Singer, knob twiddler and bass player MNDR has had a great year, especially considering that she hasn’t even finished her first full-length solo recording yet. MNDR is best known in the pop world so far for her collaboration with Mark Ronson and Q-tip on Bang Bang Bang
, a song that plays with the french children’s song alouette with a double entendre squeezed out of the consonants in “plucking feathers.” [more inside]
posted by umbú
on Aug 16, 2011 -
Is the epic saxophone solo returning to pop music?
With recent good time summer radio hits by ubiquitous hit makers Katy Perry and Lady Gaga featuring an unexpected saxophone solo, is this a hint towards a return of the woodwind as a staple in rock/pop music or just ironic posturing from vapid "tastemakers"?
posted by mediocre
on Jul 21, 2011 -
Using album & digital song sales, Hot 100 rankings, radio airplay, YouTube views, social media, concert grosses, industry awards and critics' ratings, Rolling Stone compares sixteen female artists to name the Queen of Pop
. [more inside]
posted by troika
on Jun 30, 2011 -
Overlooked '90s Indie Pop: The Cat's Miaow
, whose single sentence wiki describes them as... "an indie pop band formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1992." And Madison Electric
, a band from Ann Arbor that played one show in a church basement before going their separate ways.
posted by puny human
on May 21, 2011 -
Inside Pop - The Rock Revolution is a CBS News special, broadcast in April 1967. The show was hosted by Leonard Bernstein and is probably one of the first examples of pop music being examined as a 'serious' art form. The film features many scenes shot in Los Angeles in late 1966, including interviews with Frank Zappa and Graham Nash, as well as the now legendary Brian Wilson solo performance of "Surf's Up." (MLYT) [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator
on Apr 29, 2011 -
was perhaps the biggest Brazilian popstar of her time. The clip in the first link is a single song from a TV special she did in 1973, at the height of her powers, and which has been put online in its entirety
. The song, Águas de Março, was a Tom Jobim composition, which they sang together
on the album Elis & Tom, which also featured such gems as Corcovado
, Inútil paisagem
. Over her career Elis Regina worked with a who's who of Brazilian popular music, and there's quite a lot of material out there. The best places I've found are YouTube channels elisetom1974
and, though the Elis Regina material is mixed in with other stuff, jordaoqualquer
is a treasure trove. Elis Regina died from an alcohol and cocaine overdose in 1982, 36 years of age. Last year NPR had a short appreciation
of her as part of its 50 Great Voices series.
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 5, 2011 -
It’s maybe a little
early yet for year’s end retrospectives, but who cares: we’ve got 157 songs, 10.5 hours, 1.12 GB of “some of the best and most notable music from 2010... covering indie, pop, rock, punk, folk, rap, R&B, soul, dance, country, modern classical, ambient and electronic music, and in many cases, hard-to-classify genre hybrids.”
—Curated by FluxBlog’s own Matthew Perpetua.
posted by kipmanley
on Dec 3, 2010 -
version of "My Way"
("Comme d'Habitude", Frank Sinatra's version was a cover) was written by Claude Francois
, AKA "CloClo"
. Somewhere between a French Wayne Newton and Elvis, he died when he was taking a bath, saw a lightbulb had gone out, and tried to replace it while standing in water, completing the circuit. Some of his hit songs include: Belinda
Belles Belles Belles (cover of
"Girls Girls Girls")
, Si J'avais un
Marteau (if I had a Hammer)
Bonhomme (French country, cover of Johnny Cash's "Dirty Dan")
, Le Disco est Francais
His scantily clad female backup dancers, called the
"Claudettes" or Clodettes
, were the inspiration for the Solid Gold dancers and had
their own short-lived solo spinoff career where they tried to cash in on the
kung-fu + disco
posted by destro
on Aug 1, 2010 -
So it's the middle of July and you say you haven't found your perfect summer jam yet? Does Ga Ga make you gag? Are you maxed-out on MIA? Then what you need is the petite princess of Swedish electra-pop, Robyn
, doing Fembot
. So hot. Still need convincing? Then would you believe Robyn with Staygold, and a live version of Backseat
posted by puny human
on Jul 14, 2010 -
The Thriller Diaries
: Michael Jackson’s 1983 “Thriller” remains the most popular music video of all time: a 14-minute horror spoof that changed the business. Behind the scenes it gave its star a temporary home with director John Landis, sparked a near romance with actress Ola Ray, and revealed how damaged the young pop idol already was.
posted by reenum
on Jun 24, 2010 -
She's been called "the greatest posthumous success story in music history." But when she died of melanoma at age 33, few people outside of the Washington DC-area had heard of Eva Marie Cassidy
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jun 17, 2010 -