"Riki Tiki Tavi" by Donovan (1970)


People walk around they don't know what they're doing, they been lost so long they don't know what they've been looking for

Well, I know what I'm a looking for but I just can't find it.

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Sony licensed stock footage, then branded its creator a pirate for using it himself


Mitch Martinez licensed a stock footage clip to a Sony music label to use in a video; when the company proceeded to file a Youtube copyright complaint against him and refused to take his calls, he filed a copyright claim against them, told them he was cancelling their license to his footage, and threatened to make them re-edit the music video, removing his footage from it. Read the rest

When Miles Davis named his album Bitches Brew

Miles Just Called

"Please advise."

A letter sent to Columbia Records art director John Berg and others by Teo Macero, producer of Miles's revolutionary 1970 jazz fusion album. Below, a live performance of the title track "Bitches Brew."

(Thanks, Jordan Kurland!)

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WATCH: I thought the future would be cooler


Claire sends us the video for "YACHT's 'I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler', possibly the first pop music video to include Soylent, self-balancing scooters, humans being walked on leashes by drones, fake Tinder, a 'Wheely Boy' telepresence performance, and...Bohemian Rhapsody with vape pens." Read the rest

Badfinger performs "Baby Blue" (1972)


Take good care, baby, let me know... Read the rest

Why is the US military funding robots that play jazz?


The US military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding a new project to develop musical robots that can improvise a solo when playing with human jazz musicians. A collaboration between new media researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and musicians at the University of Arizona, the goal of the MUSICA (Musical Improvising Collaborative Agent) project is to explore non-traditional "languages" for people and computers to interact. From Scientific American:

"There is definitely a desire for more natural kinds of communications with computational systems as they grow in their ability to be intelligent," Ben Grosser, an assistant professor of new media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told Live Science. "A lot of us are familiar with various methods of interacting with computers, such as text-based and touch-based interfaces, but language-based interfaces such as Siri or Google Now are extremely limited in their capabilities...."

To develop a machine capable of playing improvisational jazz, the researchers will create a database of jazz solos from a variety of musicians and have computers analyze the recordings to figure out the various processes that come into play when a musician improvises. The researchers will then develop a performance system to analyze the components of human jazz performances, including the beat, pitch, harmony and rhythm. The system will also consider what it has learned about jazz solos to communicate and respond musically in real time....

"Let's face it—trying to develop a system that can play jazz is a crazy idea," Grosser said.

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Typedrummer: words converted to drumbeats

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Typedrummer is exactly what it sounds like: type letters into the window and hear them interpreted as rhythms. "qhkh," for example, results in a standard 4/4 rock beat in the default sample set (q is a kickdrum, h a hat, and k a snare). You can switch to another sets, too, taken from the song Fool by Moon Bounce.

Creator Kyle Stetz:

He and I, along with our friend Jeremy, run a record label called Grind Select where we we pair awesome releases with interactive web experiences. Just yesterday we released a new song and interactive site for a chamber pop band called All Boy/All Girl. I hope you'll check it out!

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Widowspeak plays the Chicago leg of our Good Measure tour


Noise Pop, Boing Boing and Joie de Vivre Hotels hosted Widowspeak at Chicago's fantastic Hotel Lincoln as part of our Good Measure tour, last month. Here's video of Widowspeak's cowboy grunge, dream country, earthtone pop stylings. Read the rest

Dig this drinking straw dubstep!


Gulp. (Parker Kane)

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Donald Trump sex doll


“You can do whatever you want to him / He's a Donald Trump Sex Doll.”

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Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" on bamboo flute and koto


Yoshimi Tsujimoto and company burn through Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" on shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and koto. Sure beats Alien Ant Farm's attempt.

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Mudhoney: livestreaming concert today at 2pm PDT


Mudhoney, the Seattle punk band that emerged in the late 1980s from the ashes of Green River and inspired the entire "grunge" genre, are performing a livestreaming concert today at 2pm PDT on PressureDrop.tv. To whet your appetite, above is Mudhoney's classic "Touch Me I'm Sick" (1988). (Thanks, David Katznelson!)

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Ace of Base, supposed Nazi band


Cracked's Adam Tod Brown takes us through the evidence that cheesy 1990s Scandinavian pop band Ace of Base are obviously, totally a Nazi band. Read the rest

Wolves sing along to folk song in the snow

snow singing

Shawn James' American Sanctuary warms the cold Colorado winter enough to get the locals joining in. Read the rest

Music: "Spicks and Specks," The Bee Gees (1966)


Where is the girl I loved all along?

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1980: the Director of the FBI mixes up KISS & The Who, confusing the hell out of FBI agents


Michael from Muckrock writes, "Before rock legends KISS embarked on their 1980 'Unmasked' Tour of Europe, then FBI Director William H. Webster put out a request to field offices for information regarding instances of 'civil unrest' associated with the band's concerts, particularly an incident in Texas which escalated to open attacks on police. The field officers' response was unanimous - they had no idea what the Director was talking about. That and more details await in the FBI's files on KISS." Read the rest

Tower Records store on LA's Sunset Strip returns to life, one night only

Like a zombie rising from the dead for Halloween, the iconic record store returns to life for the launch of Tower Records documentary 'All Things Must Pass'

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