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The electronic music of tomorrow

linnstrument straight, noaka 8-26-14-crop-u15412Roger Linn invented a brilliant new keyboard, sensitive to touch in three dimensions, for playing electronic music. Wired's Rene Chun covers how the Linnstrument has progressed since its debut.

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Genius mash-up of 6 Country hits

Country songwriter Gregory Todd, a.k.a Sir MashAlot got famous for six songs, all by top Country artists, which he brilliantly cut together into one very enjoyable track that all sounds like it comes from the same band. You have to watch the ProTools edit screen in the video as you listen, to really appreciate the cleverness that went into this.

If you know these hits already, I'm sure it's even funnier to listen to. Though it's tempting to say that the songs mesh together so well because all Country music sounds the same, but for Sir MashALot, this is a tribute, not snark. He's having fun like a country singer should.

All he's doing here is matching beats like a hip-hop DJ does...only with slower beats. If it's not the music you like, you're going to think it all sounds the same. Sir MashALot is currently revisiting his most famous work by cutting a 7th song into the mix.

A Zelda remix is the hot new song at the club

When I think of Zelda, I think of lots of things: smashing pots, collecting rupees, throwing boomerangs, and dancing to sick beats. That last one is a pretty new addition to my personal Zelda memory palace, but it's stuck there anyway thanks to Hitmane's new mashup of Juicy J's "Bandz That Make Her Dance" with the whimsical "Saria's Song" from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

The song, which has been played over 200,000 times on Soundcloud, primarily picked up steam when the more prominent DJ/producer Ryan Hemsworth started adding it to his shows. It also got played by Qrion at a party during the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, where IGF chairman (and former Offworld founder) Brandon Boyer shared this little Vine:

Nearly 10 million loops later, we're all still dancing. If you're looking for suggested dance moves, you can always go to the source material. Otherwise, this guy has got you covered.

Conversations with Matt Dwyer

Conversations with Matt Dwyer

The internet calls it the golden age of audio podcasts.

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Crazy-wonderful kids' music CD

Kembrew McLeod sez, "For Kids and By Kids: Songs From Iowa Rock City is a new (and free!) children's album I put together with my wife Lynne Nugent, an editor at The Iowa Review. Her team created a beautiful gatefold CD package with a 24-page lyric and liner notes booklet."

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Kosha Dillz Passover Playlist

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Passover is coming! To get you into the mood for matzoh, America's latest cool Jew—rapper Kosha Dillz—(SoundCloud) has a Passover playlist to rock your noggin.

This is not a musical rendition of the ten commandments or the seven plagues, but it covers the old testament with old school rap from Blood of Abraham, HAIM, Ari Lesser, of course The Beastie Boys; and the most Jewish rapper of them all, Matisyahu.

Here is Kosha Dillz Passover Playlist, annotated and compiled for last spring's Village Voice.

Also, my mother would like to remind you that Passover 2015 begins the evening of Friday, April 3.

Kickstarting a documentary about the San Diego underground scene

Noah Swartz writes, "Last night I got a chance to see a screening of It's Gonna Blow, a documentary about the underground scene in San Diego directed and produced by Bill Perrine."

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Playing the unplayable Death March (but not releasing the penguins)


John Stump's 1980 composition Faerie’s Aire and Death Waltz (from 'A Tribute to Zdenko G. Fibich') is a parody of a composition and not intended to be played -- but someone did!

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Hilarious, bawdy princess rap battles

Youtube sensation Whitney Avalon has a brilliant new entry to her amazing Rap Battles series: a rude, hilarious battle between Belle and Cinderella, starring Buffy's Sarah Michelle Gellar.

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Music: "Crazy In The Night," Kim Carnes (1985)

"There's a monster on my ceiling, there's a monster on the wall. There are thousands in the closet, now they're coming down the hall"

Map pins pop songs that mention cities

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Map maker Javier Arce created a world map locating 212 cities referenced in 7,681 pop songs. Click on a city and you can instantly play the related songs through Spotify.

To create this map Javier extracted a list of the cities with their respective countries and created a table. Then he geocoded that table to get the position of each city on the map.

Next, he extracted all the song information in the main article using regular expressions and infinite amounts of patience. It generated a CSV file that he imported into his CartoDB account. Javier ended up having a table that contained the name of the song, the author, and the city.

Music Map Mashup [CartoDB Blog]

Nova Scotia artist generates furious noise from hand-made sound machines

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Artist Rebecca Baxter of Halifax, Nova Scotia makes noisy, grating, often ethereal sounds from machines she designs and solders herself. Demand has been high for her one-offs, including those used in recordings and performances by Flaming Lips, Electric Wurms, New Fumes, Mike O'Neill, Panos, METEOROID, Holy Fuck, Buck 65, and Oscillator Sunshine Machine.

Now she's launched a campaign to raise money to build more sophisticated handmade instruments. So far her devices have been stand-alone, creating sound from oscillators inside, but her next model, the Omega, is slated to have inputs for a guitar or keyboard. More videos: 1, 2, 3.

