Monthly Archives: October 2012

Las Vegas Renames Street in Honor of Guns and Roses

Ah, Guns and Roses.  I remember the first time I heard their breakout album “Appetite for Destruction,” particularly the first track, “Welcome to the Jungle,” and I was blown away.  I was/am a bit of a metal head, though not hardcore metal, you know Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc. etc. And quite honestly I had never heard a band as in your face as G N’ R.  I was in high school at the time, and “Welcome to the Jungle” actually became our class song (I know, I know, it is kind of funny).  Anyway, I was hooked, and became an instant fan, then the band imploded as quickly as it exploded on the scene.

Well, as we all know Axl Rose has kept the band alive, if by name only, and kept teasing everyone with the release of the new look G N’ R album, “Chinese Democracy” for about an eon or two.  It was finally released in 2008 to a resounding thud.  I have only heard maybe one song off of it, and I think it was played on the radio that one time.  I can’t remember what the song title was, nor can I tell you what it sounded like.  I do remember it wasn’t bad, but it failed to recapture that feeling I had with “Appetite for Destruction,” or even their second album “Lies.”

Anyway, the band is still around and are in residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fabulous Las Vegas from October 31 – November 24th.  The name given for this month of shows is called, “Appetite for Democracy,” and in honor of that residency (is it me or does the word “residency” seem an odd choice for a band past its prime playing multiple gigs at one location?) the city of Las Vegas has decided to honor G N’ R by temporarily renaming Paradise Road to “Paradise City Road.”  It works because of (1) the Guns and Roses song “Paradise City,” and (2) because the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is located off of the now renamed Paradise City Road.

In honor of the band, the song, and the name change, here is the video for Paradise City for our (or just my) nostalgia:

Unknown Artists

I stumbled upon this group on YouTube, they have three of their songs posted there under the title “hrz band,”  none of their videos have too many hits (between 13 and 25) and none of them have any description as to who they are, or where they are from.  I think they are from the Philippines, but I am willing to bet that I am wrong there.  They look to be a group of five guys who just enjoy jamming together, playing a Yamaha synthesizer, electric and acoustic guitar, some bongos, and a tambourine.

I think these guys sound great, and are pretty talented too. If anyone out there has any info on them and feels like sharing, I would be much appreciative.

The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds

I was perusing the internet today, looking for something in particular.  That something was to see if anyone has done a mash-up of sorts on the various “sounds” that the universe makes, and turning those sounds into music, with rhythm, tempo, and all that good stuff that we Earthlings call music.  So, I typed the words “cosmic sounds” into the search engine and some of the results I received were more along the groovy than the interstellar.

Sure, there were things similar to what I was actually looking for, but it was those groovy results that piqued more of my interest.  I am specifically referring to the 1967 collaborative psychedelic concept album released by Elektra Records called, The Zodiac:  Cosmic Sounds.  Each song on the playlist is named and inspired after one of the twelve signs of the zodiac – which, if you think about it, is quite apt for 1967.  Seeing this I had to post each of those tracks here; so find your sign man, click it, and get groovy – peace.

Yes, Long Live Molvania

Okay, I was just cruising around the ol’ “interweb” looking for something good to post today, and I came across the following video. It isn’t new, it has been around since May of 2007, and it isn’t rare either, because it has been seen over 2 million times since its upload; but once I saw it I had to share it.  The title of the song is called “Elektronik Supersonik,” and the video is listed on YouTube as “The Worst Music Video.”  It is so bad it is, dare I say – good?  I know it must be a spoof, because (1) there is no country called Molvania, (2) the artists are obviously in costume, and (3) the lyrics are ridiculous, bordering on ludicrous – which I have included under the video, so you can sing along.  Feel free to share other songs that are as bad, if not worse, than this one.  Now without ado, here is the band ZLAD! and their, um, “breakout” single “Elektronik Supersonik.”  Enjoy.

Hey baby wake up from your a sleep
We have arrived onto the future
And the whole world is become….

Elektronik, Supersonik,
Supersonik, Elektronik,

Hey baby ride with me away,
We doesn’t have much time,
My blue jeans is tight,
So onto my love rocket, climb,
Inside tank of fuel is not fuel, but love,
Above us, there is nothing above,
but the stars, above

All systems gone!
Prepare for downcount!

5….4….3….1! Off blast!

