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  • 28 Explosive Music Rivalries [Link]

    Modigliani and Picasso. Jerry Seinfeld and Newman. The Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals. Famous rivalries have existed in all facets of life since Cain slew Abel and popular music is no exception. Revisit these 28 rivalries in music and fin out what the beef was between Kanye West and 50 Cent, Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses, and many more.

  • Your Favorite Classic Music Videos Are Retroactively Getting Product Placement

    Since their inception, the main purpose of music videos was to promote the artist. They were advertisements for the record first and foremost, but they also offered artists the chance to express themselves in a visual manner not possible with a CD. They may have been ads in that sense, but they still had artistic value of their own as a visual medium. But now, the line between music video and advertising will be blurred much more, and change will apply to videos that have already existed for years. Universal Music Group has entered into a three-way partnership with in-video advertising technology company MirriAd and ad agency Havas. Music videos from UMG’s huge stable of superstars will now feature advertisements of Havas clients via MirriAd’s software that transforms bare walls and other surfaces in the background of the videos into billboards. The technology has already been used in Aviici’s video for “You Make Me.” Using MirriAd, Havas was able to insert advertisements for their client Grand Marnier. You can see the post-production product placement in the before and after shots below. As giant record companies find themselves more and more irrelevant in their traditional roles of production, promotion, and distribution more »

  • Pogo Has Created A Hypnotic Song Using Harry Potter Dialogue [Video]

    Australian electronic music wunderkind first came to prominence in 2007 with a hypnotic track composed of sound clips from Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Since then he has created dozens of impressive songs using sounds clips from popular children’s movies. His most recent track revisits the Harry Potter films, which he famously used in his drum and bass track “Alohamora” in 2009. This new mix mostly utilizes dialogue from the character of Hermione, portrayed by Emma Watson in the films, and features an equally impressive video created by Jeesh.

  • This Kanye/BoJack Horseman Mashup Actually Works [Video]

    First of all, if you haven’t watched the new Netflix animated series “BoJack Horseman,” about a washed up sitcom actor who also happens to be a horse, check it out. It’s a great show and it’s chill, instrumental intro, by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, is a fine piece of music. It’s definitely not a typical, TV score throwaway track. And that’s probably why it works so well as a Kanye backing track. Mitch Marzuola created this incredible mashup featuring Kanye’s 2007 hit “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” Let’s just hope Kanye doesn’t hear it and steal the credit for the BoJack theme.

  • We Love These 10 Album Covers As Animated GIFs

    We’ve seen animated album covers before, and they were really great, but these are on another level. The artist, JB, originally created them just for himself for fun, but after amassing a huge collection, he put them up on Tumblr for all the world to enjoy. And judging by the many of the album covers he chose, he’s a fan of the great 90s punk from Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph. Check out the rest at JB’s Tumblr where you can even make a request.

  • The Smiths And X-Men Mash-Up You Never Knew You Wanted

    When you think about it, The Smiths and the X-Men are an obvious match. The outcast band of superheroes that want nothing more than to be accepted despite being different are just the type of tortured souls that make The Smiths’ Morrissey go home, cry, and want to die. With that in mind, artist Adam Villacin made these brilliant drawings for a series titled “These Charming X-Men.” You can even show some love and buy the collection as a full-color zine at Secret Headquarters. After all, they are mutants and they need to be loved, just like everybody else does.

  • Panic! At The Disco Played a Live “Bohemian Rhapsody” Cover for the Ages

    Punk-ballad-rock group, Panic! At The Disco have been on tour as of late and if you we’re lucky enough to be in the crowd for “The Gospel Tour” then you got to see them perform an epic cover to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Panic not only covered the sound pretty flawlessly, but frontman, Brendon Urie did a decent enough job of reaching to hit the near impossible octave range Freddie Mercury belted out in his day. Combine that with a dazzling light show and some HD cameras and you have yourself quite a little music video. On July 12, 1986 Queen performed “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Wembley Stadium and to this day it is still considered to be one of the great moments in rock music history. Watch it below and let us know int he comments if you think the Panic! cover did it any justice. Photo source: HuffingtonPost

  • 23 YouTubers Unknowingly Come Together For An Epic Song [Video]

    Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman, first gained worldwide attention in 2009 when he sampled multiple YouTube videos for his project “ThruYOU,” amassing 10 million views in just 2 weeks. Kutiman has been releasing more videos of his YouTube mixes recently that will be compiled into an album next month, “Thru You Too.” The following video features one of these impressive compositions, “Give It Up,” comprised of an incredible 23 samples of amateur YouTube musicians.

