Archive for April, 2013

The Flaming Lips' new album "The Terror"

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1983. Instrumentally, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as “What Is the Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] by Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the “Big Bang” That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe)”. They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die.”

Apart from the ubiquitous recognition of their most successful singles, the band is best known in popular consciousness for its manifold associations with 60’s and 70’s psychedelic subculture. The psychedelic ethos that permeates the group’s instrumentation, effects and composition is probably the most pervasive reason for this association. Wayne Coyne’s lyrics, in particular, both reference and embody the fascination with Science-Fiction and Space Opera genres that was manifest in the golden age of psychedelic subculture. Wayne Coyne’s lyrical style tends to use the imagery and plot conventions of Space Operas to frame their more abstract themes about the unfolding cycles of romantic love, highlighting its vulnerability and delving into its mystical implications.

The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they scored a hit in 1993 with “She Don’t Use Jelly”. Although it has been their only hit single in the U.S., the band has maintained critical respect and, to a lesser extent, commercial viability through albums such as 1999’s The Soft Bulletin (which was NME magazine’s Album of the Year) and 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. They have had more hit singles in the UK and Europe than in the U.S. In February 2007, they were nominated for a 2007 BRIT Award in the “Best International Act” category. By 2007, the group garnered three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

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"Reincarnated" the artist's first album as Snoop Lion

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (born October 20, 1971) is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor, well known by his stage names Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Dogg, and Snoop Lion. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre. He collaborated on Dre’s solo debut The Chronic, and on the theme song to the film Deep Cover. Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, debuting at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified 4× platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including “What’s My Name” and “Gin & Juice”. In 1994, Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case, starring himself. His second album Tha Doggfather (1996), also debuted at No.1 on both charts with “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head” as the lead single. The album was certified double platinum in 1997.

After leaving Death Row, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums. Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told (1998), No Limit Top Dogg (1999), and Tha Last Meal (2000). Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss. He then signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin’. Malice ‘n Wonderland (2009) and Doggumentary (2011), were released on Priority. Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows including, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, and Dogg After Dark. He also coaches a youth football league and high school football team. In September 2009, Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records.

In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to the Rastafari movement and a new alias, Snoop Lion. Under the new moniker, he plans to release a reggae album, Reincarnated, and a documentary film of the same name, of his Jamaican experience, in early 2013.

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Mixquic, HBO – Original music by soundtrackmakers.com

Song medley played with instrument made out of PVC pipes

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Koji Kondo, Zelda and Super Mario Bros. Composer

Koji Kondo (近藤 浩治 Kondō Kōji?, born August 13, 1960) is a Japanese video game composer and sound director who has been employed at Nintendo since 1984. He is best known for scoring numerous titles in the Mario and The Legend of Zelda series.

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Steve Carell Talks About 'Despicable Me'

The villains are the central characters of Universal Pictures’ animated family film, Despicable Me, and Steve Carell (The Office, Date Night) lends his voice to one of the movie’s two ‘bad’ guys. Carell voices Gru, a dastardly villain who wants to steal the moon. Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘s Jason Segel voices Despicable Me‘s other villain, Vector, and although they both star on hit TV shows, the two funny men had never met until Despicable Me.

Rivals on screen, Carell has nothing but nice things to say about the actor who voices his character’s archenemy. “The first time I met him was, I believe, about four months ago. We were doing some advance promotion for the movie together. Incredibly sweet guy, really funny, and just a nice person. Clearly has a good heart. Yeah, we immediately liked one another. I can’t even jokingly say that there would ever potentially be an animosity. He’s great and I think he’s hilarious.”

At the LA press conference for the PG-rated film, Carell talked about what sets Despicable Me apart and about finding the unique voice he uses to bring Gru to life on screen.

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) in Despicable Me photo Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) in ‘Despicable Me.’ © Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures

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Them Crooked Vultures, rock Supergroup

Them Crooked Vultures is a rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by John Paul Jones (former member of Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and formerly of Nirvana), and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age). The group also includes guitarist Alain Johannes during live performances. The band began recording in July 2009, and performed their first gig on August 9, 2009, in Chicago, followed by a European debut on August 19. On October 1 the group embarked on a worldwide tour titled Deserve the Future with dates going into 2010. The band’s first single “New Fang” was released in October 2009, followed by the group’s self-titled debut album the following month, debuting at number 12 on the Billboard 200. The group won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for “New Fang”.
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What is a Shotgun Microphone?

Shotgun Microphone

A shotgun microphone is a highly directional microphone that must be pointed directly at its target sound source for proper recording. Shotgun microphones use unidirectional microphones to achieve this high beam of concentration on the sound source to record the sound. Being that they use unidirectional microphones, they pick up sound well when the sound source is directly in front of them but begin to pick up the sound worse (much lower) when the sound source is moved to the sides and rear. A shotgun gets its name from the fact that the body of the microphone is shaped like the barrel of a shotgun, and just like a shotgun, the microphone must be aimed or pointed directly at its target source in order to effectively to pick it up.

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Behind the music of Bioshock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games, and published by 2K Games. Previously known as “Project Icarus” in development, it was released worldwide on the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360platforms on March 26, 2013. BioShock Infinite is the third installment in the BioShock series, and though it is not part of the storyline of previous BioShock games, it does feature similar gameplay concepts and themes. The game’s concept and setting were developed by Irrational’s creative lead, Ken Levine, who took inspiration from both historical events at the turn of the 20th century, as well as more recent ones at the time such as the “Occupy” protests.

BioShock Infinite

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Jeep – Snow. Original music by soundtrackmakers.com

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