John Kuber is a songwriter/composer based in Ohio, USA. Friends and family have called his songs “nutso cuckoo head,” “wonderfully bizarre,” and even “retro”. Enough reason to share this album with you, don’t you think?
Quilted Cherry Podium, of Norman, Oklahoma, is a one man band stand crafted by artist and woodworker, Hunter Roth. The podium houses an amp, 15” organ speaker, Leslie rotating speaker, tray for synthesizer and it’s topped off with a Drum Buddy. Roth sings into his turned cherry bomb mic and hypnotizes behind his podium with his synced instruments and song. And it sounds like this:
“My music smells funny… similar to that glue smell from the inside of a doll’s head”. That description alone is enough reason to share this album with you, isn’t it?
Shooting for the film started last January with the recording of 20 shows during the 40th anniversary “Wonder of Weird Tour” in the US and in Europe. In addition to the new concert footage the makers have also been digging through the vaults beneath The Cryptic Corporation looking through archival footage, photos, costumes, and sets.
They’ve also done interviews with more than 40 people who have either collaborated with or been inspired by The Residents. People like Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Penn Jillette, Les Claypool, Gary Panter, Chris Cutler, Eric Drew Feldman, and many more. They also did interviews with the four founding members of The Cryptic Corporation (nudge nudge, wink wink): John Kennedy, Jay Clem, Homer Flynn and Hardy Fox, who all agreed to participate in this film.
Recently a fundraising campaign was launched to help the producers get all of the archival material transferred to HD and to get the film through post-production. If you want to help presevering this material for future generations of weirdos go to the campaign page: http://www.indiegogo.com. There’s all kinds of goodies available for people who donate, including the soundtrack of the movie, streaming access to the movie, etc.
We hope to keep you posted with more news about the movie as soon as it comes out.
Richard Coughlan, the drummer with Caravan for the last 45 years, died on December 1 at the age of 66. He had been in poor health for a number of years although he remained the “official” drummer for the band.
The official Caravan website posted the following obituary:
It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that Richard Coughlan passed away on Sunday 1st December.
Richard was a founder member and drummer for Caravan for over forty three years. Richard died at his home and had been in poor health for the last few years.
He has played on all of the band’s releases to date and was one of the early birds in the history of the Canterbury bands having sessioned with The Wilde Flowers and predecessors. Despite not being well Richard played percussion at Caravan’s reunion gig in London in December 2010 and received a standing ovation.
His unique style of playing and wonderful character will be sorely missed.
We pass our sincere sympathies to Richard’s wife Sue, his daughter Beth, and all his family. We will publish a fuller obituary in due course and will have a book of condolences on the website so that his friends and fans can leave a message.
Richard was 66 years old
May he Rest in Peace.
“Opinions are like onions they are digestible but for best results you must peel back the outer layers until you end up crying and realizing that the core….”. Oh forget it, you can read that text on Doom Salad’s Bandcamp if you like. We prefer to listen to their music.
A new four DVD set called “Here’s Edie – The Edie Adams Television Collection” is out today. Unseen in any format in more than 50 years, this box set collects all 21 episodes of “Here’s Edie”. an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Edie Adams, plus bonus features including segments from the Ernie Kovacs shows as well as guest that includes Kovacs, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby Darin, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Spike Jones, Soupy Sales, Johnny Mathis and many more.
The ‘wow’ factor of this box set resides in the eclectic guest stars Edie Adams was able to secure for the show. Jazz fans will be able to see rare performance footage of giants, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Al Hirt. Popular vocalists include Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin and Johnny Mathis and more. Classical music fans can look forward to performances of Andrew Previn, Lauritz Melchoir and Laurindo Almeida. Additional guests include Allan Sherman, Spike Jones, Peter Falk, Sir Michael Redgrave, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Buddy Hackett.
Unlike any variety show before or since, “Here’s Edie – The Edie Adams Television Collection” is a tour-de-force for a female entertainer in the early-1960’s. After the sudden passing of her husband Ernie Kovacs in January 1962, Adams forged ahead with her own headlining show, showcasing her many talents. Adams hosts, sings, dances, acts, does comedy and also produces her own show. While much has been said of Adams’ preservation efforts of the Ernie Kovacs archive, she also left behind a stunning body of her own work that survives due only to her indefatigable preservation efforts.
This 12-hour, four DVD set features a new digital transfer from original 2-inch videotapes of the entire 1962-64 run of 21 episodes (with her famed Muriel Cigar commercials intact) plus extensive bonus footage.
“Shrew Astronaut Destiny” is the debut EP by Riq Chiznik. It’s instrumental, except for the last track, a remix of the title track with comedic vocals. According to Riq “you don’t have to pay for it because it’s a free download”, which makes sense to us. So, grab your own free copy here.
The Shaggs were an American all-female rock group, formed by sister Dot, Betty and Helen Wiggin in 1968, on the insistence of their father, Austin Wiggin, who believed that his mother foresaw the band’s rise to stardom. The band’s only studio album, “Philosophy of the World”, was released in 1969. The album failed to garner attention, though the band continued to exist as a locally popular live act. The Shaggs disbanded in 1975 after the death of Austin.
The Shaggs are primarily notable today for their perceived ineptitude at playing conventional rock music: the band was described in one Rolling Stone article as “sounding like lobotomized Trapp Family singers”. “Philosophy of the World” gained cult status over the years and apparently was one of Frank Zappa’s favorite records.
Now, 44 years later, Jello Biafra’s record label Alternative Tentacles releases “Ready! Get! Go!”, the first solo album by Dot Wiggin, The Shagg’s singer/songwriter. The album has newly-recorded versions of Shaggs-era songs as well as a number of new songs written by Wiggin. According to Boingboing.net the album “is terrific because the music retains the naive outsider charm of the Shaggs but is pleasantly listenable. If you have young kids, I think they will love Ready! Get! Go!”.
One year after the release of Frank Zappa‘s “Road Tapes, Venue #1” the Zappa Family Trust have announced a second volume in this series of “primitive audio documentary attempts to capture the essence of what was highly and improbably and even impossibly out there on the road in some of the worst audio terrain imaginable”.
“Road Tapes, Venue #2″ was recorded in august 1973 at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland. The album can be ordered here and should start shipping today.