Happy Friday everyone. I found this on a blog I frequent. I had no idea that the man behind The Violent Femmes had a new project out. It’s called Gordon Gano and the Ryans. Here is a new video for a song called Man In The Sand. It’s no Blister In The Sun but it’s pretty damn catchy. Can’t wait to hear the rest of their album.
Warning! Techie article. No musical merit in this post whatsoever. Skip to the pertinent content…
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It has been a while coming and while I may be a web developer I tend to be a bit of a hack. When we moved over to the WordPress backend from PHPBB I ended up doing some heavy standard file editing which is a no-no on these packages. The reason isn’t that it may break something, the reason is that you will have a hard time upgrading. Basically when an upgrade is done in WordPress you overwrite all of your files with the new files then perform a database upgrade. In essence, overwriting ALL of the hacks you’ve done.
We haven’t really changed the way we do things, only this time around we’ve actually documented the files and changes that are needed to added the wonderful user extensions as well as Artist and Album tagging on posts. Nothing major but when you’ve got an entire site depending on the infrastructure you need to do it right.
We have a whole slew of plans moving forward. We were on a bit of a holding pattern with the onslaught of visitors during the Indie Of The Year contest but now that the contest is finished we’ll have some time to address. I won’t get into much detail about what plans are but I will reveal this, we are working on a micro-payment system for editorial reviewers. What does that mean for you as a “user”? You will want to prove your chops to us to get in on the editorial team! Start taking part in some of the comments and such throughout the site and most importantly, submit many user reviews. If we like what we see you will get a personal invite to join the team. We are so far behind on reviews we aren’t just looking for a couple. We’d like to expand to at least 10-15 full-time editorial staff to help out with reviews, blog posts, podcasts, posting artist bios and much more.
This micro-payment system has been on the table for quite some time but the resources haven’t been there to do the extra coding necessary in order to make it happen. Let me know your thoughts on this and what you might hope to see in such a system down in the comments below.
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The Alternative Press said of this album, “Depending on your worldview, Art Brut are either the most whimsical folks in Britrock or the most sardonic bastards you’ve ever worshipped via air guitar. ” This about sums up this album perfectly – released in 2007 to universal acclaim from fans of art-punk and critics alike.
The thrashing, smashing guitars are perfectly placed and the lyrics tilt at everything from the ephemeral nature of popular culture to erectile dysfunction:
“I’m sorry // I’m so sorry // Can I get you… a cup of coffee? // Don’t tell your friends!”
It’s just sarcastic enough to not be pretentious, helped along by Eddie Argos’ perfectly deadpan singing voice. Art Brut have come along and made you fall back in love with music that relates to your life – how shit your hangover is and how you still harbour a crush for that girl you first kissed when you were 15. It’s a refreshing change from all the grandiose rubbish out there at the moment – Bang Bang Rock & Roll puts it all back into simple perspective for you.
OK, they are really just from Sara but if I just put Sara up there then you’d be at a loss for who’s recommending these great albums!
I’m not sure if this is ok…but…what i am most struck by when I’m speaking to our fans is how many of them don’t know some of the bands and albums that were super influential on me when I was a teenager!
So instead of picking obscure bands, I thought I might just recommend five albums that people might not know about that are still as important and influential today (on me) as they were then!
1. Violent Femmes- Violent Femmes
This album came out when i was three years old. I discovered it in 1995. It sounded as contemporary and raw as anything i was listening to at that point in my life. I had never heard punk music performed this way. No electric guitars, no crazy drums or feedback. controlled power in the vocals, so much restraint. I wore a hole in my bedroom carpet charging around in a circle singing along to “ADD IT UP”.
2. Hayden- Everything I Long For
Similar to the experience I had with the violent femmes, this album had all the emotion and violence of the punk and rock music i was listening to in a single fist. quiet and tough and personal.
3. Bruce Springsteen- Nebraska
I loved this album in jr. high. I could sing the entire album acapella. the melodies and the haunting harmonies made me feel queasy. i didnt understand what made this record different from other bruce sprinsteen albums at the time. I now credit this recording with my obsession for/over demos. the music is sad and hypnotic. it still sounds so original and spooky.
4. Cyndi Lauper- She’s So Unusual
We did a half a dozen shows with Cyndi Lauper last year and i was SHOCKED that some of our fans didn’t know her or this album. It is still one of the most original, spastic, killer pop albums EVER. the live video of ms. lauper performing “MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING” makes the hair on my arms stand up. Still one of my top five favorite albums EVER. I wish people would compare us to cyndi lauper…I borrow from her shamelessly.
