Freak Power Ticket (Eclectic)
A "wondrous boat ride" exploring rock 'n' roll & other music, the counter cultural, cinema, pop culture, oddities, etc. Buy a ticket, take the ride.
Mon Dec 9th 2013 11.00am–12.00pm
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Time zone: pacific
El Vez “Brown Christmas [Hidden Track]”
from Merry MeX-mas MP3 Single (Sympathy for the Record Industry 2012) —A live, tongue-in-cheek "radical Chicano" spoof of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (to the tune of Vince Guaraldi's "Linus & Lucy"), questioning why there are no Latinos in the Peanuts series.
Smiley “The Commencement (1989)”
from The Smile Gets Wild MP3 Album (Bryant Records 1991) —Hip hop sampling Vince Guaraldi's PEANUTS cartoon theme, "Linus & Lucy." Music bed for intro of my 2nd CHARLIE BROWN XMAS special, paying tribute too to Matt Zoller Seitz's video A LITTLE LOVE: THE ART OF BILL MELENDEZ about the PEANUTS cartoon director.
Quincy Jones and His Orchestra “Cast Your Fate To The Wind”
from Plays the Hip Hits (Bonus Track Version) MP3 Album (Jazz Classics 2012) —Jones' cover of Guaraldi's hit from JAZZ IMPRESSIONS OF BLACK ORPHEUS, which scored him his PEANUTS gig. Music bed for voiceover introducing Matt Zoller Seitz's thesis from A LITTLE LOVE.
JK-47 “Christmas Time Iz Here”
from Lost & Founds MP3 Album (Catapult 2011) —Quoting Zoller Seitz's analysis of Melendez's existential, very cinematic framings of a skating scene in ACBC, I next play the song heard in that seq. (remixed) & close with MZS's take on his manipulation of backgrounds to reflect characters' interiority.
Vince Guaraldi “African Sleigh Ride”
from Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown TV Specials MP3 Album (D & D Records 2006) —One of my favorite "lost cues," featuring Vince Guaraldi's funky keys & syncopation.
Sufjan Stevens “Christmas In the Room”
from Silver & Gold MP3 Album (Asthmatic Kitty www.asthmatickitty.com 2012) —A lovely, sophisticated, anti-commercialist Christmas song that would be at home in a Wes Anderson film. MZS has a new book on that great filmmaker, in fact. More on this connection later!
Cyrus Chestnut “Me And Charlie Brown (Piano Solo) ( LP Version )”
from A Charlie Brown Christmas MP3 Album (Atlantic / Wea 2000) —Music bed for voiceover commentary discussing diversity in PEANUTS comics & cartoons. One reason I think this strip is entitled to a bye? Why do you think they made jazz the musical genre for all of the PEANUTS scores?
Sufjan Stevens “What Child Is This Anyway?”
from SONGS for CHRISTMAS MP3 Album (Asthmatic Kitty www.asthmatickitty.com 2006) —I'll always associate Elliott Smith w/Wes Anderson's ROYAL TENNENBAUMS (which features "Needle in the Hay"). Whenever I hear Sufjan Stevens' epic Christmas catalogue, I can't help but think he'd really get along w/Mr. Anderson too.
The Royal Guardsmen “Snoopy's Christmas (Remastered)”
from Snoopy vs. The Red Barron / Snoopy and His Friends MP3 Comp (Capitol Records 2001) —Excerpt, show outro. These Florida rockers hit w/a novelty song about Schulz's iconic dog & his WWI fantasies. My selection pays homage to Matt Zoller Seitz's trippy cinematic interpretation of Snoopy's dogfight in THE GREAT PUMPKIN.
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