Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Les Triplettes de Belleville - Film & OST

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Words cannot capture the delights of The Triplets of Belleville, an astonishing animated movie from the mind of French director Sylvain Chomet. In fact, there are only a few spoken sentences in the entire film; most of the soundtrack is a mix of squaks, barks, and the jazzy music of Benoit Charest. A bicyclist is kidnapped from the Tour de France by mysterious gangsters; his grandmother travels to the city of Belleville (which has a sardonic version of the Statu of Liberty in its harbor), where she tracks him down with the help of a musical trio gone to seed, the Belleville Triplets. This hand-drawn movie is unlike anything you’ll see from Disney; every scene mixes the silent comedy of Jacqus Tati and Buster Keaton–in which the world of objects subtly fights with living beings for mastery–and the bouncy hop of Betty Boop. Uniqu and mesmerizing. –Bret Fetzer

1. Sous Le Pont (1:51)
2. Belleville Rendez-Vous (Version Française Interprétée Par -M-) (3:09)
3. Générique D'ouverture (0:50)
4. Cabaret D'ouverture (3:11)
5. Tour De France (1:25)
6. Attila Marcel (2:20)
7. Thème Bruno (1:24)
8. Tout Doux Bruno (2:54)
9. Belleville Rendez-Vous (Maquette) (3:21)
10. Thème De La French Mafia (1:44)
11. Bach A La Jazz (1:18)
12. Cabaret Aspirateur (2:20)
13. La Jungle De Belleville (2:58)
14. Barbier " Cieco, Cieco " (1:46)
15. Pa Pa Pa Palavas (2:48)
16. Retour De La French Mafia (1:34)
17. Filiature (2:48)
18. Poursuite (6:24)
19. Belleville (Version Anglaise Interprétée Par -M-) (3:09)
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Parliament Funkadelic - Discography 1970 - 1980

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Osmium is the 1970 debut album by the funk band Parliament, led by George Clinton. The album has a psychedelic soul sound with a spirit of experimentation that is more similar to early Funkadelic than the later R&B-inspired Parliament albums.

The original vinyl release contained a glossy lyric sheet.

Since its re-release in 1990, Osmium has been distributed numerous times by various labels in the U.S., Europe and Japan, sometimes under alternative titles that have included Rhenium and First Thangs. A number of these reissues have featured material that was not included on the original album, such as unreleased tracks and singles that were recorded around the same time as Osmium.

The personnel for this album included the five Parliaments singers and the five backing musicians known as Funkadelic. The same personnel also recorded as Funkadelic, releasing that act's self-titled debut album also in 1970. After the release of Osmium, contractual difficulties prevented further recording under the name Parliament until 1974, when Clinton signed that act to Casablanca Records and positioned it as an R&B-inspired counterpoint to the more rock-oriented Funkadelic.

The yodeling that arguably uniquely identifies one of De La Soul's early hits, "Potholes In My Lawn" (which eventually appeared on De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising), comes from Osmium's "Little Old Country Boy".

1. "I Call My Baby Pussycat" (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel, Billy "Bass" Nelson) – 4:24 (released as a single-Invictus 9077 under the name "A Parliament Thang")
2. "Put Love in Your Life" (Clinton, Vivian Lewis) – 5:07
3. "Little Old Country Boy" (Ruth Copeland) – 3:58
4. "Moonshine Heather" (Clinton) – 4:05
5. "Oh Lord, Why Lord/Prayer" (Copeland, P. Trim, based on Pachelbel's Canon) – 5:00
6. "My Automobile" (Clinton, Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins) – 4:45
7. "There Is Nothing Before Me But Thang" (Clinton, Bobby Harris, Hazel, Bernie Worrell) – 3:56
8. "Funky Woman" (Clinton, Worrell) – 2:56
9. "Livin' the Life" (Clinton, Nelson, Worrell) – 5:57
10. "The Silent Boatman" (Copeland) – 5:45

parliament funkadelic, george clinton, down stroke, album
Up for the Down Stroke is a 1974 album by Parliament. It was the band's second album (following 1970's Osmium), and their first to be released on Casablanca Records. The album's title track was Parliament's first chart hit and remains one of the most well-known P-Funk songs. The album also contains a funk reworking of The Parliaments' song "(I Wanna) Testify" under the title "Testify".