Fly away, my space rocket,
You no need put money in my pocket
The door is closed I just lock it,
(Ha) I put my (Ha) port plug in your socket (Ha Ha Ha)

The sonic sky is bright like fire
You and me gets higher and higher
Cut communication wire
Only thing can stop us is flat tire

Ha, Ha, Ha Ha Ha Ha

Hey love crusaider
I want to be your space invader
For you I will decend the deepest moon crater
I is more stronger than Darth Vapour
Obey me I is your new dictator
For you is Venus, I am Mars
With you I is more richer than all the tzars
Make a wishes on a shooting stars
Then for you I will play on my cosmic guitars!

Ladies and Gentlemen
Fasten your beltseats
We has commenced our decent
I trust you enjoy this flight
As much as you enjoy this accent

Now back on Earth its time for downsplash
Into sea of eternal glory my spaceship crash
People have arrived for cheer me from near and far
And as I float I open door and shout
“I am worlds biggest, washed-up superstar!”

(Supersonik, Elektronik)

As for sure as the sun rises in the west
Of all the seas and all the boats I am the bestest
come, let me put ring of Jupiter on your finger
Then like a smell around you I will forever linger
Ok, is time for end, no more will I sang
Let me take you back in time,
I want for you to experience big bang

Long live space race
Long live, Molvania

Finding Real Music Played on the Theremin

The theremin, that strange and kooky electronic instrument that gave us the theme from the original Star Trek television show in the 1960’s, and again brought back to the popular culture through CBS’s hit Sit-Com “The Big Bang Theory,” and that shows quirky character Sheldon Cooper (played by actor Jim Parsons).

For whatever reason it is/was I was thinking about the theremin today and decided to try and find more music that not just utilizes it, but actually features it.  I mean the only instances I am aware of it being used is the afore mentioned Star Trek theme, and the Big Bang Theory.  In the first the music just made by the Theremin sounds as dated as the special effects in that television show, in the second the theremin is used primarily used as a comedic device – which is understandable since the Big Bang Theory is a comedy television show.

Using the glorious power of the internet, and specifically YouTube, I found the below video featuring Pamelia Kurstin, who is, of all things, a theremin virtuoso, playing a piece from her album “Thinking Out Loud.”

Upon listening to that piece by Ms. Kurstin, I think virtuoso is an apt title given to her.  I find the music in that piece pleasing in a rather haunting way.  At times her playing of the theremin sounds like a weeping violin, and at others it sounds as if there is a Gregorian like chorus in the background, and rarely does it sound like the music is being made by something that I think most people would agree is a non-traditional instrument.

Then there is this piece by Peter Pringle, called “Lemminkainen Dream,” using an electric kantele, and a theremin, which is equally impressive, if not more pleasing than the one above.

Gloomy Sunday – The Suicide Song

Remember the movie “The Ring,” and/or the Japanese original “Ringu?”  For those who are not familiar with either of those movies the gist of it is this:  people watch a creepy video, then receive a phone call from a creepy girl, who then delivers the creepy message that the person who just watched the video will die in seven days.  Essentially the video causes people to die.

Good thing it is only a movie huh?

Now, what if I told you though that there was a song written in 1933 that drove several people to commit suicide?  The song was recorded in C-minor and is dripping with melancholy; so much so that several press reports from that time attribute 19 suicides to the song, which led to authorities and radio stations banning the song from being played.  The music was written by Hungarian pianist Rezso Seress, with the lyrics written by his partner Laszlo Javor in their native Hungarian.  The song was translated in several other languages, including English, and the most popular version was recorded by the late great Billie Holiday.

Below are both the original Hungarian version and Billie Holiday’s version.  I’m not sure which one is most responsible for causing suicides is, so listen at your own risk…

Gangnam Style Dancing Robots

Okay, you’re tired of it, I’m tired of it, but it is a global something or other – I guess some might say “phenomenon,” but I can’t bring myself to give it that kind of acknowledgement.  Regardless of what people like me think though, some don’t appear to be as tired of Psy and his Gangnam style, as evidenced by this video of robots dancing to that song at GITEX Technology Week, at the ITU Korean Pavillion in Dubai U.A.E.

Hmm, not quite Asimov’s “Robot Dreams” is it?

 


Synchronizing Metronomes

I think the video speaks for itself, but in case you haven’t been around these types of metronomes lately, they are light enough that energy around them can affect their undulations. There’s a deeper explanation by a physicist here.

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