NC!NC!NC! Day -26 (a PSA)

@GMT 05h (February 22nd), @EST midnight, @PST 21h

I’ll be watching @midnight.  see you there!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live Sream from Fonda Theater

From Josh Hall at Rockfeedback:

The event marks a rare live stream event from the artist, and will take place at 9PM PST on 21 February (equivalent to 5AM GMT on 22 February). Viewers can watch by subscribing to the RFB YouTube channel, and can tweet along using the hashtag #nickcavelive


9 PM PST, 12 MID EST, 5 AM GMT (FEB 22, 2013)



I woke up thinking of a song I hadn't thought of or heard in years:  Art&Paul's America; I bought it on vinyl before vinyl was cool (BCD).   vinyl that is long lost, and never bought on CD or .mp3 format.

there is not an official music video of the song that I can find; luckily someone uploaded the song to YT as soundtrack to several pics/short clips of Art&Paul.  'tis fine for listening but don't try to sync the sound to the visuals.

the line to which I woke up – "it took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw".  a very pretty, very hard harmony

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sweet nostalgia, all gone

we were driving home, and a propos of nothing (I've racked my brain trying to figure out what brought it on), I said to teh SO, "there is an episode of Looney Tunes or something like that with a little song that goes like Istambul, not Constantinople, with a really catchy hook".

now, once upon a time, that'd be about as far as it got – I may try to remember more, or it it really drove me crazy, ask everybody I knew, be exceedingly annoying, hope that either the show or the song played at some time.

– from around 1992 or so, I could have spammed some USENET groups (,, alt.animation.rec) and there'd be a chance a fellow nerd with a better memory would cite the exact show;  then we could group chat about how good shows used to be.

– from around 1995 or so, I could have checked the Internet movie db, but I doubt I'd come across a TV episode back then.
-from around 1999 or so, I could have checked that search engine everybody was talking about:  would most likely get the exact show, wish I could see it again, and talk about how good shows used to be.

since we are now, I got home, typed the bit I remembered in the google search box and found out –

     from teh wiki, that the song Istambul not Constantinople is a novelty hit from the 1930s, written by Kennedy and Simon, with a melody reminiscent of the popular and catchy Puttin' on the Ritz

    in 1990, They Might Be Giants included a cover of the song in their album Flood

    in the early 90s, the song was used in the episode "Istanbul"  of the Tiny Toons animated series.

    the show is available on  YT

 in less than two minutes I went from having a vague memory to be watching the show.

on the plus side, there is a pile of Tiny Toon animated music videos in YT and they are not half bad.




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Visualize Proust

not quite as simple as The All-England Summarize Proust Competition (below),  but an accurate visual overview of
A Remembrance of Things Past

take my word for it as not-a-scholar-of-his-works-by-any-means-but-a-devoted-reader-of-M.-Proust, that this chart makes sense.  I'm trying to imagine it in 3-D.

because is too good to pass the opportunity to watch again:

Monty Python’s sketch "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition"

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la negra tiene tumbao

from Celia Cruz's last album, released a few months before she died in 2003 at age 78.  the song is a remake; it was originally released in the 1960's and it was one of Celia's signature tunes

the video (remix version) shows the influence of hip-hop in traditional latinoamerican music.

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