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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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Listen: Marlene Dietrich plays musical saw (with bonus Star Trek theme)

Marlene Dietrich always wanted to be a classical musician. Since her cabaret act and film career left little time for her to do the required practice, she played the musical saw instead. Throughout World War II she wowed USO audiences with the novelty. Here she is playing "Aloha Oe" in 1944 with the comedic setup she did in her cabaret act.

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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.