Phantom Of The Paradise
I did a show in London where the band plays a set then screens a movie of their choice. I picked this one and it went over well. It's a lot of fun. Paul Williams is a hero, and I recently read that Daft Punk may have been inspired by this movie to create their helmets. There's also great use of the iconic TONTO modular synth. One day I hope to make an insane rock opera of my own.
Jackson Southernaires - "Don't Look Down On A Man"
Malaco Records is a gospel, blues, and R&B label in Jackson, Mississippi that more people should know about. It's been around since 1962, and the scope of their output is overwhelming. Frank Williams of this group went on to create the outstanding, powerful, 100-plus member Mississippi Mass Choir. The message of this song is timeless and beautiful.
This flash app for "generating African rhythms using the Euclidean algorithm" is next level for creating wild percussion patterns. It's also highly addictive, and little to no musical talent is needed to get going with the web app. Enjoy.
Kathleen Daniel - "Spiritual People"
I don't know much about Kathleen Daniel and her self-described "native, pop, funk music and down-home animation," but I do know that I've gotten lost in her YouTube channel on many late nights. It's all weird and wonderful, and in my opinion she's an absolute visionary.
I can't vouch for their new products, but old school made-in-Mississippi Peavey guitars and amps from the early '80s and earlier are where it's at. Maybe I'm spoiled living down here, where at any time you can find this stuff for practically free on Craigslist, but I have to rep my state and say that any musician on a budget should be shredding on Peavey.