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Kesha, Interrupted

A profile of the artist by Taffy Brodesser-Akner [content warning: sexual assault]
posted by thetortoise on Oct 26, 2016 - 7 comments

Springs and things

A mesmerising video of industrial robots working together to create a variety of springs. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Oct 26, 2016 - 28 comments

Liking any of these makes you a monster, objectively speaking

The 337 justifiably most despised and detested songs in the world, as determined through a Twitter thread started by Edward Mund.
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 26, 2016 - 262 comments

Randy Newman's Putin

"Putin" is a new song and video by Randy Newman, from an as-yet untitled album due next spring. A review in Pitchfork by Greil Marcus. A Washington Post interview about the song. A Telegraph interview from last year. His last album of new material was 2008's Harps and Angels (not counting five film scores and two volumes of his Songbook series). His last music video was 2012's "I'm Dreaming" (prev).
posted by rollick on Oct 25, 2016 - 14 comments

The Big Old Goofy World of John Prine [yes, he's still with us]

It’s been a monumental month for one of Nashville’s most masterful songwriters, John Prine. As October rolled in, Prine’s latest album of duets with women, “For Better, or Worse,” was released and debuted at #2 on the Country Charts, making it the highest-charting album of his career. A week later, he celebrated his 70th birthday with a series of star-studded, sold-out shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium... [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Oct 25, 2016 - 38 comments

The enigma of pre-Columbian whistling water jars

Peruvian shamanic whistling vessels. Being made out of clay archaeologists first thought these beautiful, ceramic sculptures were water bottles or toys until an amateur anthropologist explored their ritual use. One can just blow into the vessel but when water is added in one of the chambers and the vessel is rocked back and forth the shifting air creates an interesting sound pattern. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Oct 23, 2016 - 10 comments

"an approach to the technique the Homeric singers used"

Homeric Singing - An Approach to the Original Performance is the website of Professors Georg Danek and Stefan Hagel. There they have a five minutes of their educated best guess of how ancient Greek bards would have sounded like, singing the epics of Homer accompanying themselves on a phorminx. [via Open Culture]
posted by Kattullus on Oct 22, 2016 - 11 comments

Ed Motta - Japanese City Pop Mix Vol. 2.

Brazilian musician, Ed Motta, created a good mix of Japanese 70s-80s AOR music titled: Japanese City Pop Mix Vol. 2. [more inside]
posted by gen on Oct 21, 2016 - 13 comments


“We live in China, but we saw Fugazi’s DVD as many times as you guys did in America,” says Xubo, singer and guitarist for the most successful contemporary emo band in China, Chinese Football. “I grew up [on] the late ‘90s and early ’00s pop-punk and emo wave,” he says, “so I loved U.S. bands like blink-182, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, and all the bands from Drive-Thru Records back in high school. As I grew up, I listened to more and more.” - The rise of Emo in Asia
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 20, 2016 - 4 comments

A look back

From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk' Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "Cameo horns, the Time [keyboards], and 'Party Train' [by the Gap Band] drums."There’s an irony here. Because “Uptown Funk” is effectively a new Bruno Mars single as well, it received instant airplay at top 40 radio, including the “world premiere” treatment from some iHeart Media stations. By comparison, many of the early ‘80s classics referenced were released during the worst period of a "disco backlash" that effectively kept all types of black music, not just disco, off of top 40 for three years, beginning in fall 1979.
posted by josher71 on Oct 20, 2016 - 16 comments

Bare bones music

Do you want to watch a skeletal puppet duo perform "Oye Como Va?" I thought so. How about a lone skeleton puppet doing "Let's Twist Again?" But if rock isn't your bag, there's always the Walt Disney classic Silly Symphony: "The Skeleton Dance."
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 19, 2016 - 8 comments

Kickin' your can all over the place

Everyone knows Queen's stomping, clapping epic, "We Will Rock You." In 1977, the band recorded a fast version of the song for the BBC's John Peel. This version sees release November 4th with other rarities on the upcoming Queen on the Air
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 19, 2016 - 39 comments

Suck on it, Trebek!

