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"The black communities were just too difficult to work in"

“[M]uch of the music he recorded this way, including many blues and work songs, are powerful expressions of overlooked cultures. But his quest for a ‘pure’ black music untouched by white influences was problematic... This much is undeniable: right at the time the Civil Rights movement was trying to bring whites and blacks together in a common cause, Lomax drew a hard line between white music and black music that — with help from the record companies — helped keep us apart.” How Alan Lomax Segregated Music.
posted by koeselitz on Feb 8, 2015 - 55 comments

The flamenco of Sevilla

Soleá follows an aspiring flamenco guitarist around the streets of Sevilla. "Ten years playing for dancers, ten years playing for singers, and, afterward, you can begin to become a soloist." A short video from The New Yorker (alt link).
posted by carter on Feb 8, 2015 - 7 comments

1969 was a year giants rocked the earth, and they wanted big amps.

The biggest, loudest, nastiest, heaviest amps the world had ever seen. How The Rolling Stones accidentally ended up using Ampeg amplifiers for their 1969 US tour, creating a sound preserved on their Get Yer Ya Ya's Out album.
posted by colie on Feb 6, 2015 - 88 comments

Slo-flanged psychouts with grandparents and children

In 2013, cell phone footage emerged on the Dangerous Minds blog of The Khun Narin Electric Phin Band playing what appeared to be fuzzed-out, homemade psychedelic rock from the Isan region of northeastern Thailand. The recordings led sound engineer Josh Marcy to track down the band, who turned out to be a loose collective of motorcycle taxi drivers, carpenters, and priests, and field-record an album, the first half of which can be streamed here. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Feb 5, 2015 - 22 comments

The Roundest Pickled Egg

A song about a pickled egg, by British comedy musician Elliot Mason, which devotees of Devo, Information Society, the Tiger Lillies, the sketch show Jam, and/or vintage Dr. Demento may enjoy.
posted by gusandrews on Feb 4, 2015 - 14 comments

some damn fine music from Mauritania

Have you heard Noura Mint Seymali? She's a singer from Mauritania, and neither she nor her band pull any punches. Just fire up "Eguetmar", the first track on her album Tzenni, and dig that gritty, undulating electric guitar: Mauritanian through and through, but reminiscent of the blues and/or psychedelic stylings of the 60s, in just the right way. Then there's the beats: drumming so funky and syncopated, but in such a languidly relaxed way, that it harkens back to the way Ziggy Modeliste worked his drum magic with New Orleans funk legends the Meters. And, of course, Noura's voice: a bold, soaring and self-assured force of nature: stunning. Not to mention her masterful playing of the ardine, a 9-string Mauritanian harp providing delicate, spindly showers of notes that shimmer like droplets on a spider web. Please enjoy: Tzenni.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 4, 2015 - 28 comments

Music Video with thrash and humorous elements

IRON REAGAN - "Miserable Failure" (SLYT)
posted by josher71 on Feb 4, 2015 - 25 comments

Hot Dog: the Music Video

Shred Kelly, a "five-piece "stoke-folk," banjo-driven band from the ski-bum town of Fernie, B.C" have just put out a video for their song Sing to the Night, which may not be the most Canadian video of all time, but it's still a lot of fun, and a bravura piece of one-shot backwards-skiing stoke-folk film-making.
posted by Flashman on Feb 4, 2015 - 19 comments

"Old Man, take a look at yourself, I'm a lot like you."

In the grand tradition of John Belushi and Joe Cocker, we now have Jimmy Fallon and Neil Young.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Feb 4, 2015 - 34 comments

Lady Mondegreen

The science of misheard lyrics (SL New Yorker)
posted by cozenedindigo on Feb 3, 2015 - 49 comments

The music behind the worst album covers (SLYT, partially NSFW)

Some of the music is worse than the worst album covers, which you'd think would be difficult [via]
posted by voferreira on Feb 3, 2015 - 40 comments

"...streets paved with a heart..."

Save the Heart of Lake Oswego: The Music Video [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Feb 2, 2015 - 13 comments

Things that sounded like what I heard on the news

Mark Mothersbaugh's Synth Collection (via)
posted by frimble on Feb 2, 2015 - 9 comments

Give me a beat

Audience can clap but ain't got no swing? No problem (if you're Harry Connick Jr.). (SLYT)
posted by swift on Feb 2, 2015 - 96 comments

"...a salute to the infinite..."

