Earth, Wind & Fire – “Evil” (Live – 1973)

August 4, 2008 at 11:41 pm (Music)

More early funk magic from EW&F – October 5, 1973…

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Earth, Wind & Fire – “Shining Star” (Live – 1975)

August 4, 2008 at 11:37 pm (Music)

The celestial funk heroes live on “The Midnight Special”

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Blackbyrd McKnight – “Maggot Brain” (Live)

August 4, 2008 at 11:31 pm (Music, P-Funk)

P-Funk guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight performs the famous Funkadelic guitar showcase “Maggot Brain” made famous by the late Eddie Hazel (and then later on by his successor Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton). Blackbyrd proves he can also play this song just as soulfully as his predecessors.

It was recorded at a place called the Starland Ballroom – not sure of the date though. I’m guessing it’s from within the last 5-10 years.  

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Prince – “PFUnk” (2007)

August 4, 2008 at 11:08 pm (Funk, Music, Prince)

This was a song released last year exclusively online – it was in response to Prince Fans United. Supposedly Prince is at war with his own fans but It’s a long story as to the exact details. I’d rather just enjoy this extremely funky & rocking tune.
He apparently has resurrected “Camille” from the dead and added some Funkadelic (P-Funk) flavor in the process. So, as you can tell, the title works on 2 different levels.   

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Liquid Liquid – “Optimo” (1983)

August 4, 2008 at 9:36 pm (Music)

A very obscure, underrated band from the early 80s. Their most well-known moment is the bass & drum funk of “Caravan” whose bass line was the blueprint for the rap classic “White Lines” by Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel.

This song is another funk-punk gem from 1983…

(Note: This is audio only)

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The Minutemen – “Little Man With a Gun in His Hand” (Live – 1984)

August 4, 2008 at 8:14 pm (Music)

San Pedro, CA’s contribution to the world….live at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.

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Jack Kerouac – “Belief and Technique for Modern Prose” (1958)

August 4, 2008 at 7:08 pm (Jack Kerouac, The Beats)

Jack’s list of the essentials to spontaneous writing…his philosophy was “first thought = best thought.” He felt the best writing was what came straight from your brain, without revision, although he DID sometimes “cheat” and ignore that advice. 

  1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
  2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
  3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
  4. Be in love with yr life
  5. Something that you feel will find its own form
  6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
  7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
  8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
  9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
  10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
  11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
  12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
  13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
  14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
  15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
  16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
  17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
  18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
  19. Accept loss forever
  20. Believe in the holy contour of life
  21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
  22. Don’t think of words when you stop but to see picture better
  23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
  24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
  25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
  26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
  27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
  28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
  29. You’re a Genius all the time
  30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

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Lester Bangs & the Delinquents – “Kill Him Again” (1981)

August 4, 2008 at 6:54 pm (Music)

Taken from the album Jook Savages on the Bravos (1981), as is “Nuclear War” below. More punkish rock & roll from the late, great rock critic Lester Bangs. I highly recommend getting the 2 collections of his written work: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic and Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader

(Note: This is not a video – audio only)

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Lester Bangs & the Delinquents – “Nuclear War” (1981)

August 4, 2008 at 6:50 pm (Music)

The world’s greatest rock critic Lester Bangs decides to get a band together & write some songs. This is the result: a very decent punkish song circa 1981.

(Note: This is not a video – audio only)

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The Squires – “Going All the Way” (1966)

August 4, 2008 at 6:24 pm (Garage Rock)

Great, underrated garage rock from Bristol, CT’s Squires. This was their first single & was a local hit.  
I own a great compilation by them on vinyl that came out in 1986 called Going All the Way With the Squires on Crypt Records. If you can locate it, I highly recommend it to any garage rock collector.

(Note: This is not a video – just audio)

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