Fuck Me. This is it. Van The Man: Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey – Live with Pee Wee Ellis

No Comments 13 April 2013

Where are you?

Think about that


Fuck Me

This is IT


Music, Top Ten

Top Ten Songs over 10 minutes

No Comments 01 February 2013


As would be purveyors of righteousness we like to have an eye toward the future while being rooted in our past. As Ziggy Marley posits in his hit single Tomorrow People “If ya don’t know ya past, ya don’t know ya future”

We like the internet. We were pioneers of virtual reality back in the early 90s. But we also like leather bound books and extended periods of time in remote cabins with nothing but our wits and a 10 lbs bag of rice for sustenance.

We’re troubled at the lack of attention span with today’s youth. With the deluge of external stimuli easily accessible these days its not hard to understand why. So, with this edition of The Shade’s Top 10 we want to give our readers a reason to sit down for a spell, slow down and just relax. Without further adieu we bring to you The Shade’s Top 10 List of Songs Over 10 Minutes

10. Mozart – String Quartet No. 16 in E flat major: Exquisite and mind bending. Give it a good listen and you just might learn something.

9. Genesis – Supper’s Ready: Phil was really jelling with the rest of the boys during this period which was history suggests was their most tumultuous

8. Pink Floyd – Echoes: This epic speaks for itself.

7. Funkadelic – Maggot Brain – The last time the band would have all the pieces of the puzzle together this masterpiece shoots sonic laser beams right into your frontal lobe.

6. Fela Kuti – Expensive Shit: Fela is  just a powerful being and his power is manifested in this piece.

5. The Mars Volta – L’Via L’Viaquez: The Mars Volta used to do something no other bands were doing. Then they stopped for some reason. Thank goodness we still have remnants like this.

4. Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through The Grapevine: I’m glad Fogerty decided to let his freak/soul flag fly for at least one track in his illustrious career.

3. John Coltrane – My Favorite Things: I was shocked/pumped to find out this tune (in its original format was over 10 minutes. Reason being I always get so caught up in the melody when I listen that time slips by.

2. The Doors – The End: It means something different every time you hear it. Also possibly the greatest song to play after breaking up with Jenny Bloomfield (Slut).

1. Maceo Parker – Shake Everything: I dare you to put this on and NOT start a party.


Harry Nilsson Taking You Into The Weekend

No Comments 18 January 2013

Rare footage of Nilsson’s  “Don’t Leave Me,” from his 1968 Aerial Ballet album, on French television.


It is the Anniversary of the Kings Birth – Respects must be made

No Comments 08 January 2013

Many things have been said about Elvis Presley and many more will be said in time.  Today hear at Shade HQ we celebrate the birth of Elvis – An American God.

No matter if you are a religious or not do not be mistaken, Elvis is an American God.  In the hierarchy of our American Gods Elvis rains supreme.

Enjoy, celebrate, do a line of coke and some pills, and remember The King.


Bonus – Elvis Presley In Concert: Aloha From Hawaii: January 14, 1973





TAME IMPALA- Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

No Comments 21 November 2012

Track taken from Tame Impala’s New Album ‘Lonerism’, out now, everywhere and on Modular.
Designed and directed by Becky Sloan & Joseph Pelling.

Made up from over 1000 separate plasticine collages all individually made by hand.

Individual frames from the video are available from

2D Animation: Joseph Pelling

Plasticine collage animators: Becky Sloan, Azusa Nakagawa,Theo Nunn.

Assisted by: Ben Austin, Ellie Pritchard, Matt King.

Compositing: Joseph Pelling, Theo Nunn.

Special Thanks to: Dipa Thanki, Margaux Soland, THIS IS IT Collective and Modular Records.


Three Dog Night Thursday: Mama told me not to come

No Comments 18 October 2012

Want some whiskey in your water
Sugar in your tea
What’s all these crazy questions they askin’ me
This is the craziest party there could ever be
Don’t turn on the lights, ’cause I don’t want to see

Mama told me not to come, oh lord
Mama told me not to come
She said, That ain’t the way to have fun, no

Open up the window
Let some air into this room
I think I’m almost chokin’
From the smell of stale perfume

And that cigarette you’re smoking
‘Bout scared me half to death
Open up the window, sucker
Let me catch my breath

Mama told me not to come, oh lord
Mama told me not to come
She said, that ain’t the way to have fun, son
That ain’t the way to have fun, son


The radio is blastin’
Someone’s knocking at the door
I’m lookin’ at my girlfriend
She’s passed out on the floor

I seen so many things
I ain’t never seen before
I don’t know what it is
somebody shut that door

Mama told me not to come, oh lord
Mama told me not to come
She said, that ain’t the way to have fun, son
That ain’t the way to have fun, son

Mama told me, mama told me, mama told me
Told me, told me
That ain’t no way to have fun, whoah, yeah yeah
Mama told me not to come
Mama, mama, mama told me
That ain’t no way to have fun

That ain’t the way to have fun, no
That ain’t the way to have fun, son
That ain’t the way to have fun, no
That ain’t the way to have fun, son

That ain’t the way to have fun, no
That ain’t the way to have fun, son
That ain’t the way to have fun, no
That ain’t the way to have fun, son


Tom Waits Tuesday – The Piano Has Been Drinking

No Comments 02 October 2012

From a 1977 episode of Fernwood Tonight.

Per Wikipedia – Fernwood 2 Night (or Fernwood Tonight) is a comedic television program that ran from July 1977 – September 1977. It was created by Norman Lear and produced by Alan Thicke as a spin-off/summer replacement from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. It was a parody talk show, hosted by Barth Gimble (Martin Mull) and sidekick/announcer Jerry Hubbard (Fred Willard), complete with a stage band, Happy Kyne and His Mirthmakers (featuring Frank De Vol as the ironically dour “Happy” Kyne, and Tommy Tedesco as one of the guitarists). Barth was the twin brother of Garth Gimble from Mary Hartman.


The Shade Invades Newport Folk Festival: My Morning Jacket Full Set

No Comments 02 August 2012

As The Shade Team criss-crosess the Globe we will continue to bring you the places and peoples of worth.

Today we bring you the current Greatest Band in the World


Music, Poetry

Wednesday Poem of the Week: Jim Morrison – Welcome to the American Night

No Comments 30 May 2012

Welcome To The American Night by Jim Morrison

Welcome to the American Night
where dogs bite
to find the voice
the face the fate the fame
to be tamed
by The Night
in a quiet soft luxuriant
Hitchhikers line the Great Highway

Music, National Obituary Review

Levon Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012)

1 Comment 19 April 2012

Well it’s not like it used to be.

One hell of a life. Levon Helm vocalist and drummer of The Band has passed away.

When I first sat down and watched The Last Waltz I remember thinking how fucking amazing the whole show was but especially The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.  It may have brought a tear to my eye. The power of the story specifically sung on that night is what stands out.  In sport you so often hear that you should leave it all on the field.

This performance is the epitome of that.

I went backwards from The Waltz and devoured The Bands material to were they are now one of my favorite all time bands.  I suggest if you are not familiar with their whole catalog then you should do the same.

You will be a better person for sure.
The Band – I Shall Be Released

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