Carbon 7 is three musicians collaborating to produce cooperative music in real time. [via mefi projects] Metafilter's own Devils Rancher has provided access to some really great music that he's done with Austin musicians as collaborative, real-time recordings. It's loose, noodle-y, riff-y wonderfulness. Check out "Soundtrack to an Eclipse", and for fun you can see what the night sky looked like over Austin on the date it was recorded.
posted by ersatzkat on Feb 2, 2015 - 2 comments

Something out of nothing

A Sunday morning is a fine time to listen to Leonard Bernstein discuss Brahms' 4th symphony, complete with crackling vinyl noise.
posted by Wolfdog on Feb 1, 2015 - 8 comments

Jeff Porcaro

“It is no exaggeration to say that the sound of mainstream pop/rock drumming in the 1980s was, to a large extent, the sound of Jeff Porcaro.” — AllMusic [more inside]
posted by MattMangels on Feb 1, 2015 - 17 comments

1976 was a crap year for music, but it got better as I got older.

Rediscover your musical past. Enter your birthday with day and year and this fun site gives you what was popular from your date of birth right up to when you graduated college (provided that you went at all or didn't graduate like me).
posted by Kitteh on Jan 30, 2015 - 55 comments

How the War on Drugs targeted Billie Holiday

The Hunting of Billie Holiday. "How Lady Day found herself in the middle of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics’ early fight for survival." [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Jan 29, 2015 - 9 comments

If You Want, We Can Pretend To Be Crows. No? Okay.

Jeff Bridges (The Dude himself) has released an album called Sleeping Tapes. It's a collaboration with Squarespace to raise money for No Kid Hungry. It's also deeply, deeply weird.
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Jan 29, 2015 - 61 comments

if only Soundcloud was higher quality than 128kbps

Aphex Twin is (apparently) unloading over 100 rare and unreleased tracks from his 20+ year vault, now streaming for free on Soundcloud. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain on Jan 29, 2015 - 77 comments

In C Mali

A documentary-esque, full-length music video for Africa Express's rendition of Terry Riley's In C.
The recording includes: Adama Koita on kamel n’goni; Alou Coulibaly on Calabash; Andi Toma on assorted percussion and kalimba; André d Ridder on violin, baritone-guitar, and kalimba, as well as conducting; Badou Mbaye (perhaps) on djembe and other percussion; Brian Eno, Bijou, and Olugbenga on vox; Cheick Diallo on flutes; Damon Albarn on melodica; Defily Sako and Modibo Diawara on kora; Guindo Sala on imzad; Kalifa Koné and Mémé Koné on balafon; and Nick Zinner and Jeff Wootton on guitar.
Olugbenga's diary of the trip. The WSJ on the group's origins. Previously
posted by Going To Maine on Jan 28, 2015 - 15 comments

“I’m sorry, I’m just so happy to see another brown person at Fest!”

Pilot Viruet writes about being black and punk. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 27, 2015 - 14 comments

Albums That Never Were

Albums That Never Were [more inside]
posted by goethean on Jan 26, 2015 - 24 comments

SCREAM CHOIR

I thought this was ridiculous......until I realized that Artaud might have loved it. So maybe it's great. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jan 24, 2015 - 16 comments

Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway turned forty recently

The sixth Genesis studio album (and their last with Peter Gabriel), it's a two record, 94 minute conceptual monster which, "... tells of how a large black cloud descends into Time Square, straddles out across 42nd Street, turns into a wall and sucks in Manhattan Island. Our hero named Rael crawls out of the subways of New York and is sucked into the wall to regain consciousness underground." [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jan 24, 2015 - 37 comments

reeeee~wind!!

