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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Excerpt



Here is an excerpt from some noise that I made. I'm still working on it...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Windy City Soul

I just caught wind of Eric Lab Rat's review of the Two Slaps Radio One Year Anniversary Party that we put together at Darkroom on November 4th (A Sunday) from his blog. I was waiting to do one myself, but I think he sums it up pretty well...






The other show was Windy City Soul at the Darkroom, a celebration of Two Slaps Radio's first anniversary. We were billing the show as a "sophisticated soul party" and despite the technical problems that made the first hour hellish for me, Arvo, and the sound guy, the show was everything it was supposed to be by the time real people showed up. Harlet Star played a set of Def Poetry Style hip hop, with a heavy jazz-soul fusion base and a little chick who could blow Aretha Franklin's ass out with her singing voice. It reminded me of one of those children's sports movies, Rookie of the Year or The Mighty Ducks or some shit where there was always some kid who was incredibly, superhumanly powerful but had no control ...
...her voice was so strong that sometimes it got away from her, but overall it was a good thing. The Revelettes came out between bands to do a throwback go-go dance set, replete with big hair, short skirts, tall boots, and costume changes that brought out more short skirts and tall boots.
I'd never taken into account how slick the atmosphere of the Darkroom was because I'd mostly just been there for hipster shit, but it was really smooth. The last band up was JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, a soul band with an iconoclastic lead singer who channeled James Brown into call-and-response songs about how the Chicago Transit Authority s fucking us over.

Photo by Eric Lab Rat

I would just like to add that JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound played some great upbeat soul music that didn't sound derivative, but also didn't present any new takes that would ruin the effect either. They were some of the best at crowd interaction and between song banter I've seen, and I usually shy away from that. While there was a concern that since they were playing last that people would be leaving, People stayed and danced in solid abundance, and the scene was free from jaded nonchalance etc.

The Revelettes amplified the fun zone so much more for all concerned. It was such a great atmosphere with the overall red hue of the Darkroom to have them dancing to their choreographed interpretations of Blondie and The Shangri-Las etc. Plus, it gave me the excuse to play a good amount of girl group stuff, which was a nice chance happening, because I was spinning Northern Soul for about 3 hours while people were trickling in and Eric was driving back home to rectify some of our technical problems and to pick up his hookah, which also added brilliantly to the atmosphere of the night. At a rare time when the both of us had a free moment, we were just chilling at a booth in the corner with an entourage of people mostly clad in suits or other such formal wear puffing on the hookah. You can't buy that kind of synchronicity. It was one of the best Sunday night shows I've taken part in throwing for a while, and I'm sure there will be more where that came from in the near future.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Turn Me On Dead Man




I found this curious tape at WZRD and recorded it for further exploration, despite my lack of interest in Christmas music even if it is satirical. But who knows, maybe I could find a harmonious voice. I have been constantly hearing about some kind of "World's Largest Carol" being organized in Chicago in an attempt to make it into the Guiness Book of World Records. Christmas or its non-Christian equivalent is okay as a holiday, but the advertising and just plain out onslaught of consumerist exploitation annoys the hell out of me, not to mention the fact that people are taking steps to make the image of Santa Claus thinner so that it is not a bad influence on children. Let's just go ahead and say that Jesus wore a plush Nike jumpsuit up there on that crucifix so as not to promote exhibitionism!

There's not a political rant coming on. I'll just say that the manner in which Christmas is presented is annoying just like the way that people wearing their ethnicity or their sexual orientation or fringe group like a chip on their shoulder is annoying. The fact that I am about to start hearing Here Comes Santa Claus (albeit a thinner one) every time I walk into a grocery store, or even step outside, is something I'm not looking forward to, and it has nothing to do with my opinions about religion. I guess I could either say that I'd like to see this holiday season be more privatized, or that my religion (if I had a tangible one) have more advertising space. So I'm gonna play the second side of this tape on the radio a bit in the coming weeks, and I shouldn't be accused of being intolerant to Christmas in doing so; just the events that surround it.

Now for the subject at hand...




Mammoth Records was an independent label that was picked up by Atlantic shortly before this release came out. Disney now owns it and they put out stuff like Squirrel Nut Zippersthrough it. I find it odd that the label was picked up on the free market by Disney for almost 40 times their initial investment after being dropped by Atlantic in 1997. There were some somewhat household names on the roster like Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Machines of Loving Grace, and The Melvins, among others, but it hardly screams "Disney!". Then again, Disney did sign Insane Clown Posse, although scrapping their album 6 hours after release, which is a much farther cry from appropriate for children, or tasteful for that matter, than this recording. And maybe Disney owns some Porno ring that I don't know about too.




