Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cee-Lo NES Cover?

So I am sure all of you know front man of Gnarls Barkley or Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo. Well if you didn't before his single F*@k You! I am sure you do now. Because the single has become a Internet Meme expect to see a whole bunch of play offs and covers of it in the near future....
Like NOW!

 

Brendan Becker created a video that is a parody of the Cee-Lo song and is ultimately meant to be sung from an abandoned NES‘ point-of-view. Yes you heard me right an NES not an Atari or a Sega. The video is pretty entertaining and expect it to flood the internetz, or at least stumbleupon. The song itself is by a guy named Inverse Phase.
If you really dig the song you can listen to it w/o video below and even download it.

Listen:
Inverse Phase - F___ed 6502 (Cee-Lo Parody)
buy

Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock Music: Profile of Parliament / Funkadelic




            Multicolored dreads combined with an infectious grin surrounded by a peppered beard, it is pretty easy to recognize funk superstar George Clinton. With over thirty albums and a group of about fifty artists joining him in his Parliament/ Funkadelic enterprise on paper he certainly fits the bill as a successful artist. However, the complex journey of Parliament / Funkadelic is like a bizarre rollercoaster ride filled with alter egos and a dichotomy between Parliament and Funkadelic.
            George Clinton was born on July 22, 1941 in a small town called Kannapolis, NC.  However, his stay in North Carolina was brief and he moved to Plainfield, New Jersey where the music of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers entered into Clinton’s life. In 1955, when the doo wop scene was in full swing, Clinton formed a doo-wop group called the Parliaments in the back room of the barbershop where he was employed. Starting out as just a couple of kids practicing in back rooms, the Parliaments eventually included the musical talents of Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins, Grady Thomas, Randy Davis and Calvin Simon.
The Parliaments had fairly decent regional success but only spawned two singles in a decade of work. However, they had a good enterprise going in which they would sell weed out of the back of the barbershop, drink a little wine, smoke a little weed, and practice doo-wop into the night. All in all it sounded like a good time, but the influence of Motown drove them literally to Detroit, where Clinton and company camped out in front of the Motown offices hoping to score an audition.
So Fresh, So Clean
The Parliaments left the basement studio of Motown with a successful audition and Clinton left with a songwriting contract. Embracing the sounds of the Temptations, the Parliaments where clean-shaven, slickly dressed, and produced the typical Motown sound. Starting a little late in the game, the Parliaments met their first commercial success with their single “(I Wanna) Testify” in 1967 off of Revilot Records. Of course looking back on this single it is easy to start to see the protozoic mingling of the soon to be Funkadelic sound.
            The Parliaments had a few more marginally successful hits including “All Your Goodies Are Gone” and “Don’t Be Sore At Me”, however they were always standing deep in the shadow of the Temptations in a time where the traditional Motown sound was already dynamically changing. George Clinton reflecting on the Parliaments later said, “We didn’t make it…because basically we were like all the other groups, like the Temptations, et cetera. Our problem was that we were too late.”
            After Revilot Records went out of business, trouble came to the Parliaments. A dispute about the name “Parliaments” led Clinton to come up with an alternative name for his group. Funkadelic was born but Parliament never died. George Clinton comments, “when the name Parliament wasn’t useable, I knew we would have two names from now on. So I signed up Funkadelic as Funkadelic and when we got the name Parliament back I signed them to a different company.” However, with the name change came a whole new persona that would define the group.
            The sound of Funkadelic rose out of the soul and jazz scene as much as it did the psychedelic scene. By 1967 the sounds and feelings of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper opened up the doors of perception and this inevitably expanded the consciousness of psychedelia to groups like Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix.  Even in the jazz world, Miles Davis broke through with his pivotal experimental opus that was Bitches Brew. Funkadelic drew from all of these facets and started to provide the world with a bizarre outlook on urban life.
            The drug scene of the 1960s and early seventies also had their impact on the type of music that was filling out the backbone of Funkadelic. Clinton stated that
“the sixties were a crazy, cool period. It let us know that we could have an infinite number of alternate realities. Acid busted that shit wide open. But at the time we tried too fast, so we got scared and jumped back. But now that we know what it is, we can sort of sneak up on it slowly.”
