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 -
This cheesy 1979 promo film
from the group, Blackjack
, offers a glimpse into the hard rock past of balladeer Michael Bolton, which also includes a co-writing credit for a Top 40 hit
by Kiss. Similarly, Bill Joel disavows the days when he posed in medieval armor next to slabs of raw beef
on the cover of the self-titled album by Joel's heavy metal duo, Attila
, although Julian Cope is a fan
of the album and its Deep Purplish vibes (check out Holy Moses
and Wonder Woman
). To round out the trifecta, we have Tori Amos who got marketed as the metal-chick frontwoman of Y Kant Tori Read
(check out the video for The Big Picture
). On the other hand, metalheads have the opposite problem of hiding their pop past. Examples include the industrial metal band Ministry's early days as a new wave synth act
and Tommy Iommi's brief tenure as a member of Jethro Tull
before becoming lead guitarist of Black Sabbath. Meanwhile, Bon Scott
, the late lead singer of AC/DC, is probably spinning in his grave over the YouTube footage of him as an Australian teen idol
and a bearded hippie with a recorder
posted by jonp72
on Nov 26, 2007 -
Because of booming economies in China, India and elsewhere the price of metals, such as copper and aluminum, have reached all time highs. Empty beer kegs for example can be sold for up to $27. Washington DC is experiencing a crime wave of metal thieves
who are stripping everything from lamp posts, gutters, catalytic converters and bleacher seats.
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 25, 2007 -
I am Murloc.
Cool World of Warcraft music video. (Note: Impressed me, but I've never played WoW. Might not impress WoW players, I dunno. Won't change your mind if you already hate WoW. Horrible vocals.)
posted by Bugbread
on Jul 17, 2007 -