Who is Alex Trebek? is a collaborative response to the massive shade thrown by the game show host recently, when he called current three-day champion Susan Cole and her fellow Nerdcore fans 'losers.'
posted by carsonb on Oct 17, 2016 - 77 comments

Equip (2016) - I Dreamed of a Palace in the Sky

A pleasant album by Equip called I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky harkens back to the classic jrpg osts by Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Matsuda.
posted by rebent on Oct 17, 2016 - 7 comments

Anodyne for Aggravation

A charming gentleman covers Kitty Wells' Sugartime (h/t MeFi's own Miss Cellania).
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 14, 2016 - 6 comments

Adulterer with Enthusiasm

Malinda Kathleen Reese runs songs back and forth through Google Translate, then sings the results. This being MetaFilter, let's put the Hamilton one above the fold: You'll Be Back [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Oct 14, 2016 - 13 comments

nothing really matters

A 100 year old fair ground organ plays Bohemian Rhapsody. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on Oct 14, 2016 - 25 comments

♪♫ One of modern history’s most reviled inventions ♪♫

Auto-Tune — one of modern history’s most reviled inventions — was an act of mathematical genius. The pitch correction software, which automatically calibrates out-of-tune singing to perfection, has been used on nearly every chart-topping album for the past 20 years ... But often lost in this narrative is the story of the invention itself, and the soft-spoken savant who pioneered it.
posted by ShooBoo on Oct 13, 2016 - 74 comments

Ever-blackening kraut clouds choosing not to break

Kandodo McBain's Lost Chants/Last Chance [Spotify] is a collaboration between three members of long-running Bristol psych band The Heads and John McBain of early Monster Magnet. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Oct 13, 2016 - 1 comment

Turning on the NES just to listen to the title music again

Musician and Youtube user Luminist is remaking music from the original Metroid using some full-on synths, and it sounds amazing. Title Theme; Brinstar; Kraid's Lair; Samus Fanfare; Item Room.
posted by cortex on Oct 12, 2016 - 23 comments

The Amen Break

The most sampled song of all time. "..what is it about a 47-year-old, six-second drum solo from a relatively unknown soul band that’s given it musical immortality? The answer involves the invention of two new musical genres, a new piece of technology and a power blackout."
posted by storybored on Oct 8, 2016 - 27 comments

An Investigation of Blood

Jenny Hval's new album "Blood Bitch" was released on 30 September. You can listen to it on Bandcamp. The official videos for "Conceptual Romance" and "Female Vampire" are up on Youtube. Hval discusses her new music: "I’m a vampire already… in that sense the vampire is always the human. When I write about it, the vampire is always me; and the vampire when you listen to a song is always you. We carry something dead with us." [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Oct 8, 2016 - 4 comments

10 Invigorating Songs for a More Productive Mornings

Today is your day. Make it a good one, from the first buzz of the alarm clock to lights out. Let the motivating music set you free. Entrepreneur Magazine suggests 10 songs to help you start your day.
posted by hippybear on Oct 7, 2016 - 27 comments

Maybe.. but I got you pegged ha HA

Frasier Intros Compilation (Every theme and animation used) [YouTube] | For completeness [YT] | 18 Things You Might Not Know About 'Frasier', Kara Kovalchik, Mental Floss
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 6, 2016 - 32 comments

aka Surf Music from Hell

Heavy Metal Guitar Without Distortion I and II.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 5, 2016 - 75 comments

Provoke Joy

Solange Knowles (previously) released her new album A Seat At The Table (narrated by Master P(!)) last week, along with a book of poetry, and photographs, two in-depth interviews (with Tavi Gevinson at W Magazine and Fader), a moderated conversation between her and her mother released on her website Saint Heron, and two music videos, "Cranes in the Sky" and "Don't Touch My Hair".
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 4, 2016 - 5 comments

"... even kids with chicken pox ..."

