Sure, you like your mp3s well enough; you just wish they would steadily collapse into a wall of distortion and white noise. Good news: The Disintegrator
is here to help. [via mefi projects
is an electronic music style that is largely regional
, associated most strongly with the Bow
district of London (prime example: Wiley - "Bow E3"
), but in recent years, grime has grown in style and station
, moving out from London and expanding to Canada
and beyond. (NOTE: audio is likely to be NSFW to some degree) [more inside]
To kick off (in the U.S.) the long Memorial Day weekend (traditionally the unofficial start of summer!) the Boston Globe presents an interactive chart of iconic songs of summer from each of the last 100 years!
No word yet on the 2014 earworm to be.
is Ben Sharp and he releases his instrumental rock/prog-metal project at ‘name your own price’ through the website Bandcamp. [more inside]
What happens when Toronto street signs taken over by Indy bands.
Interesting to see the placement of signs, and the types you remember as being iconic in Toronto, and also how many signs I can actually remember, or identify considering the names have been changed.
Thanks to some insider information, you now know how much it costs to hire your favorite band or performer.
Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Taylor Swift and the aforementioned Bieber are in the rare one million dollar club.
Others can be had for much, much less. [more inside]
is a bizarre slice of the 1980s in a browser. Strange old clips of 80s movies combined with 80s synth music and a lovely pastel palette make for a good time.
In a black-and-white world, artists fight to defend their color from THE GOLD SPARROW
. [more inside]
Michael Jackson has a new album out: Xscape [more inside]
uses audio synthesis cleverness and the HTML 5
Web Audio API
to give you a
of ambient soundscapes and background noises right in your (recent) browser. Each generator is highly customisable and users can share customisations with each other.
50 years ago Anthony Hopkins wrote a piece of music titled 'And the waltz goes on'. Watch him hear it played for the first time
The song "Turkey In The Straw" is one known to millions of Americans as well as many, many others around the world. Here's a National Public Radio article
that shines some light on the virulently racist lyrics that attended that familiar old melody in its earlier incarnation. WARNING: Do not go to the link if you wish to avoid racist imagery and slurs.
Swans have a new album out.
Called To Be Kind
. Financing for the album was supplied by sales of the live album/collection of demos entitled Not Here/Not Now
, which, for a price, Michael Gira himself would write and original song and send you a video of him singing it, just for you. Oh and, reviews are in for the new album, and they are very favorable. Links inside. [more inside]
In a new production of Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice
(Orpheus and Eurydice) in Vienna, the part of Euridice is shared between the soprano Christiane Karg, who sings from the stage, and Karin Anna Giselbrecht, a young woman in a persistent vegetative state, who lies in a nearby hospital. "The music is played to her and video cameras relay her image to the stage."
[From the opera blog Intermezzo
.] [more inside]
Already being hailed by some as maybe one of the best music videos of the year
, Sia's Chandelier
, featuring 11-year old Maddie Ziegler, is by turns haunting, beautiful, strange and frisson inducing. [more inside]
Each year for the past seven years, Billboard Magazine's Rich Appel
has surveyed a group of classic pop aficianados to create his IRS chart
--It Really Should have been a Top 10 hit. This list of more than a thousand records largely from the 60s and 70s runs the gamut from classics that somehow never cracked the Top 10 during their heyday to the unjustly overlooked and obscure. Via the best radio show in America, Crap From the Past.
1. NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE
2. CAN'T FIND THE TIME (to Tell You)
3. WILL YOU BE STAYING AFTER SUNDAY
The Peppermint Rainbow
4. SHAME, SHAME
The Magic Lanterns
5. MORNING GIRL
The Neon Philharmonic
6. MR. DIEINGLY SAD
7. GOD ONLY KNOWS
The Beach Boys
8. THINGS I'D LIKE TO SAY
The New Colony Six
9. PRETTY LADY
10. YELLOW RIVER
And so much more!
Long Player is a fortnightly show presented by [British music journalist] Pete Paphides. Conducted in a relaxed setting, these interviews see some of Petes favourite artists revisiting the highs and lows of their careers.
Interviewees include Allen Toussaint
, Linda Thompson
, Neil Finn
and Jimmy Webb
. [more inside]
The A.V. Club
asks readers What’s your cultural dealbreaker?
which they define as "cultural products that someone can profess to enjoy only while losing all of your respect."
