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Patatap!

Patatap might be the most fun you can have mashing a keyboard.
posted by oulipian on Mar 26, 2014 - 24 comments

"Half time has infected pop music"

Has pop music criticism really devolved into lifestyle reporting as alleged by this Daily Beast article? The response by Slate reviewing Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream". [more inside]
posted by lizarrd on Mar 25, 2014 - 66 comments

Have a Nice Day

World Order take us on a tour of Akihabara. World Order release yet another fabulous video. Previously. Previouslier.
posted by arcticseal on Mar 25, 2014 - 8 comments

"They don't look grungy...I mean, they could cut their hair..."

Teens React to Nirvana [SLYT]
posted by fuse theorem on Mar 25, 2014 - 218 comments

Gnawa sounds

Sometimes nothing satisfies quite like the funky bass lines you hear played on the ghimbri in Moroccan Gnawa music, not to mention the ecstatic singing. And Hamid Kasri is one of the greatest exponents of the music. Check him out here and here . [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 25, 2014 - 11 comments

Na na na, na na na, Marilyn Monroe

Billy Joel loses his place in 'We Didn't Start The Fire', stops the band, then tells the audience why there's no point finishing the song. "An authentic rock 'n' roll fuck up."
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 25, 2014 - 130 comments

Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti and Son Lux are: Sisyphus

"s/s/s started to sound like the Nazi Schutzstaffel with a lisp so we had to change it. We wanted a word with three S’s and Sisyphus felt like a capable anti-hero—endless struggle, the human plague, the existential condition. We are all working towards nothing. Also, the apparent futility of this collaboration—a black rapper from Chicago, a white singer-songwriter from Detroit, and an arty producer with cool glasses, though I dunno where Ryan’s from, Cleveland? We have so little in common but we have deep love for each other and we are pushing that stone together." That's Sufjan Stevens, talking about his collaboration with the rapper Serengeti (David Cohn), and singer/producer Son Lux (Ryan Lott), who released their Beak & Claw EP last year as s/s/s (Bandcamp), and have recently released their debut album as Sisyphus (Bandcamp). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 24, 2014 - 30 comments

Mesmerized by the Potter's Wheel

Mikhail Sadovnikov uses his clay, his hands, and a potter's wheel to draw you into his spinning world of music and improvisation. [15:25] [more inside]
posted by ob1quixote on Mar 22, 2014 - 14 comments

Where Bad Records Go When They Die

Vinyl Terror and Horror uses physically altered vinyl records and many turntables to produce an eerie soundscape.
posted by codacorolla on Mar 20, 2014 - 12 comments

"I don’t really know the first thing about Classical Music."

The Anfield Wrap reviews the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 20, 2014 - 21 comments

Welcome to the SHINee WORLD

EVERYBODY every every body 네 맘을 흔들어 [more inside]
posted by one teak forest on Mar 19, 2014 - 12 comments

Domu - Return of the Rogue, and rise of Sector 12/12

Four year, four months after Dominic Stanton, aka Domu (among other stage names), retired from the music industry, he has returned. Under the Weather (Bandcamp) is a three-track EP, spanning an updated take on his his trademark heavy breaks, a slightly housier direction, and lush hip-hop inspired instrumental. It was released on the new Sector 12/12 label, which earlier released another 3 track EP, Past Twelve, from Infest aka Robbert Peperkamp.
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 19, 2014 - 1 comment

20 Iconic Bands Recreated in LEGO

"Self-proclaimed knowledge, music, LEGO and die-cast car junkie, Adly Syairi Ramly presents a collection of 20 iconic bands that he’s taken the time to recreate with everyone’s favorite building blocks." [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Mar 19, 2014 - 21 comments

I Am Kawehi

Watch the one woman band Kawehi build and then sing a cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box". Then enjoy her doing similar with Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." Now groove on her original music.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 19, 2014 - 17 comments

the big musical history of a little island

Reggae: The Story Of Jamaican Music, is an excellent BBC Documentary in three parts: 1 - Forward March, 2 - Rebel Music and 3 - As Raw As Ever.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 19, 2014 - 16 comments

It's Madness, I Tell Yah! Madness!

