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First impressions of the new Moog Sound Studio

Robert Moog (1934-2005) was the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, which he introduced in 1964. His Minimoog, which debuted in 1970, was the first synthesizer to be sold in stores. It cost $1,600 at the time. (You can buy an iOS version of the Minimoog Model D Synthesizer for $15.) — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, News, Musical instruments, Synthesizers, Robert Moog, Moog Sound Studio

The remaining Monkees announced a farewell tour

In September, the last living Monkees, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz, will hit the road for what they say is their farewell tour after 55 years. From a press release: "The Monkees Farewell Tour" will feature songs that span the band's entire career – from their 1966 self-titled debut album to 2016's Good Times! — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, TV, News, Monkees, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith

Nirvana sued over thirty-year-old t-shirt design featuring a 1949 illustration

Back in 1989, I purchased a Nirvana t-shirt emblazoned with a map of Upper Hell as described in Dante's Inferno. (The back of the shirt reads: "fudge packin crack smokin satan worshippin mother fucker") Now, the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, who created that hell illustration for a 1949 translation of Dante's Inferno, is suing Nirvana LLC for copyright infringement. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Music, News, Copyright, Nirvana, Dante, T-shirts, Scott Giles, Here We Are Now Entertain US, Nirvana LLC

Nirvana sued over t-shirt artwork dating back to 1989

Back in 1989, I purchased a Nirvana t-shirt emblazoned with a map of Upper Hell as described in Dante's Inferno. (The back of the shirt reads: "fudge packin crack smokin satan worshippin mother fucker") Now, the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, who created that hell illustration for a 1949 translation of Dante's Inferno, is suing Nirvana LLC for copyright infringement. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Music, News, Copyright, Nirvana, Dante, T-shirts, Scott Giles, Here We Are Now Entertain US, Nirvana LLC

Woodpecker, perhaps tired of being ignored, shows plastic slide who's boss

In this footage a woodpecker sings its song for a while, then falls to silence. It looks around a bit, then gives its plastic perch a few blasts of full-automatic pecking. Appleseed Outdoors writes: We heard this flicker in our backyard. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Delightful Creatures, Appleseed

Lovely early versions of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Our House" and "Déjà vu"

Next month sees the release of a deluxe edition of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's iconic album Déjà vu that includes outtakes and early demos of these seminal songs. To tease us, the group have released the stunning early version of "Our House" (above) and a demo (below) of the title track. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, House, Young, Nash, Cosmic American

Joey Ramone biopic to star Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson

On yesterday's 20th anniversary of Joey Ramone's death comes word that Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson will play Joey in a new biopic—"I Slept With Joey RamoneÆ—coming to Netflix. The film, authorized by Joey Ramone's estate, is based on the memoir of the same name written by Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, Movies, News, Netflix, Pete Davidson, Joey, Joey Ramone, Ramone, Punk Rock, Joey RamoneÆ, Mickey Leigh Read

The unique and hugely influential Canterbury music scene of the 60s and 70s

In my late teens, I went deep down the rabbit hole of "Canterbury bands" (and Canterbury-adjacent). Bands like Soft Machine, Wilde Flowers, Caravan, Hatfield and the North, National Health, Matching Mole, Egg, Henry Cow, and Gong. There was something so different and audacious about this music; its British pastoralism, its psychedelia and pop surrealism, its virtuosic playing and pretensions toward freeform jazz and modern classical, its uncompromising noodlism! — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Jazz, Music History, Canterbury, Rock N Roll, Progressive Music, The 1970s, Soft Machine Wilde Flowers Caravan Hatfield, North National Health Matching Mole Egg Henry Cow

TV news report on the punk scene in Manchester, 1977

In this 1977 episode of the BBC2 current affairs program Brass Tacks, we meet the punks of Manchester. This is the scene from which Joy Division, The Smiths, The Fall, Simply Red would emerge. During the rollicking debate, keep your eyes peeled for young John Peel and Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Punk, Manchester, TV News, John Peel, Pete Shelley

Dave Grohl Tells the Story of How He Wrote “Everlong”

Dave Grohl, like many rock musicians, does not come from a classically trained background. Instead he has an ability to write according to what sounds good, and where noodling around in the studio can bring great rewards. That’s where The Foo Fighters’ best song “Everlong” originates. In this 2020 clip from Oates Song Fest, Grohl tells the story of “Everlong,” and how it came to him in the studio one day in between working on the band’s second album. It started with a chord. “I’m not...
Tags: Google, Post, Music, College, Paul Simon, David Letterman, Chicago, Dave Grohl, Amy Winehouse, Howard Stern, Grohl, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Louise Post, Ted Mills, Kerrang

The "NOW That's What I Call Music" Dad Rock compilation will haunt you

If you've been fortunate to somehow never see one of the commercials for those "NOW That's What I Call Music!" compilations, all you need to know is that they are generic mixes of popular songs all lumped together, presumably for people who only care about singles. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, News, Dad Rock, Dads, Dad, Pop Music, Dad Jokes, Dadaism, Things dads love, Now That& 039, s What I Call Music, Punks Not Dad

The end of Mills College and its massively influential experimental music scene?

Oakland, California's Mills College, a small liberal arts women's college with an all-gender grad program, announced that it will close its doors in the next few years due to financial challenges. This marks the end of this institution of higher learner but also the silencing of an incredibly-influential experimental music scenes that really defined the genre over the last 60+ years. — Read the rest
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Listen to George Harrison's stunning isolated vocals from "Something"

I vacillate between John and George being my favorite Beatle. At this moment, after listening to George's isolated vocals on "Something" from 1969, the scale tips toward Mr. Harrison. This was George's first composition selected as a Beatles A-side. Frank Sinatra famously described "Something" as "the greatest love song of the past 50 years." — Read the rest
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Violin medley of Star Trek themes, 1966-2020

In this wonderful work from Davor Jelacic and Rebeca "Becky" Sánchez, more than half a century of musical motifs are worked into a single fluid medley. Yes, the 1987 theme is originally from 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but TNG owns it now.
Tags: Post, Music, News, Entertainment, Star Trek, Tng, Davor Jelacic, Medleys, Rebeca Becky Sánchez

The MC Hammer handheld electronic game was very strange (and bad)

On the heels of MC Hammer's wildly successful "U Can't Touch This," Tiger Electronics released a handheld videogame where you get to challenge Hammer in a dance-off. Above is a recording of the strange gameplay. Perhaps harem pants were too difficult to animate for the LCD screen. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Games, Music, News, Videogames, MC Hammer, Retro Gaming, Can& 039, t Touch This

Q&A With Chicago’s Rising Underground Artist Cat Stockton

Please tell us how many years you’ve been making music? For those unfamiliar, please shed some light on your background in the Hip Hop game. Please detail. I have been making music for about five years now. It all started after I dropped out of college with no plans for my future. All I knew was I wanted to try & use my creativity to finance myself for the rest of my life. There was no plan, just a crazy idea. Please shine some light on the Chi-Town underground Hip Hop scene? Is it bubbling? I ...
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How to make a good guitar sound like a bad banjo

In this very easy but rewarding "hack", a nice acoustic guitar is made to sound like a nasty banjo. The trick? Put a balloon in the hole and blow it up a bit.
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Mistakes, Instruments, Howto

Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette tape, RIP

Lou Ottens, who in 1963 invented the cassette tape while an engineer at Philips, has died. He was 94. I'm glad that he lived to see the cassette resurgence of recent years. From NPR: The cassette tape was Ottens' answer to the large reel-to-reel tapes that provided high-quality sound but were seen as too clunky and expensive. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, Technology, News, Philips, Cassette, Lou Ottens

Charleston Symphony Eliminates Music Director Position

To cope with the huge income shortfall caused by the pandemic, South Carolina’s largest performing arts organization will let go of conductor Ken Lam after next season; concertmaster and principal pops conductor Yuriy Bekker will become the orchestra’s artistic director, with guest conductors being engaged for core classical concerts. – The Post and Courier (Charleston)
Tags: Art, Post, Music, South Carolina, Charleston Symphony, Ken Lam, 03.09.21, Yuriy Bekker

Album released on PC Engine HuCard

The musician Remute specializes in albums released on classic game console cartridges, and the latest is Electronic Lifestyle, available in physical form on PC Engine HuCard only. I'm a techno musician from Germany and I just released the first music album on a PC Engine gameconsole HuCard. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Games, Music, Germany, Edm, Chiptunes, Remute

Listen to the original version of "Superman," the 1969 pop-psych song that REM covered

