This clothing company will help you with your wardrobe based on your Spotify data

This clothing company will help you with your wardrobe based on your Spotify data
Data is sent to Eison Triple Threads while you’re asked to take a lifestyle quiz. The app, called FITS, is activated once you log into your Spotify account. It could be something as simple as wearing a Motorhead t-shirt or we might go full-bore with hair, makeup, tattoos, and body modification. This, however, can take a lot of time and effort. Once that’s done, the algorithm pairs your music (genres, artists, songs, etc.) with artists who have a style sense similar to yours. Eison Triple Threads wants to make it easier for everyone–at least for dudes. It ain’t cheap, but if you’re looking for a way to blend your musical tastes with the clothes you where, it might be worth it. More details here. We all use music to broadcast our identify to the world, something that sometimes extends to dress that expresses the aesthetic of that music. And because ETT is a bespoke clothing outlet, there are all sorts of options for customization. You have to acquire the duds and accessories and then figure out how to put it all together. It has a new app that will analyze your Spotify listening habits and then generate a wardrobe. The San Francisco-based high-end menswear store–a favourite of Steph Curry, by the way–is taking a deep dive into the psychology of music and has come up with a way to suggest clothing based on their customers’ musical preferences.

MUST WATCH: John Oliver’s pushback on those mushy “I’m sorry” Facebook ads

In the midst of all this are a series of commercials in which the company promises to do better when…well, when it comes to being Facebook. Facebook is not having a good year, what with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, slowing growth and a huge dump in the stock price. John Oliver and the Last Week Tonight staff are having none of that malarky, so they created a proper ad voiced by Thomas Middleditch, who played Richard on Silicon Valley.
MUST WATCH: John Oliver’s pushback on those mushy “I’m sorry” Facebook ads

50 years ago today, The Beatles recorded “Hey Jude”

50 years ago today, The Beatles recorded “Hey Jude”
Fifty years ago today–July 31, 1968–The Beatles moved from Studio 2 on Abbey Road to Trident Studios on St. I swear that once the crowd gets into the singalong at the end the song has healing properties. Fortunately, the studio engineers were able to salvage things. EMI engineers figured it out. Fortunately, he crept back in just in time for him to pick up his part at exactly 50 seconds in. Paul hit a wrong note on the Bechstein, prompting Lennon’s outburst. The session was almost lost because the initial playbacks had no treble because of technical issues. Couldn’t really argue with that, could they? It turned out that this take was the one we’ve all come to know. The Rehearsals
The Beatles rehearsed and recorded the song at Abbey Road on July 29 and 30, amassing some 25 takes. Anne’s Court in Soho to complete the group’s new non-album single. McCartney accidentally the first take started without Ringo because he’d gone to the bathroom. In commemoration of that, here are some “Hey Jude” recording facts. Fun fact: McCartney’s bass is omitted from the long coda in favour of bottom-heavy brass instruments. It’s buried in the mix, but it’s there. Four takes were recorded. George Harrison was not there because it’s said that McCartney ruled the sessions with a singular vision and decided that George wasn’t necessary, so he sat up in the control room with George Martin and engineer Ken Scott. The Overdubs
Everyone returned to Trident on August 1 for overdub (backing vocals, more guitars and bass, tambourine and a 36-piece orchestra). At 7:11, they were apoplectic about the prospects of the song between too long for radio. “DJs will never play it!” they cried. The second round was filmed for a short documentary entitled Music! “Hey Jude” was the first release on The Beatles Apple Records. When members of the orchestra were asked to add handclaps, one of them stormed out saying “I’m not going to clap my hands and sing Paul McCartney’s bloody song!”
Trident earned £25 per hour for their troubles. I’m not kidding. The Main Session
Abbey Road was still locked in the era of four-track recording, while Trident has brand new eight-track machines. The song wasn’t supposed to be as long as it turned out to be, but everyone had just a great time ad-libbing the coda that they just couldn’t stop. Meanwhile, Paul and Ringo were annoyed by the constant presence of Yoko Ono, who insisted on being right next to John the whole time. The Bechstein piano McCartney plays on the track–a full-sized concert grand that’s well over a hundred and fifty years–is world famous among musicians. Another version of the story says that an extra-loud burst of audio was accidentally sent to Lennon’s headphones, prompting him to go “WOW” and then “FUCKING HELL” as he pulled them off his head. A take from the 29th can be found on the Anthology 3 release. If you’ve ever been to a Paul McCartney concert, you’ll know that “Hey Jude” is the highlight of the evening. The b-side is the fast version of “Revolution.”

