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A taxonomy of high male voices, both classical and popular

Men Getting High: Falsettists, Countertenors, Pop, Rock, and Opera
posted by rollick on May 19, 2013 - 31 comments

We can’t download a banh mi.

Chris Richards, formerly of DC post-punk outfit Q and Not U asks: Are foodies quietly killing rock and roll?
posted by capnsue on May 11, 2013 - 95 comments

if it's the last thing we ever do...

Well, folks, Eric Burdon turned 72 today. And the man deserves some props, you know, for Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood and It's My Life and We Gotta Get Out of This Place and Don't Bring Me Down and a few other tunes as well. Oh, and he brought House of the Rising Sun to, yeah, a whole new generation. Happy birthday, Eric.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 11, 2013 - 24 comments

Nuggets joins the Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Garage Swim is a free, downloadable garage rock compilation put together by Adult Swim. It features the leading lights of the scene, including Jeff The Brotherhood, Thee Oh Sees, and King Khan.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on May 9, 2013 - 8 comments

Dinosaurs are still alive!

Dinosaur Jr. live at Umass 1986. Murph had hair!
posted by vrakatar on Apr 27, 2013 - 10 comments

The Naked Edge

Layton Kor, one of the world's most prolific and admired rock climbers, has died. [more inside]
posted by gruchall on Apr 27, 2013 - 10 comments

"Tell them what really happened, Sting."

A joint interview with the Police from April 2000. A career-spanning reminiscence rich with bickering, musical insights, and curse words. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Apr 13, 2013 - 37 comments

If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman

Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace talks about her first year as a woman since publically coming out as transgender last year. She'll address it further on Against Me!'s upcoming album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Laura Jane has already played the title track live, along with other songs from it like Osama bin Laden as the Crucified Christ. The album may have been delayed by the departure of their fourth drummer, Jay 'son of Max' Weinberg. Punknews has officially endorsed Mikey Erg as a replacement.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Apr 9, 2013 - 24 comments

When I walk into a room I do not light it up

Anthemic indie rock band The National have just released 'Demons', the first single off their upcoming album Trouble Will Find Me. The band is perhaps best known for their song Mr November and its association with the Obama reelection campaign.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Apr 8, 2013 - 70 comments

Hands down the illest ventriloquist this side of the Mississippi River

To celebrate the release soulful Southern fried stoner rock band Clutch's new album, Earth Rocker, LA Weekly have put together a list of the Top Ten Awesomely Absurd and Absurdly Awesome Clutch Lyrics. It doubles as an introduction to Clutch, though you can just jump into the title track and Crucial Velocity from Earth Rocker.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 21, 2013 - 23 comments

Laura Marling

Singer-songwriter Laura Marling will release her latest album, Once I Was an Eagle, this May. She's shared a first song off of it, "Where Can I Go?" [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 20, 2013 - 11 comments

Energyne/Barco/Draino hot shot/Whack attack/Helium/N2O/Formaldehyde

The Cramps ripped it up, madly channeling the sordid specters of rock 'n roll's past while staying true to its psychedelic future, even when voxman Lux Interior was a lean 59 years old. The first show from their last-ever tour does nothing but prove it. [more inside]
posted by item on Mar 20, 2013 - 20 comments

Eddie guested on Frasier with Moose who was in My Dog Skip w/Kevin Bacon

How I Know Eddie Van Halen (an exercise in the history of Rock & Roll collaboration, in 182 steps.)
posted by radwolf76 on Mar 20, 2013 - 17 comments

The 100 Most Influential Singles of the 1960s

The 100 Most Influential Singles of the 1960s. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by item on Mar 18, 2013 - 66 comments

Somewhere between Elvis and the Lone Ranger

An interview with Jimmy Ellis and Gail Brewer Giorgio. (yt) [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Mar 17, 2013 - 1 comment

Contempt for every institution, except Fugazi

Punk rocker John Roderick thinks Punk Rock is Bullshit.
posted by chrchr on Mar 6, 2013 - 181 comments

Six six six is no longer alone.

Genesis, fronted by Peter Gabriel, live in 1973, presented in full 1080p high definition. [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Mar 2, 2013 - 58 comments

Where no bird can fly no fish can swim til The King is born in Tupelo!