With this approach Funkadelic certainly did creep up on the scene and the persona that was being formed through Funkadelic was brought to reality through their stage presence. Added members to Funkadelic like Eddie Hazel brought ripping guitar licks over funky back beats that seemed to make Funkadelic seem like an incredibly tight jazz band that was as unstable and volatile as the time period in which they were living. Other band members included bassist Billy Nelson, Ramon “Tiki” Fullwood on drums, and organist Mickey Atkins, but in reality Funkadelic was the Parliaments plus these four new members.
            Funkadelic’s first album Funkadelic enabled the group to loosen up and really get into their signature sound that was more prevalent in their second album Free Your Mind …And Your Ass Will Follow. On this second album keyboard player Bernie Worrell helped create the jazz-fusion atmosphere with his background as an intensive student at Julliard. His Juilliard training also helped the group come up with the funky, intricate horn sections as well as defining the keyboard into funk. Shortly after, Funkadelic came out with one of its crowning successes, their third album: Maggot Brain.
            Maggot Brain was a screaming success in Funkadelic’s career. Filled with passion and political commentary, Maggot Brain was both a musically and politically important staple to the early 1970s.  In the 1970s, George Clinton said his music was “the black rhythm of the streets…Black is what’s happening, so anything black will get a real good eye and a real good ear. So it’s time for us to really rap now in the language and rhythm we rap in…In this society they teach you that you can’t think. If you know you can, and that it’s even okay to think a little different, then you cool”. All of this can be seen in the opening track where the band calls for people to rise “above it all or drown in your own shit”, as well as in the freedom chants and mass hysteria that occur in “Wars of Armageddon”.  In a time where racial tensions and political affairs ran rampant in America, Funkadelic promotes the feelings and responses of the time.
Musically speaking, the entire album opens up in a Jimi Hendrix like opus that could even be considered to be as good as having Jimi himself perform. Some tracks sound like a funk infused gospel while others sound as if one is bathing in a distorted electric guitar soup. All in all, Maggot Brain was the quintessential turning point in Funkadelic’s career.
For Parliament, It's Halloween everyday!
Shortly after Maggot Brain the group was introduced to another pivotal member of the Funkadelic team. After George Clinton saw Bootsy Collins play he immediately hired the longstanding member of James Browns backing band the J.B.s. With a line up that only one could dream of, Funkadelic grew its stage persona and alternative egos where starting to make there presence on stage, like that of Dr. Funkenstein. In 1974, Parliament was reactivated and was considered “Funkadelic’s more accessible alter ego.” Blending unique black sci-fi and funk Parliament destroyed minds with their album Mothership Connection. More and more elaborate stage presences made each show more unique and experimental than the last all while perfecting their funk. Dr. Funkenstein led his army of followers of funk into the charts.
 Although band members would come and go, usually due to jail time or drug overdoses, Funkadelic produced a series of amazing records like Hardcore Jollies, Tales of Kidd Funkadelic, and one of their greatest accomplishments: One Nation Under a Groove. One Nation Under a Groove spent six weeks at number one on the R&B charts and was soon joined by Parliament’s  Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome. George Clinton’s two bands were spitting out hits like it was nobody’s business.
            Parliament/ Funkadelic’s (P-Funk’s) main competition during this period was Earth, Wind, and Fire. Earth, Wind, and Fire were a nice safe bet for the white community and it was not as abrasive and raw as the sounds that were emerging from P-Funk. Even at one point George Clinton called Earth, Wind, and Fire : “Earth, Hot Air, and No Fire”.
            Competition aside, the only thing that was really driving P-Funk’s careers was creative freedom. Always willing to try new things and perfect the feelings they created, George Clinton and his groups continued to have hits even after his original Parliaments disbanded in 1977. Funkadelic disbanded in 1981, but George Clinton has continued creating groups and is still producing albums under various titles.
Influencing the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. Dre, and the hardcore funk revival of the 90s, George Clinton recently put out an album called George Clinton and his Gangsters of Love which can be seen as a chronicling of all who have been directly influenced by the presence of the his funk and the funk that came before him. George Clinton still tours and is known to tour 200 days out of the year in four different continents. Not too shabby for a 69 year old. 
 Take a load off and listen to the funk!!!!
Listen:
The Parliaments - (I Wanna) Testify 1967
buy the Parliaments

