“How do you manage to breathe enough to play that thing?” Good question. It’s one I’ve asked myself a lot lately because until recently, I hadn’t practiced the tuba regularly in—(these are confessions from the tuba world, right?)—a decade, not since I took lessons in college. I’ve continued to play for TubaChristmas, for fun whenever my dad or brother feel like jamming, and for sundry church functions—just enough to warrant owning my own tuba. But, in January, I was asked to join a local British-style brass band for their upcoming competition in April. Not wanting to be the weakest link, as I suspected I was, I instated a weekly practice goal: a minimum of a half hour, four times a week. Let me tell you, a lot of rust accumulates in ten years.
"Self-proclaimed knowledge, music, LEGO and die-cast car junkie, Adly Syairi Ramly
presents a collection of 20 iconic bands
that he’s taken the time to recreate with everyone’s favorite building blocks." [more inside]
Vocal band Pentatonix (previously
) presents A Daft Punk Medley
The Go Go's
as "The Most Successful
all female rock band of all time
Unfortunately, they've had some bumps
in the road recently when bassist Kathy Valentine filed a lawsuit
against the rest of the band
and a band rebuttal
The Go Go's also had a controversial party video
come to light within the past few years (NSFW)
And, what happened to Jane Weidlin
The Baseballs are a German rock and roll band founded in Berlin in 2007. They became popular with 50s and 60s style rock cover versions of modern hits such as "Umbrella
","Hot n Cold
","Call Me Maybe
", "Tik Tok
", and "Poker Face
'Before their show in Seattle last month, London four-piece Savages
posted a sign around the venue that laid out a couple of ground rules: no Instagramming, no video, no tweets-- in short, "SILENCE YOUR PHONES
." This could be seen as a part of a growing trend of bands
pointing out how sick they are of looking out into a sea of smartphones rather than human faces (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs posted a similar missive at their recent New York homecoming show
), but it felt more like an extension of Savages’ overall manifesto
. And no, “manifesto” is not too dramatic a word; especially in contrast with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ sign, which tempered its message with chatty humor
, Savages’ fiery imperative read like something hammered onto a door
.' --Pitchfork has both a review
and cover story
on Savages well-named
new record "Silence Yourself
is a Brooklyn-based band that plays a unique combination
of soul and mo-town-inspired jams, with complex rhythms
and noisy guitar breaks
hails from London, and is fronted by Canadian singer [and sometimes guitarist] Al Spx. Her vocals are beautifully inspired by gospels of the American South. [more inside]
With their brutal, simple riffs and aggressive, fast tempos, Accept were one of the top metal bands of the early '80s, and a major influence on the development of thrash. Led by the unique vocal stylings of screeching banshee Udo Dirkschneider, the band forged an instantly recognizable sound and was notorious as one of the decade's fiercest live acts.
Springsteen in the USA: 40 years of Touring as a Study in Spatial Diffusion
"As a geographer, 1500+ shows over 40 years is an opportunity to map...how phenomenons such as innovation, fashion, or disease spread geographically. Except in this case the contagion is rock ‘n roll."
After more than 15 years on hiatus, the punk-spawned, world-music-defining Dead Can Dance
released their eighth album Anastasis
one month ago. The reunited act are on a world tour. [more inside]
A girl upon the shore did ask a favour of the sea;
"Return my blue eyed sailor boy safely back to me.
Forgive me if I ask too much, I will not ask for more,
but I shall weep until he sleeps safe upon the shore."
