Video of the Week: Careless Whisper–Alexandr Misko

Songs You May Have Missed #735

The Bills: “Bamfield’s John Vanden” (2005)

Folky Victoria, B.C. quintet the Bills eschew the usual mandolin, fiddle and accordion for an infectious a cappella sea chantey.

Though this song sounds for all the world like a traditional, it was actually written by the Bills’ Chris Frye in honor of his great uncle, Bamfield, British Columbia coastal fisherman John Vanden, who passed away in 2011 at age 96.

Since its appearance on 2005’s stylistically diverse Let Em Run LP, the song has found favor (and inspired cover versions) in folk circles, so maybe it will attain “traditional” status.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2012/03/12/songs-you-may-have-missed-47/

Video of the Week: When the Beatles Sang in German

On a Lighter Note…

Sesame Street Brainwashed A Generation Into Psychedelia!

(via iridium) by Grand Poobah

Warning: If you were born between 1962-1978, there’s a good chance your soul was psychedelicized early on in your childhood years.

Evidence points to this 1969 Sesame Street clip that helped children learn to count to 10. Seems pretty innocent, but there is something much more sinister here in order to brainwash a generation of kids into being “groovy”. After being fed bowls of Honeycombs and plopped in front of the television on a massive sugar high, kids across America were bouncing off the walls in their footie-pajamas to this segment called “Jazzy-Spies”, which included free jazz, Yellow Submarine-style surrealistic animation, and vocals by Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane! And then your family wondered why you went on tour with the Grateful Dead… (yes, you do want to click on that link!)

“Slick got involved through her first husband, Jerry Slick, who produced the segments for San Francisco-based animation studio Imagination, Inc. Headed by animator Jeff Hale, the company also produced the Pinball segments, as well as the famous anamorphic Typewriter Guy, The Ringmaster, and the Detective Man. (Hale, by the way, has a cameo as Augie “Ben” Doggie in the well-loved Lucas parody Hardware Wars.)

Read more: https://www.theiridium.com/post/sesame-street-brainwashed-a-generation-into-psychedelia

Video of the Week: “It Won’t Be Long”–Beatles Experience Cover Version

Sometimes in the case of the Beatles, or any great pop, it takes a good cover version to refresh our appreciation.

Argentine Beatles tribute band The Beatles Experience not only nail all the riffs and harmonies here, but also supply one more reminder that Beatle album tracks were often superior to other bands’ singles.

Roy Smeck: An Appreciation

Born in 1900 in Reading, Pennsylvania, Roy Smeck was a star of 1920’s and 30’s stage, screen and studio, and musical godfather to Eddie Van Halen.

From vaudeville to radio to theater appearances across the country to appearing in Hollywood films to inventing musical instruments to publishing music instruction books, this genius of the ukulele and lap steel guitar has literally done it all.

I’ll let the following videos further elucidate:

Video of the Week: Devo–Letterman Interview

Video of the Week: Did Loretta Lynn Get Banned on Purpose?

On a Lighter Note…

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