Neutral Milk Hotel demos, videos, and bootlegs.
Brainchild of enigmatic, now-reclusive singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum
(not Magnum!), the "fuzz-folk" project known as Neutral Milk Hotel began and ended in the 90s and only released two LPs
, but is still held as a touchstone by many indie rock critics
More live recordings
can be found at the site for Elephant 6
, the collective which included NMH and other bands
like Beulah, Circulatory System, Elf Power, and Apples in Stereo.
The complete discography
and more MP3s. Some lyrics
posted by ludwig_van
on Feb 22, 2006 -
American Idol 5 on Popmatters.
"There are two pre-audition selection rounds before contestants are allowed to meet the judges. Clearly then, the show's army of "talent" spotters deliberately sent Derek
and the others crashing and burning onto national television, in the sure and certain knowledge that humiliation means ratings." Some insights into the corporate machinery behind American Idol, as well as thoughts on the current season.
posted by ludwig_van
on Jan 25, 2006 -
: Bill Graham
, of Fillmore
fame, was born Wolfgang Grajonca in Berlin. He grew up to invent, more or less, the modern rock 'n' roll promotion industry. He also had an eye for the future, stashing away posters
, backstage passes
, and photography
for posterity (us).
Now, 15 years after his death, you have him to thank not only for $350 Rolling Stones tickets
but also for $3800 Rolling Stones posters
Satan at a crossroads
Clear Channel a few years back, the vault also contains a bunch of audio and video that Clear Channel didn't know it had
and which we may or may not ever get to experience.
posted by bigmike
on Jan 6, 2006 -
All hail the King of Fuh
Since 1965, Stephen "Brute Force" Friedland has been a professional blower of minds. He began his musical career penning
the first existential/psychedelic girl group record, graduated to tapeworms and sat-upon sandwiches, then was personally signed by George Harrison
as an Apple
artist with the sly and ultimately unreleasable "King of Fuh." (Turn it inside out. There, you see. MP3
But oddball songs of love and linguistic quirkiness are just the tip of Brutie's iceberg. In 1969, he swam half way across the Bering Strait in a symbolic plea to warm up the cold war. He does deliciously absurd stand-up prop comedy interspersed with song. And his eyebrows
are a work of art in their own right. So all hail the Fuh King, who has never compromised his deliriously batty vision, and at this point assuredly never will.
posted by Scram
on Nov 20, 2005 -
Music photography goodness - some UK-based photographers with plenty of image galleries of rock and pop bands: Peter Hill
(also see his livejournal
for more pics), Ami Barwell
, Michael Williams
, Scarlet Page
, Graham Smith
too), Emma Porter
, and the already mentioned Andrew Kendall
which licenses the work of several photographers and has sections on jazz
, hip hop
, etc. as well as travel photography
and other cool stuff (free registration required to access single galleries and images)
posted by funambulist
on Oct 15, 2005 -
from the annual Sziget
pop festival. I love getting these things and spinning them around at full speed but it can be a bit disconcerting with the The Boom Family Snuff Puppets surrounding you. And hey! spot the guy caught lighting up a doobie at the Yann Tiersen concert.
posted by tellurian
on Sep 18, 2005 -
"Anyway, the idea behind this site is similar to stumble: provide links and representations to (of) artists that I love. To that end I've already started populating the music, photography, visual arts and motion arts sections with some art I hope you really enjoy (and real links to the amazing artists responsible)."
[And check: via via via
posted by peacay
on Aug 6, 2005 -
, named after a Memphis grocery chain and arguably the most influential
cult band in the pop pantheon
(not to mention composers of "That '70s Show" theme song, as rendered by Cheap Trick), releases a new studio album
on Sept. 27. Fronted by the legendary Alex Chilton
(yes, the same one
) and Chris Bell
(Jody Stephens and Andy Hummell rounded out the original lineup), Big Star reformed in 1993 with the Posies'
Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, and have played live off and on since -- but this is the band's first release of new material since the dark, brooding Third/Sister Lovers
in 1978. O my soul! Power pop fans rejoice!
posted by scody
on Jul 26, 2005 -
Page after page of late 50s/early 60s pop posters, advertisements and more, designed by the studio of Lefor-Openo
which consisted of Marie-Claire Lefort and Marie-Francine Oppeneau. Via Papel Continuo
posted by iconomy
on Jun 29, 2005 -
:"For these people, Chutney was more than just music
), it was their life, it was their culture. For a people twice removed from their native land, Chutney was their connection to the traditions they might have otherwise never known." [via
posted by dhruva
on May 29, 2005 -
Vote For The Worst American Idol
contestant and be a foot solider against cornball programming. In the battle between an Internet movement and television producers, so far the rouge site
has the lead. But as we get closer to the show's finale, can the contrarians keep the worst contestants
in the mix?
posted by herc
on May 7, 2005 -
The Sukiyaki Song [mp3]
Depending on your age, you may have heard your parents humming this, or even hummed it yourself. Sung by Kyu Sakamoto
, the Sukiyaki Song was the only number 1 hit by a Japanese artist in the US, in 1963. It remains the biggest international hit by a Japanese popular singer. The song has nothing to do with the popular Japanese beef dish
; the Japanese title was "Ue o Muite Aruko" (I Look Up When I Walk), but was changed
because it was thought that western DJs would be unable to pronounce it
. The song spawned many covers, and Maddmansrealm
over 60 of these, including French
versions, bossa nova
versions, a short accordion version by Styx
, and a live instrumental version by Bob Dylan and Tom Petty
[mp3s]. Kyu Sakamoto died in 1985 in the crash of JAL 123.
posted by carter
on Mar 3, 2005 -
perhaps the freshest show to grace our radio airwaves in recent years has been cancelled. Host Kate Sullivan
and a collection of friends mused on pop music and associated pop culture with passion, a strong does of "um" and "uh, like" and an always great soundtrack. You can listen (for the moment anyway) to the archives
posted by donovan
on Dec 16, 2004 -
Enough Is Enough
: It's time to stop dancing to "Hey Ya!" "As of today, November 10, 2004, it is one year since 'Hey Ya!' was released in the UK. So all you Beyonces, and Lucy Lius, and babydolls, GET OFF THE FLOOR."
