Sunday, September 28, 2014

Various photographers: iPhone panorama fails

As someone much wiser than me once said, "Life is a cutup."

Apparently, if you take panorama photos on an iPhone, and something happens while the shutter's open, the camera will try to stitch the image together in a way that makes sense visually.

Uhhhh, yeah!

Here's more info from

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day Job Orchestra: FDR rant

(1:15)  I don't know why Ken Burns didn't use this in The Roosevelts-- he's got some Fox News commentator in there, and what he says is at least as much of a fantasy.

link to YouTube

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mondo Beyondo: Rock the Caucuses

(3:21)...and from 10 years later, a comment on the Republicans' efforts during the 2012 primaries.

link to YouTube

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Coldcut: Re: volution

(4:19) From 2002, Coldcut's raging indictment of the British parliamentary elections.  "The lunatics have taken over the asylum!"

link to YouTube

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bill and Tom: Bill Clinton

(1:17) My bit on Clinton is up at Bandcamp but by the time he did his televised mea culpa, I was too disgusted to do anything else on him.  Fortunately, radio hosts Bill and Tom were there to make a contribution to the genre.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Alen Robin: the Nixon tapes

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Nixon presidency, here's a little cut and paste.

Alen Robin was a comedy writer when Earle Doud-- who produced the "First Family" John Kennedy comedy records-- picked him to create a series of "press conferences" featuring the (wildly) edited voices of our national leaders.  The album, "Welcome to the LBJ Ranch", was a hit-- apparently the live performance was attended by a still-unknown John Cleese--

and Mr Robin went on to release a few other records based on the same idea.

It's a surprisingly simple concept.  The "interviewer" acts as a straight man for the "subject", and the whole thing's based on altered context.

Today's first offering is from the 1971 "Supershrink" album (available on YouTube), the Nixon psychiatric interview (4:39).
Alen Robin- Nixon 1971

He used most of this routine in his 1974 "Funnyfarm", but added a new bit about the President's king-hell social life (1:17)...
Alen Robin- Nixon 1974 excerpt

...which might have made the producers nervous enough to include this disclaimer at the end of the record (0:25).
Alen Robin 1974 disclaimer

And for those of you interested in audio detritus, here's that twisted, pained little chuckle, one more time--
nixon chuckle
the one minor detail that speaks volumes.  He was a strange man.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mr. F. Le Mur: PR Gnus

(15:47) Mr Le Mur cuts up NPR News into deranged confessions and surreal word pictures.  Here's 15 minutes of his stuff in one easy-to-play clip, but there's lots more at the redoubtable Internet Archive site, linked below.

Today's illustration quotes dada rockers, The Bonzo Dog Band.


Mr. F. Le Mur collection on the Internet Archive