Time to chill with some awesome music from The Kelly Family singing Agur Jaunak, one of the most famous and beloved Basque songs. You can also hear a very traditional version of this song on Alan Lomax's The Spanish Recordings: Basque country -- Biscay and Guipuzcoa
Check out some of the other vids from the same concert - especially Proud Mary. Look at the ginormous crowd, i think in Vienna before a crowd of 250,000. Hear those hairy, wild German/Irish/French/Basque/American hippies throw down. Like punk never happened. Just a smile.
Today i was watching the television news and All My Children ("Will Aidan's love be enough to save Greenlee?" With Father Clarence's annual appearance, could the outcome possibly be in doubt?). In an old TV tradition, shows do their complete crew and cast credits as close as possible to December 25th, often with a musical tag.
Check out this wonderful clip of the Monkees from their only Christmas episode. i actually knew the song they sing, Riu Chiu, and when i saw this air on December 25th, 1967, i went completely apeshit because they were doing a song in Spanish that i recognized. Link referred by TV Squad, where they go to great lengths to offer this as conclusive proof that these guys could sing. i didn't realize that was still debated, but many thanks for the carol, massive cast roundup, incense, peace signs and sparklers!
As you may know, i live in Ferndale, right up against Detroit. This town is hipsterville, queertown, and clubland all rolled into one, and it's really great! One of the amusements for aged, overweight former punks or hippies like me in the hood is observing the dance of obeisance the kids do trying to get past the doormen in front of the nightclub as we walk or motor by. The most exclusive and famous lounge is The Bosco, a small place with an understated footprint, internationally known as one of the best cocktail and music scenes in the country. Imagine my amusement when i found this gem, a new advertisment (probably more accurately, a buzz-maintenance video) called The Chain.
So cute, and i like the view of places i walk every week. While tracking this down on youTube, there were a few other clips from The Bosco, including this one, Thriller Girl, which is pretty hysterical. i've been watching this thing over and over again, and as much joy as it's given me, it makes me very glad they didn't have cell phones with cameras when i was 21!
You and i may never see the inside of The Bosco outside of these vids, but is you're curious about the famous music mix, there are two fine CDs of Bosco Prime Cuts available. They are very good, and often can be found at Record Time as well.
Actually, you can decide and vote on who would win a battle between a minotaur armed with a trident and a centaur armed with a crossbow on UGO.com. But it's more fun to watch the responses of 24 celebrity judges. i'm inclined to agree with Malcolm McDowell and Marc Singer myself. Thanks, Pop Candy Blog!
In case you don't read Boing Boing, or dig around on YouTube, here is the original video for Barnes & Barnes' Fish Heads, with Bill Paxton! i'm tripping because i found this right after watching tonight's wonderful episode of Big Love.
This is one of my all time favorite videos. There is one particular memory of this screened one night before an incredible Flipper show in Ann Arbor. Good times!
Today, October 3, is the International Day Against DRM (Digital Restrictions Management; that stuff that's crippling the legal CDs, DVDs and download you purchase). If you're unsure why DRM is a problem (or sure it isn't), take a look around DRM.info for a simple introduction, or The Electronic Frontier Foundation for the grand tour. For the lighter side, or to spread the word painlessly, find some videos here.