If you ever wanted to quit a job by making a scene, why not follow Joey’s example and do it with a full marching band in tow.
Photographer Lisa Bettany took the same photo with every model of iPhone (iPhone 4S above).See how they have progressed.
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The Stone Roses reunion press conference was actually an episode of University Challenge. Not the brightest bunch I’m afraid.
Music charts are largely irrelevant, downloading is killing music’s old way of doing things and a new social network or music service like Spotify can open up a new outlet for artist discovery and create it’s own set of problems.
Independent artists are taking advantage of the current melee by promoting themselves in other ways. Take a cursory glance at the popular chart on well-known music blog aggregator site The Hype Machine (hypem.com) and the high probability right now, is that the song sitting at number one will be a remix. No longer confined to obscure twelve inches and B-sides, the remix has become the calling card of many an artist, indie or major label in today’s fragmented music world. Remixes are credible, disposable but great for word of mouth.
James O’Neill, the brainchild of Dublin electronic pop outfit Bitches With Wolves used The Hype Machine’s chart for his own gain when he released a remix of his current single Hurricane by the producer Ghostboy to blogs a couple of weeks ago (DOI: I also posted it on my blog). The song ended up at number two in The Hype Machine Twitter music chart. “Because of the fact that it’s a global chart and you don’t know who is watching, appearing on it can give you exposure to a potentially wide – if somewhat random – catchment of people,” O’Neill says. “My manager received a huge amount of feedback and enquiries from really random places that particular week. In terms of creating a buzz for yourself, there’s nothing quite like it.”
Hip-hop artists have a long tradition of using mixtapes to promote their upcoming studio albums. It’s a policy adopted by 24 year-old Kristine Flaherty more commonly known as Stanford-educated white female rapper K Flay. Through her website, Flaherty has released a three-volume mixtape, which has helped her get noticed by the likes of Liam Howlett of the Prodigy.
Flaherty is a fine example of a modern musician working her way through the world. She writes book reviews on her blog in her spare time and when not working on her own music, she uses her production skills to “cross-promote” by remixing artists like Oh Land, Beastie Boys and Kreayshawn. “It’s another way to promote as a fan of that band might find me through that remix,” she explains.
Flaherty points to an example where the right remix has really worked for an artist, citing the case of Cleveland rapper Kid Cudi who released a remix by Italian dance duo Crookers of his song Day and Nite. “The remix blew up big time and then that fueled the success of the original version and Cudi in general”.
Kid Cudi went on to work with Kanye West on his recent LP. The system is broken but a new system can work.
Diplo and Switch return to their electronic dancehall project with artwork that nods to Don Draper and a tune which bangs like some kind of Dutch jumpstyle tune. Rugged and raw.
Burial / Massive Attack
(Almost) anonymous dubstep producer Burial got his hands on two Massive Attack songs with their blessing and reworked them into 12-minute long dark gems.
It’s Around You is full-bodied electro-indie from ANR (Awesome New Republic), a duo born out of the South Florida warehouse party scene. What do you mean you’ve didn’t know that existed? Tut tut.
Having featured on records by SBTRKT and Joker, the young South London singer impresses on her own debut single Strangest Feeling with a super sweet and commanding vocal presence over skittering electronica.
- A photoseries which captures the exact moment of terror experienced during a haunted house visit.
- The greatest Wikipedia music page in existence? A list of albums with tracks hidden in the pregap.
- What photos taken from inside the human mouth look like.
- An open letter to Ryan Gosling.
- 12 extremely disappointing facts about popular music.
Young English girl Sophia Grace Brownlee stole everyone’s hearts with her version of Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass last week. Then Ellen stepped in and Sophia got to meet and perform with Minaj with amazing hyperactive consequences.
The New Record
A free music discovery platform curated by independent record labels including Anti, Kill Rock Stars, Sub Pop, Daptone, Side One Dummy and over 30 others which launched last week.
Tiled and animated GIFs that fill your browser and look rather artful at the same time.
The nerdiest thing of the week? A game based on text kerning. Typography enthusiasts get ready!