Side one is The 12 days of Christmas as performed by the Mammoth Yuletide "Singers": Jill Tomlinson, John Wroten, Chris Sawin, Amy Barefoot, Josh Wittman, Dan Gill, Liz Sloan, Sean Ford, John Roper, Christophe Choquart, Kristen Meyer, Stuart Nichols, Jay Gress, Sean Maxson, Karen Booth, Steve Balcom, Lane Wurster, Juliette Dickey, Jay Faires, Chris Eselgroth, Betsy Wonnell, and Paul Laughter, with piano by Mark Lewis. Below the listing of singers it says This Recording Must Be Played Loud (but use the earplugs), and the other side (ENO EDIS) has the words Turn Me On Dead Man spelled backwards. Side two is just side one, The Twelve Days of Christmas played backwards, and it's strange how quickly one can recognize it. It's still cathcy backwards. Here's a list of more
Satires of the song

plus bonuses:

Tiny Tim - Santa Claus Has Got The Aids This Year

("AIDS" was candy bar at some point in time)


(thanks to Clayton Counts)



and

Sparks - Thank God It's
Not Christmas

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

She Is Not Dead, But Sleepeth




Joyce Jameson - He Is Not Dead But Sleepeth







At the moment, I've been listening to the above song on repeat for close to 12 hours in my various little pet projects and appropriately stubborn reluctance to sleep. I recorded it from a DVD of the movie, The Comedy of Terrors.
This is the best summary I've found, although it is from a website dedicated to Basil Rathbone, who plays the Shakespearian Mr. Black, the land lord. Mr. Black threatens eviction to local Undertaker, Mr. Trumbull (Vincent Price, whom I did not find a fansite for at this time, oddly), a drunkard who has been getting on by killing people and charging their families to bury them, even dumping the dead out of their casket when mourners are not looking so that he can use said casket for the next burial.


Peter Lorre (who plays The Raven wonderfully in another Edgar Allan Poe spoof) is Trumbull's ogre-like half-wit assistant, Gillie who has the hots for Trumbull's wife Amaryllis, a tone-deaf opera singer and subject of her husband's vitriolic sarcasm throughout, played by Joyce Jameson.



Mr. Black ends up being the next lucky victim, although he's prone to catalepsy, and can seem to be dead for several hours. After being falsely pronounced dead a few times, he finally ends up in a casket long enough to make it to a funeral, and that's where the above song comes from. Amaryllis sings He Is Not Dead But Sleepeth, with her oppressive voice, breaking flower pots and disturbing Rhubarb The Cat as a prelude to a damn funny eulogy laced with black humor by the bumbling Mr. Hinckley (Boris Karloff!). "... {the departed} whom the pious and unyielding fates have chosen to pluck from the very prime of his existence and place into the bleak sarcophagus of eternity..." The soundtrack is by Les Baxter!

Boris Karloff and Joyce Jameson



In the recording, we hear some sobbing in the background, Vincent Price playing the organ and answering Peter Lorre with a nonchalant "I wish her vocal chords would snap" when Lorre, visibly panting and enamored with Trumbull's wife, says "I wish she would have picked another song" at a convenient break in the song. Plus there's a startled Mr. Hinckley, awakened and mumbling from a nap, a comment from Rhubarb when Amaryllis is doing her loud finale/shreaking to the point of breaking glasses bit for a second time. For some reason, there is an inherent distortion in the recording that I couldn't avoid, and chose not to repair, but I'm enjoying it nonetheless, and if you want a copy to record yourself, you can download or rent The Comedy Of Terrors for $3.99.







As for the origin of the song, The Skeptical Review compares two biblical writings and tries to make sense of inconsistencies which can be summarized in this paragraph about Jairus's 12 year old daughter who died and was brought back to life by Jesus as found in Mark ch.5, vs.22-24 & 35-43 and Luke 8:52):


"She is not dead but sleepeth.": A sermon preached at Westminster Abbey, on Sunday, December 9, 1849, being the Sunday after the death of Her Majesty Queen Adelaide


They came to Jairus's house and entered. They saw the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. Jesus said to the crowd as he stood in the doorway, "Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth." As Jesus walked into the room, he said to others, "Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth." Some, who had seen the child, said that she was dead. Jesus desiring that all should leave called out so that all can hear, "Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth." And the people laughed him to scorn, because they knew that the child was dead. After the crowd was removed, they went to where the child lay. Jesus took the child by the hand and said, "Talitha cumi," which is, being interpreted, "Damsel, I say unto thee, arise" or "Maid, arise." Then her spirit came again and she arose right away.






