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  • Just Hangin’ With American Authors in NYC

    The American Authors recently traveled down to New Orleans to shoot the new music video for their song “Luck.” Since our friends at AXE Hair are the be-all, end-all source for killer hair style right now the Authors asked them to team up with the production and pass along some of their style tips to lead singer Zac Barnett. Judging the cool look he’s got in the video it paid off. Furthermore, to celebrate the launch of the music video the American Authors and AXE Hair invited us out to Best Buy Theater in Times Square to see what sound check is all about, hang back stage before the show and top it all off by watching their sold out show away from the rabid crowd in the VIP section. A photo posted by Stephen Gebhardt (@stephengebhardt) on Nov 11, 2014 at 1:53pm PST Lead photo via charged.fm

  • Wu-Tang Reveal They’re Paid on a Hierarchy Tiered Scale

    The Wu-Tang Clan has always been split into two sets of members. The select few members who’ve gained success with their solo career and everyone else. Rattle off the members of the clan who you actually know and name’s like Raekwon The Chef, Method Man, GZA, The RZA, and Ghostface will come to mind. Masta Killa, and U-God… Not so much. Which is why their payment system on their collaborative work is tiered. That’s right, The Wu-Tang Clan is a hierarchy. In a recent series of interviews with Hip Hop DX on their new album, A Better Tomorrow, the group confirmed that there is in fact a tiered system to their payout. Although members in the upper echelon of the system can fluctuate, there is definitely a varying amount throughout the group. In a recent interview group leader RZA noted “I think it came from a third party, one of our solo managers maybe. But when it penetrated I was like, ‘Yo, that really don’t make no sense.’ In that case just give me the most money … But as far as me going along with it, I was like, ‘Yo, I’ll put myself on a lower-tier and y’all could more »

  • This Batman 12″ May Be The Coolest Vinyl Ever

    Batman: The Animated Series was one of the greatest adaptations of the DC Comics character and if you were a ’90s kid, chances are you watched the show every afternoon at 4:30 on FOX. It’s hard to imagine the show premiered over 20 years ago, but it did and we’re all old now. However, we can feel young again while we listen to this incredible 12″ vinyl from Mondo. The bat-shaped 45 features the Danny Elfman composed main theme on Side A and the end credits on Side B. Although the shape looks like it would kill the needle on your turntable, it’s totally safe to play since the one-minute song presumably doesn’t extend far from the middle. Unfortunately the vinyl won’t ship until next year, but you can preorder the single in black or black with gray splatter from Mondo for $25. And we’re sure nobody would complain about the late Christmas gift.

  • Visualize Sound Like Never Before In This Cymatics Video

    Cymatics is the study of visible sound vibration, usually through a thin coating of particles or liquid over a vibrating membrane—and every time someone makes a video illustrating the phenomenon, it’s a hit. Recognizing the wow factor of these cymatics demonstrations, musician Nigel Stanford teamed with NYC-based filmmaker and VFX artist Shahir Daud to combine a ton of the sound visualizations for this incredible music video. And it also happens to be the first single from Stanford’s new album. Check out the video below then see how all the experiments were performed at Cymatics.

  • Michael Shannon Tortures Michael Shannon In New Deerhoof Video

    Michael Shannon, known for playing Nelson Van Alden on Boardwalk Empire and General Zod in Man of Steel brings his intense creepiness to Deerhoof’s new video for “Exit Only” off La Isla Bonita. In the video, Shannon portrays two men sitting opposite each other at a table. One Shannon tortures the other in twisted, violent ways until Deerhoof guitarist Ed Rodriguez breaks in through the wall and saves the day. It’s all very bizarre and entertaining plus it’s a damn good song. And it’s nice seeing Shannon after the end of Boardwalk Empire. Check out the video and get the album, available now from Polyvinyl.

