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Bowie streams full album for free

David Bowie has made his full comeback album The Next Day available via iTunes. Hear it now.

The art-rock icon surprised fans by launching lead single Where Are We Now? on January 8, leading to immense speculation over the album’s contents. While band members insisted there was more to it than the downbeat flavour of that track, Bowie’s ex-wife Angie suggested it proved he’d lost his muse.



While some say he won’t tour in support of his first release in a decade, guitarist Gerry Leonard believes there’s at least a 50-50 chance of him hitting the road.

Earlier this week Bowie released a video for second single The Stars (Are Out Tonight) featuring Tilda Swinton. View it below.

Bowie streams full album for free

David Bowie has made his full comeback album The Next Day available via iTunes. Hear it now.

The art-rock icon surprised fans by launching lead single Where Are We Now? on January 8, leading to immense speculation over the album’s contents. While band members insisted there was more to it than the downbeat flavour of that track, Bowie’s ex-wife Angie suggested it proved he’d lost his muse.

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John Williams Wants To Score STAR WARS VII

When we first heard about new Star Wars movies Mr Beaks, the very cromulent writer for Ain’t It Cool News, worried about one thing: would John Williams be around to score these movies? Williams is the unifying factor that ties all six movies together, and the idea of a Star Wars without a Williams score is… well, such a movie wouldn’t be Star Wars at all, would it? 

Williams is getting up there in years - he’s 81 years old. He’s still working hard, and he’s Oscar nominated this year for his Lincoln score. But there are still years to go before Star Wars Episode VII hits the scoring stage, and after that there are two more films in the new core trilogy. Wiliams would be around 88 when it came time to score Episode IX. 



But he don’t give a fuck! Williams  - who is still conducting live shows - has gone on the record saying he’d quite like to come back and score the new films. Speaking just before launching into the main Star Wars fanfare at a gala this weekend, Williams said:


  We’re about to play Star Wars [audience interrupts with cheers] and each time we play it, I’m reminded of the first time we played it decades ago.  Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I’d have to revisit the themes…and years later another trilogy.  Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016…so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George…[more cheers].


There was some speculation that new director JJ Abrams would bring his usual collaborator, Michael Giacchino, along with him for Episode VII. And that would be great… if Williams couldn’t do it. But in a world where Williams is both willing and able, it would be madness  not to have him come back for another go-round. I have to guess that even Giacchino would happily forego the opportunity in favor of the maestro.

John Williams Wants To Score STAR WARS VII

When we first heard about new Star Wars movies Mr Beaks, the very cromulent writer for Ain’t It Cool News, worried about one thing: would John Williams be around to score these movies? Williams is the unifying factor that ties all six movies together, and the idea of a Star Wars without a Williams score is… well, such a movie wouldn’t be Star Wars at all, would it?

Williams is getting up there in years - he’s 81 years old. He’s still working hard, and he’s Oscar nominated this year for his Lincoln score. But there are still years to go before Star Wars Episode VII hits the scoring stage, and after that there are two more films in the new core trilogy. Wiliams would be around 88 when it came time to score Episode IX.

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Source: slashfilm.com

It’s Valentines Day, so what better way to say that we love you than giving you an appropriately titled song: Black Valentine!

Black Valentine is the opening track taken from the forthcoming album from Ginger & Victoria’s Hey! Hello! project. To download for free, visit the Hey! Hello! bandcamp page and enter ’0′ in the buy now box.

Says Ginger: “Hey! Hello! allowed me to enter the world of lyrical fiction – much in the vein of Sparks, who are a massive influence on Victoria and I.

Black Valentine is that person in your life who doesn’t understand personal space and turns intimacy into an endurance test. It’s a new person in your life who is still on trial and not doing a great job so far. But you give them a second chance – and a third. Hell, you’re lonely… what else ya gonna do?”

You can also preorder the album on CD and Vinyl now exclusively from PledgeMusic, (and doing so will get you the digital tracks instantly!)

It’s Valentines Day, so what better way to say that we love you than giving you an appropriately titled song: Black Valentine!

Black Valentine is the opening track taken from the forthcoming album from Ginger & Victoria’s Hey! Hello! project. To download for free, visit the Hey! Hello! bandcamp page and enter ’0′ in the buy now box.

Says Ginger: “Hey! Hello! allowed me to enter the world of lyrical fiction – much in the vein of Sparks, who are a massive influence on Victoria and I.

