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No wood in the wood stock

Sony's 2011 contract with Spotify has leaked. The Verge's calculations have Sony making a pretty sizable sum off the deal, without much of it trickling down to artists. Meanwhile, Sony has begun pulling all of its artists' music from Soundcloud. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 26, 2015 - 14 comments

The Late Greats

Uncut's Greatest Lost Albums
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on May 26, 2015 - 25 comments

Presenting The 2016 Toyota Chocobo

So, how do you increase interest in your compact hybrid cars? Well, if you're Toyota, and you're selling to a Japanese market, you run an ad themed around the iconic music for one of the most famous JRPG transportation options. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum on May 25, 2015 - 28 comments

American Idiocy - Vol.542

A recent study served to confirm the patently obvious: song lyrics for the most popular genres of music are ridiculously obtuse — and getting worse over time. Though this might not be a revelation, the figures are distressing indicators of both an intellectually vapid societal and cultural future as well as its apparent inevitability. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on May 25, 2015 - 186 comments

The Unsung Heroes of Eurovision

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner has now been crowned (previously), but the real stars of the contest were the fabulous and entertaining International Sign interpreters. [more inside]
posted by zebra on May 25, 2015 - 16 comments

And how 'bout that boat going by, eh? Nice.

Friends, once again, here is yet more proof that one string is all you need.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 24, 2015 - 28 comments

"10 points go to ... Sweden!"

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest concluded today, with Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw performing the winning song. A brief recap of the live performances provides glimpses of the costumes, stage effects, and choreography peculiar to Eurovision grand final performances. [more inside]
posted by needled on May 23, 2015 - 100 comments

Who the heck is Leslie, anyway?

It's almost summer, so here's the story behind one of the best ever pop songs about spending time outside. The Young Rascals, Groovin'.
posted by freakazoid on May 23, 2015 - 7 comments

"bad things happen and we don’t lie about it, we don’t hide it"

“All of those things play a part in who I am as a person. It all has equal weight. I want sexual abuse to sit happily alongside other topics like music and creativity, without this gut shudder, ‘Oh no, we can’t talk about that.’” The book is accompanied by a playlist that Rhodes put on Spotify – Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Chopin’s Etude in C Minor – a wonderfully simple, powerful idea, which at times makes it heartbreakingly difficult to read.
For The Guardian Zoe Williams interviews pianist James Rhodes about his just released autobiography, finally available after the UK Supreme Court ruled in his favour in the lawsuit taken out against him by his ex-wife. Trigger warning: child abuse. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on May 23, 2015 - 26 comments

Old Street at 3am on a weekend in the late 90s

Free music Friday! Organic Audio - Back to my Roots As part of their ongoing 20th anniversary celebration Tummy Touch are offering 'dubbed out disco beats and dirty global grooves WAY before they were fashionable'. [more inside]
posted by asok on May 22, 2015 - 3 comments

How Eddie Van Halen Hacks a Guitar

Eddie Van Halen describes early experiments with guitars, electronics, and home wiring in the quest for his famous tone. "I'm poking around, and all of a sudden I touch this huge blue thing and my God, it was like being punched in the chest by Mike Tyson."
posted by swift on May 21, 2015 - 37 comments

Sucker Punch: The Music Video

Just how many Sci-Fi / Action movie references are in Taylor Swift's new video "Bad Blood"? IO9 attempts to make a tally of them all.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 18, 2015 - 81 comments

YouTube Musicians Are Doing It For Themselves

It started with Scopitones in bars, then people Wanted Their MTV or watched Friday Night Videos or let their videos Pop Up. The common thread? All that production and distribution took giant piles of money that generally could only come from Big Labels. Then came the march of technology: mp3, mpg, h.264, iTunes, Garage Band, Final Cut, dSLR, and all the rest. Now, not content to just share self-made mp3 audio, the current batch of YouTube musicians are making ever more elaborate music videos, and growing a big audience, without a major label in sight.
posted by LastOfHisKind on May 17, 2015 - 11 comments

"their intimate, closely guarded songs from home, camp and ghetto"

The Stonehill Jewish Song Collection is a website by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance containing songs sung by Jewish refugees in Hotel Marseilles in New York in 1948. All songs include the original lyrics and translations into English. Not all the songs have been digitized and translated already, but there is a variety of themes already, with more on the way soon. The songs were collected and recorded by Ben Stonehill who went to the refugees and asked them to sing anything they like.
posted by Kattullus on May 17, 2015 - 5 comments

Rainy 4th World Ambient and Blaring Iridescent Pop

Two unique, evocative Japanese mixtapes to assure you that spring is really here at last: Spencer Doran's Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo and Ventla's Astrocast 45. [more inside]
posted by One Second Before Awakening on May 16, 2015 - 10 comments

Never change, Dyker Heights

"With jukeboxes now Internet-enabled and app-accessible to vast song libraries, it’s possible to create a visual map of the tunes New Yorkers seek out, by location."
posted by griphus on May 15, 2015 - 20 comments

"There needs to be sound solidarity between people of color in general"

"If you look at the history of rock and roll and punk, they came from a black style of music, and that’s the history of popular music in general. It was created by blacks, then re-recorded to play for a white audience. Some of the first punk bands to ever create the 1977 sound were all-black bands."
- Monica Estrella Negra, in an interview about the Black & Brown Punk Collective [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 14, 2015 - 20 comments

Or is it a tiny curator?

