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Vancouver-based songsmith David Newberry (thatnewb) and photographer Eric Newby (thisnewb) will take you on a journey, peeling back the layers to reveal the sometimes cannibalistic and most-times incestual state of the entertainment industry as it stands. Drawing from historical events they will take one song, artist, event, moment in time, and connect it back to itself by way of a convoluted web mapping which you’ll have to hear to believe. Their irreverent style is only slightly overshadowed by their love and respect for inane bullshit.
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Newbsradio.com is all about connections. Connections in a historical context revolving around the entertainment industry. The show is loosely based on the BBC Television Program from the late 70s “Connections” with creator/host Dr. James Burke . If you haven’t seen Connections you should check it out – it’s REALLY REALLY interesting.
So why do we claim that the modern entertainment machine has been eating itself since 1946 you ask? Well, in 1946 Delta Blues Singer Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup wrote and recorded his song “That’s Alright Mama” which 8 years later would be recorded and released as Elvis Presley‘s first hit single. And thus the cycle began. Take an old idea, repackage it, sell it to 14 year old girls, die on the toilet.
So what can you expect from newbsradio.com? Well here is a quick example:
If today was (it is currently for us, okay?) April 29th, 2011. It’s a special day for two reasons. Just two, because we said so. One: Today is producer, artist and Beatles collaborator Klaus Voorman‘s birthday. Two: it’s also the anniversary of Sir Alfred Hitchcock‘s death. So, let’s try and connect Klaus to Sir Alfred through entertainment history shall we?
Klaus Voorman is known for his work as a bass player for Manfred Mann and later, the Plastic Ono Band with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He also won a Grammy in 1966 for his cover-art for the Beatles “Revolver“. Revolver contains the Sir Paul McCartney jam “Eleanor Rigby” which rocked a string octet arranged by Sir George Martin. The inspiration for the arrangement came from Bernard Herrmann’s score for Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”. Boom goes the dynamite, sir.
That’s a quick example of how the show will go, however, normally we will bring it back to Klaus Voorman by way of a different path which takes time, and we’re tired from being up late watching the Royal Wedding . No, the Charles/Diana one… on Betamax!. That Di was one piece of ace.
Until we get a few shows under our belt (and trust us, there’s not a whole lot of room under there if you know what we’re sayin’ – hubba hubba) we will continue to put posts up on newbsradio.com. Stay connected by following us on the twitter.