Rock’n'roll as spontaneous Paganism: Mick Farren on Nick Cave, Elvis and the Devil is an essay by the author of Gathering Of The Tribe: A look at the role of the occult in music through key albums. Another excerpt is Punk-Esotericism: The Occult Roots of the Wu-Tang Clan
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 comments

Deus as Machina

The God Machine formed in San Diego in 1990, and within a year or so had moved to London. Between then and their untimely demise in 1994, they would record two albums – Scenes From The Second Storey and One Last Laugh In A Place Of Dying – a handful of EPs and a particularly intense Peel Session. They're one of the great unsung bands of the 1990s, and though short-lived, they were a bridge between their predecessors – Black Sabbath, Swans, Janes Addiction – and those they would subsequently influence, such as Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. They were heavy but they were much more than that too. [more inside]
posted by Len on Feb 22, 2013 - 8 comments

I'm in love with Massachusetts! And the neon when it's cold outside

A bill to declare "Roadrunner" the official rock song of Massachusetts will be filed on February 14.
posted by anelsewhere on Feb 13, 2013 - 142 comments

Winner's History of Rock and Roll

Grantland's Steven Hyden writes the winner's history of rock and roll, in four parts (so far), and charts the death of rock music as a major pop-cultural force in the 21st century by looking at some (not necessarily well-loved) bands that helped to transform it into a Big Business: Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith (and coming up in the next installment, Metallica). Rock isn't dead, by any means. But for better or worse, it ain't what it used to be.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jan 31, 2013 - 82 comments

They were your Joey Ramone

Sleater-Kinney's lastest show (The "S" is the introduction. Audio here.) [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jan 28, 2013 - 39 comments

One Day This Chalk Outline Will Circle This City

The Mars Volta is no more, lead singer and self-described 'Latin Danzig' Cedric Bixler-Zavala announced on twitter early this morning. Not coincidentally, this came on the heels of bandmate Omar Rodríguez-López' new band, Bosnian Rainbows, releasing the first track from their upcoming album on soundcloud: Torn Maps. [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Jan 24, 2013 - 24 comments

"All the groupies were at the Led Zeppelin concert."

"Prog Rock Brittania" is a BBC documentary about the great (and/or pretentious) bands that made up the UK's contribution to a somewhat controversial musical genre. Direct link seems to be busted, but Youtube saves the day: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
posted by bardic on Jan 18, 2013 - 31 comments

Kids Rock

Here's the second most adorable version of Sweet Child O' Mine ever played. Here's the first (previously). Not Cute enough? Here's little Jonah rocking along with some System of a Down. Kids rock.
posted by billyfleetwood on Jan 14, 2013 - 20 comments

JADED PUNK HULK

JADED PUNK HULK HAS HILARIOUS OPINIONS ABOUT PUNK. JADED PUNK HULK ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS. Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms DENIES HE IS JADED PUNK HULK. JADED PUNK HULK interviews Brian Fallon from Gaslight Anthem. Part 2.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jan 14, 2013 - 31 comments

Nothing Else Matters

Kathryn Bigelow's striking bin Laden manhunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty arrives in wide release tonight on the heels of a final artful trailer -- one with oddly familiar musical accompaniment. The funereal hymn, a cover of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" (lyrics), deftly recasts the 90s power ballad as a haunting dirge of quiet grief, shattered ideals, and a singleminded focus on revenge, a perfect distillation of the film's profoundly grim thesis. But while the song may be fitting, it wasn't composed for the project -- it's just the latest success story from Belgian women's choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers, whose mournful reinterpretations of classic and modern rock -- catapulted by their rendition of "Creep" in The Social Network -- have made them famous around the world, with star turns in the likes of Homeland ("Every Breath You Take") and Downton Abbey ("With or Without You"). Cover comparison site WhoSampled offers a list of YouTube comparisons between the covers and the originals; look inside for more of their work in movies and television. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 11, 2013 - 46 comments

Scenes from a Curriculum Vitae: Ike Turner & Associates

On piano at 71: Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
On piano at 20: Howlin' Wolf - How Many More Years
On guitar at 34 and on fire at 26: Ike and Tina Turner - Shake·A Fool in Love·It's Gonna Work Out Fine·Please, Please, Please·Goodbye, So Long [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Jan 4, 2013 - 11 comments

IT'S ALRIIIIGHT! IT'S OKAAAY! I'M MATT MOTHERFUCKING DIECKMAN!

