Category Archives: Music

Bjork releases new “Moon” music video

Bjork released her new single “Moon” along with a fresh music video straight from outer space. In this eccentric, performance-oriented piece, written and directed by Bjork herself, the eclectic pop star hangs out in the moon and seems to be singing to the universe. And we love it!

The single was released early and is part of her upcoming album Biophilia, which is due to come out on October 1oth.  This 7th album is a multimedia project “encompassing music, apps, internet, installations, and live shows”, Bjork explains. Once again, she dazzles her fans taking bold steps in her musical exploration, evermore exploring unbeaten trails and embracing the digital world.

Watch “Moon”:

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Playing For Change – or how music and the web are being used to promote peace.

Can music change the world? The “Playing for Change” project proves how music can unite nations.

All over the world, musicians and singers express themselves in the only places that welcome them: the streets. Very few of these street artists get to be recorded, yet so many have undeniable talents.

Ten years ago, a small group of American documentary filmmakers set out on a musical road-trip to make a film with these musicians. They recorded various artists in different countries playing the same song and edited the footage together. Two independents films ended up being made, one of which appealed to audiences at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The young filmmakers then used the web as an instrument of distribution for their work. Their unique music videos, like the one for Stand By Me above, created a buzz on social media platforms like Youtube and Vimeo. Today, the videos have been seen by more than 10 million viewers.

Later, the project evolved into an incredibly inspiring website, which then became the “Playing for Change” Foundation. As explained on the website, the Foundation “was born and made its mission to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music.”

Through “Playing For Change”, street musicians from all over the world unite to promote peace and positive changes.

For more info and to get involved, visit the “Playing For Change” Foundation’s website: http://playingforchange.org/

Mark Johnson, Co-founder of “Playing for Change”, explains the project in his own words:

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Vedic Empire – or how to re-conceptualise the vedic chant

Listening to spiritual chants can become very hypnotic experience.

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I remember standing in the middle of a singing crowd at the nightly pooja ceremony on River Ganga in Rishikesh. The repetition of the lyrics, the gradual rise of their rythm and the intensification of the volume makes the whole experience of listening to live vedic mantras mesmerising.

Although I couldn’t understand what they were saying, their tune got stuck into my head for several days. It’s easy to listen to these kinds of hindu chants as plenty can be found online and the markets are over-flooded with cds of this type of music.

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However, rare are the instances when artists take freedom to get away from classical indian music.

The other day, I found out about The Prayer by Electric Universe. The first minute of the track is astounding. But for those who are not too much into trance, it becomes mind-numbing although the drop-down 4min 30sec into the song sounds great.

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But through some musical exploration I discovered a more interesting band on MySpace: Vedic Empire. They surprised me by the melodic diversity in their songs. I particularly like Nrshinga Kavacham Kunti but Durge Je Je Maa is quite remarkable too.

Their mix of traditional indian instruments with electro music makes their sound relatively distinctive. Besides, Vedic Empire stays closer to Trip-Hop than to Trance, which in my taste suits the vedic chants even better.

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HOCKEY’s Debut Album is Finally Out Worldwide!

Success hit these guys like a car hit my bike. Thank god I am still here to hear them.

HOCKEY is an alternative New Wave band from Portland, Oregon. They formed only a couple of years back and were spotted by DJs in the US last year. With their new album just coming out, the world discovers the phenomenon as they begin their first world tour.

Mind Chaos their first EP came out this month and it is rocking. Got to love their catchy Song Away and their country-style tune Learn To Lose.

If you like Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Strokes and Talking Heads; you will love HOCKEY. Mind Chaos is mind blowing.

In between New York,  Tokyo, and Amsterdam, HOCKEY will be playing in London and Paris in November.

You can check out their music on MySpace or on this Blog.

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