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YouTube - Failure - Saturday Saviour
Topic: Music 9:33 am EDT, Apr 23, 2007

Failure is an under-recognized alternative rock band from the early to mid 90's. Their last album, Fantastic Planet, didn't really have a bad song on it. I like this track, and the live recording here is fairly clear.

YouTube - Failure - Saturday Saviour

YouTube - Joshua Bell plays Bloch Nigun
Topic: Music 6:33 pm EDT, Apr 14, 2007

Thought I'd post this given the discussion about that WaPo article.

YouTube - Joshua Bell plays Bloch Nigun

NIN Spectragrams
Topic: Music 1:07 am EDT, Apr 13, 2007

Spectragrams of the static in songs on the new Nine Inch Nails album draw pictures! The first picture is from their trailer video. (The spectragram itself is from My Violent Heart.) You can now listen to the entire album on their website.

YouTube - Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip - 'Thou Shalt always Kill'
Topic: Music 4:20 pm EDT, Apr  8, 2007

Thou shalt always covet tasty nuggets of your neighbors pop culture.

YouTube - Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip - 'Thou Shalt always Kill'

Sappy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Topic: Music 3:44 am EDT, Apr  6, 2007

"Sappy" is a song by the American rock band Nirvana. It is the final, uncredited track on the 1993 AIDS-benefit compilation album No Alternative.

This is my favorite Nirvana song. I just realised tonight that I have absolutely no idea how I know it. I thought it was on Bleach. In fact, every time I listen to the Nirvana stuff on my iPod I kick myself for not having Bleach, in particular because I want to hear this song. It somehow perfectly captures what Nirvana really is about, the smothering hell of patriarchal suburbia that as I young man I some how simultaneously wanted and wanted to escape and wanted to see others escape. This song isn't on Bleach. I'm going to take my copy of Bleach to work tomorrow and listen to it and make sure that I don't somehow have some fucked up copy that includes this song, but its not supposed to be on that album. How the hell do I know this song? I don't have a copy of No Alternative. Never did. Furthermore, my recollection of this song is not mixed out the way that the stuff on In Utero is mixed out. In fact, I'd really like to hear this song mixed out that way. I recall the recording being fairly flat. But definately in a studio. I have a bootleg copy but its not right. Whack!

This is evident from a recording of a February 1994 concert in Rennes, France in which the audience kept requesting the song - bassist Krist Novoselic, after performing it, shouted to the crowd, "Did you hear it on a bootleg? Because it wasn't listed on the album."

Sappy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The crazy guerilla marketing campaign for the new NIN album
Topic: Music 2:39 am EDT, Apr  2, 2007

An April Fools joke was taken seriously by a few MemeStreams readers due to its similarity to a number of real events that have been discussed here over the past few months, a similarity that has now been acknowledged on the page itself.

This prank is connected with a massive guerilla marketing campaign for the new Nine Inch Nails album. Trent Reznor has been populating the Internet and the phone network with a complex collection of recordings and puzzles that would impress fans of the Da Vinci Code. Quoted below is a taste of the puzzle so far. Click the main link for more.

Ready to jump down the rabbit hole? Okay, here we go.

The year is year zero. The year is referenced as 0000 instead of the current Roman calendar. Through this image, we can see that 0000 is 2022.

The campaign started with a new NIN tour shirt with some of the letters brighter than others. Production malfunction? No, a clue to lead listeners to the first website. The letters spelled “I AM TRYING TO BELIEVE”, where is an actual site.

This site introduces us to a drug called Parepin, which the government has added to our water that will boost our immune system against the bioterrorist attacks that are currently occurring. However there are some that feel the drug has side affects resulting in hallucinations, twitches and placidness.

If you try to e-mail the webmaster of this website to talk about the side affects of the drug you get a very eerie auto-reply like someone was holding a gun to his head...

Second website was unlocked by a concert goer finding a USB flash disk in the bathroom with a link to

The website appears to be a propaganda page for a “New America” but with some drags of the mouse reveals a desolate landscape and a link to a very gloomy message board.,,,,

The phone conversation can be heard by calling the number (216) 333-1810...

