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04.30.2008

King Khan Walks With the Zombies In an Attempt to Deter Loneliness


On one of my favorite tracks from King Khan and BBQ Show’s 2006 album What’s For Dinner?, KK cries out: “I don’t wanna be alone tonight, I wanna walk with the zombies, baby.” The garage-rockin’ thumper “Zombies” is an awesome song, and sure, loneliness can be a bitch, but I am not sure that I would resort to joining the un-dead just to cure those ills. However, I do love zombie movies, and if I had to choose which one I would be I’d go with the tarman from Return of The Living Dead. I mean, you can’t beat that wardrobe, that smile of his, and that charming charismatic request of “Braaainnnss?”

The King Khan and BBQ Show’s What’s For Dinner? is available now on Amazon. Just make sure it doesn’t try and eat your brain while you listen.

King Khan & BBQ Show – Zombies

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The Father of LSD, Albert Hofmann, Takes His Last Trip at 102


Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who first determined the psychedelic properties LSD, died at his home in Basel, Switzerland at the age of 102.

While researching the synthetic compound of lysergic acid, Hofmann unknowingly absorbed enough of the drug through his fingertips to pique his curiosity. Three days later on April 19, 1943, Hofmann intentionally ingested 250 milligrams of LSD and experienced the world’s first acid trip. The dose kicked in on his bicycle ride home from the lab and the world would never look the same.

Recounting his experience Hofmann noted how “LSD wanted to tell me something. It gave me an inner joy, an open mindedness, a gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for the miracles of creation.” Like Bill Hicks said, it doesn’t hurt to squeegee that third eye every now and then.

The 1967 song “White Bicycle,” by the British psychedelic band Tomorrow seems an appropriate tribute in which to honor the legacy of Albert Hofmann. I’m not sure how to end this post without condoning the use of illegal drugs, but it would be a lot of fun to indulge in memorial bicycle trip…for Hofmann’s sake of course!

Tomorrow – My White Bicycle

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04.29.2008

Get Ready, Get Death Set, Go!


I posted about Baltimore’s The Death Set a few months ago. I was diggin them then and I am definitely diggin them now, especially after hearing their debut album, Worldwide. It’s a post-punk pinball blitz with battle-cries, electro-beats and casio sing-alongs that gets me that much more psyched about the Baltimore scene. Then again, don’t just take my word for it, listen to/watch the band speak and shout about it!

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The Death Set’s album is available digitally on Amazon and the band will most likely rock the shit out of Philly’s Johnny Brenda’s on May 13th when they join forces with Bonde Do Role and our friends, GANG. Don’t miss it!

The Death Set – Negative Thinking

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Inspired Information with Shuggie Otis


“Inspiration Information” by Shuggie Otis is the audible equivalent of a perfect day. This song sounds the way a good mood feels. Granted that’s an individually specific feeling, but the experience of being in a good mood is universally understood. I also think you could say that this song sounds the way fresh orange juice tastes – bright, sweet, healthy. You get the idea…

“Information Inspiration” comes from the 1974 album of the same name. Shuggie was 19 when he made this album all by himself! Crazy! High Five to Luaka Bop for reissuing the original recording and throwing in a couple bonus tracks to boot. This is record will make you happy to have in your collection.

Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information

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04.28.2008

Dood Pass The 3-D Glasses, I Wanna Watch the New Bjork Video


Yep, that forever-innovating Icelandic chanteuse is at it again. This time, Bjork is helping us to relive the three dimensional cinematic spectacle that was once unheard of beyond the walls of the sticky and sometimes cramped movie theaters. Her adventurous and oh so trippy video for her new single “Wanderlust” may be the first of it’s kind, at least from a pop star, to be found on the interwebs. Luckily for me, people in my office actually have 3-D glasses on them. Score!

Grab yourself a pair or make your own and check out the awesomely animated video, courtesy of the greatest magazine on the planet, Wired. Hurry, because it may not be up for long.

Also check out Bjork’s newest album Volta, available now on Amazon.


New Stereolab: It’s Alive! Alive!


I’ve been begging and pleading with the sweet baby jeebus above for Stereolab to go back to their energetic days of old, or at least receive a much needed shot of B-12. Pitchfork recently premiered a new track from the groop and appropriately called it “lively”.

“Three Women” from the their upcoming Chemical Chords is a joyously juicy burst of electronics and funk. Although I hope that they will one day drive a huge chunk of 3-chord krautrock straight into the heart of their loungey tendencies, this will certainly due for now.

Chemical Chords is out in the US on 8/19 courtesy of 4AD.

