Monthly Archives: October 2008

Lily Allen’s “ethereal” New “Fuck You”

 

Lily Allen’s “Ethereal” new “Fuck You”

10-29-08

 

 

Lily, it’s not you,
it’s us…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

This just got slipped over the BLURT transom… honestly, we
don’t make this stuff up – “more ethereal songs” with titles like “Fuck You”?
“I’ve grown up a bit as a person” coming from a potty-mouthed lush like
Allen? You gotta be kidding us! While we’re on the subject, let’s revisit
those “Lily-as-topless-blonde” photos from awhile back:

 

 

 

 

 

Whee, she can fly, too! Okay, on to the press release on this artist of unusual diversity!

 

 

***

 On February 10th, 2009, Capitol Records will release It’s Not Me,
It’s You
, the follow-up to Lily Allen’s critically acclaimed
2007 debut, Alright, Still. Recorded at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, the album
finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender’s recent “In
The Studio” feature described as “part God, part country and all
middle finger.” Allen wrote and recorded the album’s 12 songs
with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on
three songs for Alright, Still – “Everything’s Just
Wonderful,” “Alfie” and “Not Big.”

     “We decided to try and make bigger sounding,
more ethereal songs, real songs,” says Lily, who will be touring
the U.S.
in the spring. “I wanted to work with one person from start to finish to
make it one body of work. I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of
integrity. I think I’ve grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects
that.”

     On It’s Not Me, It’s You, Lily’s characteristically sharp observations find expression in a variety of musical
styles, with influences ranging from the Jazz Era to country and western to
dance music. “Highlights include ‘Everyone’s at It,’ a synth-pop song
about prescription drugs that features Allen on xylophone; ‘He Wasn’t There,’
which matches emotional lyrics about her absent father to a jazz groove; and
‘Not Fair,’ a saucy country song about an inadequate lover,” said Rolling
Stone
.

    Often called the queen of MySpace – a reference to the
massive interest generated by early demos she posted on her page – Lily was hailed by NME as “the archetypal singer-songwriter for the
iPod generation” while The New York Times observed, “She
symbolizes a new blogging-age, middle-class girl: cockily ambitious,
skeptical yet enthusiastic, technically savvy, musically open, obsessed with
public expression and ready to fight back.” 

     After a release week performance on “Saturday
Night Live,” Alright, Still bowed at No. 20 on The Billboard
200
in February 2007. Certified Gold in the States, it has sold over 2.5
million copies worldwide. Allen, who was nominated for four Brit
awards, a GRAMMY® award and an MTV Video Music award, toured the U.S.
numerous times and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno,”  “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “TODAY.”
A succession of collaborations with artists including Robbie Williams, Mark
Ronson, Common, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie T and the Kaiser Chiefs further enhanced
Lily’s reputation as an artist of unusual diversity.

The track listing for It’s Not Me, It’s You is as follows:

1.    Everyone’s At It
2.    The Fear
3.    It’s Not Fair
4.    22
5.    I Could Say
6.    Go Back To the Start
7.    Never Gonna Happen
8.    Fuck You
9.    Who’d’ve Known
10.    Chinese
11.    Him
12.    He Wasn’t There

 

 

Music Tapes’ Koster Comes Caroling

 

What’s that sound
outside the house, ma? Why, it’s that cute little Koster boy from down the
street…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Julian Koster of the Music Tapes and Neutral Milk Hotel wants
to come to your house and sing Christmas carols. Specifically, he’s taking his
Singing Saw Symphony on the road in two weeks and is soliciting invites from
YOU, gentle readers. It’s all part of an intriguing promotion
for the SSS’s holiday album, The Singing Saw at Christmastime, which
dropped recently courtesy Merge.

 

 

If you sign up for the tour, Koster & Co. will literally
carol you into a state of ecstatic Christmas Cheer – all you have to do is
invite them.  He’ll play songs of The Music Tapes and the Saws will play
their holiday favorites for hosts and their assembled guests.

