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TV On The Radio “You”

Article: TV On The Radio “You”

Frontman Tunde Adebimpe created a companion film for his band’s latest record, “Nine Types of Light,” along with 10 other directors who he invited to help portray his vision. The hour-long extravaganza weaves in music videos for each of the 10 songs on the record. The segment for “You,” directed by Barney Clay, which premiered…

Nick Cave Pairs With Neko Case For Song On “True Blood” Season Premiere

Article: Nick Cave Pairs With Neko Case For Song On “True Blood” Season Premiere

The last time I spoke with HBO’s “True Blood” music supervisor, Gary Calamar, he was talking about where he gets the inspiration for the series’ hot soundtrack known for its bedeviled swamp blues and spooky southern jangle jams — though no genre is off limits. Music plays such a prominent role in the show, that…

Interview: My Morning Jacket on black metal

Article: Interview: My Morning Jacket on black metal

Last week, My Morning Jacket released “Holdin’ on to Black Metal,” the second tease from the band’s forthcoming sixth LP, Circuital. The song feels like soul music of the strangest sort, with a gnarled guitar line that jumps and swivels and horns that splash at the most surprising moments. In a falsetto coo, frontman Jim…

J Mascis Gets Animated In “Is It Done”

Article: J Mascis Gets Animated In “Is It Done”

In “Is It Done,” J Mascis’ new video that premiered on NME today, the bespectacled guitar hero is seen chilling in a studio — the man chills very well. He’s wandering around almost aimlessly, then starts playing this pretty song on guitar in front of backdrops of trees and puffy clouds. So relaxing. Then out…

Premiere: Times New Viking’s “Ever Falling in Love”

Article: Premiere: Times New Viking’s “Ever Falling in Love”

When people used to discuss Ohio trio Times New Viking, you could have assumed that they were talking about a harsh noise project, not a group that wrote pop songs and then buried them in static. Indeed, for the bulk of Times New Viking’s career, the critical emphasis has been more on how the group…

Premiere: The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus “Digital Wish Tree Project”

Article: Premiere: The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus “Digital Wish Tree Project”

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, now in it’s 14th year, is a non-profit mobile recording studio and production facility on wheels (think of the urban assault vehicle from “Stripes,” only with state-of-the-art HD video cameras instead of flamethrowers, on a creative mission of peace). Last week it was in Miami presenting the Yoko Ono…

TDK Life on Record Chronicles: The Walkmen

Article: TDK Life on Record Chronicles: The Walkmen

The cassette tape was once the height of portable music technology, and the mixtape was the height of portable music expression. More than a mere collection of songs residing on a magnetically coated plastic strip, no, the best mixtapes were works of art. They were calling cards and love letters, documents of a certain time…

Premiere: Rusko’s “Everyday”

Article: Premiere: Rusko’s “Everyday”

The British DJ Rusko–an international emissary of ultra-kinetic, pop-aspiring dubstep who now calls Los Angeles home–has the best giggle. A high-pitched, nervy shake, Rusko’s laugh is that of someone who seems to do it often and enjoy it always. Indeed, sitting in the back of his tour bus outside of Philadelphia’s Electric Factory, Rusko laughs…

Premiere: Ghoul “The Slip”

Article: Premiere: Ghoul “The Slip”

Sydney based art rock band, Ghoul, craft topsy turvy pop songs that have a very unique allure, thanks to their dubstep production and the strange incantations of vocalist Ivan Vizintin. Sometimes whispering, sometimes hollering, always just airily out of reach, his vocal theatrics conjure the Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, with a spectral bit of Morrissey.…

Viral signs: Sony’s obsession with the Internet

Article: Viral signs: Sony’s obsession with the Internet

Last week, the hyperpolarizing California hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All–or OFWGKTA, or Odd Future, or those 11 dudes who have become as much of a meme as a musical outfit–confirmed that they’ve signed a deal with RED Distribution/Sony. It’s not a record deal, per se; rather, it is the launch of…

Exclusive Premiere: The Kills “Blood Pressures”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: The Kills “Blood Pressures”

“You voice is quite booming,” Alison Mosshart tells bandmate Jamie Hince in “Blood Pressures,” this intimate short film about The Kills. “Quite manly and booming,” she adds playfully, as if she’s never noticed before. Hince’s simple response, in the most tremendously masculine tone, “I know,” is indeed booming. It’s scotch and smoke and amps, lots…

Cameron Crowe’s “PJ20″ Documents Band’s Good Times, Bad Times

Article: Cameron Crowe’s “PJ20″ Documents Band’s Good Times, Bad Times

“In our wildest imagination, we never even thought we’d last this long,” Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament told Rolling Stone earlier this year while discussing the band’s 20 year long career. Band pal, director Cameron Crowe will be releasing a documentary to celebrate it that doesn’t spare the pain, or the terrible 90′s hair styles.…