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain 1971

Funkadelic - Who Say's A Funk Band Can't Play Rock?! 1978
buy Funkadelic

Parliament - Flashlight 1977
buy Parliament


Collected Discography:
The Parliaments-  I Wanna Testify (Revilot, 1967)
Funkadelic - Funkadelic (Westbound, 1970)
 Funkadelic - Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow (Westbound, 1970)
Parliament – Osmium (Invictus, 1970)   
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain (Westbound, 1971, #14 R&B)
Funkadelic - America Eats Its Young (Westbound, 1972) 
Funkadelic - Cosmic Slop (Westbound, 1973)
Funkadelic - Standing on the Verge of Getting It On (Westbound, 1974, #13 R&B)
Parliament - Up for the Down Stroke (Casablanca, 1974) 
Funkadelic - Let's Take It to the Stage (Westbound, 1975, #14 R&B)
Parliament - Chocolate City (Casablanca, 1975)   
Funkadelic - Hardcore Jollies (Warner Bros, 1976, #96, #12 R&B) 
Funkadelic - Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (Westbound, 1976, #14 R&B)
Parliament - Clones of Dr. Funkenstein (Casablanca ,1976, # 3 R&B)
Parliament - Mothership Connection (Casablanca, 1976, #13, #4 R&B) 
Parliament - Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome (Casablanca, 1977, #13, #2 R&B)   
Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove (Warner Bros, 1978, #16, #1 R&B)
Parliament - Motor Booty Affair (Casablanca, 1978, #2 R&B)  
Funkadelic - Uncle Jam Wants You (Warner Bros, 1979, #18, #2, Gold)
Parliament - Gloryhallastoopid (Casablanca, 1979, #3 R&B)
Parliament – Trombipulation (Casablanca, 1980, #6 R&B)   
Funkadelic - The Electric Spanking of War Babies (Warner Bros, 1981)
Electronic Resources:
Book Sources:
McEwen, Joe. "Funk." Rolling Stone Illustrated History Of Rock and Roll. New York:
Random House, 1992. Print.
Stern, Chip. “Father Funkadelic.” The Rock Musician: 15 years of the Interviews.
Macmillan, 1994. Print

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Humpday Covers Presents: Corinne Bailey Rae


I was never too keen on jumping on the Corinne Bailey Rae bandwagon awhile ago. I never gave her the credit she deserved. When I received this cover in my inbox, the subject said soul cover of Bob Marley's "Is This Love", I expected it to be a Lauryn Hill cover. To my surprise the buttery voice of Corinne Bailey Rae filled my speakers and reinvigorated new life into one of my favorite Bob Marley songs. Rae's vocals and the ever so slightly suggestive funky jams in the background makes me want to turn down my bed for two.
Hell yeah Corinne Bailey Rae, Bob Marley never sounded so smooth.

Listen:
Corinne Bailey Rae - Is This Love (Bob Marley Cover)
buy Corinne Bailey Rae

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Summer Camp!

No, not the summer camp that the writers of this blog attend. There are plenty of posts concerning that. What I'm talking about is the band, Summer Camp. There isn't much out there about this British duo, but what they have put out in the past year or so is worth hearing. Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/summercampmusic,and keep an eye open for their forthcoming EP, Moshi Moshi.

