2009 offered a most happening selection of musical treats in both recorded (mainly cds) and live venues.
It seems fitting, that the same year in which I turned 40, many of my favorite live shows were delivered by long time rockers who refuse to limp away quietly and still have the chops to thrill an audience. Chicago hardcore heroes Naked Raygun played an incredible set this past summer and provided me with a chance to see them for the first time since 1989. The Butthole Surfers reconvened their classic touring lineup as did one time fellow Touch n Go label mates The Jesus Lizard. The JL show at the Paradise in Boston is easily my favorite of 2009. Also got a chance to see the Brazilian Os Mutantes not only touring, but releasing new, vital music. Never thought I'd get an opportunity to see them live, much less have them play right down the street from me in support of an album of entirely new material.
Os Mutantes - Hai or Amortecedor is the first of my favorite 2009 musical releases listed below, but there really isn't any order to the ten...
Rather loosely based on the somewhat more seriously minded 1975 film Cooley High, the television show What's Happening!! presented a family centric sitcom throughout it's run from 1976 to 1979. During it's tv tenure the What's Happening!! crew had more than a few memorable and funny adventures, such as the botched bootlegging escapades at a Doobie Brothers concert.
Presented below is a condensed episode, set during Christmastime. Raj and Rerun deal with the Grinch-like theft of not only their tv and stereo, but also all their Christmas presents!
Recently discovered this rocking Canadian Christmas cartoon from 1963. Animated and scored in a very swinging, early 60s manner, this short incorporated Santa into a wild west theme and is a Christmas treat. Also created by Jeff Hale (as well as Norman McLaren, Gerald Potterton and Grant Munro) in 1963 is the second bonus cartoon - Christmas Cracker.
Posted this mainly for the skit in the first five minutes with Paul Lynde as Santa Claus. The Donny and Marie Christmas medley is curious as a period piece, but to catch the always entertaining Mr. Lynde in his mid 70s television appearance glory makes this clip worthwhile for yuletide yuks.
The following description is from hushhush112's Dailymotion posting for Part 2:
"Live at the BBC was a live, videotaped studio concert performed by The Carpenters. They lip-synched some tunes, like "Help" and the Burt Bacharach Medley, but most of the songs on the BBC Concert were live. It was performed and aired on BBC on September 25, 1971. VH-1 has televised the concert for American audiences, however in order to fit it into a half-hour time slot, (with commercials), they left out "And When He Smiles", "I Fell in Love With You", "That on the Road Look", and "Lust for Earl and the Married Woman". In addition to singing, Karen also plays the drums during some of the songs."
1. Help! (pre-recorded)
2. Love Is Surrender
4. And When He Smiles
5. Rainy Days and Mondays
6. That on the Road Look (Tony Joe White)
7. I Fell in Love With You (Karen Carpenter and Doug Strawn)
8. Bacharach/David Medley (pre-recorded)
9. For All We Know
10. Lust for Earl and the Married Woman (Tony Joe White)
12. (They Long to Be) Close to You
13. We've Only Just Begun
The clips below present most, but not all, of the footage.
The original, powerhouse 1980s lineup of the Butthole Surfers (Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, King Coffey, Teresa and Jeff Pinkus) regrouped and toured again earlier this year. They brought their traveling road show to the land of "high stepping seafood" and hit the Paradise stage in Boston on September 30th. Sounding mighty good, they also projected horror movies and other assorted eye candy behind them as they performed to the delight of the sold out crowd. Thanks to daiseemeadow for posting some clips from the show on Youtube.
Below is a collection of choice clips of The Jesus Lizard performance on Saturday, November 14, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Had the extreme pleasure of attending this incredible show, my party arriving just in time for everyone to order some refreshing beverages minutes before The Jesus Lizard throttled the Paradise with the opening salvo "Puss" accompanied by some crowd surfing from David Yow.
Setlist Puss Gladiator Seasick Killer McHann Glamorous Mouth Breather Destroy Before Reading Nub My Own Urine If You Had Lips Then Comes Dudley Boilermaker Blue Shot Chrome 7 vs. 8 Monkey Trick Bloody Mary Thumper Fly On The Wall Wheelchair Epidemic Thumbscrews Dancing Naked Ladies Blockbuster
With initial viewings on 70s television and the last day of elementary school, 1971's cartoon feature The Point now provides me with colorful nostalgia. Narrated by Ringo Starr (the first televised version had Dustin Hoffman taking this role, while Alan Thicke and others voiced this for subsequent broadcasts) with the lead role of young Oblio voiced by The Brady Bunch's Mike Lookinland. The whole package comes together with the under-rated Harry Nilsson providing the original fable preaching tolerance while also writing and performing the musical numbers.
