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A country music reading list

Over the years, I've become a fan of country music, from its Appalachian and Black roots to outlaw country and cosmic American. There's so much rich history and culture surrounding the genre(s) that I'm grateful for smart guides to the people, places, and stories behind the sound. Last month, I appreciated Elamin Abdelmahmoud's Rolling Stone piece "Rewriting Country Music’s Racist History." And over at , Aaron Gilbreath curated a collection of some great online writing about country music. He...
Tags: Post, Video, Music, Country Music, News, California, Country, Dolly Parton, Rolling Stone, Bakersfield, Parton, Willie, Merle Haggard, Waylon, Maybelle, Aaron Gilbreath

Man builds guitars using wood from a lynching tree

Freeman Vines is a luthier in Fountain, North Carolina. For half a century, he's crafted beautiful guitars from wood taken from a tree used to lynch Black people. Vines deeply moving work is the subject of a new photography book, Hanging Tree Guitars, with tintype images by Timothy Duffy and essays by Zoe Van Buren and Lonnie Holle. Duffy is the co-founder of North Carolina's Music Maker Relief Foundation, "founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the mu...
Tags: Art, Photography, Video, Music, News, Race, Racism, North Carolina, Guitars, Freeman, Timothy Duffy, Lynchings, Freeman Vines, Fountain North Carolina, Zoe Van Buren, Lonnie Holle Duffy

Watch Kachi Chan's spare, trippy, otherworldly visuals

Modern Jazz musician Olivier Cong's two-part song "Delusion" inspire designer Kachi Chan to create a black and white space-themed series of visuals. Prepare to leave your body! Kachi has also done some gorgeous color work in the same vein, like Amelioration, a collaboration between visual designer Chan and fashion designer Matt Hui: It's a story about one tries to breakthrough his shackles and express his true self underneath. The fashion piece is composed of 2 pieces, the outer one is a meta...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Effects, Vfx, CHAN, Kachi, Kachi Chan, Olivier Cong, Matt Hui

Facebook will launch officially licensed music videos in the US starting this weekend

Facebook today confirmed it will begin rolling out official music videos across its platform in the U.S., as TechCrunch first reported, as well as introduce a new Music destination within Facebook Watch. The changes, which will go into effect starting this weekend, will allow Facebook users to discover, watch and share music videos from a wide range of artists, including, for example, Anitta, Blake Shelton, Bob Marley, Diplo, Elton John, Jonas Brothers, Josh Groban, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Ma...
Tags: Social, Videos, Facebook, Video, Music, Media, Youtube, China, Music Videos, India, US, Tech, Thailand, Artists, Facebook Live, Facebook Page

Mystery cassette from thrift store - who is this 70s prog rock band

A request from r/ObscureMedia: "Mysterious cassette tape of probably (1970)s rock band album. No results from Shazam or online lyric searches. Found in charity shop without correct case or labels."
Tags: Video, Music, News

Listen to one hour of very familiar and relaxing hold music

"Just put it in the background and chill, or try to hypnotize yourself with the Cisco logo," says uploader ricksslickpicks. Once you're suitably relaxed, you might listen to the classic episode from This American Life about one man's obsession with this song, titled "Opus No. 1," and its origins. Tim Carleton and Darrick Deel composed the piece in 1989 when they were around 16 years old. It is the quintessential example of holdwave music. And yes, that is apparently an actual vaporwave-...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Cisco, Telephones, Tim, Darrick, Hold Music, Tim Carleton, Darrick Deel

Nirvana's "Come As You Are," the swing version

"I turned Nirvana's "Come As You Are" into an old-fashioned swing tune and now I hate myself," writes the creator. Don't beat yourself up too much; old-timey Nirvana is kinda catchy!
Tags: Video, Music, News, Funny, Nirvana, Don

