...The Rolling Stones released their Four Flicks DVD in Canada on an exclusive distribution basis, limiting availability of the Four Flicks DVD to only one retailer, thereby excluding HMV and all other retailers from making this product available to their consumers....HMV responded by indicating that if its consumers were not good enough to have access to the Rolling Stones new product in HMV stores, then the Rolling Stones were not worthy of having ANY of its products in HMV’s stores...HMV would now like to solicit your opinion as it decides its next steps with regards to its position...
posted by boost ventilator
on Feb 10, 2004 -
arguments about the iPod. The Pro argument: It changes our relationship to music. It creates an in-group marked by instantly recognizable white earbuds. The Con argument: It changes our relationship to music. It creates an in-group marked by instantly recognizable white earbuds.
posted by Slagman
on Feb 9, 2004 -
Electronic music buffs cite Radiohead's Kid A as their best work. How many know that Idioteque, arguably the stand-out track owes a debt
to Paul Lansky
, sampling as it does Lansky's Mild Und Leise
[mp3 file], a track composed in 1973 on an IBM 360/91 mainframe
. I didn't. Should you find your interest piqued, you might want to read an interview with Lansky
. If that was then, this is now: The excellent music video to Zeal
[Quicktime] by Plaid
, which, although a very different beast, is an excellent indicator of how far electronic music has come. [Probably NSFW].
posted by nthdegx
on Feb 9, 2004 -
is a collaborative music project where a different "curator" picks out ten minutes of their own music once a month, and after seven months they have a full CD-sized collection of content (complete with blog posts by curators as well). The first one
is done and they're almost done with the second one
. There's a lot of variety and great artists I've never heard of in the mixes. It's sort of a public CD swap that anyone can listen in on and
it's probably totally illegal
it's really cool.
posted by mathowie
on Feb 6, 2004 -
MacBand has just launched
and looks like the perfect fit for budding Garageband
musicians. The site hosts songs you've created in Garageband and everything's under a Creative Commons license, so music collaboration with loops, samples, and whole songs from people you've never met will be possible on this new community.
posted by mathowie
on Feb 6, 2004 -
Li'l G n' R -
the first ever Guns N' Roses Kids Tribute Band. Check the audition video here
(quicktime). They're playing CBGB's in a couple of weeks. Only $5, c'mon NYC MeFi'ers....one of you has to go and report.
posted by Ufez Jones
on Feb 4, 2004 -
is the electronic art of the implementation of the creative audio short-circuit. This renegade path of electrons represents a catalytic force capable of exploding new experimental musical forms forward at a velocity previously unknown. Anyone at all can do it; no prior knowledge of electronics is needed." - Reed Ghazala. More proselytizing
from Ghazala, and a LiveJournal
for up-to-the-minute advice, feedback and opinions.
posted by jon_kill
on Jan 28, 2004 -
Cutting up the King:
This seems sacrilegious, even if the tapes are
deteriorating. They're planning to cut up some of Elvis Presley's original master tapes from Sun Studio and sell them
as collectibles. I suppose one could email the publicity contact
if this bothered them. The snipping starts tomorrow.
posted by bendybendy
on Jan 26, 2004 -
I just discovered a song that I haven't heard in twenty years over there: pac-man fever, by Buckner and Garcia. What long-lost tune do you need to remember?
posted by ashbury
on Jan 19, 2004 -
In the spirit of Sunday morning (and the Martin Luther King holiday weekend), I bring to you the news of a musical release of historical proportions. Dust to Digital
has compiled Goodbye, Babylon
an exhaustively annotated, beautifully packaged
collection of American gospel music from the turn of the century up until 1960. Some performers are recognizable names in sacred and secular music
. Others practice lesser known styles like Sacred Harp singing
. Non-religionists, don't feel left out, this music is enjoyable strictly on it's musical and historical import, since along with blues, traditional country and Tin Pan Alley, gospel music both white and black is one of the main foundations of modern American music. Judging by the raves it's
been recieving, this (admittedly expensive, but worth every penny) box set is destined for a place next to the Anthology Of American Folk Music
in the collection of any serious student of American music.
posted by jonmc
on Jan 18, 2004 -
Generic Rap Song by Princeton student.
An excellent undergrad piece that lampoons the current state of rap music. Includes a satirical rap song (complete with downloadable MP3, streaming audio, downloadable DivX video, and streaming RealVideo) and an analysis of each verse. Even an essay that compares the satire in the piece with some 200 year-old satire ("A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift). Amazing, accurate, and funny as all get out.
posted by timbley
on Jan 15, 2004 -
What busking could teach the music industry
An intelligent essay on how the music industry should adapt to the new digital realities, drawn from the author's experiences as a street (well, subway) musician. No one who could learn from it will read it, of course.
posted by mojohand
on Jan 8, 2004 -
Two Zombies Later...
"Strange and unusual music from the Exotica Mailing List". Featuring Br. Cleve & His Lush Orchestra playing "Shaken Not Stirred", not to mention the mad stylings of Scotch & Soda covering Herb Albert's lovely "Lonely Bull" — with a tuba and optigan
I'd think "college radio" if it weren't so damn good. And I would probably not post it if the kind folks at Comfort Stand records hadn't been so kind as to have served up the entire two CD collection via lo-fi MP3s — a definite find. : )
posted by silusGROK
on Jan 7, 2004 -
The Bodhisattvas of Babylon
is a fan page of the Russian rock group Akvarium (or Aquarium, if you prefer). I usually stay away from fan pages of any sort as if they were the plague, but this one . . . well, I think it's a little special. Read the review of Acoustics
. Download a song or two
(never mind that the written content, of which there is a lot, is in Russian, as are the songs). Now visit the band's website
posted by ashbury
on Jan 2, 2004 -
Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol.
Gap-toothed and described by judges as "with the looks of a hobbit," the Norwegian plumber with the voice of an angel proves that there's hope for all of us to become popstars. True talent triumphs!
posted by dagny
on Jan 1, 2004 -
"When Tchaikovsky heard the celesta during a trip to Paris, he wrote a letter to his publisher saying, "get me one of those before another composer steals it." The Sugar Plum Fairy from
The Nutcracker couldn't dance without it. We have the history of the celesta -- and hear it in a special performance by Lambert Orkis of the National Symphony Orchestra."
From NPR's Morning Edition
a look at this relatively obscure instrument that young wizards
music are made of. If you can't play or afford the real thing, try the chime.
posted by azul
on Dec 24, 2003 -