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New study identifies the most misheard lyrics and artists
Apr 22, 2014 1:18pm | Cosequence Of Sound
From when the song debuted in 1999 to just last year, I swore Eiffel 65′s “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” contained the lyric “I’m blue/If I was gray I would die.” In fact, I once got into a shouting match with someone in a college English class regarding the line, arguing that “I’m blue da ba dee da ba die” was not only stupid, but contextually inappropriate. When I finally saw the (blue) light, I was sure that my blunder had to be a fairly common mix-up. Now, thanks to a new list compiling the most misheard lyrics of all time, I realize I am as isolated as the song’s titular hero. (The song is about sadness and isolation and not just techno-loving aliens, right?)
In a poll of 2,000 adults (via The Telegraph), UK company Blinkbox Music found that Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Prince, and Bob Dylan are among the most misunderstood artists in popular music history. Here’s the official breakdown of the top 10 by percent of individuals who misheard the respective musicians.
01. Ozzy Osbourne (28%) — Is this actually in reference to his interviews?
02. Lady Gaga (22%) — This one doesn’t make sense. Unless people can’t hear through all that mediocrity.
03. Shaggy (22%) – OK, now this makes total sense.
04. Sean Paul (14%) — See above.
05. Jay Z (14%) — Hov’s inclusion isn’t surpris...
Read An Exclusive Excerpt From The Definitely Maybe 33
Apr 22, 2014 12:43pm | StereoGum
It was 20 years ago this week that Britpop first emerged as a major cultural force, thanks to the dual releases of Blur’s Parklife and Pulp’s His ’N’ Hers. So we’re celebrating Britpop Week here at Stereogum, looking back in admiration and fondness at the scene in its awesome, messy, beautiful entirety. Among the other major Britpop albums to be released in 1994 was Oasis’ timeless debut, Definitely Maybe, which came out on August 29 of that year (and whose forthcoming Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set you can enter to win here). Next month, Bloomsbury is publishing Alex Niven’s outstanding extended analysis of the album which explores in granular detail its creation as well as the culture that spawned it — and then, the culture that followed it. Today, we’re publishing an excerpt from the book’s first chapter, in which Niven does a remarkable job summing up what made Oasis so special in that moment — while also hinting at the demise that would follow. It’s a fantastic book, and if you care about Oasis, you should read it. Start with this segment now.
Watch: Damon Albarns new video for Heavy Seas of Love, featuring Brian Eno
Apr 22, 2014 12:37pm | Cosequence Of Sound
With his solo debut Everyday Robots due out next week, Damon Albarn has shared the video for his standout Brian Eno collaboration “Heavy Seas of Love”.
Similar to the visuals for “Lonely Press Play”, the iPad-created clip reads like a scenic journey across landscapes far and wide, from humid bayous and smoky skylines, to buzzing downtown strips and palm tree-lined coasts. Like a true globetrotter documenting and focusing on his surroundings, Albarn himself makes a brief, yet charming cameo. Watch it below.
Everyday Robots hits shelves on April 29th via Warner Bros. Stream it in full here.
Sennheiser showcases the worlds most unique and inspiring sound stories
Apr 22, 2014 12:37pm | Fact Magazine
Audio specialist Sennheiser has searched the globe for the most inspirational sound stories and is showcasing 100 of the most ground-breaking as part of its new MOMENTUM project.
Firm in the belief that sound makes the world go round, Sennheiser will be asking the British public to join in celebrating these achievements that, one by one, are improving the way we interact with sound each day.
UK ambassadors for the project include British songstress Imogen Heap, artist and experimentalist Di Mainstone and Bruno Zamborlin, the brains behind an innovative new sound device named Mogees. These are just three of a group of 100 inspirational people that Sennheiser will be following during the project, together with Spotify, documenting their passion and connection to sound and learning more about their individual MOMENTUM.
Who has MOMENTUM? People that inspire
People with MOMENTUM are individuals from all backgrounds, with one thing in common. They seize opportunities, take chances and innovate, drawing inspiration from a unique worldview that allows them to create sound in a completely new or different way.
Imogen Heap has MOMENTUM, creating a link between movement and sound that has never been seen before. Bruno Zamborlin has MOMENTUM, breaking down the barrier between the physical and digital and making the world an instrument played through a device called Mogees. Di Mai...
Gene Ween is now FREEMAN, new LP in July (stream a track) ++ 2 NYC shows and other dates
Apr 22, 2014 12:35pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Aaron and the rest of FREEMAN, the band
Aaron Freeman no longer goes by Gene Ween but he has not stopped making music. Following 2012's Marvelous Clouds , which used lyrics by Rod McKuen, he's now set to release his first album of original material which will be out July 22. Now sober and now going by FREEMAN, he says of the album, "I want this record to pay homage to Ween. These are the same songs I would've written in Ween --- except without Mickey."
