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rock and roll highschool mechanics clash over neu!

1. Digest:

2. Now watch:

Portlandia Season 2 Episode 5 – Music in our schools

Won’t somebody please think of the children? Thankfully, IFC‘s Portlandia does! (Oh and Vimeo’s embed function sucks big time – or is it WordPress’s non-html savvy editor?)

3. Then watch:

Portlandia Season 2 Episode 5 – Dream of the 1890s

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nilsson’s pointedly pointillist point of view … with a pointe


And may I make some more publicity for the wonderfully unique Arawa fm blog? E.g. for reminding you to give Nilsson’s sweet & naive “The Point!” (1971) another springtime spin whilst contemplating what is indeed a rad acid quote ;-) As for that lp (RCA, LSPX-1003): do find the gatefold with the 8 page lp format cartoon book insert (as drawn by Gary Lund)!

“I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, ‘Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it.'” (Harry Nilsson, as quoted by Arawa fm)

http://www.arawa.fm/2010/03/childlike-warmth-from-nilsson.html
http://fortheloveofharry.blogspot.com/2007/03/point-1971.html
http://www.harrynilsson.com/page-the-point.html
http://www.harrynilsson.com/page-the-point-us-deluxe-cd-reissue.html
http://www.legacyrecordings.com/music/harry-nilsson/the-point
http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/RareHarry/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Nilsson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Point!

randy songwriter / brill building book

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Just out: a second collection of songs Mr. Randy Newman wrote for others, before he embarked upon his solo career. “Illinois” – hello Sufjan fans – is off the Everly BrothersRoots lp (1968), “Cowboy” is off Harry Nilsson‘s Nilsson Sings Newmanalbum (1970). Both songs are now compiled on the Bless You California – More Early Songs Of Randy Newmanv/a cd (cat. no. CDCHD 1240), a follow-up volume to On Vine Street – The Early Songs Of Randy Newman (2008, CDCHD 1186) in their producer / writer series

Both cd’s are out on Ace, one of the UK’s finest reissue labels. If you’d like to learn more on Ace, you can of course visit their website, but there’s also a book about the label by David Stubbs, published by Black Dog Publishing (2007, ISBN13: 9781906155032). See also:
http://blackdogonline.com/all-books/ace-records.html
http://www.leonardo.info/reviews/june2008/mosher_ace.html

& whilst on the subject of books and singer / songwriters / producers and the like, here’s some truly essential reading:Always Magic In The Air: the Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Eraby Ken Emerson (2005). The US edition (Viking, ISBN 0670034568) is out of print, but the UK edition (4th Estate, 2006-03, ISBN 9781841157283) may still be available. For an appreciation, scroll to Frank Young’s review on http://www.spectropop.com/recommends/index2006.htm

Finally, a note on that producer / writer series: sadly the Ace site’s ‘7695’ link doesn’t give a complete listing yet, as there are Berns, Leiber & Stoller and Pomus & Shuman v/a compilations too – but as yet they remain unmentioned ‘as part of the series’.
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=747
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=421
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=7333
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=7485
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=7474
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=7734
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=8394

+ to a lesser extent:
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=847
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=4606
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=7501

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