Archive for the 'music' Category

September 22, 2006

One of the funniest discussions of emoticons I’ve ever seen (in an interview of John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats on Pitchfork):

Pitchfork: I figure there’s one way to start an e-mail interview: A friend of mine taught me this emoticon, Q:), which is a smiling Davy Crockett. What ya got?

John Darnielle: My friend Mark Givens and I had an emoticon we amused ourselves with years ago. Not sure if I can remember it. :/> I think it was, but that’s a rough guess. To me, it looks like perhaps it means “becoming gradually but unignorably cognizant of one’s status as a resident of Hell.”


Chinese punks

August 9, 2006

How do you play Revolution Rock in a totalitarian society? The Washington Post looks into the phenomenon of Chinese punk:

At a recent concert, a Chinese punk rocker was “just following the script for punkness” and attacking President Bush, said Michael Pettis, owner of the club where P.K. 14 performed. “Chinese punks should be attacking Hu Jintao, but that’s not the way it works in China. That’s dangerous.”

Cui Jian, an icon for some punks in China, said cooperating with government censors doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change the meaning of a song. “Chinese punks want to show they’re angry. That’s enough. They don’t have to make a big statement,” he said in an interview. “The most important thing is don’t lose yourself.”

So how do you protest while fitting into the requirements of a society ready to jail you for any criticism? The subtlety that must emerge from the literati-inclined section of the underground must be fascinating. It reminds me of some of the hidden criticism of royalty in Chaucer, et al. I’m expecting the Chinese version of the Clash to surpass them in literary prowess.

Unfortuanately, most youth don’t get that. The masses listen to and appreciate protest rock when it’s most transparent and straightforward. So a burgeoning punk scene would probably have about zero impact in China.

And don’t get me started on the whole “I’m punk so I want to dress and look different than everyone else so I’ll be a cookie cutter of all my friends” syndrome. Guess that one’s pretty universal.

June 26, 2006

Ann Coulter pirates music:

I can’t really tell you all the groups I like because have an iPod so have a lot of songs my friends send me and I never really know who I’m listening to.[sic]

Hot on the heels of Bill Gates’ admission he does as well. I don’t see the RIAA suing them.

On a different note, either the interviewer did a really poor job transcribing her responses, or her editor must have a lot of work to do with each book.

May 25, 2006

Musical Math.

May 23, 2006

An academic paper on why we hate some of those godawful songs. I think my list of hated songs would be as long (proportionally) as my hated baseball teams. On a related note, the lovely Neko Case tells Pitchfork why most Top 40 is so damn horrid.

May 23, 2006

Assorted covers of Joy Division’s classic “Love will tear us apart”

May 2, 2006

KCDX, out of Arizona, is a free-flowing FM station that doesn’t cowtow to the industry radio station paradigm. Instead of playing about 300 songs a month, for example, it plays sometimes more than a thousand, commercial free. Moreover, the mix spans from 60s rock to modern rock. In essence, it’s a throwback to the old days of FM radio, when amateurs played whatever they wanted.

April 28, 2006

Remember those old “What’s the worst part…?” jokes? Well, I’ve got one for you: What’s the worst part of getting sued by the RIAA? Losing thousands of dollars. Fine, be technical. What’s the second worst part? Having your guilty music pleasures made a matter of public record. That’s cruel and unusual punishment.

Also kind of sucks when you’re sued for file sharing when you don’t even own a computer.

April 20, 2006

Beck’s new website has an interesting blend of user interfaces. Not sure it would work well without all the flash.