♫ “S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)” by S.O.S. Band
♫ “Shall We Take A Turn?” by Korpiklaani — when you can’t decide between headbanging and folk-dancing so you just split the difference.
♫ “Medley: Emilia’s / Always In The Way / Helena” by The Stanislawski Polka Band (with Walt Solek)
The laughter-only verses in “Emilia’s” (0:32 & 1:18) always get me, especially when the second one goes off the rails. “Always In The Way” (1:51) has a surprising topic for a polka. And “Helena” is “cute and gay”.
♫ “Electro Boogie Encounter” by Jonzun Crew
Another song that inspired a Before Sleep comic.
♫ “Dynamics” by Dom & Roland
Great atmosphere of mystery and scale, grounded by solid, intricate beats.
♫ “Christmas Trees For Breakfast” by Request-A-Song.com
Both “Let It Snow” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” came from songwriters trying to take their minds off the heat of summer in 1945.
♫ “Vampires” by Radiorama
Spooky Italo-disco. The video will surely haunt your mind.
♫ “Spider” by Bad Company
All the Halloween monsters hop and bop and slide around to that bass riff!
♫ “Wind And Rain” by Crooked Still
In honor of the recent storm, with creepiness for the upcoming holiday.
♫ “Scientific Love” by Midnight Star
“If Einstein were around today / He would teach us how to love a scientific way”
♫ “Investigation” by Carl Sherlock Holmes Investigation
“Everything I do shall be funky / from now on”
♫ “Poolside Polka” by Rotondi
“Love is in your eyes, and the streets are / awash with new chlorine”
I drew a Before Sleep strip of the chorus:
♫ “Moon Child” by Scott Cunningham Band (on a compilation released today: TRIP TO THE MOON — 13 supergroovy R&B, Soul, Garage Rock & Funk songs about the Moon by Various Artists)
♫ “Moskow Diskow” by Telex
Excellent ’80s synth riff and catchy bassline with mock-serious vocals.
♫ “Friday” by Capone
Simple but classic drum & bass.
♫ “Running With The Wolves” by Korpiklaani
Rousing metal + accordion instrumental from Finland.
♫ “Happy Song” by Baby’s Gang
“We can dance there, dance and eat an ice cream”
♫ “Colin’s Theme” by Anders Enger Jensen
I have a theme song! :D It has a very Eighties sound.
♫ “Gimme chocolate!!” by Babymetal
Squeaky idol-pop mixed with heavy metal? Thanks, Japan!
♫ “Let’s Get Funky” by Hound Dog Taylor & The House Rockers
If you sit still through this, schedule a checkup.
♫ “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain Polka” by The Chicago Town Polka Band
♫ “Dead Puppies” by Ogden Edsl
A dreadful ditty for the spookiest month.
♫ “I Am Not Your Broom” by They Might By Giants
Luckily, this hasn’t happened in my recent cleaning.
♫ “Running With Bigfoot” by the Groovie Ghoulies
♫ “T’Raenon” by Photek
Synths float like clouds of space dust while little changes in the percussion hint that the drum computer has become conscious. ★★★★★
♫ “E.F.L.” by The Art Of Noise
Pleasant weirdness, ahead of its time.
(Its time was 1987.)
I had fun at last Friday’s concert at The Stone Church:
♫ “Spring Rain” by Atmosphere Factory
Who’ll go with me to see The Toasters (w/Soveska & Electric Sensei) tomorrow night in Brattleboro? It’s a ska show, $12–$15.
♫ “Le reel de Gabriel Deuse” by Édith Butler
Friday party time!
♫ “Spiral” by Bop makes hypnotic use of simple parts and relentless change.
♫ “Too Funky In Here” by James Brown
“I need a little air freshener
under the drum
open up the window, y’all
let out some”
(To the tune of “Hot Stuff“)
Sittin’ here hearin’ my snowed-in neighbor
startin’ their snowblower that stalls
Shoveled out my plowed-in, buried driveway
glaring at the snow as it falls
Living in some Hoth stuff, baby, this evening
I mean some Hoth stuff, baby, tonight
Don’t want that Hoth stuff, baby, this evening
Gonna have some Hoth stuff, gonna have to shovel all night
(Apologies to Donna Summer)
♫ “Butts On Fire” by Kristin Andreassen
Instant winter classic. Stay warm this Xmas! :)
♫ “That Doll Just Tried To Kill Me” by Zombina and the Skeletones
♫ “E-Man Boogie” by Jimmy Castor Bunch will make you shake your “tambourines” all around!
