The Daily Adventures of Mixerman
is the hilariously brutal daily blog of an anonymous studio engineer, recording an anonymous major-label rock band. As Ink19
says, "What Spinal Tap did to Heavy Metal, Mixerman does to The Recording Process."
posted by Espoo2
on May 8, 2003 -
Fancy yourself as a mixmaster? Marillion
are offering you the chance to remix their last album, Anoraknophobia
. Tracks cost £10 per song for the masters, or £60 for the whole album. Whatever you think of the band (like/hate/never heard) this is certainly an unusual opportunity. Feel creative? There's a prize of £500 per song for the best mix.
posted by salmacis
on May 6, 2003 -
Apple's iTunes Music Store
sold over 1 million songs in its first week of operation
, almost instantly making it the largest and most successful online music company in the world. Though we've already discussed at great length how it compares to free downloads here
, my question is: how is this going to affect the traditional (legal) distribution channels? With an ever growing library (3,200 songs added today to the 200,000 they started with), incredible convenience ($1, 1 click, and ~1 minute download to get that song you've been dying to hear), and the ease of use we've come to expect from Apple, I think that they're no longer competing with Kazaa
, they're starting to pose a serious threat to Amazon
posted by rorycberger
on May 6, 2003 -
was a French video jukebox that made its debut in 1960 and was imported into the US in 1964. Although they usually featured high production values, catchy melodies, and lots of gratuitous cheesecake, the singers were often relative unknowns and the music was square even by the standards of the day. Consequently, they never caught on in a big way outside of Europe, and many of the original Scopitone jukeboxes and films were destroyed. Fortunately for us, a few Scopitone enthusiasts have catalogued
the songs, scanned
the advertisements, and even preserved a few Quicktime clips of the original French
and American Scopitone
posted by MrBaliHai
on May 4, 2003 -
The NY Times reports
that music companies are considering some new anti-piracy measures of questionable legality. The ideas include a program to lock up user's computers, another to find and delete illegally downloaded files, and what amounts to a DoS attack on user's computers. There are some supporters of these possibly extralegal measures. Representative Howard Berman (D-CA) introduced a bill
last year to provide the music industry with a "safe harbor from liability" when pursuing P2P traders. Should media companies be allowed to operate outside the law in their efforts to stop illegal downloads of their music?
posted by punishinglemur
on May 3, 2003 -
You Are Cordially Invited To A Night Of Fados.
It's Saturday night; you're hidden deep down in one of Lisbon's fado
houses; so pour yourself another glass of thick, blood-red wine; cast your mind back to loves lost and the memory of joys that will never return; take out your most tear-absorbent handkerchief and prepare to indulge in the most melancholy, poetical and maudlin of all urban songs
: Lisbon's Fado
... [More inside.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 26, 2003 -
are among the most sadly unsung bands of the alt.rock era. Though beloved by critics
(particularly the British press) and adored by a small army of devoted fans
, they disbanded in 1997 for financial reasons. After releasing a killer new album
, the band (featuring prodigal Muse and Belly founder Tanya Donnelly
) are back for what may be the last time
. (more inside)
posted by pxe2000
on Apr 25, 2003 -
blur are back.
My favourite band since seeing them play in a pub in Leicester, blur
release their 7th album
They "invented" Britpop, then reinvented themselves when the backlash began, and it's lovely to still have them around. Something I've grown with and recognise as I stare at another edition of Top of the Pops, understanding nothing of the karaoke-cover-pap in the charts today.
If you're going to see them in London next month, I'll be the one at the back with a pint in my hand and a contented smile on my face (too old for this jumping around at the front lark)...
posted by jontyjago
on Apr 25, 2003 -
A wondrous little application, Clutter grabs album info from a currently playing MP3 track, sends it off to Amazon, and comes back with an image of the CD cover. Once done, these images can be moved about the desktop at will; a double click plays the record in its entirety. And it's free. God bless the independent developer! [OS X and iTunes compatible only, unfortunately.]
posted by aladfar
on Apr 22, 2003 -
I Feel, Therefore I Am
. Consider the work of Dr. Antonio Damasio
, humanist and neuroscientist, who has turned the Mind and Body
debate between René Descartes
and Benedictus de Spinoza
upon its head--or at least the heads of Phineas Gage
and one Elliott
--via his research and writings such as The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness
, Descartes' Error: Emotion, reason, and the human brain
and Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain
. He's influenced writers like Ian McEwan
and David Lodge
, and via his thoughts on the perception of music
, inspired a composition
. (More Inside)
posted by y2karl
on Apr 19, 2003 -
The one and only Dead Rock Stars Club.
