Friday, June 29, 2007

StraddleDaddy!


Just met this dude Chris at the local watering hole. He told me about his band, StraddleDaddy. Cool Rock/Funk with a genuine energy and devotion to what they do. I'm sold, or they wouldn't be on the Funkship. Do me a favor, check them out, will ya?

Its The End of the World As We Know It

Yup, that's right folks! And this little animation shows us just how it's going to happen. Careful, watch out for the profanity.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Basement Funk

I record in the attic, just my preference. I guess I like it cold in the winter and hot in the summer. These guys who call themselves Basement Funk, seem to like the basement. I don't know if they really record in one but their sound gives out the low bottom groove that is worth of being called funk.

Yes, once again, I found them on SoundClick.com. Are you getting the message yet? Go to SoundClick.com for tons of new, never heard and awesome music! You'll love it, it's a way of life.

By the way, check my SoundClick.com page out too. I will be posting it through out my stint on Blogger from now until eternity.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Hobbit Hole?

I wish I had the skill, time and money to build myself and family a truly organic house like the one pictured here. It totally reminds me of a Hobbit Hole. If you're more industrious than I, this website gives some info on how he built his organic house. If you find any mysterious rings in a stream near by, leave them be!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Whales Are People Too

OK people. You know how much I love Funk music, and, you know how much I love whales, right? Well, you can imagine how excited I was when I found a Funk song about saving the whales.

Please do your part by visiting these guys at their SoundClick site and playing their song Is that a Whale Talkin'.

Also note that this is in Urban: Funk category.








ENJOY!

Oh, and by the way, they are ranked #12 out of 3,995 songs in Urban: Funk.

Band In A Can

I have been creating and recording music since I was 11. I love recording equipment, instruments and music experimentation. If only I had this back then.

Lights! Camera! Wait!


I have always been interested in film making. As a kid I would run around the 5,000 acre farm we lived on with a super 8mm camera shooting action sequences and burning things. One of the most memorable movies I did was "The Dukes Go To Mars", which stared my model of the General Lee. In the end [WARNING: SPOILER HERE] the General returns from earth's orbit (me throwing it high in the air) and letting it crash and break on the ground, then of course, exploding. (Hats of to the creator of WD40, fire in a can).

For all you aspiring film makers out there, visit FILMSECRETS.com for great resources for getting your movie made. It has tons of info from the script to post-production.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dropa the Needle On the Record

The Dropa Stones
In 1938, an archeological expedition led by Dr. Chi Pu Tei into the Baian-Kara-Ula mountains of China made an astonishing discovery in some caves that had apparently been occupied by some ancient culture. Buried in the dust of ages on the cave floor were hundreds of stone disks. Measuring about nine inches in diameter, each had a circle cut into the center and was etched with a spiral groove, making it look for all the world like some ancient phonograph record some 10,000 to 12,000 years old...

Read about more Puzzling Ancient Artifacts.

Music Discovery with Musicovery

Here's a cool way to create random Internet Radio Stations. Random but with some fine controls. You can select a period of time like 50's, 60's, 70's and so on. It has many of the popular genres, including Funk, yippee! You can dial in a mood from energetic - calm and many grey areas in between.

Musicovery: interactive webRadio

Ah...How Much the Internet Has Changed

If you have been around a little while you may remember some of the stuff talked about in this video. It's about the start of the Internet. I especially like how in this video it's called "Internet" not "The Internet".

"Bill Cameron has this report on the growing phenomenon called, Internet"

One of the speakers says how nice it is that people use self-restraint. Nobody is cutting each other down or saying "go to hell". Ha, if they had only known then what the Internet would become.


Prince?

Somebody said they want some Prince on the blog. See above, and check the blog #'s on the right, #'s 12 & 13. Anagram?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

Ever wanted to design your own pad? I found a cool Floor Planner website that I think you'll enjoy. It's very interactive and cool. Find the inner architect/designer in you.

I found it on Best Flash Sites, my favorite Flash showcase website.