The first song from the album, "(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man," was just released, for real, via Jack Black's Facebook. You can stream it below.
FREEMAN, which is also the name of his new five-piece band, will be playing shows this summer, including two in NYC: July 22 at Mercury Lounge and July 23 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Baby's All Right are already on sale, and tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/23) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
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Listen: Jamie xx Girl
Apr 22, 2014 12:30pm | CMJ
Jamie xx – Photo by Jamie-James Medina
At the start of this month, Jamie xx dropped a video for his subdued, soporific song, Sleep Sound, which will appear on a double A-side single for Young Turks next month. Today, we’re getting a visual stream of the single’s other half, Girl. It’s a big, layered track with bustling fog horn-like blares, shivering synths, clanging hi-hats and snipped vocals. Listen below and snatch the single on May 6.
The post Listen: Jamie xx – “Girl” appeared first on CMJ.
PREMIERE: Stream Lee Paradises Water Palace Kingdom, the new solo LP by Hooded Fangs Daniel Lee
Apr 22, 2014 12:27pm | Chart Attack
Daniel Lee has been leaving a trail of breadcrumbs from his debut solo LP as Lee Paradise across the internet (including here), but now he's ready to unleash the whole thing. Listen to the full debut stream of Water Palace Kingdom below.
Those familiar with Lee from Hooded Fang, Phèdre, Tonkapuma, Hut, or one of his other Toronto-based projects (the list seems endless) shouldn't be too surprised by this new incarnation: it's a perfect distillation of his hook-heavy songwriting, but stripped to its bass-driven essence and groovier for it.
This is not what you think of when you think of a limp solo "singer/songwriter" project. Written and recorded before the latest Fang and Phèdre records, it actually revitalized him. Lee explains:
Weedeater made "Hot Doughnuts Now" (listen)
Apr 22, 2014 12:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Doug Moore
Weedeater at Ultra Lounge, Chicago (more by
We just premiered a new Weedeater song over on Invisible Oranges today. It's called "Hot Doughnuts Now." It's about, well, doughnuts.
If you've heard Weedeater before, you probably already know whether you're interested. If you haven't, then expect some thick, ugly stoner sludge, complete with agonized vocals. About doughnuts. All that's left for me to add are the release details (via IO):
This song is the product of Weedeater's appearance at an installment of Scion's monthly show series at the Satellite in LA alongside Pins of Light back in January. Each band that plays one of these shows also records a new song that Scion then presses to a 7 that they distribute for free at a later installment of the series. "Hot Doughnuts Now" is evidently what they cooked up.If you happen to be in Atlanta tonight (4/22), Weedeater are playing a one-off show at The Earl with Dropout and Wolves & Jackals. Even if you're not, enjoy "Hot Doughnuts Now," now, below...
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Stream Wovenhand Refractory Obdurate
Apr 22, 2014 12:26pm | StereoGum
Refractory Obdurate, the new album from former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards’s Wovenhand project, somehow walks the line between blackened, apocalyptic roots music and scorched-earth postpunk. Converge frontman Jacob Bannon’s Deathwish Inc. label — a label that generally focuses on way-out hardcore and metal — is releasing the album, and it’s somehow heavier than most of the stuff that comes out on that label. It is a monster of an album. We previously posted the early track “Hiss,” and that was awesome. But now you can stream the whole album at Pitchfork. You should do that.
Refractory Obdurate is out 4/29 on Deathwish Inc.
Blondie celebrates 40th anniversary with new album, greatest hits collection
Apr 22, 2014 12:22pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by Daniela Montelongo
Debbie Harry’s 68 and Chris Stein’s 64, but Blondies 40. To celebrate, the legendary New York outfit has put together a special double-disc release and slapped on a confusing title: Blondie 4(0) Ever.
Due out May 13th, the collection bundles new recordings of their past hits with their tenth studio album, which is actually dubbed, Ghosts of Download. If you recall, Journey marketed the same package deal back in 2008 with Revelation, but don’t fret if that doesn’t ring a bell.
Recorded at New York’s Mercy Sound Studios, the followup to 2011′s Panic of Girls comes stocked with 12 originals and a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s big hit, “Relax”. Last year’s single “A Rose By Any Name”, featuring Gossip’s Beth Ditto, also joins the bunch.
Right now, the album’s available for pre-order via iTunes, which includes a free download of new song “I Want to Drag You Around” upon ordering. Diehard fans should recognize the tune, as the band’s performed it live in recent tours. Check out a performance of the song below, in addition to the album’s tracklist and a number of upcoming tour dates.
