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I hope you'll understand

"The new Energy Elixir and “sparkling future pop sensationQT has finally debuted its new jingle “Hey QT” in full. It’s as if the drink’s creators, SOPHIE and A. G. Cook, harnessed the most cloying earworms and pop tropes of the 21st century, shaped them into slightly grotesque manifestations, and then teamed up with the best marketers in the business to optimize it for mass consumption. The result? A song that provides its listeners with crisp focus, pure energy, and razor-sharp reaction." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 28, 2014 - 32 comments

Heavy Metal Be Bop Part 1

In the imagination of a young Parisian named Pablo Padovani there’s a land called Moo. It’s a fantastical place that celebrates nature, the elements, romanticism and sweets [NSFW]. “I think you may like it if you like childhood, sex, dreams and surrealism,” Padovani [says]. “It’s a pornographic episode of Teletubbies mixed with Lord of the Rings.[...]The disc (Le Monde Möö by MOODOÏD) is a walk in the world Möö. This is a soft world made of cream hills and Turkish delight mountains. There are also Camembert mattresses and waterfalls of wine. This is a great, epic adventure."
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 22, 2014 - 11 comments

[Warning-Autoplaying Tongue]

You can listen to the new song "Player" by LA dance-pop band Dessert. Or you can just go to Hello-Dessert.net and get the full experience.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 9, 2014 - 6 comments

Waiting on you

Last night, the synthpop band Future Islands (previously on MF) previewed their new LP performingSeasons (Waiting On You)” on Late Show with David Letterman. Singer Samuel T. Herring’s performance is always something to behold, but his gravely shouts and epic dance moves had a particular effect on Letterman, who seemed even more jazzed than usual.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 4, 2014 - 32 comments

Shut up and listen

"Barely a week goes by without some old white man castigating the yoof of today on the shallowness/stupidity/etc. of their taste in music, art and culture in general. It’s a narrative as old as culture itself — adults throwing up their hands in despair because Kids These Days just don’t get it." But, contrarily, "there’s a subset of music criticism these days that seems to view the taste and aesthetic of teens (and teenage girls, in particular) as weirdly sacred. It’s a sort of creepy offshoot of poptimism, one that starts from an unrealistically monolithic view of teen culture — not all teens like Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, after all — and is, in its own way, as deeply patronizing as claiming from on high that teens have no taste." -- Flavorwire's Tom Hawking on Critical Assumptions about Teen Culture.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 8, 2014 - 132 comments

I don't care, I love it

While traditional music venues offer their usual Best Albums (or whatever) of the Year round-ups, Spotify confers with a different set of experts of find out what songs and musicians were most important to 2013: You.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 18, 2013 - 58 comments

Cuz we'll never be Legals

Guestlist’ (NSFW lyrics) is the brand new single from Berlin based Denitza Torodrove AKA DENA, released worldwide on 23rd November. The tongue and cheek lyrics offer a poignant juxtaposition to the political message of the single which addresses immigration control issues in her native Bulgaria. The video, also shot in her homeland...provides a suitable backdrop to DENA’s unique brand of pop, 90’s inspired hip-hop and Balkan beats. ‘Guestlist’ follows singles ‘Thin Rope’ and ‘Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools" which came out on French label Kitsune earlier this year, rapidly reaching more than 800,000 views on Youtube. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 17, 2013 - 3 comments

going to the next level

Meet Title TK, A Band That Doesn't Make Music [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 30, 2013 - 68 comments

nos gusta lo que hacemos

Everything you think you know about salsa music is BS. The truth is: Orquesta el Macabeo [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 29, 2013 - 10 comments

Everybody’s in the minstrel show

“Oh,” says the ad man. He’s responsible for the hour of primetime television Revlon has bought and turned over to Belafonte, who, by the way, will not be singing “The Banana Boat Song,” and has also decided that he won’t accept commercials. “Oh my god,” says the ad man. Belafonte grins now, and says what he thought then: “Swallow that sh*t, motherf***er.” The Revolutionary Life of Harry Belafonte.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 4, 2013 - 36 comments

you are watching us fight

When Turntable.fm launched in 2011 it served as a unique way to listen to music virtually with friends on the web. It works on the basis of groups that let users play music on virtual decks with a queue system, chat room, and the ability to search and upload music. Two years after its introduction, its creators are fighting to keep it alive.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 3, 2013 - 30 comments

