Aaron Parks – “Invisible Cinema” (Trailer – 2008)

December 17, 2008 at 8:52 pm (Music)

A trailer for this new album (on Blue Note) by modern jazz pianist Aaron Parks. Interesting musician…

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Michael Stipe – “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (1987)

December 17, 2008 at 8:40 pm (Michael Stipe, Poetry & Literature, R.E.M.)

 

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane,
Lenny Bruce is not afraid
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn – world
Serves its own needs, dont misserve your own needs. Feed
It off an aux speak, grunt, no, strength, turn, ladder
Start to clatter with fear fight down height. Wire
In a fire, representing seven games, in a government
For hire and a combat site. Left of west and coming in
A hurry with the furies breathing down your neck. Team
By team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered cropped
Look at that low playing! Fine, then. Uh oh,
Overflow, population, common food, but it’ll do. Save
Yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs,
Listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and
The revered and the right, right. You vitriolic,
Patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty
Psyched

It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

Six o’clock – TV hour. Don’t get caught in foreign
Towers. Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself
Churn. Locking in, uniforming, and book burning, blood
Letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate
Light a candle, light a motive. Step down, step down
Watch your heel crush, crushed, uh-oh, this means no
Fear cavalier. Renegade steer clear! A tournament,
a Tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions,
Offer me alternatives and I decline

It’s the end of the world as we know it (it’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (it’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (it’s time I had some
time alone)

I feel fine

The other night I dreamt of knives, continental
Drift divide. Mountains sit in a line, Leonard
Bernstein. Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester
Bangs. Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom! You
Symbiotic, patriotic, slam book neck, right? Right

It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (it’s time I had some
time alone).

 

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The Crystals – “(Let’s Dance) The Screw – Part 2” (1963)

December 17, 2008 at 8:18 pm (Music)

Part 2 of Phil Spector’s notorious, extremely rare (withdrawn) single, which he had The Crystals record (see story below for full details).
This part of the song is almost unbearable due to the slowed down nature of the melody. I dare anyone to listen to both parts (especially THIS part) in its entirety.
This comes from a bootleg released in the 1970s. Hence, the scratchy recording sound.

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The Crystals – “(Let’s Dance) The Screw – Part 1” (1963)

December 17, 2008 at 8:14 pm (Music)

Don’t blame The Crystals for this extremely rare piece of ridiculous nonsense. This is the work of legendary producer Phil Spector. Yes, that’s right. If you are thinking that this is the worst piece of shit Spector ever put his name to, keep in mind that ol’ Phil probably meant for this “song” to suck. It was meant  as a  farewell gesture, shortly after his partner Lester Sill’s departure from their label Philles Records. Spector wrote the song, and had The Crystals record it. Nearly 10 minutes long (in 2 parts) and completely lacking Spector’s customary Wall of Sound production techniques, “The Screw” was neither releasable (by 1963 music industry standards) nor intended for general release. Indeed, only a handful of copies of the single were pressed, one of which Spector had delivered to Sill as a parting shot at his former partner. (Legend has it that the recording of “The Screw” served a second purpose: to cheat Sill out of royalties due him from sales of the next Philles recording. However, this claim is considered unlikely.) It has also been said that Spector brought one of his own lawyers into the recording studio to yell out the chorus of the song ( “—do the screw!” ).
Anyhow, if you think “Part 1” is bad, just wait to til you hear “Part 2” (above).

Note: This comes from a bootleg released in the 1970s. Hence, the scratchy recording sound.

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Starsailor – “Poor Misguided Fool” (Video – 2002)

December 17, 2008 at 7:44 pm (Music)

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U2 – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home” (Video – 1987)

December 17, 2008 at 1:16 pm (Music, U2)

U2’s great cover of the Darlene Love/Phil Spector classic…

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