Conspiracies, blobs and WTFs?

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When Arcade Fire were announced as the surprise winners of the Album Of The Year award at The Grammys by a discombobulated Barbra Streisand, thousands fired up their Twitter and Facebook accounts and began to ask “Who the hell are RK Fire?” or as Streisand’s confused announcement had led people to people “Who the hell are The Suburbs?”. Bieber and Gaga fans in particular, felt uncharacteristically duped and all of these incredulous reactions were screengrabbed and posted on the Tumblr blog Who Is Arcade Fire?. It was a great reminder of how fractured our cultural worlds are.

It’s easier to imagine then, that those same Beliebers would be scared out of their minds by The Flaming Lips’ latest musical idea. Charmingily entitled Two Blobs F**king, the Oklahoma band, who are known for their forays into sonic experimentation and participation, posted 12 Youtube videos, each with different music and visuals. The band then asked people to play them simultaneously via their browsers, smartphones, tablets etc.

The resulting audio/visual mix is pretty trippy. Quelle surprise! If you don’t want to go to the hassle of trying it all yourself (and I don’t totally blame you) then you can see the resulting A/V mix at.

Everyone has now had a week to get acquainted with Radiohead’s new album The King Of Limbs. But a week is also enough time for conspiracy theories to rise to the top. Theories seem to have started primarily because of the album’s tracklisting which runs to only eight songs and the fact that the band have previously released a followup album from the same studio sessions before as they did with Amnesiac after the release of Kid A. (more…)

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Band of Blogs: Darwin Deez’s Willy Wonka mixtape, Daithí & more

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Darwin Deez’s Wonky Beats

Deez may be known for his dance moves and catchy songs but he has now tackled the rap mixtape format. The Wonky Beats mixtape is composed entirely from Willy Wonka samples.
http://darwindeez.com/wonkybeats/

Savage Skulls & Douster featuring Robyn

Currently burning up dancefloors, Bad Girl finds Robyn in attitude mode while the collaborative producers drop some high-tech electro around her. Extra points for being released on Diplo’s Mad Decent label.

Jessie Ware & Sampha

Valentine is a short and floaty love song borne from the collaboration between London-based Jessie Ware and Sampha.

Daithí

Electric fiddle and looping electronics enthusiast Daithí O’ Dronaí released his debut EP The Embrace this week. If Panda Bear came from Galway, he might sound like this…
http://daithi.bandcamp.com

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