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“...have your lawyer call our lawyer & we might answer some questions.”

Open the Music Industry’s Black Box by David Byrne [New York Times]
“Everyone should be celebrating — but many of us who create, perform and record music are not. Tales of popular artists (as popular as Pharrell Williams) who received paltry royalty checks for songs that streamed thousands or even millions of times (like “Happy”) on Pandora or Spotify are common. Obviously, the situation for less-well-known artists is much more dire. For them, making a living in this new musical landscape seems impossible. I myself am doing O.K., but my concern is for the artists coming up: How will they make a life in music?”

posted by Fizz on Aug 4, 2015 - 50 comments

Folks Went Wild For It: The Memphis Blues

The song Memphis Blues first brought the blues to a wide audience. In 2012, the BBC looked back the history of the song first published in 1912. [more inside]
posted by julen on Aug 3, 2015 - 6 comments

1,000 rockers just sent the Foo Fighters a message they can't refuse

Cesena is a small town up in northern Italy, that until yesterday was pretty-well unknown to the world. That changed this morning when a guy called Fabio Zaffagini presented to the Internet his year long-project of getting one thousand musicians to gather in a field and play Foo Fighter's Learn To Fly, with the sole objective of convincing the band to go and do a show in their town. You have to watch it.
posted by Cobalt on Jul 30, 2015 - 137 comments

“Eve you wicked woman, you done put your curse on me!”

Jessica Gentile has compiled a brief-but-interesting listicle for Pitchfork: “Songs about PMS and Periods”
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 30, 2015 - 21 comments

"Perhaps the most difficult part is keeping a group in harmony."

There are more than 285 competitive bagpipe bands in the United States, made up of thousands of pipers and drummers. Bands are divided into grades based on skill: Grade 5 is the lowest, akin to Little League; Grade 1 is the majors. In May 2014, the Massachusetts-based Stuart Highland Pipe Band was promoted to Grade 1, and next month they'll be facing off against other top-level bands in Glasgow at the annual World Pipe Band Championships. But first, the Stewies made their North American debut at the premier level at a competition in Ontario: Blowhards: On the road, down the bottle, and across the border with Boston’s greatest competitive bagpipe band. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 29, 2015 - 26 comments

(Figuratively) METAL vs. (Literally) METAL

Metal band logo CAPTCHAs
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 28, 2015 - 26 comments

from the cheap seats see us wave to the camera

Sometimes I wanna take you down, sometimes I wanna get you low. 'Cause you're a human supernova. I'm looking for answers from the great beyond. You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older. Oh, get off the air! I'm on the stereo, stereo. Now check-ch-check-check-check-ch-check it out: It's 90s Bands on TV. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jul 26, 2015 - 30 comments

A Vision in Orange Satin

Mark Volman (in orange, wielding a French horn) totally owning a performance of Happy Together. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jul 25, 2015 - 45 comments

"This one goes out to all the bad, bad girls."

Postmodern Jukebox (previously) has posted their most recent cover, which takes Fiona Apple's classic "Criminal" and creates a 1940's torch song with the assistance of some mean horns and the sultry stylings of Jazz singer Ariana Savalas .
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 25, 2015 - 23 comments

Do Ya Rock Hard or Rock Soft, That's What I Wanna Know

Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer? The answer could give an insight into the way you think, say researchers from the University of Cambridge. Forget the eyes, music is the window into the soul.
posted by moonlily on Jul 24, 2015 - 51 comments

"The tape stopped, but they were still singing."

Of all the great back catalogs in the history of rock, Bob Dylan’s is among the most covered, his acolytes ranging from The Byrds to Adele via Manfred Mann and Guns N’ Roses. But something tells us you haven’t heard anything quite like Dylan’s Gospel by The Brothers and Sisters, a choir of Los Angeles session singers brought gloriously to the fore for a very special, one-off record. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 24, 2015 - 18 comments

Don Joyce 1944-2015

Longtime Negativland member Don Joyce died yesterday at age 71. [more inside]
posted by item on Jul 23, 2015 - 50 comments

"chromed-out robo-sexual stew"

Why I Deleted Your Band's Promo Email (SLTumblr)
posted by Faint of Butt on Jul 23, 2015 - 50 comments

