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The end of music

The worst CD in the world. Here's something to while away the office hours, compiling the worst CD in the world from tracks that you own.

"What's your least favourite track by your favourite band? It's a difficult question, because often we're reluctant to admit that our favourite bands have written bad songs. We program ourselves to take sides: we'll often convince ourselves that a good song by a band we don't generally like is worse than a bad song by a band we normally love.

I'm interested to know if there's any common stuff in people's most hated songs list, and conversely if something you own and hate happens to be someone else's favourite. And if there's something you really can't stand - why did you buy it? Why do you still have it?"

So it's fifteen tracks in your own record collection that you hate the most. And the site is something to do with some time mefi poster nylon, so all the more reason to join in the fun

I'm kicking off my CD with starship.
posted by ciderwoman on Aug 5, 2004 - 148 comments

Garland of Song

The Scriptorium's American Sheet Music. North Carolina's Duke University maintains a wonderful, sprawling archive of ephemera, as you, chers linkeurs, know well. But perhaps you didn't know of the vast collection of American sheet music, most attractively explored via these cover galleries (viz.), that awaits within.
posted by mwhybark on Aug 3, 2004 - 6 comments

Firefox extension for Allmusic

Last month, people voiced their disappointment with AllMusic's for-the-worse facelift, and a week later someone at wrote a Mozilla Firefox extension that "routs around the damage" and allows for cleaner browsing. Some are pondering the legal consequences.
posted by dhoyt on Aug 3, 2004 - 29 comments


It's the final Orbital gig, about half-an-hour into this John Peel show. RealAudio. Maybe you want Real Alternative?
posted by Pretty_Generic on Aug 1, 2004 - 26 comments

The Album Club

No time to pick out your own music? Still like the CD format? Live in the UK? Well has The Rough Trade Shop got a club for you. Is this outmoded on arrival or an interesting variant on old style "X-Of-the-Month" clubs? I know I sometimes find it overwhelming to keep up with what's new'n'exciting.
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Jul 30, 2004 - 8 comments

Has The War Against Silence been won?

For almost ten years, independent rock critic Glenn Mcdonald has kept a highly personal and elegantly well-written music column, The War Against Silence. He has championed artists popular and obscure, and remembered acts that others might regard as 1980s nostalgia with melancholy and grace. As his past few columns have vacillated between the personal and the musical, he has opted to end his run at the beginning of September.
posted by pxe2000 on Jul 29, 2004 - 16 comments


B2B. Band to Band links. 6 degrees for music.
posted by srboisvert on Jul 27, 2004 - 27 comments

Everytime I Try To Tell You, The Words Just Come Out Wrong...

In the early 70's explosion of singer-songwriters, one great one's career was tragically cut short, just over 30 years ago. His lyricism, humor, unpretentious manner, and ear for a hook are sadly missed and rarely remebered these days. The recent release of archival material might help revive interest.
posted by jonmc on Jul 25, 2004 - 56 comments

Creative Misuse and Abuse of Musical Tools

Creative misuse and abuse of musical tools with a lot of examples
posted by ronsens on Jul 23, 2004 - 10 comments

The Velvet Underground's White Light White Heat

The Velvet Underground's White Light White Heat played on banjo, bass guitar, ruler, music box, violin, toy piano, electric guitar, accordion, squeezebox, euphonium, ukulele, kazoo, xylophone, pixiphone, uumskither, mbira, pod, delay, turntable and percussion.
posted by ubueditor on Jul 23, 2004 - 8 comments

Crosby Nash 2004

Crosby Nash 2004 offers voters a new choice in the upcoming November election -- all of the criminal history of David Crosby combined with the cynicism of Graham Nash. Says Nash of the Vice-Presidency: "’We’ll have two presidents, and between us we have vice covered." Somehow I don't think Neil Young would approve...
posted by denbot on Jul 22, 2004 - 6 comments

Like music, with balls

Animusic Just saw a video from thes folks as a between shows filler on PBS. Remember Herbie Hancock's robotic music video from the mid-80s? This is classical music but even cooler--no hands used in playing--endorsed by Jon Anderson and Alan Parsons.
posted by billsaysthis on Jul 22, 2004 - 9 comments

