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April 18, 2014

". . . the world's most important 6-sec drum loop"

Almost certainly as much as you'll ever want to know about the "Amen Break".

"Let's Just Listen to Marvin Gaye's Isolated Vocal Tracks All Day Long"

"All day" is a bit much, but it's certainly worth one listen or two

April 17, 2014

"Untold Tales of the 1%"

"The Top 1% of Recording Artist Superstars Capture 77% of All Revenues From Internet-Based Sales; the Remaining 99% Divide the Remaining 23% of Revenues".

Who's up for taxing the hell out of those filthy rich musicians?


April 11, 2014

Two vidoes featuring in-her-prime Tina Turner

One from "I Wanna Take You Higher" (1971). The other from Burt Sugarman's The Midnight Special. (Also featuring Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, the O'Jays, Gladys Knight, and Aerosmith.)

April 04, 2014

Three related to music

"These Maps Show Which Cities Have The Most Diehard Music Fans". A little suspicious: Evansville #1 for country? Wichita #1 for blues??

"A Reason to Get 'Happy': Eric Hutchinson Covers Pharrell's Massive Hit". Excellent.

"Songfacts: Song Meanings, Lyrics and Trivia".

March 26, 2014

"Get on Up"

A movie about The Godfather of Soul. It looks good. (But then, these days, most trailers look good.)

Mr. Brown's estate sure was--is--a mess. It would be funny if it weren't tragic. Consider these two paragraphs:

Mr. Brown's ostensible widow and the mother of James Brown II wants at least a third and perhaps half of his riches—though, as a matter of law, she is almost certainly not his widow nor, as a matter of human physiology, the mother of his biological child. Five of the six children named in the will want the trust dissolved and the will invalidated, which would entitle them to equal shares of the entire estate; that puts them at odds with the sixth sibling, Terry, and his boys, Forlando and Romunzo, who want the will and educational trusts to stand. At least two other daughters whom Mr. Brown never acknowledged also want a share of the pot, as well as eighteen years of back child support. Four more potential children—Jane and John Does I, II, III, and IV in the court records—might have similar claims. The three men Mr. Brown named as trustees have resigned, though two of them, Albert H. "Buddy" Dallas and Alford Bradley, want to be reinstated, because they say a judge bullied them into quitting. That same judge, Doyet Early, wants to put the third former trustee, David Cannon, in jail for not repaying $373,000 in misappropriated funds. Cannon says he can't afford it, which looks bad considering he spent almost $900,000 in cash to build a house in Honduras last year. State investigators are working a criminal case on Cannon, too. The two special administrators Judge Early appointed to replace those three men, meanwhile, are being sued in federal court by Forlando Brown, who argues that they were illegally put in charge and are improperly attempting to shift assets from the trust to the estate, from which their $300-an-hour fees could be paid. The administrators, Adele J. Pope and Robert Buchanan, have in turn sued Bradley, Cannon, Dallas, entertainment lawyer Joel Katz, his firm (Greenberg Traurig), and Enterprise Bank in state court, alleging a years-long conspiracy to swindle millions from Mr. Brown. All of those people have lawyers, and many of them have more than one. Tomi Rae Hynie, the widow who's probably not technically a widow, has five. Her son has his representative, a guardian ad litem, and the guardian ad litem has his own lawyer. Pope and Buchanan have lawyers. Even the anonymous beneficiaries of the trust, all those needy and deserving would-be students, have a lawyer—the attorney general of South Carolina—and they used to have two until Judge Early tossed out the Georgia attorney general.

And those are the relatively dignified legal proceedings.

More than seven years later, the estate is still unsettled. Recent developments recounted here (May 2013), here (December 2013), and here (March 2014).

March 23, 2014

"Nun Rocks It On Italy's 'The Voice' Singing Competition And No One Can Believe It"

If you haven't seen it, it's worth a couple of minutes

March 21, 2014

Friday songs

The ten best songs of the "most underrated ’70s band to come out of Los Angeles—no, make that the whole country," Little Feat.

"Oh, Atlanta," "Dixie Chicken," and "Time Loves a Hero" are excellent.

March 15, 2014

"For Holocaust Escapee, a 'Fairy Tale' Come True"

Lovely story: at 11, Simon Gronowski escaped from a train taking him to Auschwitz.

This week, at 82, he got to play in Woody Allen's band

March 14, 2014

AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" covered by . . .

. . . two guys with cellos

(Don't knock it until you've heard it.)

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