 

 

Households who would like to invite Julian and his friends
to come carol may do so by sending an invitation to musictapescaroling@gmail.com  or
by mailing a written invitation to:  

 

 

MUSIC TAPES CAROLING

C.O. G.Stewart

175 Talmadge St

Apt 1

Athens, GA 30605

 

 

Written invitations will be given priority, as well as
invitations where the invitees indicate that they would be willing to entertain
outside guests on caroling night.  Once the limit on houses on a given
night has been reached, the addresses of each of the houses that will welcome
guests will be distributed via email to all others who wish to attend. The
addresses of the houses will not be posted online.

 

 

Check orbitinghumancircus.com for
updates and further details.

 

 

Tentative list of
cities:

 

 

November 14th   Atlanta,
GA

November 15th   Savannah,
GA

November 16th   Northern Florida

November 18th   Baton Rouge
/ New Orleans, LA

November 19th   Houston,
TX

November 20th   Austin,
TX

November 21st   Denton,
TX

November 22nd   Oklahoma
City, OK

November 24th   Lawrence
/ Kansas City, KS

November 25th   Ames, IA / Iowa City,
IA

November 26th   Minneapolis,
MN

November 28th   Madison,
WI

November 30th   Ann
Arbor, MI

December 1st    Toronto, ON

December 4th    Montreal, QC

December 6th    Bennington, VT

December 7th    Providence, RI

December 8th    Tivoli, NY

December 10th   Northhampton,
MA

December 12th   New
York City, NY 

December 14th   Philadelphia,
PA

 

 

 

Lily Allen’s "ethereal" New "Fuck You"

 

Lily Allen’s “Ethereal” new “Fuck You”

10-29-08

 

 

Lily, it’s not you,
it’s us…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

This just got slipped over the BLURT transom… honestly, we
don’t make this stuff up – “more ethereal songs” with titles like “Fuck You”?
“I’ve grown up a bit as a person” coming from a potty-mouthed lush like
Allen? You gotta be kidding us! While we’re on the subject, let’s revisit
those “Lily-as-topless-blonde” photos from awhile back:

 

 

 

 

 

Whee, she can fly, too! Okay, on to the press release on this artist of unusual diversity!

 

 

***

 On February 10th, 2009, Capitol Records will release It’s Not Me,
It’s You
, the follow-up to Lily Allen’s critically acclaimed
2007 debut, Alright, Still. Recorded at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, the album
finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender’s recent “In
The Studio” feature described as “part God, part country and all
middle finger.” Allen wrote and recorded the album’s 12 songs
with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on
three songs for Alright, Still – “Everything’s Just
Wonderful,” “Alfie” and “Not Big.”

     “We decided to try and make bigger sounding,
more ethereal songs, real songs,” says Lily, who will be touring
the U.S.
in the spring. “I wanted to work with one person from start to finish to
make it one body of work. I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of
integrity. I think I’ve grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects
that.”

     On It’s Not Me, It’s You, Lily’s characteristically sharp observations find expression in a variety of musical
styles, with influences ranging from the Jazz Era to country and western to
dance music. “Highlights include ‘Everyone’s at It,’ a synth-pop song
about prescription drugs that features Allen on xylophone; ‘He Wasn’t There,’
which matches emotional lyrics about her absent father to a jazz groove; and
‘Not Fair,’ a saucy country song about an inadequate lover,” said Rolling
Stone
.

    Often called the queen of MySpace – a reference to the
massive interest generated by early demos she posted on her page – Lily was hailed by NME as “the archetypal singer-songwriter for the
iPod generation” while The New York Times observed, “She
symbolizes a new blogging-age, middle-class girl: cockily ambitious,
skeptical yet enthusiastic, technically savvy, musically open, obsessed with
public expression and ready to fight back.” 

     After a release week performance on “Saturday
Night Live,” Alright, Still bowed at No. 20 on The Billboard
200
in February 2007. Certified Gold in the States, it has sold over 2.5
million copies worldwide. Allen, who was nominated for four Brit
awards, a GRAMMY® award and an MTV Video Music award, toured the U.S.
numerous times and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno,”  “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “TODAY.”
A succession of collaborations with artists including Robbie Williams, Mark
Ronson, Common, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie T and the Kaiser Chiefs further enhanced
Lily’s reputation as an artist of unusual diversity.

