Super Trouper: 30 Years Of ABBA
[1h30m] is a 2004 documentary about Sweden's biggest export, containing (then) current and historical footage and interviews, giving a generous, broad picture of the history of the band. Includes much never-before-seen performance and backstage footage.
posted by hippybear
on Nov 17, 2013 -
In the December 2004 issue of SPIN, we published Los Angeles journalist/musician Liam Gowing's detailed, empathetic look at the last years of Elliott Smith's life and the circumstances that led up to the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter's apparent suicide. "Mr. Misery" was difficult to read, a tremendous challenge to edit and fact-check, and one of the most remarkably intimate pieces in the magazine's history. On the 10th anniversary of Smith's death, it's now available for the first time on the site. [more inside]
posted by mannequito
on Oct 21, 2013 -
Pink Floyd's The Division Bell
tour in 1994 was the highest-grossing tour in rock music history to that date, and featured spectacular special effects. For the first time since 1975, the band played the entirety of The Dark Side of the Moon
in many of the tour's shows. On October 20, 1994 the concert at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London was filmed, and the subsequent documentary P•U•L•S•E: Live at Earls Court
was released in 1995. Fullscreen
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jul 16, 2013 -
In 1985, Houston was preparing for a party: 1986 marked the city's 150th birthday, the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Texas, and 25 years since the opening of NASA's Johnson Space Center
, the hub around which the city's aerospace industry blossomed. In comes French synthesizer pioneer Jean Michel Jarre
, the "composer of the future", known for his spectacular 1979 Bastille Day show
that attracted a million people to Place de la Concorde, and for being the first Western musician to play China
in 1981. With the Space Shuttle Challenger
due to take off on mission STS-51-L
in January, Jarre penned a piece for Mission Specialist and saxophonist Ron McNair
to record in space. The nation watched as McNair and his crewmates prepared for their journey and waved goodbye
, only to perish in a haunting
explosion. As Houston mourned the loss of the seven crew, who called the city home during their preparation for spaceflight, Jarre wasn't sure if the upcoming festivities should be held, but was convinced by astronaut Bruce McCandless
that the show must go on.
On April 5, 1986, 1.5 million people gathered downtown to witness Rendez-vous Houston
, a massive tribute to America's pioneering spirit that used the city as its backdrop. [more inside]
posted by avocet
on May 14, 2013 -
There was no way to anticipate that the reliably malfunction-free Beyoncé arriving in New Orleans for her turn at immortality would be a vulnerable one. At the presidential inauguration ceremony last month, she sang the national anthem
over a prerecorded vocal track
, leading to a minor scandal
, putting her on the defensive
. Beyoncé, bionic, isn’t used to having her reputation impugned. Vulnerability is not her bag.
She is, though, up to the challenge — in this case, the conundrum of how to make her Super Bowl XLVII halftime show
, which she had been planning for months, not only a spectacle in its own right, but also a conclusion to the messy affair. [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast
on Feb 5, 2013 -
For the 2012 iTunes Music Festival, 65 acts (including P!nk
, One Direction
, David Guetta
, Jessie J
, Ellie Goulding
, Andrea Bocelli
, Matchbox Twenty
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 -
With their brutal, simple riffs and aggressive, fast tempos, Accept were one of the top metal bands of the early '80s, and a major influence on the development of thrash. Led by the unique vocal stylings of screeching banshee Udo Dirkschneider, the band forged an instantly recognizable sound and was notorious as one of the decade's fiercest live acts.
posted by Egg Shen
on Nov 21, 2012 -
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]
posted by zarq
on Aug 23, 2012 -
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 -
A remarkably diverse group of legendary musicians
have graced the stage of Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom
over the years: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard
, the Sex Pistols
(one of seven stops on their one and only 1978 U.S. tour…the hole
in the drywall left by Sid Vicious’ fist is still backstage), the Ramones, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Blondie, The Talking Heads, U2, Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dogg, Morrissey, Beck, Wilco
, to name a few.
featuring Costello and several other artists who’ve played there is in the works, with proceeds supporting music education in Oklahoma and the upcoming Cain’s Ballroom Museum. Cain’s was recently named one of the top 10 live music venues
in the U.S.
From 1935 to 1942, Cain’s was home to Bob Wills
and The Texas Playboys, who popularized western swing music
with weekly dances and a national radio show
posted by Kelly Tulsa
on May 9, 2012 -
A decade on, the Coen brothers' woefully underrated O Brother, Where Art Thou? [alt]
is remembered for a lot of things
: its sun-drenched, sepia-rich cinematography
(a pioneer of digital color grading
), its whimsical humor
, fluid vernacular
, and many subtle references
to Homer's Odyssey
. But one part of its legacy truly stands out: the music
Assembled by T-Bone Burnett
, the soundtrack is a cornucopia of American folk music, exhibiting everything from cheery ballads
and angelic hymns
to wistful blues
and chain-gang anthems
. Woven into the plot of the film through radio and live performances, the songs lent the story a heartfelt, homespun feel
that echoed its cultural heritage, a paean and uchronia of the Old South
Though the multiplatinum album was recently reissued
, the movie's medley is best heard via famed documentarian D. A. Pennebaker
's Down from the Mountain
, an extraordinary
concert film focused on a night of live music by the soundtrack's stars (among them Gillian Welch
, Emmylou Harris
, Chris Thomas King
, bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley
) and wryly hosted by John Hartford
, an accomplished fiddler
, riverboat captain
, and raconteur
whose struggle with terminal cancer made this his last major performance. The film is free in its entirety on Hulu
-- click inside for individual clips, song links, and breakdowns of the set list
's fascinating history. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 22, 2011 -
Ye olde rock and roll time machine, part two: recently found photos
of a Stooges performance at a suburban Detroit high school from 1970.
posted by NoMich
on Dec 15, 2011 -
On December 12, 2011, world-famous harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt
played what appears to be the last recital of his sixty-one years long career in the Théâtre des Bouffes in Paris. Clips from the concert were uploaded on youtube yesterday.
Suitable for the sad event, a melancholic Prélude by d'Anglebert
first. [more inside]
posted by Namlit
on Dec 14, 2011 -
In the year 1968, at the height of her powers, one of the greatest singers America has ever produced was in Stockholm, where she served up a breathtakingly powerful and characteristically soulful performance that, lucky for us, was filmed by Swedish television. You know who I'm talking about, of course. "Lady Soul" - parts 1
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 15, 2011 -
Over three nights at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in December 1983, Jonathan Demme filmed Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense
. The band performed "Psycho Killer," "Heaven," "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel,"
"Found a Job," "Slippery People," "Cities,"
, "Burning Down the House," "Life During Wartime,"
"Making Flippy Floppy," "Swamp," "What a Day That Was," "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," "Once in a Lifetime," "Big Business/I Zimbra," "Genius of Love"
(as Tom Tom Club while David Byrne changed into the Big Suit), "Girlfriend is Better," "Take Me to the River,"
and "Crosseyed and Painless."
"Thank you. Does anybody have any questions?" [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Aug 1, 2011 -
People, Let Me Get This Off My Chest
is a 65 minute compilation of stage banter by Paul Stanley of KISS. Paul repeatedly reminds the Army that they’re getting their money’s worth... , that the next tune is the first time they’ve played it on tour, that he was talking backstage to someone... about what kind of alcohol that people in the area like to drink, that they’re just getting started, and that he’s got an “uzi of ooze” in his pants.
posted by Trurl
on Jun 4, 2011 -