10th anniversary of Mellow Gold, Beck's
first major label release.
Marked by streaming of entire album
. Over the next two weeks there will be more about the history and making of Mellow Gold, featuring interviews from those associated with Beck and the record.
[Registration required but they are quiet happy with a bogus email address]
Learn how to play along with Beck here
and read lyrics to and story behind all his songs
, including Loser '....I started the song by writing the verses, and attempting to rap like Chuck D [of Public Enemy]. When [Carl] played it back I thought, ‘Man, I’m the worst rapper in the world—I’m just a loser.’
:: an interesting exhibit of controversial and banned music recordings (and sometimes cover photographs), which is especially resonant in the interesting times in which we live. Be sure to visit The Gallery of the Forbidden
Bedroom Music for Bedroom People
A veritable treasure trove of hours and hours of mixes of fine abstract headphone-fodder of varying flavours, be it compelling hiphop or weirdo IDM or just etcetera. A fine way to pass a lazy Sunday away ...
Wilco -- A Ghost is Born
Forget SoulSeek or Limewire, stream the new Wilco longplayer right from the source. [Previously discussed here
The creators of the infamous penguin bat flash game
have opened an entire site featuring music, e-cards, and most important, two new games. Excuse me, I'm off to spend Flash Friday doing horrible things to flightless waterfowl.
I have seen the future of Metal and it's name is Norselaw
and their anthem "Sweet Home Scandinavia"
. Let the Berzerking Begin!
9 beet stretch
is the act of using digital tools to slow down Beethoven's 9th symphony to the point where the piece takes 24 hours to complete. Next week, a 9 beet stretch will be taking place in San Francisco
, at 964 Natoma, from Friday April 23rd to Saturday April 24. Sleepover!
, aka the new look mp3.com
beta launches in a week or two. Artists are asked to submit music from now, however. (Previously on metafilter: exhibts A
Hall of Fame 2004
The best of classical music [via Nomen Luni
Know a tune, but can't identify it?
Melodyhound should help. Whistle the tune, record it, and their database can help match it. Can't whistle? No problem. Figure out the Parsons Code
directly for the melody, and it will match that.
Folk Songs For The 21st Century
was recorded in the late '50s. Sheldon Allman wrote all the songs, and sings them in a strange, warped baritone voice. His tongue had to be firmly planted in his cheek when writing something like "Space Opera". Then again, maybe not... [via Buzz.]
Where's the WE in itunes? Weedshare
is a filesharing service/company that rewards users for sharing music files. Unfortunately, they're Windows only (and use DRM but with good reason
), but still interesting...
Labels seek end to 99c music per song download
"...the major five labels think that 99 cents per song is too cheap, and are discussing a price hike that would increase the tariff to $1.25 up to $2.99 per song."
How about free legal downloads for $6 a month. DRM free. The artists get paid.
? Will the RIAA ever see the light?
: all three series. ~17 hours of music mixed with disturbing comedy and downright weirdness.
Kwaito: post-apartheid South African music.
What does a community of musicians do when the politics they are singing against finally collapse? They strike out in a new direction. Kwaito is a danceable multilingual hip-house, sort of, which has become not one kwaito, but many, during the last ten years or more. A history
. The kwaito story
. A kwaito tour
tale, with more kwaito news in the sidebar. Audio samples 1
(click on the album covers). Full MP3s: Kwaito
by KGB. Fabulous Day (Kwaito Mix)
, by Redd Angel. A couple more full songs here
. A music video by Bongo Maffin
sings the songs you love, in a way that will make you hate them. Listen
to excerpts here. Music to suffer by, in the grand tradition of Leona Anderson
. (via Primal Purge)
presents Ian MacKaye performing "Vowel Movement" for the kiddies. As a friend said, this site has "pancakes and indie rock and bob mould as a corporate goon all in one package." [via sullivan
The Guided By Voices Database
: An act of love, considering that Bob Pollard (GBV
’s mastermind) has released 31
original Guided By Voices Albums and Ep’s, 6
solo albums, and a good number side projects and collaborations
(including Acid Ranch, The Airport 5, Circus Devils, Go Back Snowball, Lifeguards, Nightwalker etc), making a total of 871 released songs
(lyrics to all of them included). The database also has gig
information on every show GBV have played, most with set-lists. Amazing.
Cigar Box Guitars. Welcome to the first museum dedicated to the humble cigar box guitar. We have gathered the facts & legends, pictures & players and stories that span over 150 years.
Ten years gone.
The unifinished story of Kurt Cobain. Hard to believe that it's been ten years since the unwelcome news was broadcast. As a Cobain contemporary/gen X'er/Seattle musican in the 90s, my own heart is still broken.
The music of the news:
From Cool Hand Luke
and Action News (ra)
to today's Enforcer (MP3)
and The Tower (WMA)
, TV stations and the music in their newscasts.
Virtuoso guitar performance
of the Super Mario theme song. With sound effects too! (3.5 mb Windows Media video)
The file-sharing fight continues. Recording industry associations in Denmark, Germany, Italy and Canada have filed lawsuits or taken other legal action, aiming mainly at heavy users accused of offering a large number of songs online.
