Kate Simon

James Chance & The Contortions - Live @Northcote Social Club Melbourne (14/1/16)

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So Dan from the Drones and the bassie and drummer (?) from Clairy Browne & the Bangin Rackettes only met James Chance yesterday. Damn if that was the first time playing together then tonight will be a killer. Three James Brown choons too...Superbad, King Heroin and Cold Sweat, done just the way I like them...raw and funky and NOT overcooked!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Richard Hell on James Chance

It reminds me of the night James Chance - another crazy inspired musician of the period - was furious because the mob proprietors of some New York disco refused to pay him after a gig. Chance stalked around the huge, darkened dance floor in a fury, cursing. The room was empty except for a muscle-bound bouncer and James and me. When James started kicking beer bottles, the bouncer began to approach him. James picked up a bottle by the neck, smashed it against a pillar, and screamed at the guy, "You can't hurt me!" Then he jammed the broken bottle into his own chest.
It's a weird syndrome of the powerless saying to the powerful "You can't hurt me because I'm willing to hurt myself."
Graphique par Bazooka

James Chance on Richard Hell

You’ve said that that “listening to Richard Hell, that’s when I knew I could sing.”
When I was in Catholic grade school, I was in a boy’s choir. My sister describes it as sounding like yowling cats. I never had any training as a singer. I didn’t do it when I was playing jazz, though I was a big fan of Billie Holiday. One time when I was 16, I was at the music conservatory, I was standing in the hall, singing a Billy Holiday song, I thought to myself and someone came out of a classroom and said in a nasally voice “ will you please stop that!” But when I started the Contortions I thought I would just sing some of the songs and I would have a girl singing half of the songs. Actually, before I was in Teenage Jesus with Lydia Lunch, we had a band that never got out of practice called the Scabs. It was me and Lydia and Jody Harris and Reck from Teenage Jesus. The idea was to do half my songs and half Lydia’s songs. That idea continued onto the Contortions.
Originally I had this girl; she was the girlfriend of Alan Vega. Ann something… she had this homemade synthesizer that had like two octaves. After she kind of dropped out, I had this little punkette girl, Debby, who worked at this punk clothing store on St. Mark's. They called her Debby Revenge. Had her singing for one or two rehearsals. She wasn’t really serious, so after that I decided “Enough of this.” I was just going to sing the songs and let the chips fall where they may. Because it was true, Richard Hell didn’t have anyone’s idea of what a trained voice would sound like. But all kinds of other people were doing the same thing! Nobody cared if you had any kind of training or voice…or even if you could carry a tune. As long as you could project yourself somehow

David Bowie: Father Of The Sleng Teng Riddim

Elvis Presley - Black Star (1960)

When I found out the name of Bowie's new album, the first thing I thought of was this old Elvis song. I'm convinced Bowie was referencing this song. The lyrics are too perfectly appropriate for his situation. Check them out:
Every man has a black star
A black star over his shoulder
And when a man sees his black star
He knows his time, his time has come

Black star don't shine on me, black star
Black star keep behind me, black star
There's a lot of livin' I gotta do
Give me time to make a few dreams come true, black star

When I ride I feel that black star
That black star over my shoulder
So I ride in front of that black star
Never lookin' around, never lookin' around

Black star don't shine on me, black star
Black star keep behind me, black star
There's a lot of livin' I gotta do
Give me time to make a few dreams come true, black star

One fine day I'll see that black star
That black star over my shoulder
And when I see that old black star
I'll know my time, my time has come

Black star don't shine on me, black star
Black star keep behind me, black star
There's a lot of livin' I gotta do
Give me time to make a few dreams come true, black star

Also Bowie born on same day as Presley...and this. Conceptual art to the very end eh?


'David Bowie played one of my records a lot' - Lincolnshire musician's claim to fame

Also this! A late entrant here

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Tjituru - Tjituru

Pitjantjatjara iteration of SORROW popularised by David Bowie written by Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer. This version recorded in Pukatja SA by Steve Fraser with: Rhoda Tjitayi, Andrew MacGregor, Renita Stanley, Pantjiti McKenzie, Linda Stanley, Unurupa (Nami) Kulyuru, Makinti Minutjukur, Pantjiti Windlass, Alison (Milyika) Carroll, Saira Luther, Beth Sometimes. Arrangement by Damian Mason. Recorded as part of Ngapartji Ngapartji by Big hART

Benjamin Schwartz