12.05.2013

In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela

Second generation Ska has always been instrumental to me and it was tough as a teen to accept when The English Beat and The Specials disbanded in 1983, but in their rude boy wake, the former band members re-emerged as the Fine Young Cannibals, General Public, Fun Boy Three and The Special AKA, who subsequently released the protest song, "Free Nelson Mandela" in 1984. The song became an anti-apartheid anthem and helped raise awareness concerning the atrocities that were occurring in South Africa to millions of people across the globe (...30 years later, I still won't buy my gasoline from Shell).


(Free) Nelson Mandela (written by Jerry Dammers, formally of The Specials)

Long live the legacy of Nelson Mandela and let us hope that his perseverance and achievements continue to inspire world leaders to stand up for equal rights and justice.

10.26.2013

UnREAL

Looking for a healthy alternative to junk food while still eating "junk food"? Then bite these candies!


No GMO's, corn syrup, preservatives or anything artificial, and gluten free with grass fed dairy

15th Century Trip-Hop

...and the return of Moogfest to Asheville, NC!

'Moogfest is a celebration that honors the creativity and inventiveness of Dr. Robert Moog (a resident of Asheville during the last 25+ years of his life), and the legacy of the analog synthesizer.' The festival has featured many "Electronic" based artists, including; Massive Attack, Devo, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Moby, The Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio & Thomas Dolby. The 2014 festival is now being organized by Detroit based promoters, Paxahau, and has been moved to the Spring, while increasing to 5 days. Also, 'Moogfest will have an expanded local focus, daytime programming, new media art installations and educational exhibits.'



Will Gregory (of Goldfrapp) and Adrian Utley (of Portishead) share their 'favourite bits of studio equipment', especially Moog, with Future Music Magazine


Will and Adrian also discuss composing their new score for the 1928 silent film, The Passion Of Joan Of Arc. More from Adrian while in New York prior to their live on Broadway performance.


Reviews by Spin, The Guardian and the New York Times


*Currently, there is no release info for the soundtrack of The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (Utley/Gregory)

10.16.2013

Radio Transmission

Architektur plays the latest in Downbeat, Dub and Global Grooves on Passport Radio!

Featuring (new) songs by The Swiss Conspiracy (w/ Christoph Mueller of Gotan Project), Tricky, Pretty Lights, Goldfrapp, Dub Syndicate (feat: Junior Reid of Black Uhuru), Fat Freddy's Drop, [Dunkelbunt], Zagar (of Yonderboi), Moonlight Breakfast and remixes by Richard Dorfmeister, Thievery Corporation, Squarepusher & Jeremy Sole (of KCRW), among other "Downtempo" artists.

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    10.13.2013

    ...And Now For Something Completely Different

    Part 4 - Connect The Dots Edition:


    Nick Lowe - I love The Sound Of Breaking Glass



    Blondie - Heart Of Glass



    Ron Sexsmith - Secret Heart



    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Secret


    Nick Lowe, Blondie and Ron Sexsmith are all releasing new material, but OMD, in particular, have become fascinatingly relevant, again. Their two recent releases reinforce the genius that we have come to expect from Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. Unfortunately, OMD was forced to cancel the remainder of their North American tour this Summer, due to a "medical emergency" involving founding member, Malcolm Holmes. Mal recently posted that "I'm under Dr's orders to 'Chill Out' for awhile... so that's fine with me."


    Live footage released by OMD during their 9:30 Club (D.C.) appearance - Summer 2013

    Tasty Bites


    Vanilla Pound Cake / Dark Chocolate-Chunk "Cake Balls" for my boy's birthday!



    Meringue Cookies with Vanilla Bean


    Apparently, 'slowly baked meringues are still referred to as "pets" (meaning farts in French) in the Loire region of France due to their light and fluffy texture'.

    The Devil (Dog) Is In The Details

    The return of Drake's Cakes (from bankruptcy) coincides with their 125th anniversary!


    Lucky for all the fans of Devil Dogs (that's me), Ring Dings, Yodels and their famous Coffee Cakes, which became a part of pop culture after appearing on this Seinfeld episode:


    Newman swears 'on his Mother's life' for a Drake's Coffee Cake (full size, no less)


    Also, the new owners of Hostess have improved upon their recipes by changing to dark cocoa. After all these years of Hostess striving to be like Drake's (now owned by the makers of Little Debbie), maybe Drake's should follow Hostess for once...


    *Based on their site, it appears that Drake's Cakes are not offering Yankee Doodles...yet!

    10.08.2013

    O, Be Some Other Name...

    What's in a name? Tales of Us, the latest release by Goldfrapp, projects like a film score, introducing ten characters, notably "Drew"..


    Goldfrapp - Drew

    The soaring compositions by Will Gregory embrace the ethereal voice of Alison Goldfrapp, reminiscent of the beauty revealed on their first album, Felt Mountain (Mute)

    10.04.2013

    Whatever You Do, Don't Blink!

    Highlighting the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the regeneration of the latest (12th) Doctor will occur December, 25th on BBC!


    The Tenth Doctor describes time as "wibbly wobbly, timey wimey...stuff"


    Neil deGrasse Tyson of NOVA explains that between Ray Bradbury, Star Trek and Dr. Who, the Doctor came the closest to describing time.

    2.04.2011

    300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

    Our Sun (by astrophotographer Alan Friedman)


    Two Earth Suns, we'll get back to that, first wrap your head around 300 Sextillion stars! That's 3x more stars in the universe than was previously projected, "
    and many, many planets that could support life."


    Meanwhile back in our galaxy, global solar storms erupted across the Sun. This
    "Great Eruption" consisted of 'over a dozen shock waves, flares, filament eruptions, and coronal mass ejections that covered half of the sun's surface' in just over 24 hours.

    ...and the two Suns I mentioned, Betelgeuse (the second biggest star in the universe), is "running out of fuel in its centre" and before collapsing upon itself a giant explosion will occur, tens of millions of times brighter than the sun. 'One day, night will become day for several weeks on Earth...we’ll have incredible brightness for a brief period of time for a couple of weeks and then over the coming months it begins to fade.' says Dr Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland.

    Here's a realistic view of a passing comet while you're traveling on the mothership towards the Edge of the Universe (after taking Stephen Hawking's advice to abandon Earth).



    Jimi Hendrix - "Third Stone From The Sun"