started a blog in July 2013 - Circles of Life: The 143
- he's about half way through now. [more inside]
With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
documents the restoration to operable status of an early US Army 1911
(1918 pattern) pistol. The 1911 was recovered buried in 3 feet of mud in Tennessee alongside an old bootlegging road. Wanna see the 1911 in action? The incomparable hickok45
gives a run-down of its history and fires a few mags
Kathryn Bigelow's striking bin Laden manhunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty
arrives in wide release tonight on the heels of a final artful trailer
-- one with oddly familiar musical accompaniment
The funereal hymn, a cover of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" (lyrics)
, deftly recasts the 90s power ballad as a haunting dirge of quiet grief, shattered ideals, and a singleminded focus on revenge, a perfect distillation of the film's profoundly grim thesis
But while the song may be fitting, it wasn't composed for the project -- it's just the latest success story from Belgian women's choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers
, whose mournful reinterpretations of classic and modern rock
-- catapulted by their rendition of "Creep" in The Social Network
-- have made them famous around the world
, with star turns in the likes of Homeland ("Every Breath You Take")
and Downton Abbey ("With or Without You")
. Cover comparison site WhoSampled offers a list of YouTube comparisons between the covers and the originals
; look inside for more of their work in movies and television. [more inside]
"Boil the Frog lets you create a playlist of songs that gradually takes you from one music style to another.
It's like the proverbial frog in the pot of water. If you heat up the pot slowly enough, the frog will never notice that he's being made into a stew and jump out of the pot. With a Boil the Frog playlist you can do the same, but with music." Here's more about Paul Lamere's new project
, where he suggests some fun & incongruent playlists to try. [more inside]
is a collection of mixes created and designed by graphic designers. Each mix contains 10 songs and an awesome cover image
to tie them all together. Listening is free, but account invites are a hot commodity
. [more inside]
eMusic has a collection of more than 50 artists reflecting on love songs
, from Andreya Triana (Coldplay's "Yellow
" reminds of her first love and heartbreak), to Yuki Chikudate (from Asobi Seksu) (Debbie Gibson's "Lost in Your Eyes
" brings back the innocent early-elementary school crushes), and Dan Deacon (who heard Yo La Tengo's "Shadows
" after a sucky breakup). All songs mentioned are linked below the break. [more inside]
allows users to create online playlists of songs on YouTube, and play those assembled by others. Both mixing and playing have a nice simple interface. Here's one I took a few minutes to make
The Golden Record
: Hear what the aliens will hear.
30 years ago today, a collection of images
and sound recordings
engraved on a record
was launched toward the stars.
covers an amazing collection of music, and has been called the Mix Tape of the Gods
Would you like to listen to some bad music?
You know, just in case your good music gets boring. Opinions will vary of course. I kind of like the Temple City Kazoostra's version of Also sprach Zarathustra
. The Museum of Bad Album Covers on the same site was discussed previously
A Rough Guide to I Love Music's Rough Guides
Never have to AskMe again for mix suggestions.
Whats on your ipid play list?
You are what's on your playlist
Experts say digital music library reflects listener's personality
Silly listeners. Payola in radio isn't "back", it's just back in the news
Read how more than ever radio airplay is not determined by you, creativity, inspiration, nor musical genius, but by the big green. More reasons to try xm