Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Today's song is Hugh Masekela's instrumental version of 'Grazing in the Grass.'
It is a little bit of a cheesy song, but perhaps what he is most well known for here in the states. I saw him perform today in Central Park, and even at 72 he has a lot of life and joy in him and was a lot of fun to watch.
He led an interesting life in which he fled South Africa, ended up studying and playing trumpet in New York for years, before eventually returning to South Africa to reconnect with his roots and help build the community through music. He was even married to the South African singer/civil rights activist Miriam Makeba.
I haven't seen it yet, but I'm told that the documentary Amandla!, which is about using music for social change during Apartheid in South Africa and features both Makeba and Masekela, is excellent.
Here is 'Grazing in the Grass':
As the bonus track today here is Hugh Masekela's 'The Boys Doin' It':
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Tonight's song is 'Patches' as covered by Clarence Carter.
The song was originally recorded by Chairmen of the Board, which was the headlining act for the Invictus/Hot Wax label, who are most well known for their hit 'Give Me Just A Little More Time.' Clarence Carter's cover came out the same year as the Chairmen of the Board's original recording, 1970, but it was Carters version that became a Top 10 hit and received a Grammy in 1971 for Best R&B Song.
Here is Clarence Carter's take on 'Patches':
And, I wish there were a higher quality version of this available, here is reggae band The Rudies take on 'Patches,' also from 1970:
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Tonights song is 'Walk on By' performed by Isaac Hayes. This song was originally penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick in 1964. It became a big hit for her, reaching number six on the Billboard charts. Five years later is when Isaac Hayes would turn it into a twelve minute jam, though the single version reduced it down to under five minutes. It peaked at number thirty on the charts for Hayes. Since then there have been covers done in the style of punk, boogie, electronic, garage rock, and various other styles. Seal is the most recent example (2005) of someone who covered the song and saw it chart, though only in the low to mid range of various European Countries charts.
Here is the twelve minute Isaac Hayes version:
And as the bonus track here is a version of the song Dionne Warwick recorded in German:
Posted by Nathan Bulmer at 11:36 PM
Saturday, June 11, 2011
That's the comic that was meant for last night.
For the extra comic today I'm going to show you a comic I did for Time Out NY that they never ran in their 'Photo Finish' section. (click the image for a larger view)
Photo credit goes to Diana Trent.
Posted by Nathan Bulmer at 4:17 PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Here is a comic from a sketching session today.
In a matter of hours I will be at the opening for Dear Japan. I hope to see some folks out there. It's tonight ONLY! So, if you live in or are visiting New York today, come support a great show and cause, please.
Posted by Nathan Bulmer at 2:49 PM
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Tonight's random Wikipedia article was about Eagle Creek:
Don't worry dead eagles do not really have an annual gathering there.
Posted by Nathan Bulmer at 11:07 PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Tonights randomized Wikipedia article was about a Norwegian reality show named Harem:
And I just want to make another announcement about the Dear Japan show I'm apart of and that is coming up in New York this Saturday.
The show runs from 4-8 at the Art Connect Gallery (491 Broadway,) is a cash and carry show (pay for the piece and take it off the wall and take it home on the spot kind of deal,) and is for a great cause (benefits aid for Japan relief!)
It's a pretty incredible line up of people, 170 artists have contributed pieces, and you can see most of the pieces online now at the Dear Japan site:
I will probably post about this again on Friday.
Posted by Nathan Bulmer at 9:56 PM