Black Valentine is that person in your life who doesn’t understand personal space and turns intimacy into an endurance test. It’s a new person in your life who is still on trial and not doing a great job so far. But you give them a second chance – and a third. Hell, you’re lonely… what else ya gonna do?”

You can also preorder the album on CD and Vinyl now exclusively from PledgeMusic, (and doing so will get you the digital tracks instantly!)

Barenaked Ladies Record a Song with Astronaut Chris Hadfield, First Ever Space-to-Earth Musical Collaboration

Col. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut who is currently living aboard the International Space Station (I.S.S.), and Barenaked Ladies recently recorded a fantastic single titled “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)” with a children’s choir, the Wexford Gleeks from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. It’s described as the “first space-to-earth musical collaboration” and it was “commissioned by CBCMusic.ca and The Coalition for Music Education with the Canadian Space Agency to celebrate music education in schools across Canada.”

The song, which was written by Hadfield and Robertson in partnership with Music Monday, CBC Music and the Canadian Space Agency, explores what it’s like to look down on the Earth from outer space. It will also be the official song for the 2013 edition of Music Monday, which takes place on May 6.

Sheet music after the break!

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Source: music.cbc.ca

Metallica’s NOTHING ELSE MATTERS In Major Scale

For the last week, I’ve seen countless links on Twitter and Facebook leading me to a video in which someone transformed R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” into a major key ballad called “Recovering My Religion.” It’s funny and well done, but it’s not the only song that has enjoyed such treatment.

"Major Scaled" actually has three other songs on their Vimeo page: The Doors’ "Riders on the Rainbow," Django Reinhardt’s (the ‘d’ is silent) "Major Swing," and Metallica’s "Nothing Else Majeurs."

The Django Reinhardt selection is probably the most clever conceptually, but suffers most from the transformation as the new version retains none of what made the original so interesting. “Riders on the Storm” is pretty good, but suffers from being based on a kind of ponderous and annoying original song.

The Metallica number, however, is the best of the four, way better than the R.E.M. song. The switch from minor to major key is hilariously pronounced and yet sort of makes clear why so many old school Metallica fans turned away from the band with The Black Album.

I do have to give “Recovering My Religion” credit for this: Even in a major key, the song somehow still wallows in existential dread. That’s just the power of the mandolin.

Source: vimeo.com

Sound engineer John Stewart has never fallen out of love with DJ Danger Mouse’s genius 2004 Grey Album, a mashup of the Beatles’ White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album (and neither have I). He’s got a golden ear, and over the years, the little audio infelicities in his copy have been niggling at him, so he undertook a complete, crisp, and beautiful remaster of the album. You can download the tracked-out album from MediaFire, or listen on SoundCloud.

It’s got plenty of advantages too: Revisiting The Grey Album with an expert ear gave Stewart the ability to pinpoint its audio flaws, and his professional experience gave him the agency to do something about it. Stewart says he first got the idea to remaster The Grey Album on Wednesday, Nov. 21, but it didn’t really click until that Saturday. On Sunday he set out to improve the album’s audio, tinkering with various faders in ProTools until he achieved the desired effect: “I just kind of put the sonics on steroids,” he says. Stewart knocked out the entire project that day and uploaded The Grey Album (Remastered) to SoundCloud and MediaFire on Monday. In the few passing days since releasing the updated version of The Grey Album it’s been covered by sites such as The Source and FACT Magazine, and a swarm of fans have reached out to Stewart to thank him. “A lot of people have thought that it needed to be remastered,” he says. “So it worked out.”

Stewart says he’s seen people from around the world flock to him—he said his website received about 200 hits from Hungary on Tuesday alone—though personal fame wasn’t the goal. “I wasn’t putting it out to be discovered,” Stewart says. The digital artwork for The Grey Album (Remastered) does include his name on the back cover (“I’ve always enjoyed seeing my name in credits,” he says), but that’s also part of what he considers a pragmatic move. “I wanted people to be aware it was something different,” he says. Among the subtle changes Stewart made to the artwork is a bold border, which also covers up the lower half of his name. It’s more or less a reminder that this is Danger Mouse’s original product, just with a new polish.

EMI mercilessly censored the original release, chasing down people all over the world for having the audacity to share what Danger Mouse had freely given, and which Paul McCartney and Jay-Z had endorsed. I wonder if they’ll do it again?

Artist: Danger Mouse
Track: The Grey Album (Remastered)

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