"A good rewind is that rare thing in life: a product of the moment. If the timing is right, a rewind will bring excitement to the dancefloor, a celebration of the music being played, an energy charge for the place and the people." Laurent Fintoni goes deep on the history of pulling the record back across a variety of genres, from reggae and dub, to dubstep and hip-hop.
posted by raihan_ on Jan 23, 2015 - 5 comments

aphextwin

Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix] Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2
posted by Artw on Jan 22, 2015 - 25 comments

Mop Top Not

In the early 60s, the Beatles' signature haircuts rapidly became de rigueur for any and all rock bands seeking a crack at the big time. Conformity to the new look became, almost overnight, the norm. One band, though, said later for all that, and went for a truly radical look. That band, of course, was The Eggheads. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 22, 2015 - 48 comments

This is the thread about threads that dance across your screen

For your viewing pleasure: one music video made with sewing and embroidery tools, one music video made of sewing and embroidery tools.
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 21, 2015 - 6 comments

There'll be a hell of a Mardi Gras in heaven next month

It's time to say so long to legendary Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Bo Dollis, who, for many years, led his Wild Magnolias through the streets of the Crescent City. Handa Wanda, Big Chief, Ho Na Nae and Jockomo Jockomo. Oops Upside Your Head [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 20, 2015 - 16 comments

Song name haiku

Song name haiku Pop in an artist, and it will generate haiku based on their song titles. Reload for more. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 20, 2015 - 51 comments

That's Not What Joe Strummer Had in Mind

​​"From the pictures and videos that accompany the NBC News and Buzzfeed stories, the crowd appears to have been predominantly white... which explains why they're described in the media as 'celebrating' rather than 'rioting'. But every time this happens – that is to say, every time sports fans, predominantly of the white variety, go on rampages after wining (or losing) various championships – many of us with a few gray hairs on our heads are reminded of the Clash's seminal punk anthem, 'White Riot,' which was released as a 7-inch single (that would be on vinyl, kids) in March 1977, and was later included on both the UK and the US versions of the band's debut album, The Clash."​ Whites Riot: That’s Not What Joe Strummer Had in Mind, by David Von Ebers (TwiB! / Valid magazine).
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 19, 2015 - 28 comments

The trigonometry of relationsips. Who is responsible...?

Lusine's "Two Dots", illustrated by Britta Johnson.
posted by loquacious on Jan 19, 2015 - 8 comments

"Something different? What can we do different? Okay..."

​​Ella Fitzgerald - Air Mail Special (Club Des Belugas Remix) [SLYT]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 18, 2015 - 9 comments

The Bombay Royale, music for daring Bollywood-style adventures

Snakes! Bullets! Super secret agents! Bandits! Monkeys and tigers! Espionage and romance! Are you excited yet? Are you on the edge of your seat? Does this sound like a movie to you? Ah, these are the recurring themes in some of classic Bollywood’s greatest cinematic extravaganzas, where acting and plot took a backseat to some of the craziest, over-the-top song and dance scenes ever committed to celluloid. Enter The Bombay Royale, a local 11-piece musical powerhouse who have taken the themes and soundtracks from these films and have infused them with all the colour, production and energy one would expect from a four-plus hour Bollywood movie. The Bombay Royale had first set down to do strictly covers from the gilded ‘60s era of Bollywood, but soon evolved into writing their own material.
Sit down with Parvyn Kaur Singh AKA "The Mysterious Lady," one of the singers of the band, for an introduction to the cast of characters behind the albums You Me Bullets Love (Soundcloud; track-by-track description with musical director and saxophonist Andy Williamson, AKA "The Skipper") and The Island of Dr. Electrico (Soundcloud; a review of the Bollywood inspired surf / disco / funk album). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 18, 2015 - 12 comments

The Blues of Arabia: The history of sawt al-khaleej

If you climb into a taxi in Doha, capital of Qatar, and Arab music is on the driver’s radio, the station may well be 99.0, Sawt al-Khaleej, one of the most popular and powerful radio and digital streaming broadcast networks in the region. Based in Doha, its name translates to “Voice of the Gulf”—a fitting name for a network that seeks to appeal to a broad, Arabic-speaking audience with pan-Arab popular music up and down the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, from Kuwait to Oman. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Jan 18, 2015 - 7 comments

Road trip

Yini Bo by French band / collective Le Peuple de l'Herbe (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 18, 2015 - 7 comments

goin' jukin' tonight

LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES is Robert Mugge's 86-minute film from 2002, focussing on the juke joint tradition in Mississippi, with special emphasis on Jackson's Subway Lounge and Clarksdale's Ground Zero Blues Club.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 17, 2015 - 5 comments