At the very least, check out the video below of their song "Round the Moon" played over clips of a 1970's Swedish movie called "A Swedish Love Story". If ever there was a music video that encapsulated nostalgia- be it about a high school sweetheart or a summer romance- this is it.


Summer Camp // Round the Moon
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LISTEN: 
Summer Camp - Round The Moon
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Shuffle: Matt And Kim

This Sunday Shuffle brings you the musical musings of Matt and Kim. You may have heard their single daylight in passing or even in a bacardi commercial, but this song is WAYYYY better. The Brooklyn duo released a single to their new album titled Sidewalks. (BTW what in the world is in Brooklyn's water? In the last ten years that place has become notorious for cranking out great artists)

Kim and Matt are Matt and Kim
The new track "Cameras" has such an infectious beat and is guaranteed to get you going and keep you going.  Please for the sake of humanity check it out, and if you are in the Chapel Hill area make sure you purchase your tickets for Matt and Kim at the Cradle on Oct. 20th. I even hear that you can stream the entire album upon purchasing a ticket. Sweet dealz.


LISTEN:
Matt and Kim - Cameras
Buy Matt and Kim

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Shuffle x3!!!

This Sunday shuffle we are bringing you three different pieces of music. This triple shot of music is our way of saying welcome back! For those of you that don't know the Sunday shuffle is a time where I randomly select three songs after pressing shuffle on my iTunes. It could be good music or just plain awful music, but mostly the songs are good because my library is scarce on the bad music front. (well, maybe the discography of Mariah Carey is debatable)

CHLLNGR - Change
God, That mustache is epicccc.

This morning the first song to come up was Change by CHLLNGR. I do not know much about this band other than  it is comprised of one man named Steve Borth who hails from Copenhagen. This electronica/ dub style is pretty great, especially for chilling. The music has a lot of depth and is really easy to get hooked to these guys. Take a listen and go into the easy groove that CHLLNGR delivers.

Listen:
CHLLNGR - Change
buy CHLLNGR


Cosmo Jarvis - She's Got You
Apparently Face Running is Common in NJ
The next song on this weeks Shuffle is a personal favorite by Cosmo Jarvis. Cosmo Jarvis comes from Ridgewood, NJ and he is only 21 years old. Makes me kinda wonder what I am doing with my life when a 21 year old kid is making such cool tunes. Anyways, "She's got you" is as poppy as you would like it to be and towards the end of the song a happy, jumping, fun time should be had by all. Even though Cosmo's lyrics are a little dark, the pep of the songs transform the message. Take the time to listen to Cosmo Jarvis.


Listen:
Cosmo Jarvis - She's Got You
buy Cosmo Jarvis





 RATATAT - Neckbrace

Yeah, this picture sums everything up.
ANNNNNDDDD Last but certainly not least, the third song in this installment is off of Ratatat's new album LP4. If you are a fan of ratatat, please go and see them. I saw them about two years ago and it was fantastic. (And I hear that this year they are even better!) Ratatat's new songs from LP4 have the same energy as their last 2 albums and the single "Drugs" has been getting a lot of attention. However, "Neckbrace" is one of my personal favorite new tracks. It has everything you love about Ratatat and more... and you may want to brace yourself for this hotness. (yes, the pun was veryyy much intended)


Listen:
Ratatat - Neckbrace
buy Ratatat 


Taken Down By Request

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Summer Don't Go Away!!

Days are getting shorter, but the weather is still quite warm here in Greensboro, NC. It is not uncommon for 80 degree weather and sunshine all day here. But we all know that Summer is leaving us and autumn is rapidly approaching. That being said I put together a lil' mix to listen to while still trying to hold on to this season. It's heavy in chilling music, or music to listen to when getting up with the sun flooding in through your window. Heavy in Kinks, Animals, and Bowie...

Give it a listen!

 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

History Class: The First Rock Song...

