The Root's ?uestlove on the invisibilizing of Black culture...
"...you can point to this as proof of hip-hop’s success. The concept travels. But where has it traveled? The danger is that it has drifted into oblivion. The music originally evolved to paint portraits of real people and handle real problems at close range — social contract, anyone? — but these days, hip-hop mainly rearranges symbolic freight on the black starliner. Containers on the container ship are taken from here to there — and never mind the fact that they may be empty containers. Keep on pushin’ and all that, but what are you pushing against?" [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata
on Apr 23, 2014 -
YouTube user Frank Huang posts full live sets of metal/grindcore
, many from Brooklyn's St. Vitus
bar, including: Pig Destroyer
(@ Santos), Whores.
, KEN MODE
(@ Hellfest), Pelican
, and naturally Saint Vitus
posted by gwint
on Apr 22, 2014 -
Ladies and gentlemen, I share with you today – the latest beat from off the street, the mashup sensation that’s sweeping
the internet nation. It's DJ Faroff’s latest groovechild Mash Machine
, starring the Godfather of Soul, the Doors, dueling riffs from Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and
AC/DC. With special guest appearances from the Soul Train line dancers, the Pink Panther and a cowbell.
posted by jason's_planet
on Apr 17, 2014 -
The world of video game music has blossomed in recent years, enough to support live concert tours
and bestselling albums
. But while most such work is licensed or contracted out to third-party composers, a rare breed make their living at a single company, imbuing entire franchises with their unique sound. And apart from Nintendo's venerable Koji Kondo
, there is perhaps no dedicated gaming composer more renowned than Martin O'Donnell
. From humble beginnings writing the jingle for Flintstones Vitamins
, O'Donnell and longtime collaborator Michael Salvatori
joined developer Bungie in 1997, penning music for Myth
, and most notably the Halo trilogy
-- an iconic blend
of sweeping orchestral bombast
, haunting choirs
, and electronic ambience
that became one of the most acclaimed and successful gaming soundtracks of all time. O'Donnell also helmed Bungie's audio department, managing voice actors
, sound effects
, and an innovative dynamic music engine
, and was most recently working with Paul McCartney
on the score for the upcoming Destiny
. So it came as a surprise today when it was announced MartyTheElder was being terminated without cause
(flabbergasted reaction: HBO
). With O'Donnell following Joseph Staten
, Frank O'Connor
, Marcus Lehto
, and other Bungie veterans out the door, what might this mean for the company and its decade-long plan for Destiny? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 16, 2014 -
The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie.
No grave site, no photograph. Forget that — no anecdotes. This is what set Geeshie and Elvie apart even from the rest of an innermost group of phantom geniuses of the ’20s and ’30s. Their myth was they didn’t have anything you could so much as hang a myth on.
posted by oinopaponton
on Apr 12, 2014 -
Five years ago, Alfred Weisberg-Roberts, aka Alfred Darlington (more widely known as Daedelus
) finally released an album with his wife, Laura Darlington
, under the group name The Long Lost
. And it's beautiful, light and airy orchestral pop that owes a greater debt to Caetano Veloso than Coldcut
, the style of music that might not out of place being played live in a knitting shop
, which could seem a bit strange for a group releasing their music on Ninja Tune
. For further fond words, The Gaslamp Killer considered their album one of his top picks for 2009
, and here's a nice interview with Alfred and Laura
. But we're really here for the music, so here's their self-titled album, streaming on Grooveshark
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 11, 2014 -
Diana’s challenge to the monarchy was that she took its nickname – The Firm – literally. She had been fired by the firm, and like a true entrepreneur she set up her own business as its competitor, disrupting it by doing exactly the same things – touring the world, visiting the poor or sick or industrious – with less protocol and more agility. The ultimate 80s icon was taking 80s politics to its unthinkable conclusion: privatise the monarchy. To do it, she used things the Royal Family could hardly touch – the media; youth; even pop.
Music journalist Tom Ewing's ongoing coverage of every UK #1 single reaches the biggest seller of them all: Elton John's Candle in the Wind 97.
posted by rollick
on Apr 8, 2014 -
Coltrane in "A love supreme" sessions.
"Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart
was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes. Recently, his son David was browsing through his archives when he found six undeveloped rolls of film from December 1964, 50 years ago.. They portrayed saxophonist John Coltrane . . . with his quartet, making a work that would soon be hailed as a masterpiece and a landmark of 20th-century music: A Love Supreme." [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot
on Mar 30, 2014 -
“How do you manage to breathe enough to play that thing?” Good question. It’s one I’ve asked myself a lot lately because until recently, I hadn’t practiced the tuba regularly in—(these are confessions from the tuba world, right?)—a decade, not since I took lessons in college. I’ve continued to play for TubaChristmas, for fun whenever my dad or brother feel like jamming, and for sundry church functions—just enough to warrant owning my own tuba. But, in January, I was asked to join a local British-style brass band for their upcoming competition in April. Not wanting to be the weakest link, as I suspected I was, I instated a weekly practice goal: a minimum of a half hour, four times a week. Let me tell you, a lot of rust accumulates in ten years.
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Mar 28, 2014 -
As Michael Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape
, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Mar 27, 2014 -