The Chopsticks Brothers (筷子兄弟)
[Google translated bio
] are Xiao Yang and Wang Taili,
Chinese indie musician/filmmakers making internet short films which generally function as extended music videos for their original songs.
(42 min, english sub) October 2010
] - over 52 million views
on YouTube, english subtitles [more inside]
posted by ctmf
on Mar 10, 2013 -
Radio Free Gunslinger
is a music podcast by the blog If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats (previously)
A guided tour through the chthonic regions of 20th century Western culture and the society it reflected.
At least that's what it says on the wrapper.
posted by zamboni
on Jun 14, 2012 -
Closed Frontier: Is rock over?
"Rock ’n’ roll is to 21st-century America what the Wild West was to 20th-century America: a closed frontier, ripe for mass mythology....Exciting new music still thrives in the subgenres, but modern musicians draw increasing amounts of inspiration from tradition, not originality. The sexagenarian Rolling Stones do serial victory laps around the world, just as an aging Buffalo Bill toured America and Europe in the 1880s and 90s, performing rope and horse tricks alongside Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull."
posted by Sticherbeast
on Apr 3, 2012 -
Belbury is an English market town with a picturesque 11th century church, and some notable modernist architecture, including the Polytechnic College. None of which exist except in the constructed world of the Ghost Box
record label, whose founder Jim Jupp records under the name Belbury Poly
, and publishes the Belbury Parish Magazine
. [more inside]
posted by reynir
on Feb 11, 2012 -
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 25, 2011 -
Twenty years ago today, the gaming world saw the launch of a truly landmark title: Sonic the Hedgehog
. Developed as a vehicle for a new Sega mascot, the fluid, vibrant, cheery-tuned wonderland swiftly became the company's flagship product, inspiring over the ensuing decades an increasingly convoluted universe
of TV shows, comic books
, and dozens of games on a variety of systems (all documented in this frighteningly comprehensive TVTropes portal
). And while in recent years the series has turned out more and more mediocre 3D and RPG efforts
, the original games remain crown jewels of the 16-bit era. So why not kick off this anniversary by replaying the titles that started it all for free in your browser: Sonic the Hedgehog
(1991), Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(1992), Sonic the Hedgehog 3
(1994), Sonic & Knuckles
(1994). Or click inside for music, remakes, and other fun stuff! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 23, 2011 -
The idea behind Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation? is to look back at an era that’s both incredibly important and yet mysteriously absent from my life as a music fan. Part 1
: 1990: “Once upon a time, I could love you”. Part 2
: 1991: “What’s so civil about war anyway?” Part 3
: 1992: Pearl Jam, the perils of fame, and the trouble with avoiding it
posted by Joe Beese
on Nov 3, 2010 -
1, 2, 3,4, 5,6,7, 8, 9,10, 11,12!
Classic Sesame Street
taught us Counting
and other important stuff.
posted by louche mustachio
on Jun 15, 2007 -
One two three, four five, six seven nine ten, eleven twelve
. [6.5mb .wmv]. An excellent remix video of the the Sesame Street 'Pinball Song'. Features the Pointer Sisters on vocals, apparently. The remix was done by Braces Tower
, who also have the mp3
up on their site.
posted by tapeguy
on May 18, 2004 -
Show and Tell Music - Thrift Store Vinyl.
There are lots of vinyl sites out there, but some of the items in this collection had me floored.
And the quantity is just as impressive as the quality -- several pages of unintentionally funny Christian vinyl you have to see to believe. MP3 samples too! Via BoingBoing
, but got lost under a lengthy EFF post (which was also good).
posted by condour75
on Dec 5, 2002 -
Obsolecence and adolescence
I came of musical age during the beginning of the tectonic shift between cassette/vinyl/CD (vinyl on the way out, cassette taking precedence and CD waiting in the wings).
Crushes, science and lots of bad music I still love (yeah, too much Anglophilian pop
) was spooled on those tapes. This story
about the demise of the cassette has it all! And it's a great bit of writing, too...
posted by chandy72
on Oct 30, 2002 -
Rhino Records' latest orgy of nostalgia, The '80s Pop Culture Box
, arrived in stores this week
. The package boasts seven disks, 142 songs, and an impressive array of extras, including liner notes by Jamie Malanowski of Spy magazine
, so this may be all that you need to become an instant '80s expert. If the $99.98
sticker price is too steep for you, and you're already
an expert, though, you can try their contest
for a chance to win a set (and a whole bunch more!) Gag me with a spoon!
posted by yhbc
on Jul 22, 2002 -
probably the finest literary chronicler of America's National Pastime is also a master at the delicate art of being sentimental without being saccharine. The Band
created some the greatest musical portraits of America ever committed to wax. Both of these artists tackle very "American" themes, yet both(excepting Band drummer Levon Helm) are Canadian. Canada is often ignored or glossed over culturally speaking, but these two examples make me think that perhaps Canadians have a unique perspective on America that helps them create such amazing portraits of the US.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 8, 2002 -