Odds and ends, seeds and stems, from here and there:
One of the cooler things on the Internet happens when people take the existing work of an artist and re-imagine it in new ways. There’s been a spate of imaginary Beatles’ albums over the last few years, taking the solo work of John, Paul, George, and Ringo in the 70s and creating the albums that might have been made if the group hadn’t split. Birds With Broken Wings has taken a different angle with the Beatles, creating “The Compleat Psychedelic Beatles,” collections of material recorded in sessions for the Beatles’ albums from Revolver on forward, released songs and outtakes, sequenced for sonic impact. It’s a fascinating project, and provides a new way of listening to some of the most familiar music in the world.
Something similar is going on at Discover a World of Sounds, a site that’s new to me, where a simple podcast about Mama Cass Elliot turned into something else entirely. I forget who tipped me to this—somebody on Twitter last week, I think, but I can’t remember who. So general thanks, then, to everybody I’m following on Twitter.
This next came to me via Dan Kelley of the online radio station Okemos Brewing Company: Radio veteran Coyote McCloud died earlier this month at age 68. He spent most of his career in Nashville after stops in Chattanooga and Atlanta. McCloud was one of the first “shock jocks” to draw national attention in the late 80s; he was the original voiceover guy for Country Music Television (CMT) when it went on the air in the early 80s; and in 1976, he executed the single greatest talkup of a record in the history of radio. For those amongst the readership who don’t know, a talkup is what a DJ does over the introduction of a record, and nobody ever did one better than McCloud’s, one night in Atlanta. Hear it here.
The McCloud link comes from Jay Philpott’s ODDIO, a site collecting what Jay calls “airchecks, music, wildstuff.” Some of it is Philpott’s own work during his years in the biz (several of which were spent in Milwaukee), and some of it is stuff a radio guy collects over the years. Like this, which will be of interest to fans of American Top 40—a tribute to John Lennon, rushed to stations for use on the weekend of December 13, 1980, days after Lennon’s murder, to replace an AT40 segment recorded before Lennon’s death.
That’s all I’ve got time for today. I need to go off and practice, so I can grow up to be like Coyote McCloud.