Stranger Things soundtrack on vinyl, and covers by Tangerine Dream


Austin band Survive's masterful synth soundtrack to Stranger Things is available now digitally and at your local independent music shop on vinyl! Meanwhile, the surviving members of Tangerine Dream, a primary influence on Survivor's Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, released their own covers of the Stranger Things score! Listen to them below. And here's a bit from an excellent interview that Billboard's Gil Kaufman conducted with Dixon and Stein:

How did that main theme come to life?

It's an old demo Michael had, but it's nothing like what you hear... nowhere near as much of a piece of music as it is now. That was just some random thing that ended up in the library they had and when they found it they were like, 'what if this was the main title?' We thought it could be good, so we built it out. We've been wanting to get into music for TV and film for a long time, but we had no idea how. We've been passively creating libraries, weird droney noises... so we had this collection of songs that we were trying to figure out how present to people in film....

Without that previous (soundtrack) experience, how were you able to create music that spoke so deeply to the characters in the show?

They said our music was actually used to help cast the show. During the demo period they said, 'we know you can do dark and epic, but this is a show about a group of kids, so we need to show the producers that you can do the more lighthearted, sentimental stuff.' So a lot of the demos were like that.

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I'm Johnny Cash, and I'm pissed at my daughter for getting a speeding ticket


Tweeted last night by Rosanne Cash, daughter of country legend Johnny Cash:

"Miss my dad, gone 13 yrs today. Here he is after I told him I got a ticket for driving 102 mph in his car."

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Watch the brand new White Stripes video by Michel Gondry

Filmmaker Michel Gondry shot a video for an old White Stripes' track "City Lights," without telling Jack White or Third Man Records, and surprised them with it last week. The just-finished track is included on the new collection Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998 - 2016.

"City Lights" was written for The White Stripes' GET BEHIND ME SATAN but then forgotten until White revisited the 2005 album for Third Man's Record Store Day 2015 vinyl reissue and finished the recording in 2016. The track is the first new, worldwide commercially released song by The White Stripes since 2008.

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Listen: Raven vs Hawk


Canadian indie rockers Ol' Time Moonshine's just released a single, "Raven vs. Hawk," from their first full-length album, "The Apocalypse Trilogies: Spacewolf and Other Dark Tales." They've just signed a record deal with Salt of the Earth Records, and the album will be out later this year (no firm release date yet). Read the rest

Dolly Parton sings a song live at both 45 and 78 record speeds


On her 1976 variety show, Dolly Parton sang "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind," then performed it again as if it went from a 45 rpm record to a 78. Read the rest

Clean old records with wood glue


Ghettofunk13 demonstrates the old vinyl-lover's trick of deep-cleaning your wax pancakes by spreading the grooves with Titebond II wood glue, waiting for it to dry, and then peeling off the glue-skin and taking all the gunk with it (presumably there is some way of actually playing the music from the intact glue-skin, given sufficiently advanced apparatus). Read the rest

Vader Vinyl: Picturedisc reissue of Star Wars' OST, featuring a 33 1/3RPM Death Star


John Williams' original score for the first Star Wars movie has been reissued as two picture-discs: the Death Star, Vader, Tie Fighters and Chewie and Han; it's $35 to pre-order for shipping on Sept 30. (via Bonnie Burton) Read the rest

HOWTO wrap cables like a pro: Roadie Wrap


Todd Hobin demonstrates the technique every roadie, gaffer, and electrician will teach you the first day of the job: how to wrap cables. If you deal with long cords, ropes, or cables, this will change your life! Read the rest

Gorgeous original composition made in Super Mario Paint


There's something hauntingly beautiful in the deceptively simple Please Come To Me, composed in Super Mario Paint. Read the rest

A new generation discovers the wonder of playing 45 RPM singles at the 33 1⁄3 RPM album speed


One must be of a minimum age (or at least obsessed with vinyl) to have experienced the normality-shattering revelation of playing a record at the wrong speed. Youtube, however, offers a great many classic tracks slowed down in exactly the manner of a 7" single played at the slower turntable speed usually reserved for LP albums.

Above, Cyndi Lauper has fun as a languid contralto. Below, Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song is transformed into sleazy industrial disco.

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Drowning Pool's "Bodies" covered by angry animals


Insane Cherry was good enough to create what is undoubtedly the most metal cover of "Bodies" ever recorded. Birds, goats, camels, seals, cats, and dogs all come together for this historic collaboration. Read the rest

Megaphone vs. bagpipe


Youtube description:

A bagpipe playing student drowned out a homophobic bigot who compared being gay to bestiality in megaphone rant.

Brave Brice Ehmig confronted the preacher who was wearing a “Jesus saves from hell” T-shirt on the campus at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, USA, on Friday August 19.

Despite the preacher’s best efforts to have his voice heard, the fourth year student follows him around continuing to play the loud Scottish music.

As the video ends, applause and cheering can be heard from out of shot as Brice calls her girlfriend over.

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Watch Nirvana play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" two days after 'Nevermind' release

On September 26, 1991, Nirvana performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at The Moon, a small club in New Haven, Connecticut. This was two days after the release of Nevermind and moments before punk broke (down). Read the rest

Kraftwerk on US television in 1975


In 1975, Kraftwerk, during their first tour of the United States, appeared on the musical variety show The Midnight Special. They performed "Autobahn." Read the rest

Music video features trash-talking UN smackdown

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The official video for Nobody Speak, by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels, was directed by Sam Pilling and stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey as very NSFW diplomats on a tear.

The video depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is unfolding in governments around the globe... Says DJ Shadow: "We wanted to make a positive, life-affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best. We got this instead.”

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First music video created in Prisma app


You've probably seen a few profile pics processed with the Prisma app. Now you can watch Drive like Maria's new music video, the first created entirely with the app. Read the rest

All Are One: an album to beat back dystopia


All Are One by Sophe Lux & The Mystic

In these times where the sanity of the human race is called into question on a daily basis, I still believe in our intrinsic goodness and humanity. Read the rest

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