Friday, January 18, 2008

Jukebox Friday: Never Mind the Mainstream.

This week, let's enjoy some artists who are a little outside the mainstream. And I don't just mean that in the indie sense -- I mean artists building private musical worlds for themselves that most of the rest of us hardly glimpse. Call it "outsider music" if you want, but that term is a little limiting, too.

First, here's a portion of the legendary Jandek's first ever live performance (after more than 25 years of recording) in Scotland in 2004. The song is "Real Wild." (Unfamiliar with Jandek? Catch up here.)

From the backwaters of 1980s public access comes Penny Pearce and the Penny Magic Hour performing "The Shrink." Eep!

Tiny Tim gives his all onstage in his highly unlikely, yet insanely cool, version of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"

And finally, it's never too late to jump on a viral video bandwagon. Here's that "Chocolate Rain" tune by Tay Zonday that the kids on the intertubes are going so crazy over.

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