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YOOOOUUUUU AND MMAAAEEEEE. MAAAEEEEEEEE AND YOOOOUUUUUUUU

I Fucking Live For Haunting Covers Of Literally Any Song In Movie Trailers - the comments have some great additions too.
posted by divabat on Dec 6, 2016 - 77 comments

The Best Southern Albums 2016

"So, if 2016 left you feeling crappy, you can turn to our music for solace and inspiration. We hope you find both inside this list, and we expect you will." (SL Bitter Southerner)
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Dec 6, 2016 - 20 comments

That is when I say, oh yes yet again, can you stop the cavalry?

It is the time of year when the voice of Jona Lewie, a musician since school and a composer and performer across several genre for over half a century, becomes frequently heard in shops and on radio. Stop the Cavalry is a single from 1980 (live: [1] [2] [3]); the arguably anti-war protest song was not originally intended to be a Christmas single, and was kept off the #1 UK chart spot by songs from the recently deceased John Lennon and the St Winifred's School Choir. The tune, often covered by brass bands, is more well-known in the USA through the cover by The Cory Band with The Gwalia Singers (also Gwalia Singers on own and background). However, Jona was successful before this... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 6, 2016 - 20 comments

RIP Czech rock guitar legend Radim Hladik (1946–2016)

Hladik, who died Sunday from lung disease, would have turned 70 next Tuesday. He was considered his country’s equivalent of a Jeff Beck or Eric Clapton, but performed in relative obscurity behind the Iron Curtain. [more inside]
posted by LeLiLo on Dec 6, 2016 - 5 comments

28. Tuareg guitar players really like Dire Straits

Tom Whitwell of Fluxx lists 52 things I learned in 2016. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 3, 2016 - 17 comments

It was just meant to be played once, on that day.

Noel Gallagher talks about the making of Be Here Now, and why D'You Know What I Mean? needed to be remixed.
"So you've got this huge desk the size of Bradford, you've got a tape machine which couldn't handle the amount of tracks so you had to get another tape machine. It's the only time I've ever seen it in the history of music... When we separated all a hundred guitars, all doing the same thing, and got the key elements, and then did that remix, it sounds amazing. You can actually hear the strings, the bass guitar, and you can actually hear everything."
[more inside] posted by Juso No Thankyou on Dec 3, 2016 - 25 comments

To all the women who've had to fight

"With "Fight," Magnets put her finger on the pulse of the feminist revenge fantasy" [more inside]
posted by misfish on Dec 3, 2016 - 47 comments

SIMPSONWAVE

Wherein the soothing nostalgia of vaporwave is combined with the hallucinatory, corrupted-VHS ennui of Marge and the gang. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Dec 2, 2016 - 20 comments

Is rock the new jazz?

PopMatters thought so in 2012. Now Brooklyn Vegan blames it on The Strokes. [more inside]
posted by grumpybear69 on Dec 2, 2016 - 107 comments

Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies

Toto's "Africa" with vocals one step out of key and off-beat
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Dec 1, 2016 - 118 comments

Hayden James Makes House Music

Aussie Hayden James makes extra awesome house music, if you're into that kind of thing. See Permission to Love, in all of its 8-bit glory. Also listen with your ears to Something About You and (my favorite) Just a Lover.
posted by JPowers on Dec 1, 2016 - 7 comments

Thanks, we'll call you...

Is it possible for those who are tone-deaf to appreciate music or become better singers? Author and journalist Tim Falconer- a self-confessed “bad singer” — is one of only 2.5 percent of the population that has been afflicted with amusia (he is scientifically tone-deaf). [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Dec 1, 2016 - 63 comments

Avalon Emerson -Natural Impasse

All of the clips are from my personal phone video archive taken over the last half a year or so. I trimmed each video, turned them into gifs, and processed them into various emojisaic gifs using a ruby script created by my friend Lucas Mathis (github: @lilkraftwerk), then edited them all together using Adobe Premiere, a process that took me about two months.
posted by DynamiteToast on Dec 1, 2016 - 2 comments

Haranguing Chad: How Nickelback became pop’s ultimate punchline

This week, reports the Charlottetown Guardian, police in Kensington, Prince Edward Island threatened to force impaired drivers to listen to Nickelback while locked in the back of a police cruiser. But, reports the UK Guardian, "they’re hardly the first band to be turned into a punchline that doesn’t require a set-up. Sting’s career has suffered for years from the notion that he is some kind of tantric sex god, based on a throwaway comment he made in a 1990 interview."
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Nov 30, 2016 - 93 comments

“You’re Welcome.”

Full clip of Dwayne Johnson’s big song from the Disney movie Moana, penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which chronicles the achievements of Hawaiian demi-god Maui in riduculously cheery manner.
posted by Artw on Nov 28, 2016 - 74 comments

It's been a long week. Listen, and exhale.

One day I will make a semi-megapost on hip-hop supergroup, Haiku D'Etat, The Freestyle Fellowship, and their associated acts. On this Sunday morning, however, I've just compiled a short playlist of groovy songs to help ease you into a relaxed, wake-and-bake state of mind: (Previously):

AyeM Ray-DIO - Sunshyne ~ Abstract Rude - The Solution feat. Slug & Brother Ali ~ Haiku D'Etat - Poetry Takeover ~ Abstract Rude - Yep ~ Haiku D'Etat - Los Dangerous ~ Haiku D'Etat - Wants vs. NEEDS ~ Abstract Rude & Tribe Unique - Coolin
posted by Room 641-A on Nov 27, 2016 - 8 comments

This place sunk a long time ago

Black Friday has cast its sinister shadow across the US once again, releasing a plague of deep discounts and demanding waves of senseless sacrifices to the god of Commerce. Why not celebrate by touring the desiccated ruins of classic American shopping temples from the comforts of your own home with Dan Bell's Dead Mall Series? Featuring the smooth sounds of Dan Mason, Washed Out and more! [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Nov 25, 2016 - 65 comments

"This is a weird way to earn a living."

Andy Kershaw just spent 45 minutes interviewing The Band's Robbie Robertson. BBC Radio posted the full audio of their chat online as a free downloadable mp3 this morning, and it's fascinating. Among the topics Robertson discusses are a memorable early Hawks gig in Jack Ruby's Texas club, dealing with audience hostility on Dylan's first electric tour, taking the Stones' Brian Jones to a gig by the then-unknown Jimi Hendrix, his memories of the Woodstock festival, 1970s drug madness in the music industry, The Band's legendary farewell at The Last Waltz and why a touring musician's years are like dog years. Both men are clearly enjoying themselves here and Kershaw can be heard cackling like a mad witch at Robertson's best anecdotes.
posted by Paul Slade on Nov 24, 2016 - 14 comments

One Moment

"One Moment," A New Video From OK Go. (Facebook Link - that's the only place its currently hosted) Background notes and full credits here.
posted by Joey Michaels on Nov 23, 2016 - 34 comments

Color One Tear Black

The lowrider was born during the mid-twentieth century in the barrio of East Los Angeles. More than just a car, lowriders are the avatar and centerpiece of one of the most enduring Mexican American subcultures. While white American muscle car enthusiasts sought high speed, their Chicanx counterparts were building cars intended to go "low and slow," designed for cruising rather than racing. But what would cruising be without a soundtrack to match? Hazy and soulful group harmony is the music of choice. [more inside]
posted by vathek on Nov 21, 2016 - 14 comments

"I will never again release a song I don't like."

