TV on the Radio / Dear Science

Although they just released Nine Types Of Light, I haven’t listened to that album enough to pass judgement (so far I like it). However, I wanted to direct your attention to their previous studio album from 2008, Dear Science. Dear Science, in a word, is a masterpiece. From the opening pounding rhythms of Halfway Home to the closing triumphant strains of Lover’s Day, it makes me grin. Big, stupid face-splitting grins.

Classical Pop n' Lock

If I don’t see this on the next season of So You Think You Can Dance, I’ll be surprised and disappointed.

Antony and the Johnsons (Music Review, First in a series)

is my favorite band where the lead singer is a transgender gay man. And that’s not nearly the back-handed compliment that you think it is. I think his voice is truly wonderful and generally the only instrument that is needed for any given song. Listen to the tracks “Hope There’s Someone” and “For Today I Am A Boy” off of I Am A Bird Now, or “One Dove” off of “The Crying Light” to see what I mean.

Living in the Future

The really great future, where this sad but sweet video can be created entirely on a Nintendo DSi. Yes, literally, hand-held gaming platforms are flexible and powerful enough to animate an entire music video. How cool is that?

Fluorescent Hill, Joey, and Boy

This is a music video, of a song called “Joey” by a band called “Boy”. The music is really bad - derivative, mumbly, lacking in hooks, almost unlistenable. So I recommend you watch the video with the sound off. Because the animation is fantastic. Something about the style and design just really hits all my “I love this!” buttons. The animation was done by the studio Fluorescent Hill. I’m off to see if they have done anything else this wonderful (hopefully in service of a more deserving client).

Claire de Lune

A nice soothing video, accompanied by a very good rendition of Claire de Lune. Parts, especially in the beginning, remind me of the old winamp synesthesia plugin, or one of the more experimental Fantasia segments.

ze frank's chillout

Ze Frank is probably best known for The Show, a very funny short video program posted Monday through Friday for an entire year, ending in March of 2007. However, he’s been doing other stuff since then, including writing a “chillout” song (i.e., a song to listen to when you need to just chill out and stop stressing). Here’s the story and the song. Tip o’ the hat to Daring Fireball for the link.

Hey there Cthulu

Your brain-ravaging, insanity-making, ancient eldritch god worshiping ballad for the day.

Not-so-nice article about Billy Joel

being a contemptuous artist. {% fn_ref 1 %} The theory is that Mr. Joel has nothing but contempt for his audience. The best part of the essay is the absolute - yes - contempt that he holds for Billy Joel. For example: {% blockquote %} It is a kind of mystery: Why does his music make my skin crawl in a way that other bad music doesn’t? Why is it that so many of us feel it is possible to say Billy Joel is—well—just bad, a blight upon pop music, a plague upon the airwaves more contagious than West Nile virus, a dire threat to the peacefulness of any given elevator ride, not rock ‘n’ roll but schlock ‘n’ roll?

Sneak peek at Decemberist's new album

Apparently it’s going to be more “Decemberist-y” than their last album (The Crane Wife). You can sign up to download a “single” from the upcoming album Hazards Of Love. While it’s nice that they’re getting back to their “roots” (and I do adore Castaways and Cutouts and Picaresque), here’s a good example of why I always love The Decemberists, and probably always will: If you can see this, you have javascript disabled.