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Uncle Isak’s Story: A young man journeys down an endless road… (from Fanny & Alexander, 1982)

A story told by Isak Jacobi (Erland Josephson) in Ingmar Bergman’s FANNY & ALEXANDER (1982-1983). . . . → Continue reading: Uncle Isak’s Story: A young man journeys down an endless road… (from Fanny & Alexander, 1982)

CONSOLIDATED – “Unity of Oppression” (full lyrics)

https://vt.tumblr.com/tumblr_oawu2os9Pk1rpqzmz.mp4 CONSOLIDATED – “Unity of Oppression”

(1991, Friendly Fa$cism, Nettwerk/I.R.S Records) Adam Sherburne (guitar and vocals), Mark Pistel (samples, sequencers and keyboards/synths), and Philip Steir (drums).

[Bobby Seale:] “We don’t hate nobody because of their color.” — “We don’t hate nobody because of their color.” — “We don’t hate nobody because of their . . . → Continue reading: CONSOLIDATED – “Unity of Oppression” (full lyrics)

Levi, the Leviathan

About ten years ago, at a Jews in the Woods gathering nearby the Pearlstone Retreat Center in Maryland, I offered my first shiur on biblical mythology and on the Leviathan and the Behemoth. (I subsequently wrote up some of what I talked about in several posts back here and here and here on the Omphalos, . . . → Continue reading: Levi, the Leviathan

Velveteen Rabbi Mix

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It’s been a long while since I’ve shared any audio experiments. I can’t/won’t admit to any creativity on my part for the material I mix aside from my recognition of something delightful in the juxtaposition. Such was the case this evening when visiting an old blog page of Rachel Barenblat and was surprised . . . → Continue reading: Velveteen Rabbi Mix

Happy Birthday Philip K. Dick

“A human being without the proper empathy or feeling is the same as an android built so as to lack it, either by design or mistake. We mean, basically, someone who does not care about the fate which his fellow living creatures fall victim to; he stands detached, a spectator, acting out by his . . . → Continue reading: Happy Birthday Philip K. Dick

All Streams, One Source: Shesha and the Mystery of the Four-headed Shin

A Midrash of the Jews of Yemen dating from the 13th century provides the following explanation for the mystery of the four-branched shin. There is one “head” for each of the following facets: cogitation, imagination, memory, and estimation.[1]paraphrasing Midrash haBeur, translated in Yemenite Midrash: Philosophical Commentaries on the Torah, edited by Y. Tzvi Langermann, p. 242. Additionally, the midrash provides the following astrological explanation for the three and the four branched shin appearing together on the tefillin shel rosh: together their seven heads make up the seven visible wandering stars (i.e., the planets), whose celestial powers in Jewish cosmology must have one root in the mind of G!d. . . . → Continue reading: All Streams, One Source: Shesha and the Mystery of the Four-headed Shin

To Stand on One Foot

In October 2008, my friend Will posted on his blog, A Journey Around My Skull, his discovery of a Japanese illustrator, Rokuro Taniuchi. The image of a looming figure on the horizon by Taniuchi reminded me very much of the cover art for a book I read in 5th grade titled Creatures . . . → Continue reading: To Stand on One Foot

We are the music makers

In the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), after Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) proudly describes that in his lickable wallpaper “The snozberries taste like snozberries!”, an exasperated Veruca Salt snidely objects, “Snozberries? Who ever heard of a snozberry?” Willy Wonka grabs her mouth and explains “We are the music makers, and We are . . . → Continue reading: We are the music makers

Amplified Harmonic Resonance: Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-26

credit: George Steinmetz

Amplified Harmonic Resonance, Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-26, programmer: dj Magical Adventures of Duffy Moon, Mondays 7am-10:00am EST Year Artist Album Track Title 1979 Kitaro Oasis 7 Shimmering Horizon (Hikari To Kage) 1979 Kitaro Oasis 8 Fragrance Of Nature (Shizen No Kaori) 1979 Kitaro Oasis 9 Innocent People (Mujaki) 1979 Kitaro . . . → Continue reading: Amplified Harmonic Resonance: Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-26

