Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
In 1965, when Israel had no television, and public entertainment consisted largely of kibbutz songfests celebrating the wheat harvest, the Beatles, already international celebrities, were booked for a concert here. To young Israeli fans, it seemed an impossible dream.
And so it was. The official permission required to withdraw precious foreign currency to pay the band was denied because a ministerial committee feared the corrupting influence of four long-haired Englishmen singing about pleasure.
As the committee report put it, “The Beatles have an insufficient artistic level and cannot add to the spiritual and cultural life of the youth in Israel.”
Since then, especially in recent years, Israel has expressed embarrassment about the episode and tried to make amends. Last January, it sent a letter from its London embassy to the remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, asking forgiveness for the “missed opportunity” to have the band that “shaped the minds of a generation, to come to Israel and perform before the young generation in Israel who admired you and continues to admire you.” The artists were asked to consider again coming to perform.
There was little progress until recently, but now Mr. McCartney has been booked for a huge outdoor concert in Tel Aviv on Sept. 25. And nearly everything about the event — the $8 million price tag borne by a high-flying Israeli financier who expects to turn a profit, the tickets selling for hundreds of dollars that are being gobbled up through Internet sales, indeed its very existence — is a parable of a nation transformed.
The Beatles in London in 1965 before flying to the United States. They were also booked for Israel, but the concert was canceled. The band was deemed to have “an insufficient artistic level.”
Read the entire New York Time's piece by Ethan Bronner: Israel, After 43 Years, Is Ready for Beatlemania.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Irregular Frequency #133
Click Hear: hmk.podomatic.com and dig the latest Sci-Fi-Wi-Fi-Hi-Fi-Transistor-Radio HMK Mystery Stream - the perfect poolside soundtrack for a lazy summer evening with cocktails...
It's recommended that in order to get the maximum sonic vibe experience, headphones should be worn during your journey.
The Irregular Frequency Network. Something borrowed, something blue and something deep inside of you.
It Makes It All Better.
Making it all better since 1961.
Better By Choice.
What IF? You'll be glad that you did.
Stay Tuned Y'all!
Posted by HMK at 3:59 PM Labels: HiFi-WiFi-SciFi-Transistor Radio HMK Mystery Stream
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Dig San Antonio's very own The OffBeats!
These guys have been around for a while, released a few singles, a few of which apprear on the latest "Standards", about as close as you can get to an Offbeats Greatest Hits (Vol 1, I hope!).
Press play and dig some pure homegrown power pop with a very clean and tight Albini inspired sonic vibe throughout.
I couldn't find any cover art so I made my own based on what it sounds like to me - kind of a head boppin', B grade, 4AD, Spoony and power-poppy with an energetic homegrown gritty and oh so soulful Taco Land vibe. Very nice and goes perfect with an ice cold 16 oz Lone Star on a hot and muggy San Antonio Saturday night...
Check out Pokeadot, Smoking Gun and the awesome Don't Leave Me Alone, all available for download right here: The OffBeats!
The Offbeats are just one more reason to be proud of our awesome San Antonio local music scene.
Make It Louder!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
It's Wednesday, August 13th and it's 0n!
My friends, do not be afraid to be abducted and transformed by audio!
Click Hear: hmk.podomatic.com and dig the latest HiFi-WiFi-SciFi-Transistor Radio HMK Mystery Stream - the perfect poolside soundtrack for a lazy summer evening with cocktails ...
You really should be listening to the Irregular Frequency Network...
Saty Tuned Y'all!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Posted by HMK at 10:17 PM Labels: beach, HMK Archive and the Totally Bitchin' Recording Vinyl Vault, Plan to stay awake, Wet Wednesday
Wild Weekend Power Pop Festival TICKETS ON SALE! August 29th-30th at Mohawk: 912 Red River St, Austin, TX
Friday, August 29th, 2008 Doors: 5:00 PM
10:45 Paul Collins' Beat
9:15 Pointed Sticks
8:15 Nikki Corvette
7:30 Ugly Beats
6:50 Black & Whites
6:15 Electric Shadows
Saturday, August 30th, 2008 Doors: 5:00 PM
10:45 The Boys
8:45 Boss Martians
7:25 Cute Lepers
6:45 Gentleman Jesse And His Men
6:15 Baby Shakes
Make It Louder!
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Check it out! It's Deathray Davies, and I Love Math front man (and my bud!) John Dufilho, who also just happens to be the drummer for the amazing Apples In Stereo - and here they are, of all places, performing on Colbert Report in celebration of the release of the Japanese picture disc of the song 'Stephen, Stephen".
Rock on Jonh! I Love Math, featuring John and the amazing Jason Garner along with two cats from The Old 97's are fresh off of their recent first US Tour will be playing with Buttercup down here in San Antonio August 21st at Casbeers.
Make It Louder,
Thanks to eagle-eye Dr. Suavetone!