Posts tagged music
Posts tagged music
Here’s a Japanese band I’m not especially familiar with, Cymbals, with “Show Business” off their 2000 album That’s Entertainment. It’s pretty neat, has some cool chords and such.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen the music video for this song before. Loving the extreme eightiesness happening here, and what is with these cameos.
For the first time ever, today on Nullary Sources we have a rerun. I’m reposting the music video for Ray Parker, Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” which was first posted here in 2011.
The event, of course, is that Ghostbusters co-star and co-writer Harold Ramis passed away yesterday. B.I.P. (bust in peace)
I was reading the Wikipedia article of Nullary Sources Tuesday mainstay Tommy Emmanuel, and I just learned that he and his brother Phil performed the song “Back on Terra Firma” during the closing ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. So, naturally, immediately after reading that I hopped on to the old YouTubes, and I found this video of the performance with an erroneous title card saying it’s from the opening ceremonies.
Check out the scariest bird imaginable at 1:46.
This is “TEMPEST,” the ending theme from Resident Evil: Director’s Cut Dual Shock Ver. This specific version of the game, a second release of the director’s cut remake, also included a new score by Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi. I’m an enormous fan of this piece of music, especially the part at 1:27 when the Resident Evil Big Band muscles in for a fifteen second performance.
Japan was rather stunned last week by Samuragochi’s admission that he’s been using a ghostwriter for almost twenty years. Martin Fackler reporting for The New York Times:
On Thursday, Japan learned that one of its most popular musical figures, Mamoru Samuragochi, 50, had staged an elaborate hoax in which someone else had secretly written his most famous compositions, and that he had perhaps even faked his hearing disability.
Across a nation long captivated by Western classical music, people reacted with remorse, outrage and even the rare threat of a lawsuit after Mr. Samuragochi’s revelations that he had hired a ghostwriter since the 1990s to compose most of his music. The anger turned to disbelief when the ghostwriter himself came forward to accuse Mr. Samuragochi of faking his deafness, apparently to win public sympathy and shape the Beethoven persona.
Takashi Niigaki, a composer and university lecturer who has conducted several pieces by Samuragochi, has come forth claiming to be the ghostwriter. His impetus to come clean now is that one of the pieces he wrote for Samuragochi, “Sonatina for Violin,” is the piece that figure skater Daisuke Takahashi will use for his short program at the Olympics. The Japanese Skating Federation will be stripping Samuragochi’s name from the program.
I somehow missed the news that Pete Seeger had passed away until last week Wednesday, a week after the usual day I post music here on Nullary Sources. so I waited until this week to make up for it.
Here’s Pete Seeger performing “This Land Is Your Land” at the We Are One inaugural concert for President Obama in 2009, along with Bruce Springsteen and Tao Rodriguéz-Seeger. The song is a personal favorite of both mine and Colin’s, especially as we dislike the song it was written as a response to, “God Bless America.”
A few things of note about this performance:
Today on the Nullary Sources Music Box is “Winter” by The Alpha Conspiracy (Andrew Sega) off the album Cipher.
This song is my personal highlight of his Alpha Conspiracy work. I especially love the last section at 2:59 when all the previous background layers collide, just to be a rich accompaniment to a surprise final verse.
Today’s video selection is a recording of the Commodore 64 demo “That Demo with the New Hubbard Tune" by Genesis Project. The demo is very simple and only really notable for the reason admitted in its title: it has a new song composed by Rob Hubbard and produced for the C64 by Max Hall. Hubbard is somewhat of a legend among Commodore 64 music aficionados, having composed some of the system’s best-known tunes, like the main theme from Monty on the Run and loader theme from Sanxion.
The song is the demo is an arrangement of “A New Frontier,” a song Hubbard has written for the upcoming film From Bedrooms to Billions. There’s a sample of the fully produced version of the song on the film’s site.
Three Songs by Leadbelly, the only other film known to exist of the great bluesman, was made ten years after the newsreel. The footage of Lead Belly performing was shot in 1945 by Blanding Sloan and Wah Mong Chang, and edited two decades later by Pete Seeger. The film begins with scenes of the graveyard in Mooringsport, Louisiana, where Lead Belly was buried after his death in 1949, accompanied by an instrumental version (with humming) of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” Lead Belly actually performed six songs for the film, but only three could be salvaged.
I always get sad whenever I learn about a musician and find out that no videos of them exist, only photos and audio recordings. Thankfully, that’s not the case here.
Colin’s and my new favorite internet joint is 70s sci-fi art, a frequently updated Tumblr of neato science fiction-y art type stuff. I’m currently trawling my way through the archives from the beginning and there are over 200 pages so this is going to take absolutely forever to get through.
This piece is “Fremde Zivilisation” (“alien civilization”), a work by Michael Böhme in his Spaceart collection.
Until last week, Colin had managed to live his entire life without knowing that Bruce Willis is a musician with his own band, the Accelerators. I searched for a video to show him, and this performance of “Devil Woman” was the first result.
Neither of us feel this is a particularly good song, but keep an eye of that guy in the white hat, shades, and red tie during the eight(!) minutes of this video. At 1:50, he starts playing a cowbell by striking it with a tambourine. At 2:50, he’s doing a menacing fist shake while holding a tambourine. At 5:50, Bruce Willis drops to his knees during a harmonica solo and the guy bends over and starts hitting the tambourine in Willis’s direction like he’s beating him into submission.
I have absolutely no idea who this dude is but he’s amazing.
Colin: He looks like coolpup crossed with Colonel Sanders
Colin: Coolnel Sanders