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Hide caption The members of Efterklang in Piramida: Mads Brauer (left), Rasmus Stolberg (center) and Casper Clausen. Courtesy of Efterklang Hide caption Piramida, shot from above. The ghost town, once an active Russian mining settlement, is on the island of Spitsbergen, in the archipelago of Svalbard, which is controlled by Norway. Courtesy of Efterklang Hide caption Efterklang's Mads Brauer records "the world's northernmost grand piano," one of the reasons the band wanted to visit Piramida.
Ice-T (left) with Chuck D in a still from his documentary From Something to Nothing: The Art of Rap . Courtesy of Indomina Ice-T , the rapper and actor, wants people to think about the craft of making rap music. He has directed and starred in a documentary called Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap that takes viewers from Harlem into the South Bronx, to Detroit and South Central Los Angeles. In the film, Ice-T talks to musicians like Doug E. Fresh , Ice Cube , Snoop Dogg and Run-DMC and asks these early heavyweights how hip-hop musicians create rap lyrics and make beats.
John Cage in The Hague, Netherlands, 1988 Paul Bergen / Courtesy of Redferns 100 years ago today, John Cage was born. In celebration of his birthday, we asked contemporary musicians across a wide range of genres and backgrounds — not only in classical music, but also pop, rock, metal, electronic and experimental — what they've taken from the late composer's musical and philosophical ideas. Cage was known throughout his career for experimental, indeterminant avant-garde compositions. In 1958, he asked a series of questions during a lecture at Darmstadt , which were later published as "Composition as Process" in his book Silence .
Beach House plays the Siren Festival this Saturday, July 19 at 5pm on the Stillwell Stage. With the name Beach House, "People immediately think, 'lying in the cabana.' Smoking opium. Listening to Galaxie 500. Spiritualized."
Miles Davis – blind listening test - Noise made me do it - sound,music and things that tickle your earsDown Beat Magazine interviewed Miles Davis in 1964 and asked him for his opinion on some music via a blind listening test, and checked his ability to pick out other musicians based on the way they played. Now, Miles Davis wasn’t known for listening to just about anything – he was very selective in what he spent his time listening to, so he’s definitely got some opinions. On Les McCann-Jazz Crusaders , “All Blues” (Wayne Henderson, trombone; Wilton Felder, tenor saxophone; Joe Sample, piano; McCann, electric piano; Miles Davis, composer): What’s that supposed to be?
Jazz pianist Jason Moran was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010. Clay Patrick McBride Some of the world's most renowned musicians recently gathered in Paris and New Orleans to celebrate the first annual International Jazz Day. UNESCO, the U.N.'
Local saxophonist Harold Rapp plays at Alice Terry Elementary School in Colorado during lunchtime. Jenny Brundin for NPR School lunch is often synonymous with loud noise. Studies have shown the decibel level in some cafeterias is as high as a lawn mower. Every so often, though, students at Alice Terry Elementary School southwest of Denver are asked not to make any noise.
In this short, we go looking for the devil, and find ourselves tangled in a web of details surrounding one of the most haunting figures in music--a legendary guitarist whose shadowy life spawned a legend so powerful, it's still being repeated...even by fans who don't believe a word of it. For years and years, Jad's been fascinated by the myth of what happened to Robert Johnson at the crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The story goes like this: back in the 1920s, Robert Johnson wanted to play the blues. But he really sucked.
When James Murphy was 22, he was offered a writing job on the sitcom Seinfeld but turned it down to focus on his musical career. Ruvan Wijesooriya This interview was originally broadcast on June 21, 2012 . The new film Shut Up and Play the Hits documents LCD's Soundsystem's farewell concert at Madison Square Garden. When LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy attended live concerts, he says he always felt like there was something missing. "I'd start to see bands prioritize things wrong in my mind," he tells Fresh Air 's Terry Gross.
James Murphy on stage at Madison Square Garden last year, during LCD Soundsystem's final concert. Oscilloscope Laboratories For an indie band, it seems almost impossible to achieve massive commercial success without losing credibility. LCD Soundsystem may have figured out the secret.
James Murphy disbanded LCD Soundsystem after three acclaimed albums. The documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits chronicles the band's final concert at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011. Oscilloscope Laboratories
James Murphy, frontman for the now-disbanded LCD Soundsystem, kneels on the Madison Square Garden stage. Shut Up and Play the Hits documents the band's final show at the landmark New York venue. Oscilloscope Pictures
Scottish producer Calvin Harris presents the fruits of a prolific year and a half on the new album 18 Months . Rukes / Courtesy of the artist The Rihanna song " We Found Love " has been a monster radio hit over the past year. But as happens more and more in the world of pop music, it's not the singer, but the producer behind it, who is now in the spotlight.
Dirty Projectors' new album is entitled Swing Lo Magellan . Jason Frank Rothenberg / Courtesy of the artist close Purchase Featured Music "Gun Has No Trigger" Album: Swing Lo Magellan [Deluxe Edition] Artist: Dirty Projectors Label: Domino Released: 2012 "Offspring Are Blank" Album: Swing Lo Magellan [Deluxe Edition] Artist: Dirty Projectors Label: Domino Released: 2012
In Bernie , Jack Black plays a local mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story. Deana Newcomb / Wind Dancer Films