Monthly Archives: October 2011

Celebrate Halloween with creepy music videos

From Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to the Aphex Twin’s “Come to Daddy,” there are a plethora of dark, twisted and creepy music videos out there. Here are three of the most disturbing music videos that creep me out: 3. Yeasayer – “Madder Red” Yes, it’s sweet how Kristen Bell loves her glob of a monster so […]

The Power of Music: Occupy Wall Street conjures up thoughts on protest music

Since the Occupy Wall Street Protest started, several articles regarding protest music have popped up–from musicians who visit the protest (or don’t visit) to potential protest songs to the other sounds surrounding the movement. All these stories looked to the past. One of the more encompassing articles was published in the New York Times. It illustrates […]

New Song Saturday: Becoming undun with “Make My”

“Make My” is the first single from undun, the 13th LP from hip hop and late-night house band The Roots, leaked Monday. The concept album, slated for a December 6 release, reportedly depicts the story of man named Redford Stephens. “Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented—postmortem—and attempting […]

New website adds twist to music discovery

The Internet gave music nerds access. The digitization of music revolutionized how we listen to music, how we share music, how we buy music (or not buy music) and how we find music. These days, it seems like it’s all about finding new music. It’s about discovery—and access to vast amounts of music via the […]

Spinner devotes new site to dance music

Dance music is ubiquitous. The Atlantic highlighted house music as one of 2011’s musical trends, saying “Pop music’s backbeat of the moment isn’t the boom-bap of hip hop or the mid-tempo thud of disco; rather, it’s the jacked-up untz-untz and hissing high hats of Euro clubs and desert raves.” Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni told USA […]

New Song Saturday: Returning to dust with “Holland”

“Holland,” the first single from new band Cold Specks, highlights the deep, soulful voice of Canadian singer Al Spx. Spx, who has recorded as Basket of Figs and the Hotel Ghost, reportedly calls her music “doom soul.” “Holland” evokes a stark gospel/bluesy sound as Spx wails over a quiet melody of cello, guitar and piano. […]

The Features nab spot on upcoming Twilight soundtrack

Indie rock band The Features have flirted with success for more than 15 years. Now, they may finally breakthrough to major pop success—that is, if they win over the twi-hard fans who will hear one of the band’s songs on the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Formed in the early 90s, the Tennessee rockers […]

The Black Keys to release new album

Pre-orders for alternative rock band The Black Keys’ seventh album, El Camino, begin today. Nonesuch Records made the announcement (complete with the Funny or Die video above) that the band’s latest album is due out December 6, with the first single, “Lonely Boy,” premiering October 26. Black Keys members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney worked with prolific […]

Andrew W.K. offers party tips for CMJ Marathon

Andrew W.K. wants you to party hard at CMJ this year. The 2011 music and film festival invades New York City next week with more than 1,300 artist performances and dozens of films. Famous musician and party animal W.K. prepares festival attendees for the event with a video offering tips, including the most entertaining way to hail […]

New Song Saturday: Rebelling with “Get it Daddy”