Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, this lead photo tempered my whole mood putting together this week's post - which means rather than share the best finds this week, I will be sharing the worst (after the jump you can find some quality stuff). But it's all subjective...even the worst things can lead to sublime moments. So that's my goal.
Now, I went through a period where I collected Boston Pops records, not because of the music (God, no), but because it was remarkable to see what in-his-80s Arthur Fiedler was willing to do for an album cover. The highlight of my collection was certainly Saturday Night Fiedler, and I was just so happy to find it on the internet - and a sample of the music, if you dare.
Arthur Feilder & the Boston Pops - "Night on Disco Mountain"
I'm not one to jump on the pick on Alec Baldwin bandwagon, because I love his work and whatever silly family problems they are all having, heck, it's none of my business. On the other hand, this is one brilliant mash up, so wrong that it is just hillarious.
MP3 - Baldwin vs Stevie Wonder, "I Just Called to Say You Are A Rude Little Pig"
(via Music For Maniacs)
Swedish Christian garage rockers the New Creation offer up a unique remake of the Beatles' "Yesterday": Victory/Jesus rose again triumphantly/Now he lives with God eternally/He's calling you/From Calvary.
MP3 - New Creation, "Calvary"
And then we have Van Halen, just on the cusp of superstardom in these live sets from 76/77. So green that they are still "a group from Pasadena", the tracks have the type of sound quality you would expect from a tape of that time period - but both of those qualities just add to the charm.
MP3 - Van Halen, "The Jean Genie" (incorrectly listed as "New York City")
(via Jefito Blog)
Follow the jump the good stuff.
Quality MP3 finds this week:
- The full soundtrack for the swinging Dudley Moore/Peter Cook film classic Bedazzled. The title song alone (featuring a brilliant hipster performance by Cook) is worth the price of admission.
- Sweet Findings presents some very bad news from a Texas psychic.
- Some strange self-released 70s psych-moog from Baltimore.
- A blogger goes through great pains to make sure that we can finally have a good Bo Diddley compilation.
- My good friend Reverend Frost has this to say about the French elections.
- A nice mini collection of 60s cover songs.
- Music for your next alien abduction: Close Encounters of the Moog Kind.
- Variations on a theme, and that theme is "Watermelon Man".
- A lively cover of "Caravan" courtesy of the Shriners club.
- Diddy Wah takes a look at two great blues artists: Blind Willie Johnson, who was one of the select few musicians whose work was deemed worthy to shoot into space in 1977, and Jessie Mae Hemphill, the more contemporary bluester who worked with Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, et al.
- Enough of these tributes to the music of Lennon - how about the music of Lenin. Try this short film: Dziga Bertov's 1934 propoganda piece "Three Songs About Lenin" is just that.
This week in music videos...well, not much else to report (okay, I've been lazy this week), but I was really amused by this backlash "debate" with LCD Soundsystem guru James Murphy - probably because I've been reading so darn many music blogs.