NY Magazine: How Sting’s daughter sabotaged her music career so she make it on her own as an anonymous — until now — DJ.
Sumner is rock royalty. But being born into bohemian privilege is complicated, especially in the UK. “There are a lot of great things about the English music scene, but they have an obsession with taking down their own,” says Andrew Wyatt, a friend and collaborator of Sumner’s who is also the frontman of the band Miike Snow. Or, as one prominent executive at a prestigious British label put it: “I’m not rooting for her, and no one is rooting for her.”
GQ: We're pretty sure Sting's kid Eliot Sumner is from the future. [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Nov 20, 2016 - 65 comments

“The demons are scared of you. They’re running away from you.”

Doom Composer Mick Gordon: A Chat About Dissonance, Making Music Responsive, and How Doom 2016 Ended Up Getting a Metal Soundtrack. [PC Gamer] “Back when Bethesda and id Software were making announcements about the recently rebooted Doom [wiki], one of the hints that it might end up decent was confirmation that Mick Gordon was onboard to compose the soundtrack [YouTube]. His work on Wolfenstein: The New Order and Killer Instinct is cherished among those games’ playerbases, and the intensity of both owe a lot to his anarchic (but still impressively subtle, when it needs to be) approach to getting visuals and music swinging to the same beat. Based in Australia, Gordon’s been around for a while. He’s worked on two Need For Speed games, as well as Shift 2 Unleashed and ShootMania Storm, to name a few examples. Currently he’s working with Arkane Studios on its Prey reboot, which—as he relates below—will mark a departure from his recent, foot-to-the-floor audio rampages.” [Previously.]
posted by Fizz on Nov 19, 2016 - 8 comments

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

The hits just keep on coming: music utopia What.Cd has shut down as French authorities seize the servers.
posted by holmesian on Nov 19, 2016 - 67 comments

The Lost Sky

On Friday, singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop released the lead single and video from her upcoming LP Memories Are Now: The Lost Sky [more inside]
posted by egregious theorem on Nov 19, 2016 - 3 comments

The Art of Recording

Soundbreaking is an 8-part documentary series about the art of producing records, featuring both legendary and lesser-known producers like Quincy Jones, Linda Perry, Don Was, RZA, Brian Eno, Questlove, and of course George Martin. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Nov 19, 2016 - 24 comments

Sharon Jones, May 4, 1956 to November 18, 2016

Sharon Jones, the Grammy-nominated soul and funk singer With Dap-Kings, died following her "heroic battle against pancreatic cancer" at the age of 60.
Jones recorded six albums with the Dap-Kings, but it was her exhilarating live shows, which functioned as equal parts Baptist church revival, Saturday night juke joint and raucous 1970s Las Vegas revue, that showcased the singer's unparalleled energy. In venues filled with people half her age, Jones was the most dynamic person in the room, bolting onstage and commanding the crowd like her idol James Brown. It was homage without mimicry; respecting the soul and funk elders that defined the genres while displaying seemingly boundless vitality.
Sharon Jones, previously. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 19, 2016 - 85 comments

"The first thing that came to my mind was Psycho"

Australian luthier Stephen Gilchrist explains how he went about restoring Gibson F5 Mandolin #70281, the first such Gibson instrument to be signed by Lloyd Loar on June 1, 1922. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Nov 19, 2016 - 11 comments

As long as there's sex and drugs, I could do without the rock & roll

The year is 1992, and They have returned. (Trailer). There were interviews: David Letterman, Arsenio Hall, Charles Gibson. There were appearances: Headbangers Ball, Rockline with Martha Quinn (Part 2 only. Part 1 was DMCAd. Quite exciting, this computer magic!) But then there was the concert: The Return of Spinal Tap at The Royal Albert Hall, with special guests The Folksmen, Bob Geldof, Kenny Rogers, and many other surprises. If you're Australian, don't forget your Rock 'n Rolls.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Nov 18, 2016 - 6 comments

A little relaxation couldn't hurt right now

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent [more inside]
posted by brainmouse on Nov 18, 2016 - 67 comments

Beastie Boys + Daft Punk = Daft Science

Daft Science. Toronto producer Coins (bandcamp; facebook; twitter) made an album of Beastie Boys remixes using only Daft Punk samples. All eight resulting tracks are stream- or downloadable for free. (via Dancing Astronaut)
posted by Ufez Jones on Nov 17, 2016 - 28 comments

