Charles Manson was not a good songwriter

Charles Manson, despite (or rather because of) his infamy as a charismatic cult leader and vicarious spree-killer, is often posed as a serious and influential musician. His fleeting connections to late-60s artists of repute are threaded into music history as metaphors for the dangerous genius and subversion of rock itself, a flame occasionally nursed by covers released by popular artists. But Manson wasn't a genius and his music sucks. People only say otherwise because of the murders.

The BBC reviews his oevre: (more…)

The time David Bowie photographed his aura before and after using cocaine

In 1975, Thelma Ross of UCLA's parapsychology lab gifted David Bowie a Kirlian photography machine to capture images of peoples' "auras." This machine generates a high-voltage field to a photographic plate resulting in a glowing corona discharge image of whatever is positioned on the plate. The color, shape, and intensity of the image is affected by myriad factors, from humidity to how well the object is grounded to, or, in the case of people, the amount of oil and sweat on the skin. But of course Bowie was into the occult and other high weirdness so the possibility of photographing one's "aura" appealed to him. From the Daily Grail:

Bowie’s interest in Kirlian photography was evident: some of the photos that resulted from his experimentation with the technique were published in the programme for his 1976 tour in support of Station to Station. And he used it to try and understand what was happening to his body when he took drugs: he compared two Kirlian photographs of his fingertip (beside a crucifix given to him by his father), one image taken before consuming cocaine, the other after.

Bowie liked the image so much that he used it in the booklet of Earthling (1997) and as the cover art for the "Little Wonder" single.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6X5iRBmebY

We Are Ready to Believe You: a Ghostbusters mashup from dj BC and friends

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCTQLNRZMYk

dj BC (previously) writes, "This Ghostbusters bootleg mashup, originally created by myself (BC) and Tribe One of Bootie ATL, is now an official, totally legal (!) release, with new instrumentation, new hype vocals from Atlanta MC Supercrunk, and a new music video. 'We Are Ready To Believe You (Stranger Ghostbusters Mix)' is available on Amazon mp3, Amazon Music, Pandora, Youtube, and all your favorite streaming and digital platforms. DJ BONUS- two instrumental versions, and the acapella, are also available for your personal remixing/atmospheric needs."

More songs’ emotional moods inverted with key changes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=J-gf_bxV00s

The Week catches up on a few years' worth of "minor to major" edits to well-known sad or dark songs, upsetting the mood to happy or humorous effect. Embedded here is The Godfather theme, which when modified sounds rather like the theme tune to the arcadian British show Last of the Summer Wine, about old Yorkshiremen enjoying their endless retirements. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyVq85xrTCY

Someone should make that sound tragic and sinister instead, a sort of "Last of the Middlesborough Vodka."

Also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ppoRHBtwCY&feature=youtu.be&t=2m27s