28 September 2006

Oddio Just Made Searching for Sharity Easier

Vinyl Sharity v1 is a search engine I put together for finding specific artists, songs, releases and so forth on some favorite vinyl sharity websites. Searching blogs and feeds was easy, but I had no engine to search the websites like those in the Vinyl Sharity Network, such as Bellybongo, Podsville and the Vinyl Orphanage.

You can use Vinyl Sharity v1 to search online, and if you use the Firefox browser, you can even add it to your search engines on the toolbar! Yay!

Give it a try! If your favorites aren't in there, customize it or make your own!

[If your sharity site or blog did not appear in this search engine, please don't think it is beacause I don't love you. I only added 25 sites.]

I also created the Free and Legal Music search engine. Can you dig it, baby?

27 September 2006

Mark Harp Tribute CD

Our King of Peru

Mark Harp would have turned 50 in 2007. We lost a real musical talent far too soon. What do you think of a tribute CD of covers of Mark's music? Here's hoping folks who admired him and who worked with Mark will come together for this venture.

Listen to 3 hours of my favorite Mark Harp songs from his various bands

Enjoy 24 Hours of Mark's Music organized into free CDs

Then come back with a cover of YOUR favorite? Sounds like a cool early 2007 project, right? It would be freggin fantastic to turn new people on to Mark's works. Please post a comment here, if you are interested in this project, or send me an email. Thanks.

Clark Bars for everybody! xoxo,katya

Charles Magnante and Orch - Fiesta!

Yes, Land of 999 Dances is back! When I was updating his link the Sharity Living Rooms around the Globe page on Oddio Overplay, I checked out the other sharity sites, as well, to be sure that they are still sharing.

This fun Command release of classic space age pop accordian is still available from Goofspot. I loaded my copy, and did a little dance around the room. If this record makes someone new smile, then I will be so happy!

Thank you, Goof! This is old news to friends, but I lost a little over 4,000 records in a flood this summer. That included almost all the Command catalog I had collected over the years. This Charles Magnante recording was hard for me to find. Thanks again, Goof!

Charles Magnante and Orch - Fiesta

26 September 2006

Land of 999 Dances

The Land of 999 Dances returns! It feels like a family homecoming to welcome Lo999 back home into the online music community. He has been away for far too long. Welcome back, dear old friend.

15 September 2006

Ostrowski, Schepkin, Vogelschiess

Composers and performers currently in play here in the bungalow...

Cezary Ostrowski. Polish visual artist, electronica composer, sound designer and journalist, Creative Commons activist, initiator of the Creative Collective, one of the editors of ccMixter.org, founder of the legendary Polish avant-tronic music group Bexa Lala. [bio]

Cezary Ostrowski performs his instrumental opening piece to his opera Music For The Fish.

Sergey Schepkin. Russian-American pianist who has won great acclaim for his performances and recordings of J.S. Bach, and was hailed by The New York Times as "a formidable Bach pianist . . . [who] plays with the passion and drama of a young Glenn Gould."

His official site features Bach mp3s. Although predominantly a performer of the Romantics, Schepkin also delivers the Moderns and especially the mainstream modern Russians with exquisite skill.

Sergey Schepkin performs Andrew Bisset's Conglomerate Fragments for Solo Piano and Cultural Dis-Ease

Charles Graef/ Vogelscheiss. Composer of orchestral, piano and electronic pieces whose website hosts hours of his compositions for film, television, commercial purposes, software demonstrations. His electronic rendition of Saint-Saëns' "Aquarium" is so much fun!

Update: I must not forget composer Sergio Luque who is also in play at the bungalow.

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14 September 2006

Weirdomusic - Democassette

Weirdomusic - Democassette!!???

This morning, I woke up with the song "The Man with the Wooden Eyes" in my head. I couldn't remember who performed it. My sleepy head was rattling through all sorts of New Wave bands. Maybe it was the Urban Verbs, Ultravox, Chrome - who was it? So I did a search online and it turns out to be the awesome Marco Kalnenek, aka Weirdomusic, the brain behind WM Recordings, former project collaborator and one of my favorite people!

Here is his entire February 1990 Democassette!!??? release. I do not know whether this release predates his six years at the conservatory, but there are impressive keyboard segments here. I particularly like them towards the end of "Acid." I sure had fun revisiting this music. Enjoy!

Several tracks also appear on his A Piece of Weirdomusic History. These are the songs Marco contributed to weeks 26 of the fantastic 52 Weeks project from Splogman.com.

"Weirdomusic is the nom-de-plume of 35 year old Marco Kalnenek from Heerlen, the Netherlands. The name was first used for his 1992 cassette release Someweirdomusic and is now the name of Marco's website Weirdomusic.com and all related musical activities.

"Marco started playing the piano at age 9. His first band Foolish Behaviour was formed around 1982, when he started jamming and recording tapes with his pal "Deurie" (Marco Dörenberg) and assorted other friends. Hundreds of hours of music and other noises were recorded in the 12 years that followed. A few cassettes and cd-r's were privately released and a couple of tracks turned up on compilations made by other people.

"In 1994 Marco's interest in writing and recording music started to fade, mainly due to his bad experiences at the Conservatory of Music in Maastricht, where he studied jazz piano for 6 years between 1987 and 1993. Most of Weirdomusic's home recordings from 1982-1994 still survive [and are currently being transferred to archive.org].

