Category Archives: Music

Vintage TV sent to space for music video

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Director Joe Connor sent up two vintage Sony televisions via weather balloons for Kelvin Jones’ video for his song Call You Home.

Yup, that really is a TV in space, for real. I created this video by sending a vintage Sony TV into orbit on a weather balloon provided by Sent Into Space, surrounded by cameras so as to capture this spectacular footage hovering above the Big Blue Marble itself.

More precisely, it took two launches – both from Snowdonia in Wales, with two identical TVs, with each launch providing the opportunity to rig the GoPros in different positions.


Photo: NASA

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Music: Ryan Adams: Bad Blood Cover

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For those of you who are not Ryan Adams fans, you might not have heard that he is doing complete cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album (the entire album).

Kind of odd, but the 15 seconds clips he has been sharing have sounded pretty good.

He released his cover of Bad Blood late last week. Not a huge fan of this song (due to all the media coverage guessing who it is about), but I appreciate Adams’ attempt to strip it down and add some stank to the glossy production.

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Music: Ryan Adams: Magnolia Mountain

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This song was in my head this morning, thought I would share it.

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Video: The physics of playing guitar

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It is interesting to think of guitar and sound in terms of physics and science…

Guitar masters like Jimi Hendrix are capable of bending the physics of waves to their wills, plucking melody from inspiration and vibration. But how do wood, metal, and plastic translate into rhythm, melody, and music? Oscar Fernando Perez details the physics of playing the guitar, from first pluck to that final shredding chord.


Photo: J. Michel Carriere. Flickr

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Video: Jeff Buckley: Lover you should have come over

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Today is the 21st anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s Grace album. Somebody posted a live version of the song Lover you should have come over on the Ryan Adam boards and I thought I would share it.

This performance is raw and there are definitely mistakes, but shows off Buckley’s incredible vocal range and talent.

It is a damn shame the way he went out.

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Video: Andrew Combs – Foolin’

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I have been listening to this tune all summer and thought I would share it with my friends. Surprisingly, it isn’t a Ryan Adams song 🙂


Photo: Jim Whiteley, Flickr

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Video: Craig Robinson: Chocolate Muffins

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This man is a national treasure.

Photo: Jeffery Smith, Flickr

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The Mumford Switch

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I was in the gym the other day and this video caught my attention:

There was no sound, so I had no idea what I was looking at. I thought it was a commercial for a cell phone company (just saw the band performance clips – not the horse). It wasn’t.

It was Mumford and Sons.

I am not really going anywhere with this other than – if you make a video and it looks like a cell phone commercial… don’t? Also – people (not named Taylor Swift) still make videos?

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Video: Ryan Adams: Times Like These

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Ryan Adams paid Foo Fighter Dave Grohl — who last month suffered a serious leg injury mid-concert – some respect by covering “Times Like These” at the Sydney Opera House.

Adams himself suffered from a rib injury a last month but kept his tour going even if he had to give up the Harmonica for a while.

Check out the cover below:

Photo: Laura Musselman Duffy, flickr

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Music: Ryan Adams: Glastonbury 2015

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Photo: Nicole Kibert, Flickr

This is the full set. The BBC is going to yank this down soon, so watch while you can.

Here is a short review from Gigwise:

6. Ryan Adams makes the perfect alternative Glastonbury-closer
Vast swathes took to either the Pyramid Stage see icons The Who or to The Other Stage to have their faces raved off by The Chemical Brothers. We fancied something a little different, so took one last emotional walk to the top of the hill.

What better way to end Glastonbury than with an emotional outro from R’Adams with the ones you love? Opening with ‘Gimme Something Good’ before giant amp stacks and arcade machines, Dr Adams played up the theatrical setting of the Park Stage and its flaming towers, with a set of heartbroken balladry and bad-ass guitar god noodling.

It was a set of relentless Glasto-friendly highlights, the most fitting being the youthful decadence of ‘To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)’, the firey regret of ‘Kim’ and ‘Stay With Me’, and naturally the ever-enchanting ‘New York, New York’ and ‘Come Pick Me Up’. Sealed with the kiss of the country-prog of ‘Magnolia Mountain’ and the unexpected and heart-wrenching encore of his now classic cover of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’, he couldn’t have done more. It’s a shame that more didn’t see it, but to those who did, it was a set never to be forgotten. (AT)

And just in case BBC does take it down, here is an official clip (only one song):

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