Amplified Harmonic Resonance: Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-19

Amplified Harmonic Resonance, Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-19, programmer: dj Magical Adventures of Duffy Moon, 7am-10:30pm EST Year Artist Album Track Title 1993 Deeper than Space Earthrise 3 Earthrise 1957 Marcel Duchamp The Creative Act 1 The Creative Act (Houston, TX, April 1957) 1975 Franco Falsini Naso Fredo (Cold Nose) 1 Naso Fredo (Cold . . . → Continue reading: Amplified Harmonic Resonance: Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-19

Amplified Harmonic Resonance: Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-12

Amplified Harmonic Resonance, Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-12, programmer: dj Magical Adventures of Duffy Moon, 7am-1pm EST Year Artist Album Track No. Title 1989 Philip Glass 1000 Airplanes on the Roof 1 1000 Airplanes on the Roof 1989 Philip Glass 1000 Airplanes on the Roof 2 City Walk 2007 Christopher DeLaurenti Favorite Intermissions 2 . . . → Continue reading: Amplified Harmonic Resonance: Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-12

Hobbits, Jews, and Romantics in the Woods

Just a few notes on the film Defiance. My housemate and I caught a free screening courtesy of gofobo.com and the Ritz East. The film is based on the 1993 book by Nechama Tec, Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, and it is an excellent story told well. Had it been a fantasy written by Tolkien it . . . → Continue reading: Hobbits, Jews, and Romantics in the Woods

Amplified Harmonic Resonance: Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-05

Amplified Harmonic Resonance, Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-05, programmer: dj Magical Adventures of Duffy Moon Year Artist Album Track No.

Title 1970 John Cale & Terry Riley Church Of Anthrax 1 Church of Anthrax 1970 John Cale & Terry Riley Church Of Anthrax 2 The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace at Versailles . . . → Continue reading: Amplified Harmonic Resonance: Playlist for Monday morning, 2009-01-05

Amplified Harmonic Resonance on WKDU 91.7FM

Tune your legacy radio sets and etherwave monitors to 91.7 on the FM spectrum Monday mornings 7am-10am EST for the next few months and you will once again hear dj Magical Adventures of Duffy Moon (alter ego of dj spaceling) presenting your breakfast and commuting audioscape in typical wonderful entheogenic fashion.

(Also available via streamin’ . . . → Continue reading: Amplified Harmonic Resonance on WKDU 91.7FM

Day of Radiance: A Celebration of Experimental Music and Parks in Philadelphia

Although the day, month, and season Brian Eno met Laraaji Nadabrahmananda in Philadelphia’s New York’s Washington Square Park in 1979 is unknown, their meeting led directly to an important album, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (1980). In commemoration of this creative encounter, the Philadelphia Ambient Consortium is at the beginning stages of . . . → Continue reading: Day of Radiance: A Celebration of Experimental Music and Parks in Philadelphia

Kitteh Yoga

Kitteh Yoga: Exhale arch, Inhale stretch

Last night was my second night in two weeks of yoga with K. Clair and friends at her West Philly loft. I’m even starting to remember some poses for practicing during the rest of the week. But the hardest part, for me anyways, seems to be associating correctly . . . → Continue reading: Kitteh Yoga

The Eye that Blinds

Years ago on mog.com, I wrote about Claus Cordes’ cover art for Klaus Schulz’s 1983 album Audentity, the new wave punk slit glasses shown in the film Big Trouble in Little China (1986), and the specialized glasses worn by Geordi La Forge, the blind engineer played by LeVar Burton in Star Trek: The Next Generation . . . → Continue reading: The Eye that Blinds

Rockboxing the iPod Classic (6g and above) (was The Forbidden iPod: HFS+ on Windows)

UPDATE (May 2013): For the record, I’ve formatted my iPod back to FAT32 so I could install the open source Rockbox operating system for music players. (Rockbox will run on the iPod Classic if you first install the opensource Emcore firmware). I’m happy to run open source software on hardware that was difficult to reverse-engineer.

