A stunner from Nilsson. Happy Hump-Day!
A stunner from Nilsson. Happy Hump-Day!
The Jimmy Kimmel show seems to write and produce more comedy bits than the average late night chat show and I have to post some of his classics.
Juvenile but funny as hell, Jimmy K never disappoints. Even during impeachment
and then there’s humpilades
I’m also a modern man in this streaming world – one who is online 24/7. I can’t resist the addictive power of youtube and I know you can’t either.
I’ve put a lot of work into our YouTube playlists. Curation is key.
If you are needing the streaming, tune into WFNK.com.
Rest In Peace Young Man, only 62, and gone already.
7 months after losing Bernie Worrell. Then there’s Bowie. Prince. Wow what a run of bad news for music lovers worldwide.
I have been one of Junie’s biggest fans since the day I was born. I was coming into the world as he was leaving the Ohio Players and his music is part of the soundtrack of my life.
All kinds of genius and inspiration coming out of this man.
I can’t summarize my feelings at this point so I’ll let others go through their own rediscovery of him for your benefit:
Ohio Players and P-Funk legend Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison dies aged 62. The multi-talented musician was the driving force behind some of the biggest hits of 70s funk – and an inspiration to scores of hip-hop artists
Go buy some Junie Morrison music now. Stream some of his greatest jams. Celebrate one of our finest funk musicians. Look below for our exclusive Junie Playlist.
(Not Just) Knee Deep • One Nation Under A Groove • Why • Funky Worm • Super Spirit • Suzie Thundertussy • Bread Alone • Paint Me • Because I Do ••• the list will go on forever, so many amazing tracks.
This Youtube playlist is so stocked full of Junie goodness it’s just amazing!
Praise Walter Junie Morrison, you will be missed.
I’m so sad I was never able to meet you. You are a constant inspiration to me.
This track was originally composed with a drum machine on overdrive. Great programming.
Look at this bad mother rocking it out on drums. Stick around for the end!
When I grow up I’m going to be a famous music producer.
That didn’t happen, but lord knows I tried.
What about you?
Try, try again. Make it happen. Make it so.
Enjoy some 2merica, relevant as ever in this idiotic times.
Get a tissue you will need it soon
12 million views and counting, great song, don’t sleep!
This is how you used to find real underground stuff — random unmarked reels of tape!
Enjoy their find.
Share and add videos if they fit:
The legend Joe Walsh with his mid-70’s swag
This song is what I feel about my country right now, as the crazies take over.
Count Basie and his boys live in 1958. Dat’s how you do it!
Great band from the 80’s-90’s – Faith No More. This was the debut track from their biggest selling LP:
Been wondering lately
Take da funk off
you can’t trump the funk
The year was 1994.
Music was as popular as ever, with rock bands like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins, pop artists like Ace of Base and Mariah Carey, and soul artists like Boyz II Men and Janet Jackson selling millions of albums.
The music industry was healthy and investing in new artists. Thousands of people were employed to record, catalog, distribute, market, and keep the books for successful recording artists.
Music could be consumed on multiple formats and most people had a mixed bag for their own collection: analog vinyl LP’s and cassettes along with digital CD’s.
Other physical formats existed like reel-to-reel and LaserDisc but were tiny markets. DAT and DSD were still years away.
File-only digital had just begun with the WAV format being released in 1991, but a CD held more data than most hard drives.
In the tech world a trend was accelerating that would forever change the music industry: hard drive price per megabyte:
1988 – $16
1989 – $12
1990 – $9
1991 – $7
1992 – $4
1992 – $2
1993 – $0.95
1994 – $0.81
1995 – $0.68
1996 – $0.21
1 CD worth of drive space would have cost $10k in 1988!
By 1994 it was $526. By 1996 you would have spent around $135 for 650mb of HD space.