Lyrical Extinction

Wild Ones Live is an arresting reading accompanied by music, a collaboration performed as part of a live magazine by author Jon Mooallem, a science and nature writer whose book Wild Ones ruminates on the strange, ignorant, hopeful and poignant ways humans imagine other animals, and the musical project Black Prairie. Listen at your desk if you must, but if you can, pop in your earbuds and go outside for a long walk while you take it all in. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 17, 2015 - 3 comments

Two great films about 1980's youth counter culture in Europe

We are the best (2013) is a Swedish film set in 1980's Stockholm, about three young punk girls who form a band (mainly to play a song dedicated to their gym teacher called "Hate the Sport"). It's fairly lighthearted, but there are some deeply poignant moments that really capture what it's like to be that 13 year old girl with the short hair and all the usual insecurities, finding solace in friends, music, and giving the finger to mainstream society. This is England (2006) is another counter-culture-coming of age film, about a group of skinheads in England, c. 1983. This is a much heavier film, exploring serious issues of race, gender, social class, family relationships, and how these tensions eventually lead to the adoption of skinhead culture by white nationalists. All of this is set to an awesome soundtrack featuring the likes of Toots and the Maytals, The Specials, Jimmy Cliff, and Soft Cell.
posted by k8bot on Jan 17, 2015 - 23 comments

She's out back counting stars

38 Great Alt-Rock Songs You Haven't Thought About in 20 Years. (SLbuzzfeed) [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Jan 17, 2015 - 162 comments

'We should be as important as Oasis or Blur'

The Prodigy have a new album, The Day Is My Enemy, out soon. Interview in the Guardian. Nasty [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 17, 2015 - 43 comments

Fare Thee Well

"Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2015. "To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the four original members — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir — will reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert, which took place at the same venue. 'Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead' will occur over three nights on July 3, 4, and 5, 2015, marking the original members' last-ever performance together. The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The group will perform two sets of music each night." Jerry Garcia's daughter Trixie Garcia announced the shows. [more inside]
posted by cwest on Jan 17, 2015 - 24 comments

Katie Queen of Tennessee

This video of The Apache Relay song Katie Queen of Tennessee is great - kids from the Nashville Dance Center dancing their hearts out while the band plays a sweet country song in a 19th-century barn owned by Vince Gill and Amy Grant. And the kids aren't even dancing to the song.
posted by wmoskowi on Jan 16, 2015 - 8 comments

Canciones De Mi Padre

Linda Ronstadt - Canciones De Mi Padre Complete Concert (YouTube) ​"Entire performance of Canciones De Mi Padre, Spanish for Songs Of My Father. During Linda Ronstadt's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony on April 10, 2014, Glenn Frey of The Eagles speech mentioned the album is the biggest non-English language seller in American record history. Linda Ronstadt's 1987 album has been RIAA certified Double-Platinum with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. Linda Ronstadt won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album at the 31st Grammy Awards." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 16, 2015 - 30 comments

The music of Kiasmos curls itself around you, snug as a glove

If a band opened their set saying they were going to wake people up with techno music, you would probably not expect the musicians to be a BAFTA-award winning modern classical composer and a member from an electronic pop/dance group, but that's how Kiasmos introduced their music during Iceland Airwaves/KEXPort in Reykjavík. If you like what you hear there, here are a few more tracks on Grooveshark, and read on for more on the members of Kiasmos, Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 16, 2015 - 8 comments

They Took Him to Church

When Irish singer-songwriter Hozier played Paris this month, a surprise was waiting. When he reached the chorus of his hit song, "Take Me to Church," a 20 person choir in the front row joined in with him. More here.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 14, 2015 - 45 comments

"I'll be honest: I don’t want to stay up until 4 AM any more at shows"

Music critic Sasha Frere-Jones is leaving The New Yorker to annotate lyrics at Genius. Here's his first post.
posted by Going To Maine on Jan 13, 2015 - 47 comments

Birds on a wire

Birds on a wire....."One morning while reading a newspaper, Jarbas Agnelli saw a photograph of birds on an electric wire. He cut out the photo and was inspired to make a song using the exact location of the birds as musical notes. He was curious to hear what melody the birds created."
posted by HuronBob on Jan 13, 2015 - 27 comments

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