 HISTORY OF ROCK- Lesson One
          With the break through of rock and roll, America started its struggle, embrace and eventual love of rock and roll. Rock and roll was the antithesis to conservative America and once its presence was made rock and roll became as much a part of America as the stars on the flag. But when was that defining moment in which rock and roll first came on the scene?  Before exploring the origin of the first rock and roll record, perhaps it would be wise to first define what rock and roll is. 
Good Rockin'? YES PLEASE.
             Rock and roll is an umbrella term that encompasses many different facets of music including rhythm and blues, soul, rockabilly, progressive, and many more. But rock and roll is also more than the defining electric guitar riffs, the narrative ballad, or the four and eight bar song stanzas that riddled early rock. Rock and roll is a feeling, a swagger, and catalyst for change. Rock and roll is a movement, whether it is on the dance floor or a statement of the times, rock and roll can be seen in all facets of American life. That movement began on May 1st, 1948 with Wynonie Harris’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight”. Wynonie Harris’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight” conquered the charts as well as the title as the first rock and roll song.
            Traditionally, it has been taught through American popular culture that rock and roll started from the likes of Elvis Presley or Bill Haley and his Comets. Unfortunately, America was not comfortable with the idea of equality among races and the real foundation for rock and roll was overlooked because it was built upon the grounds of “negro music”. Blues, jazz, soul, set the stage for the very first rock and roll songs. The upright bass and the horns in Wynonie Harris’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight” are clear examples of the influence that jazz had on rock and roll.  However, the sound is distinctly rock and roll. The saxophone solo sets the stage for later electric guitar solos and the claps and beat of the drum motivates the listener to dance.
that Wynonie, making purple cool since 1948
            In rock and roll fashion “Good Rockin’ Tonight” has a narrative structure with suggestive lyrics that flew under the white radar. In fact, the term “rocking” in this song is a euphemism for sex.  Lyrics like  “I’m going to hold my baby as tight as I can, tonight she’ll know I’m a mighty man” fit the bill for rock and roll’s attitude. 
            Wynonie Harris’s version of “Good Rockin’ Tonight” also broke through to both African American communities as well as main stream America by ranking number one on both the R&B charts and the popular charts.  This is significant because part of rock and roll is the impact it has on the people who listen to it. “Good Rockin’ Tonight” was a record that broke racial barriers and introduced a simple rock and roll record to the masses. Evolution of rock became apparent after this song. “Good Rockin’ Tonight” takes a step away from the jump blues genre and lays the groundwork for other rock and roll records.  “Good Rockin’ Tonight” may not be the hardest hitting example of rock and roll but its sound, its movement both on and off the stage, and its swagger make it the first rock and roll record.


Listen:
Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight
buy Wynonie Harris

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Humpday Covers Presents: Amanda Palmer & Barry Mendel w/ Seu Jorge

Check out that sexy uke!
This fine Humpday we will be sporting two wonderfully done covers of popular songs by Radiohead and by Simon and Garfunkel. The first cover we have is by a woman by the name of Amanda Palmer. Palmer has been gaining some popularity over the past couple of years with her trademark ukulele sound. Palmer just came out with a new-ish album full of Radiohead covers. Before you think, oh great another artist trying to reinterpret Radiohead, give her a listen. I personally like her take on "Fake Plastic Trees", albeit die hard Radiohead fans will probably just say...ehhhhh I like Radioheads version better. Irregardless, this tune is great, I dunno if its the ukulele but it seems really personal and raw.


Listen:
Amanda Palmer - Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead Cover)
buy!



From Life Aquatic
Up next is a cool tune that I found over at Cover Lay Down awhile back. Being a fan of Wes Anderson movies and cover songs, I have fallen in love with Seu Jorge. If you do not know who that is please check him out. (He is the Brazilian who plays all the Bowie covers in The Life Aquatic) Anyways,  Barry Mendel, one of the producers, and Seu Jorge would play guitar in their spare time off set. Barry describes the scene: “as we were learning the songs and jorge would need time to roll cigarettes and what not, i’d pick up the guitar and play and he’d sing along, and when we were finishing the recording of all the bowie covers in the studio, his kind wife mariana insisted we record one of the songs she would hear me play with jorge singing along…so here is the boxer from 2004 w/ me playing and singing and jorge singing back-up and doing some whistling, to boot…"

So without further ado, the Simon and Garfunkel classic "The Boxer" as done by Barry and Seu.

