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“...a sinister flirtation with minimalist funk,”

Deerhunter - Snakeskin [YouTube] Atlanta art-rock band Deerhunter announced its seventh LP, Fading Frontier, Sunday, and premiered the abstract video for its lead single, "Snakeskin." Fading Frontier comes out Oct. 16 on 4AD. via: NPR Music
posted by Fizz on Aug 17, 2015 - 7 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Tom Jones

Courtesy of Turkish YouTube user Burç Arda Gül, highlights from This is Tom Jones, a variety show that ran on ATV in the UK and ABC in the US from 1969-1971.
Raise Your Hand, with Janis Joplin
Delta Lady, with Joe Cocker
Medley, with Stevie Wonder
Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home, with Tony Bennett
I Walk the Line, with Johnny and June Carter Cash
Hard to Handle, with some enthusiastic audience members.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Aug 15, 2015 - 30 comments

The official White House spotify channel

The White House released two Spotify playlists of songs on Friday morning, one for day and one for night, that were hand-picked by President Barack Obama. [more inside]
posted by adept256 on Aug 15, 2015 - 35 comments

An oral history of Lollapalooza '95

Alternative nation’s last stand: Lollapalooza 1995, an oral history (WPost)
posted by OmieWise on Aug 15, 2015 - 32 comments

Hai! 🚀 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🍦yes yes 🍦 yes yes yes

The music video for Earthly's “Ice Cream”, from their album Days.
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 14, 2015 - 9 comments

"Before Destiny’s Child came along, it was the Pointer Sisters."

Anita Pointer: Civil-Rights Activist, Pop Star, and Serious Collector of Black Memorabilia [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Aug 14, 2015 - 11 comments

Apparently I am still indestructible

Lemmy is as much a collection of myths and legends as a man. In the popular imagination, he’s made up of equal parts Jack Daniel’s, amphetamine sulphate, Nazi memorabilia and extreme-velocity noise.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 14, 2015 - 47 comments

Au Revoir, Mogadishu Vol. 1 — Songs From Before The War

"This Mix (Soundcloud) of '70s and '80s Somali sound is a rich blend of traditional Somali folk music infused with Western funk, rock and reggae and a touch of Indian, Arabic and African flavors. There are hardly any proper releases of this soulful sound of guitar, synthesizer and drums. I spent some months finding, compiling and editing rips of TV and live recordings on old VHS tapes and radio broadcasts to cassette tapes and here is what I got. Enjoy! With love from Mogadishu." [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Aug 14, 2015 - 7 comments

Won't You Say Their Names?

This song is a vessel. It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our black brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue. Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves ... Won't you say their names? Earlier today, Janelle Monáe and her record label Wondaland Records released the protest song "Hell You Talmbout," after leading a march protesting police brutality in Philadelphia (warning for autoplaying video). [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Aug 13, 2015 - 26 comments

oKILLy doKILLy

Meet the world's first Ned Flanders-themed metal band. “In reality, this is all just an over-the-top attempt at getting Matt Groening’s autograph, even if it comes on a cease and desist letter.” Here's a direct link to their demo album.
posted by moonmilk on Aug 13, 2015 - 31 comments

More Philly than the Rocky Theme

"Move closer to your world, my friend / Take a little bit of time"

When you think of Philadelphia music, you may think of the Rocky theme, you may think of Philly Soul, or you may think of The Dead Milkmen, but no song is Philly quite like The Channel 6 Action News Theme, "Move Closer to Your World" [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Aug 12, 2015 - 48 comments

St Anthony St Anthony, Please come round

St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson aka Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records by Mike Garry and Joe Duddell. More on the project here. Happy Mondays' Rowetta on Tony Wilson: 'He made you love Manchester'
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 12, 2015 - 7 comments

JK Rowling: "[he] has sat in a darkened room and been witty on paper..."

