Reaching The Music Singularity

“Better keep it real –
Or whatever”

– Steely Dan, “Pixeleen”

Steely Dan quit touring in 1974, saying they hated it.  In 1993, they starting touring again, and now Donald Fagen is announcing a new tour at the age of 69. So, if they don’t like touring, why go back to Annandale, as it were? The Don tells the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall, unfortunately) –

When the bottom fell out of the record business a bunch of years ago, it deprived me of the luxury of earning a living from records. I don’t sell enough albums to cover the cost of recording them the way I like to. For me, touring is the only way to make a living.

Turns out The Dan is not the only band touring to make some cash. Guns ‘n’ Roses is hitting the circuit to make some pay as well. The fact that the band hasn’t released a new album since 2008 is no obstacle. Proving that a band does not need to be creating new stuff to make money.

Or even alive. Ronnie James Dio is going on tour despite being currently dead. A hologram of Dio will perform with a live band.

No word on whether Jem will be the opening act.

 

One awaits the inevitable “Steely Dead” tour.

H/T to Ace of Spades HQ and Quartz

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A palindromic date after a week of palindromic dates, and still a couple days to go. Next year it will happen for ten days in August.

‘Tis a fine blue sky on a Monday here. Which is a hopeless segue into the song “Blue Monday” by New Order. If you don’t know the song (and unless you’re under the age of 20, how couldn’t you? Did your parents hate good music?), give it a listen.

It was redone a few years later, sounding a bit different and released at “Blue Monday 88” (another palindromic number, if only just barely),* which also garnered much airplay.

Taking it to an ultra-blue level, Orkestra Obsolete has covered the song in retro style using only 1930s instruments.

Jazzy, in an art-deco-on-acid kind of way.

  • 1988, or “88,” is an unusual number, given that 1+9+8+8=26 and 2+6=8. And the 8s are sideways Infinity symbols. No, there’s no point to this information.

 

Saturday Night Studio Bonus – City Pop Summer Edition

80s City Pop for long hot days on the beach, skating down the boulevard under a blue sky, and driving into the sunset on an infinite highway…

City Pop Summer Edition just dropped. It is most excellent.

 

Playlist posted by Van Paugam. He’s done a number of other City Pop collections, give them a listen.

♪ Track List (with associated anime clips):
♪OFF SHORE – 角松敏生Toshiki Kadomatsu (0:00) Waves gif from Neon Genesis Evangelion followed by Maron from Dragon Ball Z”
♪土曜の夜はパラダイス – エポEPO (5:11) “?”
♪RIDE ON TIME – 山下達郎Tatsuro Yamashita (9:18) “City Hunter”
♪HIGHWAY OF THE SUN – パイパーPiper (14:46) “Creamy Mami”
♪Dancing Tonight – 国分友里恵Yurie Kokubo (19:06) “Akira”
♪Streets Are Hot – 藤原美穂Miho Fujiwara (22:04) “Megazone 23”
♪Paradise Island – 中原めいこMeiko Nakahara (25:50) “Bubblegum Crisis”
♪Sky High – 松原正樹Masaki Matsubara (30:37) “Dragon Ball Z”
♪TRANSIT IN SUMMER – 杉山清貴&オメガトライブKiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe (34:10) “?”
♪そよ風のエアメール – 石川秀美Hidemi Ishikawa (38:26)
♪DEAR BREEZE – 杉山清貴&オメガトライブKiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe (42:42) “?”
♪Summer Connection – 大貫妙子Taeko Onuki (46:35) “Cowboy Bebop”
♪あこがれのSundown – 桑名晴子Haruko Kuwana (51:00) “Sailor Moon”

Saturday Night Studio – Joe Jackson

So I saw a headline that said Joe Jackson is recovering from a car accident. Turns out it’s not the Joe Jackson I was thinking of, but rather, Michael Jackson’s dad.

Well, glad he’s ok and all that, but who cares? Of much greater interest is the pianist Joe Jackson.

He released his first single in 1978, titled “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” I’m sure every guy has been able to relate to that at least once in his life.

A fun live version from 1980 can be heard here.

When asked about the origins of the song, Jackson stated –

Now, that is just one of those songs that started with the title. I heard that phrase somewhere and I thought that could be a kind of funny song about gorgeous girls going out with monsters. It just started from there. It was just a funny song, or supposed to be funny. It was a great surprise to me when some people interpreted it as being angry.

The full interview is worth reading, and can be found here, which ranges from his tribute album to Duke Ellington to the pointlessness of restricting 16 oz. sodas.

Another well known Jackson song is “You Can’t Get What You Want (Til You Know What You Want) –

Rumor has it that he recorded the song because record contracts at the time stipulated every artist must record at lease one song with Rock Parentheses in the title.

