Today (January 20) is legendary Moog pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey's 80th birthday. Perrey made groundbreaking Moog records in the 60s, "The Amazing New Electronic Pop Sound of Jean-Jacques Perrey" and (with Gershon Kingsley) "The In Sound From Way Out" and "Kaleidoscopic Vibrations". He was a huge influence on me, particularly my "Space Nutz" project (see previous post). At 80, he's still going strong. Here's a brand new video from his current CD (with Dana Countryman), "The Happy Electropop Music Machine" (it features my keytar!):
I was honored to be the support act for Jean-Jacques Perrey's recent NYC gig. As a surprise we worked up a version of his "Moog Indigo". Here's a brief clip from rehearsal (I had a 2 measure rest--I grabbed the camera):
And footage from the actual performance at Le Poisson Rouge:
Featuring Circuit Parade: Mike McGinnis, Leon Dewan, Eleanor Norton with guests Natalie Weiss (Unicornicopia), Dave Amels, and Dorit Chrysler.
Recently retrieved from the McGinty archives*: "Space Nutz", a cartoon created by myself and Bob Kathman. The idea was that the Space Nutz are an outerspace rock group, who learn about music from radio waves traveling through space. I recorded a bunch of Space Nutz tracks in my East Village apartment, using analog synths, cheap music-making toys, primitive samplers and a Tascam Portastudio. Some of these tracks were later recorded by actual earthlings, The Kustard Kings. These are the original versions.
*McGinty archives: Several shoeboxes filled with unlabeled cassettes
Patrick Hambrecht of Flaming Fire has graciously agreed to release these long lost tracks on his label, Cuniglius Records.
The new Dustin Hoffman film, "Last Chance Harvey" features Connie Petruk singing Van McCoy's "Baby I'm Yours"
The track was produced and arranged by Joe McGinty, and recorded by Bryce Goggin at Trout Recording in Brooklyn. Personel: Connie Petruk, vocal Joe McGinty, piano Julian Maile, guitar Jeremy Chatzky, bass Denny McDermott, drums Stuart Bogie, sax