Saturday, December 27, 2008

Upon The My O My



From time to time, someone will ask what that Apesma thing is all about. It's from a Captain Beefheart spoken word bit on the Shiny Beast album, one of my top five favorite recordings of all time. You can hear it by scrolling all the way down to the footer and clicking on what you find there. I hid it at the bottom for no good reason. It's been my little secret.

Beefheart's genre-defying creative genius and extreme perfectionism have, time and again, led me to marvel at his mere existence. A man with no formal education who seems, nearly always, to inhabit the Eternally Fecund moment of Now. I wish there were more footage of him around, but there ain't. So I have to pace myself. This is from the BBC's Old Gray Whistlestop. My last post of more than a year ago, a stunning SNL performance of Ashtray Heart, was sadly removed from Youtube for a terms of use violation. A lower quality version can be streamed from here.

13 comments:

moderator said...

Hi Tim,
Ever since I first saw your blog I'd figured there was a Beefheart connection, since the Captain and you are the only two I've ever heard utter the word. A few months ago Artis told me he thought you'd once told him so too.

I'm glad you paid him the tribute. I keep the album in my car.

Thanks and best regards,

Rick

Mike said...

Holy shit! As a die-hard Tom Waits fan, how in the world did I miss hearing the Captain for... what, 30 years? I didn't know there was anyone else in the world who could take me to that same sort of super-real, surreal place. I am very grateful for this introduction.

Tim Harris said...

So pleased to have made the intro! He's the shit. Enjoy.

Dean Ericksen said...

Genius.

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