Archive | April, 2011

Video and Audio Music News – Fleet Foxes Full New Album STREAM – Football – Rock Eleanor

28 Apr

Helplessness Blues Stream

Folk-rock extraordinaries Fleet Foxes will release Helplessness Blues to the public on May 3, but because of the wonders of the Internet, and the kindness of Rolling Stone Magazine, eager listeners (like myself) can stream the entire album from Rolling Stone. That’s right.

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Today is an admittedly short version of Music News, because of this writer’s busy day. For those that are still reading this post (most have probably entered the sylvan realm of Fleet Foxes), I will now provide you with the video aspect of this special Music News. Today holds two truths. First, the NFL Draft is on tonight at 8 p.m. Secondly, hard-rock guitar instrumentals of “Eleanor Rigby” can be awesome. Here are two videos displaying these truths.




Musical Lexicon – “Highway Star”

27 Apr

So, as promised, one of the words for this topic will be “Bus.” What theme will pull the others together, you ask? Different types of automobile.

Remember, rules is rules…

1) You can’t use the same song more than once, for any topic.

2) Within topics, you can’t use the same artist more than once.

3) The selected word has to be in the lyrics, but not necessarily in the title. If it’s in the title but not the lyrics, it doesn’t count.

4) You can look through your own music collection for help, but NO GOOGLE.

4.1) No Yahoo!, no Bing, no Lycos, no, no GoodSearch, etc.

5) Variations or specific examples are acceptable (unless otherwise stated), but not preferred. (e.g. “Pistol” or “Guns” work if the word on the list is “Gun”)

Topic – Automobile Types











*If you gave me an answer for Bus during the mystery topic, try to find one for “Bug” this time around.

The Psychedelic Experiment – Art Rock – Emerson Lake & Palmer “The Three Fates”

27 Apr

Totally Arting It Up

Psychedelic music inspired many talented performers to explore rock n’ roll’s endless possibilities. At its root, psychedelic music is experimental, and like any pioneering scientific discoveries, it engenders more research and, well, experimenting. While psychedelic music has numerous sub-genres, even more striking is the amount of genre manipulation that happened after the wave of psychedelia came to a near-end in the late 1960’s. I say near-end because psychedelic music never truly ended. But since it experienced a wave of popularity in the mid-late 60’s, it naturally became less popular. I know that I called this section the 60’s psychedelic experiment, but it is equally important to describe music that was created directly after the initial boom. I’m talking about the early 1970’s, which saw the rise of progressive rock and art rock, two genres that owe their creation to the success of psychedelic music. In a sense, art and progressive rock are both the complex expansion of psychedelic experimentation featuring music that concentrates on intricate and lengthy melodies combined with either a classical musical approach or more modern representation.

How did that paragraph go down? Smoothly, I hope. Seriously, the progression of Rock music is sometimes bulky, and this time period saw several changes to how rock would evolve. Art and progressive rock evolved from psychedelic music. Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) was composed for Keith Emerson, from the psychedelic rock band The Nice, Greg Lake, from the late 60’s prog-rock band King Crimson, and drummer Carl Palmer who played in the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster. These three musicians composed one of the first Art Rock supergroups and their music reached for the classical portion of Art rock.

In my opinion, art and progressive rock are practically the same term. But, one of the key differences is progressive rock tends to focus more on guitars. As evidenced by the piece I am including, ELP swayed more towards piano and keyboards.

“The Three Fates” is the first song off of side two of their debut eponymous album. It is split up into three parts, each named for a mythical figure (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos). The piano playing is extraordinary. Keith Emerson is skillful beyond words. The ode to classical music is clear and this classifies the music as 1970 Art rock. So, you may be thinking, how does this apply to psychedelic music? Travel to around 5:30 in the song. Okay, this is Jazz-rock. But, wait, what are all of the background sounds and the musical layering and strange notation. Yes, this is psychedelic music of the 1960’s kicked up a notch to fit into the genres of Jazz and Classical. It is Art rock, and a perfect example of the evolution of psychedelic music.