  It sold 10 million copies as a single, making it the band’s most successful single release. It really is a spiritual experience. Elton John’s “Your Song” and “Killer Queen” by Queen use the same piano. Mal Evans, the indispensable Beatles assistant, decorated the studio with some nice leafy marijuana plants. “They will if it’s us,” said Lennon. The Final Version
EMI was horrified at the length of the song. Meanwhile, it took a little technological magic to make sure “Hey Jude” could fit on one side of a 7-inch single without degrading the sound. John Lennon drops an F-bomb at two minutes and fifty-eight seconds into the song.

Random music news for Saturday, July 28, 2018

They have their own Instagram account now. There’s a proposal to excuse certain performers from mandatory military service. It’s Caturday, so I’m required by The Law of the Internet to post this story about the Ed Sheeran’s cats. Annoyed by missing/wrong artwork on Spotify? Craft beer festivals are turning into the indie band’s best friends. Hey, someone has to determine what it says. (Via Tom)
If you’re going to be flying into South Korea via Incheon soon, watch for this music event. This Japanese group makes music with reel-to-reel tape machines. The building didn’t budge. AC/DC has gone postal. How important is the K-pop industry to the South Korean economy? You know how Metallica determines the set list in each city they play? The dude behind the disastrous Fyre Festival is facing up to 75 years in prison. Read this to learn how to make it happen. Listen to the Aztec “death whistle“–if you dare. Are you an artist who wants to release something on vinyl, read this first. On the topic of smart speakers, here’s more on how that new technology is going with radio. Now that Morgan Freeman has had a #MeToo fall from grace, the new voice of the Vancouver transit system will be Seth Rogen. Want a job at a record label? Here’s a handy tool to fix that. Smart. A folding phone? Literally. In fact, it could be as much as 115 years. And now for music news on July 28, 2018…

Here are my weekly music picks for Global News. And I’m not talking about a flip phone, either. The biggest-selling cassette in the UK this year is Golden from Kylie Minogue. On this day in 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building, killing 14 and injuring 26. That’s their instrument. Live Nation has sold more than 70 million concert tickets so far this year. Here’s a neat job: Designing the personality for Google Assistant. The latest country to go after scalpers and bots in a big way is Ireland. By looking at Spotify listening data. Here’s why. For some reason, 2,847 copies have been sold.
Random music news for Saturday, July 28, 2018

Johnny Lydon voices a part in the new Ninja Turtles series. He’ll play a pig.

Johnny Lydon voices a part in the new Ninja Turtles series. He’ll play a pig.
The Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd frontman landed a gig in the new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Lydon is the voice of a villainous pig named Meat Sweats. Props to Johnny Lydon (né Rotten) for trying new things. The announcement was made at Comic-Con in San Diego. Here’s a trailer. I might even watch this. And you gotta love his character.

There’s a petition for a Nirvana reunion with the part of Kurt being played by…WHO?

There’s a petition for a Nirvana reunion with the part of Kurt being played by…WHO?
Before we get all bent out of shape, take a look at the Facebook post, which borders on ridiculous. They’re getting worldwide attention and plenty of traffic to their otherwise obscure Facebook page. Props, though, to the hair salon. That was the whole basis of New Order, who sound nothing like JD. The comments are fun to read, too. A Clash reunion without Joe? Never. Yeah, that’s never gonna happen. Are you kidding? And Nirvana without Kurt? Yet that’s the plan of this Facebook campaign: A Nirvana reunion with the part of Kurt being played by–wait for it–Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. The goal is to get this new version of Nirvana to perform on January 1, 2019, at the Nirvana Hair and Beauty Bar in Manchester, England. Joy Division without Ian Curtis? There are some bands that should never, ever get back together, especially when an essential member is no longer with us.

Smashing Pumpkins and Siamese Dream: It sure doesn’t sound 25 years old

Neither has “Geek U.S.A.”, please don’t get me started on that oversight by Billy. Ms. Three of the last four songs on Siamese Dream are distinctly softer and acoustic, which can come across as a little jarring. “Silverfuck” is one of six Siamese Dream songs that have yet to be performed on the Shiny and Oh So Bright tour. Also swimming in that sea of awesomeness, and more than keeping its head above water was the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream. Shoegazing and specifically My Bloody Valentine had a huge effect on Corgan too; Siamese Dream was to Virgin Records as Loveless was to the bankrupted Creation. There are definitely echoes of the Pumpkins at their dreamiest in Metric’s newest efforts, although the question Corgan may have to deal with from younger fans rediscovering his magnum opus is, “What the hell happened after this?”

