Rhythm and News Blog
My parents first turned me on to Peter Gabriel. They had a couple of his vinyls in their record collection and I remember the fear that one particular album cover instilled in me. It was Peter Gabriel's #3 aka "Melt"and features a black and white photograph of Peter Gabriel's face melting. It also stirred such curiosity in me that I had to pick up the record and play it. Songs like the cool and creepy "The Intruder" and the catchy whistle of "Games Without Frontiers" immediately hooked me in. Peter Gabriel to this day stands alone in creating a category all his own in the world of alternative music that never been rivaled.
I noticed that many of the songs from that record are on a recent Gabriel album called "New Blood". The record consists of orchestral re-recordings of past hits from the Peter Gabriel discography. Please read on to learn more about it.
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Daft Punk is one of those musical groups that everyone loves. And for good reason: who can resist two dance-crazed robots who fill our lives with glorious electro-disco-synthpop? As the two members of Daft Punk (French producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) tell it, "We did not choose to become robots. There was an accident in our studio...when we regained consciosness, we discovered that we had become robots." And luckily for us, these robots did not want to enslave the human race in a cycle of pain and misery (I'm looking at you, Skynet)...instead, they only want us to dance. With a dash of disco, a scattering of funk, a pinch of groove, and a whole lot of electro love, Daft Punk have created over sixteen years of dance hits for the world to enjoy.
And after much too long, they are back.
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I'm still floating from the great time I had at the Tucson Folk Festival last weekend - so much so that even though I typically write about books I was inspired to write about music! If you have never been, this event is held the first weekend in May every year downtown - this year expanded to 5 different stages ranging from the Courtyard of the Pima County Courthouse to the main Plaza stage, over to La Cocina and then two stages at the Art Museum. The entire event is free - an entire weekend, at least 8 hours each day of fabulous free music - almost, but not quite music overload. More details can be found by searching for Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association on the web.
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