Pathetic, smirking attention-whore Martin Shkreli does something

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He sent Kanye West a public offer of $10M for West's next studio album, which Shkreli alone would be able to listen to and enjoy. Read the rest

Shake and dance with Con Funk Shun

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Sinbad certainly looks like he's having fun too. Read the rest

New dark wave from Fake Your Own Death (formerly El Terrible)!

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My pal Terry Ashkinos, a veteran of the San Francisco indie music scene (Elephone, El Terrible) keeps the dark wave dream alive with the deep and expansive new track "Close," from Fake Your Own Death's as-yet-untitled album due out in late spring. Listen below! Fake Your Own Death (Ashkinos, Scott Eberhardt, and Adrian McCullough) perform live on February 27 at Bottom of the Hill as part of the killer Noise Pop 2016 music festival. Don't sleep on it.

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Previously on Boing Boing:

Music premiere: Dark noise pop from El Terrible

El Terrible: dark, spare noise pop from SF

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”Fire Is Ours,” a Bernie Sanders anthem by Makana

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A Boing Boing exclusive premiere: “Fire is Ours” • Lyrics and Music by Makana • Directed by Zac Heileson.

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Go To The Mardi Gras (1959)

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A classic from 1959 by Professor Longhair.

You will see the Zulu King

Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

(via Greg Dulli)

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Seductive, synthy new track from Rogue Wave

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Indie rock stalwarts Rogue Wave catch a new(er) wave with "What Is Left To Solve," the killer synth-driven new track from their forthcoming sixth album, Delusions of Grand Fur, out April 29. They take their show on the road starting May 5 with a series of Bay Area shows.

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Copyright trolls who claimed to own "Happy Birthday" will pay $14M to their "customers"

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For decades, Warner/Chappell Music claimed to own the rights to the Happy Birthday song, despite the reams of copyright scholarship and historical research showing they had no legitimate claim. Read the rest

Headbangers caught in the moment

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Danish photographer Jacob Erhbahn captured metalheads mid-headbang at music festivals around Europe. The result is Headbangers, a full-color book compiling the best of these unrestrained moments of metal bliss.
In this collection Ehrbahn’s camera stops time and captures the surprising and life-affirming moments when the headbangers abandon all semblance of vanity and surrender to the rhythm. Ehrbahn transports us to an intimate world disconnected from time and space—a universe where it’s possible to transcend the frenzy and enter an altered state that brings calm, joy, and relief.

Headbangers by Jacob Erhbahn (Amazon)

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Just look at this (unofficial) Andy Warhol/Velvet Underground Electric Banana Record Player

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Just look at it.

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More than 300 free drum loops

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Drum tracks for jam offers more than 300 drum loops in various genres, neatly organized by beats-per-minute. [via Hacker News]

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How to get on the cover of a major magazine

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We take all kinds of pills that give us all kind of thrills, but the thrill we've never known, Is the thrill that'll getcha when you get your picture on the cover of the Rollin' Stone! Read the rest

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White (RIP)

Maurice White, founder of the incredible psychedelic R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at age 74.

“Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music … which somehow ended up becoming pop,” White wrote. “We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners’ spiritual content.”

(New York Times)

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Kronos Quartet's Explorer Series this weekend in San Francisco!

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My favorite avant-garde classical group Kronos Quartet are holding their Kronos Festival 2016 this weekend at the SF JAZZ Center! I attended the Kronos Festival 2015 and it was easily one of my favorite performances of last year. This year's program weaves experimental and contemporary classical music with a stunning array of international musical traditions from West Africa, Vietnam, Ukraine, Finland, and Afghanistan. Open your ears, eyes, and mind.

While based in San Francisco, Kronos Quartet spends much of the year traveling and performing around the world. This festival brings some of that home to San Francisco. Virtuoso pipa player Wu Man will be the festival’s artist-in-residence.

The festival showcases Kronos in collaboration with guest performers David Coulter (born in the UK), Fodé Lassana Diabaté (Mali), Ritva Koistinen(Finland), Mariana Sadovska (born in Ukraine), and Vân-Ánh Võ (born in Vietnam). The San Francisco Girls Chorus and musicians from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts also join Kronos onstage to perform new works, and the festival culminates in a daytime family concert celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series

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Miles Davis biopic trailer and interview with director/star Don Cheadle

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Don Cheadle directed and stars in Miles Ahead, the film portrait of the jazz legend that opens in theaters April 1. How did Cheadle get the role? Well, he never auditioned or even talked to anyone about it before he was cast. Rather, Miles's nephew Vince Wilburn declared that Cheadle would play his uncle. Entertainment Weekly interviewed Cheadle:

The film jumps around, but the main thread of the plot is set around 1979. Why did you chose to focus on that time period? Just the fact that he wasn’t playing. The fact that he hadn’t played for five years, up to that point, and in a way, was either chomping at the bit to figure out what to say again, if to say again, or he was going down towards death very quickly. He was standing on that knife’s edge at that point, and I don’t think he even know which way it was gonna go. So for us, when we got to the period in all the research about how Miles didn’t play for five years, we were like, “What?” [Laughs] That was the part that was the most interesting from a human being standpoint to me. Musically and what he did with his art form was amazing to me all the time, for the most part. But for me, as a human and an artist and someone who’s a creative person, what happens when you just stop for five years? That’s why we picked that moment to sort of be the departure point: him on the verge of talking again, basically.

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Enjoy some sleazy beatnik jazz

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Fleet & Freddy's "Pad" (1958). Can you dig it? I knew that you could. (via Jazzman)

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The Trumperial March: Star Wars' Imperial March mashed up with Yakety Sax

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Last week, I suggested that Donald Trump is a walking mashup of Star Wars' Imperial March and Yakety Sax.

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Classic internet weirdness: “What What (In The Butt),” Samwell (2007)

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With all the talk of Kanye West, Amber Rose, butt play alleged and butt play denied, it's a good time to revisit one of the great internet memes of yore. Internet sensation Samwell's “What What (In The Butt),” with a music video produced by Brownmark Films.

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