What is an octobass?, you may have wondered. The answer: It is a ridiculously huge bass.
posted by theodolite on May 13, 2015 - 29 comments

Hardcore Architecture

"Hardcore Architecture explores the relationship between the architecture of living spaces and the history of underground American hardcore bands in the 1980s."
posted by Sokka shot first on May 13, 2015 - 18 comments

Summertime.

Utterly mad live version of a classic. Get your ears around this. Billy Stewart killing a classic.
posted by maltorrance on May 12, 2015 - 16 comments

“She is simply amazing. Tell her that I love her.”

In the early sixties, jazz pianist Bill Evans (previously) got his hands on a European EP that featured a cover of his signature piece Waltz for Debby, with Swedish lyrics, and vocals by young jazz vocalist Monica Zetterlund. Evans was floored. “I don't usually throw superlatives around, but let me tell you I am really exited about Monica's Waltz for Debby” he wrote in a letter to her record company. “I used to think that my waltz wasn't suited for vocal but look how wrong I was! Suddenly I feel like going to Sweden.” So he did: Monica Zetterlund with Bill Evans Trio: Waltz for Debby/Monicas vals (live rehearsal from 1966). [more inside]
posted by effbot on May 12, 2015 - 17 comments

J' te 'L'Dis Quand Meme

Watch French singer Patrick Bruel realize just how big his song J' te 'L'Dis Quand Meme had become, in a concert from the 90s. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on May 12, 2015 - 26 comments

Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon "takes technology, including the Internet, as a starting point rather than a stumbling block. Where some would discount online culture as a distraction—or, worse, false consciousness—for Herndon, it's just a place we all call home. As such, it works its way directly into her music, both as subject and content. Featured on her forthcoming album Platform, the uneasy single "Home", which she calls "a love song for prying eyes," is dedicated to the NSA; "Chorus", meanwhile, utilizes a software program that eavesdrops on her browser and folds its audio into a shuddering percussive thrum." The whole album is available to stream here. [more inside]
posted by dng on May 11, 2015 - 5 comments

And they love each other so...

Miley Cyrus, Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!), and Joan Jett perform "Androgynous" by The Replacements. (SLFB)
posted by retrograde on May 8, 2015 - 63 comments

The Desert Blues

In 2001, two unlikely friends created a music festival in Mali that drew the likes of Bono and Robert Plant.
Then radical Islam tore them apart.

posted by the man of twists and turns on May 8, 2015 - 6 comments

♬♪♩♩♫

Type Drummer
posted by Confess, Fletch on May 8, 2015 - 48 comments

I Know You Can't Control Yourself Any Longer

What Is 'Mom Rock'?
posted by The Whelk on May 8, 2015 - 166 comments

It's Friday Music Quiz time!

Are you a music genius? Try your mettle with these five quizzes. [more inside]
posted by pjern on May 8, 2015 - 22 comments

Tryin tell ya

From Teklife to the Next Life -- Pitchfork covers the dreamy, housey, funky Chicago Footwork scene.
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 8, 2015 - 2 comments

If Hollywood says so, it can't be true!

If there's a band more simultaneously inventive, unusual, lush, intricate, or lovely than Stars in Battledress, I've yet to find them! James and Richard Larcombe, known for their collaborations with British legends William Drake and Craig Fortnam, among others, combine guitar, keyboard, and harmonies in spectacularly unusual tandem. They can be majestic and enchanting; they can be jagged and noisy; they can be warm and witty. I'm quite taken with them!
posted by rorgy on May 7, 2015 - 2 comments

Uno Tres Cinco Seis

Self-described "butch queen" and gleeful gender-nonconformist AB SOTO brings the sparkly with his new song and video Cha Cha Bitch. It's got a beat; you can dance to it.
posted by psoas on May 7, 2015 - 10 comments

Elton John: Prisoner of New York

In 1976 Elton John was one of the biggest superstars in pop music. His album from the previous year, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was the first album to enter the Billboard charts at #1. The follow-up album, Rock of the Westies, was the second album in history to enter the charts at #1. But behind the outrageous costumes and garish glasses was a lonely man whose fame had grown to the point where he and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin started referring to it as "The Beast". Thousands of adoring fans all over the world wasn't enough; as Elton confided to interviewer Cliff Jahr, "I crave to be loved".
posted by MattMangels on May 6, 2015 - 34 comments

Ichi

ICHI's song GO GAGAMBO opens with a universally recognisable mosquito hum, then proceeds with a catchy, familiar-sounding bass line, strummed out on a long, thin insect-like home-made instrument, while the vocals are punk-like, small and high-pitched, in the language of the insect itself. It’s a song about mistaken identity - (gagambo is an insect unfortunate enough to be mistaken as a big mosquito, resulting in probable death by angry clapping hands), and it is a clever blend of the familiar and the bizarre. [more inside]
posted by smcg on May 6, 2015 - 5 comments

