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I never wanted to be a star...

The Cat is back. After a hiatus of over 20 years, Yusuf "Cat Stevens" Islam is back with his first original song (as opposed to the voice-and-drum Islamic songs he did occasionally). Previously discussed here when he was deported from the US for allegedly being on a "terrorist watchlist", Islam has had a change of heart when it comes to playing the music he shunned for so long. "Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe," he quotes from one of his old songs. "We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony. It's part of God's universe." His new song Indian Ocean is now available on iTunes, with all proceeds going to victims of the tsunami disaster.
posted by laz-e-boy on Mar 30, 2005 - 15 comments

"a performer for all the wrong reasons"

There's a new DVD on GG Allin. Born Jesus Christ Allin he was a front-man of the still-touring Murder Junkies. An overdose in 1993 did him in. A profile, Hated:GG Allin and The Murder Junkies, was made just before his death and features a portion of his strange funeral. Needless to say, his lyrics and well, his life are NSFW.

"...That audience is there for me. I'm not a performance artist or any of that, I'm not out to please anyone. Just me. Rock'n'roll has to be destroyed and rebuilt in my name if it's ever gonna accomplish anything. It's not about being in some clique, it's for people who don't fit in with any thing....I believe I am the highest power, absolutely. I am in control at all times. Jesus Christ, God, and Satan all in one." -GG, in an interview
posted by john on Mar 30, 2005 - 49 comments

Can you hear the drums Fernando? FERNANDO!!?

Ever noticed how silly those people dancing in music videos start looking when you turn the sound off? Next June, see that live as a spectator at the Glastonbury festival, which will feature a Silent Disco this year in an effort to sidestep noise curfews.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Mar 29, 2005 - 23 comments

DJ David Byrne

Radio David Byrne. Music for haircuts.
posted by liam on Mar 29, 2005 - 12 comments

songs in list form

• Things which we will rock:
- you

Songs in list form:
- the best thing ever to come from LiveJournal
- Amazingly addictive
- via waxy.org
posted by me3dia on Mar 28, 2005 - 86 comments


Kris Kross loves bloggers
posted by Pretty_Generic on Mar 26, 2005 - 22 comments

Tastes like Chicken Payback

Chicken Payback [WMP streaming video; Real Player stream here.] At first, this music video from The Bees [Flash site] seems like a quick, harmless Friday diversion. Not for me, though. For me, it’s rapidly becoming a truly painful earworm, and worse: is there such a thing as an “eyeworm?”
posted by Man O' Straw on Mar 25, 2005 - 12 comments

Allegri's Miserere Mei

Gregorio Allegri's Miserere Mei [MP3, Coral cache] has been performed in the Sistine Chapel every Holy Week since 1638, but the haunting a cappella piece had a long, strange trip to get to the outside world.
posted by turbodog on Mar 23, 2005 - 26 comments


PIANOGRAPHIQUE the graphics piano is a multimedia instrument,each letter on the keyboard sets off a sound and an animation. audio-visual-collage (flash)
posted by hortense on Mar 22, 2005 - 6 comments

look at this site! there's a spring all sticking out of it...

Meet Jakob Lodwick of Blumpy.org. You may be familiar with him because of sites like this or this.
Blumpy.org i s a bit of a step up, however, featuring some pretty nifty skits and a great video-journal.

He has also made a video for Cex, Baltimore's soon-to-be legendary (any day now) basement rock god, whose site also has a huge stash of excellent b-side material and another video.
not the biggest sites, so go easy on'em and be patient.
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 22, 2005 - 9 comments

Fiona freed (finally!)

Fiona Freed. Remember the Free Fiona campaign (discussed last month here)? Well, Sony hasn't caved (yet), but the entire album has been leaked online (get it here or via torrent.) I've listened to it a few times through, and all I can say is... wow.
posted by salad spork on Mar 22, 2005 - 53 comments

M M M My Sharona... M M M My real estate agent?