But the 650mb CD cost pennies to manufacture and sold at retail for $20. Plus they were proving to be pretty durable and CD-R’s were coming down in price. CD was the digital format of necessity unless and until something drastically changed with either the bandwidth needed or bandwidth available.
Don’t forget: bandwidth = moving storage. aka Storage = static bandwidth.
So the same software engineers who came up with lossy JPG image compression were called upon to investigate audio and video compression. Their goal – to get the file size small enough for 1990’s bandwidth.
For music testing they used contemporary music (Suzanne Vega) and developed what they called perceptual coding.
Perceptual coding targeted all the parts of mixed music that were open to perception beyond the main focus of the song (melody and beat): things like transients, pan/placement, room and soundstage size, timbre of instruments, blending of sounds, that type of thing.
These audible cues are all present in mixed music but are unmeasurable. They are all nearly impossible to explain and communicate verbally or through written language.
You may know it when you hear it, but it’s not possible to explain further in a controlled, consistent, scientific way. No matter how descriptive you are, the next person will use completely different terms.
This listener confusion and lack of terminology made the engineers jobs far easier. They found that they could remove nearly 90% of the audio data before testers consistently identified a difference using their flawed testing methods.
This gave them the green light they needed. The MP3 specification was published and started to catch on. A 50mb WAV file was now a 5mb MP3 file and life was good!
It was true – at first listen, they almost sounded like the original. It took a more critical listen, or repeated listens, to pick out the degradation, and over time many came to hate the MP3 sound. Casual listeners didn’t care as much, but professionals, musicians, and audiophile-types rejected MP3 as lossy.
Sound quality was secondary though. Finally computers could play near-full quality music! Digital file-based convenience had arrived.
Finally modems and networks could send the files around! Finally bootlegging was convenient!
MP3 was quite popular in it’s time. Nearly every device made could play MP3 files, including phone’s, video games, TV’s, and wireless speakers.
But MP3 had no artwork beyond a tiny cover. No lyrics. No credits. No booklet. No shout outs. Nothing to attach to. It was highly bootlegged and for some time, recorded music lost all value.
It also required almost no people to distribute or sell. Nothing to sell & nothing to move = nothing to promote. Nothing to invest in.
Bootlegging ran rampant and the music industry practically folded. Most musicians stopped making money from their music.
Limping along, MP3 got one quality improvement in 2009 (aac), but it wasn’t going to help much. By 2014 streaming was stealing the download market.
Streaming takes everything bad about MP3’s and extends it to the rental model.
Now you own nothing. You just pay a subscription to hear degraded versions of your favorite songs in between commercials. Don’t pay up? No music for you.
The current streaming business model is unsustainable for both the license holders and the license purchasers, but in this post-fact world it really doesn’t matter. Quality has been trumped.
Lossless formats like FLAC, around for years, finally took off around 2016, giving critical listeners an open format to rally around. Buying hi-res music from sites like HDTracks ProStudioMasters was a thing again. Hi-res hi-fi DAP’s finally emerged in many markets. 24bit FLAC continues to offer higher-resolution files with no DRM.
Bandwidth/storage is now available. I have 60+ full lossless albums on a card the size of my pinky nail. I have the bandwidth into the house to stream 24bit audio, if anyone offered it.
One can only hope that the MP3 era is the last time we accept such a massive downgrade in quality.
The PonoPlayer got it right, whether they survive as a business or not.
There is a right way and a quick way to build a digital audio playback circuit.
The following information comes from Charlie Hansen, the designer of the Pono audio chain, and the excellent review by Tyll Hertsens. I’m putting it into it’s own post so other audio device builders get inspired.
“NOBODY builds portable players that are fully-discrete, fully-balanced, and zero-feedback. This all makes a huge difference.”
— Charlie Hanson of Ayre Audio
That’s what happens after the DAC, in the analog stage.
Regarding the file quality and DAC behavior before the analog stage, we have more details from Charlie:
In the case of the Ayre QA-9 A/D converter, the anti-aliasing filters have zero ringing or time smear for double and quad sample rates. (Only one cycle of ringing for single rates — something has to give somewhere…)
When Ayre designed the PonoPlayer’s audio circuitry, we held back nothing.
We gave it everything that could fit within the constraints of the budget, physical space, and battery life.
Every single secret we discovered went into the PonoPlayer. The digital filter is taken directly from our own products.
Early Blind Melon featuring the ghostly vocals of Shannon Hoon.
Greatness. I thought it was simply because I was a teen in the 80’s that I still managed to enjoy those movies, but I’ve found that people of all ages seem to gravitate towards them.
Better Off Dead
Revenge of the Nerds
The Breakfast Club
I’m sure I’ve missed plenty but those are my favorites off the top of my head. What about you?
Interesting take over on RealHDAudio taking shots at a music producer.
I read and replied to his post but it’s not publishing over there, so here is:
Timing, timbre, and room sound.
Timing, timbre, and room sound.
Timing, timbre, and room sound.
These are things that you can’t scope or measure or chart. These are the basic building blocks of music.
This is why record producers, mastering engineers, and artists with a good ear are the experts here.
They are the only ones who understand mixed music. Not test tones. Not frequencies alone and isolated. Every bit of music is a complex stew of multiple tones, some heard, some hinted, some masked, some over/under ringing.
If the people in the studio that did the session say the 16/44 version sounds the best, then it does. If they prefer the 24/88 or 24/192 versions, they are the best. Creators privilege. Only they heard it as it was being made, aka what it originally came from. (They can all be different mixes of the song too, they don’t have to tell us that.)
The rest of us just take it for granted and enjoy it. Unless you are making the mix, or making the original sound being mixed, you are a secondary expert.
Mixed music is a tremendously complex collection of tones, all affecting each other, all containing critical timing, timbre, and layers upon layers of complex sound.
That’s why it’s so powerful. The power of music is ignored in these scientific discussions. If the 16/44 version moves you emotionally, that’s good. If the 24bit version does it more so, it’s a better version. Whichever packs the most in it is the best.
Even for sparse music, acoustic music, whatever…. more data = more sound = more vibration = more enjoyment. It’s simple.
I do think there’s a limit though. I hear some advantage at 24/192 on very good rigs but it does not make 24/88 or 24/92 sound degraded.
The pointless 16/44 is the degradation that we need to remove.
Which is music?
or the audio track in this?
Great classic jam from The Ohio Players
varee is love
from the OhioFUNGK playlist!
i know that a man ain’t supposed to cry but i can’t dry these tears from my eye…
The brat inside all of us.
I mean goddamn, listen to this lady who’s modified her ancient Japanese instrument to play modern tunes through an amplifier. Pretty cool. What an amazing sound, somewhere between a guitar and a harp.
Shout to Squagles! Square Bagles!
The iPhone won’t make it to the future. Sure it’s Apple’s cash cow right now but I see it going away in importance over the next couple of years.
Think about Apple current main product categories:
All of those work together in the apple ecosystem. Assuming you have them hooked into your Apple account, they all work together, and can handoff all sorts of tasks between them. They continue to add iCloud features that make the lines blur more.
#2, 3, and 4 above will be the focus over the next 5 years. The smartphone will continue to become less important in the mix. Several factors are leading to this.
I see the mobile phone of the future going back to what it was originally used for in the 90’s – safety and vanity.
Safety is for the kids, the travelers, the person needing a lifeline no matter where they wander or work. The rest of us are on wifi 95% of our day and don’t need a cell radio at all.
Vanity is for the rich, the teens, the geeks, to impress us with an I don’t need wifi stance.
Perhaps security can be in here too, but it’s really hard to predict the future there. I can imagine a private cell network being more secure than a public wifi spot but there are many variables there.
We will all have tablets for the next 50 years, but the tiny pocket tablet is going away in importance soon. The wearable watch or badge or wallet will contain our cell radio (if needed at all) and all of the other devices already have wifi and location awareness.
Screen size is critical here. Walls will be screens wherever you can project onto them, so perhaps the iPhone has a future life as a pocket projector?
I guess it comes down to the iPin. This baby will have all of the iPhone’s location and connectivity features without that tiny glass screen in your pocket. If it can’t project to or take over screens in your vicinity then it will operate with voice or hand gestures.
I better get to go on a star ship. Maybe that’s why Apple cancelled the car project…?
[Squagles starts at 3:24]
Great performance from the BBC big band directed by Lalo Schifrin, one of my favorite 20th century composers. This guy has written some amazing soundtrack music over the years — Dirty Harry, Bullitt, Mission:Impossible… just to name a few.
Big bands are pretty amazing, especially in person. The power and precision is addictive and you just feel good watching a big band work through their numbers.
If your town offers anything like this, I recommend checking it out. Scrub up, put on a nice suit, grab your lady, and take her out for some drinks in style.
One of the baddest underground funk bands ever was SUN, live from Dayton, featuring a hint of all of the greats rolled into a sound all their own.
The vocals were amazing, the band was TIGHT, they could swing, they had latin flavor, they could throw down with horns or without… I mean, they are true legends with very little fanfare.
Check out some outstanding Sun selections in the OhioFungk playlist:
We are D E V O
Filmed in northeast ohio, here’s early De-evolution doing that thing in 7/8
300 tracks and counting….. ALL OHIO FUNK youtube playlist
curated by ezraz the enfunklopedia
to lock you on the 1
and cool you out in these stressful times
Works nice in shuffle mode.
Liveness from the Menomena boys, so cool
I missed this when posted… the Ohio Players as funky as ever after all these years!
This is Live in Atlanta 2013 featuring Diamond, Billy!, Chet, Darwin, and Kuumba! That’s a classic lineup and they are on point and bringing the real Ohio funk to this rainy southern night.
Great video work as he checks out every angle available.
The baddest playlist around….. All OHIO, All FUNGK, ALL ON THE ONE
Ohio Players, Sun, Slave, Bootsy, Heatwave, Dayton, The Isley’s, Junie Morrison, Zapp, Aurra, Faze-O, Lakeside, Overnight Low, Dazz Band…. if it came from Ohio we will play it.
Give in to the addiction that is youtube…. give in with Pure Ohio Fungk!
I see that Skin Tight cover and I’m going to raise you… Let’s Love
Here’s a nice groove by The Brooks bringing some Ohio Players to the Montreal jazz scene.
Oh My W is retro already?
Check out how weird it feels to watch Ferrell’s W comment on current events:
It’s hard to believe that David Robert Jones, aka David Bowie’s surprising death is already 10 months ago.
Days before he passed he promoted a strange tangle of an album called Blackstar, complete with a new band, a new sound, and an ominous video about dying.
Then he died. I couldn’t listen to the album even though I was fascinated by it’s story.
Our hero knew he had a fatal illness but shared it with almost no one. He hunted the New York nights for inspiration, finding it in Donny McCaslin, the saxophonist that Bowie always wanted to be. McCaslin had a progressive jazz combo that Bowie caught one night and immediately set up a meeting.
Walking into this jazz band’s practice space, Bowie opened up his notebook and proceeded to free jam song ideas and melodies with this band of guys he had never played with, much less met before!
It was all recorded, and it was so magical that it was almost released as the album! Can you imagine, the ultimate improv?
But business and engineering interests prevailed so they set up recording sessions to properly render their ideas.
Like his previous album The Next Day, this was a secretive project. The result was completed and shipped as Blackstar just two days before he met his demise.
And it has sat on my Pono in hi-resolution for 10 months now.
Too painful to press play and accept that this was Bowie composing very concisely about his pending demise.
I say go for it. I did.
It was amazing. His whole career, his whole artistic essence, facing the end and needing to channel this into music. It’s utterly devastating.
He can do anything. Accepting his ultimate fear leaves him fearless.
This might be his best album ever. I shit you not. It has no hits or singles. Nothing fashionable. Nothing I can scream out to you in small pieces.
It only is the most perfectly sad moment of music I’ve heard in quite some time.
Enjoy this great short set from late 80’s TV featuring Miles Davis and his smoking band: Kenny Garrett, Joe “Foley” McCreary, Adam Holzman, Marcus Miller, Ricky Wellman and Don Alias, with special guest host David Sanborn. It don’t get much better than this!
Great DJ, someone that I have been rocking for years, it’s Kid Koala – giving you magic with 2 or 3 turntables:
Damn, new Metallica is smoking. Time has been kind to these dudes. With all the crap rock fakers out there these guys just blow the competition away, even as they grey out. Good for them. I have become much more of a fan over the years.
Basehead was a glorious thing back in the day – the most indescribable band in era of genre mashing. Basehead was an outfit somewhere between hip-hop and country-western, and believe it or not that blend has aged well due to the good writing and consistent performances throughout.
Leader Michael Ivey sing-raps in a slow drawl about the blues in life – women, friends, drinking beer – as the band glides through the changes on mostly acoustic instruments. Many songs build to a slow-boil, balancing tension and melancholy in his pleadings, fully aware that they are breaking new stylistic ground.
They did 2 great albums in the 90’s – Play With Toys and Not In Kansas Anymore, then dropped out for a while. Ivey did manage another hard to find album after renaming the outfit DC Basehead but to my ears some of the initial magic was gone.
Here’s one of the many great tracks from their debut:
Looks like they reformed with some original members for a 2007 album called Rockalyptic Music under the name Basehead 2.0. The samples sound pretty good, I might have to pick that up.
She’s just the girl u want.
Here’s a 12 year old ripping Bat Out of Hell on the piano, from memory. Rock on children, rock on.
Great composition from Jim Steinman and Meatloaf.
Daryl Hall has reworked his show Live from Daryl’s House and it’s still one of the best music shows going. Originally set in a barn on his rural property, it was a jam session sleepover recorded for our entertainment. He brought all sorts of artists out to the barn – indie and legends – and they would jam on a few songs, hang out, and generally just celebrate the awesomeness of great live music.
It’s now in a club-like setting up the road, featuring more space and better sound and still without a crowd. The end result feels a bit more like a throwback recording session than a jam session.
Which is awesome, of course.
The sound is perfect and there’s a little more space to stretch out and get more camera angles. It feels as though the musicians present the songs better than in the barn, perhaps because it’s more obviously a TV show and recording session. The barn was charming but had a private rehearsal feel.
I’ve watched several of the 2016 episodes now and the highlight has to be The O’Jays. They are funny, have a monstrous catalog, and of course Daryl is such a disciple of the O’Jays sound that it all fits perfectly.
Here’s the younger model of TRUMP! speaking the new coded nonsense word salad.
About 2 minutes in he starts flailing as the local reporter asks about the scam Trump Foundation, the scam Trump University, and the countless other scams probably hiding in plain site in his dad’s tax returns. Junior has probably never been questioned like this in his life. I bet people shudder thinking about a pissed off junior controlling their future.
He seems familiar. I’ve heard this level of rich guy idiocy before.
And who can forget his modern viewpoints on race:
Forgot to post this one from last month — thank you Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon for recreating this moment of MTV history:
There are moments when things change in music. Something new is done. The future is revealed.
The 1980’s were about fusion. Not the pop and art fusion of the 60’s, or the jazz and rock fusion of the 70’s, but a new tension between technology and humanity.
Synthesizers were smaller and becoming digital, which would bring their price down drastically. Electronic drums were available. Digital effects units could bend signal in new ways.
