Saturday 13 February 2010

Wombat Recording Company

Jesus this place has become a bit of a youtube zone of late. I'm going to spend the next while posting links to work by friends of mine, stuff I find inspiring, fun, interesting, good. Let's start with Wombat Recording Company.

This is the home of Ross Bonadonna, owner and operator of Wombat, which is a recording studio and creative production studio in Brooklyn, New York. I've been making my record there with Ross, who has also produced the entire thing. You will be hearing what we've done there over the past year really soon (mwahaha).

Meanwhile, Ross has recently launched a site for his Wombat Music Workshop, currently a place of crazy and unusual compositions which are gorgeous and tender, after you've gotten over the initial shock of the new. The first release from the Workshop is called "A Perfect Day", an album-in-progress which you can download free on Bandcamp! You can hear me singing on "Ladybug".

<a href="">Ladybug by wombatmusicworkshop</a>

Ross is on Twitter, though you wouldn't know it most of the time. He's a studio guy, who burrows underground and does excellent work there. It's up to the people who surface with their shiny, golden records to be the proof of that.

Tommy Cooper

Tommy Cooper, interviewed by Michael Parkinson in the seventies.

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Robin Hood tax

Richard Curtis has launched a campaign for the Tobin tax. It's pretty good.

Amongst the responses from leading economists is the opinion that this will probably not fly unless it is also broadly accepted by the large European countries (ie France and Germany) and the US. And the US, they say, will never accept it.

Also posted at Clusterflock.

Tuesday 9 February 2010

Just have to have more of that

Janis on Dick Cavett, some time later. Got to love a chatshow host that has a lighter on standby on the desk. And the refreshingness of the conversation! And nobody has to hold up the record because everybody who needs to know about the record knows about the record. Goddammit.

Monday 8 February 2010

They laughed me out of class, out of town and out of the state, man

So I'm goin' home.

Ah, Janis. This is beautiful.

Sunday 7 February 2010

Oh god this is so great

Janis Joplin and Gloria Swanson meet on Dick Cavett. Hilarity ensues inside a minute.

Jimi Hendrix on Dick Cavett

Well it really was 1969. I think this is the first interview I have ever seen with him.