Interview with Minecraft composer C418


Ziad sez, "I interviewed C418; we talk about Minecraft's early days, the purchase by Microsoft, how the gaming community has helped him become a self-sustaining, independent musician, and creativity in the gaming industry."

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Expanded Animaniacs "Capitals" song for the whole world

The beloved Spielberg cartoon's greatest accomplishment was its repertoire of hilarious, catchy, educational songs like Wakko's State Capital song.

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Scientists using Bob Dylan references

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“Nitric oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind": For almost a decade, researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institute had a private internal contest around embedding Bob Dylan references in their scientific writings, and now they've opened up the challenge.

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Win free tickets to the Treasure Island Music Festival!

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Want free VIP tickets to Boing Boing's favorite annual music event, San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival on October 18-19? This year's stellar line-up includes Massive Attack, Outkast, Alt-J, The New Pornographers, TV On The Radio, Janelle Monáe, Cathedrals, and a dozen other performances. Our pals at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the event, have supplied a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $590 value) to give to Boing Boing readers! VIP includes a nice viewing area beside the main stage, tented lounge with full bar, access to special VIP food sellers, and private restroom facilities (yay!). To win the passes, we are continuing our now-annual tradition of a Treasure Island Music Festival Haiku Contest!

Here's what to do:

Write a Haiku about your favorite band performing at the festival. Here's the full line-up. The Haiku must consist of three lines, with the first line containing 5 syllables, the second containing 7 syllables, and the third line containing 5 syllables. Then post your Haiku to the Boing Boing BBS forum. You have until 11:59pm PDT on Thursday (10/2). We'll pick our favorite Haikus and email you at the address you used to create your forum account. (Or you can list an alternate address in your entry.) On Friday (10/3), I'll post our three finalists who will each receive a Boing Boing t-shirt! On Tuesday (10/7), I'll announce the winner. Please only one entry per person. Good luck!!!

Amazing marching band performance of The Wizard of Oz

On Saturday, Ohio State University's marching band performed this fantastic tribute to The Wizard of Oz.

Thom Yorke releases surprise new solo record on BitTorrent

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A cool experiment from an artist who has a history of cool experimentation.

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Barbra Streisand: bikers and BDSM

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Below, photos of Barbra Streisand doing biker BDSM from a shoot connected to the 1970 film The Owl and The Pussycat. Many more over at Dangerous Minds. The images were used in prop posters for a porn film titled Cycle Sluts starring Streisand's character.

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The Jesus Lizard Book – The story of the ’90s influential and iconic indie-rock band

You don’t need to be a fan of The Jesus Lizard or even the indie-rock genre to appreciate what this iconic band accomplished. They recorded seven albums in eight years, created dynamic and inimitable music, and played 1000+ legendary live shows. Their superhuman touring schedule is captured perfectly on the first page in a photo of the band’s tour van odometer, turning over from 99,999 to 00000. The story of this influential '90s band transcends rock memorabilia or memoir, and unfolds an instructive tale of artistic triumph in the delicate balance between commerce and art.

It’s the victory of the underdog, it’s David vs. the Goliath of the major label record industry. It’s an inside look at the creative and business choices artists in any field must face as they work toward that elusive stage that defines success.

Steve Albini, famous for his work recording Nirvana’s last album, In Utero, said this of the band: “When I think of The Jesus Lizard, I think of them as the greatest band I’ve ever seen, as the best musicians I’ve ever worked with, and as the purest melding of the sublime and the profane.”

The Jesus Lizard Book was designed by vocalist and artist David Yow, with most of the content painstakingly recorded by the band’s exacting bassist, David Wm. Sims. All four band members contribute their perspective and experiences, in a loose structure starting with the band members’ backgrounds, how the band formed, each studio recording, and their astounding performance chronology. This template is peppered colorfully and playfully throughout with concert posters by the iconic Frank Kozik, recipes by singer David Yow (his Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding sounds delicious!) and photographs ranging from backstage polaroids to professionally shot panoramas.

The epic shot from the band’s perspective onstage at Reading Festival – one of the largest rock festivals in the world – speaks volumes of what this band built up with sheer tenacity, inventive musicianship – and a sense of humor which draws the reader playfully into their world.

Anchoring the book throughout are well-written, vivid and poignant anecdotes and tributes from those whose lives they touched, and who touched theirs. Characters like Steve Albini, Mike Watt, JG Thirlwell, Hank Williams III, Frank Kozik, and Gang of Four’s Andy Gill all provide a full spectrum take on the band’s history.

The range of different perspectives from all four band members on the same record is telling of the creative process and compromises that abound in collaborative art. For example, bassist David Wm. Sims strongly touts Shot as the best album he’s ever played on, but the Steve Albini-engineered Goat is ubiquitously considered their masterpiece. But as a reader, you don’t need to hear the songs to appreciate the story – and Book delivers the band right to your coffee table loud and clear.

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The Jesus Lizard Book
by The Jesus Lizard
Akashic Books
2014, 176 pages, 13.4 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches

Caitlan Moran's "How to Build a Girl" [review]


Caitlin Moran's How to Build a Girl is the story of Johanna Morrigan, poor, fat teenager from the economic backwater of 1990s Wolverhampton, and her transformation into legendary music critic and Lady Sex Adventurer, Dolly Wilde.

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New tune from Anamanaguchi, “Pop It”

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A new twee tech track by NES-hacker-dreamer-popsters Anamanaguchi.

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Blondie: photos from the birth of punk and new wave

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Forty years after the formation of Blondie, guitarist Chris Stein unveils his photo archive of the era with a new hardcover book Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk.

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NZ's National Party sued by Eminem for copyright infringement


The National Party was instrumental in passing the harsh "strict liability" NZ copyright laws that offer no relief from liability, even for people who buy licenses that turn out to have been offered in error -- as appears to be the case in the National Party campaign ad that used Lose Yourself for bed music.

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Interpol's "Twice As Hard," video premiere

Four years since their last release, New York City's favorite post-punk revivalists Interpol are finally back in the ring with El Pintor, a stunning LP that brings the group back to the minimalist grayscale magnificence of Antics (2004) and Turn On The Bright Lights (2002). Boing Boing is pleased to premiere Interpol's new video for their track "Twice as Hard," directed by Paul Banks.

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My Little Pony vinyl soundtrack

SPACELAB9 and Hasbro Studios are releasing two picture disc vinyl editions of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic," availably only from Hot Topic.

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Pep band covers "Killing In The Name"

George Mason University’s Green Machine pep band rages against the machine. (via Devour)