Hydroponic gardens, air raid shelters, London’s Underground. What a neat project.
Great tune from Triangle-local band. Love these Moog Sound Lab versions.. Great sounding analog percussion.
Sixty years ago, a jazzman found himself in much the same position as a rapper did on Sunday night.
Ok, “Take Five” is not “Thrift Shop.” “Take the ‘A’ Train” is not “m.A.A.d City.” That’s not necessarily the point here- we’re talking about context.
It’s useful to consider musicians in a certain historical context- social awareness/ commercial success. Music is, among many things, a reflection of our values and our current state in history. Now, we have the power to instantly react, criticize, raise issues and sometimes jump to conclusions about it. While that can be terrible when done irresponsibly, other times it can serve simply to make you think, and that’s what’s ultimately important, right?
Here’s an example: "Alternate Universe Macklemore (Storify)"
Let’s also consider how the mainstream media narrative influences our perspectives on these things (none of these are the first things you’d read in a headline about the Grammys), and how social media can help provide another frame of reference:
You might not be able to tell it from the headlines, but Kendrick Lamar’s performance with Imagine Dragons was actually the most discussed of the night on Twitter, even more than Beyonce, Daft Punk, or, of course, Macklemore’s huge performances. [Watch all of those here] Even if part of that may have to do with timing, or commentary on the numerous shots of TSwift loving it.. there’s something that they gained from working together- this cross-pollination of genres- a sort of artistic synergy that has the potential to raise all boats in terms of what everyone tries to get out of these events- Buzz and attention. Mashups aren’t always well executed, but they do provide opportunities to reframe musical conversations.
The one-off rock/rap performance with Lamar and Dragons (that’s a band name) and having seen Steven Tyler in the audience reminded me of this recent interview he did about working with Run-DMC, and that they both were initially disinterested in collaborating and were brought together by Rick Rubin, has to say about the idea of monogenre and collaboration. There’s much more to be said here but I’ll just leave the ideas out there on the table to mull over.
So Thom Yorke, you can rest easy knowing that Grammy Day is still a TOTALLY RELEVANT event where you can comment on the VERY VITAL AND VIRAL state of mainstream music. Steven Tyler still knows how to do this dance:
And so does Yoko:
Dat synth. Dat voice. Wanna vacation to the distant and beautiful planet this song was made on
James Baxter — Moses from Prince of Egypt [x]
THE ANIMATION IN THIS MOVIE IS SO PERF UGH
What you mean to say is that James Baxter is perfect <3 The man is an animation god/legend. FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. In fact, the man is especially renown for his work on “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”
That’s why in an episode of Adventure Time, there is an incredibly well animated horse who rolls around on his ball and says his name “Jaaaaaaaaames Baxter!” and brings cheer to everyone around him. Finn and Jake become jealous of his ability to make people smile and try to mimic him, find their own way of spreading joy and then finally accept that sometimes you can’t be as good as some other people at some things. It was a commentary by Pendleton Ward about how he always wanted to be a legend just like James, but in the end you have to do you own thing and achieve greatness in your own way.
James Baxter voiced the horse himself, too.
The ultimate question has been answered
This is one of those tumblr posts where I went “this ALLLL sounds like bullshit,” and then I went and checked it and it’s totally true.