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Lorna Doom, bassist for the Germs, RIP

Lorna Doom, badass bassist of influential Los Angeles punk band the Germs, died yesterday. Formed in 1976, the Germs -- Doom, Darby Crash, Pat Smear, and Don Bolles in the classic line-up -- were at the center of the early Hollywood punk scene that spawned Black Flag, X, Fear, the Go-Go's, and so many seminal acts. From the Los Angeles Times: Born Teresa Ryan, Doom became an icon of the U.S. punk explosion despite having to learn her instrument after already joining the band. Along with her ...
Tags: Post, Music, Hollywood, News, Los Angeles, Punk, West Coast, Teresa, Belinda Carlisle, Penelope Spheeris, Don Bolles, Lorna Doom, Teresa Ryan Doom, Slash Records

Toto's "Africa" plays on repeat in the middle of the Namib Desert... indefinitely

Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf created "Toto Forever," an installation that plays the song "Africa" on repeat in the middle of southern Africa's Namib Desert. From the BBC News: Mr Siedentopf tells the BBC it is set to play forever, with solar batteries "to keep Toto going for all eternity..." "[I] wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit 'Africa' in Africa," explains the 27-year-old artist. "Some [Namibians] love it and some say it's probably the worst so...
Tags: Art, Post, Video, Music, News, Africa, Bbc, BBC News, Namib Desert, Toto, Max Siedentopf, I hear the drums echoing tonight, Siedentopf

David Bowie's 11th studio album, "Low," is 42 today

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the release of David Bowie's mid-70s masterpiece, Low, the first album of his so-called Berlin Trilogy (later joined by "Heroes" and Lodger). Working with the increasingly experimental Brian Eno, this album was a dramatic departure for Bowie and much has been made over the music, the strange (and strangely inspiring) milieu of the West Berlin recording studio up against the Berlin wall, Bowie's continuing battles with the coke monster, the highly experimental ...
Tags: Post, Music, UK, News, Berlin, David, David Bowie, Poland, Brian, Brian Eno, Low, Warsaw, Milton Keynes, Derek, Bowie, Tony Visconti

Pioneering punk print 'zine Maximum Rocknroll is ceasing publication after nearly 40 years

Maximum Rocknroll, the seminal punk print 'zine launched in 1982, is ceasing publication of its paper edition. This truly marks the end of an era in punk culture and underground media. According to today's announcement, MRR will continue its weekly radio show, post record reviews online, continue its archiving effort, and launch other new projects that will keep the unbreakable Maximum Rocknroll spirit alive. From MRR: Maximum Rocknroll began as a radio show in 1977. For the founders of Max...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Media, Punk, Zines, Rocknroll, Counterculture, Tim Yohannan, Maximum Rocknroll

Celebrating a decade of writing a song every day with a best-of album

Jonathan "Song A Day" Mann (previously) writes, "On 1/1/19 I hit ten full years of writing a song a day. Part of the idea behind my Song A Day project has always been to find the 'good' songs in that pile (10 years = 3,652 songs) and come back to them to rework until they're great. With that as my aim, I spent the last two years working on a new album, I Used To Love My Body which I just released. It deals with themes of: Adulthood, forgiveness and what it feels like to live in this moment of i...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Music, News, Makers, Jonathan, Mann, Jonathan Mann, Adulthood Forgiveness Imminent Societal Collapse, Song A Day

Movies You Won’t Believe Are Based On True Stories

At first glance, the script for War Dogs probably read like an outlandish action comedy.How could a couple of stoner dudes from Miami secure a $300 million contract to supply arms to the U.S. government? How could the Pentagon supply tens of millions of shoddy weapons to Afghani troops fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban? How could the U.S. government be tricked into purchasing decomposing, 40-year-old munitions that were culled from a Communist surplus stockpile or manufactured cheaply in China ...
Tags: Facebook, Utah, Post, Fashion, Music, Hbo, Jessica Chastain, England, Hollywood, Tibet, Australia, Washington Post, Molly, Scotland, China, Boston

Jack Black YouTube announcement now accompanied by piano

Polymathic genius Jack Black has a new channel on YouTube, which is great, but what's even better is Finn M-K's piano accompaniment to Black's thanks-for-signing-up announcement.
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Jack Black, Jack Black YouTube

How to make an optical drum machine disc sequencer

John Park conducted a video workshop on how to make a drum sequencer by putting black and white markings on a disc. When he spins the disk, a row of optical sensors trigger the different drum sounds. It could be used to sequence any sounds, visuals, or actions.
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Makers, John Park

Listen to haunting Ethiopian hymns over the buzzing Harp of David

Sosena Gebre Eyesus by Sosena Gebre Eyesus Listen above to Sosena Gebre Eyesus's deeply spiritual and enchanting Ethiopian Orthodox hymns sung over the Begena, a ten string instrument also known as the Harp of David. Previously only on cassette, Eyesus's self-titled album is now available as a digital download or vinyl edition from the fine folks at Little Axe Records in Portland, Oregon. Since ancient times the Harp of David has been used as an aural balm, a soother of evil and disturbed ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, David, World Music, Ethiopia, Portland Oregon, Little Axe Records, Menelik, Sosena Gebre Eyesus, Begena, Harp of David Previously, Eyesus

Behold the jukebox of tomorrow

Chris Patty made a wooden mini-jukebox where you pick songs by swiping magnetic cards. It's like a prop from an old BBC sci-fi show about how great it would be to listen to music would be in 2019. The Verge's Jacob Kastrenakes: Patty created the jukebox as a Christmas gift for his father, after his family decided to only swap handmade presents this year. He later posted a short video of the creation to Twitter, where he’s received enough positive responses that he’s working on an open source ver...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Music, News, Makers, Bbc, Patty, Jacob Kastrenakes, Chris Patty

Trump Used Mollie Tibbetts' Murder As A Political Prop But Never Called Her Family

Soon after it was reported that 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts had been allegedly murdered by an undocumented immigrant, the White House released a video advocating for President Donald Trump's infamous border wall and hardline immigration agenda. "Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family. A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her," the president said, staring directly into the camera. He added: "We have the worst laws anywhere in the wor...
Tags: Post, Fashion, Music, Washington Post, Mexico, White House, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Trump, Lisa Murkowski, University of Iowa, Calderwood, Tibbetts, Mollie Tibbetts, Brooklyn IA, Laura Calderwood

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, a freaked-out ambient tape loop remix

Magnetic tape maestro Randall Taylor, aka Amulets, takes an old Mannheim Steamroller Christmas cassette in a totally different direction... a totally different dimension. Just when you thought you were going to listen to some sweet christmas music it turns into a weird 7 minute ambient drone rework that no one wants to hear at your family/work/friendmas/holiday party! Give the gift of your obscure musical taste and Mannheim Steamroll your loved ones today! GEAR USED: - Custom Tape Loops ...
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Christmas, Experimental, Cassettes, Avant Garde, Randall Taylor, Tapes, Custom Tape Loops Tascam Porta

NYC to name streets after Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, and Woody Guthrie

The New York City Council voted to rename streets after hip-hop artists Christopher Wallace (aka the Notorious BIG) and the Wu-Tang Clan and folk musician/activist Woodie Guthrie. If Mayor Bill de Blasio gives his final approval, a block in Brooklyn where Notorious B.I.G. was raised will be called Christopher Wallace Way, Staten Island will have a Wu-Tang Clan District, and part of Coney Island's Mermaid Avenue will be renamed Woody Guthrie Way to celebrate his 1940s home. From Rolling Stone: ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, NYC, New York City, Woody Guthrie, History, Brooklyn, Streets, Wu Tang Clan, Mccarthy, Coney Island, New York City Council, Christopher Wallace, Mermaid Avenue, Leroy McCarthy

Bryan Adams to Canadian parliament: extending the term of copyright enriches labels and other intermediaries, not artists

Bryan Adams has followed up on his earlier advocacy for a new Canadian copyright deal that benefits artists with a submission to the Canadian Heritage Committee's copyright consultation that argues against longer copyright terms, saying that these enrich large "intermediaries" (entities that sit between artists and their audiences, like record labels and collecting societies) and not artists. Instead of longer terms (which just mean that intermediaries get to milk creators' works for longer...
Tags: Post, Copyfight, Music, News, US, Canada, Bryan Adams, Adams, George Clinton, Michael Geist, Heritage Committee, Gerardo Gonzalez, Cdnpol, Reversion, Everything He Does He Does For US, Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata but the bass is a bar late, and the melody is a bar early