@followthebears “All you out there in the place / Gonna get up in your face / And give you an ursine embrace” — The Bear Pair
Disco, funk, and hip-hop for your alarm clock.
- ♫ “In The Morning” by Carol Douglas
- ♫ “Take Me, Shake Me, Wake Me” by Silver Convention
- ♫ “Get Up, Get Into It and Get Involved” by James Brown
- ♫ “Rise Up” by The Commodores
- ♫ “Sex Machine” by James Brown
- ♫ “Sunrise” by Rose Royce
- ♫ “Get Up” by The Coup feat. Dead Prez
- ♫ “Get Up And Stretch” by [unknown]
- ♫ “Music For Morning People” by Kid Koala
Ambient, chillout, dub, and experimental music for your alarm clock.
- ♫ “Abiogenesis” by Carbon Based Lifeforms
- ♫ “Misty Morning (live edit)” by Cell
- ♫ “Sunrise” by Young American Primitive
- ♫ “Falling Awake” by Shpongle
- ♫ “The Awakening” by Almunia
- ♫ “Wake The Beach” by Cerrone
- ♫ “Rise & Shine Dub” by King Tubby meets Lee Perry
- ♫ “Wide Awake” by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
♫ Rhythm Of Snow by Yagya
Good album for today’s weather.
I usually ignore Valentine’s Day, but it seems the best time to post this fantastic video by Ukraine’s drag wonder:
♫ “Ya Popala Na Lubov” by Verka Serduchka
I don’t want to diminish anyone’s New Year celebration, but I can’t imagine a better one than Ukrainian drag sensation Verka Serduchka performing Rammstein’s “Du Hast” on New Year’s Eve with Christmas trees, dancers in folk and mining outfits, and gouts of fire.
♫ “Livin’ Off The Land” by the Holy Modal Rounders
“We will have a pet raccoon / Maybe we’ll have two / If you ask me real nice / I’ll let ‘em sleep with you” I actually met someone who had a pet raccoon once — he walked right into the office with it on his shoulder.
“Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Isn’t nature grand”
♫ “Random Canyon” by The Holy Modal Rounders
“Where the crystal coyote calls / over sleepy garden walls / and the wireless wombat wanders on the wing”
♫ “Doina si balaseanca” by Fanfare Ciocărlia
That’s some fast brass. (Starting about 2 minutes in.)
♫ “Computer World” by Kraftwerk
The musical refrain from this should be every computer’s startup sound — “Doo dooo doo dooooo”.
♫ “Heffas” by DJ Assault
Because I drove by a bunch of farms yesterday. The lyrics always reminds me of The Far Side: “I’ve got / some heifers in the front (what) / some heifers in the back (yup) / riding down the street in my / Cadillac”.
♫ “My Name Is Silence” by Madder Mortem
That Norse woman really belts it out.
♫ “Teen Planet” by Patrick Cowley
“The spaceship landed in Minnesota / Teen Planet, Teen Planet / They came to do their grocery shopping / Teen Planet, Teen Planet”
Who wants to go to this with me? Drum & Bass tomorrow night Sat. 6/18 in White River Jct, VT at the nutty Main Street Museum. http://www.mainstreetmuseum.org/event-calendar/drum-bass-night/
♫ “Goddamn Blue Yodel #7″ by Slim Cessna’s Auto Club expresses depression with enough energy & humor to keep you moving. So many good lines.
This cassette single lived in our house during my childhood, baffling and entertaining me with its pirate-like synth rap. It seemed even odder years later when I learned that Captain Sensible formerly played bass for punk band The Damned.
This song is so great! (And I don’t say that just because I used to live with one of the band members.)
♫ “Would Not Float” by Gideon Freudmann
No song link, sorry :( At 43:23 in A-Log on the Airwaves – 6/1/13.
I went out to sail my boat I was not sure it would float I put it into the pond, It sank, like a rock It was not such a surprise These things happen, I surmise Sometimes, though, it gets my goat It would not float
I’m no expert, but here’s some Irish music I like a lot:
- Noel Hill — In Knocknagree (all accordion/concertina and clogging, sounds like recorded live in a pub)
- The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and their families — Irish Folk Songs and Airs (more down-home sounding than some of their other work, probably because of the “and their families”)
- The Chieftains — The Best of The Chieftains
- Solas — Reunion (a live concert that I prefer to the studio album I have)
Scottish but sounds similar:
- Capercaillie — Sidewaulk
♫ MIDNIGHT PARTY: “Ievan Polkka” by Korpiklaani will revive you like strong coffee!
