Sebastien Tellier at the Magic Bridge in Santa Monica




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Sebastian Tellier Five City US Tour December 2008!!!


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!

Dec 3 2008 8:00P
Henry Fonda Theater Los Angeles, California
Dec 4 2008 8:00P
Mezzanine San Francisco, California
Dec 6 2008 8:00P
Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado
Dec 9 2008 8:30P
Schubas Tavern Chicago, Illinois
Dec 11 2008 10:00P
LPR New York, New York

Ex-Neo-con Fukuyama on the Restoring America; Andrew Lahde on

Update: Francis Fukuyama endorses Obama!!!

Two of the best articles/letters at the moment! More later…

Newsweek:

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.”

Financial Times:

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.

George Duke/Billy Cobham–Rush Hour

George Duke/Billy Cobham–Rush Hour

Just to show you Billy Cobham’s still got it!!! Who’s the bassist, pretty awesome (Larry Kimpel?)

Bill Cobham / George Duke Band – Almustafa The Beloved

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

Montreux, Switzerland

Track 4

Billy Cobham – Drums
George Duke – Keyboards, Vocals
John Scofield – Guitar
Alphonso Johnson – Bass, Chapman Stick, Vocals

Def Leppard — Rock of Ages, Pour Some Sugar On Me

Def Leppard — Rock of Ages

I was going to post some lyrics, but…

Def Leppard — Pour Some Sugar on Me (UK Version)

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!