At the height of Wham!'s popularity, the George Michael-fronted duo played two concerts in China. As one of the first western groups to play in the Communist country, the experience had a sobering effect on Michael. This never-before-broadcast interview from 1986 has the then-recently solo star speaking about where he plans to take his musical career and being one of the world's biggest pop stars.
A Daft Punk song isn't just a song. Taking a piece of something else and making it into something completely new is what the duo has been doing for over two decades. And the samples that make up a Daft Punk composition have been hits in their own right. Daftworld does a side-by-side comparison of the original tracks and the Daft Punk hits they became.
You literally couldn't get any more rock than this. The Rube Goldberg of bands, this automated system uses a computer, MIDI, rocks, pleather, solenoids, and stepper motors to cover the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun". Also included is a list of the band members, with each contraption getting its own credit in the description.
Hands and gloves, toast and butter, beans and cornbread. Of all the artists Daft Punk has collaborated with over their 20-plus years crafting hit songs, nothing goes with the duo quite like The Weeknd. After dropping "I Feel It Coming" live at the Grammy Awards, the official music video adds a touch of 2001: A Space Odyssey visuals to a track that has stars all over it.
Paul Shaffer got Bill Murray to lay down vocals on "Happy Street", the single for Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band's self-titled album. The track features his signature eclectic jazz style with an accompanying animated video. The album will be released on March 17, 2017.
Jack White's Third Man Records has been taking music back to the Golden Era since 2001. The label is pushing the vinyl resurgence one step further by opening their own pressing plant. Located in Detoit's Cass Corridor — where the White Stripes played their first show in 1997 — the factory will operate eight brand new vinyl presses from German startup Newbilt and aims to no only fill the new demand for records, but also help to bring the Motor City back to its manufacturing roots.
The bomber jacket is one of the most iconic pieces of outerwear ever. And the Original Penguin Reversible Bomber Jacket builds on the legacy of the classic with some subtle but valuable upgrades. Originally created for military pilots, bomber jackets quickly crossed-over into the mainstream thanks to the sophisticated look and overall versatility. This fresh take from Original Penguin maintains those qualities with this Dark Sapphire polyester shell with ribbed collar. It comes in a classic fit and is also reversible, giving you the option to step out with a different look from time to time without having to buy or reach for a new jacket.
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It's a long journey from an idea, to a song, to a record, to your stereo or phone or car, and finally — to your ears. From the makers of instruments to composers, producers, and engineers, the fingerprints of hundreds of people are indelibly stamped on the music we hear. The Art of Listening goes in-depth with the people who make music happen every day for the listening public.
Just because an instrument was invented over 1400 years ago doesn't mean the music has to be. In Seoul, South Korea, Luna Lee plays the most traditional of Korean instruments — the gayageum — with a twist: covering classic rock songs. Luna has risen to fame with covers of Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, and Queen.
You would only expect a duo as eclectic as Daft Punk to have similarly eclectic influences. From Gary Numan to Tron, the two take inspiration not just from music, but from film and art. This side-by-side comparison shows some of the ways Daft Punk has referenced or been inspired over the last 20 years.
There have been lots of changes in how we listen to music since the vinyl record was the dominant format. From records to cassettes to CDs and finally the mp3, how we store music has evolved, but the process of making a record has stayed basically the same since the early 1900s. With this in mind, a group of people is bringing record manufacturing out of the dark ages and into the 21st century.
El-P and Killer Mike took over NPR's Tiny Desk for a live show so big it almost didn't fit the room. The two comprise supergroup Run the Jewels, known for their scathing brand of activist hip-hop that has evolved to be louder and better with each album since 2013. The duo brought three songs from their latest EP RTJ3 to NPR's Washington, D.C. office for 11 of the best minutes from the hip-hop underground.
The 2017 Grammy Awards had some top-flight highs — Beyoncé — and ridiculous lows — technical difficulties on Adele's George Michael tribute and Metallica and Lady Gaga's duet. Sadly, they can't get it right even for the biggest night in music. But all that could almost be forgiven when the Weeknd and Daft Punk took the stage for a medley of "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming". From the epic sci-fi set design to the Weeknd's perfect performance, they nearly stole the show.
Steve Hackman isn't your average composer. Instead of writing his own original works, he's taking classic symphonies and remixing them with modern songs. For his latest arrangement, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra performs his symphonic mashup of German composer Johannes Brahms' 1st Symphony and Radiohead's third album OK Computer.
