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Re: Random Music

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Re: Random Music

Postby Fievel on Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:45 pm

Queen and Adam Lambert to Reunite for Summer Tour

Gotta admit - there's probably only a handful of (known) people to step in there right now, and this guy's one of them. Tempting to pick up a ticket.... they're coming to my neck of the woods. Maybe if they're $15.
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Re: Random Music

Postby Fievel on Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:55 am

The Bad Plus does The Rite of Spring

If you like music (jazz, classical, Stravinsky, etc.)..... this is fucking mind-blowing. And if you don't, or are unsure.... check it out anyways - it's still fucking mind-blowing. Stravinsky (and The Rite of Spring) is responsible for music today (punk owes its roots here, jazz owes a huge nod here, rock owes its attitude here, etc. etc. ETC.).

Oh, and The Bad Plus just fucking rocks for a jazz trio. Check out some of their covers on Youtube (Tom Sawyer is a personal favorite).
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Re: Random Music

Postby so sorry on Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:39 am

Fievel wrote:The Bad Plus does The Rite of Spring

If you like music (jazz, classical, Stravinsky, etc.)..... this is fucking mind-blowing. And if you don't, or are unsure.... check it out anyways - it's still fucking mind-blowing. Stravinsky (and The Rite of Spring) is responsible for music today (punk owes its roots here, jazz owes a huge nod here, rock owes its attitude here, etc. etc. ETC.).

Oh, and The Bad Plus just fucking rocks for a jazz trio. Check out some of their covers on Youtube (Tom Sawyer is a personal favorite).



Interesting, I'll have to have a listen to the whole thing (just listed to one piece to sample it). My very first reaction was thinking of another band that did the same thing, back in the 70s.



Emerson Lake and Palmer's Pictures at an Exhibition.
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Re: Stravinsky's "The Rite Of Spring"

Postby TheButcher on Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:20 am

Fievel wrote:The Bad Plus does The Rite of Spring

If you like music (jazz, classical, Stravinsky, etc.)..... this is fucking mind-blowing. And if you don't, or are unsure.... check it out anyways - it's still fucking mind-blowing. Stravinsky (and The Rite of Spring) is responsible for music today (punk owes its roots here, jazz owes a huge nod here, rock owes its attitude here, etc. etc. ETC.).

Oh, and The Bad Plus just fucking rocks for a jazz trio. Check out some of their covers on Youtube (Tom Sawyer is a personal favorite).


The Bad Plus - On Scared Ground: Stravinsky's "The Rite Of Spring'' [Full]

The Rite of Spring (Stravinsky) - Fantasia
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The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin

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Re: Random Music

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Re: Random Music

Postby TheBaxter on Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:03 am

Wu Tang Clan to release only a single copy of new album



so i guess it won't be making the billboard top 40 then.
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Re: Random Music

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Del The Funky Homosapien Talks New Deltron, Ableton Secrets, Hiero Tradition + More


The Som Show Episode 15: Del The Funky Homosapien pt. I

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Re: Santana’s “Corazon”

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Carlos Santana Embraces Latin Roots with ‘Corazon’
Forty-five years after he went from being a virtual unknown to an international superstar by way of Woodstock, Carlos Santana continues to expand his horizons. “Corazon,” Santana’s latest album being released May 6 on RCA/Sony Music Latin, will finally allow the Mexican guitar god to embrace his Latin heritage in a big way.
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Re: Random Music

Postby TheButcher on Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:53 pm

Ice Cube's hot Hollywood career
Former gangsta rapper Ice Cube makes a snarling return in '22 Jump Street,' the third film franchise to keep him in a prominent role.
He hasn't forsworn his musical career and has an album called "Everythang's Corrupt" that gets back to his gangsta rap roots due out in May.
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Re: The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin

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Re: The White Stripes

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The Wu-Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow

Postby TheButcher on Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:41 pm

Wu-Tang Clan Reunites, Unveils New Album and Single on 'The Daily Show'
The group performed "Ron O'Neal" and "Triumph" after a chat at the anchor desk with Jon Stewart.
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Re: Random Music

Postby TheBaxter on Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:37 pm

one more sign of what is wrong with the world: green day is voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Smiths are not.
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Re: Random Music

Postby so sorry on Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:57 pm

TheBaxter wrote:one more sign of what is wrong with the world: green day is voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Smiths are not.


