This is the best! Here is your inspiration for today, a video of the 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists rehearsing “Kashmir”, “The Ocean”, and “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. These musicians are all students between the ages of 7-12, and each learns several different instruments as part of the program: xylophones, marimbas, vibraphones, drums, timbales, congas, bongos and piano. Watch the video below and try not to smile! Their faces at the end are priceless.
Happy to premiere this video for Vikesh Kapoor’s “Blue-Eyed Baby”, from his terrific debut album “The Ballad of Willy Robbins”. I don’t know much about folk music but I find there’s a honesty in his music that I don’t hear in a lot of the folk pop that’s become so popular. Really beautiful stuff.
Vikesh is headlining a tour around the UK/Ireland next month, so for those of you who live out that way, I’ve included a list of tour dates along with the video below!
One of the best reviewed albums of last year, Killer Mike and El-P’s “Run The Jewels 2”, is being remixed entirely out of cat sounds. El-P joked last year that if someone shelled out $40,000 for a special version of their album he would remix it using cat sounds. The joke became reality when someone started a “Meow The Jewels” Kickstarter and El-P embraced it.
The joke project exploded, attracting producers including Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Just Blaze, Zola Jesus, Baauer, Prince Paul, Dan The Automator, and the Alchemist.
This week El-P took to Instagram to share snippets of the remix album. Watch the video clips below!
Google Play Music just hooked me up with 5 tickets (each good for 2 people) to a private concert Thursday night and I wanna give them away to you guys. Google is hosting concerts in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver featuring bands native to each city. Our concert features The New Pornographers! The first five people that comment on this post with their favourite New Pornographers song get the tickets!
I love this idea so much. Recently James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) teamed up with IBM to create nearly 400 hours of live streaming music by interpreting data from US Open tennis matches. I love that you can imagine all the action in the match by listening to the music.
Watch the video, which explains a bit of the process, and then check out the music in the embedded playlists below. I’ve included James Murphy’s remixes of the entire US Open in one playlist, and then all the generative music from matches in the other playlists.
The coolest high school band teacher award goes to this guy, for teaching his class Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name”.
*EDIT Chris over at Colossal found a second video which shows the band is actually George Mason University Green Machine. I’ve also replaced the original video with another one which properly credits them. I guess this makes slightly more sense since high school parents would not be very stoked on the last verse of the song – still cool though.
Watch both videos below.
Jonathan Dagan, better known as j.viewz, is a Brooklyn-based songwriter and producer. You may recognize him as the guy who performed that incredible cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” using electronics hooked up to vegetables (watch the performance here).
Dagan has teamed up with digital agency Hello Monday to re-invent the way an artist releases an album. The DNA Project is a 10-month experience which invites fans to be a part of the album-making process. When the album is complete listeners will have the ability to explore the DNA of the entire album, tracing back, step by step, to the genesis of each song.
Watch the video below to get a clearer picture of the project!
*Stickying this post for the weekend – thanks to everyone who came out to the party last night!
Of course now that summer is over I actually get the summer mix, so now it’s a summer ender mix. It actually has nothing to do with summer; this is my version of a club mix. It’s the sequel to this mix, and there’s a lot of bad language (mom).
Download it while you can, the FBI removed my last mix from SoundCloud. You can stream and/or download it below.
Hopefully you were able to download/stream it while it was up, unfortunately a certain record label filed a claim and the track has now been removed from Soundcloud.