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David Roback, co-founder of Mazzy Star, RIP

David Roback, who co-founded the wonderful neo-psych band Mazzy Star, died yesterday. He was 61. Roback, a member of the 1980s Paisley Underground bands Rain Parade and Opal, rose to fame with Mazzy Star through his collaboration with singer-songwriter Hope Sandoval. All of Mazzy Star's albums are sublime but it was 1993's "So Tonight That I Might See" that blew up with the above single Fade Into You. The duo went on hiatus in 1997 but reformed in 2012 and released "Seasons In Your Day," a qui...
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, The Times, Musicians, Los Angeles Times, David Roback, Opal, Guitarists, Mazzy Star, Roback, Fade Into You


Sing along to this peppy little ditty about the fundamentals of Alchemical processes

In some weird alternate fantasy universe, this song would to taught to school children so that they can memorize their Hermetic fundamentals. Image: YouTube
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Occult, Alchemy, Magick, Hermetic sciences


The bizarre 1976 Cat Stevens song and video, Banapple Gas

My friend Mark Casale and I were talking about Captain Beefheart last night (as we are often want to do) and were yucking it up over the surreal late-night TV commercial for the Beef's 1970 record, Lick My Decals Off, Baby (which I posted about last month). This prompted Mark to ask me if I'd ever seen the bizarre promo video for Cat Steven's 1976 song, Banapple Gas. I'd never even heard of the song. It was a track on Steven's ninth studio record, Numbers. Numbers was composed as a concept al...
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Weird, Wikipedia, Psychedelia, Folk Music, Chris Bryant, Steven, Mark, Stevens, Beefheart, Allan Scott, Mark Casale, Jzero


Alanis Morissette’s Agonized Ballad, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Waxahatchee, Kyle, Arca and others.
Tags: Post, News, Jazz, Oldham, Oliver, Avalanches, Pat, Alanis Morissette, Ozzy, Hynes, Malcolm, Morissette, Henri, Osbourne, Meshell, Crutchfield


AI writes song lyrics at least as well as humans can

These Lyrics Do Not Exist differs from similar projects involving human faces, cats, etc., in that the AI-created results are no more uncanny than the real thing. You give it a topic, and select a mood – very sad, sad, neutral, happy, very happy – and a genre – country, metal, rock, pop, rap, EDM – and tell it to get cracking. Here is the chart-busting hit, "Boing Boing", exactly as generated by the AI: Verse 1 You came along you showed me My many seasons of different Boing, autumn, winter, boin...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Ai, Gans


Andrew Weatherall, Primal Scream producer, acid house legend, RIP

Legendary musical force Andrew Weatherhall -- who produced Primal Scream's seminal album Screamadelica, famously remixed the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Meat Beat Manifesto, and as a DJ helped turn the world on to acid house -- has died. He was 56 and suffered a pulmonary embolism. From The Guardian: Following a young adulthood in the post-punk scene, Weatherall became a key figure in countercultural – and occasionally mainstream – British music after becoming one of the key DJs ...
Tags: Post, Music, London, News, Djs, Valentine, Edm, Andrew, Sabres, Weatherall, Keith Tenniswood, Danny Rampling, Acid house, Andrew Weatherall Primal, Andrew Weatherhall, Ibiza Weatherall


K. D. Lang stuns the crowd at Fire Fight Australia with "Hallelujah"

The crowd at this weekend's Fire Fight Australia was humbled by an intense, heart-felt performance by k.d. lang of her signature cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Fire Fight Australia was a benefit concert held in Sydney to help raise relief money in the wake of the country's devastating brush fires. Image: YouTube
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Australia, Sydney, Leonard Cohen, Concerts, LANG, Hallelujah, Bushfirecrisis


Emerson, Lake & Palmer's prog rock epic, "Karn Evil 9," to be made into a film with Daniel Wilson penning the screenplay

According to a piece on Deadline, 70s prog rock behemoths, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, are having a movie made from their 30-minute sci-fi song suite, "Karn Evil 9", from 1973's Brain Salad Surgery. Centered on a society that has drained all its blood with a dependence on technology, the film will explore the world controlled by a pervasive and dictatorial technocracy. The annual “Karn Evil” — a macabre rite of passage — is a young person’s once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience unbridled freedom, ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Michael Bay, Ted, Palmer, Dreamworks, Elp, Wilson, Rock N Roll, Emerson Lake, Karn, Daniel Wilson, Emerson Lake Palmer, Daniel H Wilson, Crimson King


