An Evening with Amanda Palmer

If you ever have the chance to see Amanda Palmer live, go. Even if you’ve never heard of her, go. Even if you’re not sure that you like her music, go. Go for the sake of humanity, for love, for your heart. Last night she took my heart – and everyone else’s – and she poured every essence of her existence into it, nourishing us all, without asking for anything in return.

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A wild Amanda appears. Credit: @andrewabphotography

We all sat huddled on the floor of the children’s section of the Central Library in Liverpool. Every few minutes the ground would rumble, the metro passing by below. Continue reading

Blast From The Past: Retrojam Helps You Remember Songs From Your Youth

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Retroj.am has a simple layout giving you throwback playlists from your time in elementary school, high school, and college based on your birthday.

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Artist Feature: Cosmo Sheldrake

Unique: Cosmo Sheldrake

I have something to confess. Cosmo Sheldrake has had my heart in a Schrödinger Box for a while now, and I want you to know why.

Firstly, his name is entirely legit. More importantly, his music is unlike anything I have ever encountered. Blisteringly fresh, and vociferously zingy, are not words enough to describe his masterpieces in which he combines the out of this world with the down to earth, literally. Take ‘The Fly’, for example, where he used the sounds of solar oscillations recorded over 2 months, sped up 50,000 times, combined with the Aka Pygmy tribe in Central Africa, with a finishing touch of smashing Welsh mountain slates. And because that’s obviously not complicated enough, here he is producing it live on a fishing boat hunting for cuttlefish on the English Channel, or from the back of a horse and cart in Bulgaria. He’s also sampled the cracking bones of a cow carcass, rabid dogs, and the Armenian Duduks. Oh, and because he can he’s also recorded music live in a pig sty, or at a laundrette. I’m not sure that there’s an instrument that he cannot play, I mean, have you ever heard of a sousaphone? I haven’t. He can play 30 different instruments at least. Jealous yet?

I find myself relishing every moment of every song, listening to it over and over, hearing something new each time. Finding relationships between one song and the next, and comparing the nuances. I can’t help myself from clicking and tapping to the beat, and swaying from side to side with a look of concerned enthusiasm across my face.

His other talents include beatboxing, Mongolian throat singing, Tibetan chanting, and making music up spontaneously at live gigs, lyrics and all. Near the end of the concert that I just linked you to (at 49 minutes), he describes how he used the sounds of the Oyster Toadfish and Bucktooth Parrotfish, so that you know that I am not making this stuff up. Often he includes literature by Lewis Carroll or Edward Lear in his music.

He comes across as being humble, impassioned and compellingly creative; in his spare time he teaches and facilitates music workshops and camps. But he also has the time to compose for film and theatre. A lover of nonsense, who knows where he’ll end up next. Definitely keep an ear out though, there are rumours that he will have his first release out in the next month or two, when I am sure that many more hearts will be joining mine in his box.

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C2C – Happy, Happy (Smokey Joe & The Kid Remix) [Free Download]

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Song: Happy Feat. D.Martin, Happy (Smokey Joe & The Kid Remix)
Artist: C2C
Album: TETRA
Genre: Electroswing, dance
Mood: Fun, groovy

 

Happy Monday! What better way to start the day than an infectiously fun song? That’s where Smokey Joe & The Kid comes in. With an LP and a handful of remixes under the duo’s belt, over the past two years Smokey Joe & The Kid have proved they are a musical force, mashing together electro, hip hop, and swing to create their unique sound. Today’s song is their remix of C2C‘s ‘Happy’, with a free download you can grab: here. Using a lot of the original’s elements, but with a faster tempo, it grooves.

 

The original however, is just as fun, and has a killer music video to boot. Set in black and white, and with some absolutely killer 30s dancing, this one is worth a watch. It has the same organs, and gospel breakdown, but with a slower tempo.

