Friday, May 8, 2015

The Lord Was His "Happening"

I could attempt to explain who Pastor John Rydgren was, but one of the YouTube clips posted below is probably enough of an introduction.  I first became aware of Rydgren's work through the vinyl album titled Silhouette Segments, which was a collection of excerpts from the good pastor's radio show (circa late 1960s).  Rydgren attempted to spread the word of the gospel to the youth of the time via "hip talk," translating biblical passages into groovy language the kids could all dig.  Check out some of the clips below and find out what was "happening"...

Apparently Rydgren also did some other radio work, including some spot ads for films:

The Night Visitor radio spot

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Shocking Asia

Okay, I lied.  Nothing particularly shocking here.  A little weird or exotic, maybe.  Here’s a raw and ragged collection of obscure instrumental music from asian countries…Japan, China, Thailand, southeast asia, perhaps a few from Indonesia/Malaysia, etc.  A lot of these tracks came from great blogs/sharity sites like RADIODIFFUSION INTERNASIONAAL, MADROTTER TREASURE HUNT, ARCHIVE OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN MUSICWAXIDERMY, and so on.  Artists include the Stylers, the Silverstones, the Space Men, the Brothers Hawk, the Apollo, Son of P.M., Charlie & the Boys, Band 4 Nada, White Cloud Orchestra, the Telstar Combo, the Planets, the Quests, Blue Star Chorus, and more.  Rock, pop, surf, spy and spaghetti western themes, cover versions, updated traditional tunes...74 tracks total in the file (a drop in the bucket, from my ridiculously vast and still growing collection).  Enjoy.  Buy some art or make a donation, if you’re so inclined.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Surfin' Creatures

Who's in the mood for some SURF MUSIC?!?  The tracks below are some of my favorites, all featured on the classic SURF CREATURE compilation series.  Cowabunga!  (--Whatever THAT means...)

**BONUS!**  Frolic Diner Vols. 1 - 6 at Old Melodies!

Friday, April 17, 2015

LineWork NW

Last year's LINEWORK NW was a remarkably well-attended and "happening" event, considering the fact that it was the first one!  This year I'm looking forward to visiting with old friends and out-of-town colleagues like Daniel Clowes (whose hardcover, slipcased, complete EIGHTBALL series is now available from Fantagraphics).  The event runs Sat. through Sun., apparently from 12 to 8 PM both days.  Keep in mind that most exhibitors will be "tabling" one day only, so be sure to come both days if you want to see everyone (Dan Clowes is here Sunday only).  Click the link below for more event info.


Thursday, April 16, 2015