1. "Up for the Down Stroke" – 5:10
2. "Testify" – 3:49
3. "The Goose" – 9:13
4. "I Can Move You (If You Let Me)" – 2:47
5. "I Just Got Back [From the Fantasy, Ahead of Our Time in the Four Lands of Ellet]" (P Chase) – 4:33
6. "All Your Goodies Are Gone" – 5:07
7. "Whatever Makes Baby Feel Good" – 6:01
8. "Presence of a Brain" – 3:19

parliament funkadelic, george clinton, chocolate city, album
Chocolate City is a 1975 album by the funk band Parliament. It has a theme of love of Washington, D.C., where the group was particularly popular. The album's cover includes images of the United States Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial in the form of a chocolate medallion, as well as sticker labeled "Washington DC".

1. "Chocolate City" – 5:37
2. "Ride On" – 3:34
3. "Together" – 4:07
4. "Side Effects" – 3:13
5. "What Comes Funky" – 2:23
6. "Let Me Be" – 5:37
7. "If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It)" – 2:07
8. "I Misjudged You" – 5:14
9. "Bigfootin'" – 4:50

parliament funkadelic, george clinton, mothership connection, album
Mothership Connection is the fourth album by American funk band Parliament, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). This concept album of P Funk mythology is usually rated as one of Parliament's best. Mothership Connection was the first P-funk album to feature Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, who had left The J.B.'s, James Brown's backing band. "Mothership Connection" became Parliament's first album to be certified gold and later platinum.

1. "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 7:41
2. "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 6:13
3. "Unfunky UFO" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/G. Shider) – 4:23
4. "Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell/G. Shider) – 5:03
5. "Handcuffs" (G. Clinton/G. Goins/McLaughlin) – 3:51
6. "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 5:46
7. "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/G. Shider) – 5:10

parliament funkadelic, george clinton, the clones of dr. funkenstein, album
The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein 1976 is an album by funk band Parliament, released in 1976. The album is notable for featuring horn arrangements by ex-James Brown band member, Fred Wesley. The album charted at #20 on the Billboard pop chart and became Parliament's second album to be certified gold. Two singles were released off the album, "Do That Stuff", which charted at #22, and "Dr. Funkenstein" which charted at #43.[1]

1. "Prelude" – 1:40
2. "Gamin' on Ya!" – 3:02
3. "Dr. Funkenstein" – 5:46
4. "Children of Productions" – 3:57
5. "Getten' to Know You" – 5:20
6. "Do That Stuff" – 4:47
7. "Everything is on the One" – 3:47
8. "I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)" – 6:01
9. "Funking for Fun" – 5:56

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet - Afro-Latin Soul Vol. 1 & 2 [1966]

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"This 1966 LP by Astatke (billed to Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet) isn't shaded by nearly as much African/Ethiopian influence as his later work, which was recorded between the late '60s and mid-'70s. As the title might lead you to believe, it is indeed more in the Latin soul-jazz bag than the later material, sometimes leaning toward the R&B-informed boogaloo sound of the mid-'60s. On his own compositions and arrangements (which comprise about half the LP), sometimes more exotic and African colors bubble closer to the surface, as on the eerie vibe parts he lays on 'Mascaram Setaba" [Source: AllMusicGuide]

Track Listing:
Vol. 1
1. I FARAM GAMI I FARAM (M. Astatke) 2:25
Pub. Ichabod Music Co.-BMI
2. MASCARAM SETEBA (Arr. M. Astatke) 1:47
Pub. Ichabod Music Co.-BMI
3. SHAGU (M. Astatke) 3:00
Pub. Ichabod Music Co.-BMI
4. ONE FOR BUZAYHEW (M. Astatke) 3:25
Pub. Ichabod Music Co.-BMI
5. ALONE IN THE CROWD (G. Snapper) 4:00
Pub. Ichabod Music Co.-BMI
Vol. 2
1. ALMAZ (M. Astatke) 2:50
Pub. Ichabod Music Co.-BMI
2. MULATU’S HIDEAWAY (M. Astatke) 2:40
Pub. Ichabod Music Co.-BMI
3. ASKUM (R. Houston) 2:04
Pub. Ichabod Music Co.-BMI
4. A KISS BEFORE DAWN (Snapper-Weiss) 3:15
Pub. Worthy Music Co.-ASCAP
5. PLAYBOY CHA-CHA (O. Garcia) 3:50
Pub. Ichabod Music Co.-BMI

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Ray Barretto - Acid [1968]

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Like the drug itself, Acid had a mind-expanding influence on everyone, allowing for a far more adventurous and eclectic edge to slip into New York's Latin music scene. A lot less psychedelic than its title and cover might lead you to believe, Acid remains one of the most far-out fusions of Latin and soul music ever conceived.