Spontaneous jam: USMC & HS marching band, Mardi Gras

Matt sends, "video I caught of a spontaneous jam session that happened in front of me at Mardi Gras 2015: A USMC band and a bunch of high school band members met in the streets and suddenly launched into 'St. James Infirmary.'"

Mass surveillance hip-hop from the director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Shahid Buttar -- the rapper who created the amazing NSA vs USA track/video -- is also a constitutional lawyer who serves as executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

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Nerdcore Net Neutrality rap

Nerdcore rapper Dan Bull recorded this Net Neutrality rap today and crowdsourced an excellent video for it in three hours, with the help of his Twitter friends.

Great life advice from neon bassist

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Sure, the bassist who calls himself MonoNeon does a masterful accompaniment of the Jones Big Ass Truck Rental & Storage ads. But the real gem here is his manifesto at the end. I'll transcribe it below for clarity, because it's honestly very useful and freeing. (Maybe not the thing about the high-visibility clothing.) It doesn't matter if you're not a musician; make appropriate substitutions for things like "southern soul/blues/funk." The principles apply broadly.

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• Write your own vision and read it daily

• Have the southern soul/blues & funk at the bottom and the experimental/avant-guard at the top . .. (YOUR SOUND!)

• Make your life audible daily with the mistakes . . . the flaws . . . er' thang.

• Understand and accept that some people are going to like what you do and some are going to dislike it . .. when you understand and accept that dichotomy . . . move on!

• Embrace bizarre juxtapositions (sound, imagery, etc)

• Conceptualize art. Minimalism.

• Polychromatic color schemes. High-visibility clothing.

• DIY!

• Childlike.

• Reject the worldly idea of becoming a great musician . . . JUST LIVE MUSIC!

Children perform Zeppelin!

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists, featuring children from 7-12, perform Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, The Ocean, and Immigrant Song, on marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano. (via Making Light)

Young heavy metal shredder is also a screaming-fast texter

It’s a marvel to watch 26-year-old guitarist Nili Brosh tap 64th notes in her guitar solos, then scoop up her phone and tap messages at the same tempo. Her gates-of-hell texting work starts at 4:01.

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Animated interview with Lou Reed

"I write a song called 'Heroin', you would have thought that I murdered the Pope or something." Audio from a 1987 interview conducted by Joe Smith. (Blank on Blank)

Video: 2CELLOS play "Welcome to the Jungle"

2CELLOS shred classic Guns N' Roses.

Lesley Gore, singer of "It's My Party," RIP

Lesley Gore, singer of the 1963 hit "It's My Party," died today from cancer at age 68.

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Death Cab for Cutie: "Black Sun" music video

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Our friends in Death Cab for Cutie released the video for "Black Sun," the first single from their forthcoming album Kintsugi, arriving March 31.

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CBGB oral history, and Patti Smith interview

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Over at Cuepoint, an oral history of punk palace CBGB's heyday of the mid-to-late 1970s, starring members of the Ramones, Blondie, The Voidoids, and The Miamis, and the inimitable Patti Smith. Also at Cuepoint today, Smith talks with veteran music writer Alan Light.

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MC Frontalot dresses up as Grandma, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf

MC Frontalot has released the video for "Start Over" -- the Little Red Riding Hood song from his album Question Bedtime. He writes, "I finally got the new video out! And I'm extremely happy with it. Director Alicia J. Rose did a bang-up job putting this project together when I came through Portland in December, marshaling the city's youngsters and more makeup than I've ever worn for anything."

AcousticLabs cover of Beck's "Wave"

Gregory "AcousticLabs" Johnson, who masterfully covers contemporary tunes on effected string instruments, tells us that Beck requested he tackle his tune "Wave" from the Grammy-winning album Morning Phase. It's the first AcousticLabs video in which Johnson shows his face.

Rebel Bass: Star Wars guitars with Millennium Falcon bodies


Doni Guitars of Coventry, England, has created a pair of amazing, Star-Wars-themed guitars based around vintage model Millennium Falcons, with new blue LED lights: a six-string Strat and a "Rebel Bass -- they also make custom flight cases for them.

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My favorite battery-powered Bluetooth speaker is the Grain Audio PWS

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I've tried at least 10 different battery-powered Bluetooth speakers, and the walnut cased Grain Audio PWS is by far my favorite. At $249, it's also the most expensive. But I think it's worth it, especially since I use it almost every day.

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Oral history of 60s-70s musical mecca Laurel Canyon

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Over at Vanity Fair, musical icons like David Crosby, Joni Mitchell (above), Linda Ronstadt, and Glenn Frey reminisce about the creativity and other substances that flowed through L.A.'s magical Laurel Canyon of the 1960s and 1970s.

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An Adventure To Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space: hip hop/Beatles mashups

It's a kind of Grey Album 2.0: Beatles songs mashed up with KRS-One, Kool Moe Dee, Salt-n-Pepa, Nas, Rakim, WuTang, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and many others -- get it before the censorship campaign kicks in!

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