M M M My Sharona... M M M My real estate agent? Sharona Alperin was only 17 when she inspired the Knack's 1979 hit single "My Sharona." Now she sells real estate in Los Angeles...On the flip side of lyrical fame, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer inspired another set of lyrics in 1979 -- the Boomtown Rats' haunting song "I Don't Like Mondays" -- which chronicled Spencer's slaying of eight school children and a principal at an elementary school near her San Diego, CA-area home. It's not an urban legend: Spencer told a reporter who called her during the 6 1/2 -hour siege that she opened fire because, "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day." Spencer reminds us today that schoolyard shootings are not a new phenomenon. Now 42, Brenda is serving a 25-year sentence and is up for parole soon...
posted by Mr Pointy on Mar 22, 2005 - 48 comments

Every American male with three freinds and access to an outlet formed a band...

The Garage Compilation Database. A great tool for Garage Rock neophytes and research tool for longtime fans. From the great folks at Ugly Things.
posted by jonmc on Mar 21, 2005 - 9 comments

Yelling "Freebird"

posted by Tlogmer on Mar 21, 2005 - 99 comments

giant step

one giant step for mankind...
posted by onkelchrispy on Mar 20, 2005 - 18 comments

Finesse & the shark, connecting the dots ...

The greatest rap video ever:... or at least in recent memory. England's DJ Format teams up with Reuben Fleischer and a breakdancing shark to produce a pretty sublime piece of silliness (Quicktime).
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 20, 2005 - 19 comments

Dylan is a planet to be explored

Tom Waits on his twenty most cherished albums of all time. Also Looking for Clues: the fan's verdict on Tom's choices. "There is plenty to suggest that Waits's iPod in shuffle mode would keep you on your toes."
posted by marxchivist on Mar 20, 2005 - 44 comments

Tune out, turn off, drop in

LSD documentary records were a forgotten side-track in the war on drugs, reaching a high point in 1966 with the release of LSD, an album featuring interviews with Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsburg, and Ken Kesey, and featuring a live recording (which may or may not have been real) of a kid going on his first bad trip. (Not to be confused with Leary's own record of the same title.) In 1966, with neither internet nor home video, the record album was one of the most sophisticated communications media available, and it was a big year for LSD hysteria, with a LIFE cover story and a Sal Mineo-narrated LSD version of Reefer Madness called Hallucination Generation. LSD-related magazines and periodicals, reviews of psychedelic music, and more from lysergia.com.
posted by dhartung on Mar 20, 2005 - 21 comments

"Sock it to me!"

"Man, I DO love a good album cover!" -- Dana Countryman
posted by breezeway on Mar 18, 2005 - 21 comments

The pipes, the pipes are calling

The Mystery of Danny Boy - Most everyone has heard the song "Danny Boy", and while the lyrics have a traceable history, where did the tune originate? It is known as "Londonderry Air" in some folks circles, and a lovely band arrangement was done with the title "Irish Tune from County Derry". Regardless of the facts, it is still a poignant tune covered by many.
posted by frecklefaerie on Mar 17, 2005 - 18 comments

It's a small world after all

Six degrees of Nirvana, see how bands are connected to each other.
posted by drezdn on Mar 16, 2005 - 46 comments

SXSW freebies

Free stuff at the SXSW Music Festival for the wristbandless.
posted by Julie on Mar 16, 2005 - 8 comments

Stand in the place where you live... now answer your phone.

Out of Time : a long time R.E.M. fan discusses the albums made for Warner in terms of how they changed his life on first listen. The review is honor of the band's decision to rerelease their albums from this time period on DVD (with few to no "extras"). The band arguably hit their nadir with Around The Sun, reintroducing fans to their previous greatness might not be a bad idea. But will old fans pay $24.99 for albums they already own? Furthermore, what does it say about a great band when their songs are available as ringtones?
posted by grapefruitmoon on Mar 16, 2005 - 101 comments

Reframing for dems. (and a cool filter)

The country music of the atom bomb. Via 3 Quarks Daily
posted by Tlogmer on Mar 16, 2005 - 12 comments

Turn around, bright eyes?

The greatest cover ever. 10 years ago, a Norwegian band called Hurra Torpedo performed a cover of the 80s classic "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Thankfully, Bill Bradford has shared with the world this sublime rendition of Meatloaf's Finest Contribution to Society. [via ubermondo]
posted by pikachulolita on Mar 16, 2005 - 49 comments

mayor curley is the milkman of human kindness for pointing you to these

Billy Bragg videos from 1991 I'm not much one for music videos, but Billy's "Sexuality" with Kirsty MacColl was one of my favorites back in the day. Sometime in the late 90's, I just assumed I'd never see it again. But ask and the Internet provides. There is also "You Woke Up My Neighborhood," with Peter Buck and Michael Stipe. I hadn't seen that one before, but it's wonderful, too.