Catchy as hell, the records four original Latin/soul numbers ("Mercy, Mercy Baby", "The Soul Drummers", "A Deeper Shade of Soul" and "Teacher of Love") are obscure classics loaded with plenty of vintage '60s soul references—punchy James Brown and Stax Records sounding horns, thickly grooving bass lines, fat-back drums, and cliché soul catch-phrases such as "What I say," "Lord have mercy," "Come on, come on baby" and "Sock it to me!"

El Nuevo Barretto (The New Barretto)" opens the album on familiar ground, with its high-energy boogaloo-styled salsa sung passionately in Spanish. With the second track, "Mercy, Mercy Baby," the sound shifts dramatically as soul gets a serious drenching in hot sauce. The band chants "Mercy, Mercy Baby" behind Memphis-styled horns, catchy lyrics, timbales, and Barretto's kicking congas. The title track, "Acid," opens up sparsely with a lazy hypnotic bass and percussion groove over which stretches the muted trumpet sounds of Rene Lopez (who was soon to be drafted and shipped off to Vietnam). After a rock-steady timbales solo by Orestes Vilato, the band begins calling out "Barretto, Barretto," and master Ray steps forward, obliging them with one of his most fiery and intense conga solos ever. The lyrics on "The Soul Drummers" totally sums up the record: "Have you heard them cooking / The Soul Drummers / well they play so cool / Soul Drummers / so hard to resist / Soul Drummers / with the African twist."

The album's most psychedelic soul sounds can be heard on its closing track, the appropriately titled "Espiritu Libre (Free Spirit)." This instrumental opens with some pretty far out-there trumpet statements that sound as if they could've come straight off of Bitches Brew—pretty advanced stuff for a 1968 Latin record! The track builds into a full blown drum-heated jam flavored with odd rhythmic time-signatures, passionate brass, and feverish bass lines, bringing the album to a satisfying peak that leaves you in bad need of a smoke.

Acid turned on a lot of important players with its irresistible blending of Latin and soul music, significantly helping to bring about the rise of the Afro-Latin funk revolution. [Source: AAJ]

1. El Nuevo Barretto (Barretto) - 5:50
2. Mercy, Mercy, Baby (Barretto) - 2:44
3. Acid (Barretto) - 5:05
4. Deeper Shade of Soul (Barretto) - 2:46
5. Soul Drummers (Barretto) - 3:48
6. Sola Te Dejare (Barretto/Lopez) - 3:49
7. Teacher of Love (Barretto/Cruz) - 2:27
8. Espiritu Libre (Barretto) - 8:27

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Madvillain - Madvillainy

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MF Doom and Madlib combine forces on this modern classic of hip hop.

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J Dilla - Donuts

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The most loved producer in hip hop. He finished this album pretty much right before he died. If you haven't got this album, you need it. Now.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

John Frusciante - Complete Discography

Words can't fully describe how much I love John Frusciante. He's one of my favorite artists, and, with his new album The Empyrean on the way, I thought it'd be a good time to post his discography. If you don't have any of his albums, pick some up.

1994 - Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt

1997 - Smile from the Streets You Hold

1997 - Estrus (EP)

1997 - Live at The Viper Room

2001 - To Record Only Water for Ten Days

2001 - Live at Johnny Foley

2001 - From the Sounds Inside

2004 - Shadows Collide with People

2004 - The Will to Death

2004 - DC (Ep)

2004 - Inside of Emptiness

2004 - A Sphere in the Heart of Silence

2005 - Curtains

2004 - Automatic Writing

2007 - AW II


Also, check out his blog at

Orchestra Harlow - Electric Harlow

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Hot Salsa.

1. La Revolucion - Larry Harlow, Harlow, L.
2. Oiga Mi Guaguanco - Larry Harlow, DR [Composer]
3. Quein Lo Tumbe - Larry Harlow, Pacheco, J.
4. Guasasa - Larry Harlow, Harlow, Larry
5. Con Dulzura - Larry Harlow, Palmieri, Charlie
6. Donde Vas Chichi - Larry Harlow, DR [Composer]
7. Lo Que Quieras Hacher - Larry Harlow, Harlow, Larry
8. Tu Cosita Mami - Larry Harlow, Harlow, Larry

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Baden Powell - Canto on Guitar [1970]

