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Flaming Lips, Mark Ryden, Sonny Rollins [Scrapple Music News]

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Hello all and welcome to Scrapple Music, I’m your host Mel and here is this week’s music news…..

The number 1 Song of the week is once again, Pharrell Williams “Happy”

The tune has taken a life on its own and we’re all chanting “happy”  as we lurch like lemmings over the cliff towards our impending doom.

In “not-so-happy” news…

Drummer Kliph Scurlock says he was fired from the Flaming Lips, for accusing the daughter of Republican Oklahoma governor Mary “Botched Execution” Fallin, on social networks, of racism because she wore a Native American headdress.

The Governers daughter happened to be a friend of Lips leader Wayne Coyne and he promptly canned the drummer.

Scurlock claimed he was fired despite apologizing for his comments.

Coyne himself has now drawn criticism for questionable racist actions, including mocking Native American protesters at an Oklahoma festival, and posting a similar headdress photo on Instagram.

Scurlock has played with The Fearless Freaks for more than a decade, despite the fact that Steven Drozd, their guitar player, is considered one of the worlds greatest drummers.

It was only a matter of time before you got canned Kliph, you had a good run, now go find yourself a more PC band to play in.

Heres a question: What do Katy Perry, Weird Al Yankovic, Tyler the Creator, Nick Cave, members of Metallica and Devo have in common?

They all recorded a version of the 1892 song “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two) for the artist Mark Ryden and it’s being released as part of his new exhibit “The Gay 90s” at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.

Ryden has gained notoriety for album covers for Michael Jackson,  the Chili Peppers, and Aerosmith, but if you dig a little deeper than his pedestrian commercial work, you will find one of the most surreal and frightening artists in the past twenty years.

Sales of “The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell” album benefit Little Kids Rock, a nationwide group that provides music education in public schools that have been stripped of their music programs

The album is available at the Kohn Gallery and on Ryden’s website on May 13 for the low low price of $99.99 and get em quick because there are only 999 available.

Sonny Rollins, one of the giants of the last great era of jazz, is still playing and touring. The Saxaphone Colossus himself, a contemporary of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, has put out another compilation of his live performances from the past 12 years and plans to put out many many more.

You’re probably saying to yourself, Mel, I don’t know shit about jazz and why should I care about some crusty ass 82 year old saxaphone player?

I can’t dance to that shit!

I know what your saying and I understand, but if you step back and take a deep listen. Start with the album “Tenor Madness”: it has Miles Davis’s rhythm section on it, plus John Coltrane. You can find it streaming on youtube.

You will hear the sound of nations crumbling and new worlds building, the sounds of infinite hope, possibilities and dreams of a future where all can explore space travel together.

plus, it’s real good to smoke weed to.


Well that’s all for Scrapple Music News, thanks for watching,

I’m Mel and please check us out online and “like” us on Facebook.

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