Archive for the 'music' Category

29
May
09

Houston Press – 16 albums based on lit

Some of you are most likely rocking back in your chairs and laughing over my inclusion of this, but it’s the sort of connection between music and writing that I have always loved. That is, crosspollination. Cover tracks are still one of the things I find most fascinating about modern music, as they are as much of a window into the cover artist’s mindset as their own work. Why did they choose that song? Why did they decided to play it in that style? Was retaining the original piece’s integrity important? If so, why cover it at all?

Regardless, The Houston Press has just put out a list of 16 albums inspired by literature. It’s that much more fascinating to me. Track down these albums. They’ll blow your mind. (Specifically Lou Reed’s “The Raven”, Mastadon’s “Leviathan”.)

21
Apr
09

Pixies to release box set

http://pitchfork.com/news/35139-pixies-announce-plans-for-iminotauri-box-set/

But while Minotaur isn’t a new Pixies studio album, it’s something nearly as cool: A box set of all their studio albums, with revamped artwork and all sorts of extra goodness.

26
Feb
08

Watch the NY Philharmonic perform in Pyongyang online

Starting tonight at midnight, you can watch a video of the performance on PBS’ website.

 

24
Feb
08

Miku Hatsune

She’s a 16 year old Soprano voice. I say “voice” because Miku is actually a vocal synthesizer app created by Yamaha. She’s not a real person. She’s sampled from audio data of voice actress Saki Fujita. Anyone can create vocal tracks by typing in the lyrics of the song you want sung (in either Japanese or English) and then entering the notes for each lyric.

Videos of her voice can be found all over the youtubes. Soon enough the RIAA will latch on to her and finally find a way to completely cut artists out of the loop – ensuring that the pop machine remains, in fact, a machine.

04
Oct
07

Warren, you’re wrong…

This is the greatest title sequence in TV history.

02
Oct
07

“I’d like to talk about drums…”

Fascinating look at the “Amen Break”.

01
Oct
07

Soundtrack – Month of September

Last.FM Groups of Note:

HorrorPunk Kids

Bendis Board Group 

St Pete/Tampa 

Trucks & Kids & Chairs & Rocks 




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