Sebastien Tellier–La Ritournelle (video):
Such a great song, and was featured in the soundtrack for the movie Lost in Translation (no, that was the song Fantino–but someone had better put La Ritournelle in a movie, it’s so epic)–and according to Wikipedia, “The most prominent song on Politics was “La Ritournelle”, a string-led tune, which featured Nigerian drummer, Tony Allen, drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979.” Wow! Fela Kuti/Afric 70 funk/soul/jazz/Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and Sebastien Tellier! No wonder the drums sound so epic on this song…
Yay!!! One of my favorite musician/performers Sebastien Tellier will be playing shows in the following five US cities this December!
|Henry Fonda Theater||Los Angeles, California|
|Mezzanine||San Francisco, California|
|Larimer Lounge||Denver, Colorado|
|Schubas Tavern||Chicago, Illinois|
|LPR||New York, New York|
Update: Francis Fukuyama endorses Obama!!!
Two of the best articles/letters at the moment! More later…
The Fall of America, Inc.–Francis Fukuyama
“Prior to the 1980s, conservatives were fiscally conservative— that is, they were unwilling to spend more than they took in in taxes. But Reaganomics introduced the idea that virtually any tax cut would so stimulate growth that the government would end up taking in more revenue in the end (the so-called Laffer curve). In fact, the traditional view was correct: if you cut taxes without cutting spending, you end up with a damaging deficit. Thus the Reagan tax cuts of the 1980s produced a big deficit; the Clinton tax increases of the 1990s produced a surplus; and the Bush tax cuts of the early 21st century produced an even larger deficit. The fact that the American economy grew just as fast in the Clinton years as in the Reagan ones somehow didn’t shake the conservative faith in tax cuts as the surefire key to growth.”
“Still, another comeback rests on our ability to make some fundamental changes. First, we must break out of the Reagan-era straitjacket concerning taxes and regulation. Tax cuts feel good but do not necessarily stimulate growth or pay for themselves; given our long-term fiscal situation Americans are going to have to be told honestly that they will have to pay their own way in the future. Deregulation, or the failure of regulators to keep up with fast-moving markets, can become unbelievably costly, as we have seen. The entire American public sector—underfunded, deprofessionalized and demoralized—needs to be rebuilt and be given a new sense of pride. There are certain jobs that only the government can fulfill.”
Letter: Andrew Lahde, Lahde Capital Management
On establishing meritocracy, competing with rich kids who have all the advantages, corporations influencing legislators through donations, saving the world with alternative food and energy source hemp.
Bill Cobham / George Duke Band – Almustafa The Beloved
Amazing jazz fusion/funk/prog from the 1970s…GREAT synth and keyboard licks, drumming by Billy Cobham, guitar by John Scofield, bass, vocals, and Chapman stick by Alphonso Johnson. Sampled to great, great effect in that one Freestyle Fellowship song!! The main riff sounds like some crazy Star Wars take off–but Star Wars came out on May 25, 1977! I’m getting on the spaceship!!! Parts are like Lonnie Liston Smith meets the Mahavishnu Orchestra…This kind of music must return again…love the chorus part at 5:13…then listen to that little prog break at 5:39…Radiohead only wishes it were half as good and experimental as any of these 70s bands…
July 6, 1976
Billy Cobham – Drums
George Duke – Keyboards, Vocals
John Scofield – Guitar
Alphonso Johnson – Bass, Chapman Stick, Vocals
Incredible Soul/Funk Song: Rufus f/Chaka Khan — Stay; Brothers Johnson — Tell Me When You Need It Again
Rufus f/Chaka Khan — Stay. Crazy good. The beginning reminds me of Tell Me When You Need It Again by the Isley Brothers
Isley Brothers — Tell Me When You Need It Again
First heard the Rufus song on the last.fm Gap Band similar artists station. Both are incredible songs.
Beats the pants off of anything made now!
But look at this demographic, pretty much explains it.
University of Pittsburgh – 26,860
Carnegie Mellon University – 10,120
Duquesne University – 10,110
Carlow University – 2,154
Chatham University – 1,590
Estimated total population of Pittsburgh 2008 – 315,000
Holger Czukay / Jah Wobble / Jaki Liebezeit/The Edge–Full Circle and Snake Charmer Albums, Awesome New Wave Dub
Okay so are you ready for some awesome dub/new wave/postpunk/krautrock? Brought to you by Holger Czukay/Holgar Czukay, one of the founders of Can, Jah Wobble, dub bassist extrodinaire with his own solo career and PIL, and Jaki Liebezeit, also a founding member of Can. Kind of reminds me of the equally excellent Flying Lizards of course…with touches of Kajagoogoo and the Fixx at times, which is either very good or very bad depending on your tastes of course, R&B such as Frankie Beverly’s Maze, and lots of nice disco stuff. Very 70s/80s/dubby, from the album/EP Full Circle.
Watch out all you new wave/postpunk/disco electro revivalists!!! This old stuff still sounds better!!! There are tracks on Snake Charmer that sound a lot like some of the stuff on the proggy album Effects of Exposure or whatever by this band Regressive Aid…wonder which was first?
Here’s another one, Hold On To Your Dreams, feature the EDGE of U2 on guitar…awesome!!! Off of the album/EP Snake Charmer.
mp3s: Snake Charmer album/EP (via Wiel’s Time Capsule blog)
mp3s: Full Circle album/EP (via the Fantasmi Macchina blog)