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New @drivebytruckers, that is all. #EnglishOceans

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Jason Isbell is one of my favorite contemporary American songwriters, capable of both evocative abstract mood pieces and incredibly transportive narrative ballads, a master both with sparse instrumentation and a great building blend of  instruments like his song "The Last Song I Will Write". He’s got a new album called Southeastern coming out next Tuesday, and you can stream it now here: http://www.mtvhive.com/2013/06/03/jason-isbell-southeastern/, I highly recommend checking him out.

After a single listen & reading the background on the struggles he’s overcome in the past year and how he poured that directly into the lyrics contained, Southeastern makes me respect him even more, as someone who uses songwriting as almost a form of expressive therapy vapid pop songwriting or writing from a perspective that isn’t yours really grates me, so the kind of honesty and personal perspective he’s willing to share and create from here really endears him to me. Sound-wise it’s a bid more straight-forward and hews closer to rock than a lot of his output on the early tracks, but on some of its tracks I can hear the influence of his friend Ryan Adams, which is fine by me as Adams is one of my favorite musicians.

Sadly the public notice of his career mostly only extends to the contributions he made to Drive-By Truckers with songs like “Outfit”, “Goddamn Lonely Love" and "Never Gonna Change" during a turbulent few years with that seminal band of the modern South, great songs to be sure but he deserves to be noticed on his own (and it should be sad his melodic approach to vocals and personal approach to lyric writing contrasted the broken-glass throatiness & literary deconstruction and mythmaking of the south of Patterson Hood quite well and the band isn’t as strong as it was with him), here’s hoping this is his chance to break out of that rut, it seems he’s been getting a lot of press lately, including a revealing portrait in the New York Times, so the odds could be in his favor.

New #Foals album! #HolyFire out today, give it a listen on #Spotify!

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Afghanistan Youth Orchestra performing at Carnegie Hall

Wow, this is an incredibly moving story, though it’s sad to think how much the future of this organization is in doubt given the future of the country, with the Taliban likely to regain power following America’s exit in 2014 this kind of thing is likely to be banned and repressed again. :-(

I really want to go to this concert, looking into it.

Happy 30th MIDI, in some ways you may be woefully out of date, but nothing’s ever matched your universal usability or simplicity, remarkable that any tech would still be widely used essentially in its original form after 3 decades.

Happened to notice a mention of this band in the New York Times this morning, & then their debut album (which came out today) was on the front page in Spotify, gave them a try and ended up largely loving this album, this song in particular. Check them out!

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#U2 #NewYearsDay #2013, first song to start every new year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thATJ1iaJCI&sns=em   #music #lyrics #phonto

#U2 #NewYearsDay #2013, first song to start every new year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thATJ1iaJCI&sns=em #music #lyrics #phonto

An inspiring reminder of the power of music to change lives, and evidence that upcycling is more than just a hipster art trend. An upcoming documentary feature about a youth orchestra from a slum in Paraguay that’s surrounded by a landfill, the adults in the community make their living from salvaging materials to sell, the music students build their own instruments to learn & perform on. 

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Thelonious Monk, who would’ve been 95 today, and his Town Hall band in rehearsal, February 1959.

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Thelonious Monk, who would’ve been 95 today, and his Town Hall band in rehearsal, February 1959.

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Why yes, that is Paul Meany of @mutemath singing while crowd-surfing on a light up air mattress. I’m glad you asked. #mutemath #concerts #music #ri #rhodeisland (Taken with Instagram)

Why yes, that is Paul Meany of @mutemath singing while crowd-surfing on a light up air mattress. I’m glad you asked. #mutemath #concerts #music #ri #rhodeisland (Taken with Instagram)

The crazy futuristic sports inspired video for Justice’s new single “New Lands”. A sight to behold.

I know I’ve mostly been sharing the occasional video here so far, but bear with me for now, this is pretty darn impressive, the theme to Harry Potter played entirely with differently pitched wine glasses. The best part of this for me is because of the tone produced by wine glasses, it sounds similar to the way the score was arranged for Cuaron’sPrisoner of Azkaban.

Bounce across America from the perspective of a runaway racquet ball in this fun video for (Massachusetts’ own) Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk”.