Coachella 2020: Lineup includes Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Rage Against the Machine, Thom Yorke, Calvin Harris, Run the Jewels and much more

Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and Rage Against the Machine will headline the 2020 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, with an undercard that includes Thom Yorke, Run the Jewels, Calvin Harris, Flume, Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs and Megan Thee Stallion. Danny Elfman, Fatboy Slim, Charli XCX, Disclosure and Brockhampton are among the other notable artists on the bill. Weekend 1 (April 10-12) is sold out. There is a new procedure to get Weekend 2 tickets, according to tonight’s announcement: For the fi...
Tags: Music, Featured, News, Coachella, Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Rage Against The Machine, Brockhampton, Frank Ocean Travis Scott, Frank Ocean Travis Scott Rage Against the Machine, Thom Yorke Calvin Harris, Calvin Harris Flume Lana Del Rey

Coachella 2020 Lineup

We may be witnessing the start of World War III tonight, but for some counterprogramming, here's a pretty good festival lineup. More »
Tags: Music, News, Coachella

Saudibabiii – “2020”

Inland Empire based Hip Hop artist Saudibabiii kicks off the new year by releasing his latest single titled “2020“.
Tags: Jazz, Singles, Saudibabiii

Frank Ocean & Travis Scott To Headline 2020 Coachella

With additional performances from DaBaby, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, YBN Cordae, JID & more.
Tags: News, Jazz, Freddie Gibbs, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Madlib, J.i.d, Ybn Cordae, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby Freddie Gibbs Madlib

Big Ghost Ltd. – “Gladiator School” (feat. Daniel Son, Asun Eastwood, Recognize Ali, Ty Farris, Rome Streetz, Mooch, Rigz, Rahiem Supreme, Estee Nack & Lukey Cage)

To kick off 2020, one of the underground’s most in-demand producers right now Big Ghost Ltd. has unleashed the star-studded lead single to his upcoming debut album Carpe Noctem.
Tags: Jazz, Singles, Big Ghost Ltd, Daniel Son Asun, Lukey Cage

Mumford -- Art and Technics (vii)

"Order of any kind gives man a sense of security: it is the changeful, the unexpected, the capricious, in other words the unpredictable and uncontrollable, that fill him with anxiety and dread. Hence whenever man becomes unsure of himself, or whenever his creative powers seem inadequate, whenever his symbolisms breed confusion and conflict, his tendency is either to find a refuge in blind Fate, or to concentrate upon those processes in which his own subjective interests are not directly involved...
Tags: Politics, Jazz, Brass, Instrumentation, Technics, Stefan Kac, Blog Month 2019, Order And Control

Mumford -- Art and Technics (v)

"What my friend Matthew Nowicki used to say about architecture--that a great client was essential in the production of a great building--holds for every other form of art..." (28) "[the] stage of full maturity...that only great art both the artist and his community it demands a certain dedication, indeed a certain sacrifice, that sets it off from the more decorative and pleasurable phases of art." (29) Cue Branford on Cecil for a not-so-friendly reminder that there are limits to wha...
Tags: Art, Community, Jazz, Cecil, Technics, Branford, Mumford, Stefan Kac, Blog Month 2019, Art And Technics (mumford, Mumford (lewis, Matthew Nowicki

Hieroglyphics “Third Eye Vision” Anniversary Tour Hitting Los Angeles

Iconic Oakland based Hip Hop group Hieroglyphics are celebrating the release of thier 1998 debut album “Third Eye Vision” by performing live in Los Angeles at Catch One going down Friday, Jan. 17th presented by Mc Lyfe and The Sunny Days & Vibes. See the whole crew in action with Rap Noir, Stoney Hawk and others!  You can read more about their tour on  Tickets for their stop in Los Angeles exclusively available on 
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Events, Jazz, Hieroglyphics, Mc Lyfe

Mumford -- Art and Technics (vi)

"...until recently we have taken for granted that, since we ourselves live in a Machine Age and boast of that fact, every other age was correspondingly dominated and influenced by its tools and technical devices. Despite our own devaluation of symbolism we had nevertheless made the Machine the symbol of life itself, and transferred our own obsession with that particular idol to every other phase of human history." (38-39)"One has only to compare the cave paintings of the Aurignacian hunters with...
Tags: Egypt, Jazz, Peru, Technics, Mumford, Stefan Kac, Blog Month 2019, Art And Technics (mumford, Mumford (lewis

Mumford -- Art and Technics (x)

"In some sense, man must forgo his purely personal preference and submit to the machine before he can achieve good results in the limited province of choice that remains to him. This curtailment of freedom is not unknown even in the pure arts...material and process play this part everywhere." (81) Indeed, not "unknown" but frequently denied or willfully ignored. The "fundamental vanity" of the infant and the "irrationality" of the savage are archetypes to which Mumford has already appealed, psyc...
Tags: Education, Jazz, Philosophy, Jesus, Harmony, Steve, Technics, Mumford, Stefan Kac, Blog Month 2019, Art And Technics (mumford, Mumford (lewis, Generative Strategies, Specialization And Specialists, Bordogni