20 years, black cat, black cat

It's been twenty years since Dante Ferrando opened the Black Cat Club on 14th St in DC. The neighborhood has changed immeasurably, but the music is still going.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 13, 2013 - 17 comments

Listen to my Five Year Plan

Wooden Heart is a video by Listener. Listener is a spoken word rock band. Their new record is Time Is A Machine. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 21, 2013 - 9 comments

cloud rap is sort of the chillest of raps

Depending on who you ask, Cloud Rap either is "the best shit happening right now" or it doesn't exist. If you ask Killscreen, the genre owes a lot to Japanese Role Playing Games. But according to Philly cloud-rapper Lushlife, "All Rap Is Cloud Rap." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 25, 2013 - 45 comments

Blink and you'll miss it

In response to a listicle on pop-punk where "most of the picks were just early 2000s-era crapcore Warped Tour bands" the Jaded Punk Blog has a more 'authentic' list,"36 Pop-Punk Albums You Need To Hear Or Just Go Fucking Die.". A list which seems to beg the question "What is pop-punk? Is this more like this, or more like this? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 10, 2013 - 124 comments

2cool4school

Last spring, Chance the Rapper got suspended from High School for 10 days. Faced with an ultimatum from his Dad to make real progress as an artist or drop it and get serious about his studies, Chance spent his suspension making the mixtape #10Day, a critical hit. Now, Chance has released another mixtape, Acid Rap, that delves even deeper (and with even more complex wordplay) into his favorite subjects: hallucinogens, nicotine addiction, the 90s, his mom, and the current dire situation of the south side of Chicago. Many critics are calling it a masterpiece. Download for free here, or listen here.
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 31, 2013 - 60 comments

Brick on brick in a magic design, His eyes filled with cement and tears

Released in 1971 at the height of the Brazilian dictatorship, dedicated to the bittersweet struggle of those exiled to freedom, Construção was Chico Buarque's most stylistically adventurous studio record, and by many accounts, his masterpiece. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 17, 2013 - 12 comments

Sorry, I didn’t realize you were going to be good

'Before their show in Seattle last month, London four-piece Savages posted a sign around the venue that laid out a couple of ground rules: no Instagramming, no video, no tweets-- in short, "SILENCE YOUR PHONES." This could be seen as a part of a growing trend of bands pointing out how sick they are of looking out into a sea of smartphones rather than human faces (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs posted a similar missive at their recent New York homecoming show), but it felt more like an extension of Savages’ overall manifesto. And no, “manifesto” is not too dramatic a word; especially in contrast with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ sign, which tempered its message with chatty humor, Savages’ fiery imperative read like something hammered onto a door.' --Pitchfork has both a review and cover story on Savages well-named new record "Silence Yourself"
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 7, 2013 - 110 comments

Never to be sold

"All the Years of Trying" by Patrik Fitzgerald, taken from the documentary of the same name, is a modernized version of one of his old songs. The original Folk Punk (and Backstreet Boy) is still making music. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 5, 2013 - 1 comment

I've drowned and dreamt this moment

You may love Paul F. Tompkins (previously) for his stand up comedy, or his character acting, or his internet hilarity across many media or his startlingly good style, but did you know you can love him in a different way? Namely for his ability to cover Adeles "Skyfall"? (previously) Now you do.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 3, 2013 - 39 comments

A big kick, as high as I could

Guided By Voices {previously} has put out more songs than you can imagine (since allegedly the mid-80s [GBV Doc, Audio NSFW]), most of them under 2 minutes [Concert from 1996]. Which certainly might make it hard to decide what album to start with. Judging by volume of cover versions however, there is no contest. By that metric, Alien Lanes is the most beloved Guided By Voices record. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 27, 2012 - 65 comments