Bored with basketball but want some Tournament action in your March-to-Early April? MentalFloss.com has collected* a list of (More Than) 11 OTHER March Madness Tournaments, covering books, music, TV, webcomics, various flavors of sci-fi and fantasy, plus bunny slippers, hot dog toppings, the (previously here) WORST Company in America and MORE! [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Mar 19, 2014 - 35 comments

"Machismo is basically a drag act"

Wild Beasts are a band from Kendal, England. They have built their sound on Hayden Thorpe's marmite-like countertenor and Tom Fleming's bass, and complex, somewhat sex-obsessed lyrics. Inside, please find a review of the band's history and discography. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 17, 2014 - 13 comments

The world doesn't turn on John Mellencamp's timetable.

62-year-old John Mellencamp on success, ageing and lessons learned. [single-page print view]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 17, 2014 - 47 comments

My Husband's Stupid Record Collection

Alex and I have lived together for 9 years. In those 9 years we have packed up, moved and unpacked his record collection 5 times. It’s about 15 boxes, about 1500 hundred records “that includes the singles and stuff, which you’re also going to have to review.” Is what Alex just said to me from the other room... Here are the rules I’ve set for my self. Start with the “A’s” these records are set up in alphabetical order by artist. Listen to the entire thing even if I really hate it. And make sure to comment on the cover art. Are you with me? Let’s see how far I can go. (20 so far...)
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 16, 2014 - 230 comments

Gloria Gaynor/Survivor mashup

I Will Survivor -- a mashup of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger."
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 16, 2014 - 20 comments

You're A Monk, I'm A Monk, We're All Monks

Gary Burger, lead singer and guitarist for seminal proto-punk band The Monks, passed away early Friday morning after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 71. [more inside]
posted by Fuzzypumper on Mar 14, 2014 - 33 comments

Three Artists One Song

For a few years, Converse has been bringing three disparate music artists together to create a song. The most recent release "Hero" features Frank Ocean, Diplo, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon from the Clash. [more inside]
posted by superquail on Mar 13, 2014 - 17 comments

Surfing On Sine Waves

Richard D. James is someone whose work can probably be considered outsider art. By almost anyone's standards, his work is eccentric, quirky and idiosyncratic. Its flaws (such as tape hiss and clipping) are arguably as charming as its finer points (such as whole worlds of original sounds), and its deviations from the norm are what make it so endearing, otherworldly and engaging. James seems a good subject for a case study due to how little music theory he took for granted, and how much he built his own musical principles from scratch, which is a noble goal for anyone trying to carve their own niche in the musical ecosystem.
posted by mannequito on Mar 13, 2014 - 46 comments

The Better Touch

(Mildly NSFW-ish lyrics) Youtube user strizzalo does a slow, sensitive, acoustic cover of The Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch."
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 13, 2014 - 17 comments

In search of Puddles

Let Me Live That Fantasy. "In search of Puddles, the saddest clown of all, whose voice — along with Lorde’s music — made him an Internet star."
posted by homunculus on Mar 12, 2014 - 31 comments

"Oh, Danny Boy"

With St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, it's a great opportunity to have a look at "Danny Boy". [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Mar 12, 2014 - 50 comments

Eclectic DJ Mix Monday

While the UK-based FACT magazine surveys a broad range of popular music content, its regular mix series tends to focus on electronic and hip-hop. Since January, however, the website has featured three distinctive mixes that buck this general trend: Peanut Butter Wolf's 24-hour soul music mix for Valentine's day; the Wild Beasts's eclectic, short-and-sweet mix of classical, black metal, poetry, rock, and folk in support of their new album Present Tense; and Slowdive's rock-and-shoegaze mix compiling many of their inspirations in celebration of the band's reunion. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 10, 2014 - 6 comments

Ill communication

Charlene deGuzman and Miles Crawford settle that age-old question, "What should we eat?" With drums.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 9, 2014 - 10 comments

"Also - too many moustaches to count."

