The Wolfgang Press Goes to Kansas

Well that was a little unnerving.

Jimmy Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy Jimmy

While we’re still talking Bappi Lahiri, here’s what’s probably his most famous song, Jimmy Jimmy Aaja, which of course MIA sampled (covered? recreated?) in her song Jimmy.

Speaking of Jimmies, here are The Undertones, doing their completely unrelated song “Jimmy Jimmy.”

The Meredith Monk Party Continues

Some more Meredith Monk. I posted this on Man Boobz the other day, in response to an MRA dodohead who was going on about how “female” composers — he put the word “female” in quotes — were all terribly conformist.

Are you ready? Are you ready for this?

Do you like it? Do you like it like this?

 

Acteurs mix up an 80s-style industrial stew

Probably not so good to listen to if you’ve got a pounding headache.

Low Sea, No Evil

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This is sort of my favorite song in the world right now. (Note: the worst dancer in the world, like worse than Elaine on Seinfeld, makes an appearance at 1:55.)

Fun fact: The band is not French, but Irish.

This song ain’t bad neither, and this is a real video and everything:

Yo Yo Dieting: Hiphop meets Throbbing Gristle

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I have been acquainting myself with the ouvre of one Pat Maher of Portland, apparently, who sometimes goes by the name of DJ Yo Yo Dieting or Expressway Yo Yo Dieting. As you’ll see, or rather hear, from the videos below, he makes music that basically sounds like chopped and screwed hiphop mixed with Throbbing Gristle.

Here’s how the Ducks Vs Satan blog described one of his releases:

In a genre that relies upon its lyrics it’s quite strange to hear hip hop where the vocals are completely indecipherable, and when combined with the beats becomes an oozy, gooey disorienting experience. Beats are stretched and the trite r n’ b interludes that commercial hip hop have relied upon for the last decade or so become nauseating and in fact it is like listening to hip hop when you’re sea sick.

That sounds about right.

This video, of a song done under the Dj Yo Yo Dieting moniker, features clips from Soul Train. I would really like to see people actually dancing to this music. I mean, besides myself.

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This one, with no dancing or anything but a static image, alas, features a song by Mr. Maher as Expressway Yo Yo Dieting, off his Bubblethug album.

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I kind of like what one YouTube commenter came up with to explain the peculiar title of this video:

i have no idea what any part of “expressway yo-yo dieting bubblethug” means but i imagine a chubby guy in a street gang that patrols the interstate and he’s always getting picked on by the other gangsters so he’s constantly dieting but has no self control so he stays fat, thus earning the disparaging nickname “bubblethug.”

Weirdly, that sounds about right, too.

O Yuki, You So Fine

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O Yuki Conjugate has been making music, off and on, in several different incarnations, since 1982, incorporating elements of industrial, ambient and techno/house music into their eclectic output. Here, a few tracks from different points in their career.

The first two tracks come from the group’s debut Scene in Mirage, originally released as an LP in 1984. The first is meloncholy but also sort of relentless; the second works in some dancey beats. We finish up title track off their Sunchemical CD from 1996.

Nothing happens in any of these videos — the visuals are just static images — so feel free to go make yourself a sandwich while listening to them. And maybe one for me as well, while you’re at it.

If you’re intrigued by all this, there’s a lot more O Yuki to be found on YouTube and an album up on Bandcamp as well.

Find out more about the group at their website and/or AllMusic.

Floating in Space With Sir Paul McCartney

Oh, Paul McCartney! Responsible for so much good (the Ram album, 1985, Jet), and so much evil (Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Ebony and Ivory, Wonderful Christmas Time). I’d put Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, his 1993 album released under the name The Fireman, in the former category. One of the most hypnotically repetitive albums you’ll ever hear, it’s basically one big set of remixes of the same ambient/house/techno song. It sounds a lot like The Orb — not surprisingly, since McCartney’s collaborator on the project was the producer Youth, who formerly worked with The Orb — and not much like McCartney. At least until you remember that McCartney, inspired by Stockhausen, was experimenting with tape loops back when he was in The Beatles. And then of course there’s the goofy electronic pop of his 1980 song   “Temporary Secretary,” using a relentlessly repetitive synth riff as a backing for some relentlessly creepy lyrics.

Put the album on repeat for the full effect.

McCartney recently released another album under the name The Fireman. Ignore it. It’s nothing like this one, and not terribly interesting.

Bird Singing Dubstep: The Next Gangnam Style?

Ok, so, yeah, it’s a bird singing dubstep. You might as well watch it now, because with six million views already after only a few days online it’s probably going to be the next Gangnam Style.

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