How the 808 drum machine got its cymbal, and other tales from music’s geeky underbelly

Trent Woble at TheVerge has a fascinating story from the NAMM convention on Don Lewis, a pioneer of electronic instruments and a consultant to Roland. The feature then goes on to highlight a few of the out of the way innovations on display at the convention. Look at all those knobs! See all those dials!

Recording Business Case Study – 1 song, 7.5 writers, 18+ versions

A funny/sad/ridiculous tale of how record companies often don’t know their asses from their elbows. Told with grace and humor. Let’s be clear, this is the recording industry* we are trying to protect with our constant attempts to pass internet-killing legislation. *I say “recording industry” because I think that is a different animal than the “music industry”. Unfortunately, too many people, including the uploader of this video, use the terms interchangeably. (Thanks to my friend and ex-housemate Eric, who is a high-powered entertainment lawyer in LA, for sharing this)

King Britt Talks Vinyl With Dust & Grooves

King Britt Talks Vinyl With Dust & Grooves on Vimeo Elion from Dust and Grooves interviews King Britt. Have a look at the video and consider contributing to the Kickstarter campaign for the Dust and Grooves project “A Photography Book About Vinyl Collectors”. Britt also tells his version of “the great vinyl massacre of ’87” – his involves a video arcade.

Now *this* is a guitar wankfest I can get behind

Ben Lapps was in his mid-teens when this was made. There’s a few things I really like about it. The first is the way he hears the request, pauses, thinks about it, looks down at the guitar and kid of shrugs his shoulders and begins. The second is the fun he’s having, most guitar wankers are so serious and look as if they are passing gas or something worse. The third delight is the apparent obliviousness of the roadies setting up the equipment behind him. Ben Lapps playing Going to California via YouTube Most music fans are sensible enough to…

TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light

Andrew S says: “Not sure if you have seen this, but it struck me immediately as Poopworthy. TV on the Radio’s hour-long “film,” basically a music video of their new album in its entirety. Pretty f*cking cool.” From the blub: “Nine Types of Light is as much an album as it is a movie by TV on the Radio. The movie is meant to be a visual re-imagining of the record, and includes a music video for every song on the album. The band personally asked their friends and the filmmakers they admired to help direct the music videos. Tunde…

Rusko new “single” shows two sides of one artist

Rusko’s new “single” arrived digitally today. While he has been in LA for almost two years now, some prominent members of the dubstep scene have been throwing no so well disguised darts at him, accusing him of foisting “brostep” on us. With this single’s A-side “Everyday”, he continues the move towards the summer festival and the girls which he began with Hold On. It’s almost clinical how this one makes you put your hands in the air and feel the sun on your neck. The single version included above is almost so basic that you can imagine it being used…

Imma Homo – Rainbow Noise

Rainbow Noise Entertainment is a lesbian owned record label specializing in LGBTQ music artist with an independent name and mainstream appeal; But it doesn’t stop there… We are also committed to representing LGBTQ dancers, models, comedians, and entertainers with something to be proud of.

The Streets coming back to life?

Mike Skinner, aka the Streets, has been very quiet for a year or more. Over the last month or so there have been stirrings from him. He released this song over a year ago and now there is a new video for it. This seems to confirm that the song will be on the new record. right? Here’s another fun one from the recent stirrings:

One of Pooplist’s own is very busy (Oh, and gets played on Mary Anne Hobbs’ last show!)

Praveen Sharma (a PoOP contributor in ’01 and ’03) is hard working man. His many projects include PercussionLab and Sepalcure The former has many interesting electronic music based mixes from around the world. The latter has a 4 track EP on Hotflush Recordings which will interest fans of Joy Orbison, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Larry Heard. And in a coup whose import is difficult to overstate, Sepalcure had a dubplate played on Mary Anne Hobbs’ last Radio 1 show. She’s such a fan that she’s included a song of theirs on soundtrack for the new Daren Aronofsky film Go…

Robyn covers Bjork (with Bjork watching) and makes it work!

One of our all-time fave Bjork tracks. Here performed by Robyn, our new favourite pop diva, on Swedish TV. That takes balls. That’s Bjork herself watching, dressed in a christmas ornament of some kind. And what’s with the audience dressed in best bib and tucker? It’s because this is the Polar Music Prize presentation. This year it was presented to Bjork and Ennio Morricone. Here’s the Bjork citation. More Robyn videos: Robyn “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” Alicia Keys Cover (LIVE) at iheartradio Robyn “Hang With Me” (LIVE) at iheartradio Robyn “With Every Heartbeat” (LIVE) at iheartradio Robyn “Dancing…

OT: The most disingenuous TV spot ever?

I saw this spot during the Fulham / Man U match on Fox Soccer Channel today. I think it ran next to the ubiquitous Katy Perry ProActive spot. Anyway, the point is that there are plenty of youth oriented ad buys on the English Premiere League on FSC. And we know that soccer is a strong female sport in America. “Air has no prejudice. It does not carry the opinions of a man faster than those of a woman. Does not filter out an idea because I am sixteen and not 30. Air is unaware if I am black or…