Bohemian Rhapsody – some old hardware

My first reaction was “Someone needs to get a jobby job.”  But then what the hell would entertain me at my job?

Atari 800XL was used for the lead piano/organ sound
Texas Instruments TI-99/4a as lead guitar
8 Inch Floppy Disk as Bass
3.5 inch Harddrive as the gong
HP ScanJet 3C was used for all vocals


Jarvis Cocker – Angela

Jarvis Cocker recording with Steve Albini?  I can dig it.

Jarvis Cocker – Angela

If you put your name on a mailing list over at his website you can get the song for free!

Pearl Jam – Lollapalooza 1992

So I got caught up in the hype of Pearl Jam’s Ten reissue.  I didn’t drop the money on the Super Ultra Mega Edition, but I listened to the new mix and enjoyed it well enough.  Stripping off the canned reverb really, um,  puts Ed’s vocals…  out front and, uh…  “in-your-face”?

I don’t know.

Anyway, a couple days ago I discovered that their drummer from this period, Dave Abbruzzese,  has started his own YouTube channel.  It’s quite the little treasure trove of early-era Pearl Jam videos.  Check this one out:

I was going to share a story that I never tell regarding a Pearl Jam shirt I wore only once, but it was just too long.

You can check out Abbruzzese’s YouTube channel right here.

You can also discover why Dave got the boot from the band.  I’ll answer that question right here in the form of a joke:  What was the last thing the drummer said before he got fired form the band?  “Hey guys, I wrote a song.”

The World’s All-Time Greatest Drummer

I’m a little late to the party but this is the best thing I’ve seen in a while.

Amanda Palmer – Please Drop Me

I’m sort of a grudging supporter of Ms. Palmer.  Although I thinks she’s very talented, I never had much interest in The Dresden Dolls.  And even though I appreciate her over-the-top-ness, I find the chosen aesthetic a bit cheesy.

But I like her.

She spoke out against her record label, Roadrunner, when they wanted shots of her “unflattering” belly fat taken out of her video.  And she was vocally opposed to Warner Music Group (Roadrunner’s parent company) pulling its content from YouTube.

And she’s right on both accounts;  Roadrunner is sexist and Warner is stupid.

So it should be no surprise she doesn’t want anything to do with either one of them.   And she recently sang a little song to let them know.

I still can’t figure out why Roadrunner was interested in Dresden Dolls in the first place.  Seems weird.

Regardless, Warner’s looking pretty desperate these days so she can probably just wait a couple months for them to go bankrupt.

Nine Inch Nails – Strobe Light


Not sure how I missed this yesterday.

Chairlift – Evident Utensil

So, yeah, Kanye’s new video uses the same video compression effect, but these cats did it better.  And after three or so listens the song is growing on me too.

But seriously, don’t waste you time with the crappy YouTube video below.  Watch it here: