Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Downstream (Swimmin)

The offerings this week are once again rich and right for free media on the web. Let us begin:

Mary Ellen Solt, Concrete Poetry: A World View (1968, Indiana University Press)
Mary Ellen Solt, née Bottom (b. July 8, 1920, Gilmore City, Iowa - d. June 21, 2007) was an American concrete poet. Her work, most notably poems in the shape of flowers such as Forsythia, Lilac, and Geranium, was collected in Flowers in Concrete (1966). With Willis Barnstone, she edited Concrete Poetry: A World View, which the New York Times said was "considered one of the major anthologies of the form". She married Leo Frank Solt, a historian. They both taught at Indiana University and she was director of the university's Polish Studies Center.

Grattons-labeur - Le bal des sorciers ,LP,1977.France
An early project of famous French folk singer Danielle Messia.Released privately in 1977 this lp,mixes traditional celtic folk with psychedelic and rock influences,all in a sad mystic mood.Excellent and much underrated.

Kawabata Makoto-Private Tapes 1-8,CDrs,1999-2003,Japan
The lead seer and sourcerer from the Acid Mothers Temple collective gives us a series of 8 cdrs released in very limited quantities (from 50 to 200) between 1999 and 2003.There are 2 more releases in this series (9 and 10),both still in print.The music is totaly spaced out electronic psychedelic improvisations.

Otto Preminger Skidoo (1968)
The infamous and almost mythical, bizarre, trippy, quasi-psychedelic, hippie, anti-establishment, counterculture, weirdo comedy movie. Starring an unbelievable cast which includes, amongst others: Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Groucho Marx (in his final movie starring role although not his last screen appearance), Alexandra Hay, Frankie Avalon, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Harry Nilsson (who also composed the soundtrack and sings the entire credits at the end of the film!), Richard Kiel, Slim Pickens, Mickey Rooney, Arnold Stang, George Raft, Peter Lawford, Michael Constantine and the brilliant Austin Pendleton.

TV FREE Burning Man
It started last week on the playa, the Burning Man Festival is the premier gathering for the heart and minds of the world that is possible. This is its television channel.

The Illuminiods
Some of the best mashups Ive heard for a long time. Thanks be to erik.

When I was about 15 years old my father gave me a copy of Really the Blues, the unrelaiable autobiography of 1920s jazz star Milton 'Mezz' Mezzrow. Not a parenting technique I would necessrily recomend, however it was like a new world opening up for me. Suddenly I became aware of something called 'Cool'. Just take a look at the opening dedication:

"To all the hipsters, hustlers and fly cats tipping along the Stroll. [Keep scuffling] To all the cons in all the houses of many slammers, wrastling with chinches. [Short time, boys] To all the junkies and lushheads in two-bit scratchpads, and the flophouse grads in morgue iceboxes. [R.I.P.] To the sweet talkers, the gumbeaters, the highjivers, out of the gallion for good and never going to take it low again. [You got to make it, daddy] To Bessie Smith, Jimmie Noone, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Zutty Singleton, Johnny Dodds, Sidney Bechet and Tommy Ladnier. [Grab a taste of millennium, gate]"

More on Mezz:

Milton "Mezz" Mezzrow was a white Jewish kid who was born in Chicago in 1899. In his late teens he discovered the jazz music that was being played around the south side of Chicago. Mezz fell in love with the sound of early jazz and with the excitement of the music scene. Chicago was a jazz center then, and Mezzrow heard many of the great pioneers of the music including Freddie Keppard, Joe Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Noone and many others. Soon he bought a clarinet and began trying to play like his heroes.

Here is a track by Mezz, Send in The Vipers taken from the fine audio blog Motel De Moka.

At last, I notice that Warren Ellis is listeing to Muslimgauze. here is some of the beats from the Mullah of Manchester; Muslimgauze

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