The track listing for It’s Not Me, It’s You is as follows:

1.    Everyone’s At It
2.    The Fear
3.    It’s Not Fair
4.    22
5.    I Could Say
6.    Go Back To the Start
7.    Never Gonna Happen
8.    Fuck You
9.    Who’d’ve Known
10.    Chinese
11.    Him
12.    He Wasn’t There

 

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Wed – NY Dolls

 

 

Compiled by Blurt Staff

 

206 digital, satellite and hi-def channels and nothin’ on?
Not likely. Here are BLURT’s top music television picks of the day. The time is
followed by the network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program
and/or featured artist(s). All times are EST. For a comprehensive hour-by-hour
listing, go to the VH1 Rock On TV site.
Note that for certain channels, shows frequently repeat during the day on or
subsequent days.

 

 

TIME (EST) / CHANNEL
/ PROGRAM / ARTIST(S)

 

 

7:00 AM ABC: Good Morning America: k.d. lang

 

8:00 AM TVONE: Tom Joyner Sky Show: Stevie Wonder

 

9:00 AM SYN: The Bonnie Hunt Show: Labelle

 

11:30 AM NICK: Yo Gabba Gabba!: Paul Williams

 

1:00 PM RAVE HD: Other Voices: Ray Davies , Candie Payne ,
Mick Flannery , Glen Hansard , Markéta Irglová

 

2:30 PM FUEL: The Daily Habit: Jamie Anderson, Darker My
Love

 

3:30 PM Smithsonian: The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice:
Wanda Jackson , Elvis Presley , Buddy Holly , Johnny Cash , Jerry Lee Lewis ,
Elvis Costello

 

5:00 PM PLD HD: SoulStage: The Roots

 

6:00 PM BET: 106 & Park: John Legend

 

7:00 PM Great American Country: Opry Live: Keith Urban ,
Marty Stuart , Carolina
Chocolate Drops

 

9:00 PM Rave HD Concerts: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
Live from Gatorville

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: Ryan Adams

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: The Kooks

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Whigs

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: Last Shadow
Puppets

 

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: The New
York Dolls

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Gavin DeGraw

 

SXSW Film Fest Announces Speakers

 

 

Todd Haynes and
Richard Linklater among the initial confirmations.

 

By Blurt Staff

For next year’s South by Southwest (SXSW)
Film  Conference & Festival – which takes place March 13-21, partly overlapping
with the Music Conference on March 18-22 – the first round of speakers has been
confirmed. The event will feature acclaimed writer/directors Todd Haynes
and Richard Linklater in conversation together, as well 
as a rare appearance by Col Needham, Founder and Vice President of  IMDb Service Limited to discuss the nature of
information in the  entertainment industry.  Longtime Stanley Kubrick producer, Jan Harlan
rounds out the group and will speak on his vast filmmaking  experience.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with this first round of speaker announcements,
“said Janet Pierson, Producer of SXSW Film Conference and Festival,
in a statement. “These are vital innovators, and true ambassadors
for  the spirit of SXSW.  In these turbulent times we feel this is
more  important than ever as we head further and faster into unknown territory.”

This will be the 16th SXSW Film Conference &
Festival, and the usual Call for Entries is currently open with an early
deadline of November 14, 2008 and a final deadline of December 12, 2008. More information can be found at: sxsw.com/film.

 

Live Exclusives: Magnetic Fields, Laika & Cosmos

 

All the concert news
‘n’ reviews that’s fit to print.

By Blurt Staff

 

More concert coverage from your friendly neighborhood BLURT
– this time, we’ve got Laika & the Cosmonauts in San
Francisco
and Magnetic Fields in Washington, DC.

 

 

 

 

  • *Jud Cost pulled up his rickshaw at the Rickshaw
    Stop in San Francisco
    Oct. 16 to catch Finnish surf demons Laika & the Cosmonauts on their
    farewell tour. Writes Cost, “With a dramatically executed set-list played by a
    band that, after two decades on the road, is tighter than a well-digger’s
    sphincter, the two hours flew by in a gorgeous Mercury 7 exhaust plume.”

