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Blonde on Blonde turned 50 on Monday...

...the ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face
Blonde on Blonde turned 50 on Monday... [more inside]
posted by y2karl on May 18, 2016 - 39 comments

They're all honestly way better than me

Birds demonstrate how to dance to different types of electronic music, and part 2, featuring more of the same.
posted by DoctorFedora on May 17, 2016 - 30 comments

Guy Clark, 1941-2016

Guy Clark, 1941-2016. (Houston Chronicle Obituary). One of the most admired songwriters of his generation, a giant of Texas music, a master luthier, a beloved friend to and deep influence on many other musicians, and the loving husband of the gifted Susanna Clark. (See them interviewed together in 2004.) [more inside]
posted by spitbull on May 17, 2016 - 44 comments

Eskimeaux

Eskimeaux is a music project started in 2009, led by Gabriel Smith, co-founder of The Epoch, a brooklyn-based community of creators. [more inside]
posted by Annika Cicada on May 17, 2016 - 10 comments

WELCOME TO THE NEW AGE

When he first started working with Imagine Dragons, music producer Alex da Kid was looking for some inspiration for the Broadway musical, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

"I thought they would be great to help me come up with ideas for U2," the Grammy-nominated English producer said.

There was just one problem: The demos they recorded were too good.
--The songs that became Imagine Dragons' Night Visions are probably about Spider-Man.
posted by almostmanda on May 17, 2016 - 30 comments

Yass – The Jazz, the Filth and the Fury – Poland's musical rebels

"Polish jazz, which was celebrating its triumphs in the 1950s and 60s, gradually became bogged down under the power of omnipresent and omnipotent institutions" ... "The 1990s saw the birth of a musical trend that wanted nothing less than to turn the established order of things to ash by the most drastic of means. This new trend was called yass." Though the headiest and most experimental days are behind them, "yass" is still used to indicate Polish jazz that's more than traditional jazz, and has been used to describe Skalpel, Jazzpospolita, and Pink Freud, who have performed Autechre live for Boiler Room and RBMA.
posted by filthy light thief on May 16, 2016 - 7 comments

K.K. Slider plays the hits

There are plenty of cover acts, but it's a rare talent that carries a crowd-pleasing repertoire, yet can still make each song their own. K.K. Slider pulls it off with simple acoustic stylings and howling vocals. He's covered them all: Adele. DJ Snake and Lil Jon. Lady Gaga. Outkast. Michael Jackson. Survivor. Bobby McFerrin. Celine Dion. Darude (yes, that song, and a vocal mix, natch). [more inside]
posted by brett on May 16, 2016 - 17 comments

"There was no support system for this shit."

"The obscurity of this music, that someone had found, catalogued and championed it pre-Internet, boggled my mind. It was an esoteric document in the sense that it was full of obscure knowledge intended for a small number of people. But it was also esoteric in the sense that there seemed to be something mystical about it. A sort of musical Nag Hammadi Library of hidden music, rare artifacts, treasures reverently compiled, to be listened to in a ritual way." The story of the Nurse With Wound List.
posted by Len on May 16, 2016 - 35 comments

a celebration of heterogeneity and imperfection

In 2015, Ian Parton released his fourth album of hook-filled, hyper-melodic, genre-defying revivalist upbeat pop under the band name The Go! Team. It was called The Scene Between and it featured a whole host of excellent yet low-profile female vocalists who collaborated with Parton over the net. You could probably listen to the album over your favourite streaming service, but cool music videos were released for basically all the songs – let's check them, and their guest vocalists, out! [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa on May 14, 2016 - 8 comments

o'er the land of the free (that is, the unconstrained by *pitch*)

Shoot the piano player? Hell no! The poor fellow is just doing his level best to follow the, um... creative modulations that the singer is exploring as she delivers her breathtakingly adventurous rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at a recent rich asshole rally in Oregon. Matter of fact, buy that piano player a beer! [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 13, 2016 - 44 comments

Making peace with missing out

For music fans, 2016 has quickly become the year of the insta-release. Are you overwhelmed? Excited? Numb and jaded? Checked out entirely? Have you tweeted out your hastily-formed opinion about the latest Big Event album before everyone moves on? Beyoncé, Radiohead and FOMO: How sustainable is the era of the “insta-release?” From March: The Music Critic in the Age of the Insta-Release
posted by naju on May 12, 2016 - 19 comments

Moderat + Blond:ish = 4 essential hours of electronic and weird music

For your listening pleasure, double-dose of other/worldly Essential Mixes from the recent past: the German trio known as Moderat (Mixcloud/Soundcloud), and the globe-trotting psychedelic Canadian duo known as Blond:ish (YouTube/ Mixcloud/ Soundcloud). Blond:ish started releasing music together in 2010, while Moderat have a more than a decade of work together and more musical history as the separate parts of Modeselektor and Apparat. Which is to say, more music inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 11, 2016 - 4 comments

I'll rise up, and I'll do it a thousand times again

"Rise Up" (Inspiration Version): The emotional new music video from Grammy-nominated soul singer Andra Day was directed by M. Night Shyamalan. No ghosts or twist endings, just a love story. [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on May 11, 2016 - 11 comments

How did the Neutral Milk Hotel legend get so out of hand?

