Tag Archives: music

that José González is also Junip

Remember José González? The talented Argentine-Swedish singer/songwriter that stole a lot of hearts with his The Knife cover ‘Heartbeats’? Well, he’s back. And even though I had been listening to his new work for months now, I had no clue it was. Apparently, he’s been part of a band called ‘Junip’ for a couple of years now and has been releasing two records under that name. Especially the last album, the eponymous ‘Junip, captured me. If you’re not familiar yet, give ‘Line of Fire’ a listen.

José González – Heartbeats (in the Sony commercial)

Junip – Line of Fire

what happened to Terence Trent D’Arby

Well, apparently he disappeared completely. After his big success and a couple of albums that bombed, he legally took on the name he had been using during the couple of years he was away from recording: Sananda Maitreya.

As Sananda, he released a lot of music that is apparently best described as “baffling, uneven, and wonderful” as well as “all over the place”. One thing is for sure. He still has got one hell of a voice:

how much a Spotify stream is worth

Remember the whole “Lady GaGa has a super hit and only made $100 off of the millions of Spotify streams” story from a year or two ago? Well, someone took the time to actually investigate how much exactly artists get for publishing their music on Spotify.

The answer? $0.005. That’s not a lot, although the author makes the point that no one just streams a song they like just one time. Beyond that, it’s obvious that the music industry has changed considerably and that artists (as unfortunate as that may be for some of them) have to embrace this paradigm shift: actual sales of music is just part of their potential income.


PS: Did I already plug my Spotify Playlists? No? Well, here’s your daily dose of fresh new music.

about the 86-member girl group ‘AKB48’

Thought Of Monsters and Men was impressive in terms of size with their six members? Or maybe Arcade Fire with their 10 musicians. I’m From Barcelona perhaps who feature 28 members? Think again.

My friend Elise sent me a link to a video for AKB48’s newest single of which the title I can’t read or repeat, but the story of the band is what makes it really interesting. “As of April 2013, the group has 86 members. The girls range in age from early teens to mid-20s. It is one of the highest-earning musical acts in the world, with 2011 record sales of over $200 million in Japan.” Quite a phenomenon.

where Daft Punk got their name

Tonight, after work, me and a die-hard Daft Punk fan booked a conference room, connected a computer to the speaker system, and for over an hour blasted the entire new Daft Punk ‘Random Access Memories’ album. It’s seriously good.

And then this article popped up in my newsfeed, talking about how Daft Punk got their name and who is to thank for it. Apparently, “it’s well-established lore that Daft Punk got their name from a review in MM of a song by the band Darlin’, which consisted of Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Laurent Brancowitz, the latter of whom went on to help form Phoenix.” And, “So at long last it can be confirmed that the person who gets the credit for naming Daft Punk thanks to his quick aside is Dave Jennings, stalwart Wedding Present fan of MM among many other things.”

Consider yourself informed.

And, as a bonus, here’s a picture of us at the listening party, with some kick-ass Daft Punk helmet masks.

Photo on 5-15-13 at 6.10 PM

that Biggie, Jay-Z and Busta were schoolmates

Where my old classmates are more known for their beer drinking skills than for their musical talents, Christopher Wallace found himself in an entirely differently stimulating environment during high school.

Wikipedia: “At his request, Wallace transferred out of the Roman Catholic Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School to attend the state-funded George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, which future rappers Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes also attended at the time”.

And with that, it’s a rap for this Saturday’s TIL.

about Jock Jams

Hypey 90s tracks with cheerleaders chanting throughout the songs. Is there anything more perfect for a Friday afternoon?

(Thanks, Aileen)

about the why of short-term hearing loss

Since my friend and music-partner-in-crime Asha gifted me a set of ear plug for my birthday last year, I’ve never really had my ears shut down after a loud show anymore. I have them on me at any time, for every show I plan to go to… and the once I end up at.

Still, it’s pretty fascinating to read this NPR-ticle (TM) about why our body might be forcing us to suffer from short-term hearing loss after being exposed to way too much noise. According to a new study, the reason that our ears do so is to protect ourselves from long term hearing loss.

The study actually observed mice and found that their ears release a certain chemical that forces their ears to temporarily reduce hearing sensitivity. While mouse are not human – I’ve never heard them say “WHAT!!??” after a dubstep club night, this might be a clue that our body -again- is way smarter than we tend to give it credit for.


that the “Championship Records” shop from High Fidelity is situated in Wicker Park

When I watched High Fidelity for the first time, it must have been about 10 years ago, I didn’t know much about Chicago, and I definitely would have thought that I would end up living there! Well now I do, and so when I put on this excellent piece of cinema again today I all of a sudden recognized all these spots. So I googled it, and yes, it turns out the whole movie is set in in the neighborhood of Wicker Park. Near the Damen stop, and near a lot of places I frequent. Small world?


how to get that song out of your head

Now, how do you get this song out of your head? Apparently, there’s a scientific solution to this problem. It turns out that people have a natural tendency to want to finish what they start. Music then, are very much like puzzles to our brains: it’s catchy because the songs patterns and rhythms engage our minds like a crossword puzzle would. But while puzzles can be solved, songs don’t have an obvious solution. Which results in you hearing “hey, I just met you” all day, long after the song stopped playing.

The solution? According to the Atlantic it’s all about tricking your brain: “Fool your brain into solving another puzzle — a non-musical puzzle. The best way to do that? Give it actual puzzles to concentrate on. Do a quick crossword. Tackle an anagram. Spend a few minutes, even, reading a novel. Replace the earworm with another worm, tricking your mind out of its need to finish what it started by giving it something else — something simple, but not too simple — to focus on.”