Via Casper (thanks Casper!), here’s an interesting 1997 BBC documentary on the life and times of Don Van Vliet, Captain Beefheart:
Check this painfully clear and accurate Flash-based presentation of the demographics of U.S. service members who have died in the Iraq war to date. These days I tend to avoid posting about “Operation
Iraqi Freedom We’re Not Winning So Let’s Send More Troops” but this really shows its dire consequences.
Spanish author Manolo de la Fuente writes in about his newly published book “Frank Zappa En El Infierno” (Frank Zappa In Hell):
It analyzes the role that Zappa developed as a political activist in the 80s. In those years, Zappa ran intensively against the conservative government of Ronald Reagan. […] Itâ€™s the first time that an analysis on Zappaâ€™s work is carried out in Spanish, and itâ€™s also the first time that a book deals with the links of his songs in American politics, a totally new topic even for the bibliography in English.
How this wonderful video got rejected by MTV I simply cannot fathom — The Penetrators, “Shopping Bag”:
… via KUR’s very own Thing-Fish, aka Jim Davies.
It’s called Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau:
The version of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, Land of My Fathers, was discovered on the end of a dusty eight-track tape which had languished for years in a forgotten tea chest in a north London recording studio. Experts believe the ear-rattling rendition may be Hendrix as the track appears on the end of a recording by a group which features a friend of his. He is believed to have been in London when the tape was made. And it does sound rather like him.
Joe Queenan’s A-Z of classical music: Q is for quirkiness, R is for Rite of Spring:
It is impossible to list the number of movie scores whose soundtracks are either influenced by or lifted from The Rite of Spring (only Gustav Holst’s The Planets is more routinely borrowed from), but let’s just say this: when that shark showed up in Jaws, Stravinsky helped him get there.
That’s sort of how I perceive much of Zappa’s music: a quirky, hyper-cinematic soundtrack to a movie that is being written by nothing more than your imagination. And with that profound statement out of the way, I think what we need now is giant rabbits.