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Michael+Jackson

When I first heard the news, I didn’t want to believe it. Despite early declaration about his death made by trashy gossip websites such as TMZ, I was desperately glued on to CNN hoping that the former was wrong and that The King of Pop was still alive. Eventually, I had to face the truth.

Despite the shocking death, another thing that bothered me was realizing that he was 50 years old. I never saw him has a 50 year old man. I dont know why but it was a bit unsettling to realize that he was 50.

I grew up listening to Micheal Jackson in India and I know I wasn’t the only one. Michael Jackson was a global superstar and rightly so. His music transcended language and boundaries. I have quite a few memories listening to MJ growing up. When I was little, I remember my cousin had learned the infamous Thriller dance for some school program and I tried desperately to learn it but could only do a few haphazard moves. I tried learning the moonwalk when I was a kid but after failed attempts, I would remove my shoes and just slide across the floor wearing socks pretending to moonwalk. I remember it was a big deal whenever a new Michael Jackson music video would come out. I remember when his video/mini movie for his single “You Rock My World” from his last album “Invincible” came out, Channel V ( India’s MTV) would play it every hour and I was glued to the TV for the whole day making sure I watched it every single time for the whole day. Back then, watching the video was my only way to listen to his song over and over again.

The music video for “Remember The Time” was another one of my all time favorite too. The exotic setting, the magic and Michael Jackson is all you needed to keep this five year old happy.

I mean everyone wanted to be as cool as Michael Jackson. I remember watching Indian dance competitions such as “Boogie Woogie” back in India and there would always be someone who would do a Michael Jackson number wearing the signature black hat, gloves and no performance was complete without a couple of those infamous crotch-grab dance move.

R.I.P

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*wants to stroke that beard*

*wants to stroke that beard*

Taken from Pitchforkmedia

Kyp Malone is going solo. TV on the Radio‘s prodigiously bearded, falsetto-voiced zen master has a solo project, and he’s calling it Rain Machine. This fall, the first Rain Machine album will be released on Anti-. As Malone explains in a press release, “I’ve been writing and recording songs alone since I moved to NYC in 2000, at first alone because I didn’t know anyone, then through the years by choice because of a particular freedom that going it alone afforded. I’ve played regularly since then, at first under the name Black Lights until some kids in Texas told me they were already using that name. Then under my own name, but I didn’t like how ‘Kyp Malone’ looked on mock ups of T-shirts and fliers, thus Rain Machine.”

Malone recorded his solo debut with Lucinda Williams producer Ian Brennan. In that press release, he describes the album as “A nearly full spectrum of frequencies audible to the human ear– a reflection of a variety of emotions and situations real and imagined, some rhythm and some rhyme.”

UPDATE – Here is the album artwork and the track-list for the album. Release date is September 22/2009

Kyp Malone drew that himself

Kyp Malone drew that himself

The Rain Machine tracklist is below. Rain Machine:

01 Intro
02 Give Blood
03 New Last Name
04 Smiling Black Faces
05 Driftwood Heart
06 Hold You Holy
07 Desperate Bitch
08 Love Won’t Save You
09 Free Ride
10 Leave the Lights On
11 Winter Song

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This is amazing…

watch the whole video.

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Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House

The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Field - Yesterday & Today

The Field - Yesterday & Today

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Grab this incredible mix that is obviously or not-so-obviously influenced by Dj Shadow’s masterpiece and first album (on the defunct Mo’ Wax label), Endtroducing.

Tracklist

01. Bias – It’s Getting Better

02. J-Walk – The Wasp

03. DJ Shadow – Let’s Rock And Roll

04. Soulsavers – San Quentin Blues

05. Mnemotrauma – Wachsfigurenkabinett

06. Free the Robots – Times Like This

07. Joe Beats – Pour Me One

08. Manitoba – Tits And Ass : The Great Canadian Weekend

09. Gnarls Barkley – Just A Thought

10. RJD2 – A Beautiful Mine

Check here for the download link (click on the direct download link at the bottom of the page) . The mix is about half an hour long

The drums are crackling throughout the mix. You wont be disappointed.

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Here is the new trailer for the upcoming Rock Band game devoted to the best band in the world – The Beatles.

I want this game just so I could play “Here Comes The Sun” but the whole pacakage will probably set me back couple of hundreds dollars so I am not quite sure if I will be buying this. Maybe I should pick up a real guitar.

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