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The Pontiac Commercial

The Pontiac Commercial

I’m going to try something within the spirit of PO but slightly different.
This is one of my favorite commercials of all time. There’s the cool music, the bright lights and the ambient atmosphere. With the exception of Matt Dillon’s introduction of the lineup at the end, there’s no other narration and no people in the commercial. Everything is&#133 Read the rest

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Generating dubstep from one line of code

Generating dubstep from one line of code

Demoscene coder viznut has come up with what amounts to a new genre of music–bytebeat–in which music is generated using one-line computer programs:

The technical details are on his page, and they are worth reading. Unlike previous attempts at algorithmic or “genetic” music, the songs produced by viznut’s one-line programs actually sound like electronic or dubstep&#133 Read the rest

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Joe Strummer: The Past is Unintelligible

Joe Strummer: The Past is Unintelligible

You’ve seen them. The concert films. The “rockumentaries.” These hagiographies of has-been musical acts that litter cable TV. They’re, always the same. There is some claim to the bands authenticity, though what they are supposed to authentically be is vaguely defined and quickly glossed over. There is a brief recitation of the band’s hardscrabble beginnings in back alley bars&#133 Read the rest

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Nasty

Nasty

Nas has been around forever. And you can see it in his smooth, understated flow, both in the rap and in the video.
At this point in his career, Nas doesn’t need subtext anymore, he doesn’t have anything he needs to hide. Nothing left to prove, no image to maintain. What you see is exactly what it is. And&#133 Read the rest

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Little Bad Illusion

Little Bad Illusion

In the cult of pop, the DJ is the High Priest. (The MC is the High Priestess) He is the weaver of the magic that keeps the party hopping. He’s the reason why people go to clubs. Anyone who’s ever tried to replicate the club experience at home knows that without a skilled DJ, the party’s going to suck.&#133 Read the rest

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What Comes After Postmodernism?

What Comes After Postmodernism?

An article in Prospect Magazine (UK) declares “Postmodernism is dead,” and then attempts to discern what cultural trend, or philosophical modes comes after.
This topic is of particular interest to me, the question of what comes next was largely the impetus for starting this blog. It is very clear that postmodernism isn’t dead, just like modernism or classicism&#133 Read the rest

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A Different Kind of Love Song

A Different Kind of Love Song

OK, so what’s going on here? The first thing that jumps out is the superficiality of the guys she’s describing. They have nice cars whose A/Cs they run with the drop-top down. He might be a cocaine dealer, she doesn’t care, so long as he has the right kind of build.
The gym rats in the video and the&#133 Read the rest

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We interrupt this blog for some new classical music

We interrupt this blog for some new classical music

Reading Hypocrisy Illustrated’s post about Joshua Bell playing Bach in the DC metro made me think about the public’s knowledge of classical music. I think for most people, classical music sort of stops around 1900, to be replaced with jazz and blues. The rare exceptions are film scores and soundtrack music (John Williams, James Horner, etc.). If it&#133 Read the rest

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Cascada ripped off Katy Perry, who ripped off…

Cascada ripped of Katy Perry, who ripped off…

A minor controversy indicative of a larger story: Cascada’s song sounds a lot like Katy Perry’s song, “California Gurls”:

And it does sound similar. But why does it sound similar? Partly because I was told to look for similarities; partly because, perhaps, my knowledge of pop music only goes back as far as 2010, and not 2009:

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Lady Gaga’s “Judas”: Scandalizing Catholic Schoolgirls Everywhere

Lady Gaga’s “Judas”: Scandalizing Catholic Schoolgirls Everywhere

“JUDASVIDEO PREMIERE 5.5.11 on E! 7/6c + 11:30/10c. Motorcycle Fellini PopArt FantasyFilm + Haus Directorial Debut. ” – @ladygaga
When you read something that namechecks Fellini, you expect Fellini. Lady Gaga’s new video “Judas” is weak suace even for her. It’s Gaga without the weird costumes, without the nulled-gender, and without the weirdness. In other words it’s Madonna,&#133 Read the rest

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Bills Paid on Time

Bills Paid on Time

This song and video plays very delicately with gender and sexuality. If you’ve ever read Robert Greene’s The Art of Seduction, you’ll recognize the seductive archetype of the dandy, one of the more interesting and powerful ones. A woman who dresses in a masculine fashion, who commands and leads, yet still retains her femininity. More common is the converse,&#133 Read the rest

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Hotter than the Remix

Hotter than the Remix

‘Bout time I did Britney.

Look at Britney. Older, wiser. But still totally bangin’. She didn’t write this song. But that’s, actually, just another part of the construction. They practically trumpet from the rooftops the team that wrote it, including Kesha, the consummate party animal. The idea being that Britney might otherwise have never come up with something like&#133 Read the rest

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Get to Digging!

Get to Digging!

I wanted to do Justin Bieber, but he’s going to have to wait. Today is Incubus’s Dig.

The animation is really interesting. Incubus laid out a contest for their fans, and incorporated the best animation for the video into the official one. The artwork captures the tone of the song perfectly. Somber, melancholic. The tree is all but dead,&#133 Read the rest

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Consequences? Bring ‘em on!

Consequences? Bring ‘em on!

Today we’re looking at Ke$ha.

Typically, pop songs are well-crafted, well-sung. This one isn’t. Why? It’s all part of the message and the image. Kesha deliberately understates her looks, dresses down, and doesn’t bother auto-tuning the trailer park out of her voice.
But it’s still huge. There’s a reason it’s used in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid commercial,&#133 Read the rest

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Born Which Way?

Born Which Way?

I thought I’d have to listen to a lot of Lady Gaga to find something worthy of a piece. I was pleasantly surprised. Today we’re listening to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

To understand this video, you have to understand two things. First her core audience (for this video) of 12-18 year old girls. If you can’t put yourself&#133 Read the rest

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A Lesson About Common People

A Lesson About Common People

On the Ron & Fez show, super-host Ron Bennington reminds us all that Joe “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Jackson actually recorded a song with… William Shatner.  A cover of Pulp’s “Common People.”

Is it a great song?  Is it catchy?  Maybe, maybe not, but there’s a lesson in it: he made it anyway, and then kept&#133 Read the rest

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