(Not that I need wake-up energy right now, but the Shuffle hath spoken.)
As the record just turn you learn, plus burn by the flame of the lyrics, which cooks the human brain providing overheated knowledge by means causing pain Makin' my brain head at yourself, start to melt While the Technics spin, the wax is on the belt
♫ “R-Theme” by R-Tyme is beautiful Detroit techno from 1989 by Derrick May and Darryl Wynn.
♫ “I’ll play a strange song” — “Come Along” by Yat Kha
♫ “Que Tal America” by Two Man Sound (9:20 version)
“Don’t knock the rock.”
I was gonna post an excerpt
of the first verse rhymes
but I couldn’t figure where to put
the breaks between lines.
♫ “The Abyss” by EB1 & Keaton should warm you up — like running from a snow troll ;) (Skip to ~1:20 if impatient.)
Drum and bass music is now older than I was when I got into it o.O
♫ Music for careening into the holidays: “Domino Polka” by Ray Henry and His Orchestra.
The year after I was born, legendary DJ Larry Levan remixed legendary muppet Cookie Monster.
Anyone know a good way to share playlists online? I was using Youtube because it has a lot of music but their ads ruin the experience (I only noticed recently on a friend’s computer; I use an adblocker on mine). I basically want to post online mixtapes but I haven’t kept up with streaming music stuff so I don’t know what’s out there or if it’s even feasible given copyright issues.
- “Carve Her Pumpkin” — John Vosel & the Boogie Monsters
- “Halloween” — The Mission Creeps
- “The Bones in the Ground” — Robyn Hitchock
- “Ain’t No Grave” — Crooked Still
- “Hall of Heads” — They Might Be Giants
- “Graveyard Stomp” — Ursula 1000
- “There’s a New Sound (the Sound That’s Made by Worms)” — Tony Burrello
- “Dead Man’s Party” — Oingo Boingo
- “The Old Woman in the Woods” — Cruachan
- “Zombie” — The Death Set
- “Werewolf” — Al Storm
- “Up Jumped the Devil” — John Davis and the Monster Orchestra
- “Enter Sandman” — Richard Cheese
♫ October is time for ghostly tunes; this one has cows: “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by the Ramrods.
♫ “Be You (Beep Beep) Dub Disco Mix” — Punks Jump Up
♫ Music for tomorrow’s Pickle Festival: “Pickle & Peppers Polka” by Polka Generations (you know you love it).
♫ Feelin’ wiki-obsessed this week; time for “Jam On It” by Newcleus.
One of the most remarkable things to me about the music of the ’70s is the prevalence of the word “boogie” (e.g. “Blame it on the Boogie” by the Jacksons).
♫ “Getaway” by Earth, Wind & Fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN_3nib4r3Y
Here’s an interactive disco playlist to tide you over while you wait for comics (“interactive” because you’ll have to adjust the volume between every song).
The recent spate of comics must abate briefly, as I prepare to spend the first three weeks of July in the greater Minneapolis area. So many preparations! Here’s some music to transport you on wings of polka to the leftmost of the Twin Cities:
From THE CHERRY TREE CAROL, a song that migrated from England to the Appalachians: “Then Mary spoke to Joseph / So meek and so mild / ‘Joseph, gather me some cherries / For I am with child”
In the comic, Mary says, “Joseph! Gather cherries, for I am with child!”
Joseph, startled, says, “What?! But we haven’t even – ”
“CHERRIES! NOW!” Joseph runs away.
Later, Mary shoves cherries from a bowl into her cherry-stained face while Joseph slouches exhausted. “Mm, thank you. Mlorf.” After eating all the cherries, she says, “Ah – Urp,” then suddenly vomits all over a horrified Joseph. (“BLARF!”)
Josephs stomps away. “I’m OUT of here.”
(The actual story in the song, it turns out, is Joseph refuses because he thinks Mary’s cheated on him, so fetal Jesus commands a cherry tree to bend down and give Mary some fruit!)
Here is the first of two pages I made for the alphabet-structured Hot Tea, Cold Water #3, marking the first time in a couple of years that I’ve submitted to an anthology I wasn’t co-editing. The second page, as you might expect, has more doodles from different songs.