Mikey Dread, Merchant of Dub

Does Superfan love dub? Guilty as charged. Mikey Dread is one of the best. This music cures cancer.

Mikey Dread
“Theme from Solidarity” (download mp3)
from “Dub Merchants”
(Dread at the Controls)
Theme from Solidarity (play)

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Inko Neido’s ultra chill Groove

Inko Neido – “Samedi Grooving”

Trippy, minimal groove and novel sounds make for a refreshing and original sonic hors doeuvre. Have a nibble.

Inko Neido
“Samedi & Grooving” (mp3)
from “Afrobeat Café – Afro Sphere Vol. 8”
(Afrikool Entertainment GmbH)

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Count Von Count – “Daddy Bong Legs” mp3

Count Von Count – “Daddy Bong Legs” mp3

Count Von Count. Performing “Daddy Bong Legs.” Totally buggin. There’s a demented vocal in there somewhere, processed to hell and back, to go with the sick guitar rape and drum buggery. This is the sort of artist the PMRC (remember them?) was formed in vain to thwart. The little “parental advisory” stickers quickly became effective sales tools for perverted and deranged material. I trust Count Von Count will duly earn their warning sticker. Fun stuff.

Count Von Count
“Daddy Bong Legs” (mp3)
from “Heyasshole”
(Punk Rock Payroll)

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Music to Soothe the Savage Commie?

Andreas Haefliger – “Piano Sonata No 23 in F Minor Op 57 – Appassionata”

Andreas Haefliger’s performance of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 – or “Appassionata” as it is known colloquially, is a stellar record in every regard. Composed in first few years of the 19th century, a period which yielded some of the greatest works for grand piano the world has known, this Sonata is a personal favorite of mine that I am delighted to share now that I found it online. What, you thought I only listened to 20th and 21st century music? Pull emergency cord, get clue! Chuckle. Enjoy. This music is quite heavenly, and Haefliger renders it beautifully and effortlessly.

Andreas Haefliger
“Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 – “Appassionata”” (mp3)
from “Perspectives 3”
(AVIE Records)

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I found this interesting note on the piece, in wikipedia:

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, writer-director of the 2006 film The Lives of Others, has said that his movie was inspired by the anecdote that Lenin loved the “Appassionata” but refused to listen to it because it deterred him from the Communist revolution. (The film tells the story of a Stasi agent who has a moral awakening when coming into contact with music and art.) The characters in the movie even discuss the Appassionata/Lenin story.

The Uptones – “East Of A Western Bay” mp3

An early instrumental work by Berkeley’s Ska music pioneers, The Uptones, this ebullient punk ska jazz opus was penned by the Rev. Paul Jackson. Originally on trumpet duties at the time of the band’s founding, Jackson soon moved to Hammond Organ and before long became one of their key songwriters. “East Of A Western Bay” is the lone instrumental cut from “The Uptones Live!! 924 Gilman” CD, and it rocks.

The Uptones – “East Of A Western Bay” mp3