Here's a little something old to bring in the new year: Jacco Gardner
and his debut solo album, Cabinet of Curiosities
(Grooveshark streaming tracks; full album on YouTube
). Why? Because it's a delicious platter of ornate, lushly orchestrated, psych-inflected "soft rock" or "baroque pop"
and if you didn't know better, you might guess it was made in the 1960s, not in 2012. The album was created almost solely by Gardner, who played all the instruments except the drums
. For live shows, the 25 year old multi-instrumentalist had to enlist more help, as you can see in this live set from Lowlands
, and two more, from Ancienne Belgique
and at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 31, 2013 -
Starting from their very first album, ABBA was recording songs which opened a door onto a darker side than one might be familiar with from their hits. The first of these is Ring, Ring
's track Another Town, Another Train
, wherein a lover is left while still asleep with only a note to explain the departure of their now-long-gone beau. But that's nothing compared to what was to come across their career... [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Jun 7, 2013 -
DJ Earworm has released his annual "United State of Pop" mashup of the year's 25 most popular songs according to Billboard's charts: Shine Brighter
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Dec 20, 2012 -
"Looking back a year ago when conceiving this idea
, we thought it would be far too impossible to even attempt. We tried anyway. So, after months and months of recording/writing its finally finished: “Persongalize
”, a one of a kind personal song generator
, featuring thousands of different girl names available in the rock, pop and country genres. Yes, someone, (Karlton Tillman
), had to sing 1,816 names into these tracks, TWICE, since each name is sung
twice in each song."
posted by unSane
on Sep 30, 2012 -
Hurry Hurry (YouTube)
is the single on Boston band Air Traffic Controller's (Official Site)
new album NORDO (SoundCloud)
. It's an insistent, catchy, exuberant anthem to all those who feel like no matter how fast they run, life runs faster. It absolutely nails the sensation of pushing oneself to the point of destruction while simultaneously feeling as though one is falling farther and farther behind. It will also lodge itself deep inside your brain and refuse to stop playing, so be warned. [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Aug 17, 2012 -
"It is a familiar complaint from those of a certain age: today’s pop music is louder and all the songs sound the same. It turns out they are right.
Research shows that modern recordings are louder than those of those of the 1950s and 60s. They are also blander, with less variety in terms of chords and melodies." [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing
on Jul 27, 2012 -
In the sixty-odd years since their composition, the Four Last Songs have acquired in many people’s minds an unassailable status as simply the most beautiful music known to them, to be listened to in a dimly lit room and a state of rapt meditation, surrendering to the extraordinary spell of profound, other-worldly calm that they cast. This is not surprising. They were, indeed, the last things of any significance that Strauss wrote, between May and September 1948, at the age of eighty-four. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Mar 24, 2012 -
From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park
, and Robert Lopez, of Avenue Q
, comes the new Broadway show "The Book of Mormon."
"tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent off to spread the word in a dangerous part of Uganda" while gently (and no so gently) lampooning organized religion and traditional musical theatre. The entire show is now streaming on NPR.
Songs are extremely Not Safe For Work.
posted by ColdChef
on May 9, 2011 -
How I Wrote
is a series of videos from The Guardian where musicians perform a song after talking about it a little bit. Among the artists who've taken part are Rufus Wainwright
, Kristin Hersh
, Corinne Bailey Rae
, Laura Marling
, Keren Ann
, Patrick Wolf
, Gruff Rhys
, Cee Lo Green
, Antony and the Johnsons
, P. J. Harvey
and Emmy the Great
, who sings a song about the Royal Wedding, appropriately enough for today (though I suppose the Cee Lo Green song is appropriate too).
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 28, 2011 -
"The "chitlin' circuit" sounds like something that's gone, and with good reason. After all, the name itself derives from the "soul food" of chitterlings (fried pig intestines) that was a staple at early performances. But from CC Blues Club on Thomas Street to the Cannon Center downtown, thousands of Memphis music fans flock to hear stars like Marvin Sease and Bobby Rush sing what's too risqué for radio play, and to watch dancers shake what's too big for TV. That's both the beauty of the chitlin' circuit and the reason for its survival. While its roots run back to racial segregation, it thrives today because performers give audiences what they can't get through mainstream media. It's called "grown folks music," and it's all in the name of the blues."
Soul-blues singer Marvin Sease
has died at age 64
. Here's a comprehensive playlist of his (sexually-explicit/NSFW) songs on YouTube
, including the one that never received any radio airplay but whose title the former gospel singer took as his professional nickname: Candy Licker [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 9, 2011 -
And just think: When your shitty kid marries someone you violently disapprove of 20 years from now, this song -- with its references to blowjobs and songs that were ground into the ground before the kid was a twinkle in your eye -- will serve as the couple's first dance. As you watch your offspring and new in-law twirl around the dance floor, you will reach for a glass of Champagne Loko (President Kid Rock won't try to ban the stuff until he's up for re-election in 2032) and wonder how everything went so, so wrong.
The Village Voice presents the 20 Worst Songs of 2010. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on Dec 22, 2010 -