Richard D. Trentlage, 87, Who Wrote ‘The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song,’ has gone on to that great bun in the sky.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 1, 2016 - 40 comments

Philadelphia PA, deep in the heart of Texas and round the Frisco Bay

The states that Americans sing about. Some data to back up those bar bets?
posted by fixedgear on Oct 1, 2016 - 41 comments

Magas: squelchy, noisy electronics and a sly sense of humor

May I Meet My Accuser (AllMusic review by Thom Jurek) ~~ Magas has been hanging out making mischief on the fringes of noise and electronic music since the early 1990s, whether it was playing in Couch with Aaron Dilloway, being a member of Lake of Dracula, remixing [Bobby] Conn tracks, or just generally being gleefully obnoxious and participating in things that kept him amused. Then comes this slab. It's big-bottom beats, wild pitch-warped synths, distorted vocals, hammered loops, and wonk and whir come off as a new, (yes, new) electro-swamp music for the dawn of this final century... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 30, 2016 - 13 comments

French might be the language of love but German is the language of anger

Rammstein-Du Hast (Bossa Nova Version) (SLYT)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 29, 2016 - 28 comments

And, if you're frightened, you can be frightened, you can be, it's ok.

"So who here doesn't know about it..."
9/11/2001 [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Sep 29, 2016 - 9 comments

“A word can be reclaimed, or reconstituted...”

On Carefree Black Boys: Understanding the Appeal of the 'Carefree' Aesthetic to Black Male Musicians From Young Thug to Chance the Rapper [MTV] “Chance has found a slogan to represent what is irrepressible in him: #BlackBoyJoy. Following his appearance at the 2016 VMAs, he started sharing photos of himself at the event, preening, dancing, and posing, with the hashtag. He was a natural spokesman. Others followed suit, posting photos of boys and men frolicking and grinning. The #BlackBoyJoy hashtag preceded Chance’s use of it, and its origins are in the broader, voguish idea of “carefree blackness.” Like the loose digital community that bore it, this carefreeness has an ambient quality, a collection of aesthetics and identities that many laud as a generalized form of activism.”
posted by Fizz on Sep 28, 2016 - 5 comments

Dubstep's great-great-grandad

More famous for helping to crack the Enigma code during World War 2, Alan Turing also created the first ever computer-generated musical notes in 1948. In 1951, a recording - the first ever of computer-generated music - was made at the BBC. The recording was restored this year at the University of Canterbury in new Zealand and can be heard here [mp3]. via @v21
posted by EndsOfInvention on Sep 27, 2016 - 21 comments

something like a cloud of sound

The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time [SL p4k] [more inside]
posted by holmesian on Sep 26, 2016 - 90 comments

Can’t stop what the Black Plot Design has done

The Black Plot (trigger warning for lyrics), the new song by stoner metal masters High On Fire, boasts a trippy, Heavy Metal-esque animated video by Skinner, the artist behind many Mastodon album covers and their cat-filled video for Asleep In The Deep.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Sep 25, 2016 - 9 comments

Summer is coming, or going; embrace your Beach Body with Parentz

Parentz invite you say hello or goodbye to summer with Beach Body, the music video for their vapory electro-pop + r & b single. It's warmer than their prior ice-pop/ moving-on-with-your-life-pop/ now-pop/ otter-pop/ whatever-pop EP FP&B<3Z1​:​FLY (music video: Fly) from 2013. They also have a future-pop EP, titled Big (music video: Back It Up), that they released in 2011.
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 24, 2016 - 3 comments

September In the Rain

The leaves of brown came tumbling down
  Remember, in September, in the rain
  The sun went out just like a dying ember
  That September in the rain
posted by y2karl on Sep 23, 2016 - 27 comments

And color my world Black Gold

Violist and impresario Ashleigh Gordon talks to the Boston Globe about the problem she and her multimedia project Castle of our Skins had when they set out to perform works by black composers: “we could list on maybe one hand, between us, black composers that we knew of.” [more inside]
posted by Fritz Langwedge on Sep 23, 2016 - 2 comments

Add it up with JK Rowling

It wasn’t Gordon Gano who was the problem: it was me. I was listening with a ghostly eighteen year old ex-boyfriend at my shoulder, and behind him, a chorus of snarling early eighties NME journalists, all ready to jeer, because even if I like the Violent Femmes, I’ll like them in the wrong way. JK Rowling takes up ramalbumclub's challenge of listening to a well known album for the the first time and then writing about it: Violent Femmes from 1983. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Sep 22, 2016 - 46 comments

