Anglo-Finnish artist Sanna Annukka
's vibrant, flat design work (especially her Icons
series) got me curious about her, well, iconography.
She mentioned The Kalevala previously
, the Finnish national epic poem (in Finnish here
), a tale of creation and heroism that arguably spurred the Finns to independence from the Russians.
Like so much else epic and awesome, it spawned a '70s prog band, with three albums
Little Hat Jones - Bye Bye Baby Blues
Bye Bye Baby Blues Tab
Dennis (Little Hat) Jones
, a Texas bluesman considered a notable
of Naples, Texas. He record ten sides of his own and made nine more accompanying the very idiosyncratic and hard to follow Texas Alexander. Bye Bye Baby Blues
is a very sweet song that also appears on the Ghost World
See also Texas Blues Guitar (1929-1935)
His Career Is In Your Hands.
Musician / Producer Butch Walker
(formerly of Marvelous 3
) had a rough autumn in 2007. He was renting a home from a Chili Pepper, a home into which he had moved all of his personal and professional belongings. Unfortunately, Flea's Malibu rental property
was directly in the path of California's November batch of wildfires
. Tough break indeed
. So how does an artist recover from such a devastating loss? He gives away his newest live double-album
for free. Or $5.99. The choice is yours. Why? The domain name says it all
What do you call capturing sound the way the human head hears it, that is, three-dimensionally? Nope, not stereo. Binaural recording
. Dummy head (no, not you) recording. [more inside]
The Overdub Tampering Comittee Manifesto. What if there was a network of musicians who got a hold of albums right as they leaked, added subtle yet very much additional overdubs all over the album, and then re-leaked it to the internet? ... We set out to make that specific bewildering, annoyance a possibility. [more inside]
You desire to listen to "The Shadow Out of Time".
You may also desire to listen to adaptations of The Shadow Over Innsmouth
and The Colour Out of Space
. Possibly you desire to listen to Neil Gaiman's Lovecraftian Sherlock Holmes pastiche A Study in Emerald
, the text of which is available in a fetchingly formatted PDF
. Or maybe it's all academic, and you'd rather just listen to some lectures about Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
The Recording Industry Association of America are seeking damages in a federal case against Jeffrey Howell
, who kept a collection of about 2,000 recordings on his PC. The RIAA's lawyer states that the files Howell made on his computer from legally purchased CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings.
You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you can get what you need
. [more inside]
The best music of 2007 according to Stereogum, Pitchfork, All Music, NME, PopMatters, The A.V. Club, Rolling Stone, TIME, MTV, the Guardian, eMusic, Amazon, Spin Magazine, Q, Largehearted Boy,
Among the most frequently listed are Radiohead, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Feist,
and The National.
An FPP for your holiday listening pleasure. Ha ha ha. [more inside]
Vintage Christmas Wax
The Edison Concert band never sounded so good.
was one of the greatest storytellers ever to be heard on radio. The Jean Shepherd Project
collects recordings of these historic broadcasts, converts them to mp3 files and makes them available to be revisited by his longtime fans and by those who wish to discover what great American storytelling is all about. [more inside]
The Maestro FZ-1 Fuzztone
was one of the first stomp boxes a guitar player could use. Released in 1962 by Gibson, sales didn't take off until a British band used it in the introduction
to one of their songs in 1965. But if it weren't for a Marty Robbins
song and engineer Glen Snoddy, the pedal might have never been invented
and country music wouldn't have been the same. [more inside]
Name That TV Theme Song
Need help? Television Tunes
has 3000+ themes available in mp3 format. [more inside]
the voice of the London Underground
has just been fired
for recording and posting some spoofs on her own website.
"Mind the gap"
(To spare Emma's server and in case she is forced to remove the files for some reason: External linkage to streaming mp3's of these spoofs are below) [more inside]
The Radio Kitchen
is an mp3 blog dedicated
to the late night wonder of listening to shortwave and AM radio, now
and as it used to was
. Brought to you by The Professor from WFMU's defunct AM and Shortwave Radio
blog). [more inside]
It's Turkey Time!
(mp3) And this song is playing in my head, over and over... [more inside]
Covering The Mouse
. An MP3 blog dedicated to cover versions of Disney songs. My favorite so far is Gene Simmons' cover of "When You Wish Upon A Star."
The Ultimate Bootleg Experience
is an ecclectic mp3 blog dedicated to live boots with a good number of posts up, and the links in the archives seem to stay live for quite a while.
[album covers nsfw] and contemporary
, Rashid Sales Co, music of the Middle East, packed with mp3s and links
. [more inside]
Por el camino del desierto,
cool wind in my hair. Sube el aroma
, rising up through the air. As I logged into Bloomberg
, j'ai vu une lumière toute petite
. My head grew heavy
and my sight grew dim; I had to stop for the night. There she stood in the doorway
; I heard the mission bell
, and I was thinking to myself, "This could be Heaven, or this is Hell
". Then he lit up a petromax, muttering "No power today
". There were voices down the corridor. I thought I heard them say, [more inside]
World Passport Music
– 75 hours of free world music in mp3/podcast format. Afrobeat, Cuban Diaspora, Haitian Kompa, Salsa, Highlife, Rumba Congolaise, Kinshasa-Nairobi Sounds, Afrijazz, Calypso, Hawaiian, American Jazz Roots, Yoruban Ejeki Jo... Let’s Dance!
speaks about being a member of oink, torrents and file sharing, as well as other interesting things. NIN cd cover artist, known online as Demonbaby
, also speaks about labels, file sharing and oink. It's a lonnng rant.
