Friday Music

Wow– that week just FLEW by.

Not a whole lot of stuff this week. I’ve been really busy

Here we go again:

Saw a nifty documentary the other night about Suicide Girls (the website and the burlesque tour), and there was some great music used. I had to hunt down one of the tracks immediately: Ima Robot – “STD Dance.”

This is one of the best uses of a vocoder that I’ve heard. Too often, vocoders are used to cover the fact that the singer can’t quite hit the tune, or for a cheesy effect (“Believe” by Cher, I’m looking in your direction), but this is…well, beautiful, actually. Imogen Heap – “Hide and Seek.”

One of my clearest memories of this song is dancing to it with at an industry party thrown by White Wolf at GenCon in 95 or 96. It starts out slow, but when the drums kick in…woof. Dead Can Dance – “Cantara.”

Speaking of , here’s another track for her, since she has said that she enjoys French hip-hop. This is from the French group 113, and, as usual, hip hop uses the music of the ghetto as its base…and in France, that means the music of the Middle-East and North Africa. 113 – “Tonton du bled.”

I recently discovered this group, which performs a mix of electro-pop-goth-stuff which I like. It’s pretty much “Hot Topic- the in-store playlist”, but an nice bit of work nonetheless: The Birthday Massacre – “Horror Show.”

One of my favorite tracks from Timo Maas’ album Loud, which I’ve posted from before. This time, he’s paired with UK-based female MC Chickaboo. I love her voice. This used to be one of my “commuting soundtracks” when I was working in NYC. Timo Maas (feat. MC Chickaboo) – “Shifter.” (EDIT: right-click, copy and paste the link instead of direct-clicking it)

One last link, which isn’t a music file…but will help you find new music. Pandora- a part of the Music Genome Project — I first heard about this on NPR. They’ve amassed a huge database, breaking music down into tempo, note progressions, tonal qualities, etc. Pandora asks you to enter a musical artist or song you like, and then will make suggestions of other stuff you might like…and tell you why. Very cool.

4 Replies to “Friday Music”

  1. KU servers have problems accessing sites in Russia, it seems. That’s the second time that somebody in an office at KU has expressed difficulty with linking to a site ending in .ru.

  2. appendix A

    yeah, about the birthday massacre-
    if anyone liked “horrorshow”, they should be checking out TBM’s site where they can experience the older nothing and nowhere album as well as violet [the album brought to your shelf by metropolis!].

    soon the violet prison club will be up again for members, where you can download mp3s and other extras.

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