In which a bee stings a pianist's hand and all musical hell breaks loose

"Alfonso Muskedunder", an animated video by Bendik Kaltenborn and Espen Friberg for the song by Norwegian DJ, songwriter, and record producer Todd Terje. A '60s jazz influenced (yes that's 7/8 time) hodge-podge with 4 additional remixes (soundcloud) and a 'shortreel' of animated outtakes, it's the latest addition to a series of oddball-character-themed singles: "Inspector Norse", "Delorean Dynamite" and "Leisure Suit Preben".
posted by oneswellfoop on May 5, 2015 - 16 comments

Not the usual ship sails.

In keeping with sweet music videos evening here on Metafilter, please take a moment to appreciate the sheer number of hours and sore thumbs it must have taken to make Son Lux's new video for Change is Everything.
posted by Lutoslawski on May 5, 2015 - 11 comments

New Chemical Brothers Song

Chemical Brothers "Go." They still sound like the 90s. Music video by Michel Gondry.
posted by ourt on May 5, 2015 - 50 comments

"It’s a song that circles round and around"

Calexico - "Falling From The Sky" [YouTube] Directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson. Featuring José González.
posted by Fizz on May 5, 2015 - 5 comments

America's Music Triangle

A new approach to framing and promoting the South's music heritage...but they left out Bristol!
posted by mmiddle on May 5, 2015 - 6 comments

All about the rhythm

Touch Pianist – Tap in rhythm and perform your favourite music [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on May 4, 2015 - 16 comments

Ben E. King (1938 - 2015)

Ben E. King has died at 76. He was the original singer of "Stand by Me" (later covered by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Bono/Springsteen, and many others), which he cowrote with the famous songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on May 1, 2015 - 37 comments

‘What’s your favorite post-Peter Gabriel song by Genesis?’

In which the crowd at Dangerous Minds get serious about the question that's been on everyone's mind.

warning: advertorial
posted by philip-random on May 1, 2015 - 120 comments

The House That Math Built

If you took a calculus course in college, the name James Stewart may ring a bell. The money you spent on those textbooks went to build "one of the most important private houses built in North America in a long time", a curving concert hall of wood and glass. Stewart died in December, and the house is now on sale.
posted by clawsoon on May 1, 2015 - 48 comments

"... a kind of purgatory-themed amusement park"

"ICP's intense work ethic and preparation have been essential to their ascension from a second-tier Detroit rap group into the leaders of their own subculture—a feat accomplished by virtually no other group in popular American music, save for maybe the Grateful Dead." Tears of a clown [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Apr 30, 2015 - 55 comments

Please Enjoy

Marble Soda (live mashup), a song by Shawn Wasabi with samples from 153 sources. [more inside]
posted by vibratory manner of working on Apr 29, 2015 - 9 comments

Lucero Tena, maestro of castanets

Lucero Tena (Spanish) has amazing rhythm and control, as seen and heard in her dancing, tapping, clapping and snapping, but she is best known for her mastery of the castanets, used in accompaniment to a solo guitar along with her dancing, and perhaps more impressively, as a solo instrument in front of an orchestra there in a piece specifically written for her and her castanets. She may not dance any more, but her skill with the castanets is still astonishing. If you're lucky, you can catch her in a live performance.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 28, 2015 - 13 comments

♫ 🎹 ♬

Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight [YouTube] From the new album "Sound & Color", live on Saturday Night Live. Previously.
posted by Fizz on Apr 28, 2015 - 19 comments

Songs for the Dumped

If there is Guilty Pleasure, this is Guilty Pain. Dylan admits he’s very self-conscious to find emotional refuge in music that “isn’t even good.” It’s embarrassing to admit that during messy, adult heartbreak we often regress back to adolescence, to the same exact tools (even down to the 9-minute Something Corporate song) that helped us get through it the first time.
--When we are heartbroken, why do we turn to the music we loved as teens?
posted by almostmanda on Apr 28, 2015 - 39 comments

fly that tune rag

Meet Black Summer, Australia's youngest Dubstep DJ.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 27, 2015 - 13 comments

Kanye West's First Beats

Jensen Karp: “I was stumbling through my garage, searching through old storage bins, when I came across some old beat CDs from my days as a signed Interscope rapper. I was shocked to find that two of them, both given to me in ‘01, had the name Kanye West on them.” (via)
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 27, 2015 - 25 comments

Denim cut-offs, floral garlands, fashion wellies - you know the drill

As a music fan, what I find even more worrying is that these “festival fashion” features only perpetuate the myth that women are incapable of enjoying music for music’s sake. More than that: these features are flat-out telling us we’re not allowed to. The subtext appears to be, “Girls: the boys have generously granted you access to their sphere; the least you can do is look pretty.
posted by acb on Apr 26, 2015 - 42 comments

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