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318: “Rust Belt” by Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola

Just the tip, Scott.Practice makes unconscious memory. Not perfection, but astounding results can certainly come with enough practice.

Charlie Hunter perfectly displays virtuosic talent, arrived at through copious amounts of brain conditioning (practice). Charlie’s most recent album, composed of duos with drummer Scott Amendola, showcases his ability to play bass and lead guitar simultaneously about as well as you could expect two separate professional musician brains to accomplish. The album is called Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead (2012). The Wizard uses a custom-built 8-string guitar, and the entire album was recorded with Charlie and Scott sitting in a room together, sans headphones. Check out “Rust Belt” to see what I mean about astounding results.

Other examples of the results of diligent practice include:

-Buddhist monks’ ability to regulate their body temperature with great control
-breathing Parkourists
-the ability to spin a pen around your fingers
-finding the slowest line at the grocery store
-getting your cat to poop in the toilet
-butter without crumbs on it
-men looking ladies in the eyes while talking to them

Remember to practice patience, love, and keeping the damn crumbs out of the butter. Enjoy.

Song: Rust Belt
Artist: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola
Album: Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead
Label: Charlie Hunter Music
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317: “Volunteered Slavery” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

It's time to get up, not down.

I’m watching Antiques Road Show and this guy has a flute that was played by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The flute is made of ivory from the tusks of a brown dwarf star. It’s been appraised at the value of one observational time machine trip (past only) and a large chili cheese tots. Public television is on a roll.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was the tectonic inspirational force behind the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull), Eric Burdon, and Dan, a guy at work who knew who he was when I asked.

A few forreal’s forya: Kirk changed his name from Ronald to Roland because he was inspired in a dream to switch the two letters around. Later, he added Rahsaan because he heard it in a dream. Kirk was always spilling over the edges of himself. He played two instruments at once because one wasn’t enough. He was politically outspoken. He always had to lead the band. And he wore clothes eccentric even for a jazz musician.

Scientifically speaking, I don’t advise making real world decisions based on the bizness your unconscious mind cooks up. The ways that could go bad…

I so infrequently write actual biographical content here that I feel I should point out that the forreal’s communicated two paragraphs previous were actually taken from Wikipedia and not fictions of my mental undulations.

Without further crap, I present to you my favorite Kirk klassic, “Volunteered Slavery” from Volunteered Slavery (1969).

Please share your thoughts on Roland Kirk and faster-than-light physics, but be most certain of all to enjoy…

Song: Volunteered Slavery
Artist: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Album: Volunteered Slavery
Label: Rhino Atlantic
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316: “Back To My Old Tricks” by Diesler (featuring Linda Bloemhard)

What I see over there is profoundly profound.Some people sneeze like a kitten. Some people sneeze like an ambush. Some people sneeze like a teapot. Some people sneeze like a string of firecrackers. Some people sneeze like a pile of sandbags on a grenade.

I sneeze like I am trying to pressure wash strangers. I am kidding unless you’re afraid of germs, in which case, not only am I serious, I am looking for you in malls and public spaces. And you should also know that your body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells, you are so rife with them!*

Also, toilets sneeze booty germs into the air every time you flush, yet we all seem to avoid massive infection and make do. Pun intended (and a fist bump, right?!?).

I am, as they say, just sayin’.

Of course, there is no substitute for good hygiene, but for all you germ freaks out there, I want you to know that eating road kill most certainly is a viable alternative lifestyle, just like being a hippie or a hand model. It ain’t right you judge me.

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Let’s see, where was I?… Oh yeah, music so funky it’d make you wipe your hands across unsanitized surfaces! Because this cat, Diesler, gots some contagious and funky tendencies. So without further ado, I present a song sopping with organic ooze, “Back To My Old Tricks” from Tie Breakers (2010).

Enjoy.

*Dr. Carolyn Bohach, University of Idaho microbiologist – ScientificAmerican.com

Song: Back To My Old Tricks
Artist: Diesler
Album: Tie Breakers
Label: Unique Records
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