"He probably finds himself the most attractive person that you could possibly meet." James O'Briend, friend of Morrissey, in the documentary, The Importance of Being Morrissey (2003) [SLYT]. From the video details: "UK TV Documentary Narrated by Christopher Eccleston, With contributions from Johnny Marr, Alan Bennett, Kathy Burke, Noel Gallagher, Nancy Sinatra, Linder & others."
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 11, 2015 - 11 comments

Graceful Sunset Mix

“For any service that interoperates with content on the open web, yes, we think this is going to get more common, for the next little while anyway. Trends tend to be cyclical. We can all see where the current one is going, but it’s hard to say what the next swing of the pendulum might look like.” - Popular (at least on Metafilter) Music Discovery and Microblogging service This Is My Jam is shutting down, without screwing its users, but with some dire predictions about the open web.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 11, 2015 - 21 comments

"Re-Compositions, Not Covers"

Sam Amidon is a fiddler, guitarist, banjoist, and songwriter who writes and performs distinctly American music. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 11, 2015 - 10 comments

“Do you love me? Will you remember?”

This is the music video for “Sapokanikan” by Joanna Newsom, directed by P.T. Anderson. These are its lyrics.
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 10, 2015 - 53 comments

Sol's Song

A guitarist captures visible sound waves by placing a camera inside his guitar, pointing it towards the Sun, and making the strings dance.
posted by banal retentive on Aug 10, 2015 - 17 comments

In their defense, standards were lower back then

Being a review of the CDs I found in the used car I just bought
posted by Sebmojo on Aug 9, 2015 - 44 comments

The network is the music

Here's how to create and train your very own neural networks to compose classical music! Technical background, cool illustrations and music samples included.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Aug 9, 2015 - 14 comments

BadBadNotGood: the kids are alright (and jazz isn't dead)

Back in December 2011, three kids (none over 21) who were studying jazz bonded over their love of hip-hop, performed a live cover of Gucci Mane's "Lemonade". It was noisy and jammy, but jazzy, and the crowd loved it. The trio followed up with a live video titled The Odd Future Sessions Part 1, which got love and support from Tyler, The Creator. BadBadNotGood (BBNG) took off from there, and are still going .... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 8, 2015 - 8 comments

A Child Again

WNEW Sunday News Closeup interview with Marcy, November 1967. Sampled by various artists including Meat Beat Manifesto and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult.
posted by boo_radley on Aug 7, 2015 - 16 comments

After 35 Years, a Stolen Strad Reclaimed

I would love to tell you some bizarre story of the violin's travels through the underworld, but the true story is much more mundane, even pathetic.
posted by Peregrine Pickle on Aug 6, 2015 - 18 comments

100 Years of ...

[more inside]
posted by jillithd on Aug 6, 2015 - 11 comments

August 2015: The Metropolitan Opera abandons blackface

First reported in this article by Alison Kinney, writing about the legacy of African-Americans in Opera, and later picked up by the NYT. SLYT: Otello's monologue sung by James McCracken in 1983, and by Placido Domingo in 1991. Perhaps someday soon we can hear the rising star Issachah Savage sing this role at the Met.
posted by operalass on Aug 5, 2015 - 11 comments

Gentle Giant German TV ZDF 1974-Live Brussels film studio

In 1974 Christopher Nupen, the celebrated classical music director, invited the so-called progressive rock band Gentle Giant to record THIS CONCERT in a Brussels film studio to be broadcast as a 'Sunday Concert' on German television station ZDF.
posted by philip-random on Aug 4, 2015 - 12 comments

Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the La Scala Orchestra in Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony. Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's program notes on the piece. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's extended video about the piece's composition, "Why Italy?" [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 4, 2015 - 3 comments

The Gay DNA of House Music

"At Pyramid, die-hard leather clones inhaled amyl nitrate with nuclear goths and industrial transvestites."
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Aug 4, 2015 - 20 comments

Stax of Wax

"For almost 70 years, United Record Pressing [previously] has been in the business of pressing vinyl records. A quarter century ago, everyone thought those old black disks were going the way of the dodo. Then a few years ago, a funny thing happened: The kids started buying vinyl again. And now, one of Nashville’s oldest manufacturing businesses is growing to beat the band." -- "The Persistence of Vinyl" via The Bitter Southerner
posted by jim in austin on Aug 4, 2015 - 57 comments

“...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

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