Improvisational hymn singing from the Scottish Isles

Noel Meek writes about Gaelic psalm singing and includes several recordings from the 1970s and 80s. A precentor sings the opening line from a hymn, and then the congregation joins in, improvising on the melody. With the decline of the Scottish Gaelic language the tradition is fading and lives primarily on the islands of Lewis and Harris in the Hebrides. Here is a video from Back Free Church on Lewis and a BBC radio documentary on Gaelic psalm singing by Ken Hyder.
posted by Kattullus on Nov 16, 2016 - 5 comments

RIP, Master of Space and Time

Leon Russell collaborator with Joe Cocker and Elton John and a fine performer in his own right has passed on at 74
posted by jonmc on Nov 13, 2016 - 52 comments

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.

The band Francobollo released their song "Wonderful" with an animated video about a jealous ball of pubic hair. Yes, that's exactly what it's about. It's downright goofy, then turns a little scary, and barely on the edge of SFW. (Text and link courtesy of [Mefi's Own] Miss Cellania.)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 12, 2016 - 5 comments

Folk Music In America, compiled by Dick Spotswood

“Folk Music in America” is a series of 15 LP records published by the Library of Congress between 1976 and 1978 to celebrate the bicentennial of the American Revolution. It was curated by librarian/collector-cum-discographer Richard K. Spottswood, and funded by a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. The music, pulled primarily from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song (now Archive of Folk Culture), spans nearly a century (1890-1976) and virtually every form that can be considered American music. This includes native American songs and instrumental music, music of immigrant cultures from all over the world, and uniquely American forms like blues, jazz and country.
Folk Music in America [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Nov 12, 2016 - 10 comments

The whole world is wondering: what's wrong with the United States?

"We've come tonight to bring you some joy, some happiness, some inspiration, and some positive vibrations. We want to leave you enough to last you maybe the next six months." Eight years ago this month, soul/pop/gospel music legend Mavis Staples released a live recording titled Live: Hope at the Hideout. Recorded in Chicago's tiny Hideout Lounge, these thirteen songs of protest, hope, and defiance feature Mavis with a stripped down, raw and swampy three-piece band and just a handful of back-up singers. You can stream the entire album here (YT) and all things considered, you really should. [Alt link: stream from her record label's site]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 10, 2016 - 23 comments

"a staggering work of talent and attention to detail"

From episode five, season two of Hibike! Euphonium, Kyoto Animation presents Kitauji High School Concert Band's performance of Crescent Moon Dance, with the explanation on how they got the technical details almost entirely right while still leaving the overall performance on a level to be expected from a talented high school band. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 9, 2016 - 10 comments

String Quartets

Oppressed by weltschmerz in the light of recent events? Staring out at leaden November skies? Then why not listen to a string quartet? So much fine music has been written for the enduring and flexible line-up of 2 violins, viola & cello, much of it anguished, sombre & tormented! One might begin near the beginning in the relatively cheerful & sunlit world of Joseph Haydn’s Op. 20 quartets (1772): here’s no. 4 from that set. A tip-of-the-iceberg selection of others… [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Nov 9, 2016 - 34 comments

"Music equals good..."

Vita and the Woolf are a newish duo enjoying growing, deserved acclaim. Vita and the Woolf are Jennifer Pague and Adam Shumski, and they're riding a rising tide of acclaim for their carefully layered songs and intense performances.
posted by batmonkey on Nov 7, 2016 - 5 comments

You know, it never seemed like we were really recording

The album cover is a picture of two middle-aged black people, seated on folding chairs. The woman is in her late thirties, the man in his mid-fifties. She wears a plain print housedress and a wry expression; the man’s white socks are rolled at the ankles. A trumpet is on his lap, supporting his folded arms. There is no written information on the cover other than the name of the record label: “Verve,” it says. “A Panoramic True High Fidelity Record.” On the spine is the album’s title: "Ella and Louis.”
posted by eotvos on Nov 7, 2016 - 23 comments

Jean Jacques Perrey has died, the world is a little less silly now.