The Collaboration That is Rome – Lollapalooza’s 20th Anniversary Line-up

26 Apr

Rome to release Album May 17 (US)

A good film is composed of a solid combination of actors playing roles successfully. A band is not very different, and an album created by a collaboration of artists working towards a goal is practically the same thing. The band Rome sees four artists joining forces on a “different” project inspired by the film soundtrack work of Ennio Morricone, an Italian composer most famous for his film scores of spaghetti westerns.

Brian Burton (a.k.a Danger Mouse), Jack White, Norah Jones, and composer Daniele Luppi recorded their soundtrack-inspired album in Rome’s Forum Studios, a facility Morricone helped establish, with the help of musicians that have worked with Morricone. Rome takes from the rich musical tradition of Italy. It is no surprise that Danger Mouse considers the album to be about love.

Yes, I know what you are saying, Danger Mouse is today’s version of Bob Dylan. But let’s put the prolific producer/musician’s appearance in most modern music aside. I am very much looking forward to Rome’s debut album which is set to be released on May 17 (US). Rome is, in all sense of the term, a Supergroup. We know that the release is going to be good, but how different will it be. Can Rome fuel a new spaghetti western inspired genre, like an Italian classical folk rock extravaganza. A few songs have been released. Here is “Black.”

Danger Mouse’s influence is heard best in the chorus. The verse is folk combined with Norah Jones’ dreamy voice. “Black” is melancholic and, perhaps intentionally, the evanescent keyboard riff in the chorus is rather unsettling. The entire piece emits a frightening buried melody and, since this album is inspired by film scores, it fits perfectly.


Lollapalooza Line-Up

Lollapalooza is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and the line-up for this three-day festival at Chicago’s Grant Park has been released. This year’s headliners do not include Lady Gaga’s crowd-surfing star-boob act that took last summer’s crowd by storm. But, who knows, if Cee Lo Green gets angry at the festival he may do something even crazier.

The festival, which runs from August 5-7, will be headlined by Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Muse and My Morning Jacket. Some other highlight acts include Bright Eyes, The Cars, Cee Lo Green, Kid Cudi, Girl Talk (will be performing in a new 15,000 person dance tent).

Musical Lexicon – “???” – My Answers

25 Apr

First off, yes, the theme was Pokemon types. Also, it was suppose to say “Bug,” not “Bus.” Thank you Abby for pointing out my mistake, and thank you Matt for fixing it. For those of you out there who had an answer for “Bus,” hold on to it, because it’ll be included in tomorrow’s topic

Topic – Pokemon Types


Effington – Ben Folds

“That’s what normal people do. Do normal people do it too?”


Wild Night – Van Morrison

“And everything looks so complete when you’re walking out on the street and the wind catches your feet, and sends you flying


Lighting Candles – The Weepies

“I’m still in the dark, lighting candles”


Toxic – Britney Spears

“With a taste of your poison paradise”


Ghost of a Good Thing – Dashboard Confessional

“It’s getting away from you while you’re chasing ghosts


Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz

“Righteous with one a toke, a psychic among those possess you with one blow”


Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi

“I’m a cowboy. On a steel horse I ride.”


Fire – Jimi Hendrix

“Let me stand next to your fire


Taylor Swift – Mine

“Do you remember we were sitting there, by the water?”


Green Grass and High Tides – The Outlaws

“Green grass and high tides forever”


Date Rape – Sublime

“She picked up a rock, threw it at his car…”


We Are the Champions – Queen

“And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end”


Oklahoma! from the musical Oklahoma!

“Flowers on the prairie where the June bugs zoom”


Fidelity – Regina Spektor

“I never loved nobody fully, always one foot on the ground


Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll – The Killers

Electric girl with worn down toys”


On a String – Bright Eyes

“In a house by myself, I hear the ice start to melt, and I watch the rooftops weep for the sunlight”


Enter Sandman – Metallica

“Dreams of war, dreams of liars, dreams of dragon‘s fire, and of things that will bite”

Tomorrow, the next topic will be available, and you already know that one of the words will be Bus. Try to guess at what else might be on the list, and give yourself an advantage.

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