The year's best music, by mood

There are a lot of album of the year lists, but Hype Machine's Zeitgeist 2014 list is a bit special.

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How sound affects taste

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White wine goes with fish and red wine goes with meat. But some new research from the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford has apparently unearthed evidence of an implicit relationship between what we eat and what we hear -- between taste and pitch, as Scientific American reports.

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Nightmarish Christian birdsong album

Enjoy this genuinely nightmarish visit with Ralph Platt in God's great outdoors, where he joins the birds of the forest in giving song to the pipe organ music of Lorin Whitney.

The full album was recently posted online by Fuji Puzzle Box, who warns that a Volume 2 of this exists somewhere out there.

...an album of pious Christian dirges so lugubrious they practically go all the way around and turn giddy. Made famous by the Firesign Theatre, who created so many dearly beloved batshit radio performances using this record as underscore.

UPDATE: "Hi Rob, Taylor here, archivist for Firesign Theatre and the guy behind Fuji Puzzle Box. Thanks for the post! There was indeed a volume two, and here it is" Bibles and Birds

Tour photos by Spencer Tweedy (son of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy)

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Over at Medium, Spencer Tweedy, 18, posted lovely black-and-white film camera shots and personal recollections of his recent musical tour with his dad, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, in support of their debut album Sukierae.

Fa la la la! This year's Merry Mixmas is here!


DJ Riko writes, "It's time once again for Merry Mixmas, a free Christmas music mix that is a holiday tradition dating back to 2002. This year's collection features some truly magnificent songs, with numbers new and old by performers big and small."

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Reissue of stunning soundtrack to 1973 science fiction film La Planète Sauvage (1973)

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I'm thrilled that the good people at Superior Viaduct records are reissuing Alain Goraguer's beautiful and strange score to the beautiful and strange French science fiction animated film, La Planète Sauvage (1973). Goraguer is a composer and pianist who emerged from the Parisian jazz scene in the early 1960s writing and playing with Boris Vian and later Serge Gainsbourg in the early 1960s. This glorious soundtrack has inspired (and been sampled by) myriad electronic and hip-hop artists, from Air to Madlib to J Dilla. You can pre-order the special edition translucent blue vinyl, that includes a poster, directly from Superior Viaduct:
"ALAIN GORAGUER - La Planète Sauvage Original Soundtrack LP"

Here's a taste:

And the trailer for the film:

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: the audiobook, read by Wil Wheaton


I've independently produced an audiobook edition of my nonfiction book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age, paying Wil Wheaton to narrate it (he did such a great job on the Homeland audiobook, with a mixdown by the wonderful John Taylor Williams, and bed-music from Amanda Palmer and Dresden Dolls.

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John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" 50th anniversary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, a masterpiece of hard bop, free jazz, and soulful spirituality. My family celebrated last night with the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in a rousing service at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.

Here is a 2012 NPR story about the 1964 recording: "The Story Of 'A Love Supreme'"

Limited edition vinyl: John Perry Barlow reads "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace"


EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow's visionary 1996 text A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace has stirred hearts since he penned it in 1996 -- and now you can own a beautiful recording Barlow reading it in his wonderful, gravelly voice.

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Mashup of the entire Billboard Top 25 for 2014

Mashup genius DJ Earworm continues his annual tradition of mashing up the whole Billboard chart for the previous year (previously, previously) with an awesome, mashed up video accompaniment. (Thanks, Rob W)

Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins play Crisco Twister

"In which Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic strips down to briefs and gets a full body Crisco massage from Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl, before playing slippery Twister with Smashing Pumpkins." (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Interview with Queen

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Over at Cuepoint, Alan Light talks to Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen about their signature operatic rock sound, the band's chemistry, and the final days of Freddie Mercury.

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Santastic No 9: more Xmas mashups for the holiday season


dj BC writes, "It's the 9th annual Santastic Holiday mashup collection. Contains much Beatles, Mariah Carey, AC/DC, Flula, Ella Fitzgerald, The Staple Singers, various holiday bad guys, DMX..."

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Video: 1970s space disco of Bombay-born singer Asha Puthli

Asha Puthli performs "Mr. Moonlight" (1978), available on her album Asha L'indiana.

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Massive Attack's "Teardrop" on acoustic guitar

Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs plays a beautiful acoustic cover of Massive Attack's downtempo classic "Teardrop." Original version below.