Tag: music

  • Biko’s Manna

    Biko and Manna Nhlangothi are a sister and brother duo raised by musician parents that perform as Biko Manna. They’ve been dazzling crowds with their street performances in their home county of South Africa for several years but have recently hit it big by covering Japanese pop songs on YouTube. Apparently the story is the […]

  • Deadicated

    Deadicated

    Getting into the weeds on Bobby Weir

  • Little Big

    Little Big

    Anybody who thinks that the Russians have no sense of humor has not seen Little Big, Russia’s entry in this year’s Eurovision contest. With over 125M views, Little Big’s Uno video is the most watched video on the Eurovision channel. The annual contest was unfortunately cancelled this year due to the pandemic but there’s plenty […]

  • For Deadheads Only

    For Deadheads Only

    When Deadheads try to explain their appreciation for the Grateful Dead, they will probably point you to a concert at Cornell University in 1977, in particular the sequence from Scarlet Begonias to Fire on the Mountain. YouTuber Michael Palmisano has built up his channel, Guitar Teacher REACTS around the deconstruction of live music jams. To […]

  • Can’t keep us down

    The human spirit is irrepressibly creative. Three mates stuck in their apartment Barcelona hit a chord with their bit, Stay Homas and have now become an internet sensation with their own YouTube channel and a profile in the New Yorker.

  • Group Play

    Group Play

    Stuck at home, the world’s symphonies are using technology to play, together. I learned later that each of the Rotterdam musicians did their bit without practice.

  • Tokyo Train Station Melodies

    Oh, and if you want to hear samples, I linked to a site that exhaustively recorded and cataloged all the jingles back in 2004.

  • Rocket Man as Refugee

    You’ll never listen to this song and not think of the story as imagined by Iranian filmmaker and refugee Majid Adin. Elton John’s Rocket Man is a “story of adventure, loneliness and hope.” To learn more about Majid and his backstory, here’s a short interview. h/t to @JStrauss for sharing

  • Kagura, making music with your body

    Brian Eno once said, “The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them.” The interfaces we use to interact with computers are too digital, not fuzzy enough to sense analog inputs. We’re stuck with mouse and keyboard. Kagura is a game that runs on a laptop and uses the camera to […]

  • Prince – Rest In Peace

    The story behind Prince’s solo above Had to also include this rare 13 minute recording of the debut of Purple Rain which was so epic that long passages of it were used on the album.