Here's an edited/slightly revised version of a blog I posted on MySpace in March 2009.
Through the years the classic Dinosaur Jr lineup (J. Mascis - guitar, Lou Barlow - bass and Murph - drums) has provided some of my favorite live shows chock full of their unique brand of feedback drenched rock. In Michael Azerrads' book Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991, Lou Barlow states that "We loved speed metal...and we loved wimpy-jangly stuff." This is also a fairly apt description of a big chunk of my preferred music, so it's no surprise they've been a favorite of mine since 1987.
Below is some footage from 1986 when they played a show at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
Robert Williams is an incredible artist working a hyper colorful palette of fluid surrealism. I've enjoyed his artwork for years, although I could never afford an original painting the closest I've reached is having a framed print of a January 1987 exhibition at New York City's Psychedelic Solution. He is a contemporary of other mind blowing underground artist's such as R. Crumb, Spain and S. Clay Wilson.
Working in oil painting, comics and other mediums, Robert Williams has published many trade paperbacks of his extensive selections. Titles such as: The Lowbrow Art of Robt. Williams, Tortured Libido, Visual Addiction and Zombie Mystery Paintings are a few of these collections and feature introductions from twisted notables like Lydia Lunch, R. Crumb and Dr. Timothy Leary. His artwork has also graced cd and record covers of multiple musical acts, most notably the original cover to Guns'n Roses Appetite for Destruction or Ludichrist's Powertrip.
Below are two interviews with the man himself, the first from 1987 and the other more recent but of unknown date.
The Rich Kids were formed after Glen Matlock (vocals / bass) parted ways with the Sex Pistols. Frontman Midge Ure (pre-Ultravox) handled lead vocals and guitar, Rusty Egan played drums and Steve New provided additional guitar and vocals. They put out one album, Ghosts Of Princes In Towers (produced by Mick Ronson), and three singles during their brief time together as a band from 1977 to 1978. Their sound owed much to the influence of driving power pop like The Who and to the rapidly burning punk movement.
Rich Kids (TOTP 1978)
Ghosts of Princes in Towers (Revolver 1978) Introduction by Peter Cook.
12 Miles High (Revolver 1978) Vocals from Steve New
When it comes to Halloween horror shows, director William Friedkin's 1973 film The Exorcist still stands out amongst most fright flicks. Caught the reedited version a few years ago and viewing the film in a theater was a hell of a memorable experience. Below is a Halloween treat featuring a 1984 segment with Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller and William Peter Blatty reuniting for an appearance on Good Morning America.
Based out of Quebec, Canada, Voivod always displayed musical growth with their powerful sonic creations. They began with a predominantly heavy metal vibe but quickly moved into a more thrash/crossover sound and continued with a dynamic style in other progressive and heavy directions.
From 1981 to 1991 the line up was: Snake (Denis Bélanger) - lead vocals, Piggy (Denis D'Amour) - guitars, Blacky (Jean-Yves Thériault) - bass, and Away (Michel Langevin) - drums. Drummer Michel Langevin contributed his artwork for Voivod record covers, following the Voivod creature through wars, into dimensional travel and beyond. Voivod has continued to record and tour with membership changes along the way and when guitarist Denis D'Amour lost his battle with colon cancer in 2005 they finished the Katorz (2006) record with additional music and riffs contributed from files saved on his computer. Much respect goes out for his incredible contributions to the world of music.
Discography War and Pain (1984) Rrröööaaarrr (1986) Killing Technology (1987) Dimension Hatröss (1988) Nothingface (1989) Angel Rat (1991) The Outer Limits (1993) Negatron (1995) Phobos (1997) Voivod (2003) Katorz (2006) Infini (2009)
Bruce Dern, Casey Kasem, an altercation with a biker gang, Pat Priest aka Marilyn from the Munsters and a whole lot more early seventies atmosphere are all over this schlock-science horror feature from 1971. This movie takes an "Of Mice and Men"esque scenario on a sideways skewed trip into b-movies as the plot follows the grafting together of a criminally insane psychopath with a mentally challenged, but warm hearted fellow.
Anthony M. Lanza was the director. Aside from the The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant, the only other directing credit of his I'm familiar with is the 1968 biker movie The Glory Stompers. The soundtrack of 70s groovy, light rock is another "jewel" in the crown of this film and I continue searching the soundtrack sections at local record shops for a decent copy.
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