John Mayer would like you to follow him on... →
Because Twitter is so over, y’all. xoxo, michaela
mackro: …and general purpose music aficionados too. I’ll be counting down the Top 20 Best Industrial Album Art Of All Time, starting this weekend — one entry every few days or so. This will not be a flood. I will try hard to ensure this is entertaining to all, and not only to Wax Trax! addicts from the late 80s (like myself once upon a time.) However, I might rename my alias to The Keith...
Where They At: New Orleans Hip-Hop and Bounce in... →
The lovely, extensive, and utterly through site for Where They At, the amazing New Orleans Hip-Hop and Bounce oral history project (currently on exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art) spearheaded by photographer Aubrey Edwards and writer Alison Fenerstock. (Full disclosure: I advised on the grant writing for this project; Aubrey is a long-time friend.) You may recall, also, the raves for the...
Other Music had their best single day in their 14 year history.– Source: Billboard.com: One Last Thing On Record Store Day… (via @largeheartedboy) More fascinating statistics behind the link, including the fact that for all stores, vinyl sales were up 376.7% over last year’s Record Store Day. Say what you will about the event, let’s all pause...
i got digital cash Hactivism at its best Google Bombing with my Infotainment– Dear Lord. With this—and many other similarly Palin-esque tweets (“go egosurfing DRINK A SHOT OF TEQUILLA spamouflaged in brandalism” is another prime example)—my entire opinion of MIA has changed in, like, less than a day. This #MIAP4k Pitchfork guest tweeter thing is...
RollingStone.com Relaunches, Adds Pay Wall ::... →
I’m assuming because no one mentioned this development, that um, we kind of don’t care? (Has anyone taken the plunge for a subscription?) It took 5 days for this story to reach me, which I find kinda interesting. Rolling what? Wenner who? Yeah. xoxo michaela
Falling down the "Fast Car" rabbit hole.
From time to time, I spend a while on Youtube clicking through and watching people’s various interpretations of things. One of these things is dudes playing Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo from “Beat It.” Some people nail it. Other people most definitely don’t. The other is covers of “Fast Car.” Believe it or not, “Fast Car” is a really great...
Well, ain't that some synergy?
United Record Pressing has a deal for people funding their recording projects through kickstarter.com — a free test pressing to people who donate over $50 to any campaign planning to have URP do their pressing. I’ll be interested to see how this plays out on all fronts … xoxo, michaela
catbird: Whiney G’s uber-provocative (and swear-laden) speech on the state of online music/music writing, delivered at the 140 Characters conference the other day. Not to point too fine a point on it, but I do want to just mention that Whiney speaks about Hype Machine without much nuance (”Don’t Believe The Hype Machine!”), which I don’t think is really fair to Anthony and the rest of the...
Stumbling over to Gorillaz was a difficulty considering the band was playing...– Flavorwire » Coachella 2010: The Power Rankings I would like to nominate this for worst two sentences of the week — or something. Seriously? Every single person on that stage is a professional, young Mr. Gonsher — with literally decades of experience performing. I think they can...
BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Rocking the Blitz Club →
Midge Ure revisits the influence of the Blitz Club and the birth of the New Romantics. Forwarded to me by a third party who heard it and thought of me. I LOVE IT WHEN PEOPLE DO THAT! <3 Anyway, outside of the charming tales of yesteryear amusingly related by Ure — it’s a reminder not to freak out too much when scenes explode out of their incubators. Sometimes, good things can...
The band and back-up singers soldiered on admirably through what should have...– Anybody else wish Sly had just stayed a recluse? —Lucas
It's EMP Pop Conference time! →
As I’ve said before elsewhere on here and do so now again. Anyone able to head over to Seattle for these next few days should do so — yours truly is presenting as part of the TMI panel on Friday morning, so I admit a certain amount of self-interest. But as with past years there’s a slew of folks covering all sorts of subjects, and just like at festival shows there’s going...
A question for the crowd
Can anyone explain to me why an ad/branding agency would use a cover for a campaign, as opposed to the original? Especially if it’s a really, really faithful cover? Is this about money, licensing, something else? I’m thinking of Fall On Your Sword’s note for note replication of New Order’s “Ceremony” that was used in an Absolut campaign. (The company line,...
I’m going to take it down a bit, because I’m absolutely f***ing knackered.” A...– Is Rick Astley the raddest, most well-adjusted former pop star? Yes. I’ll never forget how he showed up in Athens, Georgia and performed his own song on a karaoke machine to an audience of 50 with a complete lack of self-consciousness. (via; HT: Daily Dish) —Lucas
Alex Chilton didn't seek medical attention because... →
(via desnoise) Everything about this link (up to and including the horrific comment thread) is dreadfully upsetting. xoxo, michaela
RIP Malcolm McLaren →
Though, as M. Matos said on Twitter just now: I’d say R.I.P. Malcolm McLaren but I doubt he’d want to do anything in peace, per se. A very understandable sentiment. The instant reactions are fascinating so far in their range — there’s almost a sense that nobody knows what the correct sentiment should be, like there’s a hypercharged ambivalence in many but certainly...
The Devo Song Study
Yes, it’s true. Devo is releasing an album of new material later this year. Beginning today, they’re inviting all of us to pick out the album’s tracklist at clubdevo.com. The interactive design is really quite charming. “Jacob” is a gracious host, giving direction politely and listening along to the song clips with you. Once you’ve decided on the twelve you...
Today’s fondest wish: that I could review the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim/ladies of alt/indie (and Steve Earle!) Imelda Marcos musical concept album, Here Lies Love, for Pitchfork. Because honestly, I feel like I’m probably the most qualified person to do so. This could be epic. I’m only half kidding! xoxo, michaela ETA: I’m a third of the way through, and I think my review...
coldwaves: Kraftwerk. The forefathers of Coldwave introduced to Britons here in this charming and quaintly narrated ‘Tomorrow’s World’ clip from 1975. “jackets with electronic lapels which can be played by touch.” Ha. ihearanewworld: Kraftwerk on BBC on Tomorrow’s World (1975) Kraftwerk insta-reblog, obvs! xoxo, michaela
Lollapalooza 2010 →
Is it just me, or is festival listing boldfacing officially kind of meaningless at this point? Or maybe my internal taxonomy of fame is officially out-of-date. Also, even though this is a nice lineup, you’ll never, ever find me voluntarily spending two days outside in August. Ever. xoxo, michaela