Hip-hop was on the forefront of this tension because of technology. First the mixing board with crossfaders and mutes, then the sampler and drum machine. These were new technologies that the masses used to make a new style of music, a cutup of old and new.
The late 80’s project Tackhead was fearless. It brought together sampling, looping, hip-hop, and live playing like no one before. Since then several have moved into this direction, including my crew with 2MERICA, the amazing Headtronics project with Freekbass, and others.
Taking the stage with instruments and gadgets and building something relevant that night is a small but growing art form. In some ways these guys started it all. Awesome stuff.
Wimbish is currently touring the states with Living Colour.
Have a great weekend with the classic speaker rattler from The D.O.C.:
This is the theme song to an amazing polish movie called Prawo i Piesc, translated The Blood & The Fist. If you can find it it’s a hell of a flick.
then fade away….
My rock band ROAMING CRAZY burned out before finishing a whole album, but the 3 songs we knocked out are rock hard and worthy of fondling your eardrums daily.
They will soon be released in EP form, in MP3, CD, and Hi-Res!
great 1974 sunny performance from the original Black Sabbath lineup:
Black the Sky
Great version of this song from the legendary Curtis Mayfield:
A – America is failing, big time. We used to be great but not anymore. We don’t win anymore. We are being passed up by every other country (not that I follow them) and we just let illegal immigrants run roughshod over our country. So-called refugees are just closet muslim terrorists.
B – America is great — flawed, complicated, but great and facing our future challenges. Our strength is our diversity, our freedom as guaranteed in the constitution and the bill of rights, and our democracy. Americans excel in every area they compete in, and we are able to band together and team up better than other countries of similar size.
Which narrative do the Olympics fit?
Final medal count, Rio 2016:
United States – 121 total, 46 gold
Britain – 67 total, 27 gold
China – 70 total, 26 gold
Russia – 56 total, 19 gold
Germany – 42 total, 17 gold
No surprise, B represents the olympic ideal. A is Trumpism.
So what does Trump think about the Olympics? Not much. No comment. Nothing to say. No congratulations, no commentary at all from the motormouth.
11 years ago, Me and My Friends made some of music. Well we had been making it for years but we finally released something in 2005.
The magic of the internet allows it to still be available. This was the 1st 2MERICA LP, followed up by Sensors&Switches&Buttons in 2007, and the Mass Entertainment EP in 2012. The 3rd and 4th are both in production. 2MERICA is EVERYWHERE U R.
You’re so U G L Y!
Awesome clip of early late night show with Fishbone taking over.
Eddie and the Pearl Jam boys are still rockin in the free world, and have added a new cover to their repertoire. In case anyone is still trippin balls!
Don John will drop out, call the election rigged, and launch his own TV network.
I’ve been posting this for months on various comment boards, and with my prediction record for Trump at about 15-1 I’m feeling good about this one.
What will be on TrumpTV? I’m sure there will be plenty of commercials for Trump products — cufflinks, steaks, board games, wine, ties, modeling schools, get rich seminars, penis enlargement, women’s shoes, etc..
There will also be many commercials for Trump University (since renamed) and plenty of shots of his properties. Wrestlers leg syndrome. Apple Pie in Golden Pans!
I expect some sort of news element, outdoing Fox News with more sexism, more sex, and more utterly retarded points of view.
Rumors are circulating that he could buy Oprah’s struggling network, or some other existing media company and just do what he always does – rebrand.
See, Don hasn’t built anything from scratch since the 80’s unless it’s a pyramid scheme or infomercial.
The new TRUMPTV™ might even have it’s own version of The Apprentice, regardless if NBC sues. Don doesn’t mind being sued, or suing. This man has 3500 active lawsuits!
The scary man with the short fingers does not want to be president. No 70 year old billionaire should want to be president.
Prez is alot of hard work and compromise and representing all of america, not just the parts you agree with.
Update – here’s Penn Jillette talking about Donald and his reality show:
so Let It Whip!