There’s this attitude that In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is still holding something back. A belief that Neutral Milk Hotel is keeping secrets, and our grand unified theory about the twins, the potato, the singing saw, the piano full of flames, and the marching band, is missing a few crucial teeth. A cult needs something to work toward, a communal faith that someday, somehow, it’ll all come together... The AVClub tries to understand how Neutral Milk Hotel's legend has gotten so out of hand.
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 11, 2016 - 109 comments

Isao Tomita

Isao Tomita, early pioneer of electronic music, has died. In the 1970s, he made several albums of classical pieces played on Moog synthesizers, including Debussy's "Clair de Lune", and "Arabesque no. 1" (which for many years was used as the theme music for the PBS "Stargazer" program). He also recorded a full version of Holst's "The Planets." [more inside]
posted by dnash on May 9, 2016 - 57 comments

A Playlist From Another Dimension (Or Is That Demention?)

io9's Katharine Trendacosta has succeeded in creative crowdsourcing again (previously), by asking "What's Your Favorite Science Fiction Novelty Song?", and she got enough suggestions to assemble a 30-song Spotify playlist*
(Actually she got a couple hundred. There are more that didn't make the spotify list in the follow-up post; just scroll down** for things like The Doctor Who Time Warp, Captain Picard's Let It Snow/Make It So and the highlight of the Buffy Musical Episode [BUNNIES!]) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on May 9, 2016 - 61 comments

Radiohead's new album hits the web

Five years after Radiohead's last album, myriad hints from the band marked May 1st -- Dawn Chorus Day -- as the date something big was gonna happen. The band ateased the web with rumours_of songs new and old, cryptic artwork, ominous mailers. But after years of waiting, nothing came... literally. Optimistic fans trying to pick up every last crumb_were left climbing up the walls_as they were shown how to disappear completely, with the band's official site and social media fading out again, slowly dissolving little by little, one by one, before their very eyes. It all came back Tuesday, as mysterious chirps and inkblots ushered in the sinister claymation music video for long-awaited track "Burn the Witch" [prev.], followed days later by an arresting P.T. Anderson-directed film for the somber elegy "Daydreaming." While Radiohead's ninth album is not here now physically till June, it's available for download come 8th May_(today!) at 2 PM EDT on Radiohead.com. It's gonna be a glorious day. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on May 8, 2016 - 78 comments

50 Garage Rock Tracks - A Youtube Playlist

Do you like garage bands? Then you might enjoy this Youtube playlist. Artists include The troggs, The Kinks, The Kingsmen, 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges, MC5, The Sonics, Electric Prunes, King Khan, The Strokes, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and many more. If you like any of these artists, this might be the Sunday afternoon playlist for you. [Warning - one or two of the videos contain sexual imagery, and one contains violence, and one contains the word mother******]
posted by marienbad on May 8, 2016 - 26 comments

He likes toast and jam

When Larry Henley starts singing in The Newbeats' "Bread and Butter," it is one of the most arresting entrances in all of popular music. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 7, 2016 - 22 comments

Lay my purple on the grass

Anohni's new album, Hopelessness , has a lot to say. She grapples with the surveillance state, ecocide, drone warfare, gender, and more in a more electronic setting than her previous work with Antony and the Johnsons. "A big part of [the album] is an examination of my own complicity and my own inability to truly extricate myself from the brokenness of the system that I'm a part of. It's that chasm, that denial that I wanted to model, an inquiry into and within myself." [more inside]
posted by hollyholly on May 6, 2016 - 12 comments

Oh, weep no more today! We will sing one song, for the old Kentucky Home

The Kentucky Derby, "America's Greatest Race," will take place at Churchill Downs this weekend. CNN international has answers to 11 general questions to get you started in the festivities, and NBC New York has a short history of the spectacle around the race, which is largely about fashion through the decades. And then there's the opening ceremony and song - My Old Kentucky Home (official "sing along" video). It sounds pretty somber, and it is, especially if you sing all of the original 1831 lyrics. The Forgotten Racial History Of Kentucky's State Song (NPR Codeswitch). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 6, 2016 - 22 comments

“The software is functioning as intended,” said Amber.

