Tag Archives: Japan

rip marva whitney

Shux! Just learned from Funky 16 Corners that Marva Whitney (1944-05-01 > 2012-12-22) has left us for that great jam by the Styx!
http://www.wefunkradio.com/extra/marva
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marva_Whitney
http://www.facebook.com/Transatlantics/posts/471999922845858
http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/international/34507/RIP-Marva-Whitney-Soul-Sister-1
http://osakamonaurail.com/discography/2006/12/i-am-what-i-am.html

sunny symphony

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Nissan selling its Sunny car in France back in 1991 by way of Bobby Hebb‘s classic song – first recorded by Miko Hierota for Toshiba in 1966. Full commercial via http://www.ina.fr/pub/automobile-et-transport/video/PUB3784157113/nissan-sunny-automobile-5-portes.fr.html … more Sunnyvia http://uzine.posterous.com/sunny-marva-0 … The version below is by Screen (1968), off the Beatmeisjesv/a cd compiled by Frank Dam & Marthy Coumans, issued for free with the Beatmeisjes (1963-1969)book by Frank Dam (ISBN 90-204-0563-2), published by LJ Veen in 2002. More recently, Dam has organised the Beatfilmfilm festival …

the one

“James Brown backup singer Marva Whitney discovered that the separation of church and funk was a distinction of tapping from the toe or heel, respectively. “Because tapping from the heel moves your ass” observes RJ Smith. The heel also required a frequent change of socks. One drummer recalls hearing the aquatic squoosh of the JB’s’ footsteps when the band walked offstage every night. A good foot was a sweaty foot. According to the author, Cold Sweatwas “the first hit song about perspiration. […] Nobody had ever thought to sing about an uncomfortable ferment of the body caused by the nearness of other-flesh.” A press release pinpoints how many freshly laundered shirts James Brown would burn through in a single year, while The Onedetermines the first time he cried “Give the drummer some” (May 1967, Cincinnati).” What are you doing, Dave? You’ve just convinced me to purchase RJ Smith’s The one: the life and music of James Brown(Gotham / Penguin 2012-03-15, ISBN 9781592406579)! “Back home, as the Nixon administration pushed its dubious Soul Initiative to rally African American support, Nixon backer James Brown received letters from black soldiers lamenting the absence of soul music on Armed Forces Radio. An owner of several stations himself (good for airplay), the Godfather rectified the situation by bringing the JB’s to Vietnam for a USO tour. “We didn’t do like Bob Hopehe’d say. “We went back there where the lizards wore guns.” While James Brown did the cape act to a backdrop of machine gun patter, Bob Young, future mayor of Augusta, Georgia, was flying a helicopter with the words Mother Popcornscrawled on his helmet. (In the James Brown popcornography, mother was an honorific for a large rear end.) According to Smith, the mere act of federal marshall James Palmer keeping drummer Clyde Stubblefield out of the draft and seated in the JB’s “counts as one of the great unsung patriotic acts of the era”.”
http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7828510/a-review-rj-smith-biography-james-brown
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/books/the-one-james-brown-biography-by-r-j-smith.html
http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-16/arts/31195677_1_james-brown-life-and-music-black-power
http://www.themillions.com/2012/04/becoming-james-brown-on-rj-smiths-the-one.html
http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781592406579,00.html
http://soul-sides.com/2012/08/a-chat-with-rj-smith-author-of-the-one/
http://rockcriticsarchives.com/interviews/rjsmith/rjsmith.html
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=42403
http://www.rjsmiththeone.com/

 

takeshi terauchi

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Finally a comprehensive Takeshi Terauchi compilation, made in Europe by Howard Williams for Big Beat … Mr. Terry’s not just yer average Ventures influenced entertainer, but a bit of a fuzz and psychedelic guitar master too …
http://www.japrocksampler.com/artists/groupsounds/terauchi_and_the_bunnys_takeshi/
http://chindon.blogspot.com/2011/10/takeshi-terauchi-album-released.html
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=8850
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=8848
http://www.goofspot.com/bamboo/features/ftrc0112.htm
http://chindon.blogspot.com/search?q=Terauchi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeshi_Terauchi
http://www.fancymag.com/bunnys.html
http://elekiboom.com/

stomu is frightening

Stomu

Stomu Yamash’ta’s East Wind in 1973! Saul Bass sleeve! “Freedom is frightening” below!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Is_Frightening
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=1634
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saul_Bass

im mick karn (continued)

In addition to my previous post on Japan’s jazzy bass master Mick Karn …here’s a wonderful interview about his talents in sculpture as well as music. Do check the above fragment (from 1983) from 2’47” onwards! Or this 1984 interview in two parts ànd this 1980-12 Old Grey Whistle Test performance below (break between songs at 6’17”)! Why, Mr Karn even shone in this 1982-03 collabaration with Angie Bowie (who does have a nice smile).


logic system

Logic System = Hideki Matsutake, chairman of the Japan Synthesizer Programmers Association (JSPA) and fourth member of YMO
http://artcontext.com/artskool/jem/ls.html
http://www.music-airport.com/logic-system/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_Matsutake