Bleech. I hate Green Day. But I guess that's not the point...there are other deserving acts out there that need to get in first. I guess they needed a "current" band to counteract all the old heads they've been inducting.
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Re: Random Music

Postby TheBaxter on Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:34 pm

yeah, green day gets in while about 95% of the bands they copied (i.e. the ones not named The Clash or The Ramones) never will (though 95% of those bands would never want to be in there anyway).

but hey, sometimes plagiarism pays! shai labuff should be receiving his honorary oscar any day now.
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Re: Random Music

Postby so sorry on Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:22 am

Anybody watch the Grammys last night, and if so, was there anything controversial????
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Re: Random Music

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:39 pm

i didn't watch it, but i heard kanye interrupted another acceptance speech, this time for beck. i think beck and taylor swift are starting a support group or something.
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Re: Random Music

Postby Peven on Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:51 am

if I were JayZ I would want to know why Kanye is so interested in sticking up for my wife all the time as if I couldn't do it for her if I thought she needed it. I would pay to see JayZ's boyz send Kanye a message to back the fuck off
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Re: Random Music

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Re: Random Music

Postby Lord Voldemoo on Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:50 am

This happened a couple of days ago and has been talked about alot, but just in case you missed it, Dave Grohl is a fucking warrior
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Re: Random Music

Postby so sorry on Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:47 am

Lord Voldemoo wrote:This happened a couple of days ago and has been talked about alot, but just in case you missed it, Dave Grohl is a fucking warrior



So are you calling the Australian boy band guitarist who was set on fire a pussy?
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Re: Random Music

Postby TheBaxter on Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:29 am

so sorry wrote:
Lord Voldemoo wrote:This happened a couple of days ago and has been talked about alot, but just in case you missed it, Dave Grohl is a fucking warrior



So are you calling the Australian boy band guitarist who was set on fire a pussy?


Drummer Ashton Irwin came out and told fans there would be no encore as a result of his bandmate's injury, saying: "Michael has hurt himself so we will not be continuing the show right now.


yeah, he's a pussy. if dave grohl had half his face melted off, he still would've come back and played a few more songs.
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Re: The Monkees and “Daydream Believer”

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Before There Was Bieber, the Monkees' 'Daydream Believer' Took the Teen World by Storm
Chris Morris wrote:Released 50 years ago this week, the single “Daydream Believer” was the last No. 1 blast in the Monkees’ meteoric, TV-driven chart career. The quartet’s stick-to-your-brain hit, written by John Stewart and issued Oct. 25, 1967 by Colgems Records, was the band’s third chart-topping 45 and their fifth top-five release in 14 months.

During that time, the band logged four No. 1 albums; the first two of these, “The Monkees” and “More of the Monkees,” held the top slot in the U.S. for a staggering total of 31 consecutive weeks in 1966-67, selling a total of 10 million copies. To make a comparison of magnitude: “Meet the Beatles” and “The Beatles’ Second Album” had previously captured No. 1 back-to-back for a total of a mere 16 weeks in 1964.

During the sliver of time the Monkees reigned as America’s biggest band — for which “Daydream Believer” served as the exclamation point one of the most successful multi-media ventures in American pop history — they were, at least commercially, the stateside equivalent of their Liverpool rivals. But it’s hard to imagine a pair of more dissimilar acts.

After founding organically and slugging it out for years in dingy clubs in the U.K. and Europe, the Beatles finally rose to fame on the back of their own songs and their cheeky, distinctive personalities. On the other hand, the Monkees were formed quickly by a pair of canny independent TV producers in outright emulation of their English predecessors (prompting the dry sobriquet “the Prefab Four”), and were launched to the top by weekly network airtime and a brace of cannily penned tunes by diverse pro songwriters. For nearly two years, the Monkees’ formula worked spectacularly. Its major architects worked behind the cameras and away from the microphones.

In 1965, the neophyte TV producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider conceived an idea for a half-hour musical comedy series that would take its cues from the Beatles’ high-spirited features “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!”

The members of the struggling “band” to be featured on the show were recruited late that year. Englishman Davy Jones, who had secured a Tony nomination for his work as the Artful Dodger in “Oliver!” (and had shared the stage with the Beatles on the evening of their February 1964 debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show”), was already signed to a contract with Colpix Records.

Micky Dolenz was familiar to some TV viewers as the onetime star (under the name Mickey Braddock) of the ‘50s Saturday a.m. kids’ show “Circus Boy.” The other two performers, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork (né Thorkelson), were little-known vets of the New York folk music scene.