"What Amber explained was exactly what I’d feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users’ computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple’s database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted. If Apple Music saw a file it didn’t recognize—which came up often, since I’m a freelance composer and have many music files that I created myself—it would then download it to Apple’s database, delete it from my hard drive, and serve it back to me when I wanted to listen, just like it would with my other music files it had deleted."
posted by Sebmojo on May 5, 2016 - 142 comments

When my anger is expressed through dance

When my anger is expressed through dance. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on May 5, 2016 - 6 comments

TZECHAR

Beyoncé - 1+1 (I Don't Give A Damn Remix) Taeyang - You're My (Poom Poom Remix) 2pm - l'll Be Back 아윌비백 (Video Remix) AA / GD&TOP / TZECHAR - I'm So Crazy High, Take Me Away p.s. LOL THX BILLy
posted by one teak forest on May 5, 2016 - 3 comments

Roots of Goa (Trance): a sound that was both accessible and otherworldly

... at the same time that Chicago was creating House and Detroit was forging ahead with what would become Techno, the roots of Trance were being sawn on the beaches of Anjuna and Vagator. And just as Chicago had Ron Hardy and Detroit had The Electrifying Mojo, Goa had a DJ called Laurent. If it wasn’t for him, it’s quite possible that the music played at parties in Goa would have been little more than a carbon copy of what was going on back in Europe and America. Unveiling The Secret: The Roots of Trance - before Goa was Goa, it was "new electronic music coming out of Europe and America," sliced and edited by Laurent to make one long, constantly morphing psychedelic groove. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 5, 2016 - 64 comments

'You better bless my realness'

Video for Run The Jewels' “Love Again” featuring Gangsta Boo on Vimeo and YouTube. (NSFW: super-explicit lyrics but SFW visuals unless "....You Work With Entomologists.")
posted by zarq on May 5, 2016 - 5 comments

The DJ eclipsed by his own Shadow

DJ Shadow will release his first album in five years, "The Mountain Will Fall", on June 24. A month ago, he shared the title track on Soundcloud; it was not met with the warmest of welcomes at FACT. In an interview with Pitchfork, Shadow, however, stated that "Sometimes records are a struggle. This record I knew exactly what I wanted to get across." Now we have the opportunity to watch the fresh official video for "The Mountain Will Fall", directed by Territory Studios' Marti Romances. (via; DJ Shadow previously)
posted by sapagan on May 5, 2016 - 26 comments

“The business of being Britney Spears is booming.”

Is Britney Spears Ready To Stand On Her Own? by Serge F. Kovaleski and Joe Coscarelli [The New York Times] For years, the life of one of the world’s most successful pop stars has been controlled by a court-approved conservatorship, designed for people who cannot take care of themselves. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on May 4, 2016 - 23 comments

Mount Shasta Octave Spa

Live at the Necropolis: Lords of Synth
posted by naju on May 4, 2016 - 16 comments

May today be with you

The Asteroid Field, covered by Evil Genius Orchestra. Appropriate for the date. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on May 4, 2016 - 10 comments

I'm not a light switch, you can't just turn me on

Nightmare in the Morning, animator Yonatan Tal's 3rd year CalArts student film, takes us along on one alien tyrant's musical journey toward wakefulness. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on May 3, 2016 - 6 comments

A Sort of Gorilla Version of “om nom nom”

Gorillas appear to express their delight with good food by humming little songs. “They don’t sing the same song over and over,” says Luef. “It seems like they are composing their little food songs.” The sound clip here should definitely be played at your next dinner party. If you prefer more formal research and information, it's all here: Food-Associated Calling in Gorillas (Gorilla g. gorilla) in the Wild.
posted by VioletU on May 3, 2016 - 12 comments

Usha Uthup: not your average playback singer

Celebrated Indian recording artist and playback singer Usha Uthup, AKA Usha Iyer, has performed many different musical styles during her 47-year career: smokey jazz and pop on the 1968 album Scotch and Soda, funk and disco on 1978's Usha in Nairobi (song: Fever), disco and new wave for numerous films, and across the spectrum in this scene from the 1972 comedy Bombay to Goa. (Yes, that's Amitabh Bachchan in his first leading role.) Uthup is also not afraid to embrace the unusual, as shown on her weirdly wonderful 1984 album, Blast-Off. [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on May 2, 2016 - 7 comments

The Secret Cosmic Music Of The East German Olympic Program 1972-83

The Secret Cosmic Music Of The East German Olympic Program 1972-83 [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on May 2, 2016 - 7 comments

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posted by spinda on May 2, 2016 - 42 comments

Indistinguishable from magic

20+ drones; 16,500 LEDs; 3 shamisen players; 1 Mt. Fuji: Filmmaker Tsuyoshi Takashiro orchestrates a performance combining drones and the Oyamakai shamisen ensemble.
posted by wintersweet on May 1, 2016 - 13 comments

I have a story to tell.

