Disney+ just debuted with a new Star Wars show, The Mandalorian. Using my incredible sleuthing skills I have discovered promotional images from a few other Star Wars-based series now in development.
Mostly picked by the Music app, with some assistance from Dan.
Checkout Blues – Eels
Creeque Alley – The Mamas & The Papas
Life’s What you Make it – Talk Talk
For Your Love – The Yardbirds
Dream Forever – Bumblebees
absolute lithops effect – The Mountain Goats
Hope Street – Stiff Little Fingers
Strangers – A.O. Gerber
Mother Nature’s Son (Take 15) – The Beatles
Love Like Laughter – Beth Orton
Canoe – John Lurie
12 Elliot In Your Cup – The Blanks
Back in the Saddle – Aerosmith
California – Liz Phair
Time Out For Fun – Devo– there are definitely other Devo records that are more revolutionary and/or iconic, but “Oh, no! It’s Devo” was the first record of theirs I owned, so it’s the one that brings out the most nostalgia.
SUNLIGHT – BESOS
Time Heals Nothing – Danko Jones
King Midas In Reverse – The Hollies
Love of My Life – Louis Prima
Riot – Childish Gambino
St. Louis Blues – Louis Prima
Dancing In The Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Israel – Miles Davis
Crepuscolo Sul Mare – Piero Umiliani
Daydream Believer – The Monkees
I Got Life (James Rado & Company) – Original Broadway Cast
Never Give You Up – The Black Keys
The Negotiation Limerick File – Beastie Boys
Godless Heathens – Skin Mag
Get Bummed Out – SPORTS
Don’t Pull Away (Feat. Milosh) – J.Viewz
The Perfect Drug – Nine Inch Nails – I’m not a huge NIN fan, but this is an awesome bike song. Check out the “deep” visuals in the video.
In The Hanging Gardens – Pinkshinyultrablast
BLEACHÉ – yuko yokio
Everything Borrowed – Jerry Paper
Company Calls – Death Cab For Cutie
Unknown Legend – Neil Young – very different from NIN, but also an awesome bike song. And if you’re thinking that the song is about someone riding a Harley Davidson and that that’s a very different kind of bike, I have some news for you.
There’s a real video for this song, but no high quality versions are on Youtube, probably because Neil Young only wants his music played in 6000 bit hyper dense magic quality.
Popeye Theme – Face to Face – the most important song of this or any other time.
Fool, Fool, Fool – The Clovers
SOKA – Sister Bliss
Giving It All – 20/20
Sailor and widow – Keren Ann
The Man In Me – The Clash
The Power Of The Heart – Peter Gabriel
Evil Angel – Rufus Wainwright
Can’t Stop The World – Ginger Sling
Donuts (Outro) – J Dilla
L.S.D. Partie – Roland Vincent
Grand Illusions – Joan Osborne
Fade To Grey – Anteros – this is not a cover of Visage. This song is generic alternapop. No need to seek it out.
I decided it was time to load up my lungs with smoke while there was still some around, so I went for a longish bike ride. Along the way I came to the new bike/horse bridge over the LA River. I decided it can only be called The Finger.
The bridge isn’t quite open yet, so I didn’t get to finger The Finger. I look forward to future Finger fingerings. Maybe they’ll build four more and we can get the whole hand.
This was my wacky ride, in case you’re curious. It features lots of overlap and crisscrossing.
If you want to follow me on Strava, this is me: https://www.strava.com/athletes/1133075
Only one? Yup, but this one took a while. I knew it would.
I should have taken more time. Or less time. Some amount of time other than the amount I took. Whichever it was, it’s not changing now. So let me introduce to you:
Pungent Trolls Bleed By Scrapheaps (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
I did sneak in a couple of jokes so weak and obscure that no one will get them.
Part two of my “remake Beatles album covers with anagrams” project.
¡EL HP! (Help!)
Our Burbles (Rubber Soul)
Lover Rev (Revolver)
Someone on twitter did an awesome silly thing where they re-titled James Bond movies with their anagrams. I thought it was a great idea, so I stole it to re-do Beatles albums. Here’s the first batch. I’m skipping the early Capitol hacked-up albums.
Peep Lame Easels (Please Please Me)
White Slab Teeth (With The Beatles)
Aghast, Randy Hid (A Hard Day’s Night)
A Stereo Elf Slab (Beatles For Sale)
The problem with Beatles anagrams is that their album titles are usually pretty short. Some of these would be under ten letters if I didn’t include “Beatles” in the name.
The White Album is probably going to be super lame.