Also enjoy a greyer Billy playing at a fairly recent Strummerville benefit. first link may be dodgy in firefox. Worked once for me but not on subsequent viewings.
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 15, 2005 - 35 comments


Beaterator - From the folks at Rockstar Games comes an easy to use flash implementation of MOD Tracking. You can upload sound files to add your own samples, and save your songs (after registering). See also the Rhymerator.
posted by addyct on Mar 15, 2005 - 4 comments

go play now

Play ["Stomp" style flash, via]
posted by moonbird on Mar 14, 2005 - 10 comments

Mississippi Musicians

Mississippi Musicians as compiled by the students of Starkville High School, Starkville, Mississippi.
posted by gimonca on Mar 12, 2005 - 13 comments

You know, it's probably both.

Galang-alang-alang-a. (insane, 18MB QuickTime music video)
[MusicFilter] Cranking out music somewhere between hip-hop, electronica, Nintendo cartridges, and reggae, 27-year-old Maya Arulpragasam is getting a lot of attention for the results of tinkering with one box. M.I.A. (her stage name) dresses in garish flourescents like it's 1983, dances like no one's watching, and is making waves all around the critic-o-sphere. [RS|NYT|Eye|pm|pfm|New Yorker|CBC] Want a sample? The video for "Galang" takes her grattifi-esque art, animates it, and mashes it all together with her, um, unusual style of dance, for a music+video experience that is hard to forget. Is M.I.A. redefining the world of 21st century global pop... or is it just crap?   (via WG)
posted by blacklite on Mar 12, 2005 - 118 comments

Location Location Location

Location location location [mp3s] The Phonography Archives, field recordings from around the world. Also, DeadSCSI, a global collaborative remix/collage/reremix project of tracks all generated from a single original sound file of a SCSI drive breaking down. These and other music/art projects are on Radiant Slab.
posted by carter on Mar 11, 2005 - 3 comments

Kosher Beef.

Kosher Beef. The story of two Israeli rappers and the political views that divide them and their music.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Mar 11, 2005 - 16 comments

Follow the Leader

"I felt like hurting someone before, now I feel like hugging people". Only weeks after professing his belief in Jesus Christ, former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch was baptized in the Jordan River last Saturday. With “Jesus” tattooed across his knuckles and “Matthew 11:28” along his neck, Welch received full immersion in the historic river, along with 20 other white-robed Christians from a Bakersfield, CA church. Welch said the ritual baptism, “washed away his anger.” "My songs are God saying things to me, him talking to people. He's going to use me to heal people and people are going to be drawn to it, just watch, they will be.” For the latest information (and a free mp3) go to Welch's personal website, http://www.headtochrist.com/
posted by matteo on Mar 10, 2005 - 148 comments

People Are Strange

Before he broke on through (to the other side), Jim Morrison--yes, of The Doors--starred in this promotional film produced by Florida State University, circa 1964.
posted by fandango_matt on Mar 10, 2005 - 9 comments

Two Great Tastes

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. "As far as I could determine, this 1969 session features tracks from a CBS Studios session in Nashville, TN that did not see an official release." Nineteen largely unknown MP3s of the two greats singing together.
posted by BackwardsCity on Mar 9, 2005 - 44 comments


If you are going to SXSW next week, you might want to download the 2005 Showcasing Artist BitTorrent file that CitizenPod has put together. It features over 750 high-quality songs; over 2 GBs worth of tracks from bands playing the festival. [via OneLouder]
posted by Quartermass on Mar 8, 2005 - 10 comments

Punk Rock Scrapbook

Punk Rock Scrapbook. J Neo Marvin carried an instamatic camera to a lot of gigs way back when, and he has posted them on his band's website. The Clash, X, The Ramones and more.
posted by planetkyoto on Mar 8, 2005 - 19 comments

*enter pretentious phrase here*

Postrock. A relatively new genre which continues to evolve in scope and definition, postrock is a treat to the ears. With bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós, Do Make Say Think, and Mogwai at the helm, it has slowly grown in recognition through movie soundtracks. Yes, there's quite a plethora of postrock bands, but is anything necessarily revolutionary, or just a rehash of past ideas brought into contemporary context?
posted by Mach3avelli on Mar 7, 2005 - 116 comments

A Butler...For You Head!

