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Scratching beats into the locked groove of records

by | August 19, 2013 | In Music, Technology, Videos Comments Off on Scratching beats into the locked groove of records

This needs to happen more often.

Vimeo user Nick zammuto has figured out a really ingenius way to use media for reasons other than it was intended. It is also an ingenius way to get amazed music nerds to buy your record. He’s been using household implements to scratch beats into the locked groove of vinyl records. Scratching beats. Into records. The template he uses is screenprinted, cut out and placed on the record. Then he uses a pushpin to put a small notch onto the record according to the quarter, eighth, and sixteenth note divisions on the template. It’s really cool.

From Nick:

“I’ve invented a method of scratching rhythms into the ‘locked groove’ at the center of vinyl records. This kit includes a unique hand scratched vinyl LP of our first record, with a hand screenprinted cover including templates for making your own scratched rhythms on other records in your collection. The music portion of the LP is unnaffected, of course. Includes five templates for common time signatures. All are signed, dated and silkscreened by me here at home in VT. The first 45 copies are on spectacular blue splatter vinyl.”

So there.

Sidenote: Who saw his awesome studio shed?


Dust In The Wind (Kansas cover)

by | August 19, 2013 | In Music, Rocking Out Comments Off on Dust In The Wind (Kansas cover)

Over the past 4 months I’ve been trying to learn guitar. I wanted to learn a reasonably hard song and this one popped into my head. Noone told me playing a lot of guitar makes your fingertips look like toes. This is part one. Part two will get the Kid Static treatment.

Dust In The Wind by Kansas


Jay-Z on Howard Stern (2012)

by | April 26, 2013 | In Music, People Comments Off on Jay-Z on Howard Stern (2012)

Jay-Z went on Howard Stern to promote his book Decoded. What followed was a really in depth look into what made him who he is, and how he dealt with his life’s different turns. Topics include his relationship with his dad, growing up in the Marcy projects, his dreams and aspirations, and his views on Rihanna and Kanye as artists he manages. I only respect Jay-Z more after watching this interview.

Howard Stern is more serious than usual and plays the part of the interviewer as well as a fan of the book. He seems like he not only respects Jay-Z as an artist but as a person.


Kid Static – K.I.D.

by | August 14, 2012 | In Music, Videos Comments Off on Kid Static – K.I.D.

BRAND NEW VIDEO from the soon-to-be-released digital EP, It Gleams : B-sides. One of the 4 tracks that didn’t make the full length, K.I.D is a nod to all the parts that make me.

Thanks to Antler for filming and editing

And thanks to all the awesome people who let us act a fool at Wonder Con without kicking us out.
Buy the album IT GLEAMS on iTunes


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Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

by | March 26, 2012 | In Music, Song of The Day, Videos Comments Off on Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

Hauntingly beautiful. Reminds me of the Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins I used to listen to when I was younger.

From Youtube:

Australian singer Gotye has become an international sensation with his haunting song, “Somebody that I Used to Know.” He makes his KCRW debut with a live set of soaring art-pop songs. Watch / Listen to the full session here:


Allen Stone – Unaware

by | March 19, 2012 | In Music, Videos Comments Off on Allen Stone – Unaware

Wow. Just wow. Soul singers for the win. I’m so glad this dude exists.


Sometimes you hear the sampled before the original. I don’t know how many times I heard this song before I knew about it’s composer. Read up on him. Moondog is dope.


Kid Static – I Been Good

by | March 1, 2012 | In Music, Videos Comments Off on Kid Static – I Been Good

Brand new video from Kid Static. Off the album Hypnotized


Gorillaz/LCD/Andre 3000 – DoYaThing

by | February 25, 2012 | In Music Comments Off on Gorillaz/LCD/Andre 3000 – DoYaThing

Never let it be said that Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, or, in particular, the sublime OutKast rapper André 3000 fail to appreciate the gravity of a corporate sponsorship opportunity.

Earlier this week, Converse unveiled a radio edit of “DoYaThing,” a predictably killer collaboration between the three musical forces. Now, via Seattle’s 107.7 the End, a much “DoYaThing” is here. And let’s just say the guys have outdone themselves.

As promised, there’s an extended, LCD Soundsystem-style krautrock freakout while Three Stacks riffs exuberantly about how he’s “the shit.” It’s hilarious just picturing these guys in the studio. While you’re listening, which is gonna take a while, here are some vital statistics:

Length of track: 13 minutes, 5 seconds

Approximate time André 3000 comes in: the 1:50 mark

Number of times André 3000 rhymes “splooshie-sploosh” with “bloop-de-bloop”: 1

Number of times André 3000 says “shit”: at least 68

Number of times André 3000 says “thing”: at least 40

Number of times André 3000 says the tracks sounds “excellent” to him: 2

Number of things André 3000 says are “jealous” of him: infinite

Temperature André 3000 can make it on y’all: 100 degrees

Approximate number of words André 3000 delivers on the track: 1,115

Approximate number of words Damon Albarn delivers: 215

Approximate number of words James Murphy delivers: 57

Converse parent company Nike’s reported fiscal 2011 profit: $2.1 billion

Amount a Nike factory recently agreed to pay Indonesia workers in back wages for 600,000 hours of unpaid overtime: $950,000

Amount that equals per hour: $1.58

Amount that equals per listen to the full “DoYaThing”: 34 cents, which makes us feel like suckers, because we’d totally listen for free.


via SPIN


Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko and Ces Cru – Unfair

by | February 25, 2012 | In Music, Videos Comments Off on Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko and Ces Cru – Unfair

Tech N9ne alway kills it but these other dudes….damn. Rap time.