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When we are weary we must remember to relax and enjoy some of the good things in life like love and romance or stimulating venues with those special persons. Many Cafes play music and serve aperitifs. We shall devote this channel to those pursuits so that you can find diversions to the news of the world and celebrate the arts and scenes of far off places.



A taste of the temporal while pondering the eternal


On the town or...


On the terrace


Life is a spin.


Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in The Band Wagon (1953)
 
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  • Malena - Ennio Morricone
    by Conspiracy Cafe on July 6, 2020 at 3:17 PM
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    Malèna is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama starring Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Sulfaro [it]. It was directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. It won the Grand Prix at the 2001 Cabourg Film Festival.


    Ennio Morricone, OMRI (10 November 1928 – 6 July 2020) was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His filmography includes over 70 award-winning films, all Sergio Leone's films since A Fistful of Dollars, all Giuseppe Tornatore's films since Cinema Paradiso, The Battle of Algiers, Dario Argento's Animal Trilogy, 1900, Exorcist II, Days of Heaven, several major films in French cinema, in particular the comedy trilogy La Cage aux Folles I, II, III and Le Professionnel, as well as The Thing, Once Upon A Time In America, The Mission, The Untouchables, Mission to Mars, Bugsy, Disclosure, In the Line of Fire, Bulworth, Ripley's Game and The Hateful Eight.

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  • The Tornados - Telstar
    by Conspiracy Cafe on June 24, 2020 at 10:44 PM
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    "Telstar" is a 1962 instrumental written and produced by Joe Meek for the English band the Tornados. The track reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December 1962 (the second British recording to reach number 1 on that chart in the year, after "Stranger on the Shore" in May), and was also a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart. It was the second instrumental single to hit number 1 in 1962 on both the US and UK weekly charts.

    The record was named after the Telstar communications satellite, which was launched into orbit on 10 July 1962. Written and produced by Joe Meek, it featured either a clavioline or the similar Jennings Univox, both keyboard instruments with distinctive electronic sounds. It was recorded in Meek's studio in a small flat above a shop in Holloway Road, North London. "Telstar" won an Ivor Novello Award and is estimated to have sold at least five million copies worldwide.

    "This was one of the first sci-fi-influenced pop songs," observed Tim Wheeler of Ash. "For its time it was so futuristic and it still sounds pretty weird today. It features Matt Bellamy's dad George on guitar… You can hear traces of it in Muse. 'Knights of Cydonia' was definitely him tipping his hat to his dad."

    Robert George "Joe" Meek (5 April 1929 – 3 February 1967) was an English record producer, musician, sound engineer and songwriter who pioneered space age and experimental pop music. He also assisted the development of recording practices like overdubbing, sampling and reverb. Meek is considered one of the most influential sound engineers of all time, being one of the first to develop ideas such as the recording studio as an instrument, and becoming one of the first producers to be recognized for his individual identity as an artist.

    Meek became fascinated with the idea of communicating with the dead. He would set up tape machines in graveyards in an attempt to record voices from beyond the grave, in one instance capturing the meows of a cat he believed was speaking in human tones, asking for help. In particular, he had an obsession with Buddy Holly (saying the late American rocker had communicated with him in dreams). By the end of his career, Meek's fascination with these topics had taken over his life following the deterioration in his mental health, and he started to believe that his flat contained poltergeists, that aliens were substituting his speech by controlling his mind, and that photographs in his studio were trying to communicate with him.

    Meek was affected by bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and, upon receiving an apparently innocent phone call from American record producer Phil Spector, Meek immediately accused Spector of stealing his ideas before hanging up angrily. His professional efforts were often hindered by his paranoia (Meek was convinced that Decca Records would put hidden microphones behind his wallpaper to steal his ideas), depression, and extreme mood swings. In later years, Meek started experiencing psychotic delusions, culminating in him refusing to use the studio telephone for important communications due to his beliefs that his landlady was eavesdropping on his calls through the chimney, that he could control the minds of others with his recording equipment, and that he could monitor his acts while away from the studio through supernatural means.

    Meek was also a frequent recreational drug user, with his barbiturate abuse further worsening his depressive episodes. In addition, his heavy consumption of amphetamines caused him to fly into volatile rages with little or no provocation, at one point leading him to hold a gun to the head of drummer Mitch Mitchell to 'inspire' a high-quality performance.

    On 3 February 1967, Meek killed his landlady Violet Shenton and then himself with a single-barrelled shotgun that he had confiscated from his protégé, former Tornados bassist and solo star Heinz Burt, at his Holloway Road home/studio. Meek had flown into a rage and taken the gun from Burt when he informed Meek that he had used it while on tour to shoot birds. Meek had kept the gun under his bed, along with some cartridges. As the shotgun had been owned by Burt, he was questioned intensively by police before being eliminated from their enquiries.