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Recorded in 1970, Canto on Guitar is widely considered to be one of Baden Powell's best albums. The first track of the album is "Samba em Prelúdio," which is the album's only track with real lyrics (written by the poet Vinícius de Morães and sung here by Powell himself). The second track, "Três Temas da Fé Afro-Brasileira," is, as the title suggests, really three different compositions (they are even separated by pauses). The first of these three compositions is called "Pai" and would reappear on Powell's 1971 album Estudos. The two following are called "Filho" and "Espírito Santo." What all three themes have in common are their typical Afro-Brazilian percussion backing and rhythms. "Pai" also features a berimbau. On "Tributo a um Amigo," on the other hand, is an unaccompanied guitar solo played by Powell. "Qua Quara Qua Qua" is a samba/bossa co-written by the famous samba composer P.C. Pinheiro. The concluding track of the album is the beautiful "Cegos do Nordeste," with its slightly Arabic-sounding guitar play and delicate percussion backing. [Source: AMG]

Beautiful. One of my favorite albums.

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Agitation Free - Malesch (1972)

The debut album by Agitation Free followed a somewhat different path than your average Krautrock band, veering unexpectedly toward the Middle East, specifically Egypt, in search of atmosphere and material. Underneath the dueling guitars and spacy synth work, desert rhythms and taped sounds of dusky cities percolate, adding depth and spice to the otherwise smooth, Teutonic grooves. It's a tribute to the apparent sincerity of the band that the use of these motifs does not sound at all contrived, instead integrating quite well. The delicate, intricate percussion that concludes "Ala Tul," for instance, sounds as lively as anything by Steve Reich from around the same period. Tapes of street songs emerge surprisingly and effectively toward the end of the otherwise stately march "Khan El Khalili," providing a bridge to the Terry Riley-ish organ trills that begin the title track. "Malesch," like many of the tracks, spins off into a leisurely stroll, sounding unexpectedly close to some Grateful Dead jams. Even when it picks up pace, there's an unhurried quality that fits in nicely with the Saharan undertones of the album. Malesch is a solid, even inspired recording that stands somewhat apart from the usual clichés of the genre. Fans of German progressive rock from this period will certainly want to hear and enjoy it. [Source: AMG]

Lutz Ulbrich - guitars, zither, Hammond;
Jörg Schwenke - guitar;
Michael Hoenig - synthesizer, electronic devices, steel guitar;
Michael Günther - bass, tapes;
Burghard Rausch - drums, marimbaphone, vocals
Uli Popp - percussion;
Peter Michael Hamel - Hammond

1. You Play for Us Today — 6:08
2. Sahara City — 7:42
3. Ala Tul — 4:50
4. Pulse — 4:43
5. Khan el Khalili — 8:10
6. Malesch — 8:10
7. Rücksturz — 2:09

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sam Rivers - Crystals (1974)

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This is spiritual music in the most profound sense in that it attempts to breach the gyre between what has previously been said -- by Ellington, most notably -- what can be said, and the musically unspeakable. There is a massive centrifugal force at work in Rivers compositions here; and it pulls everything in, each dynamic stutter, legato phrase, ostinato whisper, and alteration in pitch in favor of what comes next. The swinging nature of these tunes refutes once and for all whether or not avant-garde music can be accessible -- -though it's true Sun Ra had already done that, but never to this extent. In sum, there are harsh moments here to be sure, but they are part of a greater and far more diverse musical universe, they are shards in the prism of the deep and burning soul that these six compositions offer so freely. Of the many recordings Rivers has done, this was the very first to showcase the full range of his many gifts. It is an underrated masterpiece and among the most rewarding and adventurous listening experiences in the history of jazz.
[Source: AMG]

Sam Rivers - Orchestra Rehearsal

1. Exultation
2. Tranquility
3. Postlude
4. Bursts
5. Orb
6. Earth Song

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Pussy Galore - Dial 'M' for Motherfucker (1989)

The title is certainly an attention-getter, but this may just be one of Pussy Galore's more listenable, downright likable releases. The songs are more substantial and the production cleaner (if far from slick). The combination of loud guitars, rattle-trap percussion, and growled/shouted vocals hasn't really changed, but there's more depth to the din. Granted, PG were still kicking out the jams sans bass (kind of like Beat Happening's evil twin) — but the sound is fuller, less tinny. The biggest change, however, is that the lyrics don't seem designed merely to offend. Sure, there's plenty of profanity flying around, but it's used more for spice than as the main ingredient. Spencer and crew seem more concerned about having a good time than pissing everybody off. If that means throwing a little funk into the mix, so be it. "Understand Me" and "Dick Johnson" are particularly successful attempts to bring some groove to the noise. Some of the other tracks fall into the filler category, but there are still more hits than misses. The end result is that "Dial 'M' for Motherfucker" sounds more like a blueprint for The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion than the PG of "Corpse Love", the useful collection of their hard-to-find 1985-86 material. The fact that Spencer handles most of the vocals, which were previously shared with Julia Cafritz — who would soon exit the band — only reinforces that impression. [Source: AMG]