  • Bruce Springsteen Auctioned Off A Homemade Lasagna Dinner

    We New Jerseyans have trouble with agreeing with each other on many subjects. Phillies, Mets, or Yankees? Giants, Jets, or Eagles? Taylor ham or pork roll? But there’s one thing we all agree on—Bruce Springsteen is awesome. Proof of the Boss’s greatness was offered on Wednesday night at Stand Up For Heroes, a comedy and music concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps military service members and their families after they return home. Not only did Springsteen play a five-song set, he also auctioned off a package that included a guitar with a one hour lesson, a ride in the sidecar of his motorcycle, and a homecooked lasagna dinner at his home. Two such packages were auctioned off for $300,000 each. At the end of the night, $1 million was raised—over half of which came from Springsteen. Oh, and as someone from Ocean County, the answers to the above questions are Mets, Giants, and pork roll. Source: Yahoo

  • A Medieval Belarusian Band Covered Metallica And It’s Awesome

    Medieval folk band Stary Olsa recently covered Metallica’s classic “One” using authentic medieval Belarusian instruments. The result is something that would fit perfectly into Game of Thrones. The only downside is that they stop at the “machine gun” part of the song, which is when it really starts to kick ass. And is it just me, or does the singer look like one of Fred Armisen’s characters from Portlandia?

  • A Lisa Frank Sticker Adorned Love Letter From A Young Katy Perry And Other Bizarre Music Memorabilia Is Up For Auction

    On Friday, November 7, you can bid on a whole bunch of bizarre music memorabilia at Julien’s Live. Some of our favorites from the huge lot of 720 items are in the gallery, including a love letter from a 10-year-old Katy Perry that is covered in Lisa Frank stickers and Liberace’s “Stars and Stripes” get-up—perfect for Independence Day galas. And for those of you who are feeling especially creepy, Beyonce’s bra from the “Run” trailer is also up for auction. Personally, I’m hoping to win Elvis’s TCB sunglasses. I bet they smell like sweat and cheeseburgers!

  • 15 Photos To Remind You That Debbie Harry Is A Punk Rock Goddess

    From the mid-70s to the early 80s, Blondie and especially lead singer Debbie Harry were stars of New York City’s Lower East Side. Hanging with hip artists like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat while playing shows at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, Blondie was one of the coolest bands around. Their music combined elements of punk, disco, reggae, new wave, and even rap and the face of the group was the beautiful Debbie Harry. Bandmate and occasional boyfriend Chris Stein captured hundreds of photos of Harry over the years and recently published a collection in honor of the band’s 40th anniversary entitled Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk. You can check out some of Stein’s photos below and get a copy of the 200-page book from Amazon for $39.

  • Die Antwoord’s Star-Studded New Video Is Insane

    South African rappers Die Antwoord are no strangers to controversy. Their over-the-top performances and perpetuation of the “zef” counterculture has flummoxed music journalists for years. Are Ninja and Yo-Landi really these fabulously trashy rappers or is it a performance art piece that just happened to explode? Who cares? They’re definitely entertaining and the music attracts many who don’t usually listen to the genre. To showcase their increasing popularity, Die Antwoord recruited some famous friends for their new video, “Ugly Boy.” Jack Black, Flea, Marilyn Manson, Dita von Teese, and Cara Delevingne all appear in the strange video, with lots of the sex and violence we’ve come to expect from the group. And it also looks like Aphex Twin himself, Richard D James, makes an appearance in an afro wig and blackface. First all the talk about 9/11 conspiracies in recent interviews and now blackface? What the hell is going on, Aphex Twin?

  • Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 in Austin, TX: A Beginners Guide To Everything You Need To Know

    Since moving to Austin, TX, I’ve come to realize a few things. Here, tacos are elevated to an artform, everyone has a dog and a tattoo sleeve, and festivals are a dime a dozen. Though you’ve most likely heard of Austin City Limits and SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest is a not so well- kept secret here in Austin. To further the cause, I’ve taken it upon myself to write a completely subjective preview to this year’s festival. What Is Fun Fun Fun Fest? Fun Fun Fun Fest, a Transmission Events Production, began in 2006 became a leading independent festival for music lovers and music makers in the United States. According to the website, “Now in its ninth year and recognized as one of the most relaxed, creative, and pioneering festivals in music today; Fun Fun Fun Fest is custom booked for the most passionate, underground, and progressive musicians, comedians and fans around the world.” This year it is November 7, 8, and 9. Doors are at 11am each day. The festival begins at 11:30am and ends at 10pm each day. How Do I Get Tickets? You can buy single day passes, 3-day passes, and VIP passes on the website. more »

  • Iconic Concert: U2 at Glastonbury 2011

    In 2011 U2 battled the elements and performed a headlining set at the the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom. Nearly 100,000 fans sang along at the festival and upwards of three million fans watched at home on TV breaking many BBC viewership records.