  • Pink Floyd - Money
    by Conspiracy Cafe on June 4, 2020 at 8:45 AM
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    "Money" is a song by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd from their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. Written by Roger Waters, it opened side two of the original album.

    Released as a single, it became the band's first hit in the United States, reaching number 10 in Cash Box magazine and number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Money" is noted for its unusual 7 4–4 4 time signature, and the tape loop of money-related sound effects (such as a ringing cash register and a jingle of coins) that is heard periodically throughout the song, including on its own at the beginning.

    In the mass manipulation of the human mind being foisted on society at this time, fascism has been weaponized. I remind you of the vast dominion of dollars speech in the movie Network. This is the best definition of economic reality ever described. Don't allow yourself to be used as a tool of a corporate elite to commit direct action. There is no greater slavery. 

    Network - The Money Speech

    You have meddled with the primal forces of nature Mr. Biel

    And I won’t have it.

    Is that clear?

    You think you merely stopped a business deal.

    That is not the case

    The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country

    And now they must put it back.

    It is ebb and flow.

    Tidal gravity.

    It is ecological balance.

    You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations,

    And peoples.

    There are no nations.

    There are no peoples.

    There are no Russians.

    There are no Arabs.

    There are no third worlds.

    There is no west.

    There is only one holistic system of systems.

    One vast and immane,

    Interwoven,

    Interacting,

    Multi-varied,

    Multinational dominion

    of dollars.

    Petro dollars.

    Electro dollars.

    Muti-dollars.

    Riechmarks.

    Rens.

    Rubles, Pounds and Shekles.

     

    It is the international system of currency,

    Which determine the totality of life on this planet.

    That is the natural order of things today.

    That is the atomic and subatomic,

    And galactic structure of things today.

    And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature.

    And you will atone.

    Am I getting through to you Mr. Biel?

     

    You get up on your little 21” screen,

    And howl about America and democracy.

    There is no America.

    There is no Democracy.

    There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T,

    And Dupont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon.

    Those are the nations of the world today.

     

    What do you think the Russians talk about in their Councils of State?

    Carl Marx?

    They get out their linear programming charts,

    Statistical decision theories, Minimax Solutions

    And compute the price cost probabilities of their transactions,

    And investments.

    Just like we do.

     

    We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies Mr. Biel.

    The world is a college of corporations.

    Inexorably determined by the

    Imutable bylaws of business.

    The World is a business Mr. Biel.

    It has been since man crawled out of the slime.

    And our children will live Mr. Biel

    To see that

    Perfect world

    In which there’s no war,

    Or famine,

    Oppression,

    Or brutality.

    One vast ecumenical holding company.

    For who all men will work to serve a common profit,

    And which all men will hold a share of stock.

    All necessities provided.

    All anxieties tranquilized.

    All boredom amused.


  • The Rolling Stones - Living In A Ghost T...
    by George Freund on April 25, 2020 at 2:29 AM
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    The Rolling Stones have released a surprise new song, and it boasts an accidental COVID-19 theme.

     

    You can watch the video for "Living in a Ghost Town" below.

     

    "The Stones were in the studio recording new material before the lockdown," Mick Jagger said on Twitter. "And one song – 'Living in a Ghost Town' – we thought would resonate through the times we're living in."

     

    Sessions for the song, originally composed a couple of years ago, actually began in Los Angeles and London. "Living in a Ghost Town" was then completed in isolation, with a lyrical tweak so that it more perfectly echoed life in the time of a coronavirus pandemic.

     

    "It wasn't written for now, but it was just one of those odd things," Jagger told Zane Lowe of Apple Music (via Rolling Stone). "It was written about being in a place which was full of life but is now bereft of life, so to speak."

     

    Then, as stay-at-home orders went into place everywhere, the world became an actual ghost town.

     

    "Keith Richards and I both had the idea that we should release it,” Jagger added. "But I said, 'Well, I've got to rewrite it.' Some of it is not going to work, and some of it was a bit weird and a bit too dark. So, I slightly rewrote it. I didn't have to rewrite very much, to be honest. It's very much how I originally did it."

     

    "Living in a Ghost Town" is the Rolling Stones' first original song since 2012, when "Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot" were included as bonus tracks on the GRRR! compilation. They also released a collection of covers on 2016's Blue and Lonesome.

