Posts Tagged: music
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I Was Wrong About the Grateful Dead

On August 9th, 1995, Jerry Garcia died, and I was on vacation with my new stepfamily in Provincetown, Cape Cod. It was the summer before eighth grade, probably the apex of my awkward period: oversize t-shirts, assorted yin-yang jewelry, a relentlessly troublesome T-zone.

The mourning Deadhead vibes were surely low-key in P-Town that August when compared to, say, San Francisco or Burlington, VT, but I nonetheless found the avalanche of dead-Jerry merch overwhelming. His lion’s mane silhouette was everywhere, along with the drugged-out anthropomorphic rainbow animals and threadbare lyrics about the long strange trip. I had only the vaguest notion of the music itself, but I was certain, thanks to [...]

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Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z, "Weird Bad Unreleased Track"

Hey there, all you cats and kittens out in Radioland, do we have a treat for you! It's a Pitchfork-verified collaboration between Daft Punk and Jay-Z that was never released, probably because it is terrible!

In this unfinished rough cut, apparently meant for the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, Jay and his French robot pals take a bold stance against the following:

  • iTouches
  • Blackberries
  • texting abbreviations, especially x's and o's
  • kids these days

Also includes some high-quality grunts and a crescendo of panicked shouting.

I never saw Tron, was it about how millennials are ruining a perfectly good society what with all their FaceSpaces and Tweeters?

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An Excuse to Post This Nice Version of "Wild Heart"?

The “American Horror Story” episode was called “The Magical World of Stevie Nicks.” Have magical things happened to you?

The Times calls up Stevie Nicks on the occasion of her In Your Dreams documentary (out now). Also from the interview:

You must be furious with that doctor. If I was driving a car and he was crossing the street I might run over him.

If afterward you feel like more, there's Jada Yuan's profile from last year. Also, who are the 37 people who have thumbs'd this video down on YouTube?

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Jean Grae, "Mask"

jeannie. by Jean Grae

Good morning! Lots of music to distract you until your lunch break: Jean Grae is releasing a surprise EP today called Jeannie; "Mask" is available for streaming and embedded above. (Jean, being Jean, has also recently launched a sitcom called Life With Jeannie and released another EP, Gotham Down, in the fall. I've had "Before the Summer Broke" on loop all week.) Elsewhere, NPR's First Listen is streaming the sophomore album from Warpaint, the all-female band from Los Angeles who once made spelling sound this good. Warpaint is due out next Tuesday. [[...]

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tUnE-yArDs' "Water Fountain" and a Banks Aaliyah Cover

Here's the latest from tUnE-yArDs (capitalization non-negotiable), the former puppeteer and general drum loop master from New England. "Water Fountain" has a hundred different types of drums and lots of "hoo-ha!" shouts, so you can't really go wrong there. The group's third album, Nikki Nack, is due out May 6.

Elsewhere, and after the jump, Hairpin fav Banks covers Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody" on BBC radio 1.

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______ is _____, and So Am I, According to Popular Songs

"The moon is high, and so am I" Roger Miller, "The Moon Is High"

"The night is young, and so am I" Men Without Hats, "Safety Dance"

"The moon is rising, and so am I" —AC/DC, "Let's Get It Up"

"Life is hard, and so am I" —Eels, "Novocaine for the Soul"

"Life is short, and so am I" —Best Coast, "Who Have I Become"

"Life's a bitch, and so am I" —Green Day, "The Grouch"

 

Maija Kappler is a writer, astrology buff, and Patrick Swayze enthusiast from Montreal, Quebec. Once, in a job interview, she listed [...]

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20 Songs by Women that Will Turn 20 in 2014

For better or worse, every year in this decade has become an occasion to consider the 20 years that have passed since the '90s, and to many of us, 1994 feels like it was yesterday—going to see Forrest Gump (or, if we were lucky, The Crow) in theaters, watching Puck and Rachel fight on The Real World, hearing the news that Kurt Cobain had died and then calling our friends on phones attached to long, curling cords, pulled through the hallway into the quiet of the bathroom.

1994, in particular, brought a diverse new wave of women to fame. With riot grrrl on the rise, the R&B girl group renaissance, [...]

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Kawehi, "Heart-Shaped Box"

Electronic musician Kawehi covers Nirvana like a hurricane through your heart—plus you can actually understand the lyrics now!

I was going to link to her Kickstarter campaign for a new album, but it turns out it ended a few days ago. She asked for $3000 and received almost $30,000. Like, the amount she wanted with another zero after it. And you know what? It's that good.

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Shlohmo & Jeremih, "No More"

Over at NPR, Jason King likens "No More" to "the soundtrack to a David Lynch film set in a seedy black strip club," and there's not much to add to that. Shlohmo and Jeremih have a collaborative EP due out soon; if this  track is any indication, it's going to be tripped-out and dark and excellent. (Oh, and this is as good a time as any to plug King's new 24-hour R&B channel for NPR, which you can listen to here. The Twitter account updates as a new song is played, too: In the last hour alone they've had Whitney, Janet, Me'Shell, and [...]

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The Donnas: Where Are They Now?