OK Go: The birth of the Youtube band

OK Go: The birth of the Youtube band

We deconstruct 3 videos by this band and YouTube sensation There are many ways in which the advent of the internet has irrevocably changed both the production and consumption of music, which is not to say that things are better or worse but rather just very different from how things were, say, 20 years ago. Now of course, some things haven´t changed that radically at all. For example, most bands and artists still now, as they have done since at least the early 80´s, make videos for their singles (and thus is borne a website like this to discuss it Read more »

Dirty Dancing: The Dirty and the Dancing

Dirty Dancing: The Dirty and the Dancing

It has been a week of inevitability so of course it is time to talk about “Dirty Dancing” and its soundtrack YES!!!!! A big HELLO to my girlfriends out there… Any woman over 30..mhhhmm…(I of course only say that to please our target audience, not to disclose any age related secrets) will agree with me when we say this is one of the greatest films and love stories out there and it also has a pretty great soundtrack. I thought I´d classify it by ‘Dancing’ the great one songs and ‘Dirty’ the ones that shouldn’t be in there. Let´s start with the Read more »

WHEN WILL THE BASS DROP???

WHEN WILL THE BASS DROP???

The elevation of the club DJ to superstar status is something that was spawned by the explosion of dance music in the 90’s and seems to have stuck. Don’t get me wrong – and I speak as a former DJ myself, albeit not of the ‘superstar’ variety – there is a definite art to keeping people on the dancefloor, and it requires many hours of practice and a meticulous knowledge of the music you play so I’m not dissing them here. However, it is still a case of playing other people’s music and definitely not as skilled as playing an Read more »

Top 5 – Airport jams

Top 5 – Airport jams

I am  finally ready to assume my responsibility and face the consequences of writing this challenge, maybe what I would call “an inevitable post”: our first TOP 5 POST. I think many of you knew this was coming and that day has finally arrived. Seems to be that kind of week, a week for the inevitable to happen (and that is in NO WAY a bad thing). For personal reasons (are there more important reasons?) this week I am thinking of airports, so I did the only rational thing I can think about: look for airport jams. The following order does Read more »

The Rolling Stones and Gimme Shelter: Was Altamont the death of the hippie dream?

The Rolling Stones and Gimme Shelter: Was Altamont the death of the hippie dream?

“Welcome to the breakfast show!” And so began the first of two triumphant and legendary Madison Square Gardens gigs by The Rolling Stones on the 27th and 28th of November 1969. The shows came towards the end of a 17 date tour which due to various legal issues had been their first foray in to the US as a live act since July 1966. The music critic Robert Christgau would later write in Rolling Stone magazine that it was “history’s first mythic rock and roll tour” on account of the lasting impression it made for reasons both good and bad. Read more »

I belong to you Lenny Kravitz.

I belong to you Lenny Kravitz.

The sexy video for “I belong to You” by Lenny Kravitz “You lift me from up above Your unconditional love Takes me to paradise I belong to you And you You belong to me too You make my life complete You make me feel so sweet” I wanted to start this post with the lyrics to the song and video I wanted to talk about today because the meaning of the song might be lost when I am talking about Lenny Kravitz. Sadly, I have to admit that I no longer harbor the same feelings for Mr. Kravitz that I Read more »

Musical Amusement with Andy Rehfeldt.

Musical Amusement with Andy Rehfeldt.

Andy Refheldt is a Los Angeles based musician and host of a Youtube channel which has for a few years now been having a lot of fun with popular videos and musical styles. What he does is take a song rooted in one style and then by recording his own backing tracks and sometimes adding new vocals too changes it in to a whole new style, and in the process he creates something that is highly post-modern and also loads of fun to listen to. Ever wanted to hear (and see) a Death Metal version of ‘Moves Like Jagger’? How Read more »

New Reels: “Water Fountain” by Tune Yards

New Reels: “Water Fountain” by Tune Yards

Feel like hearing something different, fun with a creative and interesting video? In today´s rushes section we want to recommend tUnE-yArDs “Water Fountain” tUnE-yArDs is the music project of Merrill Garbus. She sings, plays the drums, the Ukulele and imprints her artistic vision on the entire experience that comes along with the music. Her previous themes have touched on acoustic folk, rock, R&B, punk, funk, free jazz and Afro beat. She relies on heavily layering looped sounds and is also the producer of her albums. This single is from the third album “Nikki Nack”  which will be released today: May 6th- 2014.  Her approach to imagery Read more »

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

A Stalker’s Tale: Darkness in the heart of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’…

Ok, we’ve been doing this for nearly 6 months now and I feel the time has come to tackle one of the most (in)famous music promos of all time, a video that purports to tell a heart-warming tale of seemingly unrequited love finally being resolved (requited, even). It’s a video that reeks of the 80’s and is one of the most memorable of that decade, and yet there is something – a few things, in fact – that has always bothered me about it, and it is these sinister anomalies which I intend to explore in detail today… On the Read more »