More on CL and Crossing Over

On May 8, 2015, in Music, by mugen

FADER has an article on CL from 2NE1 and her move to crossover into American pop/hip-hop. She’s fortunate that she’s quadrilingual and that English is one of those languages. It doesn’t hurt to be friends with Skrillex, Diplo, and will.i.am, either.

Let’s hope she’s got something exciting with that challenging song that her production team hates…

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“RealiTi” Video by Grimes

On May 8, 2015, in Music, by mugen

This track seems to have been dropped from Grimes’s new album. from the “lost album” Grimes was planning to release last September.

I dig it. I like the layered sounds, and there’s a lot of promise for what’s to come.

Rumors circulated after “Go” came out that Grimes may have scrapped an album she was working on due to bad fan reaction. She sets the record straight, though – it was just too depressing to tour with. Sadly, “RealiTi” was one of those “depressing” songs… but at least we got to hear/see it!

Even The Atlantic got in on the RealiTi love

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CL from 2NE1 Live in Tokyo

On May 8, 2015, in Concert, Japan, Music, song, by mugen

Chiho turned me on to 2NE1 (a K-Pop group) after we heard one of their songs in some movie back in October. I played this track at a Halloween Dance a week or three later. Very catchy track, kind of cool to see a live video of it. Lots of speculation if CL can make it solo in the USA… Not sure, but this track would be one I’d try to push.

Sad thing, “Gangnam Style” was a flash, a one-off kind of thing. Until you can strike with that kind of fire consistently, foreign acts are going to have to sing in English. We’re just not ready for more than one or two songs at a time to be in other languages on our radios. Call me a cynic.

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GRIMES tour

On May 8, 2015, in Concert, Music, by mugen

So very sad that none of these places are close to where I live now:

Grimes Tour Dates

Indiana, Illinois, Michigan… SIGH. Moved away from the midwest too soon.

Trying to think of reasons to head to the midwest, Canada, or back to NC. ‘Cause I’d do that. Not even concerned about not liking Lana Del Rey so much (in all honesty, I haven’t heard enough of her music to like or dislike her, really), but want want want to see Grimes live.

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Slicing Up Eyeballs – RIP

On May 7, 2015, in Music, by mugen

Slicing Up Eyeballs has been a feature here a few times, esp. their votes for “best album of…” in the 80s. The site is closing up shop, though the author will occasionally be posting to a Facebook page from this point forward.

Heck, I even sorta ripped off their logo for my header pic on Twitter.

Check the site out… it’s worth it.

R.I.P.

 

Tomorrow! Friday, May 8, 2015

Faith No More will live stream their Detroit concert

Read more about it at Blabbermouth, MetalSucks, and Classic Rock Team Rock.

Appears that before the show, the video for “Stripsearch” from 1997′s Album of the Year (and others?) is playing (with the occasional ad).

via SPIP

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Faith No More is back…. “Motherfucker”

On November 19, 2014, in Music, song, by mugen

Rolling Stone has coverage of the newest tune by Faith No More — reunited after 7 years. The tune, “Motherfucker,” is a 7″ single for Record Store Day release.

Here’s the song from SoundCloud:
“Motherfucker” by Faith No More

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Pilot – “Magic”

On November 19, 2014, in Music, song, by mugen

Somebody on World of Warcraft referenced this song tonight, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Never realized — cowritten by Alan Parsons, plus Pilot’s founding members were early members of Bay City Rollers!

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Black Balloons

On November 9, 2014, in Music, by mugen

Was surfing through my buddy Spip’s blog (post new stuff, Spip!) and saw the song “Black Balloon” by The Kills. Never heard it before, but it made me wonder how many songs with that title exist.

My favorite song of that title is by MONSTER MAGNET:

Arguably the most famous “Black Balloon” is by Goo Goo Dolls:

Spip’s link was to this song by The Kills:

The oldest song with this title I could find is John Renbourn’s 11:34 song from his 1979 album of the same title, a really beautiful guitar track, haunting especially when the flute or whistle comes in at 2:20ish, starts to get a little wilder with an electric guitar around 4:20 or so, and loses me by the end:

Finally, there’s a segment of the soundtrack to a 2008 Australian film The Black Balloon titled “The Black Balloon Theme” by composer Michael Yezerski.

Black Balloon is also the name of a video production outfit that makes music videos for hard rock bands. Check out their demo reel:

BONUS:
This cat’s voice is pretty fantastic. And I want to know what tuning he’s using on that guitar — open tuned to a power chord?

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