 

 

  • *And just two nights ago, on Oct. 26, Zach
    Herrmann was at DC’s George Washington University Lisner Auditorium to see
    Stephin Merritt & Co. (otherwise known as the Magnetic Fields) for a rare
    live performance. “The band sticks to a soft, acoustic format, sans percussion,”
    observes Herrman. “The five-piece band, including vocalist Sally Simms, had
    little trouble filling out the reasonably small theater. But especially with
    each member spaced out across the entire stage, everything aurally and visually
    evident suggested a larger imaginable presence.”

 

Check ‘em out at the provided links, or simply scroll down
the BLURT front page to the reviews section. We’ve also got new book, DVD and
CD reviews being added daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes We Can: Obama Campaign Comp CD

 

Cross-genre who’s-who of stars come out to contribute
to inspiring collection.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Inspired by the grassroots
movement created by Barack Obama’s historic presidential run and his call for
“Change We Can Believe In,” Hidden Beach Recordings (HBR) has
assembled a first-of-its-kind music compilation featuring an array of artists
and material that reflects America’s
diversity and taps into the creative community’s overwhelming response to the
campaign’s universal themes of hope, unity and change.

 

 

The 18-song disc, Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement,
borrows its name from one of the campaign’s central messages and boasts a
stellar collection of artists from across genres, including such renowned
multi-platinum performers as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Kanye
West, Jill Scott, Los Lonely Boys, Jackson Browne, BeBe Winans, Lionel Richie,
Adam Levine, Keb’ Mo’ and John Legend. The project features current and classic
material as well as new music heard here for the first time along with speech
excerpts from the Democratic nominee, which are embedded throughout the
project. The full track listing is below; 11 of the 18 songs with versions
exclusive to this album.

 

 

Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement is available via both digital download and hardcopy
CD exclusively on the Obama campaign’s official website (www.BarackObama.com , with all proceeds
benefiting the campaign’s fundraising efforts. Following the November 4th
election, the disc will be made available beginning November 11 via Hidden Beach’s
website as well as at retail outlets worldwide.  Plans call for Hidden Beach
to donate a portion of the proceeds to a number of charitable organizations as
voted on by fans who purchase the CD.

 

 

Spearheaded by Hidden Beach
CEO and Founder Steve McKeever, Yes We
Can
came about as a result of a broad-based and increasingly urgent desire
by artists and other conscious individuals to join in the grassroots efforts to
bring about positive change. Hidden Beach–widely respected for innovation,
quality and a commitment to social empowerment–was considered the logical
place to harness this energy and bring this project to light. 

 

 

The call for material and
participation inspired more than 150 submissions from some of the industry’s
most respected, talented and accomplished artists hailing from all music forms
and backgrounds.   Whether current hits, new tunes or classic tracks,
central to the material chosen for Yes We
Can
are the songs paralleling the Obama campaign’s core ideas of
patriotism, perseverance and a sense of shared responsibility, among other
concepts defining this historic movement.

 

 

“This year’s election
has inspired unprecedented enthusiasm and activism. Obama supporters from
Nevada to New Hampshire are finding their own way to get involved–volunteering
to knock on doors, registering new voters, and artists have created new works,
including posters, sculptures, and music,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman
Moira Mack, in a statement. “With the stakes so high and November right
around the corner, we are thankful to all the Obama supporters who are
communicating the importance of voting in this election.”

 

 

Added McKeever, “Thanks
to the hard working staff at the entire Obama campaign along with the help of
some of the world’s top artists and industry professionals, we’ve created what
we believe to be the first-ever presidential campaign compilation. The
incredible response by the creative community to this project underscores how
deeply inspiring this campaign has been across boundaries.  The artists
involved truly reflect America’s
diversity, and speak to a real grassroots approach to affecting change, and the
music really underscores how much more this country has in common than it has
differences.”

 

 

Included on Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement:
John Mayer’s Waiting On
The World To Change,” BeBe Winans’ “I Have A Dream,” Jill Scott’s “One Is The Magic,” Jackson Browne’s Looking East,” Sheryl Crow’s “Out Of Our Heads,” Los
Lonely Boys’ “Make It
Better,” Keb’ Mo’s “America
The Beautiful,” Yolanda Adams’ “Hold On,” Ozomatli’s “Love & Hope” and Stevie Wonder’s legendary tune
and official Obama-Biden Campaign anthem “Sign,
Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”  Several of these songs
are now worked into unique “Obama” versions featuring some inspiring
speech excerpts from the campaign trail.

