Thursday, March 6, 2014
This axiom holds true no matter what industry it applies to, but especially for the kind which deal with that most important of individuals: the retail consumer. In this instance, a good friend and fellow music writer, Mark Smotroff, relates a tale of an unfortunate exchange he had at a brick and mortar record store recently. It is at once both surprising and not so surprising, given the state of the music industry.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
In the vast, post-2K
Monday, March 3, 2014
A catchy song or tune that runs continually through a person's mind.
[al-iks jon-suh n]
Canadian singer-songwriter and actress whose song "Give Me Fire" has been a very welcome earworm for several weeks.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I once had an entertaining Twitter exchange with a friend about how good songs from Disney's animated films would sound in heavy metal arrangements. Here is a great example. Like a Fletcher preparing arrows for the ancient Chinese army, YouTube user Jonathan Young has pounded out a very metal version of "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from the film Mulan.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Bruce Springsteen covering Lorde's subversive smash hit, "Royals" (replete with harp blowing and lyrical changes to make it his own) is just about as awesome as you can imagine. Forget The Boss. You can call him King Bee.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Drop whatever you are doing (unless you are driving or operating heavy machinery) and listen to Pharrell's new song, "Gust of Wind". The robots of Daft Punk have done Pharrell a solid by reciprocating their talents for this track. Definitely a nice way to thank him for his part in making "Get Lucky" a smash hit. We need more of this kind of sound in the world.
70's string section? Check. Vocoder voices? Check. A mid-tempo groove that is dripping in hit potential? Double check. This track alone may have just convinced me to get Pharrell's sophmore set, G I R L, when it drops on March 3rd.
(Originally h/t Sascha Dikiciyan, via Beatport. Photo linked from Beatport)
Monday, February 24, 2014
Finally! A Which Character Are You? social media survey/post/thingee that matters! The annual celebration of Rex Manning Day is fast approaching, which is undoubtedly why BuzzFeed's Summer Anne Burton posted this query today. It was rather surprising (okay, maybe not that surprising) which character the survey revealed I am.