Common People, Cap'n

William Shatner covers 'Common People' by Pulp, with the help of Ben Folds and Joe Jackson. Album of further genius forthcoming. [thanks Suw!]
posted by feelinglistless on Jul 22, 2004 - 41 comments

Jerry Goldsmith

Film composer Jerry Goldsmith died on Wednesday. At Deconstructing Goldsmith, you can find short and occasionally contentious commentaries on just about all of Goldsmith's scores, including rejected ones.
posted by Prospero on Jul 22, 2004 - 10 comments

LOUDER isn't always better

Where did dynamic range go? Compact discs seem to keep getting more and more compressed in an effort to make them seem louder. Didn't the compact disc promise greater dynamic range than vinyl? Then, some record label exec comes along and makes the recording so hot we lose the dynamic range. People have been complaining about this for some time. Papers have been written about it with proposed solutions. Where will it end?
posted by caddis on Jul 21, 2004 - 38 comments

The Movement

The Movement is a 7-member art project, conceived (somewhat) as a multimedia version of the games Telephone or Exquisite Corpse, in which each member "adds a voice to the work -- a voice which expands the work, a voice which modifies the work, a voice which contests the work" through text, image, or sound. Initiated by writer/musician/radio host Julius Nil, the brother alter-ego of Olias Nil (himself the alter-ego of Seth Cohen) of the late, lamented Fire Show and Number One Cup. Includes work from Nil's Fire Show/Number One Cup collaborator, musician/photographer M. Resplendent .
posted by scody on Jul 21, 2004 - 1 comment

Sony, BMG Merge into One Grotesque Abomination

Sony, BMG Merge into One Grotesque Abomination. Sony Music and BMG combine to form the second largest music label in the world. Current plans? Layoff a bunch of employees. Future possibilities? Dropping lesser known bands.
posted by amandaudoff on Jul 21, 2004 - 31 comments

wish you were there

Fabchannel has nearly 200 streaming concerts online from Amsterdam's "temple of pop": Paradiso. Featured artists include Damien Rice, Franz Ferdinand, De La Soul and many more. 56k streams are freely available, broadband requires free registration.
posted by swordfishtrombones on Jul 17, 2004 - 5 comments

To waaaaaaaar in Iraq

The George W Bush Singers Some Friday musical fun.
posted by DrJohnEvans on Jul 16, 2004 - 9 comments

Danzig gets his just desserts

Danzig gets knocked out. Now, I know that most of you probably aren't big on violence, however, I find a little jolt of comfort in seeing Danzig dropped with one punch. It's like being back in high school and seeing a bully knocked out by a geek he'd been picking on. (NSFW - violence and language)
posted by fizz-ed on Jul 15, 2004 - 39 comments

The Shape of Song

The Shape of Song from Turbulence.
posted by hama7 on Jul 15, 2004 - 7 comments

Girls who want boys who like boys who do girls who.. ahhh whatever...

Parkspliced. Blur's Parklife remixed/bootlegged/mashed-up a la London Booted (and while you're in the mood: Hanzo Steel).
posted by Robot Johnny on Jul 14, 2004 - 8 comments

Golden Apples of The Sun

Singer Songwriter Devendra Banhart recently assembled an amazing mix of music exclusively for Arthur Magazine entitled “Golden Apples of the Sun,” (Pitchfork review) which has the high task of defining the West-cost based "freakfolk" scene. Featuring brilliant new artists (such as the breathtaking Joanna Newsom, Iron and Wine, and Vetiver, among others), it was limited to 1000 copies (all of which are sold out). There should be a second edition, but in the meantime you can listen to the whole album on this player.
posted by Quartermass on Jul 14, 2004 - 25 comments

So a guy walks up to an ATM...