Stereolab – Three Women

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04.25.2008

Hot Chip Remixes Caribou…For Way Too Long


Oh how Hot Chip love their electronic sound-making-gadget-plug-in thingies. Then again, who could blame them? They are usually pretty awesome at using them. However, on their new remix of Caribou’s “She’s the One”, they take what was once a 4 minute mellow and serene psych-ballad and transform it into an 8 minute playground for their brand of electro-nerdiness. For the most part the remix sounds cool and gets your head nodding, but it wanks off for way too long at the end. No worries, Hot Chip, I still lova ya…this is just a friendly Warning.

Caribou’s “She’s the One” single, which includes the album version and other remixes, is available now on Boomkat.

Caribou – She’s the One (Hot Chip Remix)

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04.23.2008

Venom Asks If You Wanna Hear Something That’s Gonna Kick Your Balls Off?


Sir Siltbreeze knows how to make me laugh. All he has to do is put his copy of Venom – Live on the turntable. Normally I wouldn’t go for a black metal album, but this one is special. In 1986, Venom played a show at New Jersey’s City Gardens with Black Flag. Apparently a brilliant Black Flag roadie (Joe Cole) recorded Venom’s entire set but cut the songs and kept only the between song banter by Venom frontman, Cronos. What is left is a collection of hilarious one-liners, stereotypical black metal guitar intros and outros, and an amazing recording captured for posterity by Ecstatic Peace Records.

High Fives to WFMU for posting this mp3 as this recording is a rare diamond in the rough.

Venom – Live at City Gardens

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More Confessions Of A Bowiephile: I’m Not Some Piece Of Teenage Wildlife


In 1980 Bowie released his post-Berlin trilogy album, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, and everyone went ga-ga over the singles “Ashes to Ashes” and “Fashion.” I, however, think those songs are great but not nearly as wonderful as the anthemic “Teenage Wildlife.” This is a song you need to listen to at full volume while driving to the beach with the windows down. Grab your sunglasses, try to forget about the price of gasoline, and enjoy the “blue skies above, sun on your arms, strength in your stride, even hope in those squeaky clean eyes.”

This is an album you really ought to have in your collection. Please, for my sake, have a better summer discovering not only “Teenage Wildlife,” but this entire record. Amazon away!

David Bowie – Teenage Wildlife

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04.22.2008

The Midnight Cowboy Appears In the Afternoon And Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me


If you have access to any type of news media at all, then you must know that today is Pennsylvania’s primary election for the Democratic Presidential candidate. When I went to the park for lunch, I did my best to avoid the barrage of opinionated Clinton and Obama devotees. I found a bench in the sun, far enough away from the onslaught of competitive campaigners, where I could quietly enjoy the afternoon without bother.

Then a man dressed as a cowboy came along with a “Cowboys for Obama” sign tied to his back. He got out a lasso and proceeded to entertain the lunch-time park crowd with simple rodeo tricks. All I could think of was Midnight Cowboy and Harry Nilsson’s version of the Fred Neil song “Everybody’s Talkin.”

Less than 3 hours till the polls close. If only that would shut everybody up, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.

Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin

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Lou Reed’s Philly Show aka No More Heroes Anymore


Thank God Lester Bangs is dead already because he definitely would have killed himself had he lived to see Lou Reed’s current tour. Let no one fool you, Reed’s show Saturday night was a buzzkill. Like an old man in a wheelchair trying to descend a flight of stairs, Reed mustered most of his pride and arrogance into an evening of pathetic mediocrity. Scolding his audience for not paying attention to a song and enlisting the Michael Bolton-styled backing vocals of his drummer, Reed framed himself as an insecure, obstinate has-been. He either should have kept up his drug habit or never started using in the first place, but it’s my own fault for putting him on a pedestal.

Lester Bangs said it best when he wrote “a hero is a goddamn stupid thing to have in the first place and a general block to anything you might wanta accomplish on your own.” This one goes out to you, Lou. Here are The Stranglers with “No More Heroes.”


New Music: First Floor Power – The Jacket (Karin of The Knife Remix)


To me, everything that The Knife touches turns to gold. So, when I saw this Karin Dreijer’s (singer of The Knife) remix of First Floor Power’s new single “The Jacket” posted on Discobelle, I downloaded it immediately. The original, which you can stream on FFP’s MySpace page, is quality post-punk goodness, but the remix is certifiably seductive. It’s a stripped down, dark-disco workout reminiscent of Throbbing Gristle…and wouldn’t ya know it? It kinda sounds like The Knife. Go figure!

Pre-order the 12″ maxi-single with other cool remixes here.

First Floor Power – The Jacket (Karin Knife Remix)

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