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Watch it open up 'cause it can't keep a secret

It's safe to say that Peaches' new video for her song Rub is really not safe for viewing at work* [more inside]
posted by item on Dec 3, 2015 - 46 comments

Rave tapes

An absolutely no-frills collection of ca. 100 classic rave and jungle tapes from the early 90s
posted by Dim Siawns on Dec 3, 2015 - 25 comments

Сказал себе я: брось писать, - но руки сами просятся.

I told myself:-- you mustn't write! But stubborn hands will not comply
Vladimir Vysotsky was a Russian Actor, Poet, and Musician. He wrote over 600 songs before his death in 1980.
posted by TheCoug on Dec 2, 2015 - 10 comments

It's that time of year again!

DJ Earworm's United State of Pop 2015 (50 Shades of Pop) is now available!
posted by Talez on Dec 2, 2015 - 42 comments

“…if you use a razor blade and glue; you can change the whole world.”

The Art of Punk (previously) is a documentary series from MOCAtv, the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Arts’ YoutTube channel. The series looks at the visual language of the punk rock movement by focussing on three legendary punk rock bands and the seminal artists behind their iconic logos. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Dec 1, 2015 - 4 comments

And women reacting to sexy men producing synthesized harsh noise

Women reacting to (and producing) harsh noise and sexy men of the synthesizer, two single-serving tumblrs from a WHPK dj (previously)
posted by kenko on Dec 1, 2015 - 29 comments

Chris Cornell covers the song One.

Chris Cornell covers the song One. (SLYT)
posted by bondcliff on Dec 1, 2015 - 41 comments

At one point in time we thought this song was empowering

Of course, no post-breakup wallow cycle is complete without revisiting Lauryn Hill’s debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. So one Tuesday evening, I got my glass of wine, dimmed the lights, and got ready for my almost daily routine of crying my eyes out until my tear ducts were depleted enough to be functional around well-adjusted humans for 8 hours the next working day.

That same Tuesday is when I promptly discovered that this album is terrible...As I am sure that a few of you are still vehemently denying reality, I will submit to you some incontrovertible track-by-track truth bombs.
-- "The Miseducation Is Overrated", a truth bomb by Shamira Ibrahim
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 1, 2015 - 65 comments

Party like it's 198x!

If you’re looking for a good way to spend the rest of your week, Archive.org has unearthed a gigantic collection of cassettes from the mid-80 into the mid-90s. According to their notes, the 30GB collection was saved from the archives of noise-arch.net (previously) and donated by former CKLN-FM radio host Myke Dyer in August 2009. Due to its size and obscurity, the collection hasn’t been properly notated but is said to include cassettes ranging from “tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indie, rock, DIY, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials”. (via FACT)
posted by lmfsilva on Dec 1, 2015 - 22 comments

Portnoy's complaining

Drummer Mike Portnoy drums a game of "Name That Tune" (NSFW) on a Hello Kitty drum kit. Bonus live set.
posted by a lungful of dragon on Dec 1, 2015 - 6 comments

Touring America has become a nightmare

For a British band to tour America it costs 7000 dollars to even get into the place and the visas arrive so late so you have to cancel your flights and gigs and rebook everything losing money and gigs before you even get there between flight reschedules . [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Nov 29, 2015 - 74 comments

Heathcliff, it's me-- Cathy...