This site, while nothing really to look at, does represent one hell of an effort. Only on the web.
1980, as it happens, was a particularly bad year, taking Ian Curtis, John Bonham, John Lennon, Bon Scott and Peter Sellers.
posted by psmealey
on Apr 15, 2003 -
"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943
Approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort Valley, Georgia. The documentation was created by John Wesley Work III in 1941 and by Lewis Jones and Willis Laurence James in March, June, and July 1943. Also included are recordings made in Tennessee and Alabama by John Work between September 1938 and 1941. Audio Title IndexThe John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
Folk singers and folksongs documented during a three-month trip through the southern United States. Audio Title IndexCalifornia Gold: Northern California Folk Music From the Thirties
Materials from the WPA California Folk Music Project Collection, including sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California. The collection comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in twelve languages representing numerous ethnic groups and 185 musicians. Audio Title Index
(As Always, More Inside)
posted by y2karl
on Apr 14, 2003 -
The idea: A place for posting songs where they might actually get heard -- preferably someone who can help get it published. We've teamed with SuperfastNetworks to create the first song blog**.
Will the the Metafilter Music Channel
be next? **Actually it works with any digital content.
posted by Shane
on Apr 11, 2003 -
Best. Festival. Ever.
The Field Day Festival
is taking place on June 7th and 8th in Riverhead, NY
and the lineup is amazing. Yesterday, there was an image of the band lineup
, but it has been removed. There will be an official announcement on Monday. In the meantime, here is a partial list of bands to whet your appetite: Radiohead, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Beth Orton, The Streets, Sleater-Kinney, N.E.R.D., Beastie Boys, The Strokes, Sigur Ros, Blur, Flaming Lips, Interpol, The Rapture and Tortoise.
posted by capndesign
on Apr 9, 2003 -
Staggeringly weird MP3 collection
over at April Winchell's blog. Everything from Hindi ABBA covers to hideous celebrity sing alongs from the likes of Hulk Hogan and Catherine "Daisy Duke" Bach. My favorite so far is the german cover of the theme music from Bonanza.fromCKB's blog.
posted by jonson
on Apr 7, 2003 -
Stones 'fail to rock' young Indians
The Rolling Stones have failed to sell out their first concerts in India - amid reports that many young music fans are simply not interested in them.
[ the best part is the quote " Tell me how many college kids are into Rolling Stones? " by a guy called Brucelee Mani, Bangalore rock musician ]
posted by turbanhead
on Apr 4, 2003 -
Nufonia Must Fall
is a possibly unique silent film, shot in paperback with a soundtrack for piano and turntable instruments. For any web-enabled numerologists reading, it also has an interesting URL. Check out the flash intro
posted by walrus
on Apr 4, 2003 -
Hey Jude, what does that song mean?
The Beatles Discography lets you look up almost any Beatles song
, and find out about its history and meaning. According to this, one of my favorite Beatles songs, "Paperback Writer,"
was written after Paul's aunt challenged him to write a song that wasn't about love. And "She's Leaving Home,"
another favorite, was based on a newspaper article about a runaway 17-year-old girl. and supposedly was attacked in the U.S. as being somehow pro-abortion. I always wondered if there was a real "Polyethene Pam," but I had no idea her name was really Pat,
and that she ate plastic. Fascinating stuff.
posted by GaelFC
on Mar 30, 2003 -
is a site where users compose songs based weekly titles. Then the public votes and a winner is decided. While necessarily indie, there is a wide variety of styles present and many great songs
(mp3 links) have come out of this site. (Check the archives
posted by ODiV
on Mar 28, 2003 -
from a free record label, Protest-Records.com. Punk, folk, rock, rap. Thurston Moore and NY designer Chris Habib curate. State smashin' stencils for download too.
posted by damehex
on Mar 28, 2003 -
-- a collection of posters created by artists and musicians to advertise their shows and events.
posted by lilboo
on Mar 27, 2003 -