Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The ‘funky drummer’ has died

Clyde Stubblefield, drummer for soul and funk legend James Brown, wielded the sticks in 1970 on a largely instrumental tune called Funky Drummer, a solo from which would go on to be one of the most sampled bits of music ever. He has died at age 73.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on The ‘funky drummer’ has died

A 1970s Philly soul classic

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, 1975, Don’t Leave Me This Way (you could also think of this song as proto-disco):

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Fri, December 16 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on A 1970s Philly soul classic

Millions in punk memorabilia burnt in protest

Lede: “Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, burnt the items on the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols debut single.” That would have been today for Anarchy in the UK.

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Sat, November 26 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » 1 Comment

One cool retro music commercial

This is Apple’s 2007 ad for iTunes, back when it was just a music device: From Kevin Speicher.

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Fri, November 25 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on One cool retro music commercial

Punks then and now

This year, 2016, marks the 40th anniversary of punk rock in Britain. To commemorate the event, the Guardian found some people who lived a punk life then, and in some cases living quite bourgeois lives today, or are simply working folk (“Never mind the bus pass: Punks look back at their wildest days“). I’m mildly […]

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Sat, May 7 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Punks then and now

Merle Haggard: A giant of traditional country music dies

I’ve been weepy on and off all day since hearing the news that the great Merle Haggard no longer walks among us. He died at home Wednesday on his 79th birthday from complications due to pneumonia.

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Wed, April 6 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Merle Haggard: A giant of traditional country music dies

Lemmy’s dead

Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, bassist and vocalist for Motörhead and one of the seemingly indestructible figures of hard rock, has died at age 70. Two days earlier, he’d be diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. The amazing thing is why he wasn’t dead by 35. He lived a hard-rock life.

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Mon, December 28 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Lemmy’s dead

BBC Radio 1 listeners to hear ‘Fairytale of New York’ uncensored

The Pogues’ Christmas classic, Fairytale of New York, is laced with salty language — language that BBC managers decided was inappropriate for its listenership. But lo, there’s been a change of heart. The heavy hand of censorship is being lifted!

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Thu, December 3 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on BBC Radio 1 listeners to hear ‘Fairytale of New York’ uncensored

A splendid end to the glorious career of the Grateful Dead

  Formed in San Francisco in 1965, the Grateful Dead capped its 50-year performing career with its five-show Fare Thee Well tour, the last of which occurred Sunday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

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Mon, July 6 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on A splendid end to the glorious career of the Grateful Dead

‘Decline of Western Civilization’ films re-released

From the NYT (“Penelope Spheeris Reissues ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ Films“): The arrival of “The Decline of Western Civilization Collection” as a pristine extras-filled box set from Shout Factory this week is to budding punks what a new “Star Wars” movie is to, well, all the other kids: something they never thought they’d get to […]

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Sun, June 28 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ films re-released