Willie and Snoop…It’s better than…

April 26th, 2008

Some musical genres simply don’t need to intersect…it’s ok really, they can survive on their own just fine. One example would be country and rap. I imbibe both of these flavors of music just fine on their own, however I have yet to see any combination of the two that has been anything just short of embarrassing, and often nauseating. I’m always happy to be proven wrong, but here again I think I am right. Willie Nelson is nothing short of a musical hero in my book, and Snoop, well he is one smooth operator, but he just seems completely awkward up there trying to sing along with Willie…perhaps it’s just the mediocre quality of the tune itself, but I’m not buying it fellas. I do completely understand why they might be hanging out and sharing some…smoke.

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Pearls Before Breakfast

April 23rd, 2008

Joshua Bell
Here is an interesting test. What happens when you take the extraordinary talent of a well known concert violinist out of his element, and drop him into a bus station to busk. I won’t spoil the ending of the story by telling you how much money he raked in while playing his 3.5 million dollar Stradivarius…

A onetime child prodigy, at 39 Joshua Bell has arrived as an internationally acclaimed virtuoso. Three days before he appeared at the Metro station, Bell had filled the house at Boston’s stately Symphony Hall, where merely pretty good seats went for $100. Two weeks later, at the Music Center at Strathmore, in North Bethesda, he would play to a standing-room-only audience so respectful of his artistry that they stifled their coughs until the silence between movements. But on that Friday in January, Joshua Bell was just another mendicant, competing for the attention of busy people on their way to work…Read Full Article

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Most Hated Holiday Song!

April 17th, 2008

Pretty much anything with “Most Hated” in the title is going to end up being something I enjoy…I’m not sure what that says about me as a member of the human race, but I also don’t care. A great deal of thought went into the construction of this tune by it’s creators Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid. You can read all about it over at Design Observer. Here is an excerpt.

The most hated holiday song in the world is 21 minutes, 59 seconds long. It features the accordion and bagpipe, an operatic soprano rapping and singing atonal music, and the exhortation of a grating children’s chorus: “Christmas time! Christmas time! / Jesus, Mary and the manger / Christmas time, family time / Do all your shopping at Wal-Mart!” Its creators calculate that it will be disliked by all but a few hundred of the world’s population.

If your’re feeling bold leap right in and have a listen:
[audio:http://ubu.artmob.ca/sound/komar_melamid/KomarMelamid_The-Most-UnwantedSong.mp3]

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Portishead Live

April 15th, 2008

It’s amazing that a band that has had such a large influence on many people, has only released 2 albums in 14 years…Ah well they are back with a third album due April 28th. Ben sent this link to a nice live performance, the band is bigger and they sure have a lot of gear!
Portishead- Live Video

New video for the song Machine Gun

Portishead- Official Website

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Radiohead steals from Chopin!

April 14th, 2008

Well I don’t know if they stole the chord progression…it’s ridiculous to state that they did, as you can match up many chord progressions from a plethora of different songs, if you have endless hours to waste. Even if they did start out referencing the progression they certainly made it their own song in the end, which is all that really matters. The video shown here is pretty amazing as the musician Jack Conte plays all the instruments and even sings (pretty decently I might add) the Thom York parts. The songs are-
Radiohead- Exit Music for a Film (OK Computer)
Chopin- Chopin, Op. 28, no. 4
You can learn more about Jack Conte here. You can learn more about Radiohead by talking to any hipster…

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Saturday Morning Coffee with Evans and Israels

April 12th, 2008

Here is a nice performance of the soft jazz number Waltz for Debbie from Bill Evans. Check out the chops on bassist Chuck Israels as he matches Bill on some of the runs, and lays down a pretty smooth solo. Good music to wash down some caffeine and get the day started.

Here’s a later version of the trio with Napolean Dynamite on bass…Bill is sort of sporting his Unibomber look…beard and mirror shades.

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Phosphorescent- Wolves Live

April 11th, 2008

Love this tune from Brooklyn folksters Phosphorescent, and I was pleased to discover this spirited and somewhat raucous live performance of it.

Phosphorescent performing the song “Wolves” of their album “Pride” at Cake Shop in NYC on November 1oth, 2007…

Phosphorescent- Myspace

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Man Man- Studio hijinks and fireworks

April 11th, 2008

So by now you must have discovered Pitchfork TV, if not happy day for you. The online video showcase was launched recently by the same people who bring you Pitchfork obviously, and features exactly what you’d expect, good alternative music videos (great quality for online stuff)…minus everything you hate about MTV. Here is a fun video following the group Man Man around as they work on their new album “Rabbit Habits”. It’s great to see all the freedom and experimentation that the band exploits in the studio, which is exactly what you should do while recording…I agree with Honus Honus, every song should feature the recorded sounds of a dog in a bathtub.

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Deathcannon Muxtape

April 3rd, 2008

Ok so I added a category here called Muxtapes, I’ll list cool ones that I find in said category! Here is the first entry, from Deathcannon. A nice mix of experimental mostly instrumental stuff, for those who like Sigor, LightningBolt etc. I really enjoyed the song from HEALTH which I had not previously heard…cool stuff!

Muxtape
Deathcannon Mux

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