Flora Toth Sam Turner Cairns Lee Pat Knight

Tweeted Love - A solo pun jam (slyt)
posted by howfar on Jul 22, 2015 - 6 comments

And They Said I Couldn't Be Done*

* (Not really, but they would have if they had given it any thought) Mosey Sumney does an improvised cover of Laurie Anderson's O Superman. He doesn't attempt the verses, but it is still going to the top of my summer playlist.
posted by rtimmel on Jul 22, 2015 - 16 comments

Taylor Swift Is Not Your Friend

Dayna Evans writes about Taylor Swift for Gawker: [T]he part of Taylor’s persona that doesn’t get talked about enough [is that] she is a ruthless, publicly capitalist pop star. To think of her as womanhood incarnate is to trick oneself into forgetting about “Bad Blood” and “Better Than Revenge.” Swift isn’t here to help women—she’s here to make bank… Her plan—to be as famous and as rich as she can possibly be—is working, and by using other women as tools of her self-promotion, she is distilling feminism for her own benefit. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 22, 2015 - 180 comments

BBC Radio One - Star Special

Hello. This is David Bowie. It's a bit grey out today, but I've got some Perrier water and I've got a bunch of records. I think if I was walking outside at the moment, I'd like to be walking on this street. It's Love Street by The Doors. In May of 1979 Bowie sat down at BBC Radio One and played two hours of his favourite music. [SLYT, track list inside] [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jul 21, 2015 - 33 comments

in glorious 4:3 video

Watch noisy Texas power pop band Radioactivity play two songs in an abandoned shopping mall. [more inside]
posted by item on Jul 21, 2015 - 17 comments

Music always finds a way...

The Banjo Bands of Malawi is a video clip featuring three different performances of a certain strain of folk music from the small African nation. Totally raw and homemade instruments are employed in the service of urgent, percussive music (some of it a bit reminiscent of bluegrass) topped off by tight harmony vocals. What's not to like?
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 21, 2015 - 19 comments

Why Is OMI’s “Cheerleader” No. 1?

A look at the current #1 Single on the billboard charts, Omi - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) [more inside]
posted by beisny on Jul 21, 2015 - 43 comments

Very kraftwerk

Die Woodys - Fichtl's Lied: Eine Produktion von Tony Marshall. Superhitparade der Volksmusik 1984
posted by growabrain on Jul 20, 2015 - 10 comments

Goosebumps are good

Three astonishing covers that illuminate the songs:

   k.d. lang: "Crying" (from 1990's Tribute To Roy Orbison)
   Linda Ronstadt: "The Dolphins" (Fred Neil's haunting anti-war song)

and in newly-restored footage of the Blues Alley performance:

   Eva Cassidy: "Over The Rainbow"
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 18, 2015 - 47 comments

"Only those who have strayed follow the poets"

Battle Lines is an essay by academics Robyn Creswell and Bernard Haykel in The New Yorker on the poetry of jihadis, especially those who follow the Islamic State. They argue that the way to understand them is to study their cultural products, especially poetry, which is part of their daily socialization, as discussed in this video. Poetry has a special status in the Arab world. Elisabeth Kendall explores that context in her essay Yemen’s al-Qa'ida and Poetry as a Weapon of Jihad. Jihadi poetry is closely linked to the nasheed tradition of songs which are usually sung a capella. Behnam Said traces their history in the essay Hymns ( Nasheeds): A Contribution to the Study of the Jihadist Culture.
posted by Kattullus on Jul 17, 2015 - 11 comments


How does Shazam recognize music? Christophe Kalenzaga sifts through an old research paper (pdf) by Shazam's founder and conducts a short (written) course in signal processing, acoustics, Fourier transformations, and fingerprinting music. [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Jul 17, 2015 - 13 comments

Star Wars: Wilco Edition

Wilco have released a new album called "Star Wars", featuring 11 new original songs, free for a limited time on their website.
posted by anazgnos on Jul 16, 2015 - 37 comments

Crank That

The Influencer: A Decade of Soulja Boy
posted by edeezy on Jul 16, 2015 - 13 comments

“Ordered lists of songs are as old as radio itself.”

