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First Great in Jazz: Jelly Roll Morton

ferdmortonFerdinand Joseph LaMothe, better known as Jelly Roll Morton is one of the greats of the roots of jazz, and is too often overlooked.  His virtuosic playing is larger than life, innovative, highly characteristic and a delight for the ears. With his salty beginnings playing in whorehouses as a teenager, he was known throughout the South and West Coast before finding success in the thriving Chicago scene. He will have been born 125 years ago this fall.

RedHotJazz.com has compiled a great many of his finest works to listen to and download for free!  Now, how ’bout dat!

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Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult

FRONT COVER FINAL_printBlack metal is fast, loud, theatrical, angry, and murderous — both musically and in the scene that surrounds it.

If you dig Black Metal, or if you like to read about things odd and dark, check out Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult by Dayal Patterson. Patterson is an expert on the scene and is the man behind Cult Never Dies. You can check out his store here.

My interview with him is below.

For the uninitiated, what constitutes Black Metal?

Well that’s a question that I’ve been exploring over two full-length books – not least because there is a lot of disagreement about its definition within the scene. So that’s a tough question! What is fairly safe to say is that black metal is one of the most extreme, ambitious, and varied forms of heavy metal… and one might argue contemporary music in general. It was born in the early eighties but reinvented itself around 1990/1991 and has continued to explode in terms of activity and popularity since then, with bands and scenes existing in almost every territory you could care to mention.Read the rest

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The Evolving Politics of Punk in the Nation’s Capital

DC Disinfonauts, are you or were you into punk? What is it about Washington that makes punk and hardcore so popular there? American Prospect investigates:

One Thursday evening in December, beyond the signs for Microsoft Word tutorials and panel discussions on language immersion, a popular local punk band named Priests delivered a blazing performance in the basement of Washington, D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. public library.

Bad Brains at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 1983. Photo: Malco23  (CC)

Bad Brains at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 1983. Photo: Malco23 (CC)

Before the doors opened, attendees gathered in a hot and crowded hallway, next to tables displaying books curated to the night’s guests: an oral history of punk, a Bob Dylan biography, a chronology of the riot-grrrl movement. When the doors finally opened, parents with children on their shoulders and teenagers with dyed-blue hair and safety-pinned jackets filed past librarians who stamped their hands with “WITHDRAWN.”

“Librarian joke,” one of them said with a smirk.

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Music, Aesthetics & Making Sense: A Conversation with Andrew Bowie

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This post originally appeared on four by three magazine.

What is music? Can music make sense of the world or even transcend it? Philosopher and jazz musician Andrew Bowie talks to four by three about the connection between music, aesthetics, language, and time, with reference to Adorno and Heidegger, as well as about the relationship between philosophy, the arts and sciences, asking: why does art matter?


‘Art is supposed to engage your whole being and not just your conceptual capacity’
— Andrew Bowie

four by three: The philosophy and philosophical significance of music has been a major preoccupation of much of your writing. What is it that motivates you to write philosophically about music?

Andrew Bowie: When I started doing philosophy, I used to regard my playing as completely separate from my philosophy, because I wasn’t very good at playing in any case [I still am not great, but I have got better].… Read the rest

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Ashton Robertson on Project Bring Me to Life

From the Project Bring Me to Life podcast:

In Episode 52 Selomon and Shantastic Shine speak with meditation music producer Ashton Robertson about music and vibrations such as the Solfeggio Frequencies that are said to repair DNA.

Ashton Robertson is a producer, musician and starseed and is currently working on Cloudz, a project he started with an intentional to help heal the world. You can find out more about his meditation music by visiting http://cloudz444.bandcamp.com/album/vibrational-beings.

Learn about his other project Spaceship Earth.

Don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube, tweet us @PBM2L and subscribe to our website www.projectbringmetolife.com.

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M.I.A.’s Kung Fu Fighting

dragon-girls-movieFeaturing the controversial and highly-talented British rapper and artist M.I.A.Gener8ion has just released “The New International Sound Pt. II,” from a four-track EP.

While I like the song a lot, with the video — which features no less than 36,000 students from Shaolin Tugu — the musical and visual work is highly captivating.

The footage is adapted from Dragon Girls, a documentary about three girls from China’s biggest martial arts school, located right next to the Shaolin monastery. In the video for “The New International Sound Pt. II,” young Kung fu students are shown sparring and practicing kicks, punches, open palm techniques, sword, and forms (pre-arranged sequences of different techniques and movements), as well as exercising, stretching, and hanging out or getting ready outside of practice.

However, while the choreography of the martial artists in the video is certainly impressive, what is more striking, if more subtle, I think, is the eyes of the students — full of determination, seriousness, and purpose.… Read the rest

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Laibach Announce ‘The Liberation Day Tour’ – Will Perform in Pyongyang, North Korea

via Mute.com:

In August 2015, Laibach will become the first ever band of its kind to perform in the secretive country of North Korea, a reclusive garrison state as well-known for its military marches, mass gymnastics and hymns to the Great Leader, as for its defiant resistance to Western popular culture.

Laibach’s Biography:

Laibach is a music and cross-media group from Slovenia established on the 1st of June, 1980 in Trbovlje (1). The name of the band is the historic German version of the name Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. From the start Laibach has developed a “Gesamtkunstwerk” – multi-disciplinary art practice in all fields ranging from popular culture to art (collages, photo-copies, posters, graphics, paintings, videos, installations, concerts and performances). Since their beginnings the group was associated and surrounded with controversy, provoking strong reactions from political authorities of former Yugoslavia and in particular in the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. Their militaristic self-stylisation, propagandist manifestos and totalitarian statements have raised many debates on their actual artistic and political positioning.

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Michael Garfield on Project Bring Me to Life

Selomon and Shantastic Shine interview Michael Garfield for episode #51 of the Project Bring Me to Life Podcast:

Michael Garfield is a writer, visionary artist, musician and philosopher. He writes for Globalish, an online news platform that explores the world of video and human conversation through the lens of non-separation and non-duality.

We speak with Michael about his background in writing, what type of articles he covers for Globalish, which includes a seeker’s path view at cultural futurism and literary critique of the artful video world.

Find more about Michael at here.

Interesting Articles by Michael on Globalish.com:

http://life.globalish.com/soul-mates-cell-mates-the-blessing-the-curse-of-other-people/

http://art.globalish.com/hot-chips-time-travel-shenanigans-in-the-koan-tastic-i-need-you-now-video/

http://art.globalish.com/how-new-yorks-projection-napping-turns-the-city-inside-out/

http://art.globalish.com/is-the-music-video-our-generations-tibetan-book-of-the-dead/

Link to the Jellyfish Painting we discuss in short:

https://michaelgarfield.myshopify.com/collections/2015/products/watermelon-tourmaline-medusa

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Grant Morrison Featured in Midnitemen’s New Music Video: Killer

The video for Killer, a neon space odyssey, chronicles a journey from the edges of 5D space “somewhere beyond Sirius” to planet Earth. The video co-stars comic legend and Disinfo favorite, Grant Morrison. Killer is Midnitemen’s debut single, a Neo West Coast flavoured re-imagining of the 90s dance classic by Adamski & Seal. Enjoy.

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