Stream or download songs from 100 of the bands at the SXSW Festival.
posted by Sebmojo on Mar 9, 2014 - 13 comments

A HUNDRED SEASONS AND A MOVIE, WW FOREVER RICK AND MORTY DOT COM

Are you a fan of inventive, black-humored sci-fi/fantasy animation? Desperate to fill the Futurama-shaped hole in your heart? Look no further than Rick and Morty, the superb new Adult Swim series from animator Justin "Lemongrab" Roiland and Community darling Dan Harmon. Inspired by a (terrible and very NSFW) Back To The Future knock-off, the show pairs a naïve young teen (Morty) with his cynical, alcoholic, mad scientist grandfather (Rick), each episode exploring a trope -- dreams, aliens, innerspace, parallel universes, virtual reality -- and turning it inside-out with intricate plotting, eye-catching art, and dark, whipsmart humor (with plenty of improvisation along the way). A ratings hit already secured for a second season, the show returns from an Olympics-induced hiatus tomorrow -- in the meantime, why not sample the six episodes aired so far: Pilot - Lawnmower Dog - Anatomy Park - M. Night Shaym-Aliens! - Meeseeks and Destroy - Rick Potion #9. Want more? Promo/highlight reel - AV Club reviews - TVTropes - Reddit - Rick & Morty ComicCon panel - Storyboard Test - Soundtrack samples - Play the "Rushed Licensed Adventure" point-and-click game
posted by Rhaomi on Mar 9, 2014 - 84 comments

7 Visionary Women Who Paved The Way For Electronic Music

7 Visionary Women Who Paved The Way For Electronic Music
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 9, 2014 - 50 comments

Sometimes let the train be late.

I've seen a lot of great bands play public transportation, and TOO MANY ZOOZ is the cream of the crop.
posted by Lutoslawski on Mar 7, 2014 - 13 comments

Six Degrees Records: a world of sound, streaming online

Six Degrees Records is a record label based in San Francisco that represents a range of "world music" sounds. You can dig into their discography through official mixes from the label or the usual array of samplers on Soundcloud, or listen to a ton of complete albums from 17 artists and groups on Bandcamp, from Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Touré to the man who made the label, Karsh Kale, who is considered one of the pioneering figures in defining the Asian Underground genre, to the Brazilian singer/songwriter, Céu and the Iranian singer and musician, Azam Ali. If this is all too overwhelming, just grab the free 10-track sampler.
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 7, 2014 - 8 comments

in the 7 kingdoms ain't nobody righteous

Catch the Throne (soundcloud) is a Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, and others. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Mar 7, 2014 - 29 comments

"I guess I’m an artist. That’s my super power."

A short and sweet 10-minute documentary on musician and artist Daniel Johnston. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 6, 2014 - 14 comments

von Karajan in diapers

Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. (Wiki). Case in point (SLYT)
posted by growabrain on Mar 6, 2014 - 9 comments

From the... erm... more than 5 boroughs.

Who is each borough of London's best selling music act? [more inside]
posted by panaceanot on Mar 6, 2014 - 29 comments

Necessary Fictophones

Since the taxonomical work of Erich Moritz von Hornbostel and Curt Sachs* in the early twentieth century, organologists have classified musical instruments into four major categories, each distinguished by its primary sound-producing mechanism: idiophones (vibrating body), membranophones (vibrating membrane), chordophones (vibrating strings) and aerophones (vibrating air columns). Beyond these basic divisions, scholars have proposed such logically consistent additions as electrophones (for electronic instruments) and corpophones (for the human body as a source of sound). We propose a seventh category: fictophones, for imaginary musical instruments. Existing as diagrams, drawings or written descriptions, these devices never produce a sound. Yet they are no less a part of musical culture for that. Indeed, fictophones represent an essential if hitherto unrecognized domain of musical thought and activity, and it is in order to catalog these conceptual artifacts that we have established the first institution of its kind: The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments.
posted by carsonb on Mar 5, 2014 - 19 comments