Once there was a boy who had a large dog. The dog was called Xentrix. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on May 1, 2016 - 3 comments

Shades of Purple

Prince's passing has inspired countless musical tributes, usually involving the title track of his magnum opus. Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and New Edition did distinct versions. So did Garth and Trisha Yearwood, Corey Taylor, the cast of The Color Purple and crowds in the streets in New Orleans. The Harlem Gospel Choir and 1,000 high school choir students made the most of the soaring chorus, and Prince protégé and backup singer Elisa Fiorillo gave an understandably emotional performance. Of course, no one can ever do it like the man himself.
posted by gottabefunky on Apr 30, 2016 - 27 comments

Man of two voices.

It's entirely possible that you haven't heard anyone quite like Ghana's King Ayisoba. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 30, 2016 - 13 comments

Farewell to a Congolese music legend

One of Africa's most well known and influential musicians, and an international style icon, Congolese singer Papa Wemba died suddenly during a performance in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on April 24, at age 66. Aside from the video clips contained within this NPR obituary, I'd recommend the entertaining feature film from 1987 starring Papa Wemba, La Vie est Belle.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 28, 2016 - 15 comments

Frampton Comes Alive! (on NPR)

Peter Frampton performs a Tiny Desk Concert on NPR for 17 minute of pure joy.
posted by schmod on Apr 28, 2016 - 16 comments

Program music of Kashiwa Daisuke, telling stories without words

"When it comes to modern day composers, the most prominent ones out there are names like Brian Eno, Steve Reich, Toru Takemitsu, Varèse and a couple more.... But when discussing these modern composers, the name ‘Kashiwa Daisuke’ is unlikely to be mentioned. The guy doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page.... But he’s up there along with those ‘big’ names I just mentioned. Program Music I is the very proof of this." Consisting of two long pieces, Stella and Write Once, Run Melos, each evokes the feelings of specific stories, told with modern classical instrumentation, spacious post-rock, jazz piano, and some intentional digital glitches. Almost nine years after that first album, Kashiwa Daisuke has released Program Music II (video for the track "Meteor"), with less glitch and more euphoric elements. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 27, 2016 - 7 comments

Where is my Owooooo?

Best Pixies Cover Ever
posted by philip-random on Apr 27, 2016 - 35 comments

Sin Empezar: Daymé Arocena

"Meet Daymé Arocena, the Afro-Latina singer taking cues from Selena and jazz greats alike" -- "Sin Empezar" ... "Madres" ... "Don't Unplug My Body". [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 on Apr 26, 2016 - 5 comments

All work and no play makes Aes a dull Rock

Aesop Rock's "The Impossible Kid" is streaming now for free, under a 50-minute recreation of The Shining with miniatures by Rob Shaw. (SLYT)
posted by Shepherd on Apr 25, 2016 - 7 comments

The love you gave me, nothing else can save me

Portishead's first release in eight years is "SOS", an ABBA cover recorded for the film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise.
posted by griphus on Apr 25, 2016 - 53 comments

HEYA HEYA HEYA HEYA HEYA HEYA HO

"Random" Jon Poole, formerly guitarist for the unsurmountable Cardiacs, is a delightful loud guy with a penchant for killer pop hooks, thundering drums, and saying "GUITAR SOLO, LISTEN" every goddamn time he solos. If you like music that's loud and fast, his project The God Damn Whores condenses "loud and fast" down to a mathematical formula (sample Poolius Caesar and Cynical Haze if you want to know what you're getting into, or Macho Sapiens if you, like me, love the notion of "heavy rock feminism". With Willie Dowling, he becomes The Dowling Poole, whose debut album Bleak Strategies is sunshine with the right amount of psychedelic darkness and political revolution lurking around the edges. (The Dowling Poole's newest album, One Hyde Park, is out this month, and highly recommended if you're into hyperarticulate bubblegum prog-funk.) Good music! Listen!
posted by rorgy on Apr 25, 2016 - 8 comments

While the jukebox plays our favorite song...

Jazz and soul singer Billy Paul, best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and Philadelphia Soul classic Me And Mrs. Jones, has died. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 25, 2016 - 14 comments

Everything Happens To Me

In addition to being a talented saxophonist, the late Art Pepper was many things -- among them, a drug addict, a thief, an alcoholic and a writer. This personal film portrait (from 1981) reveals the fascinating life of a remarkable jazz musician in his own words, as he describes his dreams, his criminal past, his upbringing and the meaning of his tattoos. He died the next year. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 24, 2016 - 4 comments

The Wham of that Memphis Man is Silenced.

Lonnie Mack, one of rock & roll's earliest guitar heroes, role model to Stevie Ray and a fine singer to boot, passed yesterday at 74.
posted by jonmc on Apr 22, 2016 - 28 comments

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