They Might Be Giants' latest music video, directed by Strong Sad and The Cheat.
posted by LinusMines on Jul 14, 2004 - 30 comments

Just the facts, please

Allmusic for Windows Clicking on some deep links into tonight turned up this- Notice: You are accessing with a browser that is not currently supported. The appearance and functionality of the site could be impacted. is optimized for Internet Explorer 5.5 and above for Windows.
posted by bendybendy on Jul 12, 2004 - 47 comments

a series of expressions

120 Years of Electronic Music. Electronic musical instruments 1870 -1990.
posted by the fire you left me on Jul 10, 2004 - 12 comments

MP3 Blog Roundup

MP3 Blog Roundup • A far-flung variety of free mp3 singles posted almost daily. Without Sense's roundup I would have never stumbled across the excellent Enchanted Sounds of the Islanders. Equally worth bookmarking: Fat Planet, NewFlux, Pop77, ScissorKick, TangMonkey, TtIKtDA, Tofu Hut, Cocaine Blunts & Hip-Hop Tapes, Music for Robots, Soul Sides, MoistWorks, A Million LoveSongs, Copy Right?, The Big Ticket, TalkieWalkie, Bubblegum Machine, Fingertips, #1 Songs in Heaven, Mythical Beast, Fruits of Chaos, Moebius Rex...
posted by dhoyt on Jul 10, 2004 - 43 comments

All the Mountain Dew you can drink!

Blast Off to Democracy! [dialup or broadband, Quicktime req'd]
The second installment of the Partisan Jab project- first episode discussed here.
posted by moonbird on Jul 10, 2004 - 6 comments

Polyphonic Spree

Play it loud! The Polyphonic Spree. This is just great for a bit of Friday distraction. It sounds as if it's right out of the Sixties.
posted by essexjan on Jul 9, 2004 - 37 comments

Korean Psych And Acid Folk

Korean Psych And Acid Folk • An introduction to the late-60s/early-70s experimental music of Korea. Bonus: be among the few Westerners to hear these ultra-rare tracks by the Pearl Sisters with songwriting contributions from a man known as the "godfather of Korean rock and roll", Shin Joong-Hyun, who is credited with influencing Korea's heavier rock scene of the last two decades.
posted by dhoyt on Jul 8, 2004 - 6 comments

Ouch, my eyes, my ears!

Midi is to music as ASCII is to art: Music videos converted to text and MIDI. [via waxy]
posted by page404 on Jul 8, 2004 - 8 comments

Olga can get him to eat; I can't

Her name was Courage & is written Olga "Olga" (.pdf file in main link) is Olga Rudge, violinist, first promoter of the Vivaldi Renaissance, and longtime companion of the poet Ezra Pound. Pound maintained a complicated and delicate balance between the two most significant women in his life, Olga and his wife Dorothy Shakespear (who, among other things, was the daughter of Yeats's mistress). ‘‘Paris is where EP and OR met, and everything in my life happened,’’ Olga (listen to her voice here) said later of the chance encounter with Ezra at 20, rue Jacob, in the salon of Natalie Barney. They were together for fifty years, through the dark-night years of Pound's madness (arrested in 1945 for treason, deemed unable to stand trial and sent to an American mental institution, he once suggested to the UPI bureau chief in Rome that the United States trade Guam for some sound films of Japanese Noh plays, asked Truman many times to make him Ambadassor to Japan or Moscow; Guy Davenport reports dining with him one evening and all Ez said was "gnocchi"), until the poet's death in 1972. She lived on for another quarter century, turning up at conferences of Pound scholars --as far afield as Hailey, Idaho, Pound's birthplace, where she gave a lecture in the local movie theater. "Write about Pound", she told publishers who asked her to write her autobiography. (more inside, with Cantos)
posted by matteo on Jul 8, 2004 - 15 comments

Honk! Squeeak!

Xaphoon! It's a saxophone! No, it's a clarinet! It's dirt cheap and it fits on your pocket! Apparently these have been around for twenty years, but I've never heard of them before. I've ordered myself one of the plastic ones. Has anyone here played one of these things?
posted by chrid on Jul 8, 2004 - 16 comments

Music for the impatient.

Could you fit 100 songs onto a single CD?
posted by holloway on Jul 7, 2004 - 55 comments

The Counterpoint of Being?