  • BE THOU MY VISION -- Irish Hymn
    by George Freund on April 12, 2020 at 8:57 PM
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    This is the 2nd song I've released from my new sacred songs album HIGHER. I've always loved listening to Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, in particular their albums of sacred songs...and I just had the opportunity to release one of my own...inspired by them and by other great singers. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to share with friends and family! HIGHER the new album by NATHAN PACHECO available now:

  • Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
    by Conspiracy Cafe on March 23, 2020 at 7:37 PM
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    American troops using a newly-developed acoustic locator, mounted on a wheeled platform. The large horns amplified distant sounds, monitored through headphones worn by a crew member, who could direct the platform to move and pinpoint distant enemy aircraft. Development of passive acoustic location accelerated during World War I, later surpassed by the development of radar in the 1940s. 

    Japanese acoustic locators, also known as "war tubas."

    Acoustic mirrors

    To get better range, the British also experimented with a static type of sound locator, made of concrete and shaped like a dish or a curved wall, known as an "acoustic mirror." These were first trialled in the southern and eastern coast of England during World War I and then built in about a dozen locations throughout the 1920s and 1930s. They were up to 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter, but a wall-shaped one in Kent, 60 miles south-east of London, spanned 200 feet (61 meters) in length. Many other countries including Germany, Japan and the United States were also developing sound locators at this time.


     

     


  • Coronavirus! Don't stand so...don't stan...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on March 23, 2020 at 7:24 PM
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  • It's The End Of The World As We Know It ...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on March 20, 2020 at 8:22 AM
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    Barenaked Ladies is a Canadian rock band formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario. The band developed a cult following in Canada, with their self-titled 1991 cassette becoming the first independent release to be certified gold in Canada. Their debut with Reprise Records, Gordon, featuring the singles "If I Had $1000000" and "Brian Wilson", was released in 1992.

  • NAZARETH Vigilante Man
    by Conspiracy Cafe on March 7, 2020 at 9:14 AM
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    "Vigilante Man" is a song by Woody Guthrie, recorded and released in 1940 as one of his Dust Bowl Ballads.

    The song is about the hired thugs ("vigilantes") who would violently chase away migrants to California trying to escape the Dust Bowl, a man-made ecological catastrophe in the American Great Plains during the 1930s. One verse refers to the murder of Preacher (Jim) Casy, a central figure in John Steinbecks' 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath.

    The tune was taken from "Sad and Lonesome Day", a song made popular by The Carter Family; which itself borrows from "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" by Blind Lemon Jefferson.


    Nazareth are a Scottish hard rock band formed in 1968 that had several hits in the United Kingdom, as well as in several other West European countries in the early 1970s. They established an international audience with their 1975 album Hair of the Dog, which featured their hits "Hair of the Dog" and a cover of the ballad "Love Hurts". The band continues to record and tour.

    Nazareth formed in December 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland, from the remaining members of semi-professional local group The Shadettes (formed in 1961) by vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton (ex Mark V and The Red Hawks), bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. They were inspired by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Nazareth took their name from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, which is cited in the first line of The Band's classic song "The Weight" ("I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin' about half past dead...")

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    Vigilantes Along Greek Border With Turkey Say, ‘No More’ to Migrants

    Bulgarian Vigilantes Patrol Turkey Border to Keep Migrants Out


  • Roxette - Joyride
    by George Freund on January 10, 2020 at 4:59 PM
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    Roxette were a Swedish pop rock and soft rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals and keyboards) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Formed in 1986, the duo became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough album Look Sharp! Their third album Joyride, which was released in 1991, became just as successful as its predecessor. Roxette went on to achieve nineteen UK Top 40 hits and several US Hot 100 hits, including four US number-ones with "The Look", "Listen to Your Heart", "It Must Have Been Love", featured on the soundtrack of Pretty Woman, and "Joyride". Their other hits include "Dressed for Success", "Dangerous", and "Fading Like a Flower".

    Gun-Marie Fredriksson (30 May 1958 – 9 December 2019) was a Swedish pop singer, songwriter, pianist and painter, who was best known internationally as the lead vocalist of pop rock duo Roxette, which she formed in 1986 with Per Gessle. The duo achieved international success in the late-1980s and early-1990s with their albums Look Sharp! (1988) and Joyride (1991), and had six top two hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "The Look", "Listen to Your Heart", "Dangerous", "It Must Have Been Love", "Joyride" and "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)".

    Per Håkan Gessle (born 12 January 1959) is a Swedish pop singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonicist. He is the lead singer of the Swedish pop group Gyllene Tider and formed Roxette with Marie Fredriksson, and serves as the chief songwriter in both bands. With Fredriksson's illness in 2002, he went back to recording solo albums, reformed Gyllene Tider in 2004 and became a successful artist in his native Sweden, selling multi-platinum albums.