Pussy Galore - Dick Johnson


Performer - Bob Bert, Jon Spencer, Julia Cafritz, Kurt Wolf, Neil Hagerty
Producer - Jon Spencer

Track Listing:

1. Understand Me (4:05)
2. SM 57 (2:03)
3. Kicked Out (3:55)
4. Solo = Sex (3:02)
5. Undertaker (2:36)
6. DWDA (4:21)
7. Dick Johnson (2:20)
8. 1 Hour Later (2:49)
9. Eat Me (2:01)
10. Waxhead (2:18)
11. Wait A Minute (2:53)
12. Evil Eye (3:05)
13. ADWD #2 (2:29)
14. Hang On (5:41)


Jimi Hendrix Experience - LIVE at Gothenburg, Sweden 1969 [Bootleg]

Jimi Hendrix - Lorensbergs Cirkus Gothenburg, Sweden January 8th, 1969
Includes Artwork

Here's a somewhat rare piece of history. Live recordings are the best. The live setting is dirty, raw, and it allows you to listen and see a band naked of any kind of polishing. To see a band live is to see them in their true form. I'm not a huge Hendrix fan but I acknowledge his supreme ability, soul, and technique on guitar and as a performer. You gotta love bootlegs. The audio isn't great, but it's good. If you want the experience what it's like to be at a Hendrix show, try this album out.

1. Intro
2. Voodoo Child
3. Foxey Lady
4. Red House
5. Sunshine Of Your Love
6. I Don't Live Today/Third Stone From The Sun
7. Hear My Train A Comin'
8. Spanish Castle Magic
9. Purple Haze
10. Star Spangled Banner

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Andrei Tarkovsky - Sculpting in Time (Ebook)

Taken from Wikipedia:

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky
(Russian: Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский) (April 4, 1932 - December 29, 1986) was a Soviet film director, writer and opera director.

Tarkovksy is listed among the 100 most critically acclaimed film directors; director Ingmar Bergman was quoted as saying "Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream".[1] Tarkovsky attained critical praise for films such as Andrei Rublev, Solaris and Stalker.

Andrei wrote a book published shortly before his death. The book contains theories, ideas, philosophy from the genius himself. It's not just a study of film, but of life, of art and of Tarkovsky and his films. If this sounds interesting, check the link at the bottom. Be sure to check his films out too, if you're into that sort of thing. :]

Excerpt from Sculpting in Time
"This book was taking shape all through my period of unemployment,
an interlude which I have now forcibly brought to an end by
changing my life; it is intended neither to teach people nor to
impose my point of view on them. Its main purpose is to help me to
find my way through the maze of possibilities contained in this
young and beautiful art form—still, in essence, so little explored—
in order to be able to find myself, fully and independently, within
Artistic creation, after all, is not subject to absolute laws, valid
from age to age; since it is related to the more general aim of mastery
of the world, it has an infinite number of facets, the vincula that
connect man with his vital activity; and even if the path towards
knowledge is unending, no step that takes man nearer to a full
understanding of the meaning of his existence can be too small to
The corpus of theory relating to cinema is still slight; the
clarification of even minor points can help to throw light on its basic
laws. This is what has prompted me to put forward a few of my own

Clip from Nostalghia (1983):


NEU! - NEU! (1972)

Neu! - Neu! (1972)

Legendary band. One of my favorite albums. Get it. Get it. Get it.

1. Hallogallo - 10:07 ("Hallmark")
2. Sonderangebot - 4:51 ("Special Offer")
3. Weissensee - 6:46 ("White Sea" or "White Lake")
4. Im Glück - 6:52 ("Lucky")
5. Negativland - 9:47 ("Negative Land")
6. Lieber Honig - 7:18 ("Dear Honey")!_(album)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008



I came across this video today and I thought it'd be a good time to talk about the jazzy fellow known as Sun Ra. I could write paragraphs about him, but that's what the internet is for. He plays jazz and he also likes space.

Atlantis (1967)

Space is the Place (1973)

Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy (1961)


Tuesday, November 25, 2008


A blog has happened.

Blog will be eclectic and many things will happen.

Just watch.