  • Preview Primus Covering Classics From Willy Wonka

    Earlier this year, experimental funksters Primus played a Willie Wonka themed New Years show that was a huge hit with fans. Then in July bassist and frontman Les Claypool revealed that he was reuniting with the classic Primus lineup of guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander to record Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble, featuring funky, far-out covers of the songs from the classic 1971 Gene Wilder film. It will be the first time the original Primus lineup will play on an album together since 1995. The album doesn’t come out until October 21, but Primus released “Pure Imagination” a couple months ago and “Golden Ticket” just this week. Check out the tracks below, which sound like Swordfishtrombones-era Tom Waits transforming beloved children’s songs into nightmarish carnival music (in other words, they’re awesome). And for more info on the album and tour dates, head over to Primusville.

  • Eric Andre Has Directed A Music Video And It’s Amazing

    Comedian Eric Andre is best known for his bizarre, Tim and Eric-produced talk show The Eric Andre Show, which looks like something produced by asylum inmates. Now Andre has turned his twisted eye toward music videos with this video for Thundercat’s “Tron Song.” The VHS-quality and low-budget effects definitely show Tim and Eric’s influence as does the inane content, featuring cats, autoerotic asphyxiation, and even a Mortal Kombat-style “fatality.” Oh, and the song isn’t half bad, either.

  • Groundbreaking Tom Waits Cartoon From 1979 To Be Restored [Video]

    Tom Waits, the gravelly-voiced musician who dresses like a 1930s skid row inhabitant and sings like Rowlf from The Muppets, was the star of a 1979 animated short titled Tom Waits For No One. The cartoon was actually rotoscoped, meaning Tom Waits and a dancer were filmed interacting while he performed “The One That Got Away” from his 1976 album Small Change and then animators drew over the live action footage, resulting in realistic, fluid movement from the characters. This same technique would be employed by Ralph Bakshi in his 1981 hit film American Pop. What makes Tom Waits For No One especially noteworthy is the crew who would go on to become huge stars in the animation world. Director John Lamb went on to win an Academy Award for his innovative Lyon Lamb Video Animation System, which allowed for pre-testing animation art before it’s committed to film, in 1980. Animator David Silverman was the first animator on The Simpsons back when it was still a short on The Tracey Ullman Show. Character designer Keith Newton went to work for Disney, doing character design and backgrounds for Pocahontas. Inker Michael Cressey became a children’s book author and was twice awarded more »

  • Watch The Full Documentary About The Guy Who Crashed 50 Concerts [Video]

    We previously reported on the documentary No Cameras Allowed which tells the story of James Marcus Haney, a USC dropout who crashed 50 concerts in 4 years and became an official music photographer in the process. MTV premiered the film late last month and now you can watch the full movie streaming online. Although the story can be a tad saccharine-sweet at times, there is plenty of great concert footage weaved in that makes the narrative much easier to tolerate. If you want a positive story set to music and performances from the likes of Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show, give No Cameras Allowed a shot. If nothing else, it’s a reminder that MTV is still capable of music-centric programming.

  • Aphex Twin’s New Album Getting Box Set Treatment

    On September 22, Richard D James, better known as Aphex Twin, will release his long-awaited new album, Syro. It’s been 13 years since the electronic music master released his last album of new material, “Drukqs.” Earlier this year, fans banded together to purchase an unreleased album from 1994 for $40,000, which made James realize how much his music has been missed. “You can’t be thinking about keeping other people happy, going in circles. But that was really touching, and really sweet. And I’m getting a bit older. It’s like, “Okay. People out there really, really want stuff off me, so I can’t deny it. Let’s put it out.” And now James has announced a collaboration with The Designers Republic to release Syro as a limited edition vinyl box set in addition to the standard CD. The box set will include the album on 3 perspex vinyl, a debossed bonus track, and a “disinfographic” breaking down the costs associated with the packages production. The set will be limited to just 200 copies and will retail for £250 ($400). For more info and to preorder, check out Warp Records.

  • Metallica Enters The Record Books Thanks To This Iconic Concert [Video]

    The Guinness Book of World Records will release their 2015 edition next week including a new entry featuring heavy metal icons Metallica. How did they get into the pages of Guinness? Is it for the hundreds of millions of records they sold? For all the awards they’ve won? For being featured on the t-shirt of the greatest cartoon character of the 90s? Nope. When they played a concert in Antarctica on December 8 for a small crowd of fans and research scientists (and penguins), they became the first band to play all 7 continents. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that’s a hell of a feat. Watch the entire 10-song set below and download it at Live Metallica.