  • Music Video Extraordinaires, OK GO Top Themselves With New Robotic Scooter, Drone Video

    There are music videos and then there are OK Go music videos. Ever sicne stepping on the scene with their “treadmill” video, they changed the game forever. In a world where music videos aren’t looked at in the same echelon of coolness as they once were when MTV actually played music, OK Go refuses to give up the lost art. “The Writing on the Wall” came next as they used optical illusions in their one-shot video playing with the eyes and minds of viewers, now they call upon robotic scooters, drones and a sea of Japanese women to assist them in a video that trumps everything else they or any other artist has made specifically for a piece of music. Mission accomplished, the catchy hook of “I Wont Let You Down” is embedded in my brain for the remainder of existence.

  • Aphex Swift Is Our New Favorite Mashup

    When we initially heard about a Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin mashup, we figured it would just be some hip joke. It’s a funny idea, but there’s no way it could work. We were so very wrong. Cartoonist and professional pencil sharpener (no joke) David Rees created an album of 8 Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin mashups called Aphex Swift. Rees believes that many of Aphex Twin’s melodies are just as saccharine as any pop music, so what better way to showcase this than by mixing the music with Swift’s vocals? The result is incredible. Our favorite is the “Mean”/”Flim” mashup, “Why You Gotta Be So Flim.” Now to wait for the “Windowlicker”-esque video wherein Richard D James’s creepy face is superimposed on Taylor Swift’s body…

  • Thirty-Three-Hit Wonder [Link]

    Billy Joel’s first album came out over 40 years ago and he hasn’t released a new pop album in over 20 years, but the Piano Man is still going strong. Catch up with the 65-year-old performer in this New Yorker interview at his Long Island home before a Madison Square Garden performance last month.

  • The Truth Behind Iconic Album Covers. Sort of.

    Back in the days of CDs and vinyls album covers we’re just as important as the music inside of them, triggering a melody and feeling after growing cose to some of your favorites. Each piece of cover art was meticulously created to portray a message to the masses, but today, with digital downloads taking the majority of sales for bands, album cover art is all but lost. Aptitude takes a look at some of the most iconic album covers over the years and puts their own spin on them by revealing ‘the bigger picture’. From quirky reveals to future happenings, from Justin Bieber to The Beatles, click the album covers below and reveal all.

  • 10 Must-See Bands At CMJ 2014

    Next week, more than 1300 bands will play shows all around New York City during the 5-day 2014 CMJ Music Marathon. With shows going on all over the place, all day long, it can be tough to figure out who to see. But instead of becoming overwhelmed and hiding at home all week, let this list serve as a starting point for what you should check out. We tried to showcase some bands from all different genres, too, so you have an idea of all the different music that awaits you.

  • Exploring The Pop Music Poetry Of Nicki Minaj [Video]

    YouTube user MartiansBrain was surprised when he found out that his 12-year-old niece and all her friends were listening to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.” He didn’t believe that the song, about a woman who sleeps with a drug dealer because she likes the things he buys her, was appropriate for children his niece’s age. In order to present the lyrics in an easier to understand manner, he created this spoken word video, set to the soothing music of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No.1.” No matter where you stand on the issue, this is a pretty entertaining and effective video. I think it’s the first time I actually paid attention to the lyrics of this song…

  • Who You Gonna Call To Get This Deluxe Ghostbusters Vinyl Reissue?