You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen

They're lining up the prisoners
And the guards are taking aim

[more inside]
posted by tclark on Sep 21, 2016 - 37 comments

Musical Passage

We invite you to listen in on a musical gathering that took place in Jamaica in 1688. These three songs, 'Angola', 'Papa' and 'Koromanti', performed at a festival by enslaved African musicians and copied in musical notation by a Mr Baptiste, are the first transcription of African music in the Caribbean, and, indeed, probably in the Americas. Thanks to this remarkable artifact, we can listen to traces of music performed long ago and begin to imagine what it meant for the people who created it.
posted by verstegan on Sep 19, 2016 - 8 comments

The day the bleep bloops died

Fabric night club was founded in 1999. (An oral history for the 10th anniversary, a VICE article for the 15th.) For those outside the UK, Fabric might be better known for its long-running mix series. (A few best-ofs from Red Bull Music Academy, Thump, Blisspop, The Quietus, and Fabric’s staff.)
After two drug-related deaths, the club closed temporarily in August. On September 7, the Islington Council permanently revoked Fabric’s license. Eulogies and concerns about the policing of club culture (and one threatened MBE melting) have rolled in: Resident Advisor, NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian (drugs), The Guardian (club culture), Billboard, Fader. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 19, 2016 - 27 comments

Mndsgn: distilled cosmic soul funk from the early part of the decade

Mndsgn is pronounced mind design. The law calls him Ringgo Ancheta. He says his music has dirty, dirty soul vibes, but after checking out his video for Eggs (2014) and Cosmic Perspective (2016), you might agree with this interviewer and think that he might be a mystic jazz player who traveled to earth with Sun Ra. Any way it shakes out, enjoy Mndsgn's music on Bandcamp, and his new concept album*, Body Wash (YT playlist), or just hang out and have some breakfast with Ringgo, Knxwledge and The Koreatown Oddity, the first of five such breakfasts, via Boiler Room. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 17, 2016 - 2 comments

Updating the Voyager spacecraft Golden Record idea for 2016

Nearly 40 years ago, the two Voyager spacecraft left Earth. Aboard each was a time capsule of humanity for extraterrestrials: a golden record containing sounds and images portraying the diversity of life and culture on Earth, including a diagram of DNA, greetings in 55 languages, a map of our solar system's position relative to stellar landmarks, the sound of a kiss, Louis Armstrong's "Melancholy Blues" and "Dark Was the Night -- Cold Was The Ground" by Blind Willie Johnson. Since culture and technology don’t stand still, Science Friday asks: "If humanity were to send another Golden Record to the stars, what would it contain?" An expert panel will review submissions from the public, and a new Golden Record will be unveiled on October 7. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 16, 2016 - 80 comments

I love my dog.

He's my dog. If you don't love my dog, that's okay. I don't want you to. He's my dog. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 15, 2016 - 40 comments

Guru of Peace: An Introduction to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Broadcast on BBC Radio 6, and now available online, composer "Nitin Sawhney presents an introduction to his vocal hero, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who was once dubbed the "Elvis of the East". ... He died at the age of 48 leaving a legacy of over 125 albums. ... His life and legacy is charted here with contributions from Peter Gabriel, his nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Gaudi, actor Michael Sheen, singer Rumer, DJ's Andy Kershaw and Nihal, and producer Jonathan Elias amongst others." Part I and Part II. [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 on Sep 14, 2016 - 11 comments

Welcome to the Analog Upside-Down

The synth sound of Stranger Things, on the Roland Juno-6, Roland Juno 106, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, MiniMoog Model D , and Ableton Live. Link via . Wandertalk covers the Stranger Things theme.
posted by thirteenthletter on Sep 14, 2016 - 19 comments

Rhiannon Giddens wins banjo prize named after some comedian

Since 2010, Steve Martin has endowed an eponymous prize "for excellence in banjo and bluegrass". The first six winners were white men, but the 2016 prize went to Rhiannon Giddens, a biracial woman who leads the Carolina Chocolate Drops. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Sep 14, 2016 - 20 comments

Every Bruce Springsteen Song, Ranked from 1-314

Just what it advertises in the title.
posted by COD on Sep 13, 2016 - 73 comments

Current Condition

Current Condition provides soothing vaporwave, folk music, and weather updates to smooth out your workday.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Sep 12, 2016 - 60 comments

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