Jul 102010

“Could this be Kismet?”

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Okay, I know I’ve not posted anything for two months. And I know it’s a total copout to say “hey, I’ll post more soon, here’s a video”. Does it help at all if the video includes the amazing Debbie Harry and the sickeningly awesome guitar work of Chris Stein?

I sure as hell hope so, because here’s Blondie doing “(I’m Always Touched) By Your Presence, Dear”:

(via Merlin Mann)

Apr 192010

“They overtook me down in Juarez, Mexico”

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So I have a few posts lined up, including reviews of the new HIM and the new Shondes. Alas, work’s got me on the ropes this week. So in the meantime, here’s a great cover of a Johnny Cash classic. This is Dr. Noise’s version of “Cocaine Blues”:

Apr 102010

Need a break? Want a break? Neither need one nor want one but compulsively click on any hyperlink you come across? Great! Then check out this slick little step sequencer. The rows each represent a different note, the columns represent 16th notes in a measure.

You can also save any given one-measure frame by right-clicking on the sequencer and selecting copy. This pushes a comma-separated string to your clipboard. You can load them again by copying that same string, right clicking on the sequencer and selecting paste.

Here’s one of my favorites that I’ve bashed together in the way-too-long I’ve spent playing with this thing in the past couple of days:

2,81924,8,41536,288,41104,81992,41216,2048,1024,41472,256,41474,1024,33284,65794

On a somewhat related note (read: not really related at all), here’s a video of British artist Little Boots playing her single “Meddle”.

For a drum machine, she uses the coolest and most interesting sequencer on the market today, Yamaha’s Tenori-On. (The Tenori-On can also function as a synthesizer and a midi controller. I want one with a fierceness.) She also uses a Stylophone, which is another neat little instrument that I’m keen on getting my hands on.

So go have fun with that sequencer, make some awesome loops with it, and feel free to share them in the comments. And if anyone has an extra Tenori-On and/or Stylophone they want to give me, my birthday’s coming up in about a week.

…Just sayin’ is all.

Update: Apparently I fail at embedding YouTube videos. Video embed fixed.

Apr 042010

“She goes ‘boom swagger swagger boom boom swagger boom boom boom'”

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Murder City Devils. ‘Nuff said.

Mar 272010

New Dead Weather single and album

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Jack White’s latest band, the Dead Weather, recently announced the follow up to their excellent debut, Horehound. The new album is called Sea of Cowards and is slated for a May release. The single is a dark, rattling tune called “Die by the Drop”. It’s definitely worth a listen:

Mar 202010

“I loved you, well never mind”

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Alex Chilton (The Box Tops, Big Star) passed away a few days ago. I could definitely try to articulate why his music was so important, but I think that these two songs make a better argument than I ever could:


Big Star, “September Gurls”


The Box Tops, “The Letter”

Mar 172010

“Nothing is Wasted”

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Dear Hot Chip,

I love you, you crazy crazy bastards. The video for your new single is stunning. Easily one of the best I’ve seen in years. It’s a work of surreal, sardonic genius. If this doesn’t go down as one of the greatest videos of all time, then it will serve as a reflection of something deeply and terribly broken in both the music industry and in music culture.

Love,
Aaron

Mar 162010

How About Some Bluegrass?

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Here’s a great tune written by Steve Martin, and performed by himself, Bela Fleck, and Tony Trischka. It’s called “The Crow”:

Mar 062010

“We are ready, we are ready for the floor”

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I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile, but here’s an awesome video of British DJ and electropop artist Little Boots, covering Hot Chip’s “Ready for the Floor”.

That funky little box of awesome she’s playing is called a Tenori-on, and I have to say, I want one with a fierceness.  Apparently, in addition to being a stand-alone instrument, it can be used as a midi controller, which is kind of cool.

Feb 222010

“I tried to let you know I’m fine…”

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Here’s a sweet little video.  Ken Stringfellow (producer and musician extraordinaire, formerly of the Posies, R.E.M, Big Star, the Minus Five, etc.) covers The Long Winters’ “It’ll Be a Breeze” on a bench in Vienna:

Absolutely perfect.