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Celloboxed

January 3, 2013 Leave a comment

This video caught me off gaurd. I absolutely did not expect this dapper young cellist (Kevin Olusola) to go where he did with this song.

Yet another example of my preconceived notions of classical instruments being challenged.

Aloe Blacc blurs lines of conventions

January 3, 2013 Leave a comment

This is a great version of Aloe Blacc’s “I need a dollar” that incorporates a number of beautiful elements. The sonorous classical arrangement further complimented by the artwork prominantly backgrounded.

Another example of classical instruments beautifully thrust into contemporary.

Bored Man in a Hotel

January 3, 2013 Leave a comment

 

This guy (Greg Pattillo) makes flute about the coolest instrument ever….beat boxing meets classical instruments.

There is a whole Youtube channel filled with his work: PROJECT Trio

Comfortable in your arms

December 20, 2012 Leave a comment

There is something about the standing bass, double bass, bass viol or whatever else you might call it. Irreplicable.

Tom Freund opened for Ben Harper in Toronto many years ago where I wrapped my ears around this catchy little tune.

Have a listen:

Cartoon Theme Songs….

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

What is really frightening to me is just how many of these I recalled upon hearing them, though I originally had no conscious recollection of the cartoons themselves.

A testament to the power of the jingle to worm its way into the memory.

Music in Our Bones #1

November 6, 2010 Leave a comment

The desire to create music seems to be buried deep within us as humans.  Sure we all have our own ties to music that enriches our lives in a variety of ways, but what continues to fascinate me is that people seem drawn to music, often playing the simplest and most rudimentary of instruments.

For example:

Random Amusicry

February 18, 2009 Leave a comment

First, I’ve listened to Merriweather Post Pavilion a whole bunch of times now and I can’t decide if I love it or hate it.  My experience with the last four Animal Collective albums has been similar – save for Sung Tungs, which I’m relatively sure I like. I think?

Second, the interweb is a strange and glorious place.  It’s well known that message boards attract a lot of hate and vile commentary ripe with irrationality.  Of particular amusement to me at the moment is this “Fuck the Killers” thread on the Coachella site.  Awesomeness.  Oh, by the way, T-minus 57 days to Coachella!

Finally, the video of the first majestic single from Doves is out.  Pure genius – they’ve always been a full class above most bands placed in that broad misnomer of a “Brit Pop” genre.  Murmurs from those who have heard the album is that it may be their magnum opus – it’s out April 6th. Watch below (via Pitchfork.tv).

http://video.pitchfork.tv/mediaplayer.swf

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