Vangelis’ Bladerunner redux wonderfully performed by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Deckard voice-over by David Bateson.

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Edgar Froese, legendary progenitor of the early synthesizer and founding member of psychedelic rock group #TangerineDream, died in Vienna the afternoon of January 20, according to his son. The cause of death was said to be pulmonary embolism.

Alpha Centauri (LP)

Alpha Centauri (LP). Copyright 1971 Polydor Records/Tangerine Dream.

Born in war-time Germany, Froese co-founded the group in mid-1967 Berlin with fellow “Kraut-rock”[er] Klaus Schulze. Froese continued TD through the decades in various guises all the way until his death.




REPRODUCED BY PERMISSION. Tangerine Dream Music, Germany.

Edgar Froese

“Waldbuehne Northeim-Germany, 2009.

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Ever wonder what’s weird about the infamous Rick Astley video (to whom the younger generation were introduced during the “rickrolling” pranks of ’07-’08)? He’s British! Everyone thinks he’s from LA and those were San Fernando blondes. They’re British! It’s quaint now, but everyone loved Rick Astley for quite a few years – with no irony! It’s a fun video, even now.

The Park Is Mine


“Main Title”

“Taking the Park – Pt. I”

“Taking the Park – Pt. II”

Moog Filtatron


Demonstration November 2010 by Mootbooxle

A find…


I don’t know where the hell this is or what festival (it’s very late in TD’s career (widdled down to Edgar Froese as only remaining member), but it reminds me so much of how totally INSANE bands can then come down down-to-earth after they’ve totally blown you away on stage.

I’ve seen it…I bummed the lead singer of Witchburn a smoke outside of Chop Suey after they put on a Pantera-esque, EXTREMELY well put-together concert – and me handing Jamie Nova a cigarette seemed so mundane – yet not…(for the record, she was standing against the wall outside chop suey, same place as I am here (photo below)

Just an odd juxtaposition seeing legendary Edgar Froese here fiddling w/ pens and album sleeves and LPs (I saw a glimps of Phaedra. Such critical work in the pantheon of rock history (much less electronic music history) Our human imagination building Idols is what it is. It’s just dust to dirt in the end, as many of these types – famous rock groups and singers – would tell you.


Hardly Strictly!


I don’t know if San Francisco is like this all the time but the concert at Golden Gate Park next weekend leaves Bumbershoot, Seattle Folklife Festival, etc. in the dust (or out in the rain, more likely) – and it’s free. FREEEEEEEEE!!!!!!eeeeeee……. However, this may mean ten million bastards stuffed into a pickle jar, i.e., Golden Gate Park, but hey, San Francisco the city is almost that way as it is!

Sarah Lee and Johnny are on the list – among my favorite folk acts. Favorite of folk acts that I’ve heard, anyway. Anyone can be a folk act, and the more persons playing the merrier I suppose. Some would  say folk music can only be folk music when played in front of folks!

Po’ Girl  (Deer in the Night, 2008) are among my favorite acts, but they too I’d only heard of because they’ve been promoted by this or that for-profit enterprise. Well, in point of fact I learned of Po’ Girl through Columbia City Bike Works annual benefit, and they’re a co-op…but the email came to me via Gmail ; )

Big names include Indigo Girls, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, etl.al., with up to eight or nine stages according to Sunday’s section of San Francisco Chronicle. The Chronicle had a special section devoted to Hardly Strictly and it’s billionaire founder/benefactor/banjo enthusiast Warren Hellman ( the mayonnaise?). The Chronicle also says Earl Scruggs, Joan Baez (really?), Roseanne Cash, etc., etc., plus a slew of largely unknown folk groups, many of which I’m sure will be fantastic!

It’s hard to believe they won’t be forced to turn people away, but it’s Golden Gate Park so I don’t know how that would work. I’m not huge on attending shows so I don’t how something like this goes down.

But to see Sarah Lee and Johnny would be badass. What little I could find of them and of Sarah Lee and father Arlo on Youtube is bomb. 

Stick out Arlo’s speech at the beginning (and end) of this rendition of Woodie Guthrie’s old song “Union Maid” — worth checking out (this vid also includes Woodie Guthrie’s original short tune “Ladies’ Auxilliary”, done ad hoc by Guthrie, by request from someone in the audience at a 1950s Guthrie set in New York City.) 

…the songs that regular people were singing were just as important (if not more important) than the songs that was gettin’ played on the popular radio…you weren’t hearing some of these things on the popular radio…country ballads, chain-gang songs, mining-disaster songs, cowboy ballads, trail tunes, lumber tunes, murder-ballads (you know, lots of murder ballads from everywhere)…

– Arlo Guthrie

 Never thought I’d have the opportunity to see Sarah Lee Guthrie in person. Hope I can make it!

– d.g.w.

Sigur Røs’ Heima


Sigur Røs are an exceedingly unique and organic rock slash folk slash pop ensemble who came home to Iceland in 2006 to play a series of unannounced, free concerts in various outdoor venues and near various Icelandic villages who have had little exposure to live popular music.

Sigur Røs' concert/documentary "Heima" (Smekkleysa 2006)


The result is is Heima (roughly “home” in Icelandic). Heima includes shots of the band and audiences in diverse settings all over Iceland.

It’s an amazing film; the cinematography has a true-to-life tonality and contrast that both showcases Iceland’s long, long history; and its famously serene yet severe, stark landscape. A wonderful film with a documentary-like approach devoted as much to the unique landscape and unique people of that isolated island nation.

– d.g.w.



Which came first, Bladerunner or this Missing Persons vid? Bladerunner! And shades of Lady Gaga here?