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Apr 05, 2014
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You have to learn to be unafraid when you’re a nobody, because you’re going to be really fucking afraid when you’re a somebody and all the lights are on you.

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The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection

mlarson:

lacienegasmiled:

Demo of Beat It composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

Dang. Dude was good.

Incredible.

(Source: harrattanparhar)

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Future Islands - Back In The Tall Grass (Live on KEXP) (by KEXP)

we’re a long way from home
A long way from home
How did we get here?

One step takes me home
Two steps back on my own
Three skips to each stone
Four steps back and I’m gone

And I wanted you to know
I was thinking about you
And you look like a rose
Especially, when I’m a long way from home
A long way from home

Listening to this song in a hotel room and crying.

Apr 04, 2014
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merlin:

Dire Straits - “Sultans of Swing” (Live; Old Grey Whistle Test; 1978)

The kid ain’t no fluke.

He could pull that shit off live, too.

Those pull-offs. Jesus.

On an endless loop this morning.

Apr 03, 2014
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awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

John Cale, Lou Reed, Patti Smith and David Byrne

Holy moly

awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

John Cale, Lou Reed, Patti Smith and David Byrne

Holy moly

Mar 25, 2014
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Mar 23, 2014
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Sound Opinions interview with Mike Watt

With his classic album Double Nickels on the Dime about to turn 30, bassist Mike Watt of Minutemen speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.

This is not only a fantastic interview, it’s also an excellent introduction to The Minutemen.

Since I’m on tour right now, I loved the bit paraphrased here in Our Band Could Be Your Life:

Where we had the most control was at the gigs. So the idea was to get people to the gig. We had divided the whole world into two categories: there was flyers and there was the gig. You’re either doing the gig, which is like one hour or your life, or everything else to get people to the gig. Interviews were flyers, videos were flyers, even records were flyers. We didn’t tour to promote records, we made records to promote the tours, because the gig was where you could make the money.”

Flyers and gigs. Flyers and gigs.

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Can’t stop listening to this new record from The War On Drugs.

Mar 20, 2014
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Mar 08, 2014
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Future Islands on Letterman

Man, I love Future Islands. You MUST watch their Letterman performance. (Afterwards, Dave says, “I’ll take all of that you’ve got!”) I had no idea they had a new record coming out. Can’t wait to see them at SXSW. (Thx @annfriedman for the gif — her email newsletter is great.)

Future Islands on Letterman

Man, I love Future Islands. You MUST watch their Letterman performance. (Afterwards, Dave says, “I’ll take all of that you’ve got!”) I had no idea they had a new record coming out. Can’t wait to see them at SXSW. (Thx @annfriedman for the gif — her email newsletter is great.)


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