I WAS CONCEIVED! ON THE EVE! OF THE FOURTH OF JULYYYYY!
WHEN MY DADDY DIED, YOU COULD HEAR THE BALD EAGLES CALL HIS NAME!


AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU GET OFF, YOU GET PAID!
YOU GO OUT, AND BUY THINGS FOR ONLY NINETY-NINE CENTS!


HEY! HOT BITCHES! GIVE ME SOME PUSSAY!

LE-VIT-RA VERSUS VIAG-RA!

— Memorable moments from the songs of Phil Buckman, AKA I Hate You When You're Pregnant. All his songs are available for free here. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Dec 30, 2012 - 15 comments

iTunes Music Festival

For the 2012 iTunes Music Festival, 65 acts (including P!nk, One Direction, David Guetta , Jessie J, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Andrea Bocelli, Matchbox Twenty, Muse and many others) performed at the Roundhouse in London throughout the month of September. 40 performances are available in full online. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 29, 2012 - 9 comments

Excello Records roundup

From the early fifties to the mid-seventies, the Nashville based Excello Records released the kind of raw blues, R&B, and rock & roll that maybe wasn't ever going to make it to the Top 40, but was full of grit and sweat and soul, for those who liked their American roots music unadulterated. Their most well-known release was probably Slim Harpo's Baby Scratch My Back, but rocking blues like Lazy Lester's I Hear You Knockin' and Leroy Washington's Wild Cherry are little unpolished gems which deserved their place on any self-respecting cheap bar's juke box. Lowdown blues like Lonesome Sundown's My Home Is a Prison also found a welcome home at Excello, as did tunes that blurred the distinctions between country/rockabilly and R&B, like Lazy Lester's I'm A Lover Not A Fighter, and latin-tinged swamp-rock chuggers like Charles Sheffield's It's Your Voodoo Working. Then there were the straight up country tunes (reminiscent of that classic early Johnny Cash sound) like Al Ferrier's I'm the Man, or rough-hewn, raucous rockabilly like Johnny Jano's Havin' A Whole Lotta Fun. In short, Excello Records was a microcosm of the sound of the South, and though their artists mostly never achieved much in the way of wider national fame, they are an important part of the patchwork quilt of American pop music history. The tunes included in this post are just the tip of the iceberg: there's so much to explore from this one amazing little label. Happy searching!
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 26, 2012 - 7 comments

Luminol

Luminol, a song by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame, performed live in Mexico City. 12 minutes long and worth every minute.
posted by Rory Marinich on Dec 13, 2012 - 11 comments

Led Zeppelin - Royal Albert Hall, January 9, 1970

Led Zeppelin - Royal Albert Hall, January 9, 1970 (previously) [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Dec 3, 2012 - 18 comments

Houses of the Holy

Creating Art from Failure. Take one epochal album by one of rock's legendary bands (called "one of the dullest and most confusing albums I've heard this year" by Rolling Stone on its release.) Name it after the nickname the band has given the venues where they appear, and for which they had written a song, which they neglected to put on the album itself. And then there's the album cover ... [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 3, 2012 - 151 comments

Into the Future

Hey! The Bad Brains have a new album out! You can give it a spin here at ye olde You Tubes.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 20, 2012 - 35 comments

This one's called "Bodies," y'awl.

The first Sex Pistols show in the USA. (audio only) Atlanta, GA, January 5, 1978.
posted by BoringPostcards on Nov 16, 2012 - 17 comments

∆, pronounced Alt-J, Mac users will get it

Alt-J (∆) are a British art rock band who play low-key but ambitious music and have done well lately, been nominated for the Mercury Prize and broken into the UK top 20, while remaining somewhat anonymous and now they're starting to get noticed in the US. But you don't have to take my word for them being quite good, they've put their whole debut album, An Awesome Wave, up on their SoundCloud page, along with a bunch of other music, or you can check out their videos. You can also watch an entire concert in high definition and good sound quality recorded by KEXP in Seattle.
posted by Kattullus on Oct 26, 2012 - 36 comments

"This is a job for a stupid man . . . "

Twenty years ago today: "I'm calm now / I've calmed down / but I'm shaking . . ." [more inside]
posted by chaff on Oct 10, 2012 - 31 comments

