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Music: "The Magnificent Seven," The Clash (1980)

"She's seen the ads, she thinks it's nice/ Better work hard - I seen the price"

Rowlf the Dog covers Biz Markie's "Just a Friend"

It's an amazing piece of video editing/lip-syncing, right up there with Sesame Street Sure Shot.

Music: "From the Cradle," Widespread Panic (2006)

I just saw that Widespread Panic will again be at the Fox Oakland come late March.

Beautiful black and red variegated 78 records from the 1920s

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Portland area archivist Cliff Bolling has curated and digitized thousands of 78 records. One prized addition is this variegated series from Pathé's Chanticleer line. Bolling says this was an attempt by the French company to gain market share in the US. The series featured popular American songs, like this version of "Bye Bye Blackbird." by The Virginia Creepers.

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Google strong-arms indie musicians into accepting brutal, crowdfunding-killing deal for streaming service


Google is launching a new, Youtube-branded streaming music service, with the cooperation of the Big Four labels, who got to negotiate the terms of their participation -- unlike the indie musicians, who have been told that they will be exiled from Youtube altogether unless they make it their most-favored-nation distribution service, without the possibility of holding back tracks for backers on services like Kickstarter or Patreon.

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LEGO Movie soundtrack on vinyl!

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Next month, the LEGO Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack comes to vinyl in a special double LP package including a color booklet with liner notes by soundtrack composer (and DEVO co-founder) Mark Mothersbaugh.

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Music video: retro-'80s hallucination for new Marie Davidson track

A strange, 1980s-esque hallucinatory video, directed for Montréal synth-punk chanteuse Marie Davidson's "Balade aux USA."

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Watch alt-J perform "Left Hand Free" live in studio

This Is All Yours made many best album lists last year for its moody art rock vibe, and the guys from alt-J strip down their studio version to its roots in this live performance of "Left Hand Free" for SiriusXM.

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If you haven't seen them, treat yourself to the two videos for the studio version, below.

Elliott Smith, animated interview

Elliott Smith, animated, talks depression, freaks, Elvis Costello, and Paul Simon. (Blank on Blank)

Fingerboard Theory for Guitar: A Music Theory Text for Guitarists

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Want to understand how music and your guitar work together? Fingerboard Theory for Guitar taught me that music is as much math and science as it is a kind of magic.

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Watch robots generate improvisational jazz music and dance

Robotic musicianship doctoral candidate Mason Bretan at Georgia Tech's Center for Music Technology filmed this intriguing robotic jazz performance with three Shimi robots and a larger Shimon robot. It really gets cooking about a minute in and when Shimon gets a marimba solo.

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Jill Sobule's "I Kissed a Girl": Happy 20th anniversary!

Happy birthday to singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, and happy 20th anniversary to her 1995 indie hit "I Kissed a Girl." It was edgy enough at the time to play on MTV's 120 Minutes.

Though the song title is associated with the Katy Perry song of the same title at this point, 90s adults will get this. Perry was still in elementary school when Sobule shook things up with her non-binary anthem, which helped pave the way for so much of the women-centric folk and roots music of the 1990s, from Lilith Fair and beyond. It's the birthday gift that keeps giving!

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Visitors: extraterrestrial psych-prog-jazz from 1974

Freak out with this prog/psych/jazz dark weirdness from French composer Jean-Pierre Massiera's band Visitors whose 1974 self-titled LP, Visitors, has just been reissued on vinyl for the first time.

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The acrobatic Japanese maid/pancake surreal domino-run cookware ad you've been searching for

Never have empty carbs been more elegant -- and that's a catchy jingle! (via JWZ)

Watch Tycho's live super-chill instrumental track "A Walk"

Seattle station KEXP had Tycho in studio, where they performed this lovely live version of "A Walk."

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Death Cab for Cutie's new album: "Kintsugi"

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Our pals in Death Cab for Cutie revealed the title and cover art for their forthcoming album, to be released March 31.

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Vintage Synthesizer Museum

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Lance Hill's new Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Emeryville, California is dedicated to the history of the future of electronic musical instruments. Video news report below.

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BitchTapes: Enjoy 200+ feminist mixtapes this weekend

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BitchTapes curates woman-centric mixtapes. The most recent, Female Drummers Who Rock, is a worthy list. Who would you add? Tell us!

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The Afghan Whigs' infectiously fun new music video

The wonderful new video for The Afghan Whigs' "The Lottery" was self-shot by the band's stage monitor engineer Ryan O'Hara, a man who clearly loves his job.

"Every night during the gig he performs a parallel show behind the board and it's phenomenal to watch," says The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli. "Occasionally, I'll forget to sing because I'm watching him turn into Bez from Happy Mondays. But that's rock and roll for you. It keeps you young. "

WATCH: Emmy Curl's trippy, hypnotic "Come Closer" video

Nuno Barbosa's video for Emmy Curl's "Come Closer" layers projected images and body art by João Tiago Fernandes for a simple yet captivating effect.

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Music: "Express," BT Express (1973)

A good way to start the day.

LP sleeve is also a DJ controller

DJ Qbert's (previously) successful Kickstarter funded production of a Bluetooth-connected sleeve printed with capacitive surfaces that connect to a music-controlling app. (via Sean Bonner)

LISTEN: Mazzy Star's Seasons of Your Day

Before there was Lana Del Rey, there was Mazzy Star fronted by Hope Sandoval. Seasons of Your Day quietly came into the world with little fanfare, so in case you missed it, enjoy.

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Sony pirated K-pop anthem in The Interview

Yoon Mi Rae is set to sue Sony over the inclusion of her song "Touch Love" in The Interview, which, she says, Sony failed to license for the film.

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Joe Cocker, RIP

"The Letter," live, 1970. (NYT obit)

Musical time-machine to Walt Disney World in the late 1970s


The amazing Foxxfur has spent 3.5 years assembling a new installment in her "Musical Souvenir of Walt Disney World" series, pulling together audio rarities from WDW in the late 1970s to create a six-hour soundscape that faithfully recreates the incidental music, cast member spiels, and ride narration from one of the golden ages of Disney themeparks.

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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.