LISTEN:
Barry Mendel w/ Seu Jorge - The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel Cover)
buy!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Neutral Milk Hotel-Demo and B-Side tracks

The cult following behind Neutral Milk Hotel is not without reason, Neutral Milk Hotel reinvigorated Lo-Fi while their lyrics paint a picture in to the subconscious, altered reality in which we live in. Big statement huh? Well the lyrics in concordance with the impressive horns, crunchy guitar, and noise blankets create an unique experience for each listener. The album In the Aeroplane Over The Sea had transformed the band into something like a myth, mostly due to Jeff Mangum's disembark from the group in 1998.

In May 2001, Jeff wrote a message posted on the old version of the e6townhall forum on his behalf by a friend, effectively a farewell to NMH. The authenticity was somewhat questioned at the time, but has pretty much been confirmed since. Below is the message exactly as it appeared (thanks to archive.org for their backup):
Max Munch
Unregistered User
(5/26/01 9:48:29 am)

A message from Mr. Mangum

Jeff emailed this over to me for all of you to read. He probably won't see your responces, just so you know.


hello everyone

i think its time that i made a few things clear.
first of all, i am not in hiding, as some have said. where i am i supposed to be hiding?
behind the coach? in the cat box? under the bed?

i wake up everyday, i walk out into the world and i say hello to the people i meet.
the sun shines, the birds sing, the dogs birth out of the old womans eyeball, the
afterbirth overwhelms me, swimming with strange creatures, etc. living in the great mystery
is enough for me right now.
also it has been said that i dont like people listening
to my music, that i dont like playing live, that i stopped playing because people heckled
me at my shows, called me names, etc. if you really think im that pathetic, then you should
burn my records, and forget about me. but its not like that. not that i thought every aspect
of being in a semi popular
rock band was totally healthy, but im not knocking it either. but when i hear people bitching about
being famous, i always wonder why they keep doing it. if you dont like doing interviews
anymore, then dont. its that easy.
but anyway, im getting off track here. what happened to me
comes down to two things.


1.immune system breakdown. i was getting sick every two months for a year, and finally in
the spring of 99 i got hepatitis and mono at the same time, which turned me into
a vomit tornado with yellow eyeballs for two months, and gave me chronic fatigue for the next
two years. which led to number two.
2.spiritual breakdown. this little nervous breakdown, which lasted about two years, was
one of the best things that ever happened to me. it turned out great in the end, even though
it was a living hell for a long time.
in our society, we are supposed to feel ashamed of ourselves when we breakdown,
were supposed to go to the shrink to "fix" the "problem",
so that we can come out as smiling productive members of society.
what a load of crap.
we must live in the loneliest society on earth, one that has taken the spiritual
aspect out of becoming a healthy person.
in other cultures, spirituality, human
phycology, physical health and meditation are all one thing. you cant separate them into
compartments. i didnt know any of this a few years ago, and my breakdown forced me
to begin to see through the horrible mental boxes that our society imposes on everyone.
two years ago i was a mess, every belief i had was disintegrating, everything
i had based my life on seemed shaky. i was tired, confused, and i just didnt think
i could simply sing my way out of it this time. and i was right. the songs i did write
were confused, very dark and not anything i thought anyone needed to hear. they were
more for myself, to help me to work through my mental problems. so, doing shows seemed
inappropriate, since anything i would sing would instantly end up on the net, for
everyone to hear. im not knocking people sharing my music on the internet, but
at that point, it didnt seem right.