The 27-song playlist that Lou Reed made just before he died

The UK's Far Out Magazine has posted the playlists of 27 songs that Lou Reed was listening to when he died in 2013 of liver disease. Reed continually kept his finger on the pulse of contemporary and popular music. Taking a hands-on approach to the developing technology around him, Reed controlled his own Spotify account which hosted several different playlists of songs he liked from the radio, or, alternatively, general songs he was listening to at that time. Entitled ‘What I’m listening to’, Re...
Tags: Post, Music, UK, News, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Playlists, Roy Orbison, Reed, Rock N Roll, Far Out Magazine, Nicki Minaj Robyn, Danny Norton


Marvelous mix of chill-out, ambient, and experimental sounds from DF Tram

My old friend and favorite DJ, DF Tram, pulls threads from from far-out jazz, psych, experimental ambient, spoken word, downtempo EDM, and avant-garde classical to create transgenre ambient mixes. A crate digger of the highest order, he has turned me on to countless artists, tracks, and albums that I'd never hear anywhere else. A collaborator with Alex Patterson, Mixmaster Morris, and Youth, DF Tram has toured with The Orb and performed at the most prestigious electronic music festivals ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Electronic Music, Ambient, Djs, OZORA, Chill Out, Alex Patterson Mixmaster Morris


Celebrate Valentine's Day with this playlist of love songs that other songwriters wish they wrote

Just in time for Valentine's Day, NPR's All Songs Considered spoke with a bunch of celebrated songwriters such as Phoebe Bridgers and M. Ward and asked them about the love songs that they wish they'd written — the masterful melodies and heartfelt turns of phrase that other poets envy and only dream to one day emulate. It's also just a really great playlist of songs. And now it has me thinking of which song I would choose myself. Since both "First Day of My Life" and "Love Song" were already...
Tags: Post, Music, News, The Cure, Songwriting, Phoebe Bridgers, Ward, Bob Boilen, Andrew WK, Singer/songwriter, Love Songs, All Songs Considered, Robin Hilton NPR


Stellar lineup for 1980s music festival: Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, Echo & The Bunnymen...

On May 2, 2020, Carson, California will be host to an incredible 1980s music revival. The Cruel World Festival lineup includes Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Violet Femmes, The Church, English Beat, Public Image Ltd., Gary Numan, Marc Almond, Christian Death, Missing Persons, and more than a dozen other acts. Oh yeah, also, um, Morrissey. When I first saw the lineup, I thought it was a hoax. The good people at Goldenvoice are producing the festival at Dig...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Festivals, Music Festivals, Morrissey, 1980s, CARSON California, Dignity Health Sports Park Tickets


Fifty of the most drug-drenched albums of all time

Here is another fabulous list of important records, this one organized around the theme of "most drug-addled." As with the avant-garde list, this author's choices are ripe for debate. The writing on the entries is also fun. RAMPANT MADNESS, cheap powder, and the whiskey river: below are the 50 most debauched, sodden, and certifiable records in music history. The rules are simple: being merely eccentric while swathed in outlandish clothing fails to qualify. Having done an epic amount of street po...
Tags: Post, Music, Texas, News, Drugs, Weird, Pink Floyd, Steven Tyler, Aerosmith, Syd Barrett, Ozzy, Rock N Roll, Barrett, Jack Daniel, Syd, Gibby Haynes


Zachary Knowles Releases ‘Ghost’

Look out for Zachary Knowles. He’s fairly new to the scene without a whole lot of history. The Houston, TX native just dropped Ghost via Fader. It’s a solid track, and I can’t help to hear Khalid, Bieber, and Post. The 20 year old bedroom artist began releasing songs on SoundCloud before releasing his first EP as a freshman in college at Texas A&M. Check out the video here, and yes, we added the song to the Indie Invaders Playlist.
Tags: Post, Music, Texas, Houston TX, Zachary Knowles, Indie Invaders, Zachary Knowles Fader, Zachary Knowles Ghost, Khalid Bieber


Psychedelic reggae for deep heads

For nearly forty years, master Nyabinghi percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah has collaborated with dub magician Adrian Sherwood/On-U Sound and friends in a psychedelic reggae ensemble called African Head Charge. (In the 1980s, their first album, My Life in a Hole in the Ground (1981), was the go-to soundtrack for my own personal journeys into inner space.) On March 6, they're following up a series of vinyl reissues with Drumming Is A Language: 1990-2011 a CD box set or vinyl bundle containing f...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Reggae, Nyabinghi, Psychedelic, Adrian Sherwood, DUB, Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah


New book about the books that changed David Bowie's life

The incredible museum exhibition David Bowie Is included a list of 100 books that were not necessarily his favorites but rather those that influenced him the most. Author John O'Connell used that list as the basis of his own book, Bowie's Bookshelf: The Hundred Books that Changed David Bowie's Life, containing plot summaries, analysis, and his thoughts on how each text connects to Bowie. From John Quin's review at The Quietus: O’Connell rightly reminds us that Bowie was a Mod and that h...
Tags: Post, Books, Music, News, Berlin, David Bowie, William Boyd, Warhol, Kerouac, Authors, Low, Bruce Chatwin, Bowie, Spike Milligan, O'Connell, Alfred Doblin


Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures" puffer jacket

Los Angeles streetwear brand Pleasures celebrated the 40th anniversary of Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures" album with a licensed line of apparel including this puffer jacket. The clothing, including hats and t-shirts, feature a plot of radio frequencies of the first pulsar discovered by scientists, a visualization that Peter Saville brilliantly borrowed for the album's cover art. (More on that in this Scientific American article.) The reversible puffer jacket is $240 from Crusoe & Sons. ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Clothing, Los Angeles, Disorder, Apparel, Peter Saville, Streetwear, Puffer Jackets


US Customs destroys the instrument of renowned Mali musician Ballaké Sissoko

This is so heartbreaking. Ballaké Sissoko, the highly-acclaimed African musician from Mali, claims that US Customs officials destroyed his custom-made, irreplaceable kora instrument. He arrived back in Paris after a US tour to find his beloved instrument in pieces, with one of those all-too-familiar TSA notices in the case. Here is a 2011 performance of Ballaké (with Vincent Segal) on All Songs Considered. Image: Post on Ballaké Sissoko's Facebook page.
Tags: Post, Music, News, US, Paris, Mali, Tsa, Customs, Security Theater, Musical instruments, US Customs, Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Ballaké


Ten great, groundbreaking avant garde records

I hate the horse-racing of art. I could never bring myself to declare "THE" ten most groundbreaking of anything. And especially something as subjective as avant garde art and music. I look at this list and immediately think "What, no Glenn Branca? Magma? The Residents? SOFT MACHINE?" I could go on. And I could easily come up with ten more records that I think are as groundbreaking as these. But that said, this is a very good list of very important records. I have most of these in my collection. ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Experimental music, Glenn Branca, Avant Garde, Henry Cow


High school drummer plays Pornhub intro music at school rally, and was allegedly suspended

Here’s the Context pic.twitter.com/06tBlNkMV5 — ★Lil Chu★ (@LilChuSSB) February 2, 2020 A high schooler who played the intro music for PornHub videos received am immediate raucous response from his fellow students. The person who tweeted the video said the young man was suspended.
Tags: Post, Music, News, Pornhub, Highschool


Psychedelic Furs announce first studio album in 29 years, release first single, "Don’t Believe"

The Psychedelic Furs have just announced a spring release for their eight studio album entitled "Made of Rain." It's been a 29 year wait. The first single off of the record, "Don't Believe," has been posted to YouTube. The album is now available for pre-order.
Tags: Post, Music, News, Don, Rock N Roll


I'm loving this Reggae, Dub, Ska and Rocksteady internet radio station

LISTEN: 'Heavyweight Reggae.' Yep, the name is right, and the channel delivers. My old pal Rusty Hodge from SomaFM, a longtime independent internet hero and early blogger and NASA space shuttle fanatic -- such a cool guy! -- ah, focus, Xeni! Okay, so Rusty and SomaFM just launched an awesome new SomaFM internet radio channel dedicated to the classic roots of reggae. Heavyweight Reggae. It is SO GREAT. 'Bob Marley live in concert in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 30, 1980,' CC BY-SA 3.0, Phot...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Nasa, Fun, Radio, Jamaica, Reggae, Bob Marley, Internet Radio, Dion, Josh, Garcia, Watts, Zurich Switzerland, Rusty


