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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.

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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