I’ve been dog-sick with a fever for most of this new year and only two things so far have gotten me seriously up: seeing Melvin Van Peebles at a live audience Q+A (up soon) and the announcement of the 2011 Bonnaroo line-up. Herewith, the first round of the line-up and a few flashback vids from from ?uestlove +Led Zeps JPJ + Ben Harper jamming, David Byrne, Neon Indian, Erykah Badu and !!!, with much more en route…WARNING: partial nudity, nipplez alert!
For the first time in U.S. history — despite the fact that radio is already first amendment right — The Fed is opening up the radio dial to low-power FM stations in urban areas. Applications will be accepted soon, and here’s the info, from my in-box to your screen. …MORE
You’ve probably already seen the video of a homeless gentleman begging for change while holding a sign reading “I have the God-given gift of a great voice” – and then proving, when asked by a local reporter, that he really does possess an incredible voice. It is a great story with a great new beginning, as this gentleman now has several job offers. I’d like to show you another video – it is in fact the very first video I ever uploaded to Youtube, and it features another obscured talent, another dream deferred…At the time, I asked anyone watching the video to please write a beat for it, help him produce a track, and I’d put them in touch.
I wasn’t sure I’d make it, but I’m damn glad I made this show…here’s some lovely live music, plus a turgid trip down memory lane, and a few corny year-end reflections. ‘Tis the season, reading optional.
Here’s a quick clip of director Julie Taymor explaining how, after cutting the final speech from The Tempest, she decided to put it back via the song in the end-credits, which she felt had to be performed by Beth Gibbons, best known as the willowy, wounded — and occasionally wrathful — voice of Portishead.