Portland singer-songwriter M. Ward has adopted the lo-fi gothic-folk production style of Bonnie Prince Billy (and much of the latter's aching vocal vibrato), but while their tunes tend to occupy the mountains and the hills, Ward's are Main Street sing-alongs. These blues-and-gospel-accented ditties could have been made 80 years ago, though their brassy growl might have frightened the town elders.
To celebrate the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president, British DJ Adam Freeland's remix of Daft Punk's adrenaline-baiting dance banger "Aerodynamic" into "Aer Obama" provides an undeniable musical power of anticipation and a tribute to history being made. Mixing vocal samples from a Speak & Spell speech emulator, complete with an imaginative mixed-media stop-motion video to go along with this celebratory moment in time, "Aer Obama" is the perfect song to commemorate the rebirth of America while on the dance floor. Now repeat after me, "O-B-A-M-A!"
Combining revolutionary spirit and bottle-breaking sound, Living Things bring back their fury from Missouri with the release of "Habeas Corpus." The trio of brothers added new blood to the band on this album and the contributions from guitarist Cory Becker do well to increase the hard-hitting, melodic quality of their music. They don't scream as much to get their point across anymore, but still manage to lash out lyrically as these politically righteous post-punkers are known to do without apology.
This is for those of you still recovering from the viral video promoting Songsmith, Microsoft's new reverse-karaoke program that lets you sing into a computer microphone, then creates a simple backing track comprised of synthesized piano and drums.
David Lee Roth. "Running With the Devil." Backed up by Songsmith. Listen here, and you'll never be the same.
In spite of all the scorn Songsmith has gotten in the last few days, mainly because of that painful advertisement, I think it's a pretty cool piece of software. I don't know if it's worth $30--a … Read more
Alan Zweig's terrific YouTube video takes you deep inside the record collector's mind. The funny part is, even guys with 15,000 LPs don't think that they have a lot of records or consider themselves collectors.
Hey, some of us collect baseball cards or Corvettes. What's so wrong with filling your house with vinyl?