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The Duckworth Lewis Method On paper, a band and album created around the concept of cricket has the sound of something rather niche, hardly universal, and perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek. Clearly their love of the game was very genuine but the greatest thing about The Duckworth Lewis Method was its ability to truly strike a chord beyond the boundary of the cricket field with brilliantly crafted, clever pop songs that were accessible to anyone whether or not they knew their LBW from a googly. This applies even more on the band's second inning, Sticky Wickets. It's quite a challenge for Hannon and Walsh to come back with fresh ideas after pouring what appeared to be every ounce of cricketing history and folklore into their debut. The result, I'm sure, of many a conversation over the years that finally came to fruition, they left very little behind. The opening track 'Sticky Wickets' is a pretty direct 70s style prog-rocker with plenty of cowbell.

The Roots Of... The Libertines - NME Blogs No great band is born without a struggle and no great records are born in a vacuum. For every artist whose ideas makes your wig spin there are a huge pile of influences - from specks of colour to swathes of sound - that delivered them to that point. And this where The Roots Of... comes in. Each week we’ll take a band, pull apart the threads that make them who they are and build a Spotify playlist from those influences...

Clear Your Cover Songs and Get a Mechanical License Clear Your Cover Songs and Get a Mechanical License It’s not that complicated to take care of the legalities needed to record a cover song on a commercial album . The simple truth is, if you record a cover song on an album, you first need to cite the original artists as the writers of the song. This can be done in the liner notes. Once this is done, there are only a few other legalities needed to be allowed to legally sell the album.

The continuing appeal of religion - Troploin French left-communist journal Troploin doing exactly what they say on the tin. The social function of religion; "The quest for the supernatural does not stem from an excessive but from a limited imagination built by millenniums of exploitation and oppression: the incapacity to be free on Earth incites humans to situate freedom out of this world. Dreams and desires are displaced persons.

John Fordham on modern jazz covers of Radiohead's Nude 'Things, the Street, blues," the great Chicago saxophonist Johnny Griffin used to mutter to the total strangers of the new rhythm section he would encounter each night as he travelled the world's jazz clubs with his sax. That cryptic sentence was shorthand for the three standard songs My Favourite Things, Green Dolphin Street and that eternally fruitful jazz vehicle, the 12-bar blues. Wherever he went, Griffin could trust the house bands playing with him to know those songs and many others - not just their melodies, but their underlying harmonies, too, allowing the musicians to improvise new melodies off the song, in real time, all night.

Green Gartside: The brainiest man in pop (apart from Brian Eno) Any touring band is used to fans who turn up backstage with old singles, photographs and bits of ephemera to be signed. When Scritti Politti toured America for the first time in 2006, as part of their first live dates of any kind in 26 years, something different would happen. Earnest young men would approach Green Gartside – since 1977 Scritti's singer, songwriter-ideologue and sole constant member – and show him their published works of philosophy, claiming that they owed their interest in critical thought to Scritti's music. "The ratio of tactically deployed pop banality to smartarse references to Kant and Gramsci was occasionally uncomfortably high," admits Gartside of his band-cum-vehicle's commercial zenith in the mid-80s, when hits such as Absolute and The Word Girl snuck such subjects as unconditional reality and semiotics into the pop charts. "I still look for disorienting moments in pop," he says. "Sometimes music can still be too powerful to deal with.

New Indie Music - Five Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now, with Royal Bangs, Generationals, Surf City, Mazarin, Aztec Camera This week's curator: Mara Schwartz of Bug Music. By Mara Schwartz Every two weeks, titans of the mediasphere give Nerve their music recommendations. This week: Mara Schwartz of Bug Music. My life features a soundtrack of near-continual music, whether I'm deciding which of our company's artists to suggest for an upcoming film, checking out new songwriters we're considering signing, or just listening for pleasure. Amazing Guitar Skills - - StumbleUpon Categories November 22, 2011 8:00pm By Rowdy Joe

Ten Movies That Will Keep You Indoors I don’t know about you, but where I live it is really hot in the summer. I step out of my front door, and I feel as if my apartment is about a stone’s throw away from Hell – like I’m about to live out the scene from Total Recall when Arnie’s mask breaks on Mars. I’ve already taken in enough of the Sun for the summer.

Asthmatic Kitty Records Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY. A preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan & Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10), and a programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE). His most recent records are from 2010: an expansive EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson. Born in Detroit and raised in Northern Michigan, Sufjan attended Hope College, in Holland, Michigan, and the masters program for writers at the New School for Social Research.

30 Fun Indie-Artist Covers of Pop Tunes Covering a song can be tricky, but covering an extremely well-known song is downright dangerous. Most pop songs are either deeply loved or grossly hated and attempts to cover either can fall flat. We’ve compiled a list of the greatest pop covers by some of our favorite indie artists (taking liberties with the words “pop” and “indie”). 30. Ingrid Michaelson- “Toxic” (Britney Spears) Michaelson’s ukulele is a pleasant surprise in this rendition of Spears’ “Toxic,” coupled with her powerful vocals this song becomes surprisingly enjoyable. 29.

How To Fix (Almost) Any Set of Audio Speakers Home Hacks Previous image Next image A multi-part series, today we are going to show you how to breathe new life into an old pair of speakers. It is a commonly held belief that the newer speakers and audio equipment get, the better they are. This is not always the case and sometimes, even when your speakers are damaged, there is sonic power left in them that modern equipment can’t match…From time to time we show you something antique that still competes with today’s technology. Hidden Guide to OK Computer Submitted by: SethNotes: On the second to last page in OK Computer sleeves, where the top left corner says "surface", under the injektilo* sign, there are instructions to make/ingredients to a McDonalds Hamburger. Submitted by: Rymes M.Notes: On the second page of OK Computer, the statue of Jesus Christ is found at the mormon visitors center of Salt Lake City, Utah, right next to the building where the mormon (LDS) tabernacle choir performs. *thanx jake h.