Jackson was touring as recently as last year. This isn’t the best sound quality, but it’s still pretty good.

The first song of his I ever recall hearing back in the early 80s – and one of the earliest music videos I ever saw – was “Steppin’ Out,” which is undisputably a timeless classic. It was on the radio constantly back then. You can’t listen to this song and not want to go out for a night on the town in style. The video is absolutely pitch perfect, allowing anyone to see their story reflected in it.

In this age of sampled, looped, AutoTuned empty beats, not only doesn’t anyone make music like that anymore, I’m not sure anyone even tries.

What The Hell Did I Just Watch?

 

Attempted murder, at least. Vehicular assault and possible homicide at worst. No idea how the riders in the truck fared.

And this is one of the lesser examples of road rage found online.

Notice how the guy on the bike, who should have been crushed, crashed, or slammed, just sailed right through it all like a boss.

Literally Raping The Earth? [Kinda NSFW]

…I can’t even tell if this stuff is real anymore.

Now we just need a remixed Mickey Avalon song as the soundtrack. Yeah, that NSFW one.

My dick
The conceptual penis
My dick
Makes the Earth hot like Venus
My dick
Hypermasculine bragging
My dick
Environmental fragging

It’s time we let the world know
Problematic economic capital
Patriarchial power dynamics
Beats tooling around in a Prius

H/T to New Real Peer Review

Who Needs Drugs When You Have 4D?

Watch this to make your brain hurt…

I’ve been looking at stuff like that for the past hour or two. I think I need to lie down for a while.

Bill Nye, The Sex Junk Guy (No, Really)

“Give it up for DJ Seahorse!” – Bill Nye

Bill Nye the self-described Science Guy teamed up with Rachel Bloom to make a pro-LGBT music video about sexuality being a spectrum, titled “My Sex Junk.”

If you have to ask if it’s NSFW or not, then welcome to planet Earth, stranger.

To borrow some Science Terms from giants such as Newton, Einstein, and Winkler, this thing has not only accelerated to momentary escape velocity on a perpendicular axis in relation to the Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos, it’s looped around an 8-dimensional quantum Mobius Strip and inverted itself into a null version composed purely of hilaritons.

…it’s so bad its hilarious. I honestly cannot tell if this is for real or a joke.

Despite all of that, the most balls-out king hell maximoweird is seeing Bill Nye at a DJ booth getting jiggy with it. It’s like seeing a green-haired Lawrence Welk in a mosh pit.

4/20

It’s dangerous work, but somebody has to do it.

Daylight Savings Time Skips 480 Hours Straight To April 1st

And I thought April Fool’s Day was early (and insane) last year

So I was scrolling through Ace of Spades HQ and discovered the following –

Only feminist sources should be trusted for researching businesses. Because business sources are lying patriarchy.

Teenage British boys transgender “girls” unable to get dates with straight boys.

What makes it such a strong contender for the title is that it’s such a multi-layer cake of crazy:

1. British parents, schools, the medical profession are encouraging boys in their delusions rather than providing therapy.
2. The confused/mentally ill boys seem to be shocked at their lack of success with normal boys.
3. The BBC is actually making a series about all of this
4. …and portraying this festival of perversity as just another specie of teen angst. You know, like pimples, school pressures, or finding a prom date.

BONUS: You should use gender-neutral pronouns when talking to your pets. Because they could be transgender. I guess trans-species-ism hasn’t gotten glitzy enough for progressives to champion yet. Give it a week and they’ll be telling you that your cat identifies as a kangaroo.

Farting is a rape weapon –

unless a woman farts. Then it’s a tool against oppression.

Not yet sure how teenage transgender Brits farting is to be correctly viewed.

A little too ironic? Yeah, I really do think…Nancy Pelosi states “American People Have Right to Know What’s in Healthcare Bill Before It Passes”

Atomic mass 311? Well, today’s her day. Or maybe she just likes hip-hop reggae rock funk music

And taking the crazy cake, as it were…

Resurrecting dead people by using stem cells approved by US.

No, really.

Scientists are getting ethical permission from health watchdogs to resurrect dead people by using a combination of regeneration therapies. Starting this year, the groundbreaking Project Reanima will primarily use stem cells to stimulate the regrowth of neurons in clinically dead patients. Bioquark Inc., an American biotech company, is one of medical companies given the green light to conduct the trials on 20 brain dead patients from traumatic injuries.

Leading the team is Dr Himanshu Bansal, Indian specialist who works with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc,. The team will use a combination of therapies, which include injecting the brain with stem cells and a cocktail of peptides, as well as deploying lasers and nerve stimulation techniques.

Multi-layer cake of crazy, indeed.

I can’t tell if these are real or gags. Probably real, sadly.

Soundtrack for this post suggested by Nancy Pelosi, whom is was apparently written about –