Sunday, December 27, 2009

De La Soul

This is pretty great.

Cryan Shames- The Painter

It's good to rediscover your old records. Happy New Year!

Monday, October 19, 2009

He's On Erol

Erol Alkan's mix today on BBC 6 has a ton of my favorite artists. The Kindness, Space Art, Memory Tapes, and Fools Gold. He also plays "You'll Disappear". There's a great mix of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" by St. Etienne that I'm searching for as a download but haven't found yet.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"15 to 20 80Kidz Remix"-- The Phenomenal Handclap Band

We've gotten a lot of great remixes from the likes of Prins Thomas, Bim Marx, and Horse Meat Disco. This one is really over the top--in a good way.

"Sugar Daddy"--Michigan and Smiley

I've watched this dozens of times. It gets taken down from ol' Youtube pretty often.

Friday, October 9, 2009

"Mania De Voce" --Rita Lee

We've been Rita Lee fans for a while. Her solo work gets overshadowed in the U.S. by her work with her first band, Os Mutantes. Her career post Mutantes has an incredible depth. Her songwriting is spectacular.

On a separate note, new DFA signees, Canyons, sampled her beautiful song "Caso Serio" on their great "Apples and Pears".

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Not All Po Po Bad

Allen Thayer and the good folks at Wax Poetics just did a piece on us.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Kindness --"Gee Up"

The A side of this 7" is even better. Thanks to the dj in Leeds for playing this one.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Merry Go Round - Time Will Show The Wiser

We posted the Fairport Convention's live version of this a while ago. Here's the original by Emitt Rhodes' old band.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Debunked Rumor Debunked

It’s true what you’ve heard about paper money having cocaine on it.

Published: August 17, 2009
You have probably heard the rumor that most American paper currency is contaminated with cocaine. It’s not a rumor, however — it’s true.

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And it’s even truer now. A study by Yuegang Zuo of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and colleagues has found that about 90 percent of banknotes contain traces of cocaine. That’s up from 67 percent in a similar study two years ago.

The researchers used water and an ultrasonic extraction process, followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to quantify the amount of cocaine in more than 230 bills collected in 17 cities. They found traces ranging from less than one-hundredth of a microgram to more than 1,000 micrograms, or about one-30,000th of an ounce. The findings were presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington.

The researchers found that bills from Washington had the highest prevalence of cocaine, about 95 percent. Over all, $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills had more cocaine than $1 and $100 bills. They also tested currency from Brazil and China, finding cocaine in 80 percent of the Brazilian real bills and 20 percent of Chinese renminbi notes.

The researchers noted that the amounts of cocaine were not enough to cause any health (or drug-testing) concerns. And the findings do not mean that 9 of every 10 bills have been used to snort cocaine. The drug, a fine powder, spreads easily through bill-counting machines and other currency handling methods.

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Radio Triple J Australia

Daniel was interviewed on the Morning Show with Zan

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Tada is an incredible musician who happened to get the business from this viral ad Allen Funt advert. Tada plays in Chin Chin and he's played percussion for us live a few times.

Hermeto Pascoal

I saw Hermeto play in Brazil in the '90s. He plays a pig on stage. He played a giant trumpet. A glass of water. And he played his beard. My favorite record of his is with his band, Quarteto Novo.

Wisdom on Youtube

I heard the drummer got high on acid and micro-waved a badger... no hate, please!
BohemianBanditt (1 week ago) 0 Reply
Omg wtf micro-waved a badger!?Where did u hear that?...Thats horrible!
mollykinvara (5 days ago) 0 Reply
where'd he get the badger?
that'd make for a good song
B00113560 (3 weeks ago) 0 Reply
omg were did he find a badger?

Someone posted a photo of a kid in blue jeans with the song "15 to 20" to accompany it. For now, I suppose that's the video for our song. The comments below are pretty incredible. I really hope the Woody and the badger story gets some legs. Where did he find a badger, indeed?

We are filming a video for "15 to 20" directed by Moh Azima. It will be finished by the end of the month.

This just came out in Australia:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thanks, NME...we think.

Three Feet High and Rising -- De La Soul

Just read this oral history on this album. I know this record gets mentioned all the time, but the article reminds me of how incredible this record is.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Bing Ji LIng -- New Album

Daniel and I (as Embassy Sound Productions (ESP)) just finished a record with our estimable vocalist/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, Quinn Luke aka Bing Ji Ling. It's an acid-rock soul record that we're really proud of. Patrick Wood is on drums and Luke O'Malley handles all of the bass and most of the guitar. We're just starting to figure out how we're going to release it.
Photo by Ryan Muir.

The Thomas Crown Affair -- Norman Jewison

Edited by Hal Ashby. Score by Michel Legrand. This video cut together by some youtuber.

The Landlord -- Hal Ashby

Note the subtle marketing from United Artists. This movie was filmed a neighborhood away from mine in Brooklyn. Back then, the block was filled with people who wouldn't pay rent. Now, it's millionaires with strollers.

Hal Ashby's first feature. Scored by Al Kooper. Ashby tried for Neil Young and originally he cut the movie to Sly and the Family Stone. Kooper's score, however, is incredible. Check out the amazing montage at minute 6. Also, notice Richard Nixon on the TV. All of Hashby's 70s films have nonsense on the TV. Shampoo and Being There have the most, as I remember.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thanks, BBC 1.

DJ Zane Lowe has been very generous to us on his widely-acclaimed BBC 1 radio show, and now has written about us on his blog

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rotary Connection - Didn't Wanna Have To Do It

Our favorite version of this John Sebastian song, by the sublime Rotary Connection, arranged by the supremely talented Charles Stepney.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Phenomenal Handclap Band on Valentine's Day

We're slated to play at the launch of Alexander McQueen's diffusion line for Target in Brooklyn on February 14th. Check our Myspace page for details.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren

The wonderful Maya Deren. Avant garde filmmaker and voodoo expert.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Good Old-Fashioned Hippie Rhetoric

the end of Reverend Joseph E. Lowery's Benediction Speech

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I can't use colour


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Virginia O'Brien- "Rock a Bye Baby"

from the Marx Brothers movie Big Store (1941)