Archive for Music

Playing The Beatles Backwards Devil Worship Quiz

So, do ya want to take The Playing Beatles Backwards Devil Worship Quiz?

If you do, you’ll probably beat me.  I scored 70% and the average internet player scores 71.54%.  I thought I’d do better, but second-guessed myself on numbers 5 and 9.

I remember being introduced to the whole hidden messages thing about Paul being dead when I was in junior high.  A new conspiracy theory.  I was intrigued.  Hidden messages in Beatles songs and album covers.  Was Paul really dead and the remaining Beatles trying to send messages to fans?

The crazy thing is Paul may end up being the last Beatle standing.

10 Amazing Beatles Covers

Recently Do You Remember posted 10 Amazing Beatles Covers by Del Shannon (who had his cover chart before the Beatles had their first American release), Herb Alpert, Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Nina Simone, Ike Turner, Aerosmith and others.

My favorites were the covers by Richie Havens and Tina Turner… of course your mileage may vary.

The Monkees 7 Greatest Hits

You know how on some days you really feel like listening to some music by The Monkees and -

What’s that?  You don’t?  Ok… let me rephrase that.

You know how on some days I really feel like listening to some music by The Monkees?  Well, today is one of those days.

Thanks to Do You Rememberwe I can listen to The Monkees 7 Greatest Hits.

 

Rest in Peace: Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem died today.  Mr. Kasem was 82 and had been in failing health for some time.

Mr. Kasem was best known as the host of his American Top 40 Countdown which appropriately enough counted down Billboard’s best selling records each week.  Casey Kasem also did voice work for commercials, and cartoons (most notably as the voice of Shaggy on the long-running Scooby Doo series).

I was a big fan of the Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Countdown when I was a kid.  In the last few years I made rebroadcasts of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Countdown: The 70′s a part of my Sunday morning routine.  I listened to it as I updated the StalloneZone.

Casey Kasem usually ended his show by saying, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”   Sage advice from a man who did just that.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Casey Karem’s family, friends and fans.

The Infinite Jukebox

Have you seen The Infinite Jukebox?  The Infinite Jukebox is an app that let’s you play your favorite songs on an infinite, ever-changing loop.  

How does The Infinite Jukebox work?  I’m glad you ask and we’ll let the folks at Infinite Jukebox answer…

How does it work? - We use the Echo Nest analyzer to break the song into beats. We play the song beat by beat, but at every beat there’s a chance that we will jump to a different part of song that happens to sound very similar to the current beat. For beat similarity we look at pitch, timbre, loudness, duration and the position of the beat within a bar. There’s a nifty visualization that shows all the possible transitions that can occur at any beat.

Some songs work better than others.  So far my favorite is Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum-Off

 

Did you catch the drum-off between Will Ferrell and his look-alike Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers?

No?  You’re in luck.

Yes?  You know you want to see it again!

Amazing Jam Session w/ 3 Random Guys: “Tell ‘em That I Just Don’t Know”

 

Source: Neatorama.

Lennon & McCartney’s: “Imagine the Band”

We haven’t posted a music mashup in a while, so here’s one today and it’s a good ‘un.

They’ve taken John Lennon’s Imagine  and slowed it way down and Paul McCartney’s Band On the Run  and sped it up a bit.  The end result is sweet!

I give you: Imagine the Band.

 

Source: 22 Words.

Howard Chaykin is Cooler Than Thou

 

I’d never seen that album cover before.  The art is by one of my favorite artists, Howard Chaykin.

Thanks to The Bristol Board for posting the Chaykin cover and other great art daily!

 

 

Puddles the Sad Clown: Let Me Live That Fantasy

Last week I posted about Puddles the Sad Clown with the Golden Voice.  Since then I have watched all the Puddles’ song videos I could find.  I’ve also shared them with family and friends.

This morning a friend sent me a link to an excellent profile of Puddles that appeared at Grantland.   The article is Let Me Live That Fantasy, by Justin Heckert [illustration by Tim McAuliffe] and while it answers a lot of questions about Puddles, it definitely leaves me wanting to know more.

Puddles: the Sad Clown with the Golden Voice

Some people have a real fear of clowns.  I can understand that since some clowns are scary.

If you’re someone who gets scared of clowns, then you probably already booked it out of this post since it is about a seven-foot tall clown named Puddles: the Sad Clown with the Golden Voice.

Listen to Puddles sing and it’s easy understand the golden voice part… not sure why he’s sad since that clown can croon.

Puddles Performs on HLN

Did you happen to catch Puddles: The Sad Clown with the Golden Voice when he sang on the Headline News Network?

You know there aren’t many performers I’d care to watch in concert, but Puddles’ show is one I’d go to.

Which 80′s Pop Hit Are You?

Today we’re asked, Which 80′s Pop Hit Are You?

The answer for me?  Faith by George Michael.  I can live with that.

The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir

 If you’re a fan of film noir then you’re going to love The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir that’s embedded below.  Amazing job of matching music and film to create a hypnotic video.  Bravo!