Interesting coverage of BiS at Noisy

Brand-new Idol Society sought to undermine the rampant “idol” culture of Japanese pop, particularly as represented by AKB-48 and related groups. They have reformed after disbanding in 2014, and are led by Pour Lui プールイ.

The last video before their 2014 breakup was “Final Dance,” and it skirted a bit too close to typical idol fare:

The previous year’s “DiE” is a bit more inline with the mission of being an “idol group” but playing very different indies-style music:

“Nerve” is another good example of the commentary the group originally aimed for, and the video is directed by Nigo, the founder of A Bathing Ape clothing and DJ for Teriyaki Boyz:

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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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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?

O Hisashiburi — It’s Been A Long Time

On November 9, 2014, in Music, by mugen

New city (town, really), new job, but new music? Only a bit.
In the last 3 months of adapting to a new environment, there hasn’t been a lot of time to explore new tunes. Hoping to fix that from here on in, and post a bit more often.Found this accidentally today, a little late for Halloween:

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Batches and Cookies

On February 1, 2014, in Music, song, by mugen

Thanks, Grimes. This *is* pretty great.

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“Tiny Anthem” by M Machine

On December 8, 2013, in Music, song, by mugen

Just caught this on Adult Swim while watching Akira.

Akira Kick Ass

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Puddles does “Royals”

On November 14, 2013, in Concert, Music, song, by mugen

Holy heck, I dig this. That guy has a phenomenal voice, and this interpretation is fantastic.

JEZEBEL’s Laura Beck says Puddles is “Creepy” but I don’t see it that way. And I’m no real fan of clowns. There’s something strange, yes, about the whole scenario, but it’s not even Rasputina weird. It’s just kind of off kilter, and I like it.

More about Puddles here.

And here’s his own homepage : Puddles Pity Pary.

(Don’t forget, you can buy the mp3 of that performance on iTunes.)

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Zouk Bass / Tarraxo

On August 23, 2013, in Concert, Music, song, by mugen

Boing-Boing has an article about an emergent genre of dance music called Zouk Bass. Cool overview of the sound that includes a 47 minute YouTube link to a live set, several SoundCloud tracks as examples, and links to 2 zipped sampler collections for free. If you’re into low BPM (90-115) African-inspired sounds, this is a pretty nice collection of stuff that is very listenable and danceable and would make for a nice addition to ambient and house dance collections.

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