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303: “Black Hole” by Shawn Lee

There is a part of the universe... over that way.Consider the simplest of everyday actions. For instance, consider the act of opening the door to your dwelling, and setting down your things.

It is an orchestra of movement. Tendons, muscles, joints, anticipation, reaction, all unconscious and automatic. You don’t even consider it, as you contemplate greater affairs.

Your brain is the most complicated thing in the known universe. A multitude of voices within you, serving up millions of years of evolution in your every movement and reaction.

And somewhere within the chorus, is the still, small voice you call your self, making things we all call choices.

What do you do with it all? And what all is inside that incredible ultra-supercomputer riding atop your shoulders?*

Shawn Lee considers such things. Whilst he drinks tea and converses with wisefolk under magnificent trees more ancient than the ages of all the prophets added together.

They stare into the face of black holes and write funky songs.

Shawn Lee makes music for fun, for money, and because he has to, else his supercomputer brain would explode out of his face with the force of ten thousand sneezes.

Making life make sense, every day, here, for you… Am I.

From Synthesizers in Space (2012)… “Black Hole”…

Enjoy.

*If you enjoy considering such, read Incognito: Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman.

Song: Black Hole
Artist: Shawn Lee
Album: Synthesizers in Space
Label: ESL Music, Inc.
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

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225: “4:08” by Clutchy Hopkins

Have you seen this white guy with a beard?The Life of Clutchy Hopkins (2006) is a rich experience, as well as fully enumerated, each song named by its length. Every song title standing like a gravestone marking the run-time of its inhabitant. But it seems the life of Clutchy Hopkins was not fully captured in just these 12 songs, since Clutchy has shared a couple more releases since then.

Clutchy Hopkins is an “anonymous” artist (or a few), working under pseudonym, and I like the guys’ style, whoever they is. Here’s a page on clutchyhopkins.com dedicated to providing the most up to date theories on his identity. I’d say it’s clever marketing, but I don’t think Clutchy’s touching many charts, so it can’t be all that clever.

“4:08” is aptly named, if nothing else. (The YouTube video below has 1:30 of silence at the end.) Listen to it yourself for the rest, and enjoy.

Song: 4:08
Artist: Clutchy Hopkins
Album: The Life of Clutchy Hopkins
Label: Misled Children
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

100: “Astro Blue” by Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls

The actual musicians.100th song.  Throw some streamers and drink a cold one.

Here’s another post with the touch of Money Mark on it.  He teamed up with Tommy Guerrero and Shawn Lee to form Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls.

This is my favorite from their self-titled debut from 2009.

Rock out with your socks out, and enjoy.

[UPDATE: Originally posted “A Phase Shifter I’m Going Through,” but copyright people removed the audio from the YouTube video.]

Song: Astro Blue
Artist: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Album: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

48: “Hot Thursday” by Bei Bei & Shawn Lee

Zither. Hair. Hot.“Holy Ka-pow, Uncle Funk! This song has a Chinese Gu Zheng star, Bei Bei, throwing her mad plucking skills into the mix with American musician/producer, Shawn Lee. The Gu Zheng, as you know, is in the zither family,” says [person].

You’re right on all counts, [person].

[Person] continues, “These cats create a wild blend of Chinese-restaurant-music served up on a combo platter with 100% American groovejuice sprinkled on top.”

Indeed. Enjoy.

Song: Hot Thursday
Artist: Bei Bei & Shawn Lee
Album: Into The Wind
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes