was a live, orchestrated performance by the New Japan Philharmonic of many of the songs from the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. Unlike most other video game soundtracks, which are essentially recordings of game music, all of the pieces for Smashing...Live! are completely re-arranged and fully orchestrated." [SLYPlaylist] [more inside]
The 1998 hit "The Way" by Fastball
was based on the real-life disappearance of an elderly couple in Texas
: The song’s lyrics -- about an elderly couple who disappears from their home, finding immortality on the road -- seem sweet. That is, until "shadows" on the highway are referenced. The promises that the unnamed couple will never go home, grow old, or be hungry again seem a great deal less reassuring. Perhaps, the listener thinks, the "immortality" they found on the open road is purely allegorical.
The Root's ?uestlove on the invisibilizing of Black culture...
"...you can point to this as proof of hip-hop’s success. The concept travels. But where has it traveled? The danger is that it has drifted into oblivion. The music originally evolved to paint portraits of real people and handle real problems at close range — social contract, anyone? — but these days, hip-hop mainly rearranges symbolic freight on the black starliner. Containers on the container ship are taken from here to there — and never mind the fact that they may be empty containers. Keep on pushin’ and all that, but what are you pushing against?" [more inside]
are a Seattle based free improvisation group that have released their album, Cycles Per Instruction
as a Linux kernel module. [more inside]
George & Jonathan are an electronic music duo. They make nice songs with many bleeps and bloops. Here is the website where you can listen to and watch their new album, III. [WebGL required, i.e., use Chrome. It's worth it, honest.]
YouTube user Frank Huang posts full live sets of metal/grindcore
, many from Brooklyn's St. Vitus
bar, including: Pig Destroyer
(@ Santos), Whores.
, KEN MODE
(@ Hellfest), Pelican
, and naturally Saint Vitus
In Boiler Room
's Beats Unraveled
video series, Binkbeats
) performs live versions of electronic music songs that he loves. [more inside]
Well, you came out of nowhere like a Berkeley pedestrian [more inside]
You stole my heart just like a San Francisco crackhead stole my bike
You drive me crazy like those West Marin hippies
But you're the kind of Northern Californian that I like ♫ ♫
Bafo da Onça mix
by Pepe Sol for Sabrosa
Sabrosa Son Sistema
: purveyors of sound system cultures
originating from the cities and islands of the Caribbean, Africa & Latin America.
Or flammable sound waves and music. Danish Fysikshow
demonstrates a 2-D Rubens' tube (wiki
Ladies and gentlemen, I share with you today – the latest beat from off the street, the mashup sensation that’s sweeping
the internet nation. It's DJ Faroff’s latest groovechild Mash Machine
, starring the Godfather of Soul, the Doors, dueling riffs from Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and
AC/DC. With special guest appearances from the Soul Train line dancers, the Pink Panther and a cowbell.
The world of video game music has blossomed in recent years, enough to support live concert tours
and bestselling albums
. But while most such work is licensed or contracted out to third-party composers, a rare breed make their living at a single company, imbuing entire franchises with their unique sound. And apart from Nintendo's venerable Koji Kondo
, there is perhaps no dedicated gaming composer more renowned than Martin O'Donnell
. From humble beginnings writing the jingle for Flintstones Vitamins
, O'Donnell and longtime collaborator Michael Salvatori
joined developer Bungie in 1997, penning music for Myth
, and most notably the Halo trilogy
-- an iconic blend
of sweeping orchestral bombast
, haunting choirs
, and electronic ambience
that became one of the most acclaimed and successful gaming soundtracks of all time. O'Donnell also helmed Bungie's audio department, managing voice actors
, sound effects
, and an innovative dynamic music engine
, and was most recently working with Paul McCartney
on the score for the upcoming Destiny
. So it came as a surprise today when it was announced MartyTheElder was being terminated without cause
(flabbergasted reaction: HBO
). With O'Donnell following Joseph Staten
, Frank O'Connor
, Marcus Lehto
, and other Bungie veterans out the door, what might this mean for the company and its decade-long plan for Destiny? [more inside]
If cruising through neon wireframe landscapes is your kind of thing, and previous mefi posts
haven’t satisfied your burning desire for synth wave/retro electro/neo 80s
, then perhaps you would be interested in a few of the following albums... [more inside]
The Nordic Society for Invention & Discovery
has brought never-before-seen and totally exclusive technologies into the world, such as the Aaltopuck
(an ice hockey puck modeled after Alvar Aalto's Savoy Vase
), the Flower Shell
(a shotgun shell that shoots seeds into the ground
), the Wall of Sound
(an 8000-watt iPod dock
) and No More Woof
(a device that wraps around your dog's head and translates his or her brain waves to computerized speech
In order to combat public defecation in India, the UN has created an anthropomorphic cartoon turd
with a tune that's catchy as hell.
Górecki's 4th Symphony
premiered this past weekend. Left unfinished, but near completion, at his death, it has been now been finished by his son, Mikołaj Górecki, who describes the work as "very different from its immediate predecessor … and is closer to monumental works like Symphony No 2
or Beatus Vir
and to later pieces with Tatra folk influences such as the Little Requiem
." The immediate predecessor, Symphony No 3
, was hugely successful, selling over a million CD copies. The Guardian hosts the video
of the performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and tells the story behind the posthumous premiere.
Animator Adam Brown took two Calvin and Hobbes comics as keyframes and animated the pair in motion, with some sound: dancing in the forest
; GIF without the background
) and a fireside tiger attack
). [more inside]
The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie.
No grave site, no photograph. Forget that — no anecdotes. This is what set Geeshie and Elvie apart even from the rest of an innermost group of phantom geniuses of the ’20s and ’30s. Their myth was they didn’t have anything you could so much as hang a myth on.
Five years ago, Alfred Weisberg-Roberts, aka Alfred Darlington (more widely known as Daedelus
) finally released an album with his wife, Laura Darlington
, under the group name The Long Lost
. And it's beautiful, light and airy orchestral pop that owes a greater debt to Caetano Veloso than Coldcut
, the style of music that might not out of place being played live in a knitting shop
, which could seem a bit strange for a group releasing their music on Ninja Tune
. For further fond words, The Gaslamp Killer considered their album one of his top picks for 2009
, and here's a nice interview with Alfred and Laura
. But we're really here for the music, so here's their self-titled album, streaming on Grooveshark
. [more inside]
The Delian Mode (Kara Blake, 2009)
- A 25-minute documentary about composer and pioneering electronic musician Delia Derbyshire
, perhaps most familiar to Mefites for writing the theme song for "Doctor Who".
My head just exploded because the the two epic spiraling vortexes of iconic American pop have met and merged and made my head explode and it's exploded. Like a Rolling Sex Machine
Even Ace Frehley Thinks Kiss Is a Circus.
Frehley thoughtfully discusses the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
You can listen
to the new song
"Player" by LA dance-pop band Dessert
. Or you can just go to Hello-Dessert.net
and get the full experience.
is an alternative publication based in Indianapolis that released a list of the 100 greatest albums that in some way have roots in the state of Indiana
. The list includes everything from hip-hop
to the obvious
. Contributors include DJs and record store owners from across the state.
Diana’s challenge to the monarchy was that she took its nickname – The Firm – literally. She had been fired by the firm, and like a true entrepreneur she set up her own business as its competitor, disrupting it by doing exactly the same things – touring the world, visiting the poor or sick or industrious – with less protocol and more agility. The ultimate 80s icon was taking 80s politics to its unthinkable conclusion: privatise the monarchy. To do it, she used things the Royal Family could hardly touch – the media; youth; even pop.
Music journalist Tom Ewing's ongoing coverage of every UK #1 single reaches the biggest seller of them all: Elton John's Candle in the Wind 97.
: bleakly euphoric music by Jon Hopkins
; harrowing video - perfectly married to the music - by director Tom Haines. Hopkins says 'Collider' is the best track he's ever written
. It's the centrepiece of his critically acclaimed
2013 album Immunity
. [more inside]
Over a thousand people from around the world have made their own videos for Pharrell Williams' song Happy. [more inside]
and Lisa Coleman
may best be remembered as members of Prince's Revolution.
While still recording new music together
, they have also been composing for film and television,
Come for the funk, stay for the Aerosmith easter egg inserted into one of their songs, but put on some sort of pads or protective gear, as these women
are about to kick your ass
Imagine Joy Division grew up in Moscow, Idaho, a small college town
with a surprising connection
to the Manchester scene. Imagine that Ian Curtis was exposed to hipster irony and decided he wanted to have a bit of fun with all that doom & gloom
. You might have something like this
. Or maybe this
. (No, really
Chad VanGaalen animates a surreal drive through Hollywood in the video for Timber Timbre's Beat the Drum Slowly
. VanGaalen also produces animations for his own music: Molten Light
, Flower Gardens
, Clinically Dead
, Peace on the Rise
and Red Hot Drops
. Some imagery slightly NWS.
Who says you can't make money as a musician in the 21st century? Ann Arbor funk band Vulfpeck have figured out how to use Spotify royalties to fund their tour
, enabling fans to attend shows for free. [more inside]
Dan Ozzi talks to Sheryl Zelikson, Late Show
music producer, about how she selects guests, what goes into booking the musical segment, and how to get your band on the show. Tonight's Musical Guest: How Late Show with David Letterman Books Its Acts
"Dylan was bad in the '80s because to be anything else would've been dishonest." Steven Hyden (who else?) has found a way to appreciate '80s Dylan
: "It's about appreciating the subtext of records that are more fun to think about than to listen to."
Ever wonder where the "House
" in "House Music" comes from? In 1977, a young DJ named Frankie Knuckles
started DJing at a club called the Warehouse in Chicago
, bringing the new style of continuously mixing dance records with him
, and perfecting it
, just as cheap electronic drum machines enabled anyone to put together a dance record in their basement. All the people whose minds were being blown by the new music went to the local record stores to demand "Warehouse Music", and the world of music was changed forever
Frankie Knuckles died today
, leaving a legacy that started in the '70s and carries on to the Grammy-winning success of acts like Daft Punk today.
Coltrane in "A love supreme" sessions.
"Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart
was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes. Recently, his son David was browsing through his archives when he found six undeveloped rolls of film from December 1964, 50 years ago.. They portrayed saxophonist John Coltrane . . . with his quartet, making a work that would soon be hailed as a masterpiece and a landmark of 20th-century music: A Love Supreme." [more inside]
February was a great month for hip hop aficionados, what with De La Soul's Valentines gift of their entire back catalog free for download
and filthy light thief's extensive post on producer J Dilla
. But if that wasn't enough peanut butter and chocolate for you, here's some more mixed all together just like you like: Smell the DA.I.S.Y.
is a new mix tape from De La Soul featuring some re-worked vocals over unreleased Dilla beats.
“How do you manage to breathe enough to play that thing?” Good question. It’s one I’ve asked myself a lot lately because until recently, I hadn’t practiced the tuba regularly in—(these are confessions from the tuba world, right?)—a decade, not since I took lessons in college. I’ve continued to play for TubaChristmas, for fun whenever my dad or brother feel like jamming, and for sundry church functions—just enough to warrant owning my own tuba. But, in January, I was asked to join a local British-style brass band for their upcoming competition in April. Not wanting to be the weakest link, as I suspected I was, I instated a weekly practice goal: a minimum of a half hour, four times a week. Let me tell you, a lot of rust accumulates in ten years.