Today is your day. Make it a good one, from the first buzz of the alarm clock to lights out. Let the motivating music set you free. Entrepreneur Magazine suggests 10 songs to help you start your day.
Lady Gaga has begun her "Dive Bar Tour" with an appearance in Nashville at The 5 Spot [professionally filmed* for Facebook Live broadcast, 25m40s]. She debuted three new songs: "Sinner's Prayer", "A-Yo", and "Million Reasons", and also performed recent single "Perfect Illusion". She played guitar and performed with a four piece rock-and-roll band and asked the crowd to call her "Joanne". And, editorial note, she was pretty f-n awesome!** [more inside]
Tonight on HBO we find the
premiere continuance of High Maintenance [previously, also previously]. IndieWire has a review, and is pretty impressed.
Didga the Australian skateboarding cat and her owner Robert performed a total of 20 tricks in one minute to earn themselves a place in the Guinness World Records 2017 book.
Rufus Harley debut jazz recording in 1965 was unexpected, mostly because one featured instrument was bagpipes. In seven tracks: Bagpipe Blues, Kerry Dancers, Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me), More, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Sportin', Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child.
The Hollywood Reporter has, once again, released excellent roundtable discussions with notable television actors: Comedy Actor Roundtable (Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansar, Jeffrey Tambour, Tony Hale, Anthony Anderson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jerrod Carmichael) [1h7m], Comday Actress Roundtable (Allison Janney, Lily Tomlin, Gina Rodriguez, Rachel Bloom, Niece Nash, Ilana Glazer) [52m], Drama Actor Roundtable (Cuba Goodling Jr., Rami Malek, Paul Giamatti, Forest Whitaker, Wanger Moura, Bobbay Cannavale) [55m], Drama Actress Roundtable (Kirsten Dunst, Julianna Marguiles, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Sarah Paulson, Regina King, Constance Zimmer) [lh13m]
Okay, so Amy Grant is a bit insecure on her first album 1977's Amy Grant, with the song I Know Better Now. Written by an angst-filled 17 year old who is couching her insecurity within her faith in Jesus, it's only one in a long line of songs Amy has written and/or recorded that show true struggle with being human in a difficult world. [more inside]
Furry musicians FoxAmoore (previously and previously) and PepperCoyote (also making music as Look Left) debut their new album #hashtag live at Anthrocon. [1h5m] Recorded July 1, 2016, just about an hour ago. [more inside]
49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy Hollywood Reporter provides extensive background and photos: Anger and grief were palpable during production on the video, filmed primarily over two days on the 20th Century Fox Studios lot where [Ryan] Murphy produces his substantial roster of shows
Sometimes a music video completely recontextualizes the song. Pet Shop Boys' most recent single Twenty-something is one thing when you just hear the song, but the video makes it something else entirely.
The Immortal David Bowie continues to make his presence felt with the release of the animated video for the closing track from ★, I Can't Give Everything Away. The video was created by Jonathan Barnbrook, who has done art direction for Bowie albums since 2002, and created the packaging for ★.
Devo creates an interactive 360 music video, What We Do. To watch 360 degree videos, you'll need the latest version of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer on your computer. On mobile, use the latest version of the YouTube app for Android or iOS. Devo also created a non-interactive version of the same video (but it's really not the same).
John Grant [previously] has a new album coming out soon, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. He released the lead video, Disappointing [NSFW], a while back, but it might have flown under your radar. It certainly did mine.
30+ year veteran folk-rock duo Indigo Girls release their first ever behind the scenes making of documentary film about the recording of One Lost Day, their first album in four years.(Vimeo) [1h5m] (YouTube) [more inside]
July 11, 2015: Anthrocon Fursuit Parade [~24m] 1460 animals of various species and styles pass before your eyes. [more inside]
Duran Duran presents Pressure Off, featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers, their first single in four years.
As the release of their first album in four years draws near, 30-year folk/rock veterans Indigo Girls welcome you into the process with behind-the-scenes videos for upcoming songs Happy In The Sorrow Key, Come A Long Way, The Rise Of The Black Messiah, and If I Don't Leave Here Now. They also offer up a studio track to preview: Learned It On Me.
Every Breaking Wave [13m17s] is a short film set in 1980s Belfast during The Troubles. Directed by Aoife McArdle [Vimeo], using music by U2, as part of Vice's The Creators Project.
Sometimes getting together with family for the holidays feels like the entire event has gone to the dogs (and cat).
Thomas Sanders has been doing Vines in which he narrates people's lives for them, often surprising the subjects with what is actually happening. A 2m30s compilation gives you a taste of what he does.
Friends, family, and co-workers reminisce before the camera in the biographic documentary I Don't Know Jack [~1h30m], about the life and career and character of Jack Nance, best known for playing Henry Spencer in Eraserhead and Pete Martell in Twin Peaks.
Just in time for Halloween, the original 2003 Toronto production of Evil Dead: The Musical is online, in a glorious multi-cam VHS YouTube transcription. You can Do The Necromonicon and doubt your holiday weekend companions while singing out a strong broadway melody, and do it all without having to get stage blood on your outfit.