American Dad Writer The Weeknd Cameos On Robot Chicken

Abel Tesfaye has had a busy 2020. He released his latest album as the Weeknd, After Hours, back in March. That album of course included "Blinding Lights," his #1 hit that also ranks as one of the Songs Of The Summer this year -- an honor even The Office's … More »
Tags: Video, Music, The Weeknd, Robot Chicken, Abel Tesfaye

Watch Members Of Tool, Mastodon, And Primus Cover Rush’s “Anthem”

Back at the height of lockdown, Jordan Olds' Two Minutes To Late Night series started putting together all-star metal bands to remotely perform covers of some pretty beloved songs. It's resulted in a whole lot of quarantine-era fun, from "Weird Al" Yankovic covers to Alexis Krauss singing Guns N' Roses or … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Cave In, Rush, Tool, Mutoid Man, Mastodon, Al Yankovic, Claudio Sanchez, Primus, Danny Carey, Les Claypool, Coheed and Cambria, Alexis Krauss, Bill Kelliher, Steve Brodsky

Vanilla Ice to get his own biopic starring Dave Franco

Word to your mother. Vanilla Ice, the oft-mocked 1990s rapper best known for "Ice Ice Baby" (above), is getting his own biopic starring Dave Franco (Scrubs, The Disaster Artist) playing Ice, real name Rob Van Winkle. Franco spoke about the film for the first time in Insider: "We have been in development for a while but we are inching closer and closer to preproduction," Franco said. The news was quietly released in early 2019 through trade publication Production Weekly and included t...
Tags: Video, Music, Movies, News, Mtv, David Bowie, Franco, Queen, Dallas, Rob, Bowie, Dave Franco, Tommy Wiseau, Word To Your Mother, Rob Van Winkle Franco

Rolling Stones release "lost" song recorded with Jimmy Page in 1974

In October 1974, the Rolling Stones recorded "Scarlet" with their friends Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin on guitar and Traffic's Ric Grech playing bass. The band finally gave the track an official release today as a teaser for their forthcoming Goat’s Head Soup box set that contains a slew of bonus material including two other unreleased songs, demos, alternate versions, and a live gig. Of "Scarlet," Keith Richards says, "My recollection is we walked in at the end of a Zeppelin session. They we...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Switzerland, Cameron Crowe, Page, Jimmy Page, Keith, Zeppelin, Jimmy, Scarlet, Ric Grech, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, To Be A Rock And Not To Roll, Scarlet Keith Richards, Rolling Stone `

Watch Phoebe Bridgers’ Willfully Ridiculous Colbert Performance

For the past few months, Phoebe Bridgers has been trying to promote her great new album Punisher while in quarantine, which doesn't seem like an easy thing to do. Bridgers has taken on the challenge by making the whole thing as ridiculous as possible. In her late-night talk show appearances, for instance, Bridgers … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Stephen Colbert, Phoebe Bridgers, Bridgers

Watch Ziggy Marley play his dad's songs in honor of Bob Marley's 75th birthday

This year marked the 75th birthday of the great Bob Marley (1945-1981). As part of the celebration, Bob Marley and Rita Marley's son Ziggy Marley, 51, just recorded a full concert of his father's music. Watch above! (The performance was recorded at a studio in Los Angeles with clear partitioners between the band members.) According to Rolling Stone, Marley's platinum birthday year will be commemorated by numerous events and releases including "the 12-part documentary series Bob Marley: Right...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Los Angeles, Reggae, Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, One Love, Rolling Stone Marley

Watch Leonard Cohen do stand-up comedy

Enjoy the unique comedy stylings of Leonard Cohen! He's quite funny although I keep waiting for him to break into song or, at the very least, do an impression of Dustin Hoffman. The clip is included in the 1965 documentary Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen, which also included his reading of "The only tourist in Havana turns his thoughts homeward" that I posted about previously. You can watch the full documentary here:
Tags: Video, Music, News, Funny, Comedians, Dustin Hoffman, Havana, Leonard Cohen, Poets

Watch the music video that's making karens and qanon hysterical about Adult Swim today

Adult Swim is Cartoon Network's late-night counterpart, showing adult-oriented shows, animations, art and so forth. It's been doing so since 2001, with Cowboy Bebop, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Rick and Morty among the popular faves. Last night, however, an angry lady found out about it and all hell broke loose on Twitter. Celebs waded in. Internet "Free Thinker" Robbie Starbuck has reached the limit of his free-speech principles: "What redeeming value or non-evil value does this bring to adu...
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Madness, Baby, Morty, Rick, Mike Diva, Cowboy Bebop Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Robbie Starbuck, Qanon Karens

Gorgeous new music video from Matt Berninger of The National

On October 2, Matt Berninger of The National will release his first solo album, Serpentine Prison, produced by Booker T. Jones of famed Memphis soul group Booker T. & the M.Gs. Above is the brand new music video for "Distant Axis," a stunningly beautiful track that Berninger co-wrote with Walter Martin, formerly of The Walkmen. Berninger's brother Tom directed the video with Chris Sgroi. Of Distant Axis, Berninger says, "I think it’s about falling out of touch with someone or something you...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Music Videos, Memphis, Matt Berninger, Tom, Walter Martin, Indie Rock, Berninger, Booker T Jones, Booker T the M Gs Above, Chris Sgroi Of Distant Axis Berninger

The most adorable cover of Rage Against the Machine ever recorded

Audrey Di Niambil belts out the anti-police brutality anthem "Killing in the Name" with aplomb in this delightful acoustic cover of the RATM classic. The song is getting a lot of play this year. Here's the original, which also never gets old: Image: YouTube / Paradigmaestro
Tags: Video, Music, News, Cute, Covers, Acoustic, Rage Against The Machine, Ratm, Audrey Di Niambil

Disco vs Macho

Please express your preference in the comments. To be used as a measuring stick:
Tags: Video, Music, News, Disco, Macho, VS, Things With Ducks That Are Not Howard

Cat enjoys piano massage

Being for the benefit of Mr. Cat, Haburu performs the soundtrack to Howl's Moving Castle.
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Cats, Howl's moving cat

Footage of The Cure when they were still Easy Cure (1977)

This bit of grainy film footage with bad audio wouldn't be notable except that it depicts Easy Cure playing a 1977 show in Crawley, UK. The following year, Easy Cure dropped "Easy" from their name, recorded the demos below, signed to Polydor Records' Fiction label, and released their first single, "Killing An Arab." The rest is post-punk, proto-goth history. (via r/ObscureMedia)
Tags: Video, Music, News, Bands, New Wave, Post-punk, Crawley UK, Three Imaginary Boys

Facebook to launch officially licensed music videos in the US next month

Facebook is preparing to launch officially licensed music videos on its social network in the U.S. next month, in a direct challenge to YouTube. In materials reviewed by TechCrunch, Facebook informed Page owners linked to artists they’ll need to toggle on a new setting to add their music videos to their page ahead of an August 1st deadline, at which point Facebook will automatically create a page of their videos if no action had been taken. Artists will not have to manually upload their videos o...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Video, Music, Instagram, Youtube, China, Music Videos, India, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Thailand, Artists, Warner Music Group, Facebook Page

Facebook to launch officially licensed music videos in the U.S. next month

Facebook is preparing to launch officially licensed music videos on its social network in the U.S. next month, in a direct challenge to YouTube. In materials reviewed by TechCrunch, Facebook informed Page owners linked to artists they’ll need to toggle on a new setting to add their music videos to their page ahead of an August 1st deadline, at which point Facebook will automatically create a page of their videos if no action had been taken. Artists will not have to manually upload their videos o...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Video, Music, Instagram, Youtube, China, Music Videos, India, Tech, Bloomberg, Thailand, Artists, Warner Music Group, Facebook Page, Lasso

