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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

BUCK OWENS: "TOGETHER AGAIN"

The awesome Buck Owens.



S'masterclass in narrative economy, innit? And what an awesome pedal-steel break.

I've been reading up (a bit) on pedal-steel tunings recently - for reasons I really don't wanna go into (mostly because they're...silly and kinda anal; annnnnd, I'm not even a musician *gak* but I'm fascinated by this kind of minutae...): I was kinda turned on to all this when I recently read a piece about Sneaky Pete Kleinow's choice of tuning / methodology in The Flying Burritos Bros. His tuning was the reason why he got that great spacey, almost Sun Ra-ish out-there sound. Also, he was the first guy to play a pedal-steel thru a fuzz-pedal.

He was an animator too, apparently - it was his day-job - which is why he kept himself relatively straight n dry compared w/ the rest of the band. A quick Google on the topic reveals the fact that he worked on episodes of The Muppet Babies. Just when you think the world can't get any weirder, huh?

#KANYENEWYORKERTWEETS

This is genius (and very funny):

Old cartoons from The New Yorker recaptioned with text from Kanye West's tweets.

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