Snoop Dogg and comedian Kevin Hart are providing some fun commentary from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics interviewing athletes, recapping events and doing play-by-play for sports they don’t understand. In a segment called “Cold Call” gave their insight into the equestrian event. “The horse crip-walking! You see that? That’s sick. This horse is off the chain! I gotta get this motherfucker in a video” - Snoop Dogg joyfully announced as a horse pranced during the event. He also asked “do the horses get medals when they win too?”. They do not!

Magazine chose the video star
July 31, 2021

Rolling Stones' 100 best music videos of all time

MTV as a music television exists no more, but music videos still complement songs, create mythologies, and cause chatter and controversy - Rolling Stone says introducing their selection of the 100 best music videos of all time. Starting with The Buggles' 'Video Killed the Radio Star' and finishing with Beyonce's 'Formation' "all of these picks are perfect examples of how pairing sound and vision created an entire artistic vocabulary, gave us a handful of miniature-movie masterpieces, and changed how we heard (and saw) music".

Longer than 15 seconds
July 30, 2021

The best of the first MTV videos

MTV celebrates its 40th birthday this weekend, with Billboard and Stereogum looking back with a selection of the 40 best videos played on the very first day on the network. There were 116 videos played in the first 24 hours, with Stereogum and Billboard agreeing Talking Heads' 'Once in a Lifetime' and Blondie's 'Rapture' being the best.

Noise is from Venus, silence is form Mars
July 27, 2021

Great video: How would a piano sound on Mars?

"Even space itself was once brimming with sound"- US filmmaker John D Boswell explores, where sound is possible. 'The Sounds of Space: A sonic adventure to other worlds' - takes you "on a journey back in time and to the edge of our solar system and beyond, to discover what other worlds of sound are lurking beyond Earth's atmosphere".

A great video by music theorist 12tone where he analyses a month-old video by another music theorist, Rick Beato who did a livestream called 'Why Today's Music Is So BORING. The Regression of Musical Innovation'. Beato attempted to argue that modern music was no longer doing interesting things. 12tone argues Beato's wrong. 12Tones' argument is also beautifully illustrated.

Revolver asked a number of musicians "which scream stands alone as the greatest out there". The Black Dahlia Murder's Trevor Strnad, Coheed and Cambria's Travis Stever, Testament's Alex Skolnick, Incendiary's Brian Audley, and more select Tom Araya, Bruce Dickinson, Chino Moreno, and others.

Paul McCartney becomes decades younger via deepfake technology in the music video for 'Find My Way', his collaborative song with Beck from the McCartney remix album 'McCartney III Imagined'. The video shows the de-aged McCartney emerging from a hotel room, dancing in the hallway, and being whisked away to different dream-like environments. The clip was directed by Andrew Donoho, choreographed by Phil Tayag, and co-produced by Hyperreal Digital, a company that “specializes in the creation of hyper-realistic digital avatars”.

'Mr. Soul!' is the award-winning documentary about the public television variety show 'Soul!' and its host Ellis Haizlip, coming to HBO Max August 1st. Produced and directed by Melissa Haizlip, the documentary chronicles how her uncle, enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, created the influential show which was ahead of its time. 'Soul!' was a celebration of black music, politics, literature, dance, and poetry during a tumultuous time for black Americans (1968-1973), featuring countless performances by and interviews with the era’s luminaries like James Baldwin, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Al Green, Mavis Staples, Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack, Kool and the Gang, Max Roach, and many more. Watch the trailer below.

Facing each other in a garage over a small plastic table, rappers Uriya & SAZ hurl ethnic insults and clichés at each other, tearing away the veneer of civility overlaying the seething resentments between the Jewish state and its Palestinian minority in a rap video that has gone viral in Israel. Sincere, passionate, touching! The New York Times reports, via Washington Mail.

Featuring cameos by Henry Rollins and Vince Staples, the new advertisement for Converse directed by Tyler, the Creator is a funny little video. The clip centers on a meeting of “The Really Cool Converse Club”, which includes greasers, punks, pirates, and more, who convene to revoke membership from one of their own.

Shannon Lay

Mega Bog describes her new video 'Maybe You Died' as “dark, leathered, supernatural, horny, evil" - that pretty much applies to the song as well; Britsh folk icon Shirley Collins shares the haunting 'Sailor Boy'; Iron Maiden are back in the saddle - 'The Writing on the Wall' is their first new song in six years and a return to form, accompanied by a mini-film; folk singer-songwriter Shannon Lay starts with a cappella 'Geist' to expand into a waltz called 'Awaken and Allow'.

The Who's career-spanning documentary, 'Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who' is now available to stream for the first time on the Coda Collection. Anchored by interviews with Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the film tracks the band’s rise and career, and features a trove of previously unseen footage and performance clips. 'Amazing Journey' was directed by Murray Lerner and Paul Crowder and first released in 2007.

McCartney in the sky with Rubin
July 09, 2021

Paul McCartney and Rick Rubin talk Beatles in new docu

The trailer for the six-part documentary series 'McCartney 3, 2, 1', featuring Paul McCartney and Rick Rubin has been released. It shows big-shot producer and big-shot bassist dissecting Beatles classics like 'Come Together', 'All My Loving', 'With a Little Help From My Friends', and 'In My Life'.

“When you’re wearing diamonds, it’s like a big f-you to everybody” - a new docu about jewelry in hip-hop culture dropped today, explores. "How and when did jewelry become part of Hip Hop culture? A$AP Ferg, Migos, Lil Yachty, Talib Kweli weigh in alongside 80’s heavyweights Eric B & Rakim and Slick Rick to see the much deeper meaning and purpose behind it all".