In other news
, A study of file-sharing's effects on music sales says online music trading appears to have had little part in the recent slide in CD sales.
Travis Hallenbeck's website
is an awesome collection of links about lo-fi music and art, retro-computing, cheap children's synths, and more. Some gems: CompactFlash for Apple II
, The Audio Playground Keyboard Museum
(with vintage drum machines
reworked in flash). Look around!
The Sound of Mathematics
Mathematical functions whose output have been jammed into MIDI files. The results are disturbingly musical.
Music Non Stop
Create your own version of the Kraftwerk
classic. Or make those silly robots
dance. Lots of cute little 80s retro flash stuff.
An online pictorial history of National brand stringed instruments from 1920 - present.
"The poor guy's dead now. Play it legato."
Quotable quotes from the late, great maestro
The dulcet tones of Tulsa Drone
were a growing presence on the Richmond scene when I lived there...their new album is fantastic. They've been described
as cinematic and noir-ish by everyone that's heard them. Make your own decisions, but I'll be listening to them on my iPod when I dump bodies in the lake under cover of midmorning fog from now on.
Are You Ready To Be Heart-Broken?
Sounding like the sprightly spawn of Radiohead, Coldplay and (yes) Queen, Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" is, imho, an enchantingly romantic song, lovely and over-ambitious in the tradition of, say, very early Aztec Camera, Ash or Travis. Thing is: their first album, "Fears and Hopes" (so appropriately named for those inured to pre-first-album-jitters
) will be released in May and already I dread the disappointment I just know awaits me. Early promises in Pop music have so often been cruelly broken by follow-ups, "sloppy seconds", maturity, whatever, that I put to you that musical competence, technique and general "production savvy" are inimicable to good, dirty teenage songs such as Keane's. [Be sure to listen to the other three songs on the web site, although only the gist of the wonderful "Somewhere Only We Know" is offered. They're quite good!
Listen To The Future.
We hope you like his new music. It's hard to believe, but every note, every instrument, EVEN EVERY SINGING VOICE on Brandon's new CD was played on a keyboard by just one person...Brandon Trinity
is software (Windows, Mac and Linux) that generates binaural beats - interactions between sound waves that mess with your brain
, to induce sleep, relaxation, activity, and allegedly even hallucinogenic states. SBaGen relies on text-file presets (although it comes with dozens of files to experiment with) but if you want a "quick start", there's also the Windows-based Brain Wave Generator
Britney Says... Pop Superstar Discusses Her High-Brow Faves
Britney writes about her exposure to high art and literature. The gallery is meant to help her grow as an artist, and expose her to new audiences. She doesn't want to perform for teenagers all her life, she's getting older after all. Features pictures of Britney reciting lyrics and poems. She wants to be taken seriously as a PERSON.
1980s Vinyl Multimedia
In the 1980s UK, artists were busy embedding multimedia-enabling compiled computer code
into the locked grooves of their vinyl releases (and some cassette tapes). Who knew?
What does a scale in dorian modesound like
? How about a dominant one-tension chord? Find out. Or maybe you'd just like to hear some intervals.
The Story of a Czech SuperStar Contestant. The Czech version of Pop Idol (or American Idol, if you prefer) is finally starting to get good. But it may not be for the reasons the show's creators wanted. Anna, known also by her SuperStar number 3469 or better yet as "Dajdou," has become the most famous of all the contestants so far, precisely because she is what the Czechs refer to as an "antitalent." (via Living in Europe)
A Korn video
that definately gets the message across about the music industry. (direct link to windows media, nsfw i believe)
The seminal shoegazing band My Bloody Valentine
hasn't released a record since its ground-breaking 1991 release Loveless
). MBV's primary voice and reclusive in-general genius Kevin Shields
finally gives an interview
to The Guardian after 12 years of silence.
Stairway To Gilligan
by Little Roger And The Goosebumps. The legendary classic resurfaces on the net. Hat tip to Altercation as the ax grinding continues...
The poetry of Donald Rumsfeld, set to music
"As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know."
[Department of Defense news briefing
Feb. 12, 2002] : Now, imagine it set to music and sung aloud by a classically trained female singer with a beautiful voice. [ Mp3 clips available at main link ] Some conservatives consider it a homage
, while I find it beautiful, compelling, and disorienting.
A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments. Complete with both .wav and .mp3 samples.
- LIARS post MP3s of the the entirety of their most recent release, They Were Wrong So We Drowned
. Of course, if you dig it, see 'em live or pick up a CD. Not for everyone, but for those with taste... they rock!
More bad news.
A post this morning on the Dead Milkmen
messageboard, coming from Dave Blood's
sister, says that the bassist killed himself last night. It's not been a very good week for my high school heroes.
You know how some songs are really catchy and you wonder if the hooks could be engineered to make people like the song? A company called Polyphonic HMI
has created software they call "Hit Song Science
" which is supposed to contain algorithms that determine if a song is likely to be a hit. The company is touting their first attempt at using HSS in the marketplace as a success
. [via furdlog