The site WHERE ARE THE DEAD? uses this quote and many more to argue the perspective of life after death even in biblical times.




"She is not dead but sleepeth", a bed or a cradle, is a "denial of death" used on tombstones.


At the moment, I cannot find any lyrics or musical history for this song, despite a couple hours of effort and a bit of distraction, but I have found some interesting funeral services that, to me, would sound kind of cultish if taken out of context. "Cor.15:56: The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law" sounds downright Satanic!


6. SERMON ... DEATH IS SIMPLY A SLEEP


Speak on Scriptures such as those listed below. Impress on your audience the reality of the resurrection. The Christian faith is founded on the fact that Jesus (Yeshua) died for our sins and rose from the grave! And that all who believe on him will also rise from their graves and live for all time! These are absolute facts. Preach them!
They 'all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.(Luke 8:49-56)
Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. (John 11:1-44)
I am the resurrection and the life. he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Rev.21:1-4)
The Apostle Paul writes further in:
1 Cor.15:
51: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53: For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56: The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law 57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.





Joyce Jameson, Date of Birth : 26 September 1932, Chicago, Illinois, USA - Date of Death : 16 January 1987, Burbank, California, USA. (suicide) was a classic example of the professional "dumb blonde" with a diametrically opposite off-screen personality. Entering films as a chorus member in the 1951 version of Showboat, Jameson honed her musical comedy talents in several satirical revues staged by her onetime husband Billy Barnes. Intelligent, sensitive, and extremely well read, Jameson nonetheless found herself perpetually cast as an airhead or golddigger. In films, she was seen in such roles as a Marilyn Monroe wannabe in The Apartment (1960) and a call-girl who runs screaming from her room when she thinks Jack Lemmon is about to paint her body in Good Neighbor Sam (1963). One of her more unorthodox film assignments was as the vulgar, unfaithful wife of Peter Lorre in Roger Corman's Tales of Terror (1963), in which she and her paramour Vincent Price are walled up in Lorre's wine cellar. One year later, she was reteamed with Lorre and Price in the raucous A Comedy of Terrors (1963), where she was more typically cast as a nitwit. Her later films include The Outlaw Josie Wales (1976) and Hardbodies (1981). Joyce Jameson was a fixture of 1950s and 1960s TV, playing a variety of buxom "straight women" for such comedians as Steve Allen, Red Skelton and Danny Kaye. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

List of Joyce Jameson's Broadway appearances

Episodes of Andy Griffith and The Twilight Zone episodes featuring Joyce Jameson that you can see via TiVo



DJ Playlists Are Now At...

http://playlistposterity.blogspot.com/ so that it doesn't clutter up the other stuff that I might post in this one.

Organist plays Super Mario Bros Theme at Church Service

Below is a church organist abusing her priviledge and playing the Super Mario Bros theme at a church service! She says on her page that no one commented about it, or seemed to notice!


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Two Slaps/Delirious Insomniac (Long Songs) Playlists

Two Slaps Radio:

Arvo:

The Delfonics - Walk Right up to the sun
Sly & The Family Stone - (You Caught Me) Smilin'
The O'Jays - BackStabbers
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Ain't No Sunshine
Altyrone Deno Brown - Sweet Pea

Sharon Jones - I Got The Feeling (James Brown)
John Williams & The Tick Tocks - A Little Tighter
Artistics - This Heart of Mine
Lon Rogers & The Soul Brothers - Too Good To Be True
Bob & Fred - I'll Be On My Way
Mitchell Mitchell - Gene King - Never Walk Out On You

Lee Fields - Take it or leave it

Eric Lab Rat:
The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band - Spreadin Honey

The Chi-Lites - Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)
Mary Wells - The One Who Really Loves You
Rufus Thomas - The Memphis Train

OV Wright - Motherless Child
Ray Charles - You'll Never Walk Alone
Huey 'Piano' Smith & the Clowns-

Arvo:

Irma Thomas - Time Is On My Side
Ruth Copeland & Funkadelic - Gimme Shelter
Booker T & The MG's - Outrage

Otis Redding - Satisfaction
Chuck Berry - Too Much Monkey Business
Bosco's Billionaires - Freddy's Ribs
Willie Hightower - If I Had A Hammer

Eric Lab Rat:

War - The World is a Ghetto

The Arvo Fingers Delirious Freeform Radio Show: Long Songs


Electric Wizard - Eko Eko
Lard - Time To Melt
Swans - Money Is Flesh
Neurosis -Origin
Burzum - Det SOm En Gang Var
Melvins featuring bliss blood - The Man With The Laughing Hand is Dead
Dead Meadow - Silver Apple
Einsturzende Neubauten - Perpetuum Mobile