Roots musician extraordinaire Tony Trischka has jammed on his banjo with everyone from Pete Seeger to Bela Fleck to Steve Martin. Now Trischka is offering banjo lessons to the world via his new website, School of Banjo. He has made learning the banjo possible wherever and whenever, through over 150 instructional HD videos posted to his website. His approach allows students to develop the craft at their own pace. Students even have the option to send Trischka videos of their playing, and receive actual constructive feedback from Trischka himself. The site also offers networking features for students to post videos of their progress and critique each other’s playing. In regards to his new approach, Trischka stated: “My site’s social networking features make it the perfect environment for worldwide banjo students to share the joy, camaraderie, and history of banjo playing and roots traditions. It’s as if banjo playing is getting a new historical dimension”.
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There are, of course, lots and lots of hopeful comedians who have put videos up on YouTube. Some of these videos become wildly popular; many more are viewed only by friends, family, and those who stumble upon them accidentally.
Anyone who pays attention to the view counts in the lower right corner of the videos on YouTube has probably wondered why a video like “Charlie bit my finger – again!” has been watched about 120 million times while other equally (or more) entertaining videos go largely unnoticed. Chalk it up to chance.
This post is an attempt to draw attention to the videos of New York-based Pangea 3000, a group of comedians whose carefully-constructed, always original, and, at their best, hilarious videos haven’t quite caught on yet.
Members of the group have enjoyed success contributing to The Onion and appearing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon; all signs indicate that these guys are ready to explode. Check out the video I’ve posted below (and, if you dig it as much as I do, continue to Pangea 3000’s channel on YouTube), and you’ll be able to say you knew them when.
Releasing: 27 October
Duo Mike and Elliot have turned Glass Ghost into something more than another hipster band from the New York City scene. After various previous projects, Mike and Elliot have finally found the right formula for their talents in Glass Ghost. The first two singles, “Like a Diamond” and “The Rain” of their new LP Idol Omen offer a lot to the listener; both musically and lyrically. With trancey beats, and bouncing rhythms, this is perfect coffee house music. Supposedly the album’s narrative follows a metamorphosis of the modern business man into….what, exactly?
01 Time Saving Trick
02 Mechanical Life
04 The Same
05 Like a Diamond
07 What I’ve Seen
“Like a Diamond” [MP3]
Releasing: 10 January
Much loved and equally much hated New York “Afro”-indie-popsters are unveiling their sophomore release in the new year, right smack dab in the middle of that early year dead zone for new releases. The band has been playing “White Sky” this year giving fans a preview of the new work, including taking a crack at the tune on the Jimmy Fallon show back in March. You can head over to Stereogum to grab an MP3 of that live track.
02 White Sky
04 California English
05 Taxi Cab
08 Giving Up the Gun
09 Diplomat’s Son
10 I Think Ur a Contra
Dhani Harrison, son of Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison, appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on Tuesday 8 September, to discuss The Beatles: Rock Band video game. Harrison, a musician and video game designer, helped develop and create the newest sensation for Beatlemania. He was also responsible for getting Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on board. Wrapping up Tuesday’s show, Conan, along with Tonight Show staff member Aaron Bleyaert, and Tonight Show band member Mark Pender, joined Harrison on Rock Band‘s version of “Birthday”.
The game was officially released on Wednesday, 9 September, along with the complete remastered Beatles catalog. The new digitally remastered albums have been dominating Amazon.com’s best-seller list. The game has been ranking first for Playstation 3, and second in sales for both Wii and XBOX360.