Lessons in modern music history

I wanted to help announce the long-overdue opening of a friend’s blog, Sound or Vision. Whether Ben’s drawing connections between artists of the last several decades or critiquing videos, I guarantee you’ll learn something. It’s a good one to add to your rss reader and blogroll. One of the things I really like is that he isn’t completely focused on being a hype machine:

I’m not too keen on most of the blogosphere’s fascination with the newest, hottest thing.  Don’t get me wrong – I occasionally stop into blogs like Brooklyn Vegan, Aquarium Drunkard, or Gorilla vs Bear(or Pitchfork’s new music section once it gets filtered to them) to check out the newest bands and rarities, but the pressure of breaking the newest acts every day also means that a lot of crap makes those blogs while many great artists get lost in the daily shuffle of the next big thing.  In a way they do themselves a disservice.  I much prefer quality over quantity or newness.  To that end, this blog will be all over the place from some new band I heard walking down the street in the Live Music Capitol of the World(Austin made me capitalize that) or maybe some old Sister Rosetta Tharpe footage that I spent forever trying to track down after seeing the brief clip in Amelie or maybe some Kid Creole just because I dig him.  My blog, no rules.

It’s a refreshing attitude towards music, in an era where the internet can cause information overload, and music is chewed up and spit out at a breakneck pace.  Keep up the good work, Ben!

New Gnarls Barkley

Via BuzzFeed, there were a few tracks from the new album (The Odd Couple) on this page, but they’ve been taken down. The guy who posted them says you can email him for them, though. There’s also their video below (Justin Timberlake cameos), which MTV has decided not to play because it could cause seizures. So if you’re prone to seizures, you’ve been warned. Seizures or not, it’s a really great song.