This text admittedly borrows from a five-star review I gave the deluxe edition of Siamese Dream for Consequence of Sound in 2011. It’s been too often lumped in with grunge, but some of the things Corgan did sonically on guitar in the Siamese Dream era had direct links to the ’70s stadium rock and ’80s hair metal that grunge was apparently hired to kill off. It isn’t all about the decibel levels. No, not 12 Inches of Snow, although I DID know someone in university who claimed to have shared a jail cell with reggae rapper Darrin Kenneth O’Brien. Not as jarring as “Silverfuck” though, a nearly nine-minute, slovenly jam that is best experienced live, ideally when they toured as Lollapalooza’s headliner in 1994. Emily Haines and the rest of her band will open for the Pumpkins in Montreal, Toronto and London (Ontario) in a couple of weeks, followed by Calgary and Edmonton in September. Q101 in the Pumpkins’ hometown of Chicago, for example, switched to all alternative, all the time in 1992. “Cherub Rock”, “Today”, “Disarm”, and “Rocket” were four singles seemingly tailor-made to feed the emerging modern rock radio format. You know, the so-called original Smashing Pumpkins lineup reunion announced in an awkward video by the now-grownup girls on the album cover? The ultimate “rawk” masterpiece, if you will. Some have argued that’s when he lost his rock god powers, almost Samson-like, when he shaved it off for good in 1995 to coincide with the release of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Despite all the infighting that was going on (including a messy breakup between guitarist James Iha and bassist D’arcy Wretzky), mounting drug concerns regarding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan bordering on suicidal depression, this is about as good as alternative rock got in its early ’90s heyday. Plus, the hair metal influence is fitting, considering this was at a time when Corgan still had chestnutty-coloured locks. Besides two of the most anticipated follow-ups ever (In Utero by Nirvana and Pearl Jam’s Vs.), 1993 also saw the landmark debut by Radiohead, Pablo Honey, even though they’ve pretty much disowned it in the years since. Come for the geetars, you can almost imagine him saying, but stay to hear the gently subdued strings on “Luna” at the very end. On a side, just-as-celebratory note, how freaking good are the new Metric songs “Dark Saturday” and “Dressed to Suppress“? It’s easy to forget how 1993 was perhaps the most significant year for releases of an “alternative” nature. I’m usually not one for sentimentality, but July 27th marks the Big 2-5 of an album I’m going to go out on a limb and call my favourite of all-time. A good two-thirds of Siamese Dream‘s 13 tracks that I continually wore out prior to going digital are a prolonged excuse for Corgan to experiment with new ways of reinventing the power chord. You can still taste the bitter, spiteful venom spewing from his Nosferatu fangs that spoke directly to the disenfranchised youth of Generation X. Together with producer Butch Vig – who knew a thing or two about making monster hits – Corgan arguably crafted the perfect record for its time.
Smashing Pumpkins and Siamese Dream: It sure doesn’t sound 25 years old

Listen to the song of the Sun (yes, that big bright thing in the sky)

These sounds give solar scientists a better idea of what’s happening inside our star. Stanford Experimental Physics Lab took data from the European Space Agency and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory and converted it into sound. (Via CNET) Sort of. And it’s not just for art’s sake. What we end up hearing are sonic representations of things like solar flares, solar wind and all the bubbling that goes on inside the Sun. The Sun sings?
Listen to the song of the Sun (yes, that big bright thing in the sky)

Watch these senior citizens get exposed to Korn for the first time

I’d love to cast them in a video like this. My parents–solidly in the senior citizen bracket–still have no idea what I do for a living let along have any appreciation for the kind of music I deal with on a daily basis.
Watch these senior citizens get exposed to Korn for the first time

Stephen Colbert helped this metal band buy a new van

The group in question is FLAW out of Louisville, Kentucky. Cobert: “FLAW is a real band that had a real GoFundMe page that was really asking for $15,000 for a new tour van. They were asking for $15,000.  
 
  And I invited all the members of the band…to come to New York and check out their new wheels.”