U2's thirteenth studio album Songs Of Innocence was released for free download via iTunes this week (with surprisingly good reviews and some naysayers). And of course, some controversy about how it was distributed... But it's been 5 1/2 years since the release of their last album. What on earth have they been up in the meantime? [more inside]
Holly Johnson returns with a new album (his first in 15 years) later this month. In And Out Of Love is the second single from the album. [more inside]
Junior Vasquez is one of the top jungle/house/tribal DJs on the planet, and he's been working his craft for decades. While a round-up of his amazing remixes is probably due at some point, here we will look at his DJ sets, both live and direct to record. We will start with his tribute to the long defunct and much beloved Sound Factory [58m]. [more inside]
In this video edition of Chad Smith's interview series, the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer sits down with his old friend, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, to talk about their early days on tour together, their attempts to form a "jazz odyssey" band, producers Rick Rubin and Brendan O'Brien, and a whole lot more. A jam-packed, laugh-filled hour-long chat.
In 1998, after over 40 years in the music studio, orchestral arranger and music producer Sir George Martin (the 5th Beatle, or maybe the 6th, or possibly the 7th, depending on how you count or where your priorities lie) decided he was going to retire with a selfish project: recording an album (mostly) entirely of Beatles songs. This ~50 minute BBC documentary recorded many moments from the creation of this swan song, In My Life. The film features interviews with and studio footage of Phil Collins, Robin Williams, Bobby McFerrin, JohnWilliams (classical guitarist, not Star Wars composer), Goldie Hawn, Jim Carrey, and Céline Dion. [more inside]
July 5, 2014: Anthrocon Fursuit Parade [~27m]. 1326 animals of various species and styles pass before your eyes. [more inside]
Chiptune musician Professor Shyguy does a cover of Janelle Monae's Tightrope, and pretty much nails it.
Current Spiderman Andrew Garfield is a different type of hero in the video for Arcade Fire's "We Exist", which examines transphobia and acceptance.
Stephen Colbert, as "Stephen Colbert" gave the closing keynote speech at the 2014 RSA Conference in San Francisco. While this speech has not been made officially available, it has been posted in its entirety to YouTube. Part 1, Part 2 [total length <20m] [warning - audience video of conference hall video screens -- content overcomes video shortcomings]
Jean Bon-Bon is a very sad guy in pursuit of cookies on the streets of Paris. Les Mousserables is a Sesame Street parody which explores the many emotions which a powerful musical can create.
Ex-Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker performs I'm Still Here from Stephen Sondheim's Follies in a brilliantly subtle and effective video by Todd Haynes. [more inside]
Sixteen years ago, on February 22, 1998, Madonna released her seventh studio album, Ray Of Light, followed the next day by lead-off single Frozen. Popular music and culture would never be the same. [more inside]
ABBA - Happy New Year, Wendy & Lisa - The Closing Of The Year, Otis Redding & Carla Davis - New Year's Resolution, Harry Connick, Jr - What Are You Doing New Years Eve?, Dan Fogelberg - Same Old Lang Syne (okay, the lyrics say "Christmas", but it's totally a New Year song) [more inside]
Tired of the endless onslaught by mainstream Christmas music? Perhaps you might want a break. Tori Amos - Star Of Wonder, Melissa Etheridge - Glorious, The Polyphonic Spree - Winter Wonderland, Jon Anderson - Three Ships, Carbon Leaf - Christmas Child [more inside]
Now available, Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013 [~90m], a concert film at Staples Center, Los Angeles on November 8, 2013. Also, Nine Inch Nails 2013, Pt 2, a behind the scenes look at preparation for the tour. [more inside]
In 2004, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe teamed up with the Dresdner Sinfoniker to perform a new score at a presentation of Eisenstein's 1925 classic silent film Battleship Potemkin in Trafalger Square, London. It is estimated that 25,000 people attended the screening. The Pet Shop Boys' score and the film have been combined and are available to watch on YouTube. [1h15m] [more inside]
Super Trouper: 30 Years Of ABBA [1h30m] is a 2004 documentary about Sweden's biggest export, containing (then) current and historical footage and interviews, giving a generous, broad picture of the history of the band. Includes much never-before-seen performance and backstage footage.
Just in time for Halloween, David Bowie releases the kind of creepy video for Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA). The original track comes from his most recent album, The Next Day. [more inside]
Since releasing their 4th full-length album in early August, The Polyphonic Spree has been quietly unleashing videos on the unsuspecting populace. Raise Your Head is the most recent. [more inside]
In what can only be described as a peculiar reversal of approach, Prince has released his latest video on Vevo/YouTube. Breakfast Can Wait is classic Prince, slow and funky, featured altered vocals reminiscent of Sign O' The Times era tracks, full of sexxxy goodness. The SFW video is also classic in form, with Janet Jackson-style synchronized formation dancing.
The BBC mini-series of Mervyn Peake's epic Gormenghast covers the first two novels in the series, and includes amongst its cast Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christopher Lee, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Zoë Wanamaker, Stephen Fry, and many others. The four-hour, four episode series can be found in its entirety on YouTube in ~10 minute segments. The first episode segment is here, the rest can be found on this page. (Sorry no playlist.) [more inside]
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]
David Bowie continues his return with The Next Day, the third video from his latest album. [YouTube link, requires age verification] This time around, he has assistance from Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard. Some controversy surrounds this release. Bowie himself finally broke his silence about his new album by sharing 42 words with The Ice Storm author Rick Moody. [more inside]
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