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Apr 19

Parry Gripp - “Lazy Harp Seal Has No Job”

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mackro:

The B-52’s “Cake (Original David Byrne Mix)” from the Greek 1982 release of the Mesopotamia EP.

You can’t tell from the front cover, but the difference between the US Mesopotamia EP from 1982 and its initial European counterpart released slightly earlier is quite huge.  The tracks on the first-pressing European versions have really long, sparse, dubbed out versions of “Loveland”, “Cake”, and “Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can”, which make up half the EP.  

Reportedly, the B-52’s were disappointed with the results from the initial release, so some editing and remixing was done before it got released in the US in 1982.  Almost a decade later, Mesopotamia was remixed for a CD reissue (alongside Party Mix!) in 1991 that, yet again, drastically changed the EP tracks — this time in the mix itself, making the songs approximate the classic B-52’s rock sound of their early days.

The 1991 re-release of Mesopotamia has the best mix of all, but the initial European release of the EP is clearly the most interesting, and nearly the best.  The extended versions of half of the EP is why.

I’m not interested in knowing if or when there was drama between the B-52’s and David Byrne, the producer of the EP.  This is the music business, so drama and disagreements are par for the course if or when they happen. I’m interested in knowing what happened during the journey of making and releasing Mesopotamia that ended up with this drastic juxtaposition between the 1982 releases.

The common theme I hear is “running out of time” — which certainly would explain a lot.  While the songs on the EP are a nice if bizarre change from the previous material, the 1982 mixes do sound a bit murky.

Also, I’m wondering if Byrne was trying to Party-Mix!-ize the EP his own way just before the European release and only got half done?  Keep in mind that Byrne had just been on a musical journey with Brian Eno, most recently with their collaborative release My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, and before that, Eno producing Talking Heads' Fear Of Music (1979) and Remain In Light (1980) — Byrne of course being a member of Talking Heads.  

In brief, David Byrne in 1982 had a brain filled with extra amounts of avant-garde suggestions.  The B-52’s certainly were borne out of avant-garde ideas themselves.  (Listen to early Yoko Ono, and compare that to the first B-52’s album, notably “Dance This Mess Around” and “Hero Worship.”)  I’m not sure Byrne’s avant style was the best match for the B-52’s avant style, in retrospect.

I chose “Cake” from the three tracks exclusive to the initial European Mesopotamia because it’s the most fulfilling of the three tracks — no pun intended — and the song is an eerie precursor to 2000’s dance groups !!! and Out Hud, among others.

Listen and enjoy!


It was the mom from “BMO Lost,” and everyone wanted to make her a giant baby? With a big goofy silly-putty thumb, the baby—they wanted to make the mom a larger version of that baby?—and I was like, now, NO! Because I wanted to relate to their relationship immediately, when she emerged from these bushes, she was looking for her baby and I wanted them to be like, “My baby!” And I know if I was watching it, I’d be thinking about her big baby body, and not their loving—like, that thing that I knew I would immediately grasp.
- Pendleton Ward
It was the mom from “BMO Lost,” and everyone wanted to make her a giant baby? With a big goofy silly-putty thumb, the baby—they wanted to make the mom a larger version of that baby?—and I was like, now, NO! Because I wanted to relate to their relationship immediately, when she emerged from these bushes, she was looking for her baby and I wanted them to be like, “My baby!” And I know if I was watching it, I’d be thinking about her big baby body, and not their loving—like, that thing that I knew I would immediately grasp.

- Pendleton Ward


Apr 18
The #4 answer Baby Boomers give when asked why their generation is unique is “Baby Boomers.”
(From this study, mentioned here.)

The #4 answer Baby Boomers give when asked why their generation is unique is “Baby Boomers.”

(From this study, mentioned here.)


Apr 17

fatmanatee:

"talk dirty to me"

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Apr 15
“I think one overall influence is Home Movies, for me. Or Dr. Katz. Because those cartoons are so relaxing to watch. It’s nice to watch conversational dialogue that feels natural and it’s not over the top and cartoony and shrill, in shrill voices or anything. It’s just nice to listen to real people talking.” Pendleton Ward, on inspirations for Adventure Time.

titivil:

fastcompany:

Chelsea Clinton is the product of two of the most powerful brands in the world. Now she’s finally carving out her own identity—by joining the family business. Read more>

Brands?

titivil:

fastcompany:

Chelsea Clinton is the product of two of the most powerful brands in the world. Now she’s finally carving out her own identity—by joining the family business. Read more>

Brands?


'spring is a myth'

abbyjean:

tumblr keeps attaching this tag to my posts, even though i haven’t typed it, and then won’t let me take it off. so, it’s a sign. tumblr is trying to communicate this important message to us in the only way it knows how. spring is a myth and we will be trapped in eternal winter until the moment summer scorches down on us. be prepared.


Excellent things about the video from which this screenshot comes (which you should DEFINITELY WATCH), in descending order of importance:
You learn as a kid that beavers build dams, but how the fuck do beavers build damns? Now you can see!
Baby beaver!
So Canadian!
How the dude says “I’m holding the camera at arm’s length” rather than “I’m taking a beaver selfie" even though the temptation to do so must have nearly killed him.

Excellent things about the video from which this screenshot comes (which you should DEFINITELY WATCH), in descending order of importance:

  1. You learn as a kid that beavers build dams, but how the fuck do beavers build damns? Now you can see!
  2. Baby beaver!
  3. So Canadian!
  4. How the dude says “I’m holding the camera at arm’s length” rather than “I’m taking a beaver selfie" even though the temptation to do so must have nearly killed him.

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