And there’s more: Colbert appeared in FLAW’s new video, “Conquer the Climb,” in which the new van features rather prominently. Another mention was made of FLAW’s efforts in May when their campaign sat at $14,003. Their goal was to gather enough money so they could play at a venue called Spicoli’s in Waterloo, Iowa, a distance of about 550 miles. They were only a few thousand dollars short, and after that shout-out from me, you the Late Show community stepped up… and agreed that you don’t care if Flaw needs a van…So I just FLAW a band. If you’re a regular watcher of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you might remember a bit back in March when he joked about Donald Trump’s plan to crowdsource a border wall, comparing that to a metal band’s attempt to get a new van.
Stephen Colbert helped this metal band buy a new van

Like cats? The Tragically Hip’s “Poets” house is up for sale

The good news is that it’s been completely renovated
The 7-bedroom home (now divided into a 4+1/3-bedroom duplex) is now up for sale for $689,000. If you’re a fan of the Tragically Hip, you’ll be familiar with the feline aspects of the “Poets” video. A Globe and Mail profile published in 2001 described the odors a combination of “cat urine, Pine-Sol cleanser and Swish 80” (a smell-killing cleanser). Well, yeah. The building holds the Guinness World Record for the keeping the most cats certified in 1994 when animal lovers/animal welfare godsendsJack and Donna Wright live there. Read more at the Ottawa Citizen. The video was shot in a real home at 94 Elm Street in Kingston. Neat–but would that have been kinda smelly? They had a local reputation of never, ever turning away an animal. The cats–there were 689 of them at one time–came with the house.
The Tragically Hip’s “Poets” house is up for sale Like cats?

Who Killed Jack White in the Corporation Video?

Nice to Luv You, baby! Kandle also just happens to be the daughter of Neil Osborne, from West Coast rock icons 54-40. I highly ROCKmend “Demon” from her 2014 album In Flames. If you’ve ever listened to the mostly instrumental “Corporation” off of Jack White’s 2018 album Boarding House Reach and thought to yourself how it would make a great soundtrack for a murder mystery, you’re in luck. Jack’s taken the really cool groove in it that Alan Cross liked so much when he interviewed White back in March and stretches it out over top of a crime drama that finds him dead by a forensic-type detective in a remote castle and…well there’s just too much that goes on to summarize, best that you watch the video for yourselves:

Not to give away anything in the mini-movie (although I’m not sure that I even can, as I have a LOT of questions even after multiple viewings), but the blonde assassin character is played by Canadian Kandle Osborne. She’s a talented musician in her own right with a very ‘noir” style who I’d be very excited to see Jack work with like how he’s helped other artists from The Black Belles to Margo Price.
Who Killed Jack White in the Corporation Video?

New Music from the Inbox: Muse, Brockhampton, Jean Michel Blais, and more!

How do ill people find peace, if they can at all? Watch/Listen: Watch/listen:

Artist: Jean-Michel Blais
Song: Roses
Album: Dans Ma Main
This graceful, emotional and intimate classical piano composition is for his friend’s mother who died from cancer. Watch/Listen:

Artist: Brockhampton
Song: 1998 Truman
Album: The Best Years Of Our Lives
A bold, ferocious rap track from Brockhampton’s upcoming album “The Best Years of Our Lives.”
Watch/Listen:

Artist: Petra Glynt
Song: No Consequences
Album: My Flag is a Burning Rag of Love
This is a perfect track if you don’t mind something a little bit weird. “roses” is my attempt to reflect a journey of someone’s musical memories, wandering from pop to classical remembrances, concluding on nostalgic harmony.”
Watch/Listen:

Artist: Leyya
Song: Wannabe
Album: Sauna
Colourful synths and African influenced rhythms give this song an irresistibly fun, warm vibe. Artist: Muse
Song: Something Human
The folk-pop vibes on this new track make it lighter and happier than most Muse music, however it is recognizable in Bellamy’s distinct vibrato, it’s blend of acoustic and electronic, and cinematic grandeur that has made Muse so successful for so many years. He says of the song: “The ostinato, the repeating single note in the intro, represents her beating heart, and the ever-present tumour, sometimes forgotten but still growing. It has a manic energy and discordance that is a bit unsettling at first but it the heavy beats make for a good tether and it is interesting enough to make it worth it. Expect to see this one on a new album out November!
New Music from the Inbox: Muse, Brockhampton, Jean Michel Blais, and more!

