plays in the band The Nunnery
and takes 35mm photographs
of the underground music scene in Boise, Idaho.
plays in the band Underpass
and takes 35mm photographs
of the DIY punk scene in Vancouver, British Columbia.
are an English instrumental band
who make Yann Tiersen-esque pop
. Their current touring show utilises "20 or so vintage lamps which are programmed to flash, flicker and fade in time to the music".
Kids Interview Bands
is a video interview series hosted by 7th graders Olivia and Connie. [more inside]
"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]
In March 1993 Bikini Kill toured the UK. "It Changed My Life
" is a film about that tour, with openers Huggy Bear
, & contributions by the Raincoats
, Sister George
, and Skinned Teen
. [more inside]
"Exploring Gender Bias in listening
Do men listen to different music than women do? Anecdotally, we can think of lots of examples that point to yes – it seems like more of One Direction’s fans are female, while more heavy metal fans are male, but let's take a look at some data to see if this is really the case
." An examination of music listening data from Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest
After two decades of absence, Slowdive
have reunited, and announced that they will play the Primavera
festival in Barcelona. In an interview with The Quietus
, Neil Halstead hinted that there might also be new material forthcoming. [more inside]
Ticket Wars: Why the Ticket Industry Is So Hated and How That's All About to Change
"A couple of economists at Northwestern University have developed a scheme to change everything. It's surprisingly simple, and, if it spreads throughout the industry, it could control the very thing that makes the industry so frustrating. Ticket prices will finally make sense." [more inside]
It's an open secret that many bands and solo artists allow fans to audio record their live performances for non-commercial trading. The Internet Archive's Live Music Section
is maintained by volunteers from etree.org
, and currently offers over 120,000 live performances from nearly 6000 bands
, for in-browser streaming as well as download in a variety of formats. [more inside]
The chant began less than two minutes into the first song. An undercurrent at first, just a few hecklers. But it got louder with repetition, each wave building on the last. Soon the chant threatened to drown out the band itself.
“Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!”
1986: Punk band Discharge goes hair metal
Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now
as voted by 'a panel of writers, industry figures and artists'. [more inside]
My Dad Was in a Band:
Stories from the children of dads who were in famous and not-so-famous bands, from the Byrds
to the Earl Warren Sextet
The Weirdest Band in the World
is a blog devoted to singers, musicians, and bands that are crazy
, or otherwise unusual
. Bloggers Andy and Jake write about bands both successful
, whether metal
, or whatever other genre
, always with an unflagging appreciation for what makes these bands unique, and with none of the snark and jeering that often laces articles elsewhere about people doing weird things. [more inside]
Phish has consistently been one of the most popular and lucrative touring acts in America, generating well over a quarter billion dollars in ticket sales. Yet, by other measures, the band isn’t popular at all... Phish doesn’t make money by selling music. They make money by selling live music, and that, it turns out, is a more durable business model.
) [more inside]
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
write music with a warmth and simplicity that really hits the spot on chilly autumn days. My favorite songs of theirs are Noodles
and Trees and Squirrels
; their better-known songs include Funeral Face
, Rent a Wreck
, and Loop Duplicate My Heart
A girl upon the shore did ask a favour of the sea;
"Return my blue eyed sailor boy safely back to me.
Forgive me if I ask too much, I will not ask for more,
but I shall weep until he sleeps safe upon the shore."
For nearly 20 years, Newfoundland group Great Big Sea
have been creating acoustic Celtic folk-rock covers and interpretations of traditional
Newfoundland and Labrador sea shanties
, fishing and party songs
, which draw from the island's rich 500-year-old multicultural (Irish, English, Scottish and French) heritage. [more inside]
The new video
from the band Chairlift
) doubles as a game of Choose Your Own Adventure and a meditation on the nature of choice.
from their goth
beginnings into the "quintessential" steampunk
band, complete with industrial dance
and world music
influences. Also, they created a pen & paper
role playing games Airship Pirates
based upon their song Airship Pirates
.. [more inside]
Better Than the Van
- free places to stay for bands on tour. Sorta like Couchsurfing, but for travelling musicians.
For Those Who Tried To Rock
is a blog about the bands that never went anywhere, for example. Urbicide
, The Tribulations
and Only One
. The band photos are usually accompanied by mp3s and short testimonies, such as this one about Soft Option
: "Flock of Seagulls owned Liverpool when we came together but we were really Depeche Mode fans. Trouble was, we only had one Synth – the Roland pictured above – so on the more complicated songs we covered like Everything Counts (see cassette below) I had to play parts on a Melodica – the small keyboard you blow into. It was my Mother's idea. We went to an all boys school, so the gigs were boys only, which meant we did not get laid but the nights we played were some of the greatest of my adolescence." [via Carrie Brownstein's Monitor Mix]
Matthew Ingram at Stylus pontificates various band logos,
revealing some secret origins and offering some perspectives on consistency and cultural signifiers built into them.
