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Watch: The Flaming Lips Pay Tribute to Steve Jobs at MTV O Music Awards

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At last night's MTV O Music Awardsthe Flaming Lips paid tribute to Steve Jobs with a typically bonkers performance. After an introduction by Yoko Ono, the Lips performed a cover of the Beatles' "Revolution", recorded entirely on iPads. The best part: Kliph Scurlock's iPad drumming. Watch it here.

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via Watch: The Flaming Lips Pay Tribute to Steve Jobs at MTV O Music Awards.

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Gigantic praise

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Excellent article on TMBG in the Ventura County Reporter that I got from my RSS feed.

Here's another also good one, but not quite as good as the first.

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John Flansburgh talking about technology in music and Mad Flava

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This is a good interview with John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants over at a site called Gearlog that I hadn't heard of before. I didn't know Dial-A-Song wasn't working any more! I still have it saved in my cell phone! Apparently there is only now. My favorite quote from this interview was talking about how drum machines affected early work:

When you first started out, were you worried about making something too slick, and losing something in the music to the production?
The means to do anything in a slick way were so unavailable to us that it never really was an issue. We had very crude tools, for a very long time. We started out as a duo and used a drum machine. And something that I think we only became aware of, after we graduated to bigger studios and started working with live musicians, was how the sort of automatic, mad flava of the drum machines made our recordings exceptional-sounding.

On an almost completely unrelated note, I have always liked the symmetry of the formation of two of my favorite bands ever, They Might Be Giants, and Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. Despite being extremely different kinds of bands, this article kind of highlights the way they both started in similar ways. If you know the beginning of Carter that is, which I'm going to assume you probably don't. Carter USM was originally a band called Jamie Wednesday, that broke up right before a scheduled gig, for which all but two of the members didn't show up. James Morrison and Les Carter, later to be known as Jim Bob and Fruitbat of Carter, still wanted to be the same rock and roll band though, and proceeded with later shows as Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine with a drum machine and tape recorder to try and replace lost band members, much as TMBG did. Like TMBG they also later replaced their mechanics with real band members. I think probably as a result of their lack of full bands I ended up liking both of these groups alot more easily than I otherwise might have.


TMBG Video

Posted by rabidchild

Cool fan made video that TMBG even posted about for With the Dark from the new album.

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New Polyphonic Spree Video

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Found this on the Blog for the guy who made the video, which for the past few weeks has been updating with making said video, good stuff.

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Se aprovechan!!!

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New TMBG album, The Else, is up on Itunes. Sounds good so far, some sorta guitar sound going on...

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All your songs R(IAA) belong to us

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Just read a story over at Kos (via ariakas) explaining a horrific system through which the RIAA has gained rights to collect royalties on ANY SONG played on internet radio, whether they own the rights to it, the performer is a member of the RIAA, or not. Even if the performer is not signed to a major label, and their label is in no way associated with the RIAA, the RIAA still has the right to collect royalties any time any song is played. Can you say HORRIFIC?!

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Fragile Army Mashup

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Preview of the new Polyphonic Spree album. Out June 19.

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Overheard in D.C.

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I got this from Thierry.The Washington Post got a guy recognized as one of the greatest violin players in the world to play for 45 min. during rush hour at a transit station in Washington DC to see what sort of response he would get.

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Sorkin and the Flaming Lips !?!!

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Sarah pointed this out to me, crazy. Aaron Sorkin is going to write a script for a Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots musical.

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