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Surprising well-done recasting of Radiohead albums as arcade music from the 80s. Annoying after awhile, but engrossing to hear how faithful they were to the original recordings.
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I just read this lyric in a recent issue of Lapham's Quarterly and thought it was great. From "Silver Dagger," a traditional American ballad from the 1930s that Joan Baez covered in the 60s, apparently.
Don't sing love sounds, you'll wake my mother,
She's sleeping here, right by my side,
And in her right hand, a silver dagger.
She says I can't be your bride.

All men are false, says my mother,
They'll tell you wicked, loving lies.
The very next day, they'll court another,
Leave you alone to pine and sigh.

My daddy is a handsome devil,
He's got a chain five miles long,
And on every link a heart does dangle
Of another maid he's loved and wronged.

Go court another tender maiden,
And hope that she will be your wife,
For I've been warned, and I've decided
To sleep alone all of my life.
Also, on this page of the pretty excellent audioblog Broken Silence, have a listen to Starfucker's cool interpretation of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. It's… fun!

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Was reading the New Orleans Jazz Festival line-up this morning, which is filled with a bunch of weird-ass shit having very little to do with jazz:


The Eagles, Tom Petty, The Beach Boys, John Mayer, Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine, Feist, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Foo Fighters, Bonnie Raitt... Some of those acts I wouldn't mind seeing, but only God knows why they're at the New Orleans jazz festival.

Anyway, I came across this cool video on Herbie's artist page for the site:


I love bassist Dave Holland's facial expression around the 4-min mark; his face finally betrays what he's thinking: "Jesus Herbie, you're on fucking fire, man." Love it. Love that 1980s Yamaha DX-7 synth on stage, too. This must be an older video because Herbie mostly plays on a Yamaha Motif these days, I think.

Pat's solo is pretty inspired, too. What is that solar-panel-looking thing at the bottom of his guitar's body?
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Ffunny Ffrends: straight, heavy-handed backbeat with a creative, juicy hook and haunting vocals

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Bicycle: Another creative hook, nearly classical-inspired with an odd-meter feel and a straight rock beat underneath

Hooray For Earth - True Loves: ethereal, thoughtful, bassy and sophisticated white-man funk with cool sound and vocal effects and an actual melody

The Cool Kids - Penny Hardaway (feat. Ghostface Killah): new hip-hop with clean and fresh-sounding string samples, straight-up emceeing with former Wu-Tang member Ghostface guesting on the mic

The Cool Kids - A Little Bit Cooler: infectious, spacious, rocking, medium-tempo club banger with crisp and lighthearted emceeing on top

The Cool Kids - One Two: another medium-tempo banger with a verrry funky old-school synth bassline that needs to be heard more

Beastie Boys - OK: new Beastie Boys track from their new 2011 album, featuring a fresh and inventive synth hook, some terrific retro sound clips and the Beasties rapping like only they know how
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I just watched the Oprah episode from this week where she had Peter Frampton on, along with the Backstreet Boys and Shaun Cassidy. When I youtubed Peter Frampton, this fairly trippy video came up:

I thought it was really good. He looks so, so different now, too.
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Oh. My. God.

Turn it up really loud if you can. And try to sit completely still while listening and not move a muscle.
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This is a pretty trippy experience. Plug in the address of your childhood (or current) home that can be mapped with Google Maps (and has been Streetviewed), and then sit back and watch the music video unfold with your home in it.


It really throws you for a loop when you see your home incorporated into the video itself.
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[livejournal.com profile] vision_serpent, one my LJ friends with the best musical taste, just hipped me to this track through his own journal. Cee Lo Green is probably most famous for his collab with Danger Mouse in 2006's summer smash by Gnarls Barkley called Crazy, but he has a solid musical history with various groups.

As pointed out by [livejournal.com profile] vision_serpent, the lyrics are hilarious and not safe for work or literate children, but the song has a great groove and Cee Lo's singing is, as always, impeccable.

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Goddamnit, I love this! New Lanois project, appearing at this year's Montreal Jazz Festival but sounding so fresh, so beautiful. And who in the hell is Trixie Whitley?! She's wonderful. And I think 22?!

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The Canadian 2009 Juno Award winner for best electronic/house group was Deadmau5 (pronounced "deadmouse"), and I just have to give them a shout-out here because they've provided some very funky, bassy soundtracks to my workouts lately and I've been totally loving it. It's very techno, but heavy on the bass and several tracks have some really straight-ahead, fatback funk drums which I really love.

I have a litmus test for a good funky groove now -- if my 3-year-old son Max will dance to it, it's good. If he doesn't like it, it's usually lacking something, or overly electronic in tone. He has a good ear for the true funk.

