The inventor of the famous Les Paul guitar talks candidly about his life and achievements in this documentary. watch
Musician Todd Rundgren has been pushing the boundaries of recorded music for decades, going back to 1972's Something/Anything , the landmark double album in which he composed every song, played every instrument and engineered and produced, using the multi-track recording process invented by the late Les Paul. He said, 'I was alive before there were cell phones, I remember what it was like to have face to face interaction, to have privacy and patience.
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Love knows no species in an apish new video from Jake Bellows for his single, I Know You. It s been a relatively quiet couple years for Jake Bellows, the former frontman of Omaha-based indie fivesome Neva Dinova. After 15 years touring with the likes of Bright Eyes and Death Cab for Cutie, he sold his Les Paul three years ago and packed up for Los Angeles, where he got a job installing sliding glass doors alongside the occasional solo show. But on his just-released solo debut, New Ocean, Bellows breaks his silence with a medley of songs that range from fuzz-guitar-fueled odes to the syrupy sweet I Know You. I Know You is an almost unbelievably sincere serenade professed over a bossa nova beat that makes you feel as warm as its earnest lyrics. In a voice free of judgment, Bellows declares, I know you with no makeup I know you with no clothes on. Maybe it s the image of sunlight dripping off trees or perhaps it s the general joviality of it all, but it has the feeling of love in the good old days, before nearly every love song came with strings or ulterior motives.That s why, when it came time to put it all to video, Bellows and director Morgan s Brother decided to feature a silent film straight from the 1920s. Originally titled Perils of the Beach, the film follows two performing apes - one male, one smiley female as they escape their trainer to spend an afternoon frolicking on the beach. It s sweet in a refreshingly simple way, and that simplicity is exactly what made Morgan s Brother use it for I Know You. The song is about the commonality of the human experience, he told us, so the video was meant to illustrate the experience of love and show that the human experience might not be limited to humans. New Ocean is out now on Saddle Creek. Tour dates are below:09.03 - Eugene, OR @ Cozmic Pizza with Matt Pond
09.05 - Portland, OR @ MFNW
09.08 - Seattle, WA @ The White Rabbit with Pheasant
09.09 - Olympia, WA @ The Guest House with Pheasant
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