Faith No More is back…. “Motherfucker”

On November 19, 2014, in Music, song, by mugen

Rolling Stone has coverage of the newest tune by Faith No More — reunited after 7 years. The tune, “Motherfucker,” is a 7″ single for Record Store Day release.

Here’s the song from SoundCloud:
“Motherfucker” by Faith No More

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Pilot – “Magic”

On November 19, 2014, in Music, song, by mugen

Somebody on World of Warcraft referenced this song tonight, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Never realized — cowritten by Alan Parsons, plus Pilot’s founding members were early members of Bay City Rollers!

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Black Balloons

On November 9, 2014, in Music, by mugen

Was surfing through my buddy Spip’s blog (post new stuff, Spip!) and saw the song “Black Balloon” by The Kills. Never heard it before, but it made me wonder how many songs with that title exist.

My favorite song of that title is by MONSTER MAGNET:

Arguably the most famous “Black Balloon” is by Goo Goo Dolls:

Spip’s link was to this song by The Kills:

The oldest song with this title I could find is John Renbourn’s 11:34 song from his 1979 album of the same title, a really beautiful guitar track, haunting especially when the flute or whistle comes in at 2:20ish, starts to get a little wilder with an electric guitar around 4:20 or so, and loses me by the end:

Finally, there’s a segment of the soundtrack to a 2008 Australian film The Black Balloon titled “The Black Balloon Theme” by composer Michael Yezerski.

Black Balloon is also the name of a video production outfit that makes music videos for hard rock bands. Check out their demo reel:

This cat’s voice is pretty fantastic. And I want to know what tuning he’s using on that guitar — open tuned to a power chord?

Grimes & Blood Diamonds – “Go”

On November 9, 2014, in Music, song, by mugen

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O Hisashiburi — It’s Been A Long Time

On November 9, 2014, in Music, by mugen

New city (town, really), new job, but new music? Only a bit.
In the last 3 months of adapting to a new environment, there hasn’t been a lot of time to explore new tunes. Hoping to fix that from here on in, and post a bit more often.Found this accidentally today, a little late for Halloween:

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Bar JAAI – Friday March 7 – Osaka

On February 18, 2014, in Japan, Music, by mugen

I’ll be in Osaka the first week of March, and on Friday, March 7, I’ll be playing a 3-hour gig in the early evening, then heading across town up the street and around the block! to check out my good friend xanadujin spinning a set at Bar JAAI as part of the “Peace • Music • Nature Project Renovation Vol. 4″

xanadujin usually spins (video) game music, but also plays sets with hip hop, electronic music, and a variety of other genres. He’s a 10-year expat from Iowa living in Osaka, and he’s been active as a DJ in the Kansai area (as well as Nagoya and other parts of Japan) for the last 5 years or so. You can follow him on Twitter.

My set is really relaxed that Friday, mostly a conversation gathering, but hopefully some folks will join me in heading the JAAI and checking it out. I’ll try to take lots of pix. My set ends at 10 PM, and PMN Renovation 4 starts at 10, so hopefully I won’t miss too much.

If you’re in Osaka, come out!

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Traktor Kontrol Z1 + TraktorDJ on iPad

On February 15, 2014, in Japan, tech, by mugen

Just got one of these:

To go with this:

It’s an interesting change and I’m learning it now so I can use it in Osaka in 3 weeks!

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On February 14, 2014, in Free Tunes, Music, song, by mugen

25 Years Since 3 Feet High and Rising

For 25 hours, EVERY song every released by De La Soul is available for FREE DOWNLOAD at their Web page from 11 AM February 14 to Noon February 15, 2014.

There’s a lot of awesome turntablism, some incredible rhymes, and a staggering number of samples (which has kept them off iTunes to this day) made this one of the turning points in hip hop history, crossing over into alternative scenes and college radio in the late 1980s. I taped a copy from the library when I was a senior, and it’s one of the first rap albums I could really get my brain around.

Story on Rolling Stone.

Get you some!

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Osaka Gigs!

On February 13, 2014, in Concert, Music, by mugen

I’ll be in Japan for a week from February 28 to March 9. I’ll be spinning for WhyNotJapan!? March 7 and 8 in Osaka!

trueshine1March 7 – Friday – 7PM – 10PM
Osaka Namba – TRUE SHINE
¥3000 のみ放題 (all you can drink)
Stay after the party with no extra entry fee.

owl_pic4March 8 – Saturday – 7PM – 10PM
Osaka Umeda – OWL OSAKA
¥3000 のみ放題 (all you can drink)
Stay after the party with no extra entry fee.

If you’re anywhere near the Kansai area (Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Nara) and can make it out either or both nights, please come say hi and enjoy a WhyNot!? Party with me! Friday night should be a bit more relaxed, with easy conversation and meeting new people, and Saturday at OWL being more of a club atmosphere with twice as many people! It’s been 2.5 years since I left Japan, and I’d really like to see lots of folks! 281976_10100181560174059_30818302_46036688_6210737_n259866_10100168166864359_30818302_45808272_4378097_nmugen-desktop-white_red

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Audrey Gallagher was vocalist for my favorite 4AD-signed band, Scheer. I’d say Scheer is in my top 3 favorite bands ever, with Skinny Puppy and ALL. They rocked and woke me up after a long time searching for good tunes. I was fortunate to “meet” Audrey via MySpace in the mid-late-2000s when I was living in Japan. She was very gracious to my messages and genuinely a kind person when we also connected on Facebook. After Scheer, she was briefly involved in a project called Lima, and then started adding her vocal talent to a number of electro/techno tracks by various artists. It’s gratifying to know that she’s still singing and still involved with music in a much more accessible way.

So Audrey’s started a radio show called VIVA VOCE (“With Living Voice”) and new episodes drop the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Audrey Gallagher viva voce

Here’s the first episode:

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