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Because nobody demanded it, here's my Christmas playlist* on iTunes. Album titles are in italics, individual tracks are in artist - title format. Album tracks are not listed except for various artists compilations. Comments are in brackets:
  • Abney Park - Carol of the Bells
  • Béla Fleck & the Flecktones Jingle All the Way
  • Bob Rivers - Walkin' 'Round in Women's Underwear
  • Bob Rivers - Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire
  • The Bomboras - Lil' Drummer Boy
  • California Guitar Trio Christmas Album [The CGT are disciples of King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp, playing surf-inspired guitar instrumental versions of mostly classical but some pop tunes]
  • Carla Bley Carla's Christmas Carols [Bley is an avant-garde jazz pianist and bandleader; this album is amazing]
  • Clockhammer - Here Comes Santa Claus
  • Commodore 64 - A Commodore Kind of Christmas [Christmas nerdcore rap]
  • Dale North, Mustin, Nate Cloud, The OneUps - Super Mario World Super Mario's Sleigh Ride OC ReMix
  • Danny Elfman - Scrooged: Main Titles - Show Time at IBC - Elliot Gives Blood - Walter Ablaze - Wild Cab Ride - Luncheonette - Asylum - Crematorium
  • Dave Brubeck A Dave Brubeck Christmas
  • Esquivel Merry Christmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad [hi-fi lounge]
  • The Flaming Lips - Christmas at the Zoo
  • Joe Meek Vampires, Cowboys, Spacemen & Spooks

    • The Fabulous Flee-Rekkers - Green Jeans
    • Roger LaVern & The Microns - Reindeer Ride
    • Roger LaVern & The Microns - Christmas Stocking

  • John Fahey - Christmas Medley: O Tannenbaum/Angels We Have Heard On High/Jingle Bells
  • Joseph Spance - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
  • Kick the Can Crew - Christmas Eve Rap [Japanese Christmas rapping!]
  • Los Straitjackets 'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets [Christmas surf guitar]
  • Loudon Wainwright III - Suddenly It's Christmas
  • Moon Duo - Silver Bells
  • Pac-Man The Pac-Man Christmas Album [yes, you read that right]
  • The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
  • Red Peters - Holy Shit, It's Christmas
  • Rev Run - Santa Baby (feat. Mase, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Salt 'N Pepa, Onyx, Keith Murray)
  • Smashing Pumpkins & Radiohead - If There Is A God (Acoustic Christmas '98)
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers Christmas Caravan
  • Stan Kenton - What Is A Santa Claus
  • Sufjan Stevens - Christmas In The Room
  • Sufjan Stevens - O Holy Night
  • Sufjan Stevens - That was the Worst Christmas Ever!
  • Sufjan Stevens - It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad
  • Sufjan Stevens - Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time
  • Sufjan Stevens - Get Behind Me, Santa
  • Sy Mann Switched On Santa! [Christmoog]
  • The Vandals - Christmas Time For My Penis
  • The Vandals - A Gun For Christmas
  • The Vandals - My First Christmas (As A Woman)
  • Various Artists The American Song-Poem Christmas: Daddy, Is Santa Really Six Foot Four? )
  • Various Artists A Jazz Christmas )
  • Various Artists Thunderdome: The Xmas Edition )
  • Various Artists A Very Indie Xmas )
  • Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Wesley Willis - Kris Kringle Was a Car Thief [technically not a Christmas song at all, but c'mon]
  • Wonderful World of Joey - What Sweet Child O' Mine Is this?
  • Wooden Shjips - O Tannenbaum
  • Various Artists The Edge of Christmas )
  • Various Artists The Original Soul Christmas )
  • Various Artists We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year! )

    *I should point out that I don't listen to this playlist straight through. Instead, I have smart playlists that select rotating sections of it to mix in with other stuff.
gwalla: (job squad)
Captain Lou Albano, dead of natural causes at 76.

