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Soul Britannia on YouTube

Posted in Music, Television on July 7, 2010 by lili

(Following on from this blog post)

Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music V2.5

Posted in Music on July 6, 2010 by lili

Updated version! Still fun to play around with. (via mainstreamology)


Posted in Art/Style, hybrid culture, Music, Thoughts on July 5, 2010 by lili

Apologies for the lack of updates on the Grab Bag. I am collecting URLs and YouTube videos behind-the-scenes, yes I am.

In the meantime, check out mainstreamology, the wonderful and exciting blog of Zoltan Kacsuk, who emailed us today:

I accidentally stumbled on your blog Grab Bag, and i can’t tell you how happy I am. I always knew other people must be into gathering the same kind of stuff on subcultures and countercultures as I am, but so far I’ve never encountered a range so closely matching my own interests.

So just wanted to let you know that, I am really grateful for the collection and I am in the process of reblogging (with a reference to Grab Bag obviously) all the stuff I like and need to my own tumblr, which you might also like (based on a reverse logic of the above):

Thank you, Zoltan!

Mainstreamology is my new favorite blog.

On YouTube –

Posted in fashion, Mod, Music, Rockabilly on March 19, 2010 by lili


Tokyo Rockabillies in Yoyogi Park. Via Japanprobe.


FOG BAR commercial

I am going to Japan in 2 weeks! First time! Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto-Osaka.

Open to suggestions & recommendations! – music events, clubs, bars, restaurants, stores.

Harold Loyd & Elvis

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 24, 2010 by lili

More music from Wes…


Side B –  A Message From Harold

Sometime in the mid 80’s I picked up an Elvis tribute record in one of the tackier gift shops across the street from Graceland, entitled “A Prayer for Elvis”. It was recorded by one Harold Loyd, Elvis’ first cousin and night shift gate-keeper at Graceland Mansion.

It was true, Harold was indeed Elvis’ first cousin (their mothers were sisters), and starting in 1962, Elvis had employed him as the gate-keeper at Graceland.  It was in fact Harold who fended off a drunken pistol waiving Jerry Lee Lewis in the early morning hours of Nov 23, 1976, calling the police and hiding in the guard-house until they showed up and hauled the Killer away (

Little was I prepared for the weirdness I was about to experience when I put the record on the turntable and set the needle down.  Harold’s voice spoke over a bare instrumental piano track with backing chorus.

“Elvis, he was the greatest gift you ever bestowed upon us as our lord, Jesus Christ”.
The b-side (“A Message from Harold”) was even stranger and more compelling.  At the 2:20 mark Harold tells the story of a woman who went into a deep depression while watching Elvis’ last tour on TV, went into another room and shot herself in the stomach – “Now Elvis wouldn’t want us to do anything like this”.

A year later I was back looking for another copy, only to find that the gift stores had been “cleaned up” by the Elvis estate and now were only selling officially licensed Elvis items.  Luckily, down the road apiece, I found a gift shop that was selling a hardcover memoir (apparently self-published) by Harold called “Elvis Presley’s Graceland Gates”. An entire book written in the same style as the 7 inch tribute record!  All I had to do was picture Harold’s voice in my mind as I read it, and this became the greatest book ever written.

I went to the gates and asked to meet Harold.  “Oh, he don’t work the gates no more, he’s across the street takin’ tickets at the car museum”.  I walked across and there he was, looking bored and lonely in his new position.  When I produced my record and book and asked him to sign them, a big smile came over his face, and you could see that he was filled with pride.  Over the next hour (and another hour the next day), Harold told me the story behind every picture in that book.  Priscilla was always referred to as “the bitch”.

When he got to a picture of Elvis with a beard (Elvis was filming a Western called “Charro” at the time), Harold framed Elvis’ face with his hands so that you could only see his face, and asked “now who does that look like?”

“I don’t know” I replied, “it looks like Elvis with a beard”.

Harold looked me in the eyes, and slowly gave the answer to his riddle… “He looks just like Jesus.”

Mixes by Wes

Posted in Mod, Music, Punk on December 25, 2009 by lili

Pictured above are  music mixes compiled by Wes. He updates and expands on these mixes from time to time, burns them onto DVD-Rs and hands them out on birthdays and xmases, and this year, the mp3s are all ONLINE.

There are 5 series. *A volume = length of an audio CD*

Click on the links to see covers and playlists . Password= huesos

1. JUNGLE MUSIC (20 volumes)
The history of black music from Duke Ellington’s Jungle band at the Cotton Club through the Jamaican Sound Systems.

2. CRACKER WAX (3 volumes)
The history of white hick music.

50’s-60’s rockabilly garage and general weirdness

4. MODDSVILLE (18 volumes)
Modern music from the dawn of the 60’s to the punk explosion of the late 70’s.

(3 volumes)
Popular vocals and standards from the 20’s – 60’s.

These mixes can be downloaded via my favorite music-searching client.  It’s free. Download, install the app and search for user directory  huesos. ENJOY!

The Britannia series

Posted in Music, Television on October 28, 2009 by lili

It’s a bummer that here in the USA, we miss out on so many cool BBC music documentaries.

As far as I know, BBC’s  Britannia series over the past few years has included the following chapters: Jazz BritanniaFolk Britannia (er- we’ll skip this one), Soul Britannia, and more recently Synth Britannia. There’s also a Metal Britannia coming soon but we’ll forget about this one too…

I really really want to see Soul Britannia (2007).

Soul Britannia is a major new music series that examines the dynamic impact of black American and Caribbean sounds on British music – and on the very fabric of our society. From the 1950s to the present day, Soul Britannia investigates vinyl obsessions, Soul dancing, imitation, innovation – and much more.

A clip I found on YouTube:

I am also very very excited about Synth Britannia (2009)

In the late Seventies small pockets of electronic artists such as The Human League, Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle were inspired by Kraftwerk and J G Ballard to dream of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.


Thanks to the generosity of  bloggers and the wonderful world of internet sharing and caring, we CAN watch this series in the USA! ( A huge thanks to Kimberly for the tip!)

On a related note, another series that sounds interesting – Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany (via retrotogo)

…looks at how a radical generation of musicians created a new German musical identity out of the cultural ruins of war. Between 1968 and 1977 bands like Neu!, Can, Faust and Kraftwerk would look beyond western rock and roll to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard. They shared one common goal – a forward-looking desire to transcend Germany’s gruesome past – but that didn’t stop the music press in war-obsessed Britain from calling them Krautrock.


Eddie’s custom Kraftwerk record case. I sent the album covers to this etsy seller <- recommended!

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