"The Bodleian Library launches its first series of BODcasts with readings by celebrated poets including Seamus Heaney, Bernard O’Donoghue and Mick Imlah." MP3s of talks and readings given on an evening in celebration of the publication of the journal Archipelago
The Football Albums.
Music and football. Surely there's something better than "Hail to the Redskins"
and "The Superbowl Shuffle?"
One man believed there could be. That man was Peter Hughes
, Inland Empire indie rock mini-star, sometime member of Nothing Painted Blue
and the Mountain Goats
, baseball diarist
, and leader of the now-defunct band Diskothi-Q.
In 1999, Diskothi-Q released The Football Albums: a double CD of 32 songs, one for each team in the NFL. All are now freely downloadable as .mp3s: AFC
(.mp3 links follow) Get ready for the big game this weekend by pitting "Colts"
Revel in the untamed savagery of "Eagles"
or sympathize with the touching lament, "(Nobody Cares about the St. Louis) Rams."
releases his album with several payment options: $0.00 gets you 192k mp3s, and 5 bucks buys your choice of 192k or 300k mp3s, or FLAC
. All DRM free of course. Trent Reznor, who was recently sighted complaining about the insane prices
for his last album in new zealand, is to blame
. Need a taster? Saul and Trent have leaked a track
on pirate bay.
- 11 African funk mixes from a vinyl archaeologist in Guinea
, the biopic covering the the life and untimely death of Joy Division's
singer Ian Curtis
, opens in the US today (on a limited release) [ trailer
| fan site
| on set interview
]. This is director Anton Corbijn's
debut full length film [ interview
] and was co-produced by Tony Wilson
(a giant in the Manchester and UK music scene
, sadly missed. Check out 24 Hour Party People
]) . Control opened in the UK several days ago and the reviews are largely positive [ Guardian
| Times Online
| Channel 4
| Time Out
| Manchester Evening News
]. [more inside]
7 Means of Movement: Flying
From "Come Fly With Me" to "Waitress In The Sky," Locust St. impresses us with all things aeronautical
The New Pornographers of the '90s, the Sardinas released two fantastic albums full of mixtape fodder. Now everything they've got, including some live gems, is up online.
4 Brothers Beats
. This is a tribute to all the original music that built hip-hop – the best beats in soul, funk & jazz collected by four brothers.
An amazing collection of out-of-print releases from the 70s and 80s.
"Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream
is an OverClocked ReMix Album featuring free fan arrangements from the soundtrack to Square's legendary Final Fantasy VII for the Sony Playstation."
To call Pat Fish
the best British songwriter of the past twenty-five years is an invitation for some awfully suspicious stares. Pat who?
But he might be just that
. Known since the early 1980s as the Jazz Butcher
(Or The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy, or JBC, and at times later as Sumosonic
, The Black Eg
, and Wilson
), Fish remained detached
enough to avoid the indie-rock vortex of the last decade, dooming himself to obscurity while leaving behind one of the most valuable buried treasures
in all of alternative music.
The "Bootlegs" section
over at The Rawking Refuses To Stop
has a ton of great stuff, from a stripped down live acoustic Jeff Tweedy & Jay Bennet
set (right before YHF was released) to a mock-up version of the unreleased new Radiohead album
using the best available live tracks from the most recent tour to a rare Paul McCartney, John Lennon & Stevie Wonder
jam session to all sorts of smaller gems
- tons of stories, tales and poems suitable for younger readers: HTML, PDF, and MP3s. From Baa, Baa, Black Sheep to Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, and Flatland.
10 (11) interesting/historical recordings.
From List Universe. This site uses the term "Top ten" but as with anything when you talk in absolutes people get pretty ornery, so lets just say here are 11 very interesting sound files, from exorcism to castrato.
Listen to the Newmarket Police try to deal with "Outstanding Elephants".
Elephants from the circus escape. They wander through Newmarket, Ontario, munching on people's landscaping. Some people out for a late night walk happen upon them and (mp3) call into the York regional police to report the errant elephants.
Then the police (mp3) deal with getting them back to their home.
"Police said no one was hurt, no property was damaged and that the two well-behaved animals spent their free time snacking on plants and trees as they wandered the quiet downtown streets." Sounds like a good way to spend a summer evening to me!
Fuck Yuo I Am a Robot
are offering their album Compensator for the Accelerator for free download from their site. Infectious ass-shakin' Estonian electro-pop. Lyrics to track 2 NSFW, likewise sleeve art jpgs if you opt for the .zip download. You can sample one of the tracks, Hydraulic
, on YouTube if you don't know them and would like to check them out first, though personally I can't get enough of Zukunft
(direct mp3 link).
- Radiohead's OK Computer
covered by 12 modern artists. Free download.
The Record Industry's Decline.
"The record companies have created this situation themselves," says Simon Wright, CEO of Virgin Entertainment Group, which operates Virgin Megastores. Rosen and others see that 2001-03 period as disastrous for the business. "That's when we lost the users," Rosen says. "Peer-to-peer took hold. That's when we went from music having real value in people's minds to music having no economic value, just emotional value."