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Music

January 30, 2015

"Edgar Froese, RIP"

Founder of Tangerine Dream. Post is accompanied by audio of one their compositions, "Love On a Real Train" from Risky Business. (Great scene, great movie.)

January 28, 2015

"Mind-Blowing SIX Song Country Mashup!"

Proof that a lot of the recent stuff sounds the same.

January 22, 2015

"Why 'Dad Rock' Became 2014's Put-Down Du Jour (Sorry, Bruce and U2)"

This is true:

Fifty years ago, baby boomers adopted the edict “Never trust anyone over the age of 30,” so it’s hilarious to see youth-oriented publications form a de facto Revolutionary Tribunal and attack boomers by reprising their own credo.

So is this:

He omits a big reason for music’s current turn: the dad-rock 
way—learning to play and sing well enough to record without digital editing and 
pitch correction—was harder. While harder doesn't mean better, it deserves note.

Link via Michael Greenspan.

 

January 09, 2015

"Watch Al Green Sing the HIts and Bring Down the House on Letterman"

"Yes, he's still got it."

"The Beatles' Magical Mystery Chord"

Money-back guarantee: as much as you'll ever want to know about the first three seconds of A Hard Day’s Night. (Link via Tyler Cowen.)

December 30, 2014

"Hyperconsensus 2014"

The 61 top albums of 2014 according to 40+ reviewers

December 26, 2014

"Female Artists Ruling the Charts: A Movement or Just a Moment?"

I'm quite sure someone will figure out how this is just another example of the patriarchy keeping women down.

December 20, 2014

"A Brief History of Jimmy Fallon's Uncanny Musical Impressions"

He certainly is good. (I think the Boss and Neil Young are his best.)

December 19, 2014

"She Sells Sanctuary"

The Cult with Lego stop-motion video added.

"This Insider Just Explained The Truth About Today's Music Business"

Steve Albini, author of "The Problem with Music," is back with another take on the subject.

Fast forward 21 years. This weekend, Albini gave a speech at an Australian music conference in which he basically said that the internet hasn't broken the music business at all  — at least not as far as fans and 99% of musicians are concerned. Fans have easier access to more music than they ever could have dreamed of 20 years ago. Musicians have many more ways to reach fans directly, and as a result the relationship between fans and bands is stronger than ever. Albini says his band's live gigs can pay 10 times better than they did a decade ago.

According to Albini, the only people who don't like the way it works are the middlemen who profit off the old way of doing things. Look no further than mega-star Taylor Swift, whose record label pulled her songs off Spotify.

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