ARTISTS MAKE LOUSY SLAVES

Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked "used to be a poet." Who would "write, late into the night, by candlelight." But now, according to a statement [PDF] solicited by the US Copyright office about the current state of royalty payments for songwriters "I work in a candle factory. I scrape flesh from skins of carcasses and process rendered fat into lumpy bars with wicks." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 17, 2012 - 39 comments

Sangre, Bandera, Cruz

Born in violent, divided Tijuana Mexico, Ruidosón, a musical movement blending chillwave, latin rhythms, and politics is attracting notice of critics north and south of the border. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 11, 2012 - 6 comments

Go for it! CHROME

Top Albums of the 1980s, Scratch 'n Sniff Stickers. Package #1 [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 18, 2012 - 26 comments

Get out there and bother each other! That’s what it’s all about.

Legendary curmudgeonly rockist Athens GA music zine Chunklet is still around, and teaming up with Vice magazine to bring you such new Classics of argument-fomentation as The Wheel Of Punk™ (and the Wheel of Punk™ in action). [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 11, 2012 - 9 comments

What's inside of me

"To coincide with his new book, “Will Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy,” Will Oldham is again releasing a new batch of his own oldies — a six-song EP called “Now Here’s My Plan,” made up of fresh versions of songs from the Prince Billy catalog. Among the recordings is an impossibly upbeat rendition of “I See a Darkness,” the beautifully bleak song off his 1999 album of the same name that was later covered by Johnny Cash." The video for the new version, shot in Glasgow Scotland, is now posted on the New York Times website. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 10, 2012 - 14 comments

Only good for conversation

An acclaimed new documentary, Searching for Sugarman, goes hunting for the lost Dylan, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 1, 2012 - 10 comments

personal computing challenging the recording business

"Dingus is dedicated to the search [for new music on Bandcamp]. It's here, on this humble blog that we shed light on bedroom artists in their most defining moments. If you want what's popular today, Dingus is not the blog for you. But, if you want what's fringe, pure and passionate then you've somehow landed on the right URL." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 28, 2012 - 18 comments

Have we met before

Met Before. The new video from the band Chairlift (previously) doubles as a game of Choose Your Own Adventure and a meditation on the nature of choice.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 10, 2012 - 3 comments

I can't make you know me

After he beat out some popular dance music favorites to win a Best New Artist Grammy last week, many asked Who Is Bon Iver? Some, confused further, asked Who Is Bonnie Bear? Parents everywhere answered: Um, THIS is Bonnie Bear. Fortunately, all this confusion has had a charming result. All the while, Bon Iver has blithely been making music. Yesterday Justin Vernon released a live video of him and frequent BI contributor Sean Carey rocking two minimalist pianos on some old favorites and a brand new cover of Bonnie Rait's "I Can't Make You Love Me". [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 18, 2012 - 35 comments

Tonight they play again

The Kendalls sing about the Pittsburgh Steelers (+ Live in Rotterdam). [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 10, 2012 - 4 comments

he has apparently been forgiven

Ed Askew lost his martin tipple on a railroad platform 20 years ago. In 2009, someone returned it. Now he can play his classic freak-folk songs on it again. Though some of his best don't require any live accompaniment at all. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 8, 2011 - 13 comments

Fantastisk Mediemanipulation

SYGNOK and The War For Radical Computer Music. -- "We join Gæoudjiparl van den Dobbelsteen (aka Goodiepal), internationally acclaimed 'Danish Techno Prophet' and creator of Radical Computer Music (RCM), in the aftermath of his war against the Danish Royal Academy of Music. Now operating under the moniker 'SYGNOK' after teaming up with DJ HVAD and VJ Cancer, the film traces how Gæoudjiparl's RCM goals of creating music for 'artificial and alternative intelligences' has now diverged into a tangled web of race wars, theft, forgery and death threats."
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 2, 2011 - 9 comments

We're all doomed.