How to Get Into Vinyl with Limited Funds

How to Get Into Vinyl with Limited Funds
The Elac B6 speakers, at around $280, will provide far more bass than you would expect for its price point. No doubt stretching the budget, if there’s one area where you should be willing to open up the wallet a bit, it’s for your speakers. Now, if you’re willing to spend a bit more money (and are fine with a higher quality, manually operated turntable), you should strongly consider the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 ($300), U-Turn Orbit Plus ($300) or the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon ($400). Recommended Budget Speakers? For those that acquire a turntable that doesn’t have a built-in phono preamp (such as the U-Turn Orbit Plus or Pro-Ject Debut Carbon), you’ll have to buy an external phono preamp. With that said, because this article is catered towards the budget conscious, I’m going to recommend one pair of speakers that’s under $300, and another that’s under $800. Michael Moore is the owner of Devoted to Vinyl, a website built to help beginners in the vinyl hobby better understand everything they need to know so they can enjoy spinning records as soon as possible. Getting a Good Phono Preamp
As mentioned before, if you get a turntable with a built in phono preamp (such as the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 or AT-LP120), you can begin listening to your vinyl records as soon as you plug in the RCA cables to the back of your receiver or integrated amplifier or powered speakers. Some want modern speakers while others prefer vintage. [This guest post is written by Michael Moore of Devoted to Vinyl. On top of that, these speakers are designed by speaker giant Andrew Jones, who has worked for the likes of KEF and Infinity. Now, if you were looking to truly splurge on your two-channel speaker setup, I also like the PSB Imagine Minis ($760). And if you choose to swap out the supplied (but detachable) power supply cable and replace it with something like the Pangea Audio AC-14 power cord, you’ll likely be shocked at the improvement in the bass response. And while you won’t get house-thumping bass with this preamp, you’ll be very impressed with the mid range as well as the clarity of the treble. The Imagine Minis pack a wallop for the price. They have a fun, retro aesthetic. The first is the Schitt Mani (about $130), while the other is the Vincent PHO-8 (about $300). Vocal clarity is really superb here, and if you match these speakers with a nice turntable or amplifier, you’ll really begin to hear more mid-range separation and high-end definition. And the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon features a carbon fiber tonearm that has an Ortofon 2M cartridge attached to it. And if you ever wanted to upgrade that cartridge by purchasing the much more detailed 2M Blue (about $240), installing it takes just 30 seconds—simply slide out the 2M red stylus and insert the 2M Blue. Speakers are always a bit tough because everyone has different wants and needs. So, if the Crosley Cruiser ($50) is on your shortlist, I’d instead recommend spending $100 on the Audio Technica AT-LP60. It works with both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges, and has four adjustable gain modes. So if you’re looking to get into vinyl for the very first time, but have limited funds in your bank account, I’m going to give you my recommendations for how you can make the jump to the world of spinning records without going broke. The first is strictly the power supply, while the second is the actual phono stage, which includes the phono inputs and outputs, as well as the ground wire connection. I’m a fan of two phono preamps that are relatively cheap (under $500). I know I was. Jones. I like the AT-LP120 because it offers so many options—from pitch control to the ability to digitize your entire vinyl record collection by hooking the turntable up to your Mac or PC. But with a little shrewd shopping, you can have a very nice turntable setup for a reasonable price. All three are great in their own right, and don’t cause you to spend more than $500 for a very solid turntable. The Vincent PHO-8 provides a more neutral sound to your records, but also makes your records sound more tight and punchy. Personally, I don’t like to recommend Crosley record players. Although we live in a world where both CD’s and a month-long subscription to Spotify or Tidal can cost $10, a brand new album on vinyl can cost $30 to $40. The Vincent PHO-8, by contrast, is a different beast entirely. The sound of the Mani is excellent for the price. With the AT-LP60, you still have some limitations in build quality and the lack of tracking force adjustment, but at least you’re getting a turntable that comes with a dust cover, is fully automatic, and has a built-in phono preamp. On top of that, a spiffy high-end turntable can set you back thousands. Some listen to music in a small dorm room, while others are rocking out to their vinyl collection in a mini-mansion. The U-Turn Orbit Plus is built by hand in Boston, MA and boasts an acrylic platter. They can often be found for less than $100. Not because they are inherently terrible (although they are cheaply made with ceramic cartridges and no adjustable tracking force, which is definitely a concern), but because you can find better quality record players on the market for just a bit more money. If anyone knows speakers, it’s certainly Mr. While vinyl can certainly be a fun hobby, it’s definitely not an inexpensive one. Some people prefer bookshelf speakers, while others demand towers. Final Thoughts
Vinyl is a fun hobby, but it’s not cheap. And they’re portable, so you can pack them up and take them over to a friend or family member’s house. And on the surface, it’s easy to understand why. And once everything is bought and setup, all that’s left to do is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the vinyl bliss. For just $300, you get two audio components. -AC]
Vinyl records are a really fun hobby, as there’s little that can compare to the tactile experience of placing the stylus into the groove of a record and hearing your favorite tune billowing out of your speakers. The Mani is small but packs a great punch for its cost. Now, a lot of people that are starting out with vinyl records like to purchase a Crosley record player. Find a Solid, Cheap Record Player
Let’s first begin with the most important part of the equation when it comes to vinyl records—the turntable. Ouch. They have built-in speakers.