Monday, June 11, 2007

You Got Your Bump In My Funk

Here is some NEW early 80's electronic funk for your listening pleaseure. Thes guys are a couple of producers from Holland writting in just that style today. Even more evidence that funk is not dead. Take a listen to Bumper's tracks on SoundClick.com and let me think.

Here's their self description:

"We are two producers from Holland with a special love for early 80's electronic funk..."

Friday, June 8, 2007

"And I've got more hits than Sadaharu Oh..."

Hey, if you like the Beastie Boys' album "Paul's Boutique" but don't know what the hell they are talking about, go here to find out. And for all you beat and loop enthusiasts, this site will tell you what the Boys used to create their masterpiece.

Thank you M.W.

Tough Guys

I know its been around a while but its the funniest YouTube video I have ever seen. It must have been a casting call of some sort and these are the rejects. If you know, please leave a comment.

Burning Down The Man

I became interested in Burning Man a couple years ago when I happened across a few pictures of what seemed to be freaked out neo hippies getting funky in the desert.

Just yesterday I actually researched it and found it to be quite an intriguing event. It draws crowds of over 25,000 participants and lasts around 6 days. Then today, ironically enough, I invited an old college friend to an annual field party at another college friend's farm. Unfortunately, he couldn't go because he plans to be at Burning Man that weekend. What a coincidence.

He and a group go every year. I have an invitation to join them sometime. I will have to take him up on the offer one of these years.

Here's a good timeline on Burning Man and some pictures of the experience.

And Divine Funk Still Abounds

Here's a guy I found on SoundClick.com. His name is Andy Divine and he's got the Funk. It's good to know that classic Funk is not dead and still being created by the hip of the world today.

Road Trip Music

Going on a road trip this summer? I have a great band for the ride. Check out The Meters. My friend Jay turned me on to them and they have become a staple on many a funk trek. Not just for the long journey either, I crank them about town, especially when I'm in the middle of the car wash.

"The world is a little bit under the weather,
And I ain't feelin' too good myself..."


-The Meters

Eundura by Damien Simon

Here's a music video from my friend Damien Simon. He has a trancy techo style. Its mostly Classical Irish Drone guitar over Techno. Its a cool mix of styles that I like to call Guitarotica. Cool music and sexy video.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Texas Chainsaw Messiah

Rumor has it that if you take that banjo lick and do it on like the Jupiter 8 keyboard and use the LFO wobble on the forth note of the lick (to get that horn section sound Prince got on 1999 etc) it is indeed a Prince type lick... just played on banjo!



I have known this dude all my life. He's really an amazing guy. Check out more grandpappytwice.

Crack Beer

A few years back my friend J.C. and I went up north to see Prince live at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. At that point I had spent very little time in Toronto and didn't know the lay of the land as well as J., (or at least as well as he claimed he did). We arrived in the afternoon and spent hours wandering around looking for a regular bar. Most of the establishments we found were restaurants with a bar in them. We stopped at a couple of places, had a few beers and peanuts for dinner.


Not having found the hip cool bar to spend the early evening in we decided to head for the arena and drink there knowing full well we would be paying huge amounts for draft beer in plastic cups, but hey, it was Prince Night! Just as we expected, two beers, which were indeed big, cost about $18, (but that's Canadian money). What is the deal with the beer served at arenas, festivals, or any summer out door concerts? You know what I mean. Beer poured from the side of a huge truck, usually not very cold, (though the ACC beer was cold enough), but rapidly intoxicating...You know, Crack Beer.

A couple of cold ones later, we found ourselves sitting on the seats of the shoe shine platform, which was closed at the time, snickering at the strange people that attend Prince concerts. Some were dressed like they just came from funk church in brightly colored suits complete with matching pimp hats, and many ladies had obviously just spent many dollars getting their hair did. There were also many of “those guys” that wore the band shirt to go see the band. Not really sure what’s so wrong about that but apparently my wife knows.

Finally the show was about to start. We went to our seats to find out that the opening act was Nelly Furtado. Not being big fans of her, or at least not knowing any of her songs, we did what any sane person would do…back to the shoe shine seats, and more Crack Beer.

Needless to say, Prince was awesome!