Category Archives: Music

Star Wars Meet(s) the Beatles

The iconic 60s rock album meets the iconic 70s movie, in the mash-up you never knew you needed.

The album, titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, comes from Palette-Swap Ninja, which is a collaboration between keyboard player and digital drummer Jude Kelley and singer/guitarist Dan Amrich. They describe it as a “geek-culture parody project”.

They’re releasing it just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, on 25 May 2017, and the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, on 1 June 2017.

Download the full album, free at Palette-Swap Ninja.

American Gods — First Reviews

The first reviews for American Gods are in, and they’re raves. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 94%. and this review from Deadline Hollywood is pretty typical:

The first eight episodes of American Gods will play on Starz, beginning on 30 April 2017.

With my 80s obsession, you don’t really think I’d pass up a chance to post the great 80s song that’s referenced in that review, do you?

As if.

Here’s “Under The Milky Way”, by The Church:

Suspect I might have posted the review simply as an excuse to boost a great 80s song?


“The Panda Has Landed”

From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“Bao Bao, one of her keepers, Marty Dearie, and Dr. Katharine Hope landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport around 6:59 p.m. CST after a 16-hour direct flight aboard the “FedEx Panda Express,” a custom-decaled 777F aircraft. Bao Bao ate, drank and slept normally during the smooth flight.”

The National Zoo posted this look back at the Bao Bao years.

Frank Bango — “Candy Bar Killer”

Frank Bango’s 1999 Fugitive Girls has been my wake-up CD for the last week. With vocals and music by Bango, and lyrics by Richy Vesecky, this is one of those timeless power pop gems that stays forever fresh. After all these years, I still discover something new every time I listen to it.

“There was a yellow bottle
dropping white pills into pink lemonade…”

“Now they call her the Candy Bar Killer
for the wrapper she left by his side
‘It’s such fun to be beautiful and young,’
she cried.”

You can download the entire album, legally and at no cost, from the Free Music Archive.

Pond — “Sweep Me Off My Feet”

Loving “Sweep Me Off My Feet”, the new release from Pond’s upcoming album, The Weather. The video mixes runny mascara with Jesus, androgyny, and the happy, happy people from corporate stock footage.

Membership in Pond is famously fluid; Pond and Tame Impala routinely share and trade players.

According to Pond’s Nicholas Allbrook, The Weather is a concept album,

“…not completely about Perth, but focusing on all the weird contradictory things that make up a lot of colonial cities around the world. Laying out all the dark things underneath the shimmering exterior of cranes, development, money and white privilege. It’s not our place, but it is our place. British, but Australian, but not REAL Australian. On the edge of the world with a hell of a lot of fucked things defining our little city, still we try and live a wholesome respectful life, while being inherently disrespectful. At the end of all this confusion in our weird little white antipodean world, there’s the beach, purity and nature that brings us all together”.

[Thanks, Nicholas. That answers all my questions.]

The Weather will be released on 5 May 2017.

David Bowie — “No Plan”

David Bowie died a year ago today. At least, that’s the theory. There’s been speculation online that he simply created a new planet, and that all the other famous “deaths” that followed in 2016 were just the result of his gathering up some talented, creative people to live there.

Maybe so. A couple of days ago, on what would have been Ziggy Stardust’s 70th birthday, somebody released this video for Bowie’s “No Plan”.

Here’s an audio-only video of Sophia Anne Caruso singing the same song, on the Lazarus cast album: