Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

gogreengo remixes – Listen at Apothecary 9/10

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Joseph Hallman, gogreengo, re[gogreengo]mix Megan Cauley, Peter (PONY) Celment, DJ Carl Michaels/Jamie Johnson, Kono Michi (Michi Wiancko), Paul Pinto

I recently finished up work on the album cover you see above. Composer Joe Hallman’s gogreengo has been remixed by Megan Cauley, Peter (PONY) Celment, DJ Carl Michaels/Jamie Johnson, Kono Michi (Michi Wiancko), and Paul Pinto. gogreengo is a hard album to pin down, and tends to be pretty abstract and probably isn’t for everyone, but it’s worth a listen.

Joe gathered some talented musicians to remix his work, and you can hear their stuff and meet them over phenomenal drinks at APO bar + lounge (it’s Apothecary, for those wondering). Make your way there around 5 on the 10th of September and join the fun.

I haven’t heard it all, but in doing my design research, I became fond of Kono Michi‘s music. Her vocals and violin work are quite interesting.

“You’re out of time…”

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Close up of Michael Jackson as a zombie in 'Thriller'.

First album I ever owned, bought for me by my Dad when I was about five years old. I miss Michael, but I’m not saddened by his death. The MJ I knew as a child has been dead for years.

Is this awesome?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I’m sorry, the correct answer is: “The real question is ‘Just how awesome is this?'”

To which you must answer your answer with: “So awesome.”

(via 43folders)

The Death of Music DRM?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Apple announced today that 8 million songs on iTunes will be DRM-free, and by the end of this quarter all 10 million will be.

Between Apple and Amazon (who are already DRM-free), we may have just witnessed the beginning of the end of music DRM. No one offering DRM’ed music will be able to compete. I hope this trend continues as the savvier companies realize that DRM punishes lawful consumers far more than pirates.

Update: My mistake. It’s the iTunes Plus library that’ll be DRM-free. Well, it’s a start. I still think they’re idiots for clinging to DRM at all, even though I understand why they do.

Zoe Keating

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Zoë Keating’s album One Cello x 16: Natoma is a piece of music everyone should listen to. I’m not sure I have the musical vocabulary to place it or articulate it with any skill. But if I had to put words to it, I’d describe it as intense, deep and abstract, but still accessible string work that can transform any space you’re in while listening to it. It’s the kind of thing that’s easy to turn into an “atonal nightmare of pretension” (to quote President Bartlett of The West Wing’s assessment of modern composing), but Keating never does. I am immediately drawn into it and my emotions are wrapped into its resonant rumbling, slow majestic soaring and exotic tonal modulations. The craziest thing is that, I’m pretty sure there are no instruments but layered recordings of the cello. Additionally, I understand that she creates these loops on the fly with foot-triggered hardware in such a way that no performances are ever the same.

That description alone will probably make you want to preemptively hate it, but why don’t you just sample some of it here? Or maybe you should just buy it right now.

My Baby Loves the Music of the 30s

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

They have a new expression along old Harlem way, That tells you when a party is ten times more than gay: To say that things are jumpin' leaves not a single doubt, That everthing is in full swing when you hear someone shout. Here 'tis: The joint is jumpin',

Blackbird’s been a bit fussy the past few days. The remedy? Dancing to the musical hits of the 1930s.

She’s always liked two things: being close to Mom (or Dad) and movement. Well, it turns out she likes music as well, and is a sucker for the 30s. I was playing 1930s compilation (link opens in iTunes) I’d purchased and dancing around like an idiot with Blackbird in my arms and not only did she quiet down, but she even cracked a few non-directed smiles before slipping into that almost-asleep-but-I-won’t-let-them-take-me-without-a-fight state where she looks like a sleepy cross-eyed drunk.

If there’s anything I’ve taken from this experience, it’s the following three things:

1) It’s surprising how many of these songs are part of our cultural lexicon. With one exception (the woeful ‘Ten Cents a Dance’), I knew every track.

2) I’m going to be very fit in about a month with all this dancing.

3) Once you get past the modern, irony-tinged, throwback quality of the music, you realize that most of these performances are excellent. These people could get the job done. I realize that this revelation is not novel.

Check out the track list after the jump.

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Structures Great and Small

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

A view underneath a highway overpass, looking straight down the rows of concrete columns that hold the roadway up over the marshes.

A small, rusted metal shed surrounded on three sides by fencing, that has old graffiti on it reading 'Chip' in embellished bubble letters.

Two scenes as viewed from the train this morning. These are best considered while listening to Cicada’s Technology Crisis, which is available for free.

We Believe in Nothing!

Friday, May 25th, 2007

I noticed this last night on a package of ‘Hearty Grains’ Thomas’ English Muffins:

The label on a package of Thomas' English muffins that reads, Hearty nooks tasty crannies...good for your heart.

Aren’t they describing the very parts of the English muffin that are nothing?

I mean, I know the “nooks & crannies” thing is their hook, but don’t start assigning adjectives to pockets of nothing; adjectives that are, by their very nature, describing qualities of things made of matter.

Further Proof That DJ Shadow Rocks

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

I recently ordered a copy of DJ Shadow‘s latest mix album, Funky Skunk. Because it’s part of some thing he’s doing with Shepard Fairey and his OBEY project, I also got a tshirt as part of the package (I didn’t go for the big super-expensive package with seven tshirts and tons of stuff). I didn’t expect to get anything else. But when I opened the oddly-shaped packing box, I got the coolest piece of vinyl I’ve seen:

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Ultramagnetic MCs’ Critical Beatdown

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

The Critical Beatdown album cover.Have you ever heard an album that makes a sigificant percentage of the music you listen to suddenly make more sense? It all suddenly become related and connected in a natural progression? I had that experience when I started to listen to KRS-ONE. I always knew that Ultramagnetic MCs was a key group in hip-hop. I’ve always liked Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith and Dan the Automator), and Kool Keith’s flow is still unmatched in funk, kink, style, and vocab. But now that I finally got my hands on ’Critical Beatdown‘, so much hip-hop makes so much more sense. Another building block falls into place.

Also, it’s really damn good.