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  1. 8-bit reggae project

    Links to several 8-bit reggae tunes at the end of the post.

  2. The Impossible Music of Black MIDI

    This is great stuff. I’d love to hear more music like this that’s played through something more substantial than MIDI instruments. I think. (via Kottke)

  3. Indietracks Compilation 2013 | Indietracks Festival

    Only £2 (or more) for 47 tracks of nice twee pop, with proceeds going to old trains.

  4. The Online Photographer: (OT) All You Need for Great Sound

    Suggestion for great-sounding iPhone/iPad amp and small speakers. More suggestions in the comments.

  5. Spoogeworld lost musical documentation

    Includes a scan of a page from ‘Keyboard’ magazine in 1987 which shows you Brian Eno’s favourite patches for the Yamaha DX7 for you to tap in.

  6. The Shrieking Violet: The Would Be’s - I’m Hardly Ever Wrong

    An interview with the Would Be’s from 2009. I had no idea they were so young when ‘I’m Hardly Ever Wrong’ came out. (Also, they have an album out in May!)

  7. Archived Music Press | Scans from the Melody Maker and N.M.E. circa 1987-1996

    Lots of blasts from the past here. The couple of copies of MM/NME that I still have are intriguing, mainly the small and unimportant bits rather than the high-profile interviews etc usually featured here.

  8. Dandelion Radio | Mixcloud

    Ooh, Dandelion are putting their previous month’s shows on Mixcloud. Brill. Rocker’s my favourite, but lots of good stuff generally.

  9. The Amen break: Just a sample | The Economist

    Finally got round to reading/listening to all of this, 15 months after everyone else linked to it. I love this stuff, because I’m so oblivious to the details of samples normally.

  10. TV Networks, Algorithms and the Demise of HMV

    I’m not sure i buy all of this, but some interesting thoughts in there. Almost says that without better discovery tools, Spotify is like HMV, huge but daunting and soulless. (via Paul Mison)

  11. Philgyford’s 2012 Jam Odyssey

    Brilliant thing. I put more stuff on ThisIsMyJam than I thought I had. And this makes me want to do more in 2013.

  12. The Quietus | Features | Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far 2012

    I’ve only heard of five of these 50 artists. I’m so, so out of touch. Still, more music to try. (via Beyond the Beyond)

  13. Simon Frith - Post-punk Blues (PDF)

    Another article I don’t think I’ve read, from 1983, also cited by Rebekka Kill.

  14. History is made at night: In Defence of Disco - Richard Dyer

    I somehow haven’t read this 1979 essay. Cited by Rebekka Kill at Improving Reality.

  15. Underworld’s brief to ‘frighten people’ at the London 2012 opening ceremony | Music | The Guardian

    “The contrast between this summer’s two uber-spectaculars – the diamond jubilee concert and the Olympics opening ceremony – couldn’t be starker.” Yes, it felt like we’ve moved on from big events requiring 1980s musicians. (via Blech)

  16. Indietracks Festival

    Jolly nice, virtually free, 52-track compilation of twee/indiepop tunes. How can you go wrong, unless you hate nice things?

  17. The Brilliant Music of Ravel by Charles Rosen | The New York Review of Books

    As someone who’s only awareness of Ravel is what I think of as the flouncy Torville & Dean ‘Bolero’, I love the descriptions here (especially in section 3) of exactly why Ravel’s music was avant-garde. Unfortunately, subscribers only.

  18. Soul Sides / Sliced: Breaking Down: The Emotions’ “Blind Alley” (Stax, 1972)

    I like this way of discussing a song, displaying annotations while it plays.

  19. Writing About Music is Like Dancing About Architecture | Quote Investigator

    Quite lengthy investigation of the elusive origins of that quote. (via @alanconnor)

  20. Said the Gramophone: BEST SONGS OF 2011

    As ever, StG’s top 100 tunes of the year is a lovely listen.

  21. Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels — Tech News and Analysis

    A look at the “demands that digital music companies [like Spotify, Rdio, etc] are compelled to agree to” by the major record labels. “Onerous” would be a word. (via Blech)

  22. The Dark Side of the Moon - The 8-bit Album : Various Artists : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

    I’m not a huge fan of Pink Floyd or 8-bit music, beyond novelty, but this was actually rather good stuff. (via Dandelion Radio)

  23. Spotify Instant

    Find-as-you-type search of Spotify. Tab, hit Return and the track plays in Spotify. Nice.

  24. Echofi - Better Spotify Radio

    Enter an artist name and it plays a stream of similar artists (chosen using Echo Nest) in Spotify.

