Amazing Grace On The Matryomin Sounds Strangely Wonderful

A matryomin is an unusual instrument. It’s a cross between a miniature, pitch-only, theremin and a matryoshka doll (a Russian nesting doll). The instrument has a cult following in Japan.

This video shows a matryomin ensemble called “Da” at the auditorium of Jiyugakuen Myonichikan in Tokyo on 22 Jan. 2011. The ensemble consisted of 167 musicians playing Amazing Grace. It sounds wonderful – in a strangely creepy sort of way.

Recently the ensemble group Da broke a world record for the “Largest Matryomin Ensemble” by gathering over 277 musicians in concert.

via youtube

Here is a link to the mp3 if you want it: Amazing Grace by Da

The Best Two Second Slayer Video Ever

I was upset to read that Slayer’s guitarist Jeff Hanneman died yesterday morning at age 49. In honor of Jeff’s passing I present to you my most favorite two second Slayer video ever.

These two ushers had a hell of a night during the August 25th 2010 Slayer show at Magness Arena in Denver, CO. They stood like that the entire night. Magness Arena really doesn’t have a lot of concerts (Though I have seen Pixies and Jane’s Addiction there) and I don’t think these poor ladies had any idea what they were in for.

Rotten Cheese

Considered by many to be the mother of all Ween bootlegs, Rotten Cheese is a six disc compilation showcasing the finest and brownest moments of Ween’s 1994-1995 Chocolate & Cheese tour. The comp was put together by Kirk Miller, Ween’s sound mixer during the tour so all the songs are straight off he board. There are plenty of highlights here including the 26 minute long “Poopship Destroyer” recorded in Hamburg, Germany, to obscurities like “I Get A Little Taste Of You” and “Dirty Money”. But as you can see from the track lists below this only scratches the surface.

I’ll be seeding the entire set on the brown tracker for next couple of weeks if you want to download the torrent. Otherwise you can download the first five albums from the links in the set list below.

Enjoy!
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The Ramones Live: 26 Songs In 54 Minutes

Recorded at the Palladium, NYC, January 7, 1978. A monumental concert from one of America’s greatest bands performing at their peak in front of an adoring home audience.

The Ramones Live At The Palladium
01. Rockaway Beach
02. Teenage Lobotomy
03. Blitzkrieg Bop
04. I Wanna Be Well
05. Glad To See You Go
06. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
07. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
08. I Don’t Care
09. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
10. Havana Affair
11. Commando
12. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
13. Surfin’ Bird
14. Cretin Hop
15. Listen To My Heart
16. California Sun
17. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
18. Pinhead
19. Do You Wanna Dance?
20. Chainsaw
21. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
22. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
23. Suzy Is A Headbanger
24. Let’s Dance
25. Oh Oh I Love Her So
26. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
27. We’re A Happy Family

SLAYER!

Slayer

Slayer

I get to check another goal off the old life list.

Having missed out on a couple opportunities in the past I finally had my chance to see Slayer at Magness arena. It was the loudest show I have ever seen (by far). Forget amps that go to 11, Slayer’s go all the way to 666. It was a full-on sonic assault on my ears and I loved it. They started off with two songs and then pummeled there way through the entire Seasons In The Abyss album. The encore whipped the crowd into a frenzy with “South Of Heaven”, “Raining Blood,” “Aggressive Perfector” and show closer, 1986’s brutal and harrowing “Angel of Death”. I can’t wait to see them again.
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JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band

JoJo's Mardi Gras Band

Last weekend I went to see JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. JoJo is the keyboardist for Widespread Panic, but his side project is nothing like his main band – Jojo’s Mardi Gras Band plays nothing but fast moving Mardi Gras music that keeps you but shaking the entire time. They have that quintessential sound of New Orleans. I suggest the next time your in town you go check them out. JoJo’s MGB doesn’t have any recorded music but you can purchase a live album of their 2007 Denver performance. Somebody at the show on Saturday had a mic set up, so I’m sure there is a copy of it out there somewhere. Taper, if your reading this, I’d love a copy. As an added extra bonus to the evening I visited my secret bar.
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Can You Taste The Waste?

Ween blew my mind (again). They started the show with the one song I wanted to hear and ended with one I never expected to hear. The whole thing was great, though the acoustic set was a little slow for me until Joppa and Buenos Tardes. Over all it was a great show. Anyway, here is video of the “Awesome Sound” encore everybody seemed to love.

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Here is the setlist for the night:
What deaner talkin bout
Piss up a rope
Spinal
Bananas
Learnin 2 love
Take me away
Transdermal
Don’t get 2 close
Woman and man
Marbles
Bare hands
Roses
Yer party (only repaeat)
Daisies
Stay 4 ever
Stroker ace
Gabrielle
Dr rock
Did U see me
(Acoustic)
Joppa
Mucous
U were the fool
Lips
Back 2 basom
Squelch
Buenos tardes
(E)
going gets tuff
i’m in the mood (wacky)
enabler
big jilm
awesome sound
squeal on the pusher into destruction of cluade’s drums

Here is a before picture:
Calm Before The Storm I

Here is a during picture:
Ween In Full Force

Here is an after picture:
Aftermath of the Ween Show
After the storm photo courtesy of JW.

And lastly, Ween had a secret free show in Fort Collins on Tuesday. You can download an mp3 of it if you’d like.