"When the car would stop and the engine would cease, the player would also die away. The tape of the cassette motionless. [...] Stationary and in silence, we saw black. The world as it was. Nothing."
A collection of early American black metal
, including Haxan, Akitsa, and Ancestors. Compiled from tapes, hiss and all. [more inside]
posted by thedaniel
on Jan 12, 2010 -
were the winners of the Liet International 2009 song contest
for minority european languages and cultures. Sámi rock, you say? But wait, there's more! There's Alit Boazu
from the Norwegian side, and Tiina Sanila
, a Skolt Sámi
singer from Finland. And yes, there is Sámi metal
, from the band Intrigue
. There are plenty other Sámi musicians across Sápmi
and outside of the genre of rock, of course. There's Amoc
, an Inari Sámi rapper from Finland; Adjágas
who are folky and bluegrassy at times; Niko Valkeapää
, who is more ambient and electronic; and of course, Mari Boine
, recently knighted for her long career of artistic work
). [Sound, MySpace warnings] [more inside]
posted by taursir
on Dec 25, 2009 -
Amazing to see how differently Shakespeare's work has been dealt with in music: there is Jerry Lee Lewis doing a blues
David Gilmour, former Pink Floyd lead singer, guitarist and songwriter, turned Sonnet 18 into a touchingly beautiful ballad
The Metal Shakespeare Company wrote a heavy metal song about Hamlet (III/1), "To bleed or not to bleed
And yes, there is Shakespeare rap, too: William Shatner (the very same!) raps about Caesar
and British rapper Akala thinks he is a reincarnation of the bard
Last but not least, the Beatles tried their luck at Shakespeare, too (no music this time): they did a skit
on the famous Pyramus and Thisbe scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream (very rare footage!).
posted by Matthias Rascher
on Sep 22, 2009 -
is a transcultural word which combines the Japanese words for all people (Min) and art (Gei). The site has a flash interface and features over 5,000 high resolution, zoomable objects. More information on the Mingei Movement
posted by tellurian
on Jan 27, 2009 -
Driving Off the Map
by James Clinton Howell is a formal analysis of Metal Gear Solid 2. If you played this game — even if you didn't like it (especially
if you didn't like it) — you need to read this to learn what you actually played. If you've never played Metal Gear Solid, it's still an excellent example of serious video game scholarship.
posted by cthuljew
on Dec 8, 2008 -
by Johann Hari
(a remarkable columnist) in today's Independent about the substantial Heavy Metal movement in the Muslim world inserted a flicker of hope into my normally gloomy outlook on the current situation.
I know that in my youth I used Heavy Metal (old school
) as a hammer to tell my parents, my teachers and the world in general that I was different from them and did not accept their rules, judgements and values.
If that is happening in Tehran, Morocco, Egypt and Pakistan then I'm with the kids.
Go Metalheads! Rock the Mullahs!
look and sound the part but the listing on their YouTube page of 'Home town - Tehran/Los Angeles' is a bit worrying. How the hell do they work that gig? [more inside]
posted by surfdad
on Sep 8, 2008 -
Introducing Project Pop (Formerly Indonesia's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-suling metal-dangdut-comedy folk sextet).
Their hit "Dangdut is the music of my country
" [youtube link--music starts at 0:58] code-switches between pop metal and dangdut, affectionately mocking the cheesy pop of their parents' generation. Here
is a great play-by-play translation of the details of the video. [more inside]
posted by umbú
on May 9, 2008 -
The One Man Band
has evolved. No longer will the one man band be burdened by the weight and bulk of backpack drum kits, guitars, or accordions - or knowing what notes to play. Behold! Beamz
by The Sharper Image. Give your nearest buddy a high-five and catch a glimpse into the future of music performance and one of the most hilarious promotional videos you might ever see.
posted by hellslinger
on Apr 8, 2008 -
Cope pipe without a jig.
Enter a few parameters and get a pdf that will give you a printable pattern that will allow you to notch tubing for welding or brazing to another pipe.
posted by Mitheral
on Mar 15, 2008 -