I've been a fan of REM since the early 1980s, and Lifes Rich Pageant (1986) is my favorite of their albums. That's why I'm surprised that somehow I slept on the fact that "Superman" is actually a cover of a 1969 song by Houston pop-psych band The Clique! — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, News, Superman, Houston, I can do anything

Queen's "We Will Rock You" but Dixieland style

Queen's "We Will Rock You" has been jazzed up by the good folks at There I Ruined It. Dixieland jazz, that is: "New Orleans jazz legend Freddie Mercury performs his signature song." screengrab via There I Ruined It/YouTube
Tags: Post, Video, News, Queen, New Orleans, Jazz, Freddie Mercury, Ruined, Dixieland, Dustin Ballard, There I Ruined It

In which we learn where "that song" came from

How much of your knowledge of classical music comes from old cartoons? I thought so. Many of us cannot listen to "Ride of the Valkyries" without hearing "kill the wabbit" in our heads. Vincent Alexander shows us just how many of those classic compositions were used by Warner Bros. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Classical Music, Cartoons, Warner Bros, Valkyries, Composers, Warner Bros Read, Bugs Bunny, Animated Shorts, Vincent Alexander

Neural net turns music from YouTube into cursed choral and string renditions

Via Waxy, GAN.STYLE is a "cursed generator [that] resynthesizes audio from YouTube using a neural net trained on choral and strings recordings." Enter the YouTube URL of a music video and "enjoy" the result. Several of my attempts remind me of the 20th century classical/avant-garde LPs in my own collection that I spin when the mood strikes, and sometimes when it doesn't.
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What makes a good cover song? Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and poet/music critic Hanif Abdurraqib discuss.

I love discovering new bands and hearing new music. But over the past year, I've found myself listening to a lot of cover songs—mostly multi-artist compilations full of cover songs that all share a certain theme, like the Adam Schlesinger tribute or the Save Stereogum Fundraiser of songs from the '00s. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, News, Wilco, Covers, Jeff Tweedy, Adam Schlesinger, Cover Songs, Cover Versions, Hanif Abdurraqib, Cover band, Cover Song, covers I'd like to hear, Music Cover, Object Of Sound

Listen to "Forfocséic," a new album of Irish Rebel Songs by Thom Dunn

The last thing I did before the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives was play one of my scheduled St. Patrick's Day music performances. It was my second time using my new amplifier out, and I had just bought a cool new Acoustic Singer Processor Pedal to help me out, and then … no more concerts for a while. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, News, Ireland, Irish, Irish music, Irish-Americans, Paddy Punk, Celtic Rock, Irish trad, Thom Dunn, Irish Rebel Songs, s Day, St. Patrick& 039, Stpaddysday, Forfocséic

Who remembers Columbia House Music Club?

Happy mutants of a certain age will remember Columbia House Music Club, which was extremely popular in the 70s and 80s. For a penny, you would get 8 (or 11 or 12) LPs (or tapes, 8-tracks, or CDs). Then, you had to order a number of other records at (inflated) "regular club prices" to fulfill your membership. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Vinyl Records, Popular culture, Rock N Roll, Mail Order, Columbia House Music Club

Listen to the musical roots of the Grateful Dead

Before the Grateful Dead, there was Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Cotten, Lead Belly, Big Mama Thornton, and countless other country, bluegrass, folk, and blues artists. Indeed, Jerry Garcia frequently praised Harry Smith's incredible Anthology of American Folk Music, released by Folkways Records in 1952, as a major influence. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, News, Grateful Dead, Thornton, Harry Smith, Jerry Garcia, Folkways Records, Long Strange Trip, Woody Guthrie Elizabeth Cotten

"Weirding module" for guitar

I play electric guitar in a country band (the Delorean Sisters, go listen to it here on Spotify or Bandcamp wooo), so my f/x units are pretty standard — some distortion, some compression, some delay and reverb. But holy moses, the gnarly roars and swoops produced by the "Atreides Analog Weirding Module" — by Way Huge — are so delightful and nutty that I want to buy this pedal and record an entire album of straight-up unlistenable noise pop. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Musical instruments, Guitar Pedals, Ours Goes To 11

The Low Darts is an awesome cover band of teenagers

After I mentioned my family's newfound love of darts in my newsletter, The Magnet, reader Maury Estabrooks told me to check out this group of teens from Fairfield, CT who call themselves The Low Darts. They make a new music video from their basement studio every week. — Read the rest
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