If you missed Elvis Perkins on Late Night with David Letterman making their national television debut,
at least now you can say you knew about these guys
before they really hit the big time (check out "Acoustic Slip Away"). I first heard about them on Lex and Terry
. Warning, may be NSFW, youtube and audio links. Click at your own risk.
Would you trust this man
with your life's savings? Successful entrepeneur and president of Trans Continental Airlines cum boy band svengali, Lou Pearlman
was the guiding hand behind N'Sync, the Backstreet Boys, and O-Town. Now, however, he's on the lam
, wanted by the FBI for swindling old folks out of $317 million. Pearlman was last seen in Berlin on February 1st; as he sat in a crowded theater watching his latest creation, the German boy band US5,
win an international pop award, FBI investigators were already combing through his Florida home and offices.
The major label machine sucks in and churns out young bands all the time, leaving plenty of good music unheard by the public. Boston's trip-hoppy Splashdown
were one of the acts brought low by this process, disbanding two years after Capitol decided not to release their major label debut LP. The late 90's were a commercially bad time for female-fronted electro-pop, of course, but the band found an outlet for their material by releasing it for free online -- their whole catalog
, including three LP's, two EP's and some double-secret-unreleased tracks, is available with the band's blessing. Members have since joined other bands -- Freezepop
, Universal Hall Pass
-- which hopefully will avoid the trouble Splashdown had.
The RISD Museum is hosting a retrospective
of Providence's DIY marketing approach to underground shows. The exhibit, with every wall plastered from floor to ceiling, feels like a time-capsule. Fort Thunder
and its associated bands has been mentioned here on the blue before, but the sense of community that comes through, and which still runs through Providence's subcultures thanks to individuals like Ryan Lesser and his "Lots of Noise"
site deserves yet another post. Be sure to check out the Lots of Noise image and photo gallery for more fun stuff. (No direct links, sorry!)
Track your favorite bands. See who else is tracking them. Never miss another show! [Boston
, New York
for now - other cities on the way.]
If Banks were Bands, which would they be?
A Bloomberg columnist writes about the 'personalities' of the world's big investment banks, and compares them to well-known bands. Some amusing, and insightful, descriptions
A blog invitational -
Jazz group The Bad Plus
came up with a list of conceptually similar authors and bands. They now invite readers to add their own submissions. The type of similarity between the band and the author is up to you: examples from the band's original list include Tom Waits/Charles Bukowski, Jewel/Danielle Steele, and Rush/J.R.R. Tolkien. Here
is the first set of fan submissions, and here
is another blog that is participating.>
Back In Black, Bold, Semibold, Roman, and Light:
Ever wanted to write your name in the font The Scorpions used? Or make your wedding announcements in the AC/DC font? Maybe you'd like to create nametags with the official Ozzy font? Here are all the rock fonts you'll ever need, all for free.
brickwallers and douchebags.
It's incredibly cruel but oh so clever. Exposing the band promo photo. You might think you look good but this guy will identify your weak point and skewer you with a bon mot - which is a hell of a lot more painful than anything else you can be skewered with. Even sharp things. A couple of favourites are this one
and this one
, which almost killed me. If you get it you'll know what I mean.
The Essential Foghat Timeline.
Is it any wonder that Foghat is so hard to keep track of
? (Found here
). There were two versions of Foghat touring from 1990 to 1993. Roger Earl was touring with his version of Foghat (originally called the Kneetremblers) from 1986 to 1993 and Dave toured with Lonesome Dave's Foghat from 1990 to 1993...
Pour Some Sugar On Me
, as reinvisioned by Townsend, a boy band. Some would say
it's the worst thing they'd ever seen, but I'd hazard a guess that it may actually be the worst thing ever filmed. The song is enhanced with a rap section, and the video is enhanced with the addition of the jackass from Smashmouth, for some bizarre reason. NSFNSAVI (not safe for the non sight & vision impaired)
According to Scientific Proof magazine your favorite band stinks.
If you like Justin and Christina
, Linkin Park
or a host of others then it is a scientific fact that you have bad taste in music. Fortunately, there is a cure.
Band to Band links. 6 degrees for music.
The Greatest Week in Rock History
(Salon link) - 34 years ago today, Billboard Charts had a outstanding album lineup - perhaps not the best albums ever, but for a single point in time, arguably unmatched for quality, originality, and longevity. Take a look back at the roster: the Beatles
, Led Zeppelin
, Tom Jones
, Creedence Clearwater Revival
, the Stones
, the Temptations
, Blood Sweat & Tears
, Crosby Stills & Nash
, and Easy Rider