300 Kate Bush Impersonators Pay Tribute to the Wuthering Heights Video. There is an instructional dance video, if you'd like to recreate this at home. And the original, for your reference. (Open Culture has the backstory.)
posted by frumiousb on Nov 27, 2015 - 73 comments

Funky Friday

"Don't Push Your Luck" is the newest release from L.A. funk and soul band, Orgone. More tracks over at Soundcloud.
posted by Room 641-A on Nov 27, 2015 - 5 comments

No pressure

David Bowie's Greatest Collaborations
posted by Artw on Nov 26, 2015 - 28 comments

50 years on, you can get anything you want

This Thanksgiving marks 50 years since the famous Alice's Restaurant Masacree. Guthrie still views the antiwar classic as an "anti-stupid" song. He has returned to the scene, the former church, which is now the Guthrie Center. Tonight PBS will air a 50th anniversary concert with Guthrie singing the song in its original form. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Nov 26, 2015 - 25 comments

Thirty eight jewels

If you're like a whole buncha other folks out there who haven't heard nearly enough (or even any) of the music of America's perhaps least-known MAJOR soul man, then I've got the cure right here. Right here in this little Metafilter post. Yes indeed I do. Thirty eight songs of the great, great Solomon Burke. Just sit back and let it rain down on you, brothers and sisters.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 25, 2015 - 8 comments

“Guilt is good! It’s the flip side of empathy.”

The Paris-based magazine Télérama have published a conversation between Thom Yorke and author/activist George Monbiot. Yorke is a professed fan of Monbiot's writing, and throughout the interview, the two men discussed climate change.Throughout the conversation, Yorke and Monbiot discuss how they've responded to climate change in their day-to-day lives—becoming vegetarian, Radiohead's carbon neutral touring initiative, and so on. Yorke said that for a time, figuring out how to reduce his carbon footprint became an obsession.
posted by Fizz on Nov 24, 2015 - 9 comments

The Secret History of the Mongols, updated in musical form and annotated

The Secret History of the Mongols is the oldest surviving Mongolian-language literary work, and is regarded as the single most significant native Mongolian account of Genghis Khan. Linguistically, it provides the richest source of pre-classical Mongolian and Middle Mongolian, and while you can read it in various translations, it can be quite a slog. That's why Mongolian rappers Gee of/with Click Click Boom team up with Jonon to present a musical version of Mongolian History, in Mongolian. Luckily, there are English subtitles to this video, but there's still a gap between knowing the words and knowing what they mean. With that, you can find a collections of links as annotations below. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 23, 2015 - 11 comments

(Sail Away)

"Enya emerges from the shadows wearing a full-length black taffeta dress and a velvet shrug. She’s 54, but she has the skin of someone much younger — or someone who spends most of her time in an Irish castle. She looks like a mix of Deanna Troi and my mom, which is to say, she is the most beautiful woman in the world. She appears, nods as the room applauds her, and disappears without a word. “Now, for a light mingle,” the exec announces." -- Anne Helen Petersen on Enya, her avoidance of celebrity, her history, her massively successful career, and her castles.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 23, 2015 - 68 comments

'Last year I made a plan to record a bunch of dank new tunes...'

Electronic composer Dan Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, has just released his long-awaited new album, Garden of Delete. But he hasn't just released an album - he's created an entire, detailed, sorta disgusting lore. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Nov 23, 2015 - 6 comments

Rolling in the Turkey...

As we enter Thanksgiving week in one of the most politically-charged environments in recent memory, Saturday Night Live reminds us to steer the dinner-table conversation toward something that everybody can agree upon -- Adele's new album is pretty great.
posted by schmod on Nov 22, 2015 - 43 comments

Sibelius 3

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 [YouTube]. There is no imagery and no drama—except that of the musical events themselves—for you to lose yourself in. This is like Haydn. You can't do anything with it except listen to it.
posted by Wolfdog on Nov 22, 2015 - 7 comments

"Ardent fans of a meaningful idiocy." Dancepop with a passionate point.

Today we're republishing one of Sansara's most recent and important albums for a Western audience, together with translations of the songs, thirty-one articles, and twenty-four video clips. The album's title - "Igla" (Needle) - carries a specific meaning in the context of Russian rock. It's a reference to a prior generation and therefore to any (ongoing) hope of building meaningful linkages today. For audiences across Russia, that simple noun will undoubtedly suggest a famous cinematic melodrama of 1988, in which rock legend Viktor Tsoi played a young man whose life is tragically shackled to the local drug trade.

