JOHN LENNON AND GEORGE HARRISON RECORDING “OH MY LOVE!” (1971)

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Last known photo of George and John together. Taken at The Troubadour in West Hollywood – 1974. Photo credit: Jesse Ed Davis

For your lazy Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to post the recording of a very sweet song, “Oh my love.” John Lennon is singing and playing piano with George on guitar. Phil Spector is also listening in with groovy shades on. I really like when John says that he has enjoyed sex without love and love without sex. They don’t necessarily go together.

Below, is an adorable video of Sean Lennon as a child. He’s obviously very bright and has some of his dad’s sharp sarcasm. Especially, when the interviewer says, “Now, you’re a kid….”  Sean’s comeback is, “No, I’m a grown up man. I’m 50 years old. I’m just a midget. All these people were lying to you here.”

-Amy Haben

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NO WAVE VIDEOS: JAMES CHANCE AND THE CONTORTIONS!

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Photo: Julia Gorton

James Chance and The Contortions are known as one of the first  jazz punk groups of the no wave scene. They were active from 1977- 1980 in New York City playing at CBGB and other dive bars in the area. Brian Eno produced a compilation album in 1978, called No New York, which featured their first recording, ‘Contortions.’ The following year, they made two albums under the name James Black And The Whites.

– Amy Haben

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BRIAN BUTLER ON ART, THE OCCULT, AND KENNETH ANGER!

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Brian Butler and Kenneth Anger  – Photo: Maxime Ballesteros

Very intriguing Brian Butler interview with Harper Simon for Lip Tv. Named after the spirit of Mars, Bartzabel Working, is a ritualistic performance of spirit conjuring first used in public by Aleister Crowley, then Jack Parsons used this heavy ritual by putting a curse on L. Ron Hubbard. Now, Brian has used it as a performance piece at L & M gallery where a spirit appeared successfully.

Brian is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, musician, and performance artist. He has recorded music previously with Rozz Williams of Christian Death and today has a project with Kenneth Anger called Technicolor Skull.

-Amy Haben

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DEBBIE HARRY & OTHER 70’S MUSICIANS VISIT THE MUPPETS!

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Very sweet duet between Debbie Harry and Kermit the Frog called, “Rainbow Connection.” Alice Cooper, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson make up the rest of these vintage clips with muppets. My favorite is Elton John’s live puppet food! So fun!

-Amy Haben

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14 BREAK-UP ALBUMS INSPIRED BY RUINED RELATIONSHIPS! (DIFFUSER.FM)

BY TIM KARAN VIA DIFFUSER.FM

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There’s only one feeling more universal than the sensation of being in love: the soul-crushing agony and hopeless despair of being brokenhearted.

Lucky for us (and less lucky for musicians), that includes everyone capable of taking stock of their swirling emotions and channeling them into a coherent, listenable song. Whether they write to make sense of their own personal existential crises or to provide cautionary tales for the rest of us, one thing is certain: Heartbreak is far more interesting than happiness.

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VIDEO OF FAT WHITE FAMILY’S BROOKLYN PERFORMANCE! (PITCHFORK)

BY ZOE CAMP VIA PITCHFORK

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British band Fat White Family performed at the Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right in December in support of last year’s debut Champagne Holocaust. Pitchfork.tv was there to document the show. They sat down with lead singer Lias Saoudi and his brother Nathan (who’s the band’s organist). They chat about their sexually-charged style, their sources of inspiration, and how the depravity of the past informs their art today.

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PAUL DANO AND JOHN CUSACK AS BRIAN WILSON IN ‘LOVE AND MERCY!’ (FLAVORWIRE)

BY SHANE BARNES VIA FLAVORWIRE

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The Beach Boys are arguably one of the most important American bands of all time. Further: their key songwriter Brian Wilson is probably one of the most important, gifted American musicians of all time. His penchant for pushing his lyrical boundaries, as well as his gift for exploring new instrumental ideas, made 1966’s Pet Sounds one of the greatest pop albums, again, of all time. After that, he was plagued by mental problems and pushed out of the core of the Beach Boys due to chronic in-fighting. And now, finally, somebody is making a movie about him.

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REMEMBER WHEN JOHNNY CASH COVERED THE NINE INCH NAILS SONG “HURT?!”

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Photo: provided by the artist via amazon

It’s Johnny Cash’s birthday today. A cover of Nine Inch Nails, “Hurt,” was the last hit song he recorded before he passed away. It was a surprise to everyone when it was released in 2002. The religious, country singer wasn’t expected to sing a blasphemous song. Well, he didn’t actually. Cash changed the lyric, “Crown of shit,” to “Crown of thorns.” He also referenced Christ and his devout Christianity in the song. The accompanied video, showing scenes from Johnny’s past, won a Grammy for, ‘Best video of the year.’ Later in 2011, NME  named the video, ‘The best video of all time.’ Watch it below.

-Amy Haben

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