  25. Liesen/spotify-api-server - GitHub

    “Implementation of parts of the Spotify playlist API. … It’s a web server that talks to Spotify using libspotify.”

  26. First Watch: The Decemberists, ‘Calamity Song’ : All Songs Considered Blog : NPR

    Music video based on the Eschaton tennis scene from David Foster Wallace’s novel ‘Infinite Jest’. Totally. Awe. Some. My insides have been touched all over.

  27. Groovify your music tweets - Denoiser the better

    Tweet a song and @groovify generates a Spotify or Grooveshark playlist based on it.

  28. - Generate Spotify Playlists powered by Lastfm!

    Makes Spotify playlists based on the name of a music artist or your favorites/recommendations.

  29. Nicky Wire on Lipstick Traces : The Thought Fox

    A new introduction by Nicky Wire to a new edition of Greil Marcus’s ‘Lipstick Traces’ which I owe another read. (via Alan Connor)

  30. Total recall: why retromania is all the rage | Music | The Guardian

    This is all very good, on retro of many kinds. “How come the very kind of people who would have once been in the vanguard of creating new music (bohemian early adopter types) have switched roles to become antiquarians and curators?”

  31. Grime_tapes : : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive (which was archiving loads of old grime cassettes) appears to have disappeared, but it looks like they put some(?) of the files on

  32. The Wire: A Brief History Of Grime Tapes

    Some streams/MP3s of recordings of early(?) grime sets on pirate radio. I’m enjoying the first one so far. (via Shaun at Ruby Pseudo)

  33. Daniel Rosenthal’s answer to Why is U2 so popular? - Quora

    “You’re not only dancing and reminiscing – you’re spreading freedom and reasonably-priced medicines to distant lands!” (via Shaun at Ruby Pseudo)

  34. Playlist for Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture - April 18, 2011

    Pretty much just listening to this one on repeat at the moment.

  35. Guest DJ Brian Eno : NPR

    Eno on ‘All Songs Considered’ discussing some music. I must make time to listen. (via Ted Mills)

  36. Britain’s Got Talent and the Ronan Parke Co… -

    I expect this has been everywhere, but it’s a good, if depressing read.

  37. Overhere

    Listen along with any user in real time, using Spotify. So simple.

  38. Topsify - Top 40 chart playlists for Spotify

    Exactly what I was after — I feel I should listen to the Top 40 once in a while and maybe this will help me do it. But the charts are in the “wrong” order, with number 1 first.

  39. If You Tolerate Bis, Kenickie Will Be Next

    Another lovely twee-sounding club night in London. (via @revdancatt)

  40. Tantramar: More and Moore

    I like this. Buying old iPod Shuffles on eBay, filling each with music by a single artist, and using them as single musical units. Music and player in one.

  41. Hauntological Futures |

    The first of seven posts, which I’m looking forward to. I often find myself agonising over related things: a nostalgia for past futures at the expense of… well, whatever I might otherwise think about the future.

  42. The Online Photographer: Open Mike: Jazz Starter Kit

    One jazz-lover’s guide to getting into jazz, what things to listen to. (I like guides to a field by people who know something, even if it’s impossible to be objective about it.)

  43. Search Results mississippi records tape - Root Blog

    Various mix tapes by a Portland, Oregon record store, digitised and put online. (via Time & Materials)

  44. DJ Matthew Africa - I Wish You Would - Ninety-Now

    I’m far from a connoisseur, but I really enjoyed these four podcast mixes featuring 1990s east-coast indie-label rap.

  45. The REAL Death Of The Music Industry

    Some good graphs and stats about the US recorded music industry. I’m amazed at how few albums and singles per capita are bought, even at the industry’s peak (now: 1.25 albums, 3.7 singles, per year). (via Daring Fireball)

  46. Hangover Lounge

    Sunday afternoons at the Lexington on Pentonville Road. Sounds very nice, if I wasn’t already spending Sunday afternoons agonising over having achieved nothing useful yet each weekend.

  47. Gimme Shelter | Studio Multitracks

    Fascinating to hear the tracks in isolation. Unfortunately most of the other examples on the site only seem to have one isolated track for each song, but still. (via Daring Fireball)

  48. Rawktumblr

    “The hunt for the next big thing has become a daily harvest of hundreds of next embarrassingly small things.” A bit more musing about music journalism/blogging today. (via Haddock)

  49. Sean In Tumblr

    “For journalists, bloggers and music fans in general, there is no real way to justify listening to one thing over another…” How a music website, never mind your average punter, struggles to cope with the amount of music around today. (via Haddock)

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