Self-directed solo video

Last week I started debuting four videos about each member of Deerhoof in celebration of their upcoming record Breakup Song (it’s one of my faves of theirs). It all started with Hoof drummer Greg Saunier wandering through Hong Kong drumming on whatever (or whoever) he could find. This time we’ve got Satomi Matsuzaki, lead singer of Deerhoof, directing her looooong solo video. I don’t mean it’s long in running time — the whole thing is under 1:20 — but she gets a little long of limb in that short time. IIMMOOTTAASS starrs Satomi, Alice Heart and uses the talents of Elias Gwinn.

In related (and arguably more on-topic) Deerhoof news, you can now stream Breakup Song in full by watching this video the band made for it.

Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards stopped by CD Central yesterday to do a quick instore performance before their show at Cosmic Charlies. They performed as a four-piece: three acoustic guitars and a drummer on a percussion box/tambourine. I only caught a couple songs (I was working), but I was really impressed with how easily they transitioned into an acoustic set. “Got To Have Rock and Roll” is a really electric-guitar-heavy track and it seemed so natural to hear on acoustic.

If you missed yesterday’s concert calender then you might not know that the Heartless Bastards will be playing a free instore show at CD Central (377 S Limestone) today at 6pm. Consider this fair warning. Heartless Bastards will also be playing tonight at Cosmic Charlie’s with These United States. Details for that can be found [...]

The sublime beauty of an unplayable song

As I said in the intro, I can’t read music so I couldn’t verify for myself. Instead I was basing this on this Youtube video. But hey, it’s still a fascinating bit of sheet music.

Yesterday I ran across John Stump’s “Faerie’s Aire and Death Waltz” and was fascinated by the composition. If you’ll hit play on the above youtube stream, you’ll notice that in addition to being a sublime little piece of music, it’s also completely impossible for anyone to play. It’s literally impossible.

A quick note before I go on: I cannot read sheet music, nor can I play the piano beyond banging out a few chords. But the song impressed me enough to do a tiny bit of digging. From what little information I was able to find out about it, the dense sheet music is a satirical joke for musicians. Not only would this be unplayable, but the sheet music includes bizarre instructions including:

cool timpani with small fan

insert peanuts

light explosions now

…and now

remove valve

release the penguins

balance your chair on 2 legs

Stump’s nephew wrote a decent bit about realizing his uncle’s legacy after he had passed away. He never knew of his uncle’s cult following, so it’s a really good perspective from someone who became a fan of his works after knowing the man behind it all. He also includes a lot of Stump’s other sheet music, some of which are funnier than this one — one even spells out numbers with the only notes not present on that section of the staff.