He is killed seconds before the credits roll.
posted by rorgy on Nov 21, 2015 - 4 comments

It's kind of a love song--all the monsters enjoying each other's company

You've tuned back into Radio FLTR, where we're digging up more hits from the past and doin' a monster song with ya on this beautiful November night. Here's that young dreamboat with the wacky expressions, Bobby Pickett doing the Monster Mash back in 1964 on American Bandstand, two years after his hit was first released, when he first cashed in on two hits at once - songs about dancing and monster mania. Bobby "Boris" Pickett didn't rest on those laurels in '62, but swiftly came back with a whole album of monster songs that same year .... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 20, 2015 - 13 comments

Soundtrack to a really hype nap

R3 Music Box is a YouTube channel that delivers peaceful music box versions of anime, movie, and video game themes, plus tons of J-pop, K-pop, and more.
posted by knuckle tattoos on Nov 20, 2015 - 13 comments

Analogue before analogue

Mechanical Techno Demonstration by Graham Dunning
posted by a lungful of dragon on Nov 20, 2015 - 17 comments

The Return of the Thin White Duke

David Bowie invites you to enjoy his new 10-minute video and single, "Blackstar" [SLYT]. Synopsis: Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah.
posted by FelliniBlank on Nov 19, 2015 - 90 comments

Дискоклуб

The Mixtape 24: Soviet Space Disco courtesy of The Calvert Journal: [October]'s mixtape is a collection of cosmic disco music from the archives of Soviet state record label Melodiya. Compiled for the launch of the exhibition Soviet Space Archive: Configuration II (on display at Calvert 22 Gallery between 10 October — 31 October 2015), it showcases the otherworldly highlights of the label’s eclectic Diskoklub series, including the swirling synths and tight brass of groups such as Zodiak from Latvia. For the exhibition opening, curators Rory McCartney and Ella McCartney will host a Soviet Space Disco. This mix captures the futuristic soundtrack to the opening event.
posted by Wolfdog on Nov 18, 2015 - 7 comments

The story behind Everclear’s Sparkle and Fade

In 2011, Everclear frontman Art Alexakis finally gave the people of Portland what they wanted: He moved back to California.
posted by josher71 on Nov 18, 2015 - 59 comments

RIP Rdio

Streaming service Rdio is filing for bankruptcy, and Pandora is set to buy its assets for $75 million. Never heard of Rdio? The service was a lesser-known competitor to the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, and did a lot of things right in a low-key way. Its userbase is savvy and fiercely loyal. The service is set to wind down over the next few weeks. The Atlantic: A Eulogy For Rdio. David Greenwald: What Spotify and the rest could learn from Rdio. The Verge: Streaming music has an economics problem. [more inside]
posted by naju on Nov 17, 2015 - 110 comments

You feel like you're going to have a blue time.

[Spoilers ahoy!] Toby Fox's Megalovania, possibly inspired by Castlevania and Live a Live, started life as the soundtrack to his Earthbound Halloween Hack. It then gained major prominence as part of Homestuck's sprawling multi-album soundtrack, featuring in a pivotal Flash page and consequently being associated with a certain cerulean crook due to the incorporation of her theme. Recently its popularity soared due to being used as the boss battle song for a sapphire skeleton in Undertale (though there's some speculation that it really represents the player). Its inclusion in Homestuck and especially Undertale has inspired a lot of fanwork: all three versions layered, two orchestral versions, major key, muzak, mashups with Kana Hanazawa, DMX, Panic! At the Disco, and Eminem, with Super Mario Maker and Plants vs Zombies, on hard drives, music boxes, and violins, metal, 8-bit, acapella, and kazoo covers, even a mindboggling DDR-style game which the creator and his girlfriend played through. Let's dance in the sandstorm! [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 17, 2015 - 11 comments