Get in the mood with this commercial from the 90s "Pure Moods" music collection

Remember when ambient music was Enya and the X-Files theme song, and you could get your favorite mood music from a 1-800 number, instead of streaming it straight to your phone? Remember when my mom actually listened to this on a semi-regular basis, but always skipped the X-Files song, even though it was the only one I cared for, because that show was cool? Good times. I didn't remember that the Twin Peaks theme was on here, though. I think they missed the irony of those soothing dulcet tones ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Washington, X-files, Twin Peaks, Enya, Pure Moods


Sonos warns customers that their older speakers will shortly be e-waste

Sonos has warned customers who bought speakers five or more years ago that it will no longer provide software updates to their property, and that they will cease to operate in systems that include newer equipment, and will have to be separated on its own subnet. In Q4/19, Sonos informed investors that it would be discontinuing support for older systems in order to reduce its software costs and thus maximize profits. Sonos equipment comes with a kill-switch that renders it permanently inope...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Music, News, E-waste, Landfill, Sonos, 1201, Planned Obsolescence, Andy Powell, Thomas Claburn, Adversarial Interoperability, Memex


Diese Frauen feierten im letzten Jahrzehnt große Erfolge in Hollywood

2020 ist ein besonderes Jahr, denn es hat gleichzeitig ein neues Jahrzehnt eingeleitet. Viele von uns setzen große Hoffnungen auf die 20er und arbeiten hart daran, die eigenen Vorsätze endlich durchzuziehen. Dabei brachte auch das letzte Jahrzehnt viele gute Dinge mit sich – vor allem für die Frauen in der Unterhaltungsindustrie. Nach der jahrelangen unfairen Bevorzugung von Männern bei Preisverleihungen und Award-Nominierungen, sind in den letzten 10 Jahren endlich auch mal ein paar Frauen ins ...
Tags: Post, Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Jennifer Lawrence, Viola Davis, Taylor Swift, Jack Nicholson, France, Disney, Mtv, Meryl Streep, Time Magazine, Quvenzhane Wallis, Richard Linklater, Emmy


Sonant makes generative music you can leave on

Unlike most generative music apps, Kjetil Golid's Sonant isn't obviously just a machine slapping notes on some formulaic pattern for however long you can stand to listen to it. It's nice! But it's also fixed to a sonorous xylophone sample and background strings. Sliders control various elements of the music; I like them all maxed out, suggesting the rising crescendo of a song just before its ending, but never escaping that moment. "Move sliders over time" would be an excellent feature to add.
Tags: Post, Music, News, Generative, Kjetil Golid


Listen to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream," the deep house mix

From 1989, Fingers Inc.'s beautiful mix of "Can You Feel It" with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech:
Tags: Post, Music, News, Mlk, Speeches, Martin Luther King Jr, Fingers Inc, Let It Ring


New biography of electronic music pioneer Wendy Carlos

From her groundbreaking first album Switched-On Bach (1968) to the unforgettable soundtracks for A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining (1980), and Tron (1982), Wendy Carlos is a living legend of electronic music. In March, Oxford University Press will publish Wendy Carlos: A Biography, written by musicologist Amanda Sewel, musical director of Interlochen Public Radio. From the book description: With her debut album Switched-On Bach, composer and electronic musician Wendy Carlos (b. 1939) bro...
Tags: Post, Books, Music, News, Biographies, Synthesizers, Carlos, Bach, Oxford University Press, Wendy Carlos, God Is A Moog, Amanda Sewel, Interlochen Public Radio From


Listen to this strange and compelling mix of field recordings, cut-ups, and sound art

Composer Janek Schaefer drew from the work of John Cage, DJ Shadow, The Orb, Marina Abramović, Steve Reich, Chris Watson, and so many other greats to create this powerfully evocative and weird 90 minute mix. A former architect, Scahefer has masterfully designed a haunting, expansive environment of found sound. This is the way, step inside... Schaefer also prepared a complementary essay and annotated tracklist for the mix. From The Vinyl Factory: I loved how sound creates images that yo...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Audio, Experimental, Sound, Recordings, John Cage, Schaefer, Avant Garde, Janek Schaefer, Plunderphonics, Steve Reich Chris Watson, Scahefer


Black Flag/Iain Banks mashup tee

Rogue Print's inaugural tee design for 2020 is a mashup Iain Banks (previously, RIP)/Black Flag tribute available as a baseball tee or a regular one -- both ship with a set of writers as bands stickers. I couldn't stop myself from ordering a Spiderman baseball tee to go with it. (Thanks, Josh!)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Gift Guide, Music, News, Iain Banks, Tees, Culture Wars



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