Introduction to the Art of Fugue.
posted by Gyan on Jul 6, 2004 - 16 comments

The rest is noise

The Rest is Noise : New Yorker music critic Alex Ross' blog.
Also: A C Douglas. Jessica Duchen. Greg Sandow. Michael Brooke. The Rambler.
posted by cbrody on Jul 5, 2004 - 8 comments

Flossie Sez Baa

Tranquility Base. A nice bucolic landscape with a dog, goats, llamas, sheep, and trance music, by Jeff Minter of Llamasoft. [16.6 MB QuickTime, via MonkeyFilter.]
posted by homunculus on Jul 4, 2004 - 11 comments

berating the classics

"First, look up the most popular and critically-acclaimed books, movies, and music on Amazon. Click on 'Customer Reviews,' and sort them by 'Lowest Rating First'..." The Knee-Jerk Contrarian Game.
posted by reklaw on Jul 2, 2004 - 48 comments

Gen Art

Gen Art.
posted by hama7 on Jul 2, 2004 - 3 comments

Playing with balls

He plays the piano with his balls (SFW)
posted by mr.marx on Jul 2, 2004 - 14 comments

Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1970s

Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1970s (dis|cuss|discuss).
posted by LinusMines on Jul 1, 2004 - 117 comments

Meet the New Walkman

Meet the new Walkman. 20GB HD, 25 minutes of cache for skip-free playing. Works with Sony's Connect music service. Sharp-looking little player.
posted by jpoulos on Jul 1, 2004 - 48 comments


The Walkman turns 25: the Sony Walkman hit the streets on July 1, 1979. History, photos and more at the Walkman Museum.
posted by turbodog on Jun 30, 2004 - 11 comments


The J.S. Bach Home Page.
posted by Gyan on Jun 26, 2004 - 9 comments

Because people can't growl well enough

Hey, you got your animals in my death metal!
posted by qDot on Jun 24, 2004 - 2 comments

365 Days re-launched

365 Days re-launched - UbuWeb is pleased to announce the re-launch and permanent home of The 365 Days Project. This legendary project, in which an MP3 a day - of mostly outsider, novelty, and oddball recordings - was made available for the public to download over the course of 2003. Briefly taken offline, it is now presented here in its entirety, complete with images and vast commentary on each selection. The 365 Days Project is part of UbuWeb's redesigned, newly-named and much-expanded Outsiders section. via the Rumori list
posted by 2sheets on Jun 24, 2004 - 16 comments

Somewhere over the rainbow...

The American Film Institute (a.k.a. "The Listmakers Who Just Won't Quit") have announced their long-awaited ground-breaking top 100 movie songs of all time.
posted by ChrisTN on Jun 24, 2004 - 20 comments

I For One Welcome Our New Robots Overlords

Captured! by Robots is a band made up of one man and the robots he buit to accompany him. Only the robots - DRMBOT, GTRBOT, AUTOMOTOM, and the HEADLESS HORNSMEN - revolted and enslaved him. Now he has no choice but to serve their evil ends - touring the Western United States and enslaving everyone they come into contact with through song. Some videos of them in action. (.mov)
posted by ChasFile on Jun 23, 2004 - 9 comments

A fine day to die

BATHORY mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg has passed away. A fine day to die? Mayhaps but maybe also too soon at a young 39. One might think that those interested in the black stuff would already know of this passing, but like Elton John said, "...then again, no" because I just found out tonight. So there it is, if any of you are listening to "Blood, Fire, Death" while at a grim and blasphemous desk job like me but have missed the news. Reviews are here of the "band" that took off in a grim way from Slayer and Venom and spawned a grip of younger Scandanavian agents like these and them. (mild warning: when reading about black metal you will no doubt read about some people with anti-social ideas.)
posted by asparagus_berlin on Jun 23, 2004 - 3 comments

death of the alternafest

After 14 years of highly successful nationwide tours that began the trend of the multi-stage, summer super rock fest, Lollapalooza 2004 has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. I went to a 1991 show, and attended half a dozen other similar fests in the past ten years, but as I've gotten older I've become a bigger fan of the intimate club vs. the gigantic rock festival. Still, Lollapalooza being cancelled comes as a shock, especially considering the stellar line-up on both stages.
posted by mathowie on Jun 22, 2004 - 66 comments

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