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Stream Thurston Moore’s “Demolished Thoughts”

Article: Stream Thurston Moore’s “Demolished Thoughts”

The day was due to come when Thurston Moore would work with Beck on some extraordinary recordings, the likes of which could potentially rip a hole in the space-time fabric of your Chucks. Would the two mop-haired wonders create a cacophony so great that you needed headphones for your earbuds just to listen to it……

Exclusive Premiere: The Goldberg Sisters “The Room”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: The Goldberg Sisters “The Room”

In a business where flash and weird factor one-upsmanship is the norm, where a music video’s success tends to be measured by how freakishly glossy it is, The Goldberg Sister’s “The Room” is a sanctuary of old school timelessness. Shot with a 16mm Beaulieu, by director Adam Goldberg, it plays like the foggy dream of…

Interview: Liturgy’s Hunter Hunt-Hendrix on the death and rebirth of black metal

Article: Interview: Liturgy’s Hunter Hunt-Hendrix on the death and rebirth of black metal

My favorite record of the year might be Aesthethica, the second album from Brooklyn black metal quartet Liturgy. At once, Aesthethica is a clear continuation of and break from black metal orthodoxy, the sort of record that has devoured the lessons of the past while vowing to build something new from them. That said, one…

Fox News Approved Rapper

Article: Fox News Approved Rapper

Fox News’ tantrum about the poet/rapper named Common who was invited to perform at the White House was the usual deceptively cherry-picked, manufactured outrage they peddle on a nightly basis — expertly exposed by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” (also as usual). The “rough, raunchy and raw” lines quoted by Fox personalities from Common’s…

Steve Coogan Joins Punk Biopic “Good Vibrations”

Article: Steve Coogan Joins Punk Biopic “Good Vibrations”

Hilarity peddler Steve Coogan rocked into stardom with “24 Hour Party People” and his portrayal of the British music scene’s now legendary impresario, Tony Wilson. The Playlist (via ScreenDaily) reports that he’s joined the cast of another UK music flick, this time about Belfast’s godfather of punk, Terri Hooley. Hooley’s tale centers around the record…

Kanye bootlegs himself: Why you should hear the rapper’s Coachella recording

Article: Kanye bootlegs himself: Why you should hear the rapper’s Coachella recording

On Monday, Kanye West released a free recording of his entire 96-minute set from last month’s Coachella. Split into 32 tracks, the show gathers most of West’s hits–or at least glimpses of them–into one compressed, downloadable file. To that end, it reads a little like a greatest hits mixtape, gathering “Gold Digger” alongside a crowd-gone-crazy…

Five Reasons Google Music Launched Without Industry Support

Article: Five Reasons Google Music Launched Without Industry Support

Google’s newest innovation launched without any deals finalized from record labels and word is that “People are pissed,” or so says one major label source to The Hollywood Reporter. Google Music (beta) is designed to let you store the entirety of your music library in cyberspace for access anywhere, anytime, from any device — without…

Exclusive Track: Paleo “Holly Would”

Article: Exclusive Track: Paleo “Holly Would”

David Strackany, who records under the name Paleo, garnered a lot of attention for his “Song Diary” project in which he wrote one song a day, every day, in 2006. Early the following year, Vice President Dick Cheney who was overcome with rage and frustration over his administrations epic failures by then, wrote to Strackany…

Reality versus mantras: Common, Larry Gatlin and The White House

Article: Reality versus mantras: Common, Larry Gatlin and The White House

As of yesterday, conservatives were on attack about Michelle Obama’s invitation of the svelte-and-sexual rapper Common to a poetry reading at the White House. Ostensibly bored with its own content and mimetic design, Huffington Post’s conservative counterpart, The Daily Caller, went looking for a most-readily decontextualized piece of Common’s backstory. In a segment recorded for…

Hans Zimmer And Rodrigo y Gabriela On “Stranger Tides” Soundtrack

Article: Hans Zimmer And Rodrigo y Gabriela On “Stranger Tides” Soundtrack

For his latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” score, Hans Zimmer, who has scored all four, turned to Rodrigo y Gabriela for some Flamenco inspired, action guitar work. KCRW has premiered a track the three of them created for the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” soundtrack called “The Pirate That Should Not Be,” thick…

Premiere: Dan Deacon And Jimmy Joe Roche’s “Hilvarenbeek”

Article: Premiere: Dan Deacon And Jimmy Joe Roche’s “Hilvarenbeek”

The last time I checked in to see what Dan Deacon was up to, he was scoring Francis Ford Coppola’s Gothic horror film, “Twixt Now and Sunrise.” In the meantime, the composer was also busy on a mysterious collaboration with filmmaker pal, Jimmy Joe Roche in the Netherlands. The two collaborated on a short film…

This Will Destroy You Perform “Little Smoke,” Talk Crazy At SXSW

Article: This Will Destroy You Perform “Little Smoke,” Talk Crazy At SXSW

Texas’ This Will Destroy You craft ambient instrumental doomgaze so intensely enveloping that the Pentagon used their music in a disaster response presentation designed for the top military brass after hurricane Katrina. Maybe they can start work on designing anti-hurricane defense systems which use the overwhelming walls of sound this band produces to shatter them…

Premiere: Spindrift “The Legend Of The Widower Colby Wallace”

Article: Premiere: Spindrift “The Legend Of The Widower Colby Wallace”

Spindrift’s been on a whirlwind streak pairing their music with film, the latest of which is a collaboration with director Burke Roberts in this trailer for his short (and soon to be feature), “The Legend Of The Widower Colby Wallace.” “I have been a friend and fan of Spindrift for some time and knew that…

Lady Gaga & Clarence Clemons: “The Edge of Glory” doesn’t quite get there

Article: Lady Gaga & Clarence Clemons: “The Edge of Glory” doesn’t quite get there

Lady Gaga’s career has certainly had its share of what-the-fuck situations, from the meat dress and the boots that caused the infamous airport tumble to the amazingly morose “Bad Romance” video and her welcome political stump speeches. Even when they’ve been obvious stunts, those moments have felt very much of a whole, or instances with…

The Lonely Island “Jack Sparrow,” Featuring Michael Bolton

Article: The Lonely Island “Jack Sparrow,” Featuring Michael Bolton

Musical hilarity group, The Lonely Island, did their thing on Saturday Night Live this weekend, to hype their album “Turtleneck & Chain” due out tomorrow, May 10th. This time Samberg and crew teamed up with Michael Bolton to bring a “big sexy hook” to one of their ill club tracks. I’m partial to their Neil…

Steven Tyler On His Epic Drug Use And Being Rejected By Joan Jett

Article: Steven Tyler On His Epic Drug Use And Being Rejected By Joan Jett

“I snorted my plane, I snorted my house,” Steven Tyler admits in his new memoir, penned with founding Rolling Stone editor, David Dalton. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who read “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” so we don’t have to, drugs are a constant throughout the entire book. Tyler talks about getting…

Music for Fridays: Download Invisible Hand’s “Four Seasons”

Article: Music for Fridays: Download Invisible Hand’s “Four Seasons”

Note: Each Friday, we’ll close with a song we consider a suiting goodbye for the workweek. With each Music for Fridays post, check for a free mp3. According to the song’s mp3 file, which looks to be a fairly reliable source, “Four Seasons,” by Charlottesville’s Invisible Hand, lasts for two minutes and 59 seconds. That…

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…

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