5. The Replacements- Let It Be
I discovered this album well after I had discovered “indie rock”. The guitar tones, the melodies, the torch and intensity were helpful in helping me connect my desire to be emotive but also reserved in my own songwriting. unsatisfied is still a slow burning scorcher.
Hi all, this week’s podcast is brought to you direct from sunny (?) Manchester, where we’ve got a new wave of indiepop emerging from the depths of Britain’s underground clubs and pretentious indie cafes. And I (Archelon) am here to introduce you to some of them. Here’s the lineup:
- The Candle Thieves – The Sunshine Song
- The Hot Melts – Edith
- Raygun – Just Because
- The XX – Crystalised
- Let’s Tea Party – Reptiles
- And my classic rewind of the week: Blur – Entertain Me
It’s my first podcast for Music Emissions, I hope you all enjoy it and if not I promise to keep my mouth shut from now on.
I’m not really sure how popular Paramore is, especially after writing a song for “Twilight” in all its glory, but I thought this was an interesting cover. Have a good weekend everyone!
Welcome students old and new… every Thursday until the sun blazes the Earth, the staff shall pay homage to the most classic indie albums of all time. No countdowns, or top 100 lists, just a weekly gaze into the Music Emissions vault. Let the education begin…
Separation Sunday is the second of The Hold Steady’s studio albums, coming into our hands in Springtime 2005. And what a record it was – full of dense lyrics, riffy guitar harmony and a storyline involving actual characters. It’s well and truly a concept album, but we all had let that go just because it was so weird. Traditional song structures are eschewed, there are few chorsus and even fewer refrains, but the musicianship is second to none.
It’s the kind of thing that would even sound great behind any in-my-mums-basement hack, but the crashing, heaving mass of music is propelled to epic proportions by Craig Finn’s unique gift of being able to seat the listener right in the centre of what he sees. It’s an unholy amalgamation of biblical allusion and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Which is a good thing.
The ending of this year’s IOTY was not as eventful as the previous two. In fact the top five remained the same for the last week or so. Regardless, join me in congratulating Fortune and Spirits as this year’s Indie Of The Year 2009 recipient. Congrats! Coming in a close second is Wedlock. Rounding out the top 5 are Bassel, Backup Johnny, and Kwame Tona.
The band will be showered with fine prizes over the coming weeks. In fact, the top 10 bands are up for something or other. Thanks to all for bring us some new unheard music that for the most part we were unaware of before this contest.
I would also like to thank all the sponsors who came up with some amazing prizes this year. Please mention the contest to them if you do business with any of them.
Tags: vinyl versus cd
Dave Barry once said, “The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel and vinyl.“ However, Joshua Homme also said, “Vinyl has gotten to the point where it’s exclusively for the collector, I guess.” Now, I know that loads of bands, including independant artists, release their stuff on vinyl. I know this because I am the one buying them all, sad audiophilic creature that I am, but I do think there’s just something more exciting about hearing music that way – vinyls are big and heavy and interesting-looking: they feel like music. They come with all the art and sometimes lyrics, posters, booklets, etc. It makes you feel a bit more involved with the band, the album and the mood.
There’s also the theory that vinyls sound better than CDs. This one is still up for debate, but a learned recordist friend tells me there may actually be grounds for this (other than snobby audiophiles like me telling you all so). Apparently the frequency range on vinyl goes lower than on CD, making the sound ‘warmer’. Of course, this depends entirely on your hearing, but it does at keast make scientific sense. Score one for the audiophiles.
DJs love vinyl for the interaction factor – direct manipulation of the medium is a great sensation, and there are still quite a few things released on vinyl exclusively. But what does the general MusicEmissions community think of vinyls? Do you all enjoy the feel of a heavyweight LP as much as I do, or are they peripheral, pointless pieces of plastic?
Written by Brian Rutherford and Jason Henshaw
Saturday, October 24th was a gorgeous day for The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Granbury, TX, just outside the vicinity of crazed Halloween shoppers and blue skies gazers lurked a first annual charity event. Just about 35 miles Southwest of Fort Worth, TX, under those very same blue skies and comfortable temperatures, a quiet historic downtown area was infused by music and spirit.