At Pitchfork, Marc Hogan has put together a long read on “how playlists are curating the future of music.”. He speaks to various folks in positions of power at the different services, including former Pitchfork editor-in-chief Scott Plagenhoef (now running music programming and editorial across Apple Music) and former Pitchfork associate editor Jessica Suarez (now lead streaming editor at Google).
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 16, 2015 - 24 comments

Funky Israeli (sampled) hip-hop from Socalled, Alchemist, and friends

Not since (Socalled's) The Socalled Seder has Hebrew and hip-hop been so thrillingly merged. In his signature funky collage style, Alchemist layers drum brakes, with various warped and looped vintage Israeli records. On “Shalom Alechem,” a pitched up vocal recording of the Sabbath song refrains over a hard, 90s style boom-bap beat, spiced up with intermittent “check it out”s from the voice of an unidentified hype-man. It's awesome.
From Shalom Life's review of The Alchemist's new instrumental album, Israeli Salad. The review also notes that this is similar to Alchemist’s 2012 album Russian Roulette, which uses 1970's Soviet music as its main source material.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 16, 2015 - 10 comments

Auriculis midae non musica gratior ulla est

Cat Pianos, Sound-Houses, and Other Imaginary Musical Instruments "One might suppose that imaginary musical instruments, deprived of physical reality, have no place in the cultural histories and heritages that a museum of musical instruments aims to illuminate and preserve. Yet in their own strange ways, imaginary musical instruments exist. What’s more, they have not merely shadowed or paralleled musical life; they have formed a vital part of it, participating in ways that show the fragility of the distinction between imaginary and real."
posted by frimble on Jul 16, 2015 - 8 comments

One true religion. All we need is one worldwide vision.

Slovenian band Laibach, known for their ambiguous martial pop reworkings of Europe's The Final Countdown, Queen's One Vision, and Edwin Starr's War, to name but three (along with the many original tracks you hear over the course of their live set), are due to be the the first foreign band to play North Korea. [more inside]
posted by iivix on Jul 16, 2015 - 43 comments

The Thunder From Down Under

Starting in the late 70s and throughout the 80s, Australian Rock strode the earth like a tiny, screaming colossus. Whether Hard Rock (drummer convicted of death threats), Pop Rock (lead singer dead from autoerotic aspyxiation), Pub Rock (lead singer's kids no longer forced to play), or what we'd now call Indie (they broke up, get over it) the 80s was the high water mark in Aus/NZ music history.Then the nineties and naughties ushered in an ero of reality-TV driven drivel... [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jul 15, 2015 - 80 comments

Left and Leaving

The Weakerthans were a perfect Sunday afternoon in a particularly difficult year that made you feel like everything might be better soon. And now they’re gone. [more inside]
posted by lownote on Jul 15, 2015 - 79 comments

Beethoven's Seventh Symphony

Carlos Kleiber conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. Christopher H. Gibbs of the Philadelphia Orchestra writes about the piece for NPR. Classical Notes discusses the piece in detail. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Jul 15, 2015 - 19 comments

This site was inspired by the opening of Contact

Radio broadcasts leave Earth at the speed of light. Scroll away from Earth and hear how far the biggest hits of the past have travelled. The farther away you get, the longer the waves take to travel there—and the older the music you’ll hear.
posted by frimble on Jul 15, 2015 - 36 comments

It’s the anti-‘I Kissed a Girl,’ which is a good thing.

"Lovato's song, on the other hand, is all about desire. She wants the girl because she wants the girl. Her perspective is that of a newbie, but that doesn’t make her a tourist; when she says 'Even if they judge / Fuck it,' she's going through the same process most every queer person has had to go through. Mostly, though, the song is about pop music's favorite topic: being attracted to someone hot." Demi Lovato's 'Cool for the Summer': The Next Great Gay Anthem?, Spencer Kornhaber for The Atlantic [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 14, 2015 - 36 comments

"The morning Jeff Goldblum came over and we sang at my piano."

Sarah Silverman and Jeff Goldblum sing "Me & My Shadow" (Note: Quite adorable, but also shot vertically. You've been warned).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 14, 2015 - 42 comments

“What was thrown off the bridge really isn’t that important.”