The New Garage Explosion: A full length documentary by VBS-TV [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 1, 2011 - 21 comments

reality got rocked

The new The New Pornographers video: Moves [Written and Directed by Tom Scharpling], features cameos by all of your favorite alt.comedians (including one of Mefis Own). [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 9, 2011 - 19 comments

A lot of beats

Cozy Powell plays 400 drums in one minute (via WFMU Blog) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 2, 2011 - 29 comments

Unfinished Sentence

Imagine your hometown never changed. That no one ever grew old or moved on. Part book, part film, part family photo album, Welcome to Pine Point unearths a place frozen in time and discovers what happens when an entire community is erased from the map. [Autoplaying music/film in links] [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 14, 2011 - 26 comments

still picking my jaw off the floor

Yes Yes Y'all, curated music videos (and other stuff). (some tracks NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 12, 2011 - 6 comments

Split Personality

Basehead, also known as dc Basehead and Basehead 2.0, is an American alternative hip hop group formed by Michael Ivey in suburban Maryland in 1992. Basehead's 1992 debut album, Play with Toys, was recorded at Ivey's home with various studio musicians (hits: Ode to My Favorite Beer, Not Over You, 2000 BC). Ivey formed a touring band for live performances, which contributed to Basehead's second album, Not in Kansas Anymore (which contained what some consider his best song, Split Personality). [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 17, 2011 - 21 comments

I'll just pretend

DNA is an unofficial video for the Darwin Deez song of the same name. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 2, 2010 - 7 comments

the world of facts

Bombay [nsfw], the new video by El Guincho, is a sexy parody of Carl Sagan's greatest hits. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 7, 2010 - 11 comments

As potent as any megalithic stone circle yet repellent to the New Age idiot

Northumbrian Storyteller, No-age Musician and Ante-Folk singer Sedayne performs his own Primal Myth Reinvention of The Holly and the Ivy to the tune of Searching for Lambs. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 4, 2010 - 11 comments

We thought it would be a coffeeshop album

MeFi favorites Ben Folds and Nick Hornby have recorded an album together: Lonely Avenue. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 27, 2010 - 14 comments

Harvey had to be part of the mix

Message of Rien (nsfw mashup) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 10, 2010 - 5 comments

next month at the altamount commemorative

Sleazefest: The Movie [rather nsfw] is a documentary of the first Sleazefest, a two day festival of bands, barbecue, b-movies and beer that took place in August of 1994 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC. The festival was extended to three days and became an annual event for the next decade. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 1, 2010 - 3 comments

I dont know why I did this just wanted to try something different

"Scream" a video by aspiring DIY pop-star (and ostensible straight person) Sky Smith. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 5, 2010 - 30 comments

Like Elton Joel and Billy John

Andrew WK battles Gonzales: A cutting contest like no other. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 1, 2010 - 9 comments

You Can't Catch Me

You Can't Catch Me, Music and Lyrics by Chuck Berry. The Stones covered it. John Lennon was sued (twice!) for covering it and appropriating the lyrics. If Iggy Pop and the Stooges were never sued for doing the same thing as "Come Together" in 1970, perhaps it's because nobody could understand what exactly he was saying, not even the bands that took their names from the adapted lyrics. Perhaps JJ Cale was thinking of the chorus when he wrote Call Me The Breeze in 1971. Finally, though Jonothan Richman's "Roadrunner" clearly took inspiration from the Velvet Underground's Sister Ray and Bo Diddley's "Road Runner"(among other things), but, as a Berry fan, you can hear Richman echoing the lyrics in the Spirit of 1956 going Faster Miles an Hour, with the radio on, tuned to Rock And Roll. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 19, 2010 - 43 comments

This is merely year one

Hojun Song wants to show you how to make a satellite. And then he'll help you build a robo-guitar. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 17, 2010 - 2 comments

Let’s try to hate this thing right, shall we?

The Semiotics of TiK ToK. An in-depth analysis of what makes Ke$ha's hit song work, stopping by Beyonce, Barthes, and the Beastie Boys on the way. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 1, 2010 - 148 comments

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