  • Watch Kanye West’s Full “Made In America” Performance

    Bringing the theatrics of his Yeezus tour to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway this past Saturday, Kanye West closed out day-one of Budweiser’s Made in America festival with a two-hour set that featured songs from his entire catalog—from College Dropout to 808s and Heartbreak, Cruel Summer, and of course Yeezus. In addition to the classics, Kanye included his trademark rants and even a callout to Virgil Abloh when he wasn’t satisfied with lighting at one point during the performance. Regardless of how you feel about ‘Ye’s personality, the man can perform. Although the visually stimulating sets and high-energy execution has become somewhat of a signature, Kanye definitely surprised the crowd when he brought a waterfall on stage with him. Enjoy the performance. ~ highsnobiety.com

  • The Periodic Table of Hip-Hop

    In conjuction with A3C, PopChart Labs just created one of the best visual representations of hip-hop’s greatest artist we’ve ever seen. Laid out in the image of a periodic table, each chemical symbol is designated an artist and unique elemental representation in letters. tabular arrangement of eminent MCs catalogues 223 naturally occurring, never-word-slurring artists in all, from N(as) and (Dr) Dre to (Mf) Doom and (A$)AP Rocky to (D)rake and Snoop D-O-(gg). Featuring color-coded labels indicating their favored genres–with special indicators for originators of a style–each MC has been meticulously hand-illustrated and assigned an appropriate chemical symbol, along with notations for debut year and geographic area of origin.

  • The 100 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1994

    In 1994, the distinction between “mainstream” and “alternative” evaporated. Green Day and the Offspring brought hook-heavy punk to the Billboard charts, middle-of-the-road acts such as Soul Asylum and Live helped calcify “alt-rock” into a blockbuster radio format, and Nirvana’s fate as future classic-rock legends was sealed with Kurt Cobain’s death. Beck rebranded “loser” as a badge of honor and Trent Reznor said he wanted to… well, you know. Plenty of songs had a hand in making ’94 alternative’s biggest year — we’ve ranked the 100 best.

  • Quiz: match the insult to the rock star [Link]

    “I’m forever near a stereo saying, ‘What the fuck is this garbage?’ And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Damn, that’s harsh. But do you know who said it? Find out in this hilarious quiz from The Guardian featuring some of the most vitriolic quote from rock stars about other rock stars. What fun! I only got 5 correct. Let’s see if you can do better.

  • Revisiting Woodstock ’94: 10 Iconic Performances That Took Place 20 Years Ago Today

    Woodstock ’94 was a music festival organized to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival of 1969. It was promoted as “2 More Days of Peace and Music.” The poster used to promote the first concert was revised to feature two birds perched on a guitar fretboard, instead of the original one. The 1994 concert was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, with a third day (Friday, August 12) added later. The weather was rainy that weekend, and by Saturday much of the field had turned into mud. The event took place on Winston Farm in Saugerties, New York, about 100 miles north of New York City. The site is 10 miles from Woodstock, New York and it was originally proposed as the location for the 1969 concert. Permission to use the property was not granted the first time around, so the first concert was instead held in Sullivan County, much farther from the namesake town of Woodstock. The crowd at Woodstock ’94 was estimated at 350,000. The size of the crowd was larger than concert organizers had planned for and by the second night many of the event policies were logistically unenforceable. The major more »

  • These Classical Composers Acted Like Rock Stars Before Rock Was Invented

    Classical musicians don’t get the credit they deserve. Sure, they’re well respected for their symphonies and cantatas and fugues and other fancy words for songs, but as far as their personalities are concerned, they’re thought to be as boring and uptight as their music. But sex and drugs have been around a lot longer than rock and roll and these classical music masters were just as badass as their rock contemporaries.

  • The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who’s Buying Up All the World’s Vinyl Records [Link]

    Everyone has that relative with the huge vinyl collection that you excitedly went to check out when you bought your first thrift store turntable only to find album after album from the Doodletown Pipers and 101 Strings. Not even the most contrarian hipster would want that crap. But there is someone who has been buying up huge collections of even the worst vinyl. He’s a Brazilian millionaire who aims to own as many albums as he can while digitizing the entire collection to keep the music alive.

  • RSVLTS Live from San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

    Situated in lovely Golden State Park in San Francisco Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is quickly becoming America’s premiere music festival. That’s because it is more than just a music festival. It is also a showcase of northern California’s top food vendors and wine producers. S So let’s recap, not only do you get to see artists like Kanye, The Killers, Macklemore and others but you get to stuff your face with fresh food and ripe wine while doing so? Where do we sign up? We’re going to be at the festival with an all access pass so make sure you follow along with our live feeds.

  • Best Music Biopics [Link]

    With “Get On Up,” the James Brown biopic, coming to theaters August 1 and Andre 3000’s “Jimi: All Is By My Side” following shortly after, now seems like the perfect time to look back at the best music biopics ever made. See if your favorites made the impressive list of 30 films, and if there’s any you haven’t seen, be sure to check them out.