A pilot for the series, bankrolled by Screen Gems, Columbia Pictures’ TV arm, was shot in late 1965. The association with the company proved critical on the music side: It owned Aldon Music, a publishing company helmed by Don Kirshner, which sported many of the top hit-making Brill Building songwriters of the day.

Two of those cleffers, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, authored the theme song for “The Monkees,” which was picked up by NBC and debuted in September 1966. The series was launched with the simultaneous release, by Screen Gems’ record label Colgems, of a Boyce-Hart single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” which vaulted to No. 1.

The show was an instant success; its vibrant songs (featured weekly), visual energy, madcap humor and droll, self-referential style, pushed by its four stars’ winning personalities, captured teen audiences. For the network, Screen Gems and Colgems, it was a win-win: The music pushed the ratings, and the TV show pushed the records.

Through the fall of 1967, the Monkees prevailed at the upper reaches of the charts with crisply tailored material, for the most part played in the studio not by the band but by seasoned Hollywood session men.

While the Boyce-Hart team supplied many of the songs on the band’s albums, the biggest hits were crafted by members of Kirshner’s writing stable. Neil Diamond, then laboring anonymously in New York’s publishing labyrinth, authored both the band’s second No. 1 single, “I’m a Believer,” and its No. 2 follow-up “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.” The subtle slice of social commentary “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” No. 3 in 1967, was penned by the veteran team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

However, the crowning No. 1 achievement by the Monkees came in over the transom, and from a somewhat unlikely source.

John Stewart had written “Daydream Believer” when he was still a member of the Kingston Trio, the popular urban folk group he had joined in 1961 as a replacement for co-founder Dave Guard. Like the Monkees, who took some shots as faux second-tier Beatles in some quarters, the Kingston Trio had been assailed as watered-down and inauthentic by ardent folk enthusiasts.

Stewart was beginning to explore a more personal side to his writing when the Kingston Trio disbanded in 1967. In a 2006 interview, he recalled that he envisioned “Daydream Believer” as “part of a suburbia trilogy” that focused on the growing distance in a couple’s marriage. Its comparatively serious subject matter and its setting echoed “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”

The song’s oblique lyrics focused on the endgame of a comfy but increasingly distant relationship. The narrator is caught in mid-gaze before the bathroom mirror, reflecting on the quiet dissolution of his materialistic marriage – a union between “a daydream believer and a homecoming queen,” now curdled and (as originally written) “funky,” driven more by money than by romance.

It was surprisingly mature subject matter for ‘60s pop consumption, but the tune’s blissfully melodic, irresistible chorus screamed “major hit potential,” and overrode the vaguely sketched darkness at its narrative he

The folk-pop groups We Five and Spanky & Our Gang had already passed on the song when Stewart was solicited for new material by the Monkees’ producer Chip Douglas during a party in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon. Douglas ultimately said the band would cut the song only if the lyrics were altered, with the word “funky” replaced with the nonsensical “happy.”

Stewart recalled that he replied, “‘Happy’ is looking real good to me right now.”

Sung by Davy Jones, “Daydream Believer” was cemented to the pinnacle of the U.S. chart for four weeks in late 1967 and early 1968. It was included on the Monkees’ last top-five album, the No. 3 entry “The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees,” alongside the band’s final top-five single, a remake of the TV show’s staple “Valleri.”

With two seasons of contracted production completed in 1968, “The Monkees” went off the air. The act’s swan song took place on the big screen with the dazzlingly post-modern feature film “Head”; though it failed at the box office, it launched the directorial career of its co-producer Bob Rafelson, who went on to helm such widely acclaimed dramas as “Five Easy Pieces” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”

The Monkees and “Daydream Believer” both went on to enjoy a decades-long afterlife, thanks to repeat airings of the original TV series on CBS and Nickelodeon and the band’s sporadic reunions for new tours and recording, which continued, despite Jones’ 2012 death, through last year’s album “Good Times!”

For Stewart, who died in 2008 after a long and prolific solo career that included the No. 5 1979 hit “Gold,” “Daydream Believer” was the gift that kept on giving: In 1986, a remixed version of the song reached the Hot 100, peaking at No. 79.

Two years before his death, the songwriter said, “That song has paid the rent. That song has kept me alive.”
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