Archive for the ‘Sounds’ Category

John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

April 27, 2012

John Maus’ strange, funny and somewhat disturbing album came out almost a year ago already but I still find myself listening to it which is quite rare these days.

Surprisingly, you can still stream it here.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Title Sequence

March 7, 2012

Incredibly thorough and insightful conversation about designing the title sequence for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo over at Art of the Title.

Atlas Sound – My Sharona

March 7, 2012

This looks wild, would have loved to be there in person.

It was interesting to observe the reactions of the openers. Initially the vibes were positive. The musicians, all fairly young, were clearly honored to be sharing a moment of spontaneity with someone they idolized. 35 minutes later that enthusiasm began to fade. They were visibly uncomfortable and beginning to question the sanity of their esteemed proctor, unwillingly locked in some twisted, Doomsday clock performance of a ’70s hit. Yet, “My Sharona” endured still, as did Cox’s increasingly awkward interactions with the audience. He asked people to take their clothes off. He shouted seemingly intoxicated defenses about his art. He simulated fallatio. He, to the horror of the Cedar employees, told everyone to pick up their chairs and shake them above their heads. While this behavior in another context could have been viewed as “rock’n’roll” it was unsettling and some people began filtering out of the venue. Eventually, after inviting the audience onstage (which visibly gave the Cedar staff an anxiety attack) he seemed to get the picture that the show was over and bid his adieu, dedicating the show to “the death of folk music and the birth of punk.”

-from a City Pages review of the show by Sally Hedberg

Claude François

February 21, 2012

They made a Serge Gainsbourg biopic, so why not Claude François? Based on the images and videos out there of the real man, it looks like a pretty accurate portrayal.

Bjork + Sam Falls

October 21, 2011

Pretty wonderful use of Sam Falls’ photographically painted style in these images of Bjork made for the 200th issue of Dazed and Confused.

See the full spread of images here.

Steve Reich & Kronos Quartet: WTC 9/11

September 9, 2011

American Minimalist composer Steve Reich has created an intense and moving composition commemorating the 9/11 attacks.

You can stream the piece in its entirety at NPR.

Les Alléluias

September 6, 2011

Bernard Herrmann Centenary Celebration

August 1, 2011

If you missed out on the festivities surrounding the Bernard Herrmann centennial celebration, you can catch up by listening to the four-part series presented by David Garland on Movies on the Radio.

Part 1: The Early Years

Part II: Hitchcock and Herrmann

Part III: Fantasy, Adventure and Sci-Fi

Part IV: Lyricism and Later Works

Herrmann was a brilliant composer who is best known for his cinematic collaborations with Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Brian DePalma and Martin Scorsese just to name a few but there is much more to his oeuvre including his memorable work in radio and television.

If you don’t know his music, now’s your chance to play catch up.

Dirty Beaches

June 22, 2011

Been listening to Dirty Beaches all day. Especially his latest album Badlands.

It’s a total throwback but feels like today.

Panda Bear: Tomboy

April 4, 2011

NPR is currently streaming Panda Bear’s Tomboy, his soon-to-be-released album in its entirety.

Head over to have a listen.

Tomboy will be released on April 12, 2011.