I’ve yet to figure out if the Sytheseizer 76 app for the iPad is actually a functioning product or just an interaction design test. Either way, it has me excited. I might have to settle for the Korg iMS20 for just $15.
I must admit that Captain Beefheart is one of those musicians that I’ve been told many times to check out and yet somehow just never did. This morning I read that he just passed away after a long fight against MS. That was the motivation it took for me read up and listen. Clearly, the world is now short one incredibly unique individual. In the early 80’s after being diagnosed with his illness, Anton Corbijn created a short film interview project with Captain Beefheart. David Lynch makes a few appearances asking questions too. Here is part 1 and part 2. Enjoy.
David Lynch is a jack of all trades. He’s been making music in his spare time and just released two singles. I Know is eery and perfect.
Here is a little music video soundtrack mix of my British schoolboy life that I had growing up a Tri-State lad.
The Cure - Lovesong
Morrissey - Suedehead
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Kiss Them For Me
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
Charlatans UK - The Only One I Know
The Candy Skins - Submarine Song
Lightning Seeds - Pure
Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story is a BBC radio exploration on the life of the reggae legend.
In typical Peter Saville fashion (3 years late), he collaborated as a manner of speaking with his friend Tony Wilson on one last FAC project. The Saville designed memorial is wonderfully appropriate.
Moby has made a library of his music available for free to projects that are not for profit. That’s pretty cool.
Last night at the MoMA, Chris Cunningham screened his latest work, an audio-visual remix of Gil Scott Heron’s New York Is Killing Me.
I love how this music video re-imagines classic Blue Note album covers in motion.
I’ve always admired the dots, dashes and shapes that at one time adorned the covers of many jazz and classical music record sleeves. Project Thirty-Three is a blog dedicated to showcasing these kinds of designs that feature bold color combinations and geometric relationships.
Check out this rare BBC in studio session. Jimi Hendrix jams with Stevie Wonder who plays the drums.
From the Basement is the pet project of music production wunderkind Nigel Godrich. An impressive list of musicians are invited to play intimate live in-studio sessions that are filmed in HD and presented online. Godrich’s goal is to create an honest and laid-back environment for his guests to perform. He likens the project to the 70’s BBC 2 program The Old Grey Whistle Test. Here are a few wonderful solo performances: Andrew Bird, Tenuousness and Thom Yorke, Videotape.
I’ve just watched two new music videos that I like quite a bit. Both clips explore an odd and unexplained narrative of a rather dark variety. Here is director Pete Riski’s work for Husky Rescue’s track They Are Coming. And here you can see The Space In Between by How To Destroy Angels (aka Trent Reznor and wife), directed by visionary commercial director Rupert Sanders.