Here is a nice video of a couple of teens doing a medley of some good songs.
“Black Dog” is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, the lead off track of their fourth album, released in 1971. It was also released as a single in the United States and Australia with “Misty Mountain Hop” on the B-side, and reached #15 on Billboard and #11 in Australia.
In 2010, the song was ranked #300 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Music sociologist Deena Weinstein argues, “Black Dog” is “one of the most instantly recognisable [Led] Zeppelin tracks”.
Benn Lee Jordan (born October 28, 1978) is an American modern jazz and electronica musician operating under many pseudonyms. Since 1999 his most widely distributed and eclectic music has been released under the name of The Flashbulb. Other popular names Benn has released as are Acidwolf, Human Action Network, and FlexE.
As The Flashbulb, Jordan typically releases electronic or cinematic styled music. His style differs strongly between albums, but they all have a cohesive bond tied around fast drum programming, jazz-influenced melodies, and a wide array of live instrumentation from various instruments Jordan has acquired. He also often records his melodies through MIDI-synced guitars. His guitar style and skill has gained attention because he typically plays it strung backwards, and makes heavy use of fast sweeping and tapping. More recent Flashbulb albums have featured violinist Greg Hirte, who is featured heavily on The Flashbulb’s 2008 album, Soundtrack to a Vacant Life, as well. Soundtrack to a Vacant Life is, as Jordan stated in a 2008 interview, a step away from the breakcore genre. He also said that this step is likely to be a permanent trend in the direction of his music, which has been noted in more recent releases under his own name, such as Pale Blue Dot (album) and Louisiana Mourning.
Cloudkicker is a single dude called Ben Sharp who sequences all the drums and plays all the other stuff himself. I’m not a fan of nu-metal at all, but this guy does some shit that actually produces a physical resonse from me. Do yourself a favour and checkout his website http://cloudkicker.bandcamp.com/ where you can download all his stuff in any format you like and even give him some money if you want.
Also, Cranky… It’s not nu-metal. Nu-metal is Korn, Limp Bizkit, Godsmack, and other assortments of shameful fecal matter. Post-rock/extreme metal/shoegaze would be the best places to categorize him.
Hol Baumann is the stage name of Olivier Orand from Lyon, France. He has been composing and producing albums, theatre, movies and documentaries for many years. Passionate about what he calls his “sound sculpture”, trying to find a balance between “standard” instruments and the sound textures of electronic music. The small magic of his pieces falls between the genres of downtempo, electronic and ethnic fusion.
I’ve been stuck on this album for the last week or two. Simply brilliant, moody and atmospheric. This track in particular just stands out for me. Indian vocal hooks works beautifully here. Continue reading
Scott Hansen, professionally known as Tycho, is a San Francisco-based ambient music project from artist and producer, who is known as ISO50 for his photographic and design works. Tycho is currently signed to, and has released under, Ghostly International, but has also released music on Merck Records and Gammaphone Records.
I’ve been digging on this guy’s music for a couple of years now, was fucking stoked to hear him being played on JJJ the other day. Nice to see he’s making his way out of the internet and onto airwaves.
Jon Hopkins is a London-based electronic composer, producer and remixer. He makes powerfully emotive, instrumental music that consistently crosses genres, ranging from solo acoustic piano to explosive, bass-heavy electro. A long-term collaborator of Brian Eno, his career has remained unpredictable, taking in collaborations with Wayne MacGregor, King Creosote and David Holmes; remixes for such varied artists as Wild Beasts, Nosaj Thing, James Yorkston and Four Tet; and film scores for directors including Peter Jackson and Gareth Edwards. His hyper-energetic live show has been seen at some of the world’s most iconic venues, including Sydney Opera House with Brian Eno, Madison Square Garden opening for Coldplay, and innumerable clubs, festivals and concert halls the world over. Continue reading
Mount Kimbie are made up of twenty-four-year-old Kai Campos and twenty-three-year-old Dom Maker.
They started making music together at a home studio in Peckham. Arguably responsible for the term “post-dubstep”, the duo has released two unique EPs.
The band’s debut album, entitled Crooks and Lovers, was released on 19 June 2010 in the UK to critical acclaim, and achieved a 7.9 ADM Rating on review aggregator website AnyDecentMusic?.
Flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire El Rubio began playing at the age of nine. He received formal training in Dallas, Texas from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. While in high school he was given the prestigious “DEE-BEE” award from Down Beat magazine in the category of “Instrumental Jazz Soloist” and later was one of four finalists in the 1988 American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Classic Guitar Competition. He began performing as a flamenco guitarist in New York playing alongside the legendary Pedro Cortes Jr. In 1995 Jason recorded with famed Gypsy guitarist Carlos Heredia on his CD “Gypsy Flamenco,” and released a recording of his own composition “Distancias” in 2005, which has received unanimous critical praise. He has accompanied and collaborated with many great artists, including Savion Glover, Yaelisa, Alejandro Granados, Antonio El Pipa, Enrique El Extremeno, Carmela Greco, Manuel and Antonio Malena, among others.
Blackfield is a collaboratory musical group between Porcupine Tree founder and lead singer Steven Wilson and Israeli rock singer Aviv Geffen. Geffen, a fan of Porcupine Tree and Wilson, invited the band to play shows in Israel in 2000. He struck up a friendship with Wilson, leading to the two musicians recording together. Geffen performed backing vocals on two tracks on Porcupine Tree’s In Absentia album, “The Sound of Muzak” and “Prodigal”. Geffen, interested in growing a fanbase outside of Isreal, approached Wilson about starting their own project, which would become Blackfield. Originally planned as an EP for a 2001 release, it eventually evolved into a 2004 self-titled full-length recording.
Discovered this last week in the midst of my PT kick I’ve been on. Honestly, I’m just struck by how far Steven Wilson spreads himself musically.
I’ve raved about this guy before, and I’m here to do it again. This song is taken from a collection of music that Ben Sharp (AKA Cloudkicker) under the moniker B.M. Sharp accumulated over the course of a couple years. While his music as Cloudkicker tends to take on more of an essence of Meshuggah type riffage, this side of him tends to take on a more ambient oriented approach, and is a very melodic and open ended album.
As usual with all of Ben’s music, it’s free to download and share to your heart’s content. Do yourself a favor, grab it up. All in all, 90 minutes worth of music that’s great for just getting lost in whatever you’re doing.
I’ve had several exchanges with this guy, and he never fails to impress me with his demeanor and his outlook on being an artist.