Dang! It seems the biggest news in the mp3 blog world this week is right here. We're knocking them out with not one, but three volumes of the amazing Phonoanomalies all as totally free downloads. And then we went and sucker-punched you with the news that Beware of the Blog is now hosting the return of the 365 Days project. With that in mind, now is a good time to troll through the original 365 Project (also now also hosted by WFMU). Every time I think I've got it all, I find some new gem in there that I somehow missed - like this awsome song by Kristy and Jimmy McNichol (mp3).
But my big find this week isn't even mp3s (though there are plenty of those after the jump) - it's music videos. I spent my Christmas holiday trying to watch music videos on digital cable and learned a harsh lesson. We all know that MTV has sucked for years now, but I thought there might be more options in this new world of a billion channels. Nope. Either there are no more videos (MTV2, which was originally started to show the damn things again), or "comics" are talking over everything (VH1), or annoying music-ignorant hosts share clueless "trivia" (an interview with Bow Wow Wow on VH1 Classics made me want to hop through the screen and poke the host's eyes out), or they just play modern crap (Fuse).
Well, the internet has been a life saver for us music video fans. And for an excellent music video fix, then I say head over to Mr Dante Fontana's Visual Guidance LTD. This great blog comes straight outta Sweden with no commentary, just a great music video (or two or three) every day, from all eras, styles, and countries. Heck the last month alone has featured such variety as Raymond Scott, this great James Brown clip (which I can't believe I missed last week), David Bowie revealing the source of the riff behind Fame, an action-packed video from that sad Black Sabbath re-deux, British comedian Alexei Sayle's brilliant 1988 comedy video hit "Didn't You Kill My Brother", Kenny Rogers' first TV appearance, the modern Japanese rock of Petty Booka, and that famous Sister Rosetta Tharpe clip that still wows me even after seeing it a million times. Heck, they're not even afraid to veer into Little Marcy territory. But Sister Sledge's "He's the Greatest Dancer" video has made it to the top of my list this week, not only because of those great moves, but their excellent use of early-era video effects.
And now for this week's best mp3s around the internet. Follow the jump!
Ready for an afternoon listening to the Wurlitzer with grandpa? Then, you're ready for Larry! Fatty Jubbo's record-saving story makes me teary-eyed.
This week's Waxidermy picks defy genre. First, white kids defunkify funk. Yeah, it's kind of like Lounge disco. Then, watch out for Evil, which can take you anywhere. But topping them all? Gotta be yodelling reggae. You heard me...
On your next visit to New York, listen to light jazz as you prey upon and destroy those who are finanially weaker than you, or climb to the top of the Empire State Building and cut a record for the folks back home.
Yodelling reggae! Just in case you missed that one...
Ever wonder what a grown man playing four homemade Pikachu theremins would sound like? Yeah, me too.
Killed By Death loses a blogger, but he leaves a great parting gift: 26 Swedish punk and new wave singles.
Marie Laforêt's French pop standard "Mon Amour, Mon Ami" becomes, in Turkish, "My name Flirty Girl, Flirty Girl".
Nothing says Euro-sleaze like a sexy romp that uses a sitar version of "Games People Play" for the title. Oh yeah, and the movie is called Come Together, and is directed by the star of 3-D "classic" Treasure of the Four Crowns.
Any jazz musician who says, "It must have been a good one, because I don't remember it," is good enough for me.