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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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BB King, an animated interview

Blank on Blank's animation of a 1986 interview with blues master B.B. King about his guitar Lucille, his influence on John Lennon, and the real source of the blues.

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Mash-up: Flock of Sabbath

Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" meets A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran (So Far Away)," courtesy of Andy Rehfeldt. (via Laughing Squid)

Japanese 1980s Funk: amazing 70-minute musical groove mixtape

If offered the chance to visit any time and place in the 20th century, I'd go to Japan in the mid-1980s.

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Music: "Drop the bomb," Trouble Funk (1982)

I thought the lyrics were "Chocolate bomb!" for a while.

Video: Vintage synths of Mark Mothersbaugh (DEVO)

DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh demos some of his favorite vintage synthesizers and talks about his love for electronic music. (Cool Hunting)

Patrick Costello: the deaf, copyfighting Merry God of Banjo


BB pal and deaf banjo-pickin' dude Patrick Costello writes, "The Washington Post just did a story about my work as a music teacher: ‘Merry God of banjo’"

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