"To me, looping is a fundamental aid to creativity"

Musician Matthew Herbert presents a half hour program for BBC Radio 4 on The Art of the Loop. (Herbert's personal contract for the creation of music.) [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 5, 2014 - 41 comments

Children of Music

Victor Wooten discusses being born into a musical family in a TED talk entitled Music as a Language. In contrast, Alex Lifeson as a teenager clashes with his parents about choosing music over school in an excerpt from the documentary Come On Children.
posted by mannequito on Mar 4, 2014 - 15 comments

Perfect Lives

"And let it be set down, Bob was one of the most amazing composers of the 20th century, and the greatest genius of 20th-century opera. I don’t know how long it’s going to take the world to recognize that. And it hardly matters. He knew it. That the world was too stupid to keep up was not his problem." Robert Ashley dies at 83. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Mar 4, 2014 - 14 comments

Waiting on you

Last night, the synthpop band Future Islands (previously on MF) previewed their new LP performingSeasons (Waiting On You)” on Late Show with David Letterman. Singer Samuel T. Herring’s performance is always something to behold, but his gravely shouts and epic dance moves had a particular effect on Letterman, who seemed even more jazzed than usual.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 4, 2014 - 32 comments

The Year of the Beard

Molly Lewis' (Previously: 1, 2, 3): The Year of the Beard. Starring a few familiar faces. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 4, 2014 - 5 comments

The Audience is Listening (when you're done with the code)

There are many, many random numbers involved in the score for the piece. Every time I ran the C-program, it produced a new "performance".... The one we chose had that conspicuous descending tone that everybody liked. It just happened to end up real loud in that version.
James Moorer relates the rather unexpected manner in which he composed one of the one of the world's best known pieces of computer generated music: "Deep Note" from the THX trailer. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Mar 4, 2014 - 15 comments

A simple, concise and informative primer:

THE 14 SYNTHESIZERS THAT SHAPED MODERN MUSIC
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 3, 2014 - 97 comments

Carnaval 2014: Samba and beyond

It's that time of the year again! Get your party on with a selection of alternative Carnaval rythms:

minha carne é de carnaval

DEBOCHE vol.02 - Obscure Axé, Ijexá, Calipso, Lambada and Fricote from Bahia 1980 - 1989

Pancadão das Marchinhas 2014 — classic marchinhas remade by baile funk mcs

A Espetacular Charanga do França: Charanga meets cumbia, maxixe, jazz, samba & ragga. (vinyl)

Bloco Thriller Elétrico — Michael Jackson remade as marchinhas

Rasterinha — baile funk goes back to its axé roots
posted by Tom-B on Mar 1, 2014 - 3 comments

The Staunton Lick

"This is basic plucking... or... The Staunton Lick. Hold down the chord of C...pluck a fretted bass string with the right hand... and pluck the first, second and third string altogether with the right hand."
posted by panaceanot on Mar 1, 2014 - 41 comments

You once tried to make a hot air balloon out of bedsheets.

St. Vincent Has Crafted a Magnificent Mythology on Her Own Terms: The Village Voice interviews Annie Clark, who's touring for her latest album. Videos from the album thus far: Digital Witness and Birth in Reverse.
posted by Cash4Lead on Feb 28, 2014 - 29 comments

Pop has eaten itself and has a sugar high

Give me Choco! (SLYT) is the new single/video from Babymetal. Babymetal is what you get when a J-Pop Idol group goes full Death Metal. As the wikipedia article drily remarks, "none of the three members knew what metal music was before the inception of the band." Ear-meltingly metal and eye-meltingly kawaii, in a disturbingly perkygoth way, you can find more here, here, and here. [more inside]
posted by cstross on Feb 28, 2014 - 52 comments

I WANT YOU, NA NA

Ali Graham's Beyonce VS Zombies
posted by cashman on Feb 28, 2014 - 3 comments

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