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No Mainstream Fridays! Vol. 3

Welcome to Volume 3 of “No Mainstream Fridays.” For the uninitiated, NMF is a weekly listing of songs that are:
1. worth listening to
2. probably not being featured elsewhere at the moment
3. would be mainstream if there were such a thing…
Go here to see Volume 1 and Volume 2.
ok, I picked a baker’s dozen this week, and so without further ado, the nominees are:
Imogen Heap Hide and Seek – one of those fascinating and frighteningly catchy pop songs… for everyone who thinks autotune and noise gating are cheating, check this out.
Tyrannosaurus Rex She Was Born To Be My Unicorn – oh, how I love Tyrannosaurus Rex. this song is full of weird magic.


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We’re coming back to New York City on May 15th and 16th, 2006. We’re planning a gathering on the evening of the 16th. Please leave any comments or suggestions here…
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Clarksdale

The first guitar was called ‘wire on the wall’ . Workers on the southern plantations took the wire from worn out mops, and strung them between two nails pounded into the wall. They used rocks wedged on either end as bridges to tighten the wire enough. Then someone decided to pull the board off the wall and lay it on their lap, using bottles as slides. This was called a diddley bow. Flip those words and now you know where Bo Diddley got his name… So much history down here…home of the famed ‘crossroads’ where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in return for mastery of the blues guitar…
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No Mainstream Fridays! Vol. 2

Ah, another Friday has come, which means it’s time for me to post some more choice alternatives to the usual….
For everyone’s info, the song links below go to Pandora song-info pages, where you can hear a sample clip of the song, and see artist info. There are station creation links from the song pages, as well, so you can easily create a Pandora station based on the song. How cool! And as usual, the artist names go directly to Pandora stations based on that artist’s music.
This week’s list is, as always, off the cuff, unpremeditated, and UNUSUAL!
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra * Bollywood – I love this track! bliss out to bollywood-based, extra-groovy electronica, with tablas, sitar, synths, and much swirl….
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Memphis

Well, I didn’t make it to Graceland, but there was lots more to see. I’ll just have to go back. There’s a certain aura about Memphis – music history so rich you really feel it in the air. Across the street from my first stopoff (Stax Museum) was an old church where Rev. Herbert Brewster used to pen songs for the legendary Mahalia Jackson. He wrote them on the cardboard inserts for laundered shirts, that parishioners delivered to him every Sunday…
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Hattiesburg

Wound my way up to Hattiesburg, home of the University of Southern Mississippi and little known fact, home to the world’s first rock recording. Anyone know what it is? Had a nice lunch and chat with John Smith – longtime band manager and mainstay of the Hattiesburg music scene. Popped our heads in on his latest project, Friday Night Gigolos who were working on the finishing touches to their CD. Familiar vibe of the studio…”let’s isolate the kick and bass guitar…”
John riffed on what is fast becoming a familiar theme – organic growth of bands. Worked with 2LiveCrew, Afroman…


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