Hey, let's ask the Head Butler! A newish site devoted to giving you book, music, and film recommendations, and more. (more inside)
posted by braun_richard on Mar 7, 2005 - 12 comments


The most expensive record in the world! Another music post for today's MusicFilter. The true story of a yard sale, a couple of quarters, and one happy lad's good fortune. Velvet Underground included.
posted by underer on Mar 6, 2005 - 15 comments


The Dr. Demento Show : Post all 1,338 Dr. Demento Shows in my collection as high-quality stereo...
posted by cedar on Mar 6, 2005 - 24 comments

Your popsicle's melting

Hey Guero! NY Times article on Beck past and present. Did you know that Christina Ricci did the japanese girl voice on "Hell Yes"? (registration/bugmenot required as always)
posted by buriednexttoyou on Mar 6, 2005 - 32 comments

Sunda Schaffel baby.

The Kompakt Kittens! Minimal techno from Germany + kittens + Flash = an awesome Sunday morning.
posted by josh on Mar 6, 2005 - 21 comments

RIP Tommy Vance

RIP Tommy Vance. For years the voice of BBC Radio 1's 'The Friday Rock Show' and, for TV viewers throughout the UK, the voice of a multitude of adverts, Tommy Vance has died following a stroke. RIP you gravel-throated bringer of rock.
posted by TheDonF on Mar 6, 2005 - 9 comments


Smithsonian Global Sound Smithsonian Global Sound (SGS) is a project of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. By preserving and disseminating a broad range of the world's music, SGS assists local traditions by using the power of the Internet for global cultural communication and exchange. SGS joins with institutions around the world to document, record, archive, catalog and digitize music and other verbal arts and distribute them via the World Wide Web. Royalties go to artists and institutions, and honor the intellectual-property rights of composers, musicians, and producers.
posted by srboisvert on Mar 4, 2005 - 2 comments

Pour a little mai-tai on the sidewalk tonight.

Martin Denny: 1911-2005. Martin Denny mixed his classical music background with an interest in tiki culture to popularize exotica, what we associate with lounge music but with animal sounds instead of vocals and wild instruments like bongos and vibraphones. Through dozens of albums from the 1950s to the Moog sounds of the 1970s (featuring striking women on his album covers), Martin Denny brought the Hawaii life to the bachelor pad. R.I.P. [via BoingBoing]
posted by myopicman on Mar 4, 2005 - 17 comments

Sounds Like Radio

Sounds Like Radio "casting you the best in new music; transcending oppressive style and genre restrictions; unleashing the world's musical underground". Sort of a music blog, presented as radio shows. There's all kinds of interesting music here, from all kinds of genres, most-all from unsigned acts. Surprisingly varied, and good.
posted by biscotti on Mar 3, 2005 - 13 comments

When coloured sounds taste sweet

27-year-old professional recorder player can not only see colours when hearing music but can taste musical notes (see chart for details). More on synaesthesia, which has appeared here, here and here. [courtesy of CBC]
posted by boost ventilator on Mar 3, 2005 - 36 comments

The Sukiyaki Song

The Sukiyaki Song [mp3] Depending on your age, you may have heard your parents humming this, or even hummed it yourself. Sung by Kyu Sakamoto, the Sukiyaki Song was the only number 1 hit by a Japanese artist in the US, in 1963. It remains the biggest international hit by a Japanese popular singer. The song has nothing to do with the popular Japanese beef dish; the Japanese title was "Ue o Muite Aruko" (I Look Up When I Walk), but was changed because it was thought that western DJs would be unable to pronounce it. The song spawned many covers, and Maddmansrealm has collected over 60 of these, including French and German versions, bossa nova versions, a short accordion version by Styx, and a live instrumental version by Bob Dylan and Tom Petty [mp3s]. Kyu Sakamoto died in 1985 in the crash of JAL 123.
posted by carter on Mar 3, 2005 - 20 comments

The Genomic Dub Collective

The Genomic Dub Collective "aim to create a new musical genre, Genomic Dub, that celebrates recent successes in the field of genomics and evolutionary biology." Samples, lyrics.
posted by dhruva on Mar 3, 2005 - 7 comments

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