August 2012 Music

The Commodores - Celebrate

Flosstradamus - Rollup (Baauer Remix)

Gábor Szabó - Some Velvet Morning
The Hungarian jazz guitarist covers Lee Hazlewood.

Janey & Dennis - Take It From A Friend

Mugadzikwa Mwanagona - Chirombo Weye Nditerere
This is off an LP of Alan Lomax's field recordings in British East Africa. I think it was recorded in the 1950s. From the liner notes: "Played by Mugadzikwa Mwanagona (13) at Roman Catholic Location School, Fort Victoria, S. Rhodesia. In many districts, the use of indigenous instruments is discouraged by the missions, but young lads like this Karanga boy continute to play the Mbira. The boy had been given it by a Nyassa musician, but had tuned it to his local mode, paying his melodies in a manner traditional to his own district." Fucking missions...

Neil MacArthur - She's Not There // Without Her // Don't Try To Explain
I'm curious to know what possessed Colin Blunstone of the Zombies to re-record his hit song under a psuedonym, and then again in Italian.

The New Birth - You Are What I'm All About
I like to think of this song as an I Want You Back for (funky) grown-ups.

Soko - I Will Never Love You More


This mixtape of Digable Planet's sample sources.

Tina Fey's guest verse closing out Childish Gambino's new album:

The Doors perform the Reading Rainbow theme song:

And lastly, playing Cypress Hill through a squid:

Where the Buffalo Roam

I remember once being so low on cash that my friends and I saved money by watching the same rented movie several nights in a row. That movie was Where the Buffalo Roam.

Bill Murray is not a name associated with method acting, but in 1979, he came face to face with Hunter, spent weeks of all night drug-fuelled bad craziness to get into character and nearly didn't survive to tell the tale. During production Bill and Hunter staged a series of dangerous one-upmanship duels. Legend has it that after many drinks at the author's Colorado home and after much arguing over who could out Houdini the other. Hunter tied Bill to a chair and threw him into the swimming pool, he nearly drowned before Hunter relented and pulled him out. Bill immersed himself in Hunter so deeply that when Saturday Night Live started its fifth season, he was still in character. The role overtook him, he had virtually become Hunter—complete with long black cigarette holder, dark glasses and bad habits. His memory of shooting the film are a little sketchy. Bill recalls: "I rented a pad in L.A. with a guest house that Hunter lived in. I'd work all day and stay up all night with him, I was strong in those days and could take it. But I took on another persona and that was tough to shake. I still have Hunter in me, wanting to break out."

The whole movie is now on the Tube. Trivia alert! Neil Young is hanging out outside a bar at the 15:32 mark.