Battles and UVA prove you can make interesting videos

October 29th, 2007

Interesting performance based videos anyway, check out this great new video which pairs the experimental groove based Battles with UVA (United Visual Artists) rendering the tune Tonto. Great work with the lighting and florescent tubes syncopated to the beat here and there…really well done. I sure like Battles a lot more with…less “singing”, I know it’s not nice to pan a guy for trying…but it can be downright fingernail on a chalkboard grating.

Warp Records- Battles
UVA- Official looking webpage

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Van Halen- Jump…stumble, fall down.

October 19th, 2007

It sure is funny to see a gaffe this big amplified tenfold on a monstrous professional tour…Van Halen of course have finally, after what can only be described as a never ending ego retard soap opera, sort of re-united with David Lee Roth back at the helm as front buffoon. There is no denying he once was a great showman and now seems to have lost most of his reality faculties, HOWEVER it isn’t old Diamond Dave who is wreaking havoc on this crappy song (Van Halen has some kick ass tunes, this is not one of them, just because it won the popularity contest)…Apparently, uh VERY apparently, the synths are about a half step out of tune from Eddie’s guitar…just close your eyes sit back take a deep breathe and listen…It’s pure magic, and you have to give him props for not bothering to try and fix it, he just plows on through it like a trooper.

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Radiohead In Rainbows- Results seem positive

October 19th, 2007

So Radiohead has claimed they won’t release results on the sales figures for In Rainbows, I’m not sure why not really but whatever, there are some pretty good guesses being floated and it sure looks good. Here is a quote from the Seminal-

According to a source close to the band, In Rainbows has “sold” approximately 1.2 million copies as of October 12th. In comparison, that’s more albums sold in the first week than Radioheads’ last three releases combined. According to an Internet poll of 3,000 people, the average price paid for In Rainbows was $8. If these numbers are accurate, Radiohead has made close to $10 million in one week on this album alone. Read More…

So…they potentially made 6-10 million from sales! That sure sounds good, of course I have no idea how much they make from their label, but I’ll take those figures to the bank anyday. There have been a lot of estimates about the album being downloaded concurrently on Bittorrent, and many have speculated on the reasons for this. My personal experience was that the user experience on the official Radiohead site was HORRIBLE, and I’ll bet they could have doubled their sales if they had evaluated that further. The site was hit hard and was slow as slow can be, and once I found the actual link to pay and figured out what to do the form kept resetting to a value of 0 every time i tried to enter a number (I was going to pay…really, I don’t even like Radiohead much, I just love that they are doing this) and would not let me proceed…I ended up getting the album from a friend who was able to get through to the site, I liked it, and have since been back to fork over some dough. The whole conversion from pounds to dollars thing was poorly handled as well, it’s really not a stretch for that to all be fully automated. I’d call this experiment a success, and say, there were things to be learned, hopefully they will address the UI a bit and make sure to have a scalable solution for the bandwidth to handle the interest next time.

Radiohead- Official Website (considerably faster now)

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Mission of Burma- Yes, your elders can still rock…

October 16th, 2007

The country previously known as Burma has been in the news quite a bit recently what with all the Monks being rounded up and killed. The band who so poignantly, or accidentally ended up with the name of this troubled region in their name have also been keeping pretty busy in the last few years. The back story of course is they were one of the most admired punk bands of the late 70’s early 80’s who broke up seemingly right as their momentum was reaching sound barrier velocity. Their reunion was one of those things that defied expectations, spawning new music that sounds as if they simply picked up right where they left off, with even more raw energy. Check out this video for the excellent song “Dirt” as well as a trailer for the documentary film which captures the whole reunion, of this often overlooked extremely influential band. Remarkably, Roger Miller (guitarist) had recently posted on Craigslist seeking guitar students to help pay the bills in downtime between his band projects. The post is no longer available…but you can read about it on Pitchfork. Needless to say if the opportunity arises for you to take a guitar lesson from Roger Miller…DO SO.

Mission of Burma- Official Website

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Happy Birthday Thelonious Monk!

October 10th, 2007

90 years old, and his music is still fresh as morning dew. If you haven’t seen it the 1988 documentary “Straight No Chaser”, which was produced by Clint Eastwood, is quite good. Monk was born in NC but moved when he was 5 years old and basically was raised in NYC. No need for me to give you Monk’s history, watch the documentary…he was a genius, and his music is genius.

Thelonious Monk “Straight No Chaser” Part 1-

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Scan Jam- Scanners, they’re not just for ass cheeks!

October 9th, 2007

How cool is this! Our desert friend SunshineFlowerBunny dropped this video to us, and we thank her. This guy is really on to something cool here. He is apparently using some light sensors to trigger sounds as the light from the scanners passes by. This really adds a nice visual element to electronic music, which is often something missing, or hard to create live. Kudos to you scannerman.

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