 

 

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Weird Al – Tacky (Happy Parody) with Jack Black, Aisha Tyler [Music Video Monday]

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Track: Tacky  
Artist: Weird All  
Album: Mandatory Fun  
Mood: Funky fun

Weird Al is back. The first song to be premiered off his upcoming album Mandatory Fun is ‘Tacky’, his take on Pharrell’s hit ‘Happy’. The song’s video is laden with cameos, with appearances from Jack Black, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Kristen Schaal, and the swagger that is Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet, all dressed tackily, all dancing goofily. The video is shot at the Los Angeles Palace Theatre, where Julianne Moore’s apartment was in The Big Lebowski.

 

The track is filled with tackylicious lines, from YOLO license plates to live tweeting funerals and Instagramming every single meal you eat. Mandatory Fun also includes parodies of Lorde’s ‘Royals’, Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’, and Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, and comes out July 15th. Watch the video for ‘Tacky’ here.

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From Beyond The Grave: Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good

Track: Love Never Felt So Good
Artist: Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
Genre: Pop
Mood: Breezy

Post humous releases are always a funny thing. And Michael Jackson is already on his second album from beyond the grave. From his album Xscape, which was released yesterday, comes the first single. Released today on VEVO, with clips of past MJ videos, kids singing along, dancers, and Justin Timberlake, ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ is definitely going to be one of the songs of the summer. Featuring production similar to a lot of the MJ catalogue, this track still sounds fresh. Enjoy.

 

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Watch Women Sing While Having an Orgasm [Music Video Monday #8 ]

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Track: Got To Go
Artist: ADAM
Genre: EDM
Mood: Excited
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CRÈME DE LA RÈME – MIKE LEITHAL RAVE MIXES.

 

CLICK ME FOR MIKE'S SOUNDCLOUD . :D

CLICK ME FOR MIKE’S SOUNDCLOUD . 😀

 

Mike LEITHAL mixes exciting new tracks for a great EDM Mix in his Rave Together Stay Together Mixes – He does them weekly and they’re pretty great (and a healthy part to a nutritious breakfast). He’s an up and comer on the EDM circuit – and went to my high school! – and does a great job with great, smooth mixes that I really can’t get enough of. He’s got this incredible sound that has made me dance all morning, honestly.  Check him out if you have some time – his weekly mixes are like 20 minutes- because it’s totally worth your time, or play him at your next party – it’s sure to be a hit.

He’s been emailing me new mixes week after week, in addition to his social media promoting – working really hard to get his name out there!!! Awesome guy. Find him on Facebook or even add yourself to his mailing list for new music and awesome mixes week after week.

Enjoy it, and catch you on the flip side. :D
RÈME, or ATWQ
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Vulfpeck haunts dreams with silence

Track: Zzzzz
Artist: Vulfpeck
Genre: Funk
Mood: Sprucy

The Ann Arbor band Vulfpeck have been causing a raucous, in the most discreet way possible. In a Robin Hood-esque attempt to tour performing only for free for the masses, they have turned to Spotify to make their cents to fund it, by releasing an album containing nothing but silence. Each track on Sleepify earns the band $0.005 per song, and they’ve already generated more than $5,000. That’s more than one million listens thus far. Obviously its listeners are sleeping better at night and approve of this new album.

Whilst riling up the corporations with their ingenious loophole, they’ve often been accused of copying the likes of John Cage or Sonic Youth. I doubt that they would take offence, since surely, if time travel allowed, they could all get together and compose the mightiest of vibrations that ever shook the Earth.

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[Mixtape Monday # 4] Hidden Orchestra – Arhcipelago Mixtape Part 1

Track: Archipelago Mixtape Part 1
Artist: Hidden Orchestra
Genre: Classical/Dub/Electronica/Folk/Post-Rock/HipHop/DnB/Jazz
Mood: Chilled, inspired, enthused.

Every year Hidden Orchestra creates mixtapes that are out of this world. They infuse their own electronic jazz melodies with classic records from the past, present and future. If that wasn’t enough, they then throw in some philosophical spoken dialogue on top, creating a combination that leaves you satisfied in every way possible.

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