Basically, a chance to get wasted dancing feverishly

The Guča Tumpet Festival, also known as Драгачевски сабор, is an annual brass band festival held in the town of Guča, in western Serbia. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Nov 16, 2015 - 13 comments

“the best for nervous flyers”

“I’m 60% excited,” says Adele, directing me to a couch beside a set of speakers, “40% shitting it.” She’s invited me here today to hear her third album, 25.
posted by ellieBOA on Nov 16, 2015 - 66 comments

Then he handed me a bag full of money

"The Memphis Grizzlies will be honoring the old Memphis Sounds for their Hardwood Classic games this NBA season by wearing the Sounds’ red-and-white jerseys. Given that the Sounds were around in the early 1970s and were of the ABA, the jerseys are pretty slick and sweet. ...To understand the Sounds you need to understand the music. And to understand the music you need to understand race and cotton." - Curtis Harris on Stax Records and the context of the Memphis Sounds.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 16, 2015 - 18 comments

“Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It”

"A revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones – and the music of a new generation” is how director Christopher Kirkley describes his West African re-imagining of Purple Rain. Set in the Saharan city of Agadez in Niger, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Akounak for short) is a visually sumptuous and musically thrilling movie that works splendidly with or without the Purple Rain mythos. But riffing on Prince’s tale locates Purple Rain’s universal heartbeat
posted by infini on Nov 15, 2015 - 10 comments

The (slow in coming, but very real) return of Mo' Wax

Mo'Wax is a British record label that was formed in 1992 by teenage school friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy. The label quickly gained renown for trip-hop, turntablism and other odd beat hip-hop, from the likes of Japanese DJ Krush, Americans Money Mark, Dr. Octagon and DJ Shadow, British Luke Vibert, and their own UNKLE project. The label lasted a solid decade, then petered out as the 2000s wore on. James Lavelle looked back on 21 years of the label (a year late), and is now restarting the label. This effort is being kicked off with releases by a West London artist, Elliot Power. More waxing below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 14, 2015 - 20 comments

Missy's back!!!

After ten years doing mostly production work, Missy finally drops a new track. And lord, it RAWKS. [NSFW, SLYT]
posted by Purposeful Grimace on Nov 12, 2015 - 108 comments

That's the way I like It baby, I Don't Wanna Live Forever...

Philthy Animal Taylor, drummer for Motorhead's golden age lineup*, has passed away. RIP, you Philthy bastard. *this clip shows that along with being a great drummer, he could really cut a rug
posted by jonmc on Nov 12, 2015 - 41 comments

I fought the law, and the law won (unless it didn't)

Outlaw songs are at least as old as popular music itself. The image of a gallant loner battling a rigid and unyielding legal establishment has proved irresistible for generations of songwriters. In 1959, Texan Sonny Curtis wrote one of the best, "I Fought The Law." Intended as a vehicle for himself and the post-Buddy Holly Crickets, their single went precisely nowhere.
That is, until it was covered -- the first hit cover was by The Bobby Fuller Four in 1965, then another major version came out 14 years later, from The Clash who revived the "oldie" into what is now a "punk anthem." From there, the covers start piling up.... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 11, 2015 - 29 comments

"I would maybe compare it to... it's like a light monkey's paw."

"There's a snideness about it that is in keeping with the experience and the inner life of being a certain kind of teenager. It's very anti-earnest. There was a moment after the period where that song came out where everything was humorless and grotesque. But after that, it seems like what happened was that everything got pretty earnest." Why Harvey Danger's '90s alt-rock hit "Flagpole Sitta" endures. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Nov 11, 2015 - 115 comments

Rowsdower saves us and saves all the world!

An anthem for a hero for our age. An anthem... for Rowsdower.
Also from the same guy, songs for The Pumaman and Mitchell, and Idiot Control Now. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 10, 2015 - 50 comments

67 Year-Old Grindcore-Singing Mom Is Way More Brutal Than You

Known only as The Grindmother, she is a 67 year-old Canadian woman who has taken up grindcore music and her demonic wailing will peel the paint off your walls. Why the Grindmother is the greatest thing to happen to grindcore in 2015. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 10, 2015 - 41 comments

Music....OLD music.

