Articles: Maximal Nation Read the reviews for Scottish producer Rustie's Glass Swords, one of the year's great albums, and there's this word that keeps on recurring. Dummy's Chal Ravens hails its "no-genres-barred maximalism," The Wire's Mark Fisher situates the album in an electronic dance counter-tradition of "maximalism" and "managed overload," and Pitchfork's own Jess Harvell refers approvingly to the record's "maximalist zeal." "Maximalism" is vague and capacious enough to contain a whole bunch of ideas and associations, but the general slant of these verdicts is that there are a hell of a lot of inputs here, in terms of influences and sources, and a hell of a lot of outputs, in terms of density, scale, structural convolution, and sheer majesty. Shove "digital" in front of "maximalism" and you've got a phrase that captures what has emerged as the dominant current in electronic music over the last year or two.
A 160+ Cover Song Playlist So. I know it’s Wednesday, but in light of my going AWOL last Friday I’m releasing two playlists this week. The first is very near and dear to my heart: freaking cover songs. Today is Lesley Duncan's Funeral Lesley's funeral is today (March 19th). She died on March 12th at the age of 66 after struggling with cerebrovascular disease. Sometimes called "the British Carole King," she was one of the few female singer/songwriters from England back in the 70's. It was tough for her getting started, because when she began she didn't fit the mold of a Petula Clark or Cilla Black: "“You had to be glamorous and pretty and I just couldn't play that role, I found it absolutely impossible. You'd be the token pretty girl and I just couldn't be that. I didn't even try; I'd have just felt a total phony.
BECOMING JIMI HENDRIX, early years biography, out August 31 After a year of researching, writing, finding rare photos for licensing and agonizing over being completely honest about the life of the greatest electric guitarist who ever lived, I'm pleased to tell you that on August 31, Da Capo/Perseus releases in stores in the US and UK the early years biography, BECOMING JIMI HENDRIX. My coauthor, Steve Roby, a longtime Hendrix historian and author of BLACK GOLD: THE LOST ARCHIVES OF JIMI HENDRIX (Billboard), spoke to over 100 people in assembling the rough draft of this text and in rewriting, I emphasized certain aspects of his life that had not been explicated fully in previous works. BECOMING JIMI HENDRIX emphasizes the Dickensian, horrifying childhood Jimi had, with alcoholism, a broken home, near starvation, four siblings given away to foster homes, being forced to protect his younger brother at an early age and somehow keep them both fed. It explains how Jimi did everything in his power to get thrown out of the 101st Airborne at Ft.
The Man From C.A.M.P. 16 "gay" MP3s after the jump. It's Friday night, 1965. The men are all congregating in the back room den. 'The Smiths and Morrissey changed our lives' The Smiths existed for only five years, between 1982 and 1987, and so appealed to those born in the late 60s and early 70s. That was their soundtrack, and now they are turning 40, they are revisiting their youth. But what's interesting about the Smiths is how they have crossed the generational divide to appeal to current, real-time teenagers. Much of this has to do with the quality of the music. The eight albums remastered by guitarist Johnny Marr and reissued by Rhino last week display an extraordinary diversity of melody and mood – an outpouring of well over 70 songs. The rhythm section is strong: occasionally stolid, always solid and sometimes – in particular on their career highpoint, the extraordinary "damn you, England" rant called "The Queen is Dead" – totally inspired.
16 Awesome Found Footage Music Videos Thanks to non-linear editing software and various forms of piracy, we don't have to rely on our favorite artists to create great music videos for the songs we love. We can do it ourselves, and that's what the Internet has been doing in abundance for years. CHART's got such an appreciation for these labours of love that we scoured the Internet for the best examples and posted them here. Did we miss any? Alan Hull Career In 2011, Neil Kinnock remembered his achievements when calling for a public memorial: "In his work and his life – he was such an inspiration to countless people who share his convictions of freedom and justice. His music delighted, it intrigued, it was always full of humanitarian purpose and it had a marvellous mixture of gravity and humour. Above all, his democratic socialist commitment to peace and to opportunity, care and security for people of all ages, both sexes and every creed and ethnic background should be highlighted as practical ideals that have enduring value for all generations".
Jimi Hendrix biographers dispell rumors, offer theories September 27, 2010 @ 12:58 pm (Updated: 1:37 pm - 3/28/11 ) By ALYSSA KLEVEN MyNorthwest.com "He was playing on the streets of Greenwich Village for spare change and was literally homeless in Nashville." According to Hendrix biographers, Brad Schreiber and Steven Roby, when Jimi Hendrix died, he only had $50,000 in his bank account. In the 1960's Hendrix was making $100,000 a night, but according to Schreiber and Roby, he was a poor at managing his money.
Camp (style) Singer, actress and comedian Bette Midler is known for her camp stage shows and film characters. Camp is an aesthetic sensibility that regards something as appealing or humorous because of its ridiculousness to the viewer. Camp aesthetics disrupt many modernists’ notions of what art is and what can be classified as high art by inverting aesthetic attributes such as beauty, value and taste through an invitation of a different kind of apprehension and consumption. Camp can also be a social practice. For many it is considered a style and performance identity for several types of entertainment including but not limited to film, cabaret and pantomime. Where high art necessarily incorporates beauty and value, camp necessarily needs to be lively, audacious and dynamic.
Uniform Motion Tour Report: how we earned minimum wage as musicians for 9 days. We launched a gig funding (gigstarter) site a few months back called OneCityPerSecond.com. The idea was to see if we could get some concerts pre-financed to reduce the financial risk of touring. After one successful campaign for a solo gig in Gothenburg, Sweden, and two concerts with the full band in Zaragoza, Spain, which were indirect consequences of setting up the website, we decided to try and organise a tour in Germany.
30 Albums That Define Cool Any album “list” is going to be incomplete. It’s going to be filled with albums you agree with, artists you hate and some sort of commentary that you probably disagree with. This list is no different. However, rather than ranking these in order of importance or influence, we decided to pick 30 Albums that Define Cool. It’s not a “Best of XXXX” list by any stretch of the imagination (because honestly, that would be presumptuous), just thirty albums that we think are cool. These things tend to spark huge debates, so feel free to let us have it in the comments.
Lesley Duncan Early life Duncan was born in Stockton-on-Tees on August 12, 1943, and left school while only 14 years old. At 19, while working in a London coffee bar, she and her brother were placed on weekly retainers by a music publisher. Within a year Duncan had signed her first recording contract, with EMI, and appeared in the film What a Crazy World. Snap Galleries : The Experience: Jimi Hendrix at Mason's Yard From Saturday 18 September to 13 November 2010, we are hosting an exhibition of classic and unseen photographs of Jimi Hendrix by renowned British photographer Gered Mankowitz. This exhibition is an exciting one for us on a whole number of levels, and is our major exhibition of the Autumn season. Not only is this our first ever Jimi Hendrix exhibition, but it is the first time that images from the Jimi Hendrix archives of Gered Mankowitz have been the subject of a solo show.