so where am i at now? well, all my belongings are in storage, and i am leaving for spain in a
week. dont know whats going to happen. life is better that way. my attitude has always been
to remain open to all possibilities. maybe i'll write a song, a story, a tape piece,
learn meditation, capture a beautiful event on tape, make a friend, see something i've
never seen before. and if at some point, if it all adds up to be something worth
releasing to the world, i will do it gladly. i dont give a fuck if it
"tops aeroplane" or not. thats just another mental prison. anyone waiting for an album
to top the last one should look somewhere else, because you'll inevitably be disappointed.


when i wrote aeroplane, i spent 90 percent of my time screaming nonsence
into my little tape recorder, or chopping up sounds with my sound blender, or
just making noise,
and 10 percent of my time writing songs. it was very liberating,
because i never thought about what i was doing, and a week before we went to record i didnt
even think we had a half finished album. but i didnt care. i figured if we went the studio,
and only recorded one finished song, then that would be fine. creating just one minute of
something inspiring is an incredibly fun thing to do. so next time you hear that neutral milk
is recording, dont get your hopes up. it may only be one minute of music.
and if i ever release my korena pang peices for you to
hear, you'll soon find that
its just liberated dada to free the mind. if you want more neutral milk, dont buy it.
you'll hate it. i for one love music that makes my brain freeze, like the shags, or art ensemble
or maybe some chanting and
banging and confusion from bolivia that makes me forget myself for awhile.
major organ was just a bunch of friends putting music together for fun. it was a project
that changed hands at least a dozen times, and most of the time you didnt even know who was working on it,and you never knew where it would go.
released mostly to inspire other dreamers and home recorders to do the same with there friends.
we weren't trying to create a masterpiece. trying to do anything is the of death of creativity,
and if we can encourage people to not try, but to just do, then we have accomplished our goal.
the jittery joes show should be out in august or september. it was a show i did in 98 before going
to denver to record. i think the video footage makes it worthy of release, since lance bangs
did such a good job. we're putting it out to encourage people to stop paying alot of money
for second generation live shows. but again, dont get your hopes up. its really not a big deal.

so thats it. thanks to everyone for listening to my music. now i need to forget myself again,
so you may not hear from me for awhile. forgetting yourself is freedom, and i need to be free.
happy travels. jeff




Since the band disbanded in 98, it's no wonder that fans are searching high and low for more NMH material.  Here are some selected tracks from some demo's and live performances that will ease the pain.
 LISTEN:

From Ptolemaic Terrascope #21
Neutral Milk Hotel -  Untitled

From Periscope Another Yoyo Compilation
Neutral Milk Hotel - Bucket

B-Side from Holland 7"
Neutral Milk Hotel - Engine 

From Hype City Soundtrack
Neutral Milk Hotel - Tuesday Moon

From Hype City Soundtrack
Neutral Milk Hotel - Up and Over We Go

From The Basement Tapes, Volume Two: Live Underground
Neutral Milk Hotel - Glue

Please Support This Band And Buy Neutral Milk Hotel

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Humpday Covers Presents: The Lion King...again.

My obsession with The Lion King may be a bit over the top. However, the music in this feature film is one of the pivotal reasons why I love this disney classic.  A couple of weeks ago my close friend was at Camp Bisco and saw Diplo. Diplo opened up his show with a track that was the "Circle of Life" remixed. I heard the news and promptly started my search. The search kept coming up empty handed until I came across the name of another DJ, of which the message boards were buzzing about. It only took another couple of google searches until I found the DJ Douster's hit "King Of Africa". I do not know if this is the same track that Diplo opened with but its still pretty amazing. Here is the video and under it a music link.


Listen:
buy Douster

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Were Back!

To all the faithful readers,
Let me be the first to apologize for the long absence, but let it be known that Happiness is back!

To celebrate....Lets hear that dope instrumental from Lil Wayne's "Drop the World"

Were back, look forward to regular posting!
Lil Wayne -Drop the World (Instrumental)
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