Greatest Hits Tracklist:
Aaron Paul Traded Pizza For Tickets To Arcade Fires Roxy Show Last Night
Apr 22, 2014 12:19pm | StereoGum
Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul was last seen dancing on stage in a giant Pope mask during Arcade Fire’s first-weekend Coachella set after soliciting a sponsor to pay him for attending the fest. Paul’s adventures with Arcade Fire continued at last night’s secret show in LA. Yesterday afternoon Paul tweeted the band an offer to trade pizza for entry to the show, an offer the band heartily accepted:
Watch: Black Lips Funny
Apr 22, 2014 12:12pm | CMJ
Black Lips – Photo by Mick Rock
If marionettes really tickle your funny bone, then the Black Lips’ new video for Funny has got it all. As the band performs the spiteful glam rock cut from Underneath The Rainbow they’re joined by a hodgepodge collective of stringed groovers, a few of which get pretty intimate with lead singer Cole Alexander. Somewhere between canoodling with puppets and running through this scuzzy number Alexander finds the time to keep changing his outfit, too. Watch the video and check out the video and the band’s summer tour schedule below.
Tour Dates For The Black Lips:
04/22 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
04/24 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
04/25 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
04/26 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, IL
04/27 Turf Club St. Paul, MN
04/28 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE
04/29 The Freebird St. Louis, MO
04/30 The Riot Room Kansas Cit, MO
05/02 Austin Psych Fest Austin, TX
05/03 Siberia New Orleans, LA
05/16 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Fest
05/21 Meet Factory Prague, Czech Rep
05/22-23 Privatclub Berlin, Germany
05/24 Le Guess Who Festival Utrecht, Netherlands
05/25 Bitterzoet Amsterdam, Netherlands
05/26-27 Le Novaeau Casino Paris, France
05/28 Ancien Marche de Gros Lyon, France
05/29 Bad Bonn Festival Dudingen, Switzerland
05/30 Paloma Nimes, France
05/31 Primavera Sound Barcelona,...
SchoolBoy Q Studio (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid) Video (NSFW)
Apr 22, 2014 12:11pm | StereoGum
On Schoolboy Q’s jagged and fired-up new album Oxymoron, “Studio,” a collaboration with the promising R&B singer BJ The Chicago Kid, stands out as a rare languid moment. It’s a song about being at work but wishing you were having sex instead, and, I mean, we’ve all been there. The black-and-white video takes just about the most literal approach you could imagine, with Q finishing up a verse in a booth somewhere while some girl crawls around on a bedspread and gets tastefully naked. Watch it below.
Bryan Ferry announces East Coast tour, playing Beacon Theatre in NYC (dates, recent setlist)
Apr 22, 2014 12:02pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
Bryan Ferry @ Coachella 2014 (more by Dana
Onetime Roxy Music frontman and general suave dude Bryan Ferry just wrapped up appearances at Coachella 2014 and other spots in California. Named for a song from 1978's solo LP, The Bride Stripped Bare, the "Can't Let Go Tour" is heavy on Roxy material and cherry-picks favorites from his solo career as well. The West Coast dates have been well-received:
His band, as always, is loaded with younger aces who can fairly well replicate recorded versions, though they tend to rush tempos and aren't as dynamic at expanding frameworks the way the real Roxy could. But at 68, and allowing his gray to be seen more, Ferry is mostly intact. It's only noticeable how he avoids his upper range, particularly on wilder material like opening salvo "Re-Make/Re-Model" and roaring takes on "Virginia Plain" and "Editions of You" toward the end. Even on the disco thriller "Love Is the Drug," he leaves the high holler to his backing singers, forming a vocal meld as plush as it is distinctive.You can check out the setlist from ...
Convergence - A new series of "Electronic music" events in the post-Dubstep, EDM-dominated era
Apr 22, 2014 11:54am | Drowned In Sound
This weekend, a new series of events for "electronic music" kicked off in London.
In the short essay below organiser Glenn Max, who founded the Ether Festival and who runs East London's Village Underground venue, says "I like the idea that many disparate artists, musicians, talkers and raves are united." We have a feeling many of you will more-than like this idea too.
Just look at the list of names on the line-up... Convergence: A Music + Technology Series featuring Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie, Fennesz, Ben Frost, 65daysofstatic, Booka Shade, Jacques Greene, Koreless, Ulrich Schnauss, Anna von Hausswolff, The Haxan Cloak, Hidden Orchestra, Digitalism, BeatauCue, Karen Gwyer, Lumen, Hannah Peel, Sculpture and Three Trapped Tigers, We Have Band, Tom Findlay, Justin Robertson...
With events underway, we asked Glenn why he set-up the series of events and about the current state of (for want of a better umbrella term) electronic music. We expected a few words but received the following essay. Before we get to his piece, his co-pilot at the Village Underground has put together this mix to listen to whilst you're reading:
Convergence Mix 2014 by Convergence London on Mixcloud
Convergence by Glenn Max
Before chucking his wife out a 10-story window in NYC in 1988, artist Carl Andre, most closely associated with the minimalist movement of the 1960s, produced at least one work of exceeding prac...
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