"In 2001 two older recordings were remixed by Dutch musician Ton Rückert and Japanese dj Hideo Nakai for an as yet unreleased cd-compilation of Weirdomusic's work. Meanwhile Marco has been experimenting with pc based composing and recording. His first new recording in nearly 10 years was released on the Comfort Stand label in April 2004."

more info at the Weirdomusic Discography.

13 September 2006

Lea Nicholson - The Concertina Record

Lea Nicholson - The Concertina Record

"It was the early seventies and each evening after the Golden Lion pub closed, a number of people would repair back to Nick Kinseys house in Foxton Road, Hoddesdon in order to take drugs and if possible drink more alcohol. Background music would be anything from the then ultra cool Genesis to the Classical. A favourite was the Walter (now Wendy) Carlos "Switched-On Bach" recordings. It was always very clear to me in the drunken haze which so quickly dropped over the Foxton Road proceedings that something along these lines was a possibility for the concertina.

Thus it was that I managed to sober up sufficiently at the beginning of 1975 to make a start and what eventually became The Concertina Record grew out of those sessions.

In early 1976 I signed a deal with Virgin Records...."

download entire release

12 September 2006

Love Today

Some sounds to love today:

:: fantastic cover by Jonathan Coulton of little Justin's "Rock and Roll Boy" from Comfort Stand's PARTY FUN WITH RECORDERS

:: Jean Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman have a 10 minute mp3 talking about and playing selections from their new CD, Happy Electropop Music Machine, due out September 25th

:: squirrels, songs about and by these furry critters

:: Podsville, Bill puts together CDs of old vinyl, mostly space age pop, for his friends, then hosts the entire records on his site to share with the world. Great fun!

:: Clinger Sisters spotlight on Test Pattern radio show, serious bubblegum from Patrick who made those SUNSHINE POP LOVE CD collections

:: Why Fidelity?, podcasts by Senses Working Overtime [archives]

:: Beatlegs Podcasts, where I finally heard John Lennon's "Daddy's Little Boy" song in show 17

11 September 2006

Suspicious Cheese Lords 10th Anniversary Concert

The Suspicious Cheese Lords will be holding their 10th Anniversary Concert next Sunday, at which they will showcase works of the group's original composers (there have been four). My friend Gordon's most recent piece is included in the program, a setting he did last fall of a sonnet he wrote when he was about 19, "A rose beheld the sun from summer's wood."

The sonnet garnered praise from noted academics Lindsey Tucker and Zack Bowen when it was new. More recently Skip West, founder and president of the Suspicious Cheese Lords, compared it approvingly with the poetry of Rainer Marie Rilke. SCL premiered this piece last spring, but with little time to learn it confidently, and partly as a result the piece received the only pale note in an otherwise effusive review by a Washington Post music critic, who said it sounded "vague and unsure of itself." They aim to remedy that at next weekend's concert, so be sure to be there! I understand it is sounding great in rehearsal.

"Although the Lords specialize in music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, their repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to original compositions. From 1998 to 2006, the Cheese Lords served as the choir in residence for major services at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC. Additional service credits include the Cathedral of St. Matthew, Church of the Epiphany, the Church of the Holy Redeemer, and Georgetown University's Dahlgren Chapel. The ensemble assisted in developing 'An Evening at the Tabard Inn,' an event for the Smithsonian Institution's Resident Associates program in which the Cheese Lords provided music contemporary to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and related to the theme of pilgrimage. The Lords' other performance venues have included Washington National Cathedral, the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, the National Gallery of Art, Epiphany Catholic Church (Georgetown), The Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, Christ Church (La Plata, Md.), the Cathedral of St. Thomas More (Arlington, Va.), the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (Alexandria, Va.), Christendom College (Front Royal, Va.), and XM Satellite Radio's Live Performance Studio. Their concerts are regularly broadcast on the Vox channel of XM Satellite Radio." -- official website

This concert is in the Washington, DC metro area. Map, directions and further details here.

05 September 2006

Calling All Fiends

There is a new Halloween project brewing at Oddio Overplay. If you have a creepy tune, a ghost story or scary artwork, join the fun!

Here is some ghoulish audio to get you geared up for making monster music!

:: Martinibomb and the Coconut Monkeyrocket present Munster Beat!

:: Halloween Damage, an hour of cinematic music to awaken the fiend within you

:: Ghouls with Attitude, Otis Fodder's 2-CD Halloween fun

:: The fantabulous, marvelous, most excellent Scar Stuff

:: These Records Are BenT is sharing [via rabidshare] 10 out of print LPs already!

:: Jim Stark's Rock'N'Roll Radio
October 30, 2005 Rock'N'Roll Chainsaw Massacre
playlist [pop-ups warning], download show

:: Old Time Radio Horror Programs [embedded]

:: Fatty Jubbo treats at Cake and Polka Parade
1. The Halloween Sound of Horror
2. Mostly Ghostly
3. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Halloween Spooks
4. The Haunted House flexi
5. More Moaning & Screaming

:: Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

:: Mostly Ghostly Music Sharing Blaaahhhggg! [blog for next link]

:: Forbidden Crypts of Haunted Music [embedded]

:: Parade of the Damned at the WFMU Blog

:: Come Play with Us Danny, excellent reviews of classic horror flicks

UPDATE: Da Thing from Charm City writes...


And let us not forget:

:: Old Haunts
:: Haunted Vampire
:: Spook Shows
:: The Horror Blog
:: http://spinningspyder.typepad.com/schlocko/
:: Atom Films - Horror
:: Where the Monsters Go, The Horror Blog Update Page: the web's most comprehensive listing of horror blogs