    To Catch A Thief Grace Kelly and Cary Grant

    Getting there is half the fun.

  • Nearer, My God, to Thee - André Rieu
    by Conspiracy Cafe on December 25, 2019 at 12:40 PM
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    In the presence of miracles we group at the base of the mountain still and find our way blocked. On the approach to the promised land we tarried and continued our foolish ways. We still praise our idols and pagan rituals and lose sight of what God had in store for us. Be nearer thee to God the creator of heaven and earth.


    Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun) is a winter solstice holiday celebrated on December 25th, in dedication to King Helios. It is a feast day observed as the point when the sun renews itself, the cold winter is defeated, and the sun is reborn once again. Emperor Julian links the celebration as something based on the practices of Numa Pompilius. A celebration to Mithras also occurs on the same day.


    We say we follow Jesus. He never celebrated this day. It is not found in the Bible yet we are obsessed to obey the ritual. These were the actions of the people Moses walked through the desert. We stood at the threshhold and were not allowed to pass. Still we are assembled. To be nearer thee to God understand his will and the promised land will open like the waters parted. It is easily done if we can let go of the illusion created in our minds. Elohim I await.

  • Sonny & Cher ~ I Got You Babe (1965)
    by George Freund on December 15, 2019 at 9:59 AM
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsO8R8u0MYk

    Sonny & Cher was an American rock duo of entertainers made up of husband-and-wife Sonny Bono and Cher in the 1960s and 1970s. The couple started their career in the mid-1960s as R&B backing singers for record producer Phil Spector.

    The pair first achieved fame with two hit songs in 1965, "Baby Don't Go" and "I Got You Babe". Signing with Atco/Atlantic Records, they released three studio albums in the late 1960s, as well as the soundtrack recordings for two unsuccessful movies, Good Times and Chastity, with Cher contributing vocals to one cut, "Chastity's Song (Band of Thieves)". In 1972, after three years of silence, the couple returned to the studio and released two other albums under the MCA/Kapp Records label.

    In the 1970s, they also positioned themselves as media personalities with two top ten TV shows in the US, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show. The couple's career as a duo ended in 1975 following their divorce. In the decade they spent together, Sonny and Cher sold over 40 million records worldwide.

    Performing under her first name, Cher went on to a highly successful career as a solo singer and actress, while Sonny Bono was eventually elected to Congress as a Republican U.S. Representative from California. The two performers were inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, following Sonny's death in a skiing accident.

    "I Got You Babe" is a song written by Sonny Bono. It was the first single taken from the debut studio album Look at Us, of the American pop music duo Sonny & Cher. In August 1965, their single spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States where it sold more than 1 million copies and was certified Gold. It also reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and Canada.

    Background and composition

    Sonny Bono, a songwriter and record producer for Phil Spector, wrote the lyrics to and composed the music of the song for himself and his then-wife, Cher, late at night in their basement. When Cher was woken up to sing the lyrics, she hated the song and didn't think it would soon be a hit and immediately went back to bed.

    Session drummer Hal Blaine played drums for the song with other members of The Wrecking Crew supplying instrumental support. "I Got You Babe" became the duo's biggest single, their signature song, and a defining recording of the early hippie countercultural movement.

    AllMusic critic William Ruhmann praised the song:

    Recalling Dylan's bitter 1964 song "It Ain't Me Babe" (soon to be a folk-rock hit for the Turtles), Bono wrote his own opposite sentiment: "I Got You Babe." Where Dylan was lyrically complex, Bono was simple: His lyric began with the ominous youth-versus-grownups theme of "they" who set up barriers to romance, but soon gave way to a dialogue of teenage romantic platitudes. Where Dylan was musically simple, however, Bono, without fully rebuilding Spector's Wall of Sound, was more structurally ambitious, following the song's standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus form with an ascending coda that built to a climax, then started building again before the fadeout, all in only a little over three minutes. Set to waltz time, the tune retained a light feel despite the sometimes busy instrumentation, led by a prominent ocarina and the alternating vocals between the two singers. If neither were interesting singers, their plodding, matter-of-fact performances gave the song a common-man appeal.

    African-American musician Harold Battiste provided the instrumental arrangement. Richard Niles quotes Battiste as saying the prominent figure in the song is played on an oboe rather than an ocarina.

    In the United States, the song has sold more than 1 million copies in 1965 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. As of November 2011, Billboard reported the digital sales of "I Got You Babe" to be 372,000 in the US.

    In 2011, the song was named as one of the greatest duets of all times by both Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine. It was also listed at #444 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004. In early 2017 the song has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


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