J. Malik – “War On Truth” (Album)

Rising Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based underground Hip Hop artist J. Malik releases his latest most powerful album yet titled “War On Truth“.  Follow him on Instagram @jdot_malik. 
Tags: Albums, Jazz, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, J Malik

The Ecological Information Embedded In Indigenous Music

For Indigenous Peoples who have lived within their traditional territories for generations, music is a repository of ecological knowledge, with songs embedding ancestors’ knowledge, teachings and wisdom. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Music, SJM, 01.02.20


2019 was a good balance between new music I discovered/enjoyed vs. old tunes I’m continually finding via records. I find that raising a teenager helps with the former and while I would never try to pass myself off – these days – as having a finger of the musical zeitgeist, I think it’s valuable to stay engaged with new music coming out. Anyways…I’m going to flip this from the round-ups of the last few years and start with the old tracks I gave heavy run to last year. (Not in ranked order) 1. The...
Tags: Spotify, Music, New York, London, Disco, Chicago, Covers, Hip-hop, Paris, Amsterdam, Davis, Jazz, Nina Simone, Guyana, African, Gospel

J74 SliceShuffler lets you chop up and transform audio in Ableton Live, in real time

Take live audio in, slice it up, reshuffle it, manipulate it, all beat-synced – SliceShuffler is a new Live slicer-dicer, for just a few bucks. I’ve covered developer J74’s stuff before. (J74 is the Max-developing alias of Fabrizio Poce.) This one looks really special, though. The basic idea is, you take a live input, toss it in a buffer, and then slice and re-sequence and transform the sound, all as you play, synced to the clock. It’s intended particularly for use with rhythmic materials,...
Tags: Music, Tech, Software, Max, Music Tech, Ableton Live, J74, Live Suite, Ableton Live Drive

Map anything in Ableton Live’s Browser to MIDI, keyboard with Max for Live

Get push-button access to your favorite stuff in Ableton Live with this clever Max for Live tool. Continuing our new year look at some of the coolest Max for Live stuff, flowstate has come up with a tool that lets you map anything in Live’s Browser. If you find yourself frequently using the same instrument, effect, sample, or whatnot, you can now map those to keyboard or MIDI. The solution is a combination of MIDI Remote Script with Max for Live Device. And it works with almost anything – ...
Tags: Music, Utilities, Mac, Windows, Tech, Software, Mapping, Max, Ableton Live, Music Tech, Live-suite

Bieber Back On YouTube

Justin Bieber launched his career from YouTube and now he has given the video platform a 10-episode series that arrives on January 27th. The series will look at his comeback album and will feature his friends and collaborators. The YouTube Originals series will offer a behind-the-scenes look at Bieber’s life during the last four years, including never-before-seen footage of his marriage to model Hailey Baldwin. “As humans we go through so many ups and downs. So many good seasons, bad seasons. ...
Tags: Music, Youtube, Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin, Bieber, YouTube Originals, The Latest

Ariano & Jade River – “Reasons” (Lyric Video)

SoCal hip hop icon Ariano and Portland producer Jade River releases their second single and lyric video, “Reasons” from their third album, Fear is a Liar (Rockets).
Tags: Videos, Portland, Jazz, Ariano, Jade River

Tonight in L.A.: Califone, Sahara Grim, the Late Great Charlie Borski, Dollhouse, Rocco DeLuca, John Peter Carroll, Tone Gold, Rough Riot, Wacko

L.A. concerts for Thursday: ► Califone, who have the new album “Echo Mine” on the way Feb. 21, play a free show at Gold-Diggers, joined by Crumpler and Earth Like Planets. ► Jazzy Sahara Grim headlines the Moroccan Lounge, supported by Cassowary and Lilacs. ► And theatrical folk group the Late Great Charlie Borski and Chris Lazer head up the lineup at the Satellite, joined by Marlaina Smith, Macy Todd and Kazi Jay. Also: Dollhouse, Prison Postumo, Smut and Chernobyl at the Hi Hat Love as no limi...
Tags: Music, Chernobyl, Preview, Crumpler, Dollhouse, Stoops, Pappy Harriet, Mike Burke, Califone, Rocco DeLuca, Moroccan Lounge, Phota, Jake Hitt, Zebulon CB Brand, Charlie Borski, Sahara Grim

Watch A-ha’s “Take On Me” Video Newly Remastered in 4K …. and Learn About the Band’s Struggle to Make the Classic Song

Though the ‘80s didn’t invent music videos, they did become an essential form of cultural currency, as high profile directors, big budgets, and a channel that played them non-stop pushed them into our collective consciousness. But it’s only recently that those original videos--most shot on film, not video by the way--have been getting the remaster treatment that Hollywood blockbusters and art house classics receive. Last month, we saw the film grain and romantic lighting in Wham’s “Last ...
Tags: Google, Music, Hollywood, College, Norway, Warner Bros, Michael Jackson, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Wham, Ken Russell, Ted Mills, Morten, Mike Patterson, Morten Harket, Steve Barron

Best of the Blue Ridge 2020

The sun rises over Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Best of the Blue Ridge photographer winner Leslie Restivo. 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards Our region is full of inspiring athletes, cultural hubs, and wild and wonderful spots to explore. In our ninth annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards, we asked you to cast your votes for your favorite places, races, and faces in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Read on to learn about who you picked in this year’s contest. Businesses Environmental ...
Tags: Music, Camping, Fitness, Hiking, West Virginia, Events, Sport, People, United States, Cycling, Climbing, Gear, Running, Snowsports, New River Gorge, Richmond VA

HEXO for Live is an arpeggiator transformed into a polyphonic compositional tool

Somehow, it started as an arpeggiator. But this Max for Live tool by K-Devices is now an advanced, polyphonic, polymetric tool for dreaming up rhythms and melodies. We’ve got you set up for your new year’s food coma / hangover / days off / whatever, with a series of Max for Live tools to tinker around with into the winter (southern hemisphere summer) evenings of January. HEXO is an important departure for K-Devices. If all you want is a tool that lets you generate rhythms...
Tags: Music, Tech, Software, Stories, Max, Midi, Music Tech, IDM, Hexo, Patching, K Devices

Pk Delay: Page 365

“This whole year been a real test / It didn’t go great, I don’t know why,” Pittsburgh artist Pk Delay (aka William Hawkins IV) raps on his final track of 2019, “Page 365.” Part of the artist’s 365 Project, a self-prescribed regiment of releasing a song every day for the entire calendar year, the track bids farewell to 2019 and welcomes what’s to come. Within, …
Tags: Design, Music Videos, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, 2020, Pittsburgh, Listenup, 365 Project, William Hawkins, Page 365, Pk Delay, Will Hawkins

Meka’s Favorites [2019 in Review]

A closer look at what Meka bumped in 2019.
Tags: Features, Jazz, Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, Snoh Aalegra, 2dope, Little Brother, Griselda, MEKA, Gang Starr, Best of 2019

Shake’s Favorites [2019 in Review]

A closer look at what Shake bumped in 2019.
Tags: Features, Jazz, Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, Dreamville, 2dope, Little Brother, MAXO KREAM, Griselda, Best of 2019

Wongo’s Favorites [2019 in Review]

A closer look at what Wongo bumped in 2019.
Tags: Features, Jazz, Sir, Boogie, Snoh Aalegra, Dreamville, 2dope, Wongo, Ybn Cordae, Best of 2019

Gene Simmons Puts Ice Cubes In His Cereal

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January's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez The Bowery by Stephen Paul DeVillo The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende How Fires End by Marco Rafala James Baldwin: A Biography by David Adams Leeming Kitty Genovese by Catherine Pelonero LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson Orlando by Virginia Woolf The RBG Way by Rebecca Gibian Ties by Domenico Starnone eBooks on sale for $2.99 this ...
Tags: Music, Putin, Virginia, Neil Gaiman, David, Dallas, Hilary Mantel, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Gabriel, Nnedi Okorafor, Isabel Allende, Italo Calvino, Fiona Hill, Gerard Way, Barry Lopez, Stephen Paul

Facebook are looking to license music videos, encroaching on YouTube reports say

Facebook might look to add music videos to their social media platform, making them a much bigger threat to other video sites. Facebook video has been a threat to YouTube since it launched however the two have managed to maintain their own video platforms individually, for the most part, until now. But could music be the turning point? Facebook videos mostly feature skits, memes, news and TV clips. Whilst the platform is open to a wide range of videos, being built in to a social media s...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Instagram, Youtube, Music Videos, Music Streaming, Music Video, Vevo, Digital Music News, YouTube YouTube, Digital Video News, Bloomberg Facebook, License Music

Video: The Tissues, ‘Rear Window’

Art-rock quartet the Tissues are rebels who make a racket, their take-no-prisoners music inspired by post-punk and and proto-punk torchbearers from decades ago. They rage against all manners of oppression, and if battles were fought merely with wailing vocals and stinging guitar licks, the oppressors wouldn’t stand a chance. The band — vocalist Kristine Nevrose, guitarist Jerry Narrows, bassist Bianca Ayala and drummer Tara Edwards — have been working on the follow-up to their 2017 debut album “...
Tags: Video, Music, Local Artist, Hitchcock, Zebulon, the Tissues, Kristine Nevrose, Jerry Narrows, Bianca Ayala, Tara Edwards, Nevrose

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