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by Jane Jansen Seymour

9 Sep 2011


Ten different station IDs were created for MTV, but it was the fuzzy progression of power chords used for the station launch that became its iconic signature. Guitarist Ray Foote was on the road in North Carolina with his band, Control Group, when he was booked for his first commercial session. A classmate from Bennington College, Jonathon Elias, was given the task to write several musical cues for the new Warner Brothers channel along with his partner at the time, John Peterson. Elias had always liked the way Foote played guitar, so he invited him to the New York City recording session at RPM studios on 12th Street in Greenwich Village. Foote remembers walking into the professional studio in awe of all the latest equipment and hip vibe. He brought along his Vulcan guitar with a Marshall head, earning $200 for the day (which lasted well into the night).

“Nobody had any idea how big it was going to be,” says Foote, reflecting on the day. “It was just a little gig.” The first time he saw the moon man footage was on television with everyone else. Foote is the co-founder of Big Foote Music + Sound in New York City, specializing in branded music for all media.  The Vulcan guitar still hangs on the wall of his Union Square studios.

by Timothy Gabriele

8 Sep 2011


“You Know You Like It” is pitch-perfect weird pop, the kind of thing that would stand a chance against Chris Brown and Drake in any other era but our own, with its arbitrary and somewhat nonsensical rules. I’ve given up on waiting to hear things like this on the radio. There’s a way in which the title phrase with its addendum of “...but it drives you insane” can be proscribed onto those clueless station programmers who won’t notice the acute skills of novice George Reid’s IDM ‘n’ purple dubstep-honed production skills and Aluna Francis’s unusual voice, a peculiar blend of Baby Fox’s Christine Leach and a more Brit Britney. This single is about to drop on Super Recordings, the label run by the ever-excellent Raffertie (who has also remixed the below tune). Hopefully, this entry will serve as a historical document of how wrong I was. I would enjoy that much.

Oh yeah, in case you were wondering, the black and white video of Francis dancing with herself is pretty killer too.

by Stuart Henderson

8 Sep 2011


140. That’s how many movies are attributed to John Ford over his 50 years in Hollywood. It’s an absurd number, almost impossible to imagine. How does one compare a filmmaker who was prolific to this extreme to someone as stingily unproductive as Terrence Malick? Indeed, and this is the most amazing part, even though most of us has never seen even half of these films (many are lost), what we are left with are at least a few dozen unassailable masterpieces. For a man who was tireless, obviously overworked, tied to a studio system which had him churning out picture after picture at breakneck speed for decades, John Ford managed to compile an unparalleled list of unqualified successes.

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by Jessy Krupa

7 Sep 2011


New TV series were hyped at an all time high in 2010, only to see disappointing ratings and early cancellations. As a result, this fall will see more new series debuts than last year. But what will stay and what will get cancelled before Christmas? Looking at a show’s premise and competition, I previously predicted the demises of Running Wilde, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, and Outlaw, so let’s see about this year. 

(The listings shown are for the Central Standard time zone.)

by Evan Sawdey

7 Sep 2011


Calvin Harris’ latest single, “Feel So Close”, is as close to a full-blown dance-rock anthem as you can find, which is why the track has been picking up significant play in the past month. Following “Bounce”, which featured a great guest spot from Kelis, his latest video is more life-affirming than club-jumping, but sets Harris up nicely for his to-be-determined album which is due by the end of the year.

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