The American Gamelan Institute
are into all things 'gamelan' (you know; the cool Indonesian instrument
that sounds a lot like hollow bells), and their site is a nice
reference for folks interested in finding out more about this
unique instrument and its purveyors.
Currently fond of taking a visit to the Perfect
Sound Forever web zine. It was worth the trip just to find
a link to a very complete Destroy All Monsters web page, but beyond
that they've got quality columnists writing about interesting
music. Well worth a visit.
Jim Santo's excellent DemoUniverse
site is back up and running. Those of you who might have checked
out Alternative Press at the newstand while not actually buying
it may have missed his monthly column, which featured reviews
of demo tapes and 'limited distribution' items (my quotes, not
his). Well, if you really want to get into the underground, forget
anything that you're going to find at your local record shoppe,
and dig straight into this masterwork. The most fun is to search
the database within your own state, and then snicker at the reviews
of the local bands you hate.
"WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT it becomes necessary
for us, the citizens of the earth, to creatively improve the culinary
are to barbe-que'n in our opposition to the overly commercialized
bondage of "cue-be-rab" (barbecuing backwards); and to assume,
within the realm of palatable biological reactions to which the
laws of nature and nature's God entitle us, a decent respect for
all the billions of human taste buds and savory barbeque desires;
we the people declare a basic barbeque bill of rights which impels
us to help halt, eradicate, and ultimately stamp out"cue-be-rab!"-so
speaks Black Panther founder Bobby Seale on his "Barbeque'n
With Bobby Seale" site. Surreal.