Musician Isaac Schankler performed Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata by delaying the bass for one bar, and playing the melody one bar earlier than usual. [via Open Culture] Image source: By W.J. Baker (held the expired copyright on the photograph) - Library of Congress[1]Contrairement à une erreur fréquemment répandue le buste a été réalisé par Hugo Hagen, non pas à partir du masque mortuaire mais, comme de nombreux autres, d'après le masque réalisé en 1812 par Franz Klein pour un buste qu'il deva...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Beethoven, Library Of Congress, Isaac Schankler, W J Baker, Hugo Hagen, Franz Klein

A Week In Maine On A Joint $127,000 Income

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today, as part of Your Spending In Your State: a marketing coordinator working in advertising who makes $50,000 per year ($127,000 when combined with her husband) and spends some of her money this week on Vitamin Water.Edit note: This diary was written earli...
Tags: Post, Fashion, Music, UPS, Maine, DMV, Mom, Joe, Grey, City Hall, Caesar, Clorox, Turbotax, Dayquil, Lisa Lewis

Jeff Goldblum's jazz album hit the no. 1 spot on the charts

Did you know... Jeff Goldblum plays jazz with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra weekly at an L.A. club called Rockwell (road trip!)? And that, at the age of 66, he has released his debut album? Well, both of those are true. And, during the week of Thanksgiving, that new album of his -- The Capitol Studios Sessions -- got 10 Goldblums out of a possible 10 Goldblums on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Rolling Stone: His weekly gig... is hardly a vanity project — “If I’m not out of town doing somethi...
Tags: Post, News, La, Tom Waits, Jazz, Herbie Hancock, Sarah Silverman, Charles Mingus, Jeff Goldblum, Rockwell, Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Capitol Studios Sessions, Haley Reinhart Imelda May, Bronner Goldblum, Jason Newman

NASA makes cool space mission posters that reference pop culture

So, get this. For many years now, NASA has been putting out some really fun posters to bring awareness to their space missions. They reference everything from Star Trek to Star Wars and lots in-between. Bored Panda writes: Since the very first International Space Station mission in 2000, NASA has been creating expedition posters usually featuring a group photo of the crew. These posters were used to advertise expeditions and were also hung in NASA facilities and other government organizations. H...
Tags: Star Wars, Post, News, Nasa, Star Trek, Pop Culture, Space Missions

Listen to this reverb, as a vocalist sings 'Rejoice'

Unmute this one! “This is a Pantheon style Cathedral in Montefrio, Spain,” says IMGURian MayMyEnemiesLiveLong. “The design allows for a 6 second long reverb. As an audio engineer, this definitively blows my mind.” That reverb.... (Rejoice) The vocal artist is Malinda. Source:
Tags: Post, Music, News, Reverb, Audio Engineering, Picks, Echo Echo Echo, Montefrio Spain

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Explains to Congress Why Googling “Idiot” Shows Donald Trump

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was recently put in the awkward position of explaining to Congress why photos of Donald Trump were being presented when people searched for the word “idiot” on Google’s world famous search engine. On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, refuting Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s (Democrat-California) tongue-in-cheek suggestion that “a little man sitting behind a curtain” was manipulating Google’s SERPS, or “Search Engine Result Pages,” Sundar Pichai said that Google doesn’t “manually interven...
Tags: Google, Post, Spacex, Politics, News, Congress, California, Seo, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Pop Culture, Jazz, Idiots, Silicon Valley, Ai

Listen: The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli covers "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

As a rule, the only Christmas music I can stand is Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Now though, I can punctuate those exceedingly joyful jazz tunes with my friend Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs doing his hauntingly beautiful take on "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." “I saw Meet Me In St. Louis as a child and this song just stayed with me forever,” Greg said. “It has a spectral quality that I always wanted to exaggerate.” photo by Sam Holden
Tags: Post, Music, News, Holidays, St Louis, Vince Guaraldi, Greg Dulli, Greg, Alone With Your Jones

End Of Year Guide To Launching Your Music Industry Career

As another year draws to a close, Angela Mastrogiacomo offers some helpful advice on how to position yourself for a successful music business career launch in 2019, by drawing on the experiences of 2018, constructing a solid plan and challenging yourself. __________________________ Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the TuneCore Blog So here we are. We’ve reached the end of another year, and odds are you’re either celebrating the major wins that 2018 brought, scratching your head ...
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Enchanting, dark, heavy Indonesian music blending traditional and experimental modes

Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi are Jogjakarta, Indonesia-based musicians melding the ancient, traditional sounds of their region with a very contemporary mode of heavy experimentalism. The duo, known as Senyawa, have just released a new album, Sujud, on the always-compelling Sublime Frequencies label, distributed by Forced Exposure. This is music that is best enjoyed at night, in the darkness, where the expansive, transgenre magick can wash over and through you. Listen below. From Sublime Freq...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Indonesia, Experimental, Avant Garde, Wukir Suryadi, Jogjakarta Indonesia, Senyawa, Rully Shabara, Sujud, Shabara, Suryadi

3 Ways Churches Can Use Music to Amplify Website Traffic and Spiritual Growth

Nothing engages the heart, the mind, and the soul like music. Churches in particular have an opportunity to take the music from their Sunday gatherings and use it throughout the week.  Let me share a few proven ideas with you. 1) Post videos of worship music. Many of the worship songs sung in churches today have music videos posted to YouTube.  Even hymns and older songs often have been made into “lyrical videos” in which the lyrics are shown while the music plays.  Churches can post these vi...
Tags: Post, Music, Church, Religion, Social Media, Blogging, Communications, JOYFM, Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Click

'Mortal Engines' Grinds Down the Post-apocalyptic Genre

None How could such a marvelous premise go so horribly wrong? That's the question you'll be asking while watching dystopian steam-punk film, Mortal Engines. Luckily, you will soon pass into a peaceful slumber and dream about something more interesting, like tax law or dripping water faucets. Visual effects guru Christian Rivers tries his luck at directing and, unfortunately, all of his luck is bad. This dystopian future where massive, mobile cities consume smaller cities for resources is a c...
Tags: Post, Music, Hollywood, London, Review, Adventure, Fantasy, America, Earth, Action, West, Young Adult, Shakespeare, Ya, Peter Jackson, Middle Earth

Fascinating documentary about minimalist composers Young, Riley, Reich, and Glass

In the first part of the 20th century, classical music was stripped of its majesty and injected with a healthy dose of discord and dissonance by avant-garde pioneers like Arnold Schoenberg, Pierre Boulez, and John Cage. Then in 1950s California and New York, a new form of contemporary classical music emerged: minimalism. "Tones, Drones and Arpeggios" is a terrific two episode BBC Four documentary on American minimalism pioneers La Monte Young, Terry Riley (above), Steve Reich, and Philip Glass ...
Tags: Post, Music, New York, News, California, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Cage, Terry Riley, Minimalism, Young Riley Reich, Arnold Schoenberg Pierre Boulez

What Your Band's Website Truly Needs

How you market your website makes all the difference heavy traffic and a digital ghost town, and just like marketing your music, requires a carefully composed strategy with a product that will leave fans coming back for more. ______________________ In this latest post from MusicThinkTank, Daniel Matthews breaks down what it is an artist website needs to be successful in the current digital landscape. "The key to great content marketing is quantity and quality. Post new content to y...
Tags: Post, Music, Owen Davie, Daniel Matthews

Merry Mixmas! It's time again for DJ Riko's badass Christmas mashup

Every year, DJ Riko drops a longform "mixmas" of Christmas mashups; this year's mix is out (MP3 link), featuring everyone from Run DMC to Harry Belafonte to Eels (here's how to get all 16 installments in the series!).
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Copyfight, Music, News, Harry Belafonte, Xmas, Mashups, Mp3s, DMC, Merry Mixmas, DJ Riko

Devo's open letter on "Drowning in a Devolved World"

Robbo writes, "Gerald Casale, founder of DEVO, has written an open letter in response to the band being inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame." Casale was an SDS activist who was present at the Kent State massacre and who was friends with the students who were murdered by the National Guard there. He describes how his hope for an society that evolved toward a better world soured with the conviction that the world was devolving, thanks to the "encroaching fusion of technological advan...
Tags: Post, Music, News, America, Kent State, National Guard, Rock N Roll, Devo, Robbo, Rodney Dangerfields, Casale, Gerald Casale, Late Stage Capitalism, Eschatology Watch, Are We Not Men, Devolved World

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