 

 

New music featured on the
music compilation includes Lionel Richie’s “Eternity,” Dave Stewart’s “American Prayer,” John Legend’s “Pride In The Name Of Love,”
Suai’s “Am I All Alone?”
Ken Stacey’s “America,” Malik Yusef’s
Promised Land,”
featuring Kanye West and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, and Shontelle’s “Battle Cry.”

 

 

Samples of the material and
additional background on Yes We Can:
Voices of a Grassroots Movement
can be found at the official Hidden Beach
website.

 . 

 

 

Track List:

 

**Eternity

Lionel Richie+

Signed, Sealed,
Delivered I’m Yours

Stevie Wonder

**Waiting On
The World To Change

John Mayer+

American Prayer

Dave Stewart#

**Battle Cry

Shontelle+

**Make It
Better

Los Lonely
Boys+

**Pride, In The
Name of Love

John Legend+

I Have A Dream

Bebe Winans#

**Am I All
Alone?

Suai+

**One Is The
Magic #

Jill Scott+

**Love and Hope

Ozomatli+

Looking East

Jackson Browne

Out Of Our
Heads

Sheryl Crow

**Promised Land

Malik Yusef
w/Kanye West and Adam Levine

Hold On

Yolanda Adams

**America The
Beautiful

Keb’ Mo’+

**America

Ken Stacey

Wide River To Cross

Buddy Miller+

 

 

Note:   
+ indicates excerpts of speeches from Senator Barack Obama

           
# indicates excepts of speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

           
** indicates songs with versions exclusive to this album

 

 

 

 

Blues Label Black Top Catalog Reissued

 

Music, via Hep Cat
Records, testifies for the blues once again…

 

By Mandy Rodgers

 

 

Founded in 1981 by Nauman S. Scott III and Hammond Scott,
Black Top Records has been an influential blues and R&B record label since
its inception, issuing more than a hundred albums. The label eventually folded
in 1999, and three years after that Nauman Scott passed away. Since then some
of the back catalog has been picked up for reissue, but now Hep Cat Records, an
imprint of reissue specialists Collectors’ Choice, aims for a comprehensive
resurrection of the label.

 

 

As Black Top’s first release was Anson Funderburgh & the
Rockets’ Talk to You By Hand (1981),
the  new reissue series begins,
fittingly, with that album and others from James Harman Band, Rick “LA Holmes”
Holmstrom, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers and Ronnie Earl & the
Broadcasters.

 

 

On October 28, five more singles are joining the list of
those reissued. Some of the albums set to be reissued are Do Not Disturb (James Harman Band), She Knocks Me Out (Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets), Soul Searching (Ronnie Earl & the
Broadcasters) and My Love is Here to Stay (Sam Myers & Anson Funderburgh).

 

You can pick up the reissues at the Collectors’ Choice
website. Just go to the Hep Cat page.

 

 

Vid: Flaming Lips, Others Do NBC Theme

 

Those three popular
chimes are getting a reworking.

 

By Mandy Rodgers

 

For 75 years TV audiences have identified channel NBC with
its recognizable three chimes. The notes are simply G, E, C, but played in that
order, the colorful NBC emblem immediately comes to mind. To play with its own
theme song, NBC called on an array of artists to record eight-second pieces
doing whatever they want and then ending with their own arrangement of the
famous G, E, C, progression. The spots will begin airing around Thanksgiving of
this year.

 

 

Starring NBC’s own stars and a variety of musical groups and
individuals, the short spots began shooting last week. Called “Chime In,” the
commercial with non-musical actors features John Stamos (ER), Christian Slater (My Own
Worst Enemy
), Jenna Fischer (The
Office
) and Masi Oka (Heroes)
among others humming (or bonging) the tune or discussing NBC’s winter line-up,
including the Super Bowl.

