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by Zachary Williams

29 Mar 2011


According to Wikipedia, punk rock bands “created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, embracing a DIY (do it yourself) ethic”.

This sounds familiar to me. It sounds like the greatest band of all time circa 1963 knocking out their first masterpiece in a marathon single day session. The Beatles had more edge than the Sex Pistols, rocked harder than the Clash, and had a revolutionary attitude that would make Black Flag blush. Simply put, the Beatles embodied all of the major punk rock ideals a decade and a half prior to the invention of the genre. Paul McCartney’s “1, 2, 3, 4” was not only the count in to the first punk rock song, but also the count in to the greatest revolutionary force of the 20th century. Vladimir Lenin, Che Guevara, Mao Zedong eat your heart out.

Never mind the bollocks, here’s the Beatles…

by PopMatters Staff

28 Mar 2011


Brooklyn’s Country Mice are made up of a band of Midwest transplants who come by their “country” sensibility naturally; frontman Jason Rueger is from a teeny town on the Kansas map called Beattie. Instead of heading to Nashvegas in search of country stardom, Rueger set his sights on Brooklyn and teamed with fellow Midwesterners Ben Bullington (guitar) and Kurt Kuehn (drums) to form a group as rooted in classic rock as it is in the Twang. Country Mice will release their debut, Twister, on 7 June, an album that should be a new favorite of the Wilco-loving masses.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Mar 2011


Radiohead actually released their latest, much-lauded new album, The King of Limbs to the masses digitally back in February via their own website, but this week brings the physical product—yes, that still exists. That must still mean something because “The King of Limbs” is sitting pretty at #2 in Amazon presales ahead of the new Britney Spears album and, this from a record where the music has already been widely available for a month. Our two reviewers loved the album as you can see from the quotes below. We’ll have this stream available until Friday… enjoy.

by Karen Zarker

25 Mar 2011


Weird Al Yankovic dons a lab coat and gives us a lesson in the history of Auto-Tune. Like the carbon-based creatures that we are, Auto-Tune has its roots in primordial ooze.

That’s deep.

So forget all the snark you’ve heard about the software. You’ll relearn to respect your elders at the smarting end of Yankovic’s ruler, from Auto-tuned Winston Churchill to that oldy moldy Auto-Tunes over-user, T-Pain.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

24 Mar 2011


Darren Solomon spends his days writing music for commercials, TV and movies at Big Foote Music + Sound, working with many top session musicians in New York City. Another outlet is his cool electro pop band, Science for Girls, which incorporates a handful of singer/songwriters from the area. Lately, he has also created an online collaboration for anyone anywhere to join in composing a musical piece. InBFlat.net is a collection of 20 YouTube videos by professional musicians as well as everyday enthusiasts, using a wide array of instruments. Solomon set the parameters based on a 1960s minimalist composition called “In C” by Terry Riley. Here, each video is under two minutes long and in the brass-friendly key of B flat. The webpage features performance by musicians all over the globe playing traditional trumpet, clarinet and guitar along with non-traditional pairings such as harmonium and synthesizers, even a Nintendo DS. The human voice is also part of the plan, both the spoken word and sung vocals. By choosing a few or all 20, a visitor can create their own piece of music as well as controlling the mix by adjusting the volume of each video. 

In a recent interview with NPR, Solomon explains that the idea came after learning how YouTube allows 20 videos to play simultaneously. To bring people together online who normally wouldn’t be in the same room had its appeal as well. He calls it his digital Web 2.0 tribute to Riley, yet this project is another example of how the internet has further expanded the simple notion of collaboration.

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