Rocket Scientist Makes Breakthrough In 3D Audio

Article: Rocket Scientist Makes Breakthrough In 3D Audio

Edgar Choueiri’s day job is engineering work on plasma rockets for spacecraft, something that was science fiction just 20 years ago. As Princeton University’s Director of Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory, he toils in a propulsion lab on engine technology destined for NASA (and the Russian space program), but after hours he’s been making…

Michael Chapman and Bill Callahan, or the slow growth of something special

Article: Michael Chapman and Bill Callahan, or the slow growth of something special

Last night, the 70-year-old British guitarist Michael Chapman played All Day Records, a narrow, dim vinyl boutique in Carrboro, N.C. Chapman stood alone on the tiny wooden stage, wearing a ball cap, a heather gray T-shirt, dark denim, and shiny boots. A few dozen listeners–mostly several decades younger than Chapman, clutching cans of beer they’d…

Thurston Moore’s “Circulation”

Article: Thurston Moore’s “Circulation”

For his fourth solo album, “Demolished Thoughts,” Thurston Moore enlisted the ridiculously talented Scientologist, Beck Hansen, to produce. Predictably, the results are stunning. Moore could string a guitar with his dirty shoestrings and craft something beautiful, or terrifying, at least truly interesting and worth giving a listen too. This record’s shaping up to be even…

The Kills Short Film, “Blood Pressures”

Article: The Kills Short Film, “Blood Pressures”

The Kills have said that “Blood Pressures” is a dark record, but it’s also full of melody — guitar driven monstrous seven-amp fueled melodies. In fact, most of the songs on the record started with a melody, a different approach for a pair who, in the past, began by building songs around rhythms and guitar…

Justin Bieber Teams With Mark Wahlberg For Film Debut

Article: Justin Bieber Teams With Mark Wahlberg For Film Debut

Technically, Justin Bieber already appeared on the big screen in his 3D concert movie, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” but Deadline reports he’s due for his first starring role in a real film, a feature film alongside Mark Wahlberg. That’s right, a real actor too. Wahlberg and producer Stephen Levinson, saw Bieber playing basketball in…

Stevie Nicks “In Your Dreams”

Article: Stevie Nicks “In Your Dreams”

Fleetwood Mac had two distinct periods of major success as a band: first in the 1960′s lead by founder and guitarist Peter Green with an awesome blues sound that few seem to be aware of — and later in the 1970′s with Lindsey Buckingham replacing Green, who had spiraled into madness after taking large does…

Lollapalooza 2011: a missed booking opportunity

Article: Lollapalooza 2011: a missed booking opportunity

This year’s Lollapalooza, slated for the first weekend of August in Chicago’s Grant Park, is being billed as a celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary, despite a hiatus that lasted the better part of a decade. You might think that, to coronate the close of the fest’s second decade, Perry Farrell might be looking to…

Stream “The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2″ Filthy Dirty Nasty Version

Article: Stream “The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2″ Filthy Dirty Nasty Version

The Beastie Boys have released a full stream of “The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2″ ahead of the original May 3rd date. A message on their site explains, “Good people, unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the ‘clean’ version of our new album, The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2 has leaked. So as a…

Premiere: Introducing Yuna

Article: Premiere: Introducing Yuna

Born in a Muslim household in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Yuna Zarai first began playing music at age 19, in law school. She has that endearing kind of voice that can sound like a smile, if a smile could make a sound. She quickly found her stride as a singer-songwriter — a touch of Norah Jones,…

70′s Punk Paradigm, Poly Styrene Passes Away

Article: 70′s Punk Paradigm, Poly Styrene Passes Away

In 1976 young Poly Styrene formed X-Ray Spex after seeing the Sex Pistols perform, and became an icon of feminine rebellion. “Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, but I think, oh bondage up yours!” she famously declared. THR reports that she died last night in her sleep at age 53,…

Salem’s “Sick”: Perfectly, perpetually aggressive

Article: Salem’s “Sick”: Perfectly, perpetually aggressive

Salem – “Sick” from Paul Tao on Vimeo. Salem is a trio of dirty-looking, skin-blemished Michigan kids who appear about as lazy in photographs as they do in pull quotes. Talking to British website The Quietus last year, Salem anchor Jack Donoghue explained his role in the group like so: “I make the beats and…

Madonna Working On Classical Score For “W.E.”

Article: Madonna Working On Classical Score For “W.E.”

Madonna wrote and directed the multi-layered feature romance, “W.E.” and is reportedly tackling the score as well. The film is about the love affair between King Edward VIII and twice-married American socialite, Wallis Simpson, whom the former gave up the throne for in 1936 so that he could marry her (British kings can’t just marry…

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