Hip hop & AOL: Lin-Manuel Miranda shares his influences for Hamilton's 'My Shot'

The entire Rotten Tomatoes interview (above) with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is terrific and insightful. But I was especially struck by the part where he shares the songwriting process for "My Shot." His influences were hip hop and the AOL dialup chime: Lin-Manuel Miranda breaks down his process of writing the song, 'My Shot' for #Hamilton. — Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) July 7, 2020 "I'm grabbing from the influences and paying homage t...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Interview, Aol, Hip Hop, Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, My Shot

Aedan's "Evolution" features vibrant flower and insect closeups

Aedan's EP Microclimat includes the single "Evolution," the video for which is a breathtaking series of extreme closeups of colorful insects and plants. Via the band: This new clip by Aedan takes us into the world of the infinitely small and highlights another vision of evolution. Directed by Thomas Blanchard, who had already directed Aedan's first music video "LE TEMPS" two years ago, EVOLUTION is an exercise in patience and observation that the director, a master of macro, masters to perfe...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Plants, Insects, Macro Photography, Thomas, Thomas Blanchard, Aedan

Vocoder for sale

In 2011, someone sold their Bode 7702 vocoder on ebay. They made this excellent video to show off its sound and features. I'm sure the buyer was very pleased with their purchase, but I'm here for the remixes.
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Vocoders

Airwolf theme performed on eight cellos (with bonus Thundercats)

Samara Ginsberg performs Sylvester Levay's Airwolf theme tune — originally intended for orchestral presentation but now a synth classic — on eight cellos. Stringfellow would be so proud! Bonus: Ginsberg's done Bernard Hoffer's Thundercats theme too: Previously: Knight Rider theme performed on eight cellos
Tags: Video, Music, News, Ginsberg, Sylvester Levay, Samara Ginsberg, Sarah Ginsberg, Bernard Hoffer

This ska-jazz cover of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme is everything

I'm a little late to the party as I've just discovered the fantastic world of YouTuber Pickitup's ska covers! K.K. Slider himself would be impressed by his ska-jazz cover of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme. Now, if that's not your thing, Pickitup's got a huge catalog of other ska/[insert music genre here] covers on his channel Ska Tune Network that are sure to delight. From his Patreon: I have been given this gift and love for music, and i've chosen to do the most important thing I c...
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Billie Eilish, Animal Crossing, SKA, Animal Crossing New Horizons, Ska Tune Network, Skatune Network, ACNH, Pickitup, YouTuber Pickitup, K K Slider

Trailer for new documentary about The Go-Go's

In 1981, The Go-Go's blew up with "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Our Sealed," two tracks from their IRS records debut Beauty and the Beat that hit number one on the Billboard charts and went double platinum. What many don't realize though is that the band, who notably wrote and played all their own music, had been a mainstay in the Los Angeles punk underground since 1978, making the scene with The Germs, X, and Fear. I can't wait for this new Showtime documentary about The Go-Go's pegged on t...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Los Angeles, Punk, Showtime, Documentaries, New Wave

Watch Blood Orange Play A Lovely Solo “Jewelry” On Black Power Live Broadcast

Devonté Hynes, the man who records as Blood Orange, is usually one of the busiest, most prolific collaborators on the landscape. During the quarantine era, Hynes has been relatively quiet; we haven't posted anything he's done since he showed up on the Avalanches' single "We Will Always Love You" back in February. But … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Blood Orange, Hynes, Devonté Hynes

Japanese railway melodies played on pocket calculators

Chiptune musician @atarimae_400 learned that the jingles played at some Japanese railway stations sound similar to the tones generated by a certain model of pocket calculator. So @atarimae_400 performed some of the melodies on his own adding machines. As Kraftwerk sang, "I'm the operator with my pocket calculator."
Tags: Video, Music, News, Calculators, Kraftwerk, Chiptunes

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