Captain Ahab's Motorcycle Club
is a project overseen by the perversely multitalented Cory McAbee
) It's a band/fan club/film production group, which has been working for the last two years on music
written by McAbee and orchestrated/performed by anybody interested in uploading a mix. Its ultimate project will be a feature film chronicling the funeral procession of Abraham Lincoln.
It's under 24 hours until the Grand Final
of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest
, airing at 2100 CEST (2000 UTC, 3 pm EDT). Are you ready for the most wonderful musical event of the year? [more inside]
: the inner workings of a vintage black and white photobooth in real time. Via photobooth.net
, the most comprehensive photobooth resource on the internet (previously
How the “Sassiest Boy in America”
became the most interesting man in rock-and-roll.
Slightly unheralded prince of television themes, Steve Barri
Plus, a look at his early songwriting career
with P.F. Sloan. [more inside]
Christian Zander may have a commercial design background
, he has a significant amount of work in a more abstract, generative style, as seen in his House and Bike blog posts
, and strewn among his work portfolio
. He has also worked with animations, both live (Kiss Kiss Kiss - "Ponte 25"
) and recorded (Kenton Slash Demon - "Ore"
/ I Got You On Tape - "Run From The Rain"
Kids Interview Bands
is a video interview series hosted by 7th graders Olivia and Connie. [more inside]
57-minutes of a live-stream concert
from French composer/musician Yann Tiersen playing from a secret location today. [more inside]
All of Bach:
Every week, you will find a new recording here of one Johann Sebastian Bach’s 1080 works, performed by The Netherlands Bach Society and many guest musicians.
90's Southern Gothic rockers The Rock*a*Teens
have reunited and are going on tour
. Their unique mixture of dark, swampy rock influences
have been praised by Dan Bejar
as "the most underrated American rock ’n roll band of the ’90s," and Will Sheff of Okkervil River
as, "masterpieces buried in muck
." The band features Chris Lopez, who you may know from aughties band Tenement Halls
, and Kelly Hogan
, who's worked with Neko Case. Playlist after the jump. [more inside]
Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever (average people have a vocab of 5,000 words). I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.
by music journalist Taylor Parkes
does an extraordinarily good job of explaining why Britpop
was so deeply and unremittingly horrible
. [more inside]
Exactly what the title says.
The author is Colin Gawel, from the legendary (in Columbus, OH anyway) rock band Watershed
"Nobody would believe how difficult it is to be the mother of a Wunderkind. Everything I do is wrong; everything the child does is “for effect”; everything we say is utterly untrue. If Vivien runs up to me and kisses me, I hear it murmured that she is trained to do so. (“Whipped to be affectionate in public!”) So I tell her never to do it again. Immediately people remark how cold I am to the child; how the poor little creature evidently fears me and prefers Fräulein Muller.
We take her with her hoop and skipping-rope to play in the park? It is said we make her pretend to be infantine, force her to act the “happy child” when people are looking on! So we take her toys from her and conduct her for prim walks between us. “Poor little unnatural creature!” say our friends: “she has no child-life at all.”
The Devourer and the Devoured
is a long essay by Emily Hogstad
about the intertwined lives of the novelist Annie Vivanti and her daughter Vivien Chartres, a world-famous violin prodigy, at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Walter Kitundu is an artist and MacArthur Fellow (previously
). In this video
, he gives a lecture at the San Francisco Exploratorium about his bespoke instruments and lighting experiments. At around 16 minutes
in, he plays his digital revision of a kora
Internet personality Neil Cicierega (previously)
has released a new mashup album based on Smash Mouth, "Smooth," "The Power of Love," Daft Punk, and other stuff: Mouth Sounds.
Apple's new iPhone commercial uses that ultra-catchy Pixies classic, "Gigantic".
But... Do you think the producers of the commercial knew what the song is about
? A calculated gamble that 98% of viewers would not? Clever marketing designed to create a stir? Or just plain cluelessness?
was a live, orchestrated performance by the New Japan Philharmonic of many of the songs from the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. Unlike most other video game soundtracks, which are essentially recordings of game music, all of the pieces for Smashing...Live! are completely re-arranged and fully orchestrated." [SLYPlaylist] [more inside]