"The UCSB Library, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Grammy Foundation, and donors, has created a digital collection of more than 10,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections. To bring these recordings to a wider audience, the Library makes them available to download or stream online for free." You can browse the collection here. More information about the collection can be found on their "about" page. (It's been nearly 10 years since this was posted previously, they've nearly doubled the size of the collection since then, I felt it was worth mentioning one more time. The collection, along with other resources was also mentioned in an FPP in 2006.)
posted by HuronBob on Nov 8, 2015 - 16 comments

The Chopin Project

Musician and composer Ólafur Arnalds (previously) and classical pianist Alice Sara Ott collaborated together on an album of original compositions inspired by the works of Frederic Chopin, recompositions, and renditions of Chopin's sonatas called The Chopin Project, to truly beautiful effect. [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 comments

It's the time of the season.

"Imagine creating the best work of your life, some of the best music of its day, and no one cares. Now imagine playing those songs 47 years later to a screaming and loving bunch of fans and getting what seems like a hero's welcome. That's part of the story of The Zombies, who played the classic 1968 album Odessey and Oracle, along with a set of other hits and brand new songs, live in Washington, D.C. last month." Listen to the full concert here.
posted by plasticpalacealice on Nov 3, 2015 - 34 comments

Chip Punks

The slowed-down Chipmunks are brilliant and terrifying... The "original" Chipmunks cover of Call Me vs the slowed-down version
posted by GuyZero on Nov 2, 2015 - 85 comments

And the boys with motorcycles want cars

A "holy grail" for fans of outsider music: the only known (?) footage of the Shaggs live, at Fremont Town Hall in 1972. Context and introduction to the Shaggs here via Dangerous Minds. Mike McGonigal notes on Facebook that the footage was floating around a few years ago, but this new incarnation (courtesy of R. Stevie Moore) is higher quality, longer, and synced to audio. Though as one Youtube commenter notes: "The audio's out of sync. Or it might be perfectly in sync. Or... we'll never know." The Shaggs previously on Metafilter: 1, 2, 3.
posted by naju on Nov 2, 2015 - 41 comments

Elènne: spreading the dance music and #ffcf05

Elènne (ɛ'lɛn) makes a wide range of dance music, from lush vocal pop (Between Us feat. Mothica), something with chopped beats and vocals (King of Thebes), and a bit of marching band percussion with strings and ... I don't know what (Burning Bridges). Many of the tracks are free to download via Soundcloud or Dropbox, plus Elènne has a Bandcamp account. For more music, here is Elènne's Yellow Mix #1, a pick of current favorites and inspirations. For even more musical selections, Elènne picks a track per week on Facebook.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 1, 2015 - 3 comments

REGGAE REVIVAL

After more than two decades of being dismissed as music for parents and tourists, roots reggae is relevant again in Jamaica. A group of young artists is repopularizing the genre in a new wave that has been named the Reggae Revival. (Revival is a controversial word here, I would learn, but more on that later.) There are enough of them to call it a movement, the best-known being the singers Protoje, a 33-year-old from St. Elizabeth, and Chronixx, 23, from St. Catherine. - Meet the Millennial Musicians Behind Jamaica’s New Movement
posted by beisny on Oct 31, 2015 - 7 comments

666 - the album

Released in 1971, 666 is the third and final Aphrodite's Child album, a two record concept concerning the biblical Apocalypse. The singer (now deceased) went on to become this guy. The keyboard maestro went on to become this guy. But the album itself remains one of the creepiest, strangest, best examples of so-called progressive rock ever released. And that [infinity] track featuring Irene Papas on vocals -- that's genuinely terrifying in the right/wrong situation.
posted by philip-random on Oct 31, 2015 - 21 comments

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