Further proof that Popjustice
is the world's greatest pop magazine, if their review of Girls Aloud's What Will The Neighbours Say?
-cast-members-out-of-ten ratings scale didn't already convince you. Oh, and "note to DJs: This is not an excuse to start playing 'Crazy In Love' again."
posted by logovisual
on Nov 10, 2004 -
pop vs. soda
what might the "other" terms be? you are from the far north of minnesota or south central new mexico - what do they call "pop" or "soda" in your neck of the woods?
posted by specialk420
on May 27, 2004 -
Nick Hornby discusses pop music in this NY Times essay:
"Maybe this split is inevitable in any medium where there is real money to be made: it has certainly happened in film, for example, and even literature was a form of pop culture, once upon a time. It takes big business a couple of decades to work out how best to exploit a cultural form; once that has happened, 'that high-low fork in the road' is unavoidable, and the middle way begins to look impossibly daunting. It now requires more bravery than one would ever have thought necessary to try and march straight on, to choose neither the high road nor the low. Who has the nerve to pick up where Dickens or John Ford left off?
In other words, who wants to make art that is committed and authentic and intelligent, but that sets out to include, rather than exclude? To do so would run the risk of seeming not only sincere and uncool - a stranger to all notions of postmodernism - but arrogant and vaultingly ambitious as well."
posted by grumblebee
on May 26, 2004 -
Britney Says... Pop Superstar Discusses Her High-Brow Faves
Britney writes about her exposure to high art and literature. The gallery is meant to help her grow as an artist, and expose her to new audiences. She doesn't want to perform for teenagers all her life, she's getting older after all. Features pictures of Britney reciting lyrics and poems. She wants to be taken seriously as a PERSON.
posted by rschram
on Mar 19, 2004 -
is to the iconic saucer-eyed urchins
of the '60s as Salvador Dali is to Hickory Dickory Dock. His delicate palette, fine details and classical references offer compelling counterpoint to the deliciously disturbing imagery of les tykes terrible
in collections such as "Blood: Miniature Paintings of Sorrow & Fear"; "Bunnies and Bees: Paintings Created to Illustrate DIVINE TRUTH in Accordance with the Secret Principles of SCIENCE AND SOUL"; and "The Meat Show: Paintings about Childen, God, and USDA Grade A Beef". Plus, they're kids - with big eyes
posted by taz
on Sep 8, 2003 -
Old soda caps
sold by "the bottle cap man" provide a great web gallery of retro design. I wish I knew the histories of these obscure drinks. Warning: hundreds of thumbnail-sized pictures.
posted by pinto
on Aug 8, 2003 -
Who's So Vain?
Carly Simon will be revealing the inspiration for her pop classic, "You're So Vain." Suspects include Warren Beatty and Mick Jagger. My guess (you heard it here first, kids): Gene Simmons of Kiss. Who do YOU think she was singing about?
posted by twsf
on Aug 5, 2003 -
Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide
Snap, Crackle, Pop, Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Tony the Tiger (and mysteriously, also a Mrs. Tony), Spock, Powdered Toast Man, Cracklin' Oat Flakes (with Xtasy!), Dr. Dre's Weedies... Send in your Proof of Purchase Kids for a FREE jagged metal Krusty-O in every box and excruciating embedded sound on every page. via the excellent Speckled Paint
posted by Stan Chin
on Mar 3, 2003 -
The Best Soda You Never Had:
Inspired by Miguel's thread, I went in search of some links about exotic beverages - specifically, the carbonated ones - and many of my leads ended up back at this one place. Cel-ray, Jones' Bubble Gum, Stewarts' Orange Cream - all there, and plenty more... It always seemed to me that Mexican sodas
tended to be far far more diverse than the standard cola / diet cola / lemon-lime / orange / root-beer selection you typically see anywhere in America. Unfortunately, they fail to mention my absolute favorite, which is Cuban, and is called Materva
(scroll down about a third of the way).
posted by wanderingmind
on Feb 13, 2003 -
about Buddy Holly, spurred me to look deeper into the pop charts back when American Pie was in the top 40. I was fairly amazed at the list of songs charting
that week. We've got Horse With No Name, Heart of Gold, Mother and Child Reunion
with artists like Harry Chapin, Roberta Flack and Nilsson. Sure, there's some pop pabulum
, but I was blown away at the litany of performers whose very personal songs, and not very pop themes, were all be charting together. When compared to today's
chart, it makes you wonder - what happened to the pop performer as an artist? Is there room for a unique artistic voice in today's pop?
posted by pejamo
on Feb 4, 2003 -
released 35 years ago, "yummy yummy yummy i got love in my tummy
", unarguably the most important pop song since "itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini", roared to the top of the charts and its supporous and encrustulated bubblegum effluviance can still be heard in today's poppiest artistes. simple simon says: are YOU down with fruitilicious?
posted by quonsar
on Jan 16, 2003 -
Britney turned on by lesbian porn.
Seems pop princess Britney Spears has been hanging recently with adult film star Jenna Jameson. Reportedly there is "an attraction between them," and Jenna would love to perform with Britney in a movie. I can't make this stuff up.
posted by johnnyace
on Sep 4, 2002 -