. . . → Continue reading: Rockboxing the iPod Classic (6g and above) (was The Forbidden iPod: HFS+ on Windows)

More on Emergency Broadcast Network

Ten years ago I was in Philadelphia and excited to learn that Emergency Broadcast Network (or EBN for short), an art music/video project would be touring with dj Spooky providing live mixed visuals and even performing their own set. I had first seen their work in college in the mid 90s, probably on a friend’s . . . → Continue reading: More on Emergency Broadcast Network

You Don’t Mess With the Samson

I promised myself that I would not think too hard about You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, Robert Smigel and Adam Sandler’s comedy film this summer. But alas, reading about the story of Yiftach in the haftorah reading this past shabbat, I couldn’t help but think of the context of Zohan within the context of . . . → Continue reading: You Don’t Mess With the Samson

Behemot and Bahamut

The umbilical cord of my omphalos winds its way back in time to the blessings of my mother and father, but also inwards and outside-of-time, stretching into a womb land that is all myth and dream and imagination. With some effort I can follow my way back into this makom, this space and hopefully return . . . → Continue reading: Behemot and Bahamut

On Frida Kahlo’s Jewish Identity

Frida Kahlo’s genealogy, at least on her father’s side, was finally established by historical researchers Gaby Franger and Rainer Huhle for their book on Guillermo Kahlo’s photographic work, >Fridas Vater: Der Fotograf Guillermo Kahlo (2005). The historians learned that Guillermo Kahlo was the scion of a long line of German Lutheran Protestants. Left uncertain was whether Frida’s Jewish ancestry was 1) via her paternal grandmother, Henriette Kaufmann, 2) via crypto-Jewish roots on her mother’s Spanish-Mexican side, or 3) a complete fiction. Personally, I’ll take Frida at her word. As cruel as it seems to me for an art exhiition curator to ignore Frida’s Jewish identity, it seems even more obnoxious to question it. I imagine that Henriette Kaufmann’s family was Jewish and hailed from Arad, not very distant from my own ancestral roots in Nagyvárad, Transylvania. . . . → Continue reading: On Frida Kahlo’s Jewish Identity

An introduction and archive for Piyutim (sacred Jewish musical poetry and song)

An introduction to Piyutim (piyut.org.il)

A piyut (piyutim, pl. hebrew) is a sacred musical poem, sung as part of a communal prayer service but just as often after a good meal with friends and family. I was raised with these songs and tunes, learning a new one occasionally while eating as a guest at someone’s . . . → Continue reading: An introduction and archive for Piyutim (sacred Jewish musical poetry and song)

Shuffle Album : Album Shuffle advice for 1.0.3 ipod firmware updaters

This is an informational post for ipod classic owners out there. The recent firmware update 1.0.3 changed the functionality of the shuffle songs feature. Until you follow the following steps, the menu setting for “Shuffle” will have no effect.

To change the ipod from shuffling songs to shuffling albums follow these steps:

1) Go ahead . . . → Continue reading: Shuffle Album : Album Shuffle advice for 1.0.3 ipod firmware updaters

IS IT CAN BE ROTHKOTIEM NAO!?!1!11one!!!?

credit: based on the original Rothko Tiem Nao! by Emma Chammah

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lolrus alive! or I HAS 15 MINUTES

As this blogs stays alive in fits and starts, bear with me as I add a shot of whiskey into its cold empty tank and crank its engine with a story of wistful lolrus. Even better, let Jeff Roedel tell you the story, as he’s a much better writer, and hit all the good parts. . . . → Continue reading: lolrus alive! or I HAS 15 MINUTES

A quick short, sharp shock

Pink Floyd fans may know of this series of discs that make available a plethora of rare recordings: radio adverts, interviews, mono edits, alternate versions, etcetera. On disc three, track 20, a very special track, and one which gave me the shivers. You’ll understand when you listen to it.

