Yeasayer Gets a Face Massage

I feel like I just watched someone else’s acid trip.


Psych Out With Les Momies De Palerme

Ooh, sparkly! And weird. More weird than sparkly, to be honest.

Suzanne Ciani, Pinball Wizard?

Here the TV series Omni follows New Age composer and electronic sound design maven Suzanne Ciani as she works on sound design for a pinball game. Fascinating but also inadvertently hilarious, thanks largely to announcer Peter Ustinov’s solemn pronouncements on the wonders of electricity and some obviously staged interactions between Ciani and guys from the pinball company. This is from 1981 or 1982.

BONUS! A rather silly segment from David Letterman’s short-lived morning show in 1980 featuring Ciani trying to explain how to make weird noises with her elaborate synth setup. I had totally forgotten that Letterman once had a morning show.


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.

Meredith Monk Time

This is seriously my favorite thing in the world right now. This is a part — well, two parts, I think — of a long piece of Monk’s called Dolmen Music, available on an album of the same name. A dolmen is a kind of neolithic tomb, so put this on your MP3 player the next time you visit one.

DJ Shadow sampled the cello from the album version of this piece for his song Midnight in a Perfect World. I don’t blame him. It’s a nice cello riff. But who’s going to have the guts to sample the nying nying nying nying no no no nying nying nying nying no no no bits?

Monk has a website and a Facebook page. Go “like” her on Facebook!

Yo Yo Dieting: Hiphop meets Throbbing Gristle


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.


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.


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.

At this very moment, Brigitte Fontaine sings “Comme à la radio.”

Here’s Comme à la radio, a strange and wonderful song by French actress and singer Brigitte Fontaine, Algerian musician Areski Belkacem, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, from 1969. For those who don’t speak French, the English version is below. The whole album, also called Comme à la radio, is amazing. More on it here.

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