A pioneer in electronic music and composer of the tune that is used for the intro to Futurama. He was known as a innovator and experimented with electronic music and tape splicing since the early 50's. His music was used in the electric light parade at disneyland and the sampled bee version of "Flight of the Bumblebee" is a work of tape splicing magic. I knew him from a album I picked up at a thrift store ,and actually met him at a release party put together by RE Search Magazine. He was a incredibly charming and and made a point of telling me to "always stay happy". Check out "In sounds from way out"
posted by boilermonster on Nov 6, 2016 - 31 comments

Inhale…Exhale…Evolve

Sit back, relax and soothe your frazzled nerves with Tony Bennett and dance company Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 5, 2016 - 6 comments

The rhythm of the one

The Story of Funk - One Nation Under A Groove is a 2014 BBC documentary about the birth and evolution of funk music. [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A on Nov 4, 2016 - 31 comments

Once in love, I'll be the death of you

25 years ago, Loveless was released. The seminal record that influenced a movement, also known for allegedly almost bankrupting pre-Britpop Creation Records over dozens of recording studios and producers that couldn't match Kevin Shields vision among other legends makes a quarter of a century today. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Nov 4, 2016 - 45 comments

A Carmen Medley...........

...............performed by eleven talented young ladies From the BBC Proms in 2013
posted by lungtaworld on Nov 3, 2016 - 6 comments

The Children of "Runaway Train"

Elon Green unpacks the history of some of the kids featured in the iconic and haunting video for Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train." TW: Discussion of child abduction.
posted by zeusianfog on Nov 3, 2016 - 15 comments

New England: Complaining about the weather since the beginning

The first American folk song written in English is a list of New England's Annoyances as felt by early Puritan colonists. One historian argues that the song was written in 1643 by Edward Johnson, who also founded the MA town of Woburn and authored the first printed history of New England. Another cover to listen to.
posted by cubby on Nov 2, 2016 - 10 comments

"It’s so hard for me to sit in there and hear his voice."

Recorded just before the death of Phife Dawg in March, “We Got It From Here, Thank You For Your Service” is heavy with his presence. Loss haunts A Tribe Called Quest’s first album in 18 years.
posted by komara on Nov 2, 2016 - 12 comments

“...type of guy who you kind of want to have around your kitchen table.”

Inside CBC Radio’s New ‘q’ with Tom Power [Toronto Star] “This past week, Tom Power [@tompowercbc] assumed his most prominent post yet: host of q. Taking over CBC Radio’s flagging flagship property can’t be considered a simple promotion, not after the damage inflicted to the brand by Jian Ghomeshi’s scandal and Shad’s brutally brief succession. When it comes to hot seats, there are few warmer than this particular hosting chair. And for all Power’s ascendant momentum, it’s a mighty burden to task one person with being the answer for q. Power has no illusions about being a one-man saviour — if his q succeeds, it will do so not as a solo performance, but something more akin to a loose-limbed kitchen party. Power’s show seems less about the dulcet tone of its authoritative host, and more about the benefit of voices from across the country and behind the scenes, with the goal of making art of all kinds more accessible and appreciated.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Oct 31, 2016 - 56 comments

I'm Never Gonna Honk Again

Many vehicles have horns. There are some who think bicycles should have one. And then there are those who just want to make a little music with them. [more inside]
posted by But tomorrow is another day... on Oct 31, 2016 - 23 comments

Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems

David Nagler has set some of Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems to music. The work includes an all-star cast of Chicago musicians, including Robbie Fulks, Sally Timms and Jon Langford of the Mekons, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Under the Harvest Moon and Theme in Yellow are especially autumnal. More about the project here.
posted by carrienation on Oct 31, 2016 - 7 comments

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