From wikipedia:

Snippets of dialogue between . . . → Continue reading: A quick short, sharp shock

Philip K. Dick on Kurt Vonnegut

Far be it for me to add another to the blossoming forest of eulogies for Kurt Vonnegut, a man who I loved — I’m just thankful I’ve been alive at a time when I could read his writings (Mark Twain, never got the chance). I do have something to share though: some audio of . . . → Continue reading: Philip K. Dick on Kurt Vonnegut

Belated International Women’s Day Blogging

Yes, International Women’s Day was a week and two days ago, but I promised Lola the Car Chick I would blog for the gentle women and men for whom the gospel of feminism has not yet reached. This past March 8th I was traveling all day and being computer-less, left my MOG sullen and blogless . . . → Continue reading: Belated International Women’s Day Blogging

Pitch Control

Kate is listening to Leo Kottke in her basement. She writes,

There is something so comforting about vinyl. I went to Goodwill a few days ago and found a live Leo Kottke record. Took it home and lavished loving care upon it. Cleaned it, set it reverently on my Technics, opened a beer and . . . → Continue reading: Pitch Control

Kiyoshi Izumi

In 1997, Rephlex released an EP by Kiyoshi Izumi featuring the track below, “Bedroom Glow.” A few years later he followed up with a full length album on Nobukazu Takemura’s Childisc label pleasantly titled, Orange Sunshine, the tracks of which, while appealing enough, sound nothing like “Bedroom Glow.” (Orange Sunshine is a nice little . . . → Continue reading: Kiyoshi Izumi

Hirokazu Tanaka’s Metroid

Currently the president of Pokémon card producing and game developing company, Creatures, Inc., Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka in the 1980s was a sound engineer for the Japanese game developer, Famicom. There he produced the soundtrack for the NES game, Metroid (1986).

To say that Tanaka was just a sound engineer would completely understate the . . . → Continue reading: Hirokazu Tanaka’s Metroid

Arcade Video Game Music

Video Game Music (1986), produced by Haruomi Hosono (Yellow Magic Orchestra, Swing Slow, et al) features music from the popular Namco arcade games from the early to mid 80s: Xevious, Pole Position, Galaga, Dig Dug, etc. The actual music having been written by other early musicians writing in pioneering 8-bit digital sound, Hosono’s role as . . . → Continue reading: Arcade Video Game Music

Doctor Y.S. & the Cosmic Drunkards

So, there are these tracks which I love, the artists of which I don’t know too well. I’m looking for them, I am, because I want to understand more myself and find more music by them… but should I wait until then to share my discoveries with you? (Fistula Spume is raising the bar here, . . . → Continue reading: Doctor Y.S. & the Cosmic Drunkards

Ivory Toad of Catalan

Just happened to tune into National Public Radio this morning to hear listener letters sent in this week on a program segment that was broadcast last Sunday, January 21st, a promo spot for Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular (2007), a new album by Banjo master Tony Trischka. Along for the ride were fellow Banjo superstars Steve . . . → Continue reading: Ivory Toad of Catalan

Tricycle Built for Two

For the best mix cd ever, I’ve been searching for Haruomi Hosono’s cover of “Daisy Bell” by Harry Dacre, which appeared in the 1984 film, Revenge of the Nerds, you know, in the scene of Takashi tricycling to victory for Tri-Lam against the Jocks. Why it doesn’t appear on the soundtrack along with well-forgotten 80 . . . → Continue reading: Tricycle Built for Two

Bernard Herrmann

Someone, I think Daniel Clowes, once theorized that JFK was assasinated by hit men for the hat industry, payback for the President’s disregard for men’s hats and the subsequent decline in their fashion in the early 1960s. But in the days of Dwight Eisenhower, you could still drive around with Jimmy Stewart whilst wearing a . . . → Continue reading: Bernard Herrmann