I used to do this thing on Facebook where I’d post the last 50 or so songs I’d played, along with some notes about a few of them. This is pretty much that, except I’m going to throw some Youtube links in along the way.
Charlotte Street – Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
Hold My Hand – The Rutles
Reptiles and Samurai – Oingo Boingo
Mah-Ná, Mah-Ná – Leroy Holmes – probably the best song to ever come from Swedish softcore that was used by the Muppets and Benny Hill.
Ain’t No Good – Cake
Train in Vain – Annie Lennox
High Fidelity – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
A-Tisket A-Tasket – Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb And His Orchestra
Don’t Let’s Start – This Radiant Boy
Car Horns and Kentucky – Tom Waits
There She Goes Again – The Velvet Underground
Jump, Jive, An’ Wail – Louis Prima
Baby’s on Fire – Brian Eno
Straight To Hell – Chum
I Feel Fine – The Beatles
Sun Gazer – Hideout
Do You Remember the Riots? – Jens Lekman
Freedom for My People – U2
Hawaii 64 – ccc – ill chemist
Cool it Now (New Edition) – Len
Golden – My Morning Jacket
Zero Hour – The Plimsouls
The Long Grift – They Might Be Giants
Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
Bedsitter – Soft Cell
Cat’s Blues – Palace Music
Fight – The Kleptones
Staircase to the Soul – Weston Smith
Two Lives – Young Fresh Fellows
Persona – Instupendo
Shark Food – Starsailor
Lonely – Bebel Gilberto
My Funny Valentine – Ella Fitzgerald
clairaudients (kill or be killed) – Bright Eyes
No One Else Around – Orchid Mantis
True Romance – Vacation Forever
Blue Fire – Air Waves
Monkey Man – The Maytals
Nice To See You (feat. Floor Cry) – Vansire
A Warning – Thievery Corporation
I’m Not The One – Bye Beneco
Diferente – Gotan Project
Blackbird Chain – Beck
Riding On The Subway – Jesse Malin
Jefferson Starship – – Aug, 5, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial – I don’t care for commercials on the radio, but I love the occasional 40+ year old concert commercial.
the promise – The Cure
Beaten To The Punch – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Cowboy Junkies
You Wouldn’t Like Me – The Beths
Blind Love – Tom Waits
Upfield – Billy Bragg
Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing – The Magnetic Fields
I’m really good about finding reasons not to ride my bike. Rain, a cold, a thing for work that has to be done by the morning, whatever; if there’s a reason not to ride, I usually take it. And that’s dumb, because I love riding my bike. I love it so much that I set up a special blog just for recording when I ride. Now I’m trying to ride more, and I’m trying to put most of my online self here. So, bike posts get posted here and mixed into everything else. Whee!
Here’s today’s ride: short, hot, and slow. Just like me!
Tomorrow, riding gets more difficult. Daylight Saving Time ends, which means sunset shows up around five, and riding in the dark on Los Angeles streets can be spooky. And winter is coming, so cold and rain are on the way.
But I do plan to ride more at least until the next Ciclavia. It’s right by my old neighborhood, so I feel obligated to ride it (and ride to it). I hope it doesn’t rain.
The last post about The Hood Internet reminded me of another set of remix/collage records: Double Dee & Steinski’s “The Lessons.” There’s a detailed Wikipedia page about them, but the short version of their bio is that they made “Lesson One” for a Tommy Boy Records contest back in 1983. They won first prize, then recorded a couple more Lessons before moving to other careers. I thought that was it, but today I learned that they released the long-evolving “Lesson 4” last year. The bandcamp link for the EP with the track is below.
They aren’t afraid to use weird samples. “Lesson Three” includes snippets from “Hernando’s Hideaway” and Mars Needs Women. De La Soul must have been at least partially inspired by them.
The Hood Internet has created nostalgia mashups of 50 or so songs from each of the years from 1979 to 1983. If you are in your early to mid fifties you will either love the waves of nostalgia as you recognize each of the musical snippets of your youth, or you will hate the crazy pitch shifting that’s required to spot weld all of these songs into a reasonably cohesive song. If you are me, you will feel both of those things.
For me, 1983 resonates the most. Not coincidentally, 1983 was when I started my senior year of high school. Plus, it features a section that mixes The Pointer Sisters and Van Halen songs named “Jump.” That’s a bit of a cheat since Van Halen’s song actually came out in January of 1984, but it works well enough for me to accept the wibbly wobbly timey wimeyness.
Also worth checking out: 40 Years of Hip Hop.