  • This 8-Bit Grunge Medley Is Nostalgia Overload [Video]

    There are plenty of people who remake hit songs as 8-bit video game style beeps and boops, but this video goes the extra mile by also recreating the videos as the animated sequences at the beginning of an NES game. If you’re having trouble identifying any of the songs, here’s the list in order of appearance: Soundgarden – Rusty Cage Alice In Chains – Man In The Box Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing Melvins – Revolve Mad Season – River Of Deceit Nirvana – In Bloom Pearl Jam – Jeremy

  • 10 Best Music Videos Of 1994

    1994 was an incredible year for music and since MTV was at its height, it was an equally incredible year for music videos. Looking back on these videos, they may not seem so special or innovative, but you have to remember, these are 20 years old. Back then we were amazed with the graphics of Donkey Kong Country, the speed of 28.8 kbit/sec modems, and the low fat content of SnackWells cookies. The videos are not in any particular order, because it was hard enough just to pick these 10. Did we miss any of your favorites?

  • Iconic Concert: Rage Against the Machine Live at Woodstock 99

    Fifteen years ago this week the resurgence of Woodstock took place at a former air base in Rome, New York. The festival for better or worse made headlines not just for the music, but for the lack of better planning, overprices concessions, assault and arson. Yes, it was bad. Very bad, but the mistakes that were made at Woodstock ’99 helped pave the way for the bevy of great music festivals we have today. More organization and better security today make for a great experience for contemporary festival goers. None of that would’ve been possible without the trials of Woodstock ’99. Disastrous experiences aside, the music of Woodstock ’99 has always been overshadowed, but in it’s anniversary we’re here to celebrate one particular iconic concert that will live on as one of the best performances of 1999. Even with live music from the likes of James Brown, Sheryl Crow, Wyclef Jean, Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Alanis Morissette, Ice Cube, Metallica, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Jewel and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine still managed to stick out as the best performance of the event.

  • 14 Pop Music Icons Made Out Of Corn Flakes

    Remember when you were a kid and your parents would yell at you for playing with your food? Well it’s time to call mom and dad and let them know that they stifled your creativity and you blame them for becoming 9 to 5 office drone when you could have been a famous artist. New York artist Sarah Rosado either had kinder parents than the rest of us or she refused to listen because her latest series, “Celebrity Cereal Portrait,” finds her recreating pop music stars out of breakfast cereal. The result is incredible and she’s just using corn flakes. Wait until she adds wheat puffs, those Fiber One sticks, and marshmallows to the mix! Check out the rest of the series and more of Sarah Rosado’s artwork at SR Artwork.

  • 40 GIFs That Perfect Describe Festival People

    ‘Tis the season to go sweat for hours in open fields, ducking in and out of pavilions to see your favorite bands from an alarming distance. Music festivals and outdoor concerts mean more than just music; they mean sleeping on the ground and overpaying for food. Not to mention the sunburn, dehydration, port-a-potties, mud, and poorly timed rain storm. And yet, we all still go. From Bonnaroo to Warped Tour to Give It A Name to Tomorrowland, music fests across the globe are packed with fans and casual listeners. We tolerate the elements and each other for those precious minutes of set time when our favorite songs are being played at full volume. Problem is that once the music ends, we’re back amongst thousands of others, few of whom have showered or remembered their manners. For anyone who hasn’t been/needs to be reminded before they embark, here are some of the charming folk you may see: 1. The security guard standing thanklessly through it all Looking equal parts intimidating and bored 2. Someone trying to flirt their way into the show Admission: your dignity 3. Someone straight up cooking out of their truck/tent I’m looking at you blueberry pancake trucker man at Bonnaroo 4. The entrepreneurial genius selling cigarettes more »

  • How Does The New Ninja Turtles Theme Stack Up? [Video]

    The theme from the new Ninja Turtles movie has been released and it’s no MC Hammer’s “This is What We Do.” Nor is it as danceable as Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap.” “Shell Shocked” is a dubsteppy rap song featuring from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign. Do we really want kids singing along to lyrics like “Check my Rolex/It say I’m the man of the hour/All this green in my pockets/You can call me turtle power” rather than “Go ninja, go ninja, go?” The worst part is, we’re all going to see the movie anyway.

  • Weezer Looks to Their Past to Inspire First Single in 4 Years ‘Back to the Shack’

    Today the original quirky-nerd-rock-quartet, Weezer released the audio track to their new single Back To The Shack on their official YouTube page. Heavy guitar riffs and a steady catchy drum accent vocals in their new back-to-their-roots track which points all fingers to their first two albums. “If you took the Pinkerton band and then play all the other records—that’s what we sound like now. Bombastic, loose, kind of booming. This record sounds like it’s going to have the tight structure of Blue Album with a little bit more abandon like Pinkerton.“, that’s what Weezer frontman, Rivers Cuomo told Entertainment weekly, when asked about their new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End which is set to release September 30th. This will be Weezer’s first album in 4 years 20 years after debuting their self titled inaugural Blue Album. Pinkerton and the Blue Album mixed into one megazord of Weezer? Sure we like that. Preorder the album at Pledge Music.