Help with Steve Miller

I don’t expect you’re like me, but if you are or can sympathize, know that I detest Steve Miller Band’s most popular album, Fly Like an Eagle. But it’s complicated. As expressed so perfectly by the Butthole Surfers in their epic, “Johnny Smoke“:

It’s about being in love and loving the love that’s hating the . . . → Continue reading: Help with Steve Miller

Chanukah Choir Band circa 1980

Tonight is the eighth night of chanukah, and to celebrate I want to share the cassette-to-mp3 transfer of my parents recording of me and my sister in our school’s choir. We gave a performance with the U.S. Navy Band back in 1980 that I still think was rather excellent. From the back cover of another . . . → Continue reading: Chanukah Choir Band circa 1980

Nottingham Lace

Back when, when I was holed up in Terre Haute, Indiana for a month or so, I was rooming with a fellow whilst attending some classes on graphic design and such. This was about 1990 and he was very much into three musicians I had never heard of: Joe Satirani, Yngwie Malmsteen, and the band, . . . → Continue reading: Nottingham Lace

The Calypsos of Bokonon

Cat’s Cradle is a story about the end of the world, related to us by a man who witnessed the destruction and could explain how it came to occur. It is also the only known record of the philosophy of Bokonon, sung and subsequently archived as calypsos by a prophet with profound insight into the . . . → Continue reading: The Calypsos of Bokonon

mog on soulseek

mog is on soulseek.

yes. (mog precedes MOG )

no. (Sir MOG is not on soulseek (as far as I know)… however other MOGgish rascals are verily ubiquitous).

mog is Polish and blogs here.

Easy as

The Lady Horrible recently mogged about an aging musician who was resting heavily on laurels unfortunately propped up by a legion of credulous enabling boomers. I couldn’t help but think of this when I was visiting the website of one of the most sampled electronic artists of all time, Jean-Jacques Perrey (wikipedia link which also . . . → Continue reading: Easy as

THX-1138

I can forgive George Lucas for all of his late epic Star Wars prequels only because, only afterwards, did Lucas revisit his first film, the minimalist dystopia, THX -1138 (1971), correcting the audio artifacts that plagued the earlier video releases and making the soundtrack available on the DVD as a standalone special feature. (The soundtrack . . . → Continue reading: THX-1138

Nights of Carlotta

Woke up to “Punk Rock” by Mogwai this morning, the first time I had heard their album Come On Die Young (1999). It opens with a quote from Iggy Pop, from an interview on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) television, March 11, 1977. In the interview he’s talking to the “90 Minutes Live” show host . . . → Continue reading: Nights of Carlotta

does your college radio station do this?

I’ve been listening to a lot more radio this past month. This is a good thing. For a long while I felt like I needed to play catch up with my music collection. From the MOG -O-MATIC perspec, I’ve been MIA , but really I’ve been here all along. Baton Rouge has a fine student . . . → Continue reading: does your college radio station do this?

there are Green Men here. (don’t try looking for ’em)

Robert Holdstock won the Newberry Fantasy Award in 1988 for his book, Mythago Wood, a novel which spun fantasy around the theories of Jung and Campbell, and delved deeply into the mythic world of the Finnish Kallevala. The tome is one of my favorites ever and changed the way I interact with myth, religious calendars, . . . → Continue reading: there are Green Men here. (don’t try looking for ’em)

Gutting old mp3 players for 100gb goodness

w00t! I now have a 100gb portable mp3 player after swapping the 2.5″ standard laptop 20gb drive out of an old Archos Jukebox Studio. My music collection is now entirely portable, something currently impossible with today’s 60gb limited (and über-expensive) ipods. This is not news really… folks have been doing this for years already, but . . . → Continue reading: Gutting old mp3 players for 100gb goodness

Johnny Smoke

Years ago a friend of mine gave me a mixtape filled with the Ventures, Dick and Dale, and this one incredible song by the Butthole Surfers called “Johnny Smoke” from their album Hairway to Steven. Is there anything by this band that sounds remotely like this song? Is this the only surf rock performed by . . . → Continue reading: Johnny Smoke

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