Most frightening part of the conversation is when the receiver of the call says “I’ll call the cops” the caller says in a distressed voice, “The cops are already here, they are the ones that locked us in.”

The crazy guerilla marketing campaign for the new NIN album

Los Angeles is Burning | Bad Religion
Topic: Music 3:22 am EDT, Apr  1, 2007

Thanks to Bad Religion, there is a theme song for this. Here are the lyrics:

Somewhere high in the desert near a curtain of a blue
St. Anne's skirts are billowing
But down here in the city of the lime lights
The fans of santa ana are withering
And you can’t deny that living is easy
If you never look behind the scenery
It's showtime for dry climes
And bedlam is dreaming of rain

When the hills of los angeles are burning
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And los angeles is burning

This is not a test
Of the emergency broadcast system
Where malibu fires and radio towers
Conspire to dance again
And I cannot believe the media Mecca
They're only trying to peddle reality,
Catch it on prime time, story at nine
The whole world is going insane

When the hills of los angeles are burning
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And los angeles is burning

A placard reads
"the end of days"
Jacaranda boughs are bending in the haze

More a question than a curse
How could hell be any worse?

The flames are stunning
The cameras running
So take warning

When the hills of los angeles are burnin
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And los angeles is burning

Available on iTunes.

Update: And there is even a video:

Los Angeles is Burning | Bad Religion

Ryan Adams Sucks: The Music Industry's Sky is Falling!
Topic: Music 11:18 pm EDT, Mar 28, 2007

The Rev. Keith A. Gordon was one of the more interesting characters in the early '90's BBS scene in Nashville. I recently ran into him again on MySpace and he pointed me to his blog on which he has some bitting commentary about what is going on with the music industry. You should take a second to read his thoughts on last week's announcement that CD sales are down 20%. He puts the blame where I firmly believe it belongs... That the music industry has been churning out crap nobody cares about while trying to sue their future away. Also check out his website for some more interesting goodies, including music reviews. The name of his website, That Devil Music, reminds me of a short promo for WRVU 91.1 recorded in the early 90's on which Dagmar and I provided backup vocals that you still occaisonally hear on the air today in Nashville.

Fisher ponders “the question is: how often does a consumer
opt to buy just one or two songs off an album rather than buy the whole thing?
This phenomenon must affect the top of the music charts quite viciously.”
Fisher points out that at one time, you were forced to buy a $15 CD just to get
the one song that you wanted. Today, you can buy it for .99¢ or less from a
digital retailer.

This, too, is the fault of the major labels.

From around 1996 or so, when the labels first crammed the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC down the throats of teenage music buyers, the fragile balance between art and commerce was skewed the wrong way. Smelling major money to be had, the labels went overboard in pushing studio-created “frankenbands,” pop tarts like Christina and Britney and pushing vacuous outfits like Creed and Third Eye Blind to the top of the charts. With predictable results, the labels taught a generation of music buyers to value the hit single above all else, and that you had to buy the album to get the one song you want. This was profitable, also, because the constant churning-and-turning of performers meant that you never had to pay higher royalties or reduce recoupable expenses for some prissy “veteran” musician.

Ryan Adams Sucks: The Music Industry's Sky is Falling!

YouTube - Nouvelle Vague - Love will tear us apart (LIVE)
Topic: Music 2:46 am EDT, Mar 24, 2007

Nouvelle Vague, live in glastonbury

Speaking of Joy Division, I LOVE, LOVE Nouvelle Vauge, and none of my friends seems to understand that... This is one of their sweeter covers... And the lead singer is super cute! I really want to see them live sometime. Preferably in France.

YouTube - Nouvelle Vague - Love will tear us apart (LIVE)

YouTube - Joy Division - No Love Tender Lost
Topic: Music 2:31 am EDT, Mar 24, 2007

Your Saturday Morning music video is a seriously strange internet alternate video courtesy of JWZ that is the change that Weezer wished to see in the world but was too lawyered to do so.

A tribute to "Tender Satisfaction" and "Joy Division Jazz".

YouTube - Joy Division - No Love Tender Lost

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