do this less and less 'cause most of it's sooo boring. You know
where you can go to get the names of tracks on unreleased albums
amd all the rest. Here be what I think is interesting from the last
Johnston tug of war
Two managers are now battling over control of Daniel Johnston. In
all fairness, a lot of folks don't know that Tartakov spent years
making Johnston's name what it is - and putting up with him at his
worst. I knew I should've bought those damn drawings he used to
sell at the record store where I used to work in Austin tor $10
a pop. It just seemed a tad exploitative.
New York Times
Brown - gets China down
James Brown funked up the Chinese mainland -: Shanghai's People's
Liberation Army acrobatics theate to be specific. . He did "Get
up Offa That Thing," "Make it Funky," and more. Can
Latin jazz/salsa maestro Ray Barretto died last week due to complications
from aquintuple bypass surgery at 76. "The King of the Hard
Hands" Barretto played with everybody from Bird to Tito Peunte
and performed the popular version of "El Watusi".
Bambaataa's Emergency Meeting
The godfather of hip-hop called a meeting yesterdy declaring a state
of emergency for contemporary radio. He said, "Our children
are being brainwashed and mind controlled through this tastless
programming." When he talks about the same ten songs over and
over and payola - you know which local station he's talking about
- and he's right, listen to something else. Chuck D, Crazy Legs,
Davy D, and others were slated to attend.
Sheehan & rockers stage benefit
The Bring 'Em Home Now concert at Hammerstein features not only
a speech by Sheehan, but performances by Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes,
Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Devendra
Banhart and Peaches. It'll benefit Iraq Veterans Against the War
and Veterans for Peace. While the bill seems half-bad, you gotta
admit that there hasn't been much of this since the last election.
Rollins in trouble for reading
Henry Rollins hit some turbulence on an Australian flight because
he was reading Ahmed Rashid's Jihad: The Rise of Militant Island
in Central Asia. He replied, "Baghdad's safer than my hometown
and your PM is a sissy"
Hop at the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History
will soon have its first hip hop exhibit - "Hip-Hop Won't Stop"
- some of which will be in the permanent collection.
Orbison is back from dead
Sony BMG's Legacy is starting the process of releasing everything
that Roy Orbison recorded with a live video and a two-disc compilation.
Maybe a duet with Biggie?
Soul NPR story
NPR did a feature on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and Philadelphia
International Records! Check it...
W. Johnson feature
If you're into ealry pop recordings, and I don't mean 1950s stuff
or even 20s stuff, but I'm talking stuff that came out on cylinder
disc, you know George W. Johnson. Here NPR looks at Johnson and
the issue of race. Plus, you can hear his renditions of " The
Whistling Coon," "The Laughing Song," and "The
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