For nearly 20 years, Newfoundland group Great Big Sea
have been creating acoustic Celtic folk-rock covers and interpretations of traditional
Newfoundland and Labrador sea shanties
, fishing and party songs
, which draw from the island's rich 500-year-old multicultural (Irish, English, Scottish and French) heritage. [more inside]
The EOL Robot band (previously
), consisting chiefly of repurposed obsolete computer equipment, has learned some new songs. Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger
". The House of the Rising Sun
. Little Drummer Boy
Pussy Riot is a free-floating (except when jailed) band of punk rockers and activists in Russia. Their punk protest issues include LGBT and gender rights, as well as opposition to Putin and the government. They’re usually anonymous, and they change their assumed and actual names and personnel on a whim. They perform in balaclavas that hide their features, and wear bright-colored tights and plain, skimpy dresses, so anyone can easily don Pussy Riot gear. Hair, makeup, even gender — doesn’t matter. This is not rock star territory. Men can be members of Pussy Riot; so can anyone on the spectrum. They do not perform in clubs or theaters or at music events. Every performance is a guerrilla one. Vice interviews
Pussy Riot (before the arrests). Salon reports
on the recent detention of three members
. Amnesty International page
The female bandmembers of Chairlift
, Au Revoir Simone
, Class Actress
, and This Frontier Needs Heroes
get together with "an essentially revolving cast of indie Brooklyn sirens,
twice a year in a living room in Greenpoint to cover a single, classic song that they learn and arrange right before they perform. Calling themselves Girl Crisis
, the group covers a classic (mostly a capella
) from a male artist each Winter and a female artist each Summer. The performances are are filmed with a Super 8 camera, are not open to the public and exist only online. Their latest: Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me To The End of Love"
. (Via) [more inside]
The Band singer and drummer Levon Helm is in the final stages
of cancer, according to a note posted on his website
Tuesday by his wife, Sandy, and daughter, Amy. [more inside]
Nerdcore rock band I Fight Dragons
presents I Fight Ganon
, a live performance of the Legend Of Zelda Theme song
from their goth
beginnings into the "quintessential" steampunk
band, complete with industrial dance
and world music
influences. Also, they created a pen & paper
role playing games Airship Pirates
based upon their song Airship Pirates
.. [more inside]
Toward the Within
is the only official live album of the eclectic music group, Dead Can Dance
Recorded in one take in November of 1993, the performance was later released as an album and video. The latter includes short interviews with the heads of the group, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, interspersed with the songs.
Video track list: [more inside]
Detektivbyrån (The Detective Agency) was a little-known Swedish band that made delightful music often inspired by Yann Tiersen's soundtrack to Amelié
. E 18
- Om Du Möter Varg
- Generation celebration
- Laka kaffa
. (Warning: aggressively cute and happy music containing accordion and bells.) [more inside]
"We are Nirvana The Band
, the live musical that will never play the same show twice. To not let us play on your stage would be a terrible mistake. We are Nirvana The Band. For now; forever; for better; for worse. Four -- times four -- is sixteen."
Anyone who grew up playing video games understands the impact of the music.
But the internet has allowed all sorts of people to express their love
in many different ways. [more inside]
Nine bands enter, only one emerges sober • Timelapsed, three college-age kids play the Theme to Tetris
around a table on beer bottles • The Magic Blow_ob Ensemble plays Shostakovich's "Jazz Suite #2"
on beer bottles • Two Polish Buskers play Greig's "In the Hall of the Mountain King"
on beer bottles • The Bottle Band (also from Poland) performs "The Entertainer"
on beer bottles • The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra plays the Victoria Bitter beer jingle
on Victoria Bitter beer bottles • St. Luke's Bottle Band plays Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Reed Flutes"
on beer and other bottles • The Bowen Beer Bottle Band [previously]
performs "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
on beer bottles • An ensemble wearing matching clothing plays "Mamma Mia" by ABBA
on beer bottles • The J2O Bottle Blowing Choir performs "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
(they are too young for beer) • [more inside]
Os Novos Baianos (The New Bahians) played psychedelic rock blended with regional Brazilian folk styles, heavily influenced by bossa nova maestro João Gilberto
In 1972, after recording Acabou Chorare
(which went on to top Rolling Stone Brazil's list of best Brazilian albums
), the band moved to a far suburb of Rio de Janiero to live communally, play soccer, and work on the album Novos Baianos F.C.