Track 2 on their online player, "Moar Ghosts 'N' Stuff," has a particularly nice beat once all the instruments come in. The next track, track 3, "Ghosts 'N' Stuff," has a ridiculously squishy bassline that I looooove...

Check it here:
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I've just heard about this NY-based producer and rapper named Theophilus London. He seems to be unsigned at the moment, just spreading the word by word of mouth. I just downloaded his mixtape last week and have been enjoying several of the tracks quite a bit.

Here's the download link:

I first got turned on to him from a video of this nice and funky slow jam he does which features a girl dancing the audience that I sort of fell in love with (she reminds me of my wife, to be honest) and just couldn't stop watching:

Life Of a Lover from Theophilus London on Vimeo.

Damn. That track's on the mixtape, too.
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Dinuk Wijeratne is a local treasure in Halifax, and we're lucky to have him here. I've just recently made his acquaintance in the past year or so, and I've found that nearly everything he touches turns to gold. He's a wonderful pianist, composer, director, and producer; he does all kinds of fascinating and creative work in the musical arena and he's absolutely true and committed to his art. Whenever I meet him, hear him speak, or see him perform, I'm personally touched and inspired by him.
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I just read that Drake won the 2010 Juno Award for Best Rap Recording of the Year and Best New Artist. And... I don't get it. I find his most recent album, like most of his stuff, to be nearly unlistenable. Shitty, boring beats; overly breathy, pretentious vocals; nothing much of any value artistically or musically at all. I don't follow hip-hop enough anymore to make any alternative suggestions, but I can say that a couple of local artists from Halifax such as Jorun Bombay and Ghettosocks have produced albums that are orders of magnitude better than Drake's dreck. Classified also won the ECMA for best rap recording this year; I'm sure that his album would be better. And I say that without even having heard it, but I know his stuff generally and it is not anywhere near as bereft of musical content as Drake's stuff is.
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I just got tickets to the Simon and Garfunkel show in Halifax on the floor, 4th row, right in front of the stage! I was hammering the Ticket Atlantic site starting at 8:58, and that's what I got.

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This first is a music video of his tune, Hang Up Your Hang-Ups, which features fantastic film footage of New York City in the 70s:

The next one is one of my favourite tracks from one of my favourite albums of his, 1978's Sunlight. This track is called I Thought It Was You, which deploys his use of the Vocoder, a synthesizer voice patch. From the looks of the video, I have a feeling he wrote this song with the intention of it becoming a pop hit (Wikipedia says it was a hit in the UK).

One of my all-time favourite tracks of his is from the same album, Sunlight, but it's called No Means Yes. I can't find any video footage of it anywhere, but a YouTube video of the album recording is here, featuring the unbelievable album cover. Listen especially to when the entire groove unfolds around the 1:00 mark:

I have that record in vinyl, and the back cover features a photo of Herbie surrounded by all of his various synthesizers, with an inventory listing of all of them on the record sleeve. When I watched him interviewed by Elvis Costello last year, he laughed about all that and said that he runs absolutely all those old analog synth patches from his Yamaha Motif synth and a laptop today. Incidentally, I once rented a Motif for a recording session and lost about an hour of my life just playing with the bass sounds on it...

Son House

Jan. 12th, 2010 01:54 pm
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I first heard of Son House when I watched the recent documentary, It Might Get Loud, an excellent film featuring interviews and archival footage of Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. Son House is Jack White's favourite musician ever, hands-down, period, and when you hear how beautiful this is, how much soul he has, it's not hard to understand why.

Jack White's cover of this same tune with White Stripes is also pretty awesome. A totally effective modernization of the tune which stays true to the original while still giving it a fresh, hard-edged take. I developed a newfound respect for Jack White's approach and his playing after watching that documentary, that's for sure.

On an unrelated note, this Howlin' Wolf tune also kicks the damn roof off:

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Okay, I'm sorry, but WHAT the hell is all the hype about for this album? Has anybody here heard it? It has been hyped as Lil Wayne's best album and as one of 2009's greatest rap albums, but really, I think it's mostly crap. By my rating system, out of 25 tracks in total, I've got seven 3-star tracks (which means it's listenable, but not very good) and two 4-star tracks (which means it's quite good). The remaining 16 tracks are all pure garbage. I don't see the appeal. I think rap music might be dying on the vine. At least the mainstream stuff. A new album from a band called The Knux is much, much better. It's called Remind Me In Three Days... and I've got one 5-star and two 4-star tracks rated out of the first four tracks. A world of difference, but it got like no notice aside from a mention in Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2009. (Or was it 2008? I can't remember now.)
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For practice, I wrote a review of the Snoop Dogg concert I saw with my wife in Halifax the other night. I say "for practice" because one day soon I hope to be writing reviews or articles for the paper or the radio.

I put it on my own writing website here, but will copy the text into this blog as well, under the cut.
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