Dreamt up by the creator of the 4chan community The Pablo Collective, this four-song experimental album takes Kanye West's The Life of Pablo to an even darker place. Each of the songs are about 20 minutes long and consist of a mix of samples, interviews, and the artisit's notorious on-stage rants for a track list that includes "Ultralight Wall", "Washed Up", "Father Stretch My Hands Pt.3", and "Fade Pt.2". With contributions from a variety of artists, the entire project can be streamed on Bandcamp.
The digital revolution has made everyone a photographer, producer, director, publisher — the traditional barriers to getting your art to a wide audience have been demolished. But with the democratization of art has become a question of dilution. When everyone is an artist, does being an artist have any meaning? In this full-length documentary, some of today's biggest artists give their opinions on the benefits and drawbacks of art for everyone.
Oakland, California-based producer and musician Russell E.L. Butler is a Moog fanatic. In the first episode of Moog's Sonic Origins, Russell talks the island of Bermuda, how it inspires his music, and how it brings it to the masses using their analog synths. Listen to more of Russell's work at his Soundcloud page.
What started as a stunt to get the Foo Fighters to play a concert in Cesena, Italy, has become the biggest band in the world. 1,000 musicians — singers, guitar players, bassists, drummers — got back together in July of 2016 for a concert of their own. Here is this gigantic rock band playing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
Father John Misty recently released the single "Pure Comedy" from his latest album, his first new music since 2015's I Love You, Honeybear. He's followed that up with a 25-minute short film about making the new record, showing Josh Tillman playing new songs in the studio and driving around a burning Los Angeles. Pure Comedy is out April 7, 2017 on the Subpop label.
Six long years. That's how much time has passed since the last release from the Gorillaz. Out just in time for Trump's January 20th inauguration, "Hallelujah Money" is a scathing critique of politics as usual and the influence of money that flows through every aspect of society. Featuring vocals by Benjamin Clementine, this haunting track takes a bleak look at the future of democracies the world over.
Making music videos sounds like a dream job — until you have to deal with the talent. Young Thug had an idea — lots of ideas, actually — for the video to his single "Wyclef Jean". Pomp&Clout was set to direct the video. Everything was ready to go for the shoot, except for one critical detail: Young Thug didn't show up. And when he did, he wouldn't leave the car. "Co-Director" Ryan Staake recounts the hilarious series of events that led up to the music video that never happened, in a story that's almost too surreal to be believed.
Every year for the last 56 years, The Recording Academy has handed out a little award for the music industry called the Grammy. The iconic statuette represents the gramophone, which remained basically unchanged as the major format for recorded music. The Recording Academy put together this retrospective, showing how the formats for storing and playing music have changed since the Edison wax cylinder.
Marking what would have been David Bowie's 70th birthday, the EP No Plan was released on January 8th, 2017. Originally recorded during the sessions for his final album Blackstar, "No Plan", "Killing a Little Time" and "When I Met You" are also part of the Broadway musical Lazarus, which premiered less than a month before his death.
Korean gayageum shredder Luna has a musical range like few others. From the traditional songs to modern rock, Luna can play anything. Now she's back with this cover of Nirvana's "Lithium", from their hit 1991 record Nevermind.
Remixer extraordinaire Pogo went in a completely different direction for his latest work. Known for remixing Disney and kid-friendly fair into pumping club hits, Pogo used the ultra-violent Oliver Stone-penned film Scarface as the basis for his latest electronic composition.
Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" is the only recent Christmas song to join the pantheon of classic Christmas hits. And there's a good reason for that. The song shares a chord with Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" —' one of the best-selling songs of all time — that might be the chord that makes Christmas music so deliciously Christmassy.
Charles Brown's "Please Come Home For Christmas" has given the holidays a soulful touch since its 1960 release. Before her passing, Sharon Jones recorded her own version of the Christmas classic with her band for their album It's a Holiday Soul Party. The song gets a touching tribute, courtesy of this 3,200-shot claymation stop-motion. The single will be followed up by the Netflix documentary Miss Sharon Jones!, streaming January 7, 2017.
2016 has been the year that nearly all the music died. But for all we've lost, it's important to remember that there's still a lot here — and still as vital as ever. Gimme Danger is the story of one of music's most influential acts. Iggy Pop and the Stooges are nearing fifty years of raucous and defining music, with no slowing down in sight.
4.2 seconds. That's exactly how long it took to film the entire video for OK Go's latest single, "The One Moment". The eclectic band takes the combination of math and music to the next level, using slow-motion video to stretch a brief moment into a four minute long music video.