as the label says, this is for heads, by heads, and it is hypnotizing madness. 

birdtapes:

the usps is cool.

Bummer.

birdtapes:

the usps is cool.

Bummer.

Music For Robots turned 3 today!
ps. the original site turns ten in April.

Music For Robots turned 3 today!

ps. the original site turns ten in April.

I was at the Wyclef Jean show at Bates College back in ‘99. Wyclef was indeed upset at the security and lines, but the reason us students shrugged it off is because Lewiston was the drug and crime capitol of Maine by a wide margin. Security was tight for everything at Bates. 

The show itself was like nothing I’d seen before or since. He played for close to four hours. You might be asking yourself, “How on earth did Wyclef Jean have four hours worth of music?” Great question. He only had one solo album and the Fugees record, and boy did he play every last song off of all of them. He also did lots of covers, inexplicably throwing the line “In the government yard at … Bates College” into his cover of No Woman No Cry, which has to be one of the more problematic shout-outs i history.


But two other things happened that night. Mid-set he took an hour-long break to DJ hit records. Like, pop tunes. Madonna and Britney Spears and whatever else was on TRL at the time. It was lunacy. He stopped the show, sent his band members away, and just started playing records. I think the idea was that Wyclef was the host of a celebration — a Carnival, if you will — and we were just supposed to be partying. Totally fine concept, not the greatest execution. 

So then, once the band kicks in and they’re doing “Guantanamera” for the third time, he sees one of the few women of color in the audience. he invited her up on stage to dance. He lifted her up onto her shoulders, facing away from him so that his face was in her crotch. He then did a brumpsky between her legs and danced her all around on his face. It was insane. It’s they type of thing that in the smartphone era would ruin careers. It was easily the most memorable portion of the set, which is saying something. I can’t remember if it became a talked-about issue after the show (Bates was lousy with “forums” at the time, though this seems like the type of thing that would’ve been worth unpacking). 

Anyway, it was amazing to see the hip hop shows of the NESCAC referenced at Grantland and I just had to contribute my two-cents. 

pitchfork:

Does Baltimore synth-pop trio Future Islands’ new album Singles live up to their “Letterman” performance/meme? Read Jeremy D. Larson’s review.

Yes and no. The singer’s theatrics sustained over album length grow a tad weary but their enthusiasm, zeal and chops make up for it. Despite their obvious influences they are a singular band and I’m so glad they’re around. 

Daniel Arnold.

Daniel Arnold.

When it comes to YouTube, the record industry makes more money from fan-made covers, mashups, lip-syncs, and tributes, than from artists’ official music videos. A report by The Sun says ads played before and during fan videos reap more revenue than those played before official clips.

I’ll be holding things down at the Crying Wolf this Wednesday night from 10 til close. 

ratsoff:

I’ve been tryin’a tell u 4ever, ‘Normcore’ is dope, but anyways, it has a name now.

Guys, Adam Sandler has been on the bleeding edge of this trend for decades now. 

the21gunsalute:

Album/single covers I drew back in 2004 of my favorite records

I would buy a print of this.