Archive for December, 2009

31
Dec
09

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: The Bird And The Bee… Best Records Of 2009

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The Bird And The Bee


Just before the clock strikes and propels us into 2010 I remembered to wrap up my best records list with The Bird And The Bee!

On their 14 song, Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future, Los Angeles duo, The Bird and The Bee, mix equal concoctions of 60’s spy movie soundtrack and glitzy cool post-millenia production.

The record is perfect to start your day off slowly as the tunes carry you away in a gentle whisk off your feet. It’s perfect background music too since it is fun but not too overpowering and energetic.

Since YouTube has clearly started a partnership with EMI and Universal Music Group thus banning the ability to embed certain music videos on blogs – and waving the gift of free promotion from music fans – you will have to click away from gaycondo to watch these videos from Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future:

“My Love” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv3ZdOdjXso
“Diamond Dave” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wxuQ9szJ3A
“Polite Dance Song” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB2RgDQrHgI
“Love Letter To Japan” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6rxbgAm-Do

And that wraps up Keep It On The Brownlowe’s Best Records of 2009 list! Thank you for reading! Below is a full list of the best records!



30
Dec
09

Jon: “Cry Baby Cry”…

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…by Throwing Muses.

I’m in the process of converting Em into a Throwing Muses Super fan and thought I may as well convert all of you as well.

25
Dec
09

Merry Christmas From Gaycondo!

24
Dec
09

Jon: Patti Smith Live on WBAI (1975)

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When I was 18, like most productive young people from not particularly interesting rural towns, I left my hometown. Four hours north of New Jersey, I set roots in a small artistic city in Western Massachusetts. This was in the midst of a more fervent period in my obsession with Patti Smith, who I felt a certain kinship with because she was from a not so fantastic small town in N ew Jersey as well.

I didn’t really have many friends right away, but I got along okay. Early on I met an older woman who just happened to be named Patti (or so she said), and though she was a little spacey, we got along well because she was also obsessed with Patti Smith. She had had a head start  on me though, since she was so much older, and had amassed a pretty impressive collection of Patti Smith audio and visual treasures. Patti was always bringing me exciting little gifts like photos she had taken herself in the 70’s, old ticket stubs from shows, and bootleg cassettes she copied from vinyl.

My favorite recording she ever gave me was of a very early live radio performance by Patti Smith on New York radio station WBAI. It was so old in fact, that the band hadn’t even recruited a drummer yet! All the tracks were either never recorded in a studio, or they were really wierd/different early versions of songs that were later recorded. The best part was the stories that Smith told between songs. Amazing. Though Smith and I were both from New Jersey, we didn’t have the same accent (she was from deep south Jersey), I remember being so jealous of her voice and wishing I too had the same inflections when I talked. Sometimes I would even try and fake her accent, but it just sounded like I was drunk.

I listened to my cassette of that show so many times that it eventually fell apart. I have been looking for another copy (vinyl hopefully) with no luck. For some reason it didn’t occur to me till today that these songs might be on youtube.

They are.

Make sure to listen all the way through for the stories after each song! Unfortunately only about a third of the show is posted on youtube, but hopefully there will be more to come…

23
Dec
09

Jon: “Blind Prom” by Sarah Wilson….

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Austin based photographer Sarah Wilson‘s most recent project, Blind Prom, documents the 2008 senior prom at The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The  photos, which include both candid documentary style pieces as well as more formal portraiture, capture the uneasiness with which teenagers transition into adulthood. By documenting blind teens, Wilson is able to catch moments that this normally trepidatious and self concious age group may have otherwise hidden from the camera. 

It is impossible to not be compelled by this alternate adolescent world in which much of the status quo assumed to be inherent in High School life is seemingly undone. In a world without sight, and perhaps more importantly one in which these outsiders from birth have achieved critical mass, do not expect to see your average King and Queen.

Check out the rest of the images at Sarah Wilson’s website.

20
Dec
09

Jon: Dragon Lady…

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I just got the 7″ of this song off of Ebay and I can not stop listening to it! Fantastic song with and unfortunately sub-par 90’s style music video. Watch it anyway!

20
Dec
09

Jon: (and more importantly) R.I.P. Luanne…

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Today Luanne Platter died from cardiac arrest. She will be sorely missed.




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