To soothe the pain of his loss, here's a few videos to remember him by.
gwalla: (aqua boogie)
gwalla: (psychedelic banana)

Gotta love the "meow meow" break
gwalla: (halloween)
Les Paul, the guitarist best known for inventing the solid-body electric guitar, died of pneumonia on August 13, at age 94. Along with the electric guitar, an invention whose importance should be obvious and can hardly be overstated, he also pioneered overdubbing, multitrack recording, and electronic signal processing effects. Nearly every form of modern popular music is built on these innovations; I think it's safe to say that without Mr. Paul, today's musical landscape would be unrecognizable...and considering the cultural influence of rock, from fashion to mores to the very concept of "rock star", the social and political landscape as well. He's been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

A consummate entertainer, he played live regularly well into this year, with a residency at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York, and recorded an album as recently as 2005, despite a broken eardrum and arthritis that paralyzed some fingers on both hands. When he shattered his right elbow in 1948, setting it would freeze it in place, never to bend he had it set at an angle so he could continue to play. His work spanned jazz, country, and rock & roll, playing with everyone from Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby to Eric Clapton, Sting, and Chet Atkins.

Back when I used to work in a publisher's warehouse, my boss, an old hippie and deadhead, would play music on the stereo as we worked. One day he put on an old bit from the Les Paul and Mary Ford show, in which Les claimed to have just invented the "gas guitar", which turned out to run on laughing gas, leading to a wild drug trip scene in which he hallucinates that they're in a gondola and Mary sings a gondolier song. That was my introduction to Les Paul the musician, rather than Les Paul the name of a model of guitar. Great fun!

New York Times obituary
Iridium Jazz Club's obituary

I recommend reading both. They're very well written.

RIP Les.
gwalla: (aqua boogie)



FROM THE FRONT! FROM THE BACK! Teacher, leave those kids alone!
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gwalla: (dork)
Hey [ profile] song_of_copper, I found a video of your future child!

gwalla: (ornament)
Every pop musician eventually does a Christmas tune.


gwalla: (god listens to slayer)
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(from this article)

I guess this means he's abandoned his rap career.
gwalla: (o blaarggag?)

gwalla: (joe morello)

The creepy Pink Elephants sequence from Disney's Dumbo, sync'ed to a version of the tune by Sun Ra! It doesn't always sync exactly, because the Arkestra extended some bits and shortened others, but it works surprisingly well.

The Dumbo animators clearly owe a great debt to Fleischer Studios and their weird, drugged-out jazz cartoons.
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Great post-rock song. It starts out quiet and low-key, then about halfway through switches modes to epic and soaring.

And there's one point that reminds me of [ profile] ursulav's Biting Pear of Salamanca (perhaps better known by the intartubes as the "LOL WUT" Pear). You'll know it when you see it.

EDIT: Deepest Sender ate the entire contents of my post. I hope it works this time.


Jan. 11th, 2008 11:09 pm
gwalla: (batusi)
gwalla: (batusi)
But I have been writing more stuff on my Last.FM journal than here. I've decided that my music-related posting is going to go in my Last.FM journal (and since I've been going to more concerts and buying more CDs lately, I've had more to say about it). Although I may start cross-posting, because my LJ is looking a little dead these days.

These are my journal posts so far (with the exception of a repost of that Van Halen blooper [ profile] jokermage posted a while back). My CD reviews:
And reviews of shows I've been to (these were all within one week. I was pretty dead by Friday):
gwalla: (slowpoke)
But it was long and probably not that interesting to anybody who wasn't already into it. So, in a nutshell: it was awesome, I had a great time, caught up with people I hadn't seen for a while and made some new friends, got my ass kicked by a man in his 60s, learned a lot, and was really tired by the end.

Now with that out of the way, an awesome video by The Avalanches (no, it's not Frontier Psychiatrist):

gwalla: (domoslide)
You've seen them perform the Pythagoras Switch Algorithm March. Now, 1500 inmates of a Phillippine prison perform the video to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"!

gwalla: (batusi)
Imagine if Pee-Wee Herman went vaguely punk.

gwalla: (magma)
I have been tagged by [ profile] jbacardi  for the following meme:

1. Go to
2. Pick the year you turned 18
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the songs of the year
4. Write something about how the song affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more friends

I'm not sure I'll be able to pull off step 3, though, because the songs of 1997 sucked )

I tag...

[ profile] animal_co
[ profile] demiurgent
[ profile] postbox
[ profile] kadharonon
[ profile] mcmartin


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