New York singer, saxophonist and band leader Jimmy Castor died yesterday of as-yet-unknown causes. The very funky Castor took Frankie Lymon's place in the doo-wop group The Teenagers in 1957 (when he was not yet a teenager). And he went on to solo success with "Hey, Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You," which has been sampled a lot, notably on the Beastie Boys' "Hold It Now, Hit It," and which also seems, pretty clearly, to have been source material for Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard." Castor had his biggest success in the early '70s, with his group The Jimmy Castor Bunch. Samples [...]
Bootsy Collins has one of the most impressive resumes in popular music, beginning his career as a bassist with the one-two punch of James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic. More than 40 years after being plucked from obscurity to back up the Godfather of Soul, his new album, The Funk Capitol of the World, seeks to put his life and funk in a historical perspective. Among other things, the death of his brother Phelps "Catfish" Collins compelled him to craft a “musical biography” that would preserve the memory of the people who were most influential to Bootsy: everyone from Catfish to Al Sharpton to Jimi Hendrix and, of course, George [...]
"Having mastered control over space-time, a super-civilization might want to fabricate their own black holes for a variety of tasks: waste disposal, starship propulsion, hyper-computing, maybe even time travel." —Discovery reports on the work of Clement Vidal of the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, who posits that advanced civilizations of super-aliens have likely figured out ways to "tap the energy resources of an entire galaxy" and engineer the conditions of the universe to their liking. Of course, there are other uses for a homemade black hole.