To say the least, I could be in a worse office situation - when I explained to my boss, the freaky bug-fixated musician Irene Moon, that FMU blog needed a post for today, she told me to take a bit of time off to tell y'all about how the International Space Station is asking school kids make up experiments for astronauts to try out in zero gravity. And also that scientists are trying to learn if there are ski-able conditions on Jupiter. Enjoy these links in a separate tab if your boss is breathing down your neck.
Bob Brainen just pointed out to me that coming up soon is a new book about ESP Disk, the pioneering free jazz and psych label.
A few months ago, Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium published a massive backlog of live sets recorded HQ. Here's a great set from FMU psych faves Tonstartssbandht playing a few weeks back. The brotherly duo seems to be moving more in the direction of the related project Eola, which uses an automated harmonizing pedal to create breezy Beach Boys vibes. But the set ends with a raucous psych shred-fest ala Trag Gras Och Stenar that was more typical of the band in the past. There are 50+ hours of streaming mp3s from so many great bands available on the Shea Stadium archives.
And while I've got the mic, can I point out that there's a ridiculous amount of similarity between the Janie's Got a Gun, the Law and Order theme song and that Eric Clapton song Change The World? Somebody oughtta get sued over this.
A friendly commenter shared a link on my DJ Screw post last week pointing out that the University of Houston's DJ Screw Collection has cool online offerings on this massively influential turntablist. Share some links in the comments section to this post so we can all avoid productivity together, won't you?
Meanwhile, I'm listening to this mix over and over and over...