Música

MSTRKRFT 2009

Autores de um dos melhores discos de 2006, a dupla canadense mais barulhenta do século está pronta para voltar a atordoar o planeta com disco novo, Fist of God, em março. E essa capa é uma das melhores que já vi em tempos de MP3… Quem deu a dica foi o Doc Lee.


MSTRKRFT – “Bounce

Led com Beastie Boys – que aliás, vai ser o segundo tema do curso. O mashup é do DJ Moule – e a versão em vídeo do DJ Cougar.

Nerds x De Leve

Olha que mico:

E justo com o De Leve, que é um dos caras mais tranqüilos que eu conheço nesse metier – além de ser um dos primeiros caras a usar a internet como forma de divulgar o próprio trabalho… Não gostou, vaia, tudo bem. O artista tem todo o direito de ser vaiado – e sabe disso. Agora, partir pra porrada? Ameaçar o cara via YouTube? Truculência é pior que burrice, hein. Com tanta sarna pra se coçar, nego fica perdendo o tempo e querendo arrumar briga por causa de falso moralismo? Brincadeira…

Ooh, I bet you’re wondering how I knew
About you’re plans to make me blue
With some other guy that you knew before.
Between the two of us guys
You know I love you more.
It took me by surprise I must say,
When I found out yesterday.
Don’t you know that…

I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine.
Oh I heard it through the grapevine,
Oh and I’m just about to lose my mind.
Honey, honey yeah.

I know that a man ain’t supposed to cry,
But these tears I can’t hold inside.
Losin’ you would end my life you see,
Cause you mean that much to me.
You could have told me yourself
That you love someone else.
Instead…

I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine.
Oh I heard it through the grapevine,
Oh and I’m just about to lose my mind.
Honey, honey yeah.

People say believe half of what you see,
Son, and none of what you hear.
I can’t help bein’ confused
If it’s true please tell me dear?
Do you plan to let me go
For the other guy you loved before?
Don’t you know…

I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine.
Oh I heard it through the grapevine,
Oh and I’m just about to lose my mind.
Honey, honey yeah.

Já o Hot Chip, não tem erro: eles sempre dão um jeito de deixar as músicas que regravam com a cara deles – e elas quase nunca são ruins. E ao fazer cover de Joy Division – tarefa ousada – seguem seu padrão. Mexem pouco na música, acrescentam, retiram ou substituem um ou outro instrumento novo, sem mexer em nada na canção original, embora a paisagem de timbres esteja tão diferente do original que a voz fina de Joe Goddard não soa heresia para quem gosta do tom funéreo do coronel Curtis.


Hot Chip – “Transmission (cover de Joy Division)

Já falei: é dar hit pro Diplo pra música desandar. Dessa vez é com “Circus”, faixa-título do último da Britney. De novo, sem criatividade, ele vai lá e põe de novo a batida do funk junto com algum efeitinho meio Miami, distorcendo alguns vocais e engasgando umas sílabas… O lance do cara é pegar músicas ruins, fracas, fuleiras e dar um levantada na moral delas justamente com o remix – mas se a música já é boa, o resultado é quase sempre óbvio e sem graça. Vale aquele questionamento do John Waters, sobre cinema, mas que funciona que é uma beleza nesse caso: “Por que só fazem remakes de filmes bons? Por que não melhoram os péssimos?”.


Britney Spears – “Circus (Diplo Remix)

Essa é muito boa! Ele conta a história inteira em seu blog no Seattle Weekly. Sublinhei os melhores trechos:

Rock and roll has been proclaimed dead countless times. After a slump, rock usually bounces back in a wave of new bands and sounds. Things are different today: Rock has found new life with video games, and the phenomenon is leading to a revival of bands that have been around for a long time.

I had my first experience with a video game when I was around 10 years old. It was called Pong. The contest was between two rectangular “paddles” that could only slide up and down the edges of a TV screen. Between them we bounced a small square dot—the ping pong ball—back and forth.

In high school, I jumped into the arcade game craze of the early 1980s. The game that I really enjoyed was Asteroids (and its successor, Asteroids Deluxe). I got pretty good at piloting the little ship and blasting the random asteroids, tiny flying saucers, and pods that threatened my existence in outer space. (Well, the virtual space I could afford for each 25 cents I dropped in the coin slot.)

More recently, while walking through a one-stop shopping center, I encountered the Rock Band 2 video game. It was set up on display for customers to try.

I know about Rock Band, because Nirvana has some songs on it. I had never tried the game before, so I gave it a go. I worked through the menu and found the song “In Bloom.” I picked up the little guitar-shaped controller and hit the stage.

I knew the bass line to the song, of course, but I couldn’t quite master this new, different way of playing it.

The game reminded me of Space Invaders. I tried to hit the notes cascading down the screen, but could barely keep up.

Meanwhile, this kid was watching me fumble with the game. I became self-conscious and took the controller off. I handed it to him, and he proceeded to jam on the song—and was really good! He had no idea that I was the musician he was emulating on the game, and I didn’t tell him.

Life goes on: I walked away to buy some paint supplies, groceries, and other items from the store.

Regardless of my first experience with the game as a player, I’m loving Rock Band. Instead of file sharing, people are actually buying music again! HA!!!

Putting that issue aside, I like how the game makes the player focus on certain components of the music. When I listen to songs, I’ll usually tune my ear to the bass line. With Rock Band, you can do that, but also see the procession of notes.

Music is a living thing. It’s fun to revisit songs in different forms. For instance, hearing the Beatles’ 2006 album Love, a mash-up of their classic tunes, is like listening to this seminal group for the first time! Love takes the sounds and instruments that were buried in the original mix and puts them up front.

Electronica remixes can also result in a complete reinvention of a song. (By the way—can we have more electronica on the radio?)

Good music, film, paintings, books, and other forms of expression draw you into them. The excitement and power of rock fits well with the dynamic new world created by video games. The virtual universe is interactive, providing sensations that are real. Keep on rocking in the free world!!!!!!!

Lily Allen x Clash

Lembra daquela coletânea que tinha um dueto que a Feist fez com o carinha do Death Cab for the Cutie? Também tem essa versão que a Lily Allen fez para “Straight to Hell”, do Clash – pra quem não conhece, é a música que a M.I.A. usou como base para o hit “Paper Planes”. Como tudo que a Lily faz, ficou bonitinho.


Lily Allen – “Straight to Hell

Falando no Autoramas, foi assim que a Rough Trade, que está lançavendendo o compacto de “Catchy Chorus” na gringa. Vi no Nogueira. E essa música é muito boa…

Sexta agora tem o Autoramas em versão acústica. Será que vira?