"The event hosted 400,000 miserable attendees, as excessive heat and poor planning combined for one of the worst debacles in modern festival history. The crowd turned violent, at one point tearing plywood off the walls and setting it on fire. The concerts gave way to multiple reports of rape and sexual assault, as well as looting, vandalism, and arson" - Consequence announces the first trailer for 1999 music-fest-turned-gore-fest. It is the first in a series of HBO documentaries executive produced by Bill Simmons, and it features Korn’s Jonathan Davis, The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Jewel, Moby, Creed’s Scott Stapp, and The Offspring.

The lovely Neil Diamond song 'Sweet Caroline' has been adopted by English football fans as their unofficial anthem at the current Euro 2020 championship (yes, it's the year 2021, but it was supposed to be held last year, and it was postponed due to Covid crisis, and the official name held on). England football team will face Italy Sunday for the Euro 2020 championship finals.

Science is golden
July 07, 2021

Adem Neely goes into beautiful chords

Music theorist Adam Neely makes music theory seem so simple and easy to understand, in general, and in his newest video as well. He talks about, and plays beautiful chords, and also talks about why deadlines are good for creativity, as well as why he thinks of himself as a musician, rather than as a YouTuber.

Watson D. Hirschfield is "a London boy making people laugh" on TikTik with his short lo-fi videos of himself performing old-school music videos. The 24-year-old boasts 600,000 followers on TikTok, attracted by their simplicity and humor. "He takes quickfire shots of himself satirising popular, old school music videos, tapping into their cheesiness to bring out a whole new level of entertainment" - The Face points out.

The great music theorist Adam Neely's jazz band Gungazer restarted touring, and he has shared a video of the band talking about how and what to perform at their The Sultan Room concert. A lot of "do ba do", "duh", and "wub" talk, but they seem to understand each other perfectly.

A lovely documentary 'The Dancing Man of LA' about a grey-haired 69-year-old who goes to, well, almost to all the concerts in Los Angeles, and dances all the time. Howard Mordoh is a retired clinical laboratory scientist from and his "love of concerts spans genres, venues, and decades - and he's always dancing. But with live music canceled during the COVID pandemic, and given his husband's health concerns, Howard has to get creative in order to keep dancing".

St. Vincent has redone Metallica's 'Sad But True', adding a ton of sexy and cool, making for a surprisingly good cover. Jason Isbell goes a step further with the same song - himself and the 400 Unit reimagined 'The Black Album' classic as a thrilling country rock barn stomper. Both songs appear on Metallica’s upcoming collection, 'The Metallica Blacklist', a companion album celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'The Black Album'. Set for release digitally on September 10th and physically on October 1st, 'The Metallica Blacklist' also boasts contributions from Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, J Balvin, Phoebe Bridgers, My Morning Jacket, Weezer, Mac DeMarco, Cage the Elephant, Kamasi Washington, Portugal. the Man, IDLES, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Moses Sumney.

The short documentary 'Field of Vision - We Were There to Be There', by Mike Plante and Jason Willis, on a legendary 1978 show at a California psychiatric hospital by the Cramps and the Mutants, is now online. "Taking place as cuts to crucial social services loom under Ronald Reagan, two legendary punk bands come together to perform a show for patients and staff at a psychiatric facility". It "threads moments from the Napa State Hospital set with commentary from band members and those who witnessed it firsthand, providing a crucial backstory for the recording of one of the most iconic shows in the history of music, at a critical moment in the future of mental health care in the US".

The new episode of Sound Field explores the current debate in classical music of how much recordings should be edited. It explores why do classic musicians edit at all, how it differs from pop music, how it affects musicians, and what the future brings.

TikToker @mancypodcast shares a short theory about how punk rock may be responsible for a major shift in accent in America. It happened when American punk bands were copying the sound of British punk bands, who were copying the sound of American punk bands. He calls the accent the California lilt.

The cilinder story
June 06, 2021

Lovely video: The history of recorded sound

The British Library has released a lovely animated video explaining the 100+ years of recorded sound. Narrated by author, singer-songwriter and broadcaster Cerys Matthews (from the band Catatonia), this animation goes from Thomas Edison's invention to digital sound. It's a short one - 3 minutes in duration.

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese has joined forces with the Pearl Jam Family France Facebook community to rerecord the band’s 1993 classic 'Rearviewmirror', Loudwire reports. The seven-minute video cuts between several fans taking turns on vocals, guitars, and bass, while Abbruzzese handles the drums, just as he did on the original recording. Abbruzzese was let go from the band in 1994 because of personality conflicts with Eddie Vedder, but has a strong fan following.

Solange Knowles has created and written 'Pasage', a motion portraiture and celebration of the six 2021 International Woolmark Prize finalists. Scored by Standing on The Corner, it stars Dionne Warwick, Dominique Jackson, SahBabii, Joi and KeiyaA, and it goes into a deeply thoughtful exploration of sustainability, and the stages of creation: contemplation, courage, optimism, vulnerability, discipline and strength. Through 6 acts of concentrated motion between stage, nature and surrealism, the film echoes themes of conjuring and ceremonious celebrations, and creates abstraction to embody the various expressions of each designer.

Mali-born, France-based folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara enlisted revered female musicians Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, China Moses, Inna Modja, Somi, Mayra Andrade, Thandiswa Mazwai and Terri Lyne Carrington to collaborate on track ‘Ambè’ meaning ‘altogether’ in Bambara, underlines the importance of harmony and togetherness in difficult and challenging times. Composed during the first lockdown, the unique collaboration between female artists of African origin or descent sends a message of cooperation and a world without borders.

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