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Here’s the title track from the debut EP by Jose Gonzalez’s new band Junip. It’s being dubbed as his “rock” band and even though it would be eaten for breakfast by any random Black Keys song, it’s great addition to the talented songwriter’s cannon.
If you intend on becoming a really really big ’70s Krautrock nerd and you want to know ALL there is to know about the period, including the story of seminal electronic band Kraftwerk, then watch this comprehensive documentary on the subject for free on YouTube (in 18 parts!) before it gets taken down. Me? I would never ever spend 3 hours watching something like this. NEVER! I have waaayyy better things to do.
The controlled chaos of instrumental band Holy Fuck cannot just be experienced on record. Nope, you must see these guys live — which is why we are giving away TWO TICKETS to their show THIS SUNDAY NIGHT at Johnny Brenda’s.
THE FIRST PERSON TO EMAIL ME WITH “HOLY FUCK, I WANT TO SEE HOLY FUCK IN FUCKING PHILLY FOR FUCKING FREE!” IN THE SUBJECT LINE WILL WIN TWO PASSES.
CONTEST ENDS 5/28.
The band is touring in support of their new album Latin America, which is available now on XL. Download the title track below:
Check out this interview I conducted for Art in the Age with Emil Nikolaisen, the frontman for Norwegian Shoegazers Serena-Maneesh. We discussed the band’s music, his home country of Norway and some of the artists he admires. A really good dude.
The new album is out now on 4AD. Highly recommended!
The creator of modern day drum machines, Roger Linn, has created a new electronic instrument that basically uses the same interaction as the iPad. Looks really awesome though:
The instrument — which Linn calls the “LinnStrument” — can take input from all of your fingers, so you can form chords in addition to sounding individual notes. Each space is pressure sensitive to allow for maximum range of expression. Sliding your finger vertically adjusts the timbre while horizontal motions change the pitch. The final product would take the best elements from the layouts of the piano (chromatic increments) and the guitar (“parallel rows of semitones offset by fourths”). It will look a little different from the prototype, and it’ll be wearable vertically over your torso. You could also just leave it on the table like this prototype, though. (via Mashable)
In the early days of voicemail aka answering machines, RadioShack (now trying to call itself “The Shack” in a sad attempt to be hip) offered up this fun cassette tape to give your outgoing message a little more charm and personality. Have a listen:
Grab the instrumental only Side B from WFMU (One the best music blogs on the net, hands down!) And if you are hungery for more old school RadioShack fun, check out Wired’s recent article, “The Lost Tribes of RadioShack“.
What’s better than staring at the cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon while high? Experiencing the logo in 3-dimensional glory hoisted in front of you. However, like most of us, if you weren’t lucky enough to witness the monument of ’70s psychedelia in person, you can watch the video version. Still rad.
“Sky Arts, a British television channel, recreated the iconic logo from the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon in real life last October. The piece of art used lights, lasers, and smoke and was set up on Primrose Hill in London.”
The Music Slut is giving away two tickets to The Golden Filter’s June 19th Philly show and after catching their set at SXSW, I highly suggest you enter. GF is a Brooklyn duo who create a Moroder-infused electronic sound that is cosmic, sexy and gritty and the live show is full of poly-rhythmic glee. So don’t hesitate…