(New Bahians Football Club). In 1973, German television sent music producer Solano Ribeiro to capture their daily life on film. It's around 45 minutes, broken up in six youtube videos: 1 2 3 4 5 6
. No subtitles, but you won't need them too much. The audio is spotty, but it gets better. [more inside]
Bobby Charles 1938-2010
. Songwriter, musician's musician and cultural treasure, he died on last Thursday in Abbeville,Lousiana. In the 1950s, he wrote Fats Domino's Walking to New Orleans
, Bill Haley and the Comet's See You Later, Alligator
and recorded for Chess records. His eponymous Bearsville album
recorded in Woodstock in 1972 has been described as the best Band album released under another name.(Check out Small Town Talk
there.) He appeared as well in the Band's farewell concert filmed as The Last Waltz
. He made an enormous contribution to American popular music. [more inside]
Rock band reunions normally involve, at minimum, a little live music. But as The Velvet Underground are not your typical rock band, maybe none of us should have been surprised that the reunion of The Velvets at LIVE from the NYPL on Tuesday December 8th had none.
Metafilter's own COBRA!
has been producing a great comic
about a rock band for quite awhile
; and now it's been released as a book
! Get to know the Awesome Boys
in Nowhere Band
The bar for utterly ironic chorus lyrics has possibly been out of the reach of normal people for now
show considerable, erm, 'flair' as well as awareness of, erm....well. Um. This is too hard to describe. Justice can only be done by watching it. (SLYT + 1) via
Maybe you remember them from their 'hit' single "Push Th' Little Daisies"
, or from their appearance on MTV's Beavis and Butt-head
. Maybe you know them from their appearance
in the film "It's Pat"
or from their contributions to the "Road Trip"
soundtrack or even from their appearance at Chef Aid on South Park
. My hope, however, is that you don't know Ween
, allowing me the opportunity to let you taste the waste
. [more inside]
At Sammy's at 2016 Main, on September 8, a historic jam session occurred, an impromptu reunion of many of the city of New Orleans's finest musicians. Each player who walked in the door was much more than a mere musician that night -- they were an affirmation of life. Not only did their attendance indicate that they had survived the storm, but their collective presence also indicated that their music would survive, too.
The New Birth Brass Band
(and friends) tears it the hell up in downtown Houston post-Katrina. The whole show is great
, but if you're short on time, parts one
are especially smoking.
have decided to put liven up the underused bandstands of London by, well, you know, putting bands on in them. [more inside]
50 Bands, 50 States:
The Boston Phoenix declares the best all-time band, best all-time solo artist, and best new band from each state. [more inside]
Wonderfully artistic video
for the song "God Loves My Country", by Balthrop, Alabama
, a small-town band.
Post-hardcore/noise rockers No Age
discuss their latest album, Nouns
. [more inside]
At the Isle of Wight Festival, Dylan was the only monster on the bill capable of attracting a monster of an audience. In refusing to play the Woodstock Festival and in then letting himself be talked into playing the Isle of Wight, Dylan in effect was telling England's counterculture: ''C'mon. Let's hold our own Woodstock.'' And so, on the Isle of Wight, a dot of land that certainly wasn't the easiest place in the world to get to, Dylan almost single-handedly proved an enticing enough attraction to collect an audience sometimes estimated to be as few as a 125,000 and sometimes as many as 250,000.My Dylan Papers: Part 2 The Isle of Wight
Another scrap from the late Al Aronowitz, the self-styled Blacklisted Journalist, and former Dylan courtier, recalling the only full concert Dylan gave solo or with the Band between 1967 and 1973 and sung in his Nashville Skyline voice, to boot, no less. And now you can have it all to yourself.... [more inside]
The Indie Band Survival Guide:
A fantastic, free, 101 pages collection of useful information for musicians - covers topics such as recording, copyright, major label contracts, commercial radio, promoting your music, band websites, distribution, filesharing and live shows.
Indie pop and flying dogs.
was an American jazz/hard rock/psychedelic band founded in 1967, based in Los Angeles, California. Their 1970 album Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
is highly regarded for originality and uniqueness and is considered by many to be one of the best albums made by a Los Angeles group [source
]. Among the many bits of fascinating rock trivia surrounding the group: founder and frontman Randy California jammed with a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix
Curious fans can also peruse unofficial sites for original members and founders Randy California
and Jay Ferguson