 

 

As for the musical guests, B.B. King, Richie Sambora, The B-52s,
Clint Black, T.I. and the Flaming Lips are set to have promos
on the network. Entertainment Weekly joined Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne as the group shot its piece and talked
about guitar hero’s influence and the legend of those chimes.

 

 

Watch a video of Wayne Coyne’s chat with EW HERE – watching the Lips churning
through eight seconds of patented Lips-noize, and concluding with a majestic
3-note finale, is worth the price of admission alone.

 

 

Speaking of the Lips, we have a review of the band’s new
film Christmas On Mars film in our
new (November) issue of the official BLURT digi-mag. Watch the BLURT site for
the magazine to go live this week.

 

 

VCR Player R.I.P. 1975-2008

 

JVC brings down the curtain on standalone
players and recorders.

 

By
Fred Mills

 

Sad news,
gearheads and bootleg tape trader fiends: according to tech site Engadget, this
week “marks the end of an era” – JVC, the last remaining electronics
manufacture to produce VCR players, has announced it will no longer be
manufacturing standalone units.

 

 

You remember the VCR, right? That bulky,
funny-looking gadget you used to play your Betamax, and later VHS, tapes on?
The one you manned until all hours of the morning trying to nab some obscure
film being broadcast on the local affiliate, or this week’s edition of seminal
music program The Midnight Special,
or if you were really lucky, some amateur porn being broadcast over a tiny cable
access channel.

 

 

I
still have fond memories of being off at college when, upon learning that PiL
was about to appear on American Bandstand,
I frantically dialed my mom and begged her to pop in a blank tape and record
the show for me (our family had a recorder but I didn’t – back then, they cost
something like 900 bucks). I also got her into the habit of putting in a tape
every Saturday night around 11:30 and just letting it run while NBC aired Saturday Night Live – and yes, you
guessed it, I acquired a trove of vintage Saturday
Night Live
programs that way, including all the early, classic music
performances (Elvis Costello et al).
And let’s not forget rival comedy/music program Fridays – the 4-song Clash appearance was among network TV’s most
memorable music broadcasts ever.

 

 

Thanks,
mom.

 

 

At
any rate, Engadget waxes nostalgically too:

 

 

“Today, friends, is a day worth remembering.
Today truly marks the end of an era, as so far as we can tell, JVC really was
the only company still producing standalone VCRs. Of course, the outfit will
continue to serve customers with a need to play back VHS tapes by offering up
DVD / VHS combo units, but those looking for a shiny new slice of retro in 2008
will be out of luck after remaining inventories dry up. 

 

“All told, over 900 million VCRs were
produced worldwide, with 50 million of those boasting a JVC label. We simply
couldn’t think of a more fitting way to put the iconic VCR (which just turned
30 in 2005) to bed than by hosting up a poll and soliciting your input —
here’s hoping the videocassette lives on in your domicile in one form or
another, even if it’s just the resident dust collector.”

 

 

If
you go to the Endgadget site you can also vote in their poll. As of this
writing the “I’ve got one, but it hasn’t been used in eons” response is in the
lead:

 

 

  • Yes! Use my standalone VCR
    regularly! 3061
    (9.8%)
  • I’ve got one in a combo
    unit. 3255
    (10.5%)
  • I’ve got one, but it
    hasn’t been used in eons. 11762 (37.8%)
  • No way — sent mine to the
    thrift store years ago. 5442 (17.5%)
  • Just picked up a huge lot
    on eBay! 148
    (0.5%)
  • Did VHS really outlast HD
    DVD? Damn. 7476
    (24.0%)

 

 

And
just for the record, I own a combo VCR/DVD unit by Sony, but I also own a
standalone double-well dubbing deck manufactured by GoVideo (the company that
specialized in producing, for awhile, units that could override copy-protection
features on commercially-manuractured video tapes).

 

 

Shit.
I’m feeling really nostalgic now.  Somewhere I’ve got a tape-box full of Flaming Lips
concerts filmed way back on their Hear It
Is
tour. Time to go watch them again. Here’s hoping the tracking function
on one of my players still works.

 

 

Meanwhile,
expect a backlash, 8-track style, from collectors everywhere. Something about
primitive technology that a true luddite simply can’t resist, I guess…