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of our generation’s favorite movie, Ghostbusters, Legacy Recordings announced a deluxe vinyl reissue of the classic theme song at New York City’s Comic Con last weekend. The Stay Puft Super Deluxe Edition features Ray Parker Jr.’s hit song along with Run DMC’s rap from the sequel. Both songs are on Side A of the 12″ white vinyl with Side B smooth. Also included are two 12×12 3D Stay Puft lenticulars, a puffy jacket that feels and even smells like marshmallow, a certificate of authenticity, and a 6″ Stay Puft figurine. Unfortunately, only 3000 copies are available and the nerds are sure to snatch ‘em up quickly. We’ll have to keep our eyes on eBay after they begin shipping October 21. Pre-order yours at the Ghostbusters Store.

  • Warren G.’s “Regulate” Has Been Transformed Into An Amazing Children’s Book

    It has been 20 years since Warren G and the late Nate Dogg released their hit “Regulate” and to celebrate the platinum anniversary, Wes Eisenhauer and Marc Wagner created Regulate – The Children’s Book. So gather the children around, play Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin,” and regale the youngsters with the tale of Warren G getting jumped in the LBC only to be saved by Nate Dogg.

  • Kurt Cobain’s Final Photo Shoot Revealed

    In August 1993, Nirvana was in New York for a performance at the Roseland Ballroom. Photographer Jesse Frohman was sent to shoot the band for the London Observer’s Sunday magazine. Nobody knew at the time that it would be the last formal photo shoot before Kurt Cobain committed suicide in April, 1994. Now the 90 photos have been collected in a new book entitled Kurt Cobain: The Last Session. Along with the photographs, the interview between Cobain and music journalist Jon Savage that originally appeared in the Observer has been reprinted. Check out the photos below and read an excerpt from the interview at Dazed Digital. And you can pre-order the book, to be published November 12, from Amazon for $31.

  • Elvis Costello, Mumford & More Collab With A 26-Year-Old Bob Dylan; The New Basement Tapes

    Bob Dylan is universally regarded as one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold more than 125 million albums and performed literally thousands of shows around the world spanning six decades. His influence and impact on our culture is unparalleled, and his artistic output of recordings and songs are both cultural landmarks and the genesis of countless great songwriters and musicians that have emerged in the decades since Dylan exploded onto the global stage. Among Dylan’s many cultural milestones, the legendary Basement Tapes – dozens of songs written and recorded by Dylan in 1967, backed by members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band – have long fascinated and enticed successive generations of musicians, fans and cultural critics alike. Having transformed music and culture during the preceding five years, Dylan had reached unparalleled heights by 1966 through the release of three historic albums, the groundbreaking single, “Like A Rolling Stone,” a controversial and legendary ‘electric’ performance at the Newport Folk Festival and wildly polarizing tours of the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. Dylan’s mercurial rise and prodigious body of work in that decade came to more »

  • Iconic Concert: AC/DC Live at River Plate 2009

    In December 2009 AC/DC performed three nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina to a crowd who’s seismic activity could be felt hundreds of miles away. Just look at the 110,000+ people jumping in unison to Hells Bells, it’s almost mesmerizing. In recent years AC/DC has been lauded by critics for sounded better during live performances than they did earlier in their career and after watching the video we agree, which means they could be rocking crowds like this for another decade.

  • You Can Now Live Stream Weezer’s New Album For Free on iTunes

    One week ahead of it’s set release date, Weezer has begun streaming their newest studio project Everything Will Be Alright in the End on iTunes First Look. This will be Weezer’s 9th Studio album following Hurley, which only sold 175,000 albums worldwide. Though the declining numbers shouldn’t reflect their fan base or demand for their music, being that tickets for their October 27th show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom show are averaging $230. On the subject of an album name, Frontman, Rivers Cuomo recently told Rolling Stone “”On the surface, the name is optimistic,” frontman Rivers Cuomo recently told Rolling Stone of the potentially ominous album title. “But you’re not 100 percent sure how sincerely to take that. Those last three words can’t help but remind a sensitive reader of the end of themselves, of Weezer, of the world.” He went on to muse, “Part of me feels like, ‘Wow, this is bleak.’ But another part is like, ‘You can’t get rid of us that easily.’”

  • 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

 
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