...believe it or not. True story. As reported by NME, the other day Gallagher brother Noel quipped on British radio, "Correct me if I'm wrong, but [Radiohead] has been making the same record since Kid A, have they not?"

Consider yourself corrected Noel. No, no they have not. Seriously!? The nerve, Noel, the nerve. Your band hasn't produced a quality record since 1995. Really. Jealously's one thing, but whining about it on the the radio is another.

Hendrix Drummer Dead at 61

Mitch Mitchell, the influential drummer of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead earlier today in his Portland, Oregon hotel room. He was 61. 

Personally, he's one of my all-time favorite drummers. His blending of jazz and rock styles, and his playing of the drums as a lead instrument, both had lasting impacts on the world of drumming and on my own drumming in particular. Whether it was his jazzy swing groove on "Manic Depression," his spastic, funky snare hits on "Fire," or his soulful blues fills on "Little Wing," Mitch Mitchell played some of the most important 60's-era rock beats of all-time. He will be missed. 

[Also, sort of a related FYI: this Monday will mark the 40th anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's show at Yale's Woolsey Hall.  More on that Monday.]

Check out the Sandy Gill Affair's brand-spanking new demo called "Full Moon Landing"

Open-Mic Pics (TDHF, 11.05.08)

Check out a couple of pictures from last week's open-mic in the TD recording studio. Recordings coming soon.

Nolan and Farah cover G. Love

Daniel and MJ, aka The Counters Clockwise

It was an intimate gathering, but with much talent... hope to see you guys next week.

Girl Talk is a PC

What's the deal Greg? We still love you, but come on. You use a Macbook (or at least you used to). All your fans (mostly college students), and your peers (DJ's, producers, musicians, etc.), almost exclusively use Macs at this point. Was the check from MS really worth it?

In summary: PC's still uncool. GT still cool --- but a little shameless.

Ivy Indies

While the Ivy League has produced its fair share of rockstars (including John Legend (Penn), Alicia Keys (Columbia), and Paul Simon (also Columbia)), today's playlist deals with a more recent crop of ivy league artists who left the ivory tower in search of gold records. At the top of the class is blog-darling, Afro-pop rockers Vampire Weekend (Columbia '06 and '07); followed by synth pop duo Chester French (Harvard '07) who signed to Pharrel's label after graduation; plus Bishop Allen (Harvard '98 and '99), MGMT (Wesleyan '05 --- the Ivy League is just a sports league anyways, people), and rounding out the list for good measure, Yale's own Harlem Shakes ('05 and '06).

Silliman junior Laura Zax played NYC's Alphabet Lounge this past Saturday night to a nicely-sized crowd of friends and downtown concertgoers. She performed with her newly named "Going Steady Band" (which originated as the one-off "One Night Stand Band" when they, and she, won this spring's WYBC Battle of the Bands). The Going Steady's include Jordan Jacks on drums (SY '09), Ben Lasman on guitar (BK '10), Ryan Harper on Keys (BC '10) and Mike Okusami (a Berklee College of music student) on Bass.

Passion Pit blows up at CMJ

Each year New York City's CMJ Music Festival, which features hundreds of independent bands, launches a few unexpected stars into orbit. This year, one such band is Boston's Passion Pit. They've created a lot of buzz with their energetic live shows, and lead singer Michael Angelakos's shockingly high falsetto. Check out their most famous track, "Sleepyhead," below.

Filmmaker/musician/producer Kurt Schneider (CC '10) teams up with Sam Tsui (DC '11 and a member of the Dukesmen) to cover "Can I Have This Dance?" from the new High School Musical Movie. Their performance is sort of funny, sort of ironic, but mostly just impressive. Tsui has some serious pipes, and Schneider's production skills aren't too shabby either. Also, as of this writing, the vid had a 5-star rating (with 206 votes) and over 12,500 views on Youtube.

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