Psychedelic Furballs

I Haz A Catnip In Mah Head
posted by empath on Oct 5, 2012 - 26 comments

Great White Wonder: Bob Dylan and the birth of Rock Bootlegs and Album Leaks

In the summer of 1969, two guys pressed a few thousand records with white label stickers, and packaged them in nondescript white sleeves. They didn't have their own cars to deliver the records so they borrowed friends' cars, and the record ended up throughout California, with copies getting airplay at 5 southern California radio stations. The music wasn't their own recordings, but unreleased material from Bob Dylan. The recording became known as the Great White Wonder, "the entertainment industry's first truly hip situation comedy" (in other words, the first bootleg ever to be produced in the rock-and-roll era). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 3, 2012 - 24 comments

The Krew Kats

The Krew Kats were an instrumental surf-rock act out of England in the very early 60s. Cut from the same cloth, you might say, as the much more well known stateside crew The Ventures. But the Krew Kats had a playful, surprising, inventive and gloriously dopey sound all their own. As far as I can tell, their total recorded output consists of seven songs, all of which are available for your listening pleasure here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 3, 2012 - 13 comments

Puppet Guitar Rock

It's 1983. Put Eddie Van Halen and Brian May in a room together. The result? Of course, Star Fleet, a cover of the theme from the children's marionette tokusatsu series broadcast Saturday mornings in the U.K.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on Oct 1, 2012 - 15 comments

Jim Morrison, Oafus Laureate

Lester Bangs, rock critic extraordinaire and pop provocateur, made the argument for the Lizard King as the punk rock godfather in this 1981 Creem magazine defense of Jim Morrison., via Dangerous Minds.
posted by Isadorady on Sep 30, 2012 - 38 comments

Talking Heads: Live in Rome 1980 full concert

Talking Heads, Live in Rome, 1980 The Talking Heads concert film you haven't seen: the show that would eventually be recorded in the (awesome) concert film Stop Making Sense 3 years later, recorded while it was still a bit weird and uncertain. And therefore, wonderful. [more inside]
posted by BoringPostcards on Sep 15, 2012 - 67 comments

Playin' in a Travelin' Band

Springsteen in the USA: 40 years of Touring as a Study in Spatial Diffusion "As a geographer, 1500+ shows over 40 years is an opportunity to map...how phenomenons such as innovation, fashion, or disease spread geographically. Except in this case the contagion is rock ‘n roll."
posted by Miko on Sep 13, 2012 - 21 comments

all the motels were overflowing with groupies

The Rolling Stones rock Warhol's East Hampton Pad, Montauk 1975 - Half way through the tour, Truman Capote met the group in Kansas City. In tow was his new best friend, Lee Radziwill. The mix of rock royalty and Fortunate Four Hundred did not work well. Jagger hated Capote’s mincing manners, and Capote called Mick – "…a scared little boy… about as sexy as a pissing toad." Stones guitarist Keith Richards welcomed the cultured Radziwill by banging on her hotel door that night, screaming "Princess Radish… C'mon you old tart, there’s a party going’ downstairs!"
posted by madamjujujive on Sep 8, 2012 - 44 comments

My name is GRiZ

GRiZ - Mad Liberation. Take a 21 year old bedroom producer from Michigan, raise them on the the internet with a near complete access to the history of modern music with a focus on electronic/dance and apparently you get this incredibly humanistic and cross-cultural album that's both homage, monument and appropriation of hundreds of influences in modern music in an incredibly dubby dubstep framework. (Free album download here.)
posted by loquacious on Sep 5, 2012 - 67 comments

Out of all the rocks on Mars

The Curiosity rover is preparing to use its rock vaporizing laser for the first time, on a rock labelled as N165. Rock N165 has a twitter account. People are chatting to it.
posted by memebake on Aug 19, 2012 - 99 comments

The Love That Won't Shut Up

On Halloween night 1992, a skinny, gravel-voiced man in a blue dress and horn-rim glasses took the stage at a tiny Atlanta dive bar/strip club along with his band, The Opal Foxx Quartet (which was not a four-piece; around a dozen people crowded the dark, low-ceilinged space). This would be their final show, and it's a barn-burner. [more inside]
posted by BoringPostcards on Aug 17, 2012 - 20 comments

RIP Jason Noble

Diagnosed in 2009 with synovial sarcoma, Jason Noble of Rodan, Rachel's, and Shipping News passed away August 4th. Video: Rodan, Rachel's, Shipping News.
posted by safetyfork on Aug 10, 2012 - 24 comments

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