An almost perfect pop song: why Arcade Fires’ Everything Now is a masterpiece of intellectual pop.

An almost perfect pop song: why Arcade Fires’ Everything Now is a masterpiece of intellectual pop.
I already liked that song, especially that poppy approach to music and because it pushed the boundaries of my idea of “alternative“ music, of which I considered Arcade Fire to be stereotypical
But then during the chorus, I started noticing that flute. The lyrics of Everything now are a critical comment on the state of an alienated society. And the most prominent musical feature of the song is the “pygmy flute“, the hindewhu. In the first moment, hearing that Abba-like start, I thought, “Well okay, they go on where they ended with “Here Comes the Night Time“. On the other hand, there is the gap between music and lyrics – such critical lyrics just do not fit such a pop sound, for the lyrics are criticizing everything that too many pop songs want us to believe: that the idea of materialism itself is the highest we can reach. And to me, the message seemed to change with their 2013 song “Here Comes the Night Time.” Arcade Fire opened for a musical discussion about a non-temporal essence of pop music. It was no longer a debate about the musicality of pop itself, but it became a view on how things are developing in our society. For this, let´s have a closer look at the lyrics of Francis Bebey’s “Coffee Cola Song:”
They believe we are wild man, they believe we are wild
Just because we don’t use any money, and we drink no coffee cola
But if you could go and see how they live (ashamed ashamed)
Then, you discover how savage they are, so much wilder than we. And in the end, it’s just another fraction: even without thinking a bit on the text,
“Everything Now” is just a great pop song. Relying on my musical experience, I considered “Everything Now” to be a perfect pop song. So, what makes “Everything Now” a masterpiece of intellectual pop music? They believe we are wild. You can also see that it´s a calculated comment from the band: to play the flute, they hired Patrick Bebey, the son of Francis Bebey. But to be honest. He’s an Arcade Fire fan, obviously. The song can be interpreted as a critique on eurocentric arrogance from a colonial point of view. [This guest post is from David Maneke of Germany. I knew it was a quotation, a friend of mine had shown it to me earlier when he was working in an archive for African music: it was Francis Bebey’s 1982 release “Coffee Cola Song.”

To me, that was very unexpected. But this time, they developed the message. On the one hand, there is the musical arrangement of the song as an easy-to-listen-to pop song which is contrasted by the pygmy flute. Combining it with other instruments, as Francis Bebey did, is already an alienation of the instrument’s character – in its original Ba-Benzeme tradition the instrument is played solo. The message of Francis Bebey is clear and becomes even clearer considering the song was released when Francis Bebey had already spent many years living in France – a major colonial power back in the days, struggling with their left colonies after the second world war. I´m not too familiar with the details of postcolonial studies since I majored in German aesthetics in the enlightenment). At first, it was just one of many sounds, but it gets louder and louder and ends at the musical climax of the chorus. They seem to take the risk of being irritating to deliver their musical message. One cycle of works later, Arcade Fire introduced another pop anthem. deep inside I waited for the ironic fraction. – AC]
The story I´m about to tell is best introduced with a short flash-back to my first encounter with Arcade Fires’ then-new single, Everything now. This is a flute that can only play one note, the rest is done with singing technique. Let´s now take a look on the lyrics of “Everything Now.” Turns out there is an arc of suspense in the lyrics, starting from stating that everything is available now, culminating in the phrase “Til every room in my house is filled with shit I couldn´t live without.” The lyrics sum up how the sheer mass of things available through the world wide web affects our way of living – from “too much to know“ (every inch of space in your head, is filled up with the things that you read) to “too much to want“ – the permanent availability of everything alienates us from any reasonable way of living. I thought a lot about Arcade Fire and why the band didn´t seem to become somewhat anachronistic until now and I found an explanation: Arcade Fire is one of the few bands who really know how to play with their fans and audience. Maybe you could call it post-colonial pop music (in case there´s any ethnologist out there reading this: I just made this up and I probably shouldn´t have done it. It´s the many fractions in it. I loved it from the start because I thought that Arcade Fire would only master pop. Combining it with stereotypical western pop music is not just an alienation – that´s an almost cynical comment on musical tradition.