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Sun Ra at 100: ‘A Joyful Noise’

This year we celebrate the 100th birthday of the cosmic reign of the avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra whose official birthday is celebrated on May 22. For those who know the man’s music, there is no need for an introduction here. For neophytes, here is a sampling of the story from the Sun Ra Arkestra’s official website:

Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that time.

Like Duke Ellington and swing-era pioneer Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra learned early on to write music in an arranged form that showcased the specific talents of his individual Arkestra members, and he has retained the services of some of these musicians to this day: John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Julian Priester for example since they first joined in the 1950’s.

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London Calling At 35

The Clash is one of my favorite bands. Sometimes they are my favorite band — it goes back and forth.

If you love the band or — at this late date — if you are new to their music, this series of short docs is a great introduction and a remembrance of one of the best groups in the history of rock; record to record, style to style, sound to sound.

The Clash burned bright and The Clash burned short, but they continue to illuminate music that matters, and, in their own way, they cast their light from Elvis Presley to the crunching guitars coming out of garages around the world to this day.

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of their masterpiece, London Calling, here are all the members of The Clash recounting the triumphs and trials of their incandescent career. This is Audio Ammunition: “This is Radio Clash from pirate satellite…”

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Coincidence Control Network: Episode 65

ccn66 Apologies for the lateness of this show, I (The Ken) have been ill. This week: The Big Dog is off the chain, yeah that's right, Ken's hosting again. That's really all you need to know....no?...ok, this week we discuss The latest activistprank from the Yes Men, New moons and hipsters, Hack your face!, Kim's analogue dream tape, Stuff, The weirdness of Mandella's interpreter, Brazilian football is Smash TV, Nintendo gayness, and Florida's cache of medieval weapons. PersonnelKim Monaghan, Frater Isla, and Ken Eakins
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Coincidence Control Network: File #064 – Man Down! Man Down!

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This week: Our glorious leader Ken is once again unable to reach the epic levels of fitness, and mental agility needed to traverse the rocky rhetoric that is CCN, however, the others are…so, that’s good I guess. Anyway, this week they discuss: Catzilla!, Red Spain, Protestaganda, Lots of stuff about books to look intelligent, authors capitalising on our fascination with Florida, Magickal Magicky Magick, and the death of a legend!

Personnel Joe Nolan, Frater Isla, and Kim Monaghan

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Terence McKenna: Butterfly Hunter

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PIC: Klea McKenna (C) -click to see more images and learn about the book.

This month we remember the late, great Terence McKenna. The author, lecturer, scientist and philosopher was the heir apparent to Timothy Leary, bringing more lucidity, humor and insight to spreading the gospel of the psychedelic experience than anyone has been able to muster since we lost McKenna to brain cancer in April, 2000.

While it’s always nice to recall our heroes in an online post, I mention McKenna to point to the remembrance created by his daughter. Klea McKenna’s The Butterfly Hunter is a gorgeous photography volume that documents her dad’s butterfly collection as she explains in the introduction of her book:

For four years, beginning in 1969, my father lived out an unlikely fantasy: he became a butterfly collector. (We use the term collector but that is just a euphemism for hunter.) Butterfly hunting is a conflicted activity, a desire for beauty and a small act of violence, both justified by science.

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Coincidence Control Network: File #063 – Bringing you the Multiverse since 2011

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This week: Sans-Ken, our fearless heroes attempt (in vain) to push on through with a ‘show’ for you lucky listeners. Listen to them discuss: Baby Poop, Chef Liar, Pomegranate Batteries, Bangingbig with the Big Bang (yeah I went there), Solar Moon Energy…man, Growing vegetables in space …maaaaaan, Noah: Action hero. and Courtney Love: Plane finder.

Personnel Joe Nolan, Frater Isla, and Kim Monaghan

  • Baby Poop Sausage… Link
  • Chef Liar – Link , Link
  • Hippy Watch: Pomegranate batteries – Link
  • Big Bang Proven – Link
  • Solar Energy From the Moon Link
  • Hippy Watch: NASA trying to grow vegetables in space – Link
  • Noah Kicked Ass – Link
  • Courtney Love: Plane spotter – Link

 

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