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
I was out choppin’ cotton, and my brother was balin’ hay
And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And mama hollered out the back door, “Y’all, remember to wipe your feet!”
And then she said, “I got some news this mornin’ from Choctaw Ridge
Today, Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.”
(Movie trailer, previously, previouslier) [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 14, 2015 - 90 comments

I Could Hear the Hearts Beating Us Down

Yo La Tengo covers The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love" to apocalyptic results.
posted by item on Jul 14, 2015 - 81 comments

"He was a medical doctor, but he wrote songs."

Ben Bullington was a small-town doctor in Livingston, Montana, who wrote and recorded country/Americana music in his spare time. In November of 2012 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and decided to start crossing things off his bucket list. One of those things was doing a songwriting workshop in Nashville, and that brought him into the orbit of the great Darrell Scott. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jul 12, 2015 - 6 comments


Megasoid started in the winter of 2006/2007 as a Montreal-based mobile soundsystem making aggressive street-bass and remix music. For the following 3 years Vaughn Robert Squire and Hadji Bakara spent their time playing their music out of vans, throwing amps in basements for live sets, lugging modular synths to rooftops of hotels, and setting up big PAs under bridges and at after-hours spots [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 10, 2015 - 6 comments

"Solar winds were my starting point"

Pluto, the Renewer is a short orchestral piece by English composer Colin Matthews, commissioned by the Hallé Orchestra as an addition to Gustav Holst's suite, The Planets. Program notes by the composer. Matthews commented on the piece, and Pluto's place, in an NPR interview a few years ago. The BBC's Discovering Music gives a good discussion of Holst's original suite (which you can listen to here).
posted by Wolfdog on Jul 9, 2015 - 11 comments

Jackie Fox, Kim Fowley, and the Runaways' Secret

In The Lost Girls , the Runaways' Jackie Fox tells for the first time of being raped by their Svengali-like manager Kim Fowley. The lengthy article also goes into the extreme power dynamics at play in the band's inner circle. [more inside]
posted by item on Jul 9, 2015 - 49 comments

My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends...

The Story Behind Janis Joplin’s ‘Mercedes Benz’
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 8, 2015 - 36 comments

Moisture-wicking, four-way stretch, and anti-odor

Violinist Kevin Yu has invented a high-tech tux shirt. The Coregami Gershwin incorporates athletic wear principles and technology to bring symphonic musicians' formal wear into the 21st century.
posted by Faint of Butt on Jul 8, 2015 - 37 comments

The Kids Are Alright

Contrary to the fears of our parents, teachers, and pastors, 80s metalheads did not grow up to be drug and booze addled Satan worshipers.
posted by COD on Jul 8, 2015 - 28 comments

Mozart's 40th Symphony

Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Mozart's 40th Symphony. Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. The famous chromatic bit at the start of the development of the fourth movement. Program notes written for a performance of the piece by Redwood Symphony. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Jul 7, 2015 - 6 comments

"People in 2015 shouldn't be able to get away with things like this ..."

There was a thought that there weren’t enough bands with guitars that were exciting in the same way as the bands we cared about so we had the thought let’s try and do it better ourselves ... What I wanted that was something post-punk or whatever you want to call it but with songs. There was a while there where I wasn’t hearing any songs.
Formed in 2013, North London band Desperate Journalist take their name from an obscure 1979 beef between The Cure and the NME's Paul Morley. Together, they make jangly, intense indie pop, redolent of faded seaside resorts, cramped book-filled bedsits, and English winter chill. Their debut album, Desperate Journalist [Spotify], appeared earlier this year. [Youtube.] [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Jul 7, 2015 - 21 comments

Double time swing

Comparison between a scene in the film Whiplash and the short film it was based on(MLYT) (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jul 7, 2015 - 3 comments

Best album ever. 8/10.

The editor of the 63-year old weekly music magazine announces a new direction for Britain's flagship music publication. Following the trend of shrinking sales across all printed media (from a peak of over 300'000 issues sold weekly to barely staying above 15'000 last year), the NME will continue as a free "music and lifestyle" magazine and a new, revamped web presence. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Jul 7, 2015 - 39 comments

Brahms's First Symphony

Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Johannes Brahms's First Symphony. Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. Listening guide to a Bernstein performance with the Vienna Philharmonic from 1983, two years after this one. Tom Service writes about the piece in The Guardian. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Jul 6, 2015 - 16 comments

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