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Daft Punk to score Tron Legacy

As a fan of Daft Punk and Tron (arguably Disney’s most provocative film), the inner geek in me jumped for joy when I heard reports that the robotic duo were teaming with Disney to score Tron Legacy (slated for release in 2011). If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a trailer for the film, which looks incredible:

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Eager to hear what Daft Punk was cooking up musically for Tron Legacy, I started seeking out viral clips that might offer some insight.  Just yesterday I found this hand shot Youtube clip that I’d be willing to bet my first born is Daft Punk’s theme for Tron Legacy:

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Needless to say the anticipation for this film is massive in the electronic music community.  Not only did most EDM heads grow up watching Tron and playing the video game, but Daft Punk is arguably the most influential electronic music group in history.  Never thought I’d being saying this, but way to go Disney!

Sean

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Psych-Pop Jam Recipe

How do you create THE dreamy blissed out psych-pop jam of Summer 09?

1st, you loop the first couple bars from this garage/pop gem, “What Am I Going To Do” by The Dovers.

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…then you add 2 ½  cups of coagulated moose blood…wait, wait. Sorry, different recipe, yo.

Let’s just have Bradford Cox of Deerhunter & Atlas Sound explain the rest…

“I toured for a period in Europe with Animal Collective, whose band dynamic was very inspirational to be around. On the bus, we often played improvised iPod games. We would take turns formulating a theme or unifying concept and then play three songs. The goal would be for everyone to try and figure out the theme. During one of these games, someone played ‘What Am I Going to Do’ by the Dovers. I was amazed at the hook– a weird organ thing with drums and electric bass. I mentioned to Noah [Lennox] that someone should really sample that riff. He agreed and he taught me a little about sampling and matching up beats. This ended up as the collaborative effort ‘Walkabout’.” (courtesy of Pitchfork)

…and Voila!

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Tz’s Daily Dose of Decades: Monday = 2000’s

This is one of my favorite tracks right now!  The husband and wife duo, Amadou & Mariam team up here with Blur/Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn for a perfect slice of Malianese pop…  This is “Sabali”

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Buy this song on Amazon.

Tony

Media Producer

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Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer DVD

Anita O’Day is maybe not quite as well-known as she should be, but amongst jazz musicians and aficionados she is one of the greatest- a singer in the ranks of the queens of jazz. Fortunately a documentary about her life, Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, was just released on DVD and chronicles not only her life and performances, but also the sass and humor that made her a jazz legend.

This film covers her full career from young “canary” to last-chance comeback and does what I wish more music documentaries would- it lets the performances speak for themselves. It includes lots of cool live performance footage- the highlight of which is her famous appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival (footage originally from the film Jazz on a Summer’s Day). Also remarkable are the interviews with Anita O’Day herself – from vintage 60 Minutes & Dick Cavett footage to the current interviews the filmmakers captured as they made the doc.

Of course, there is the compulsory attention paid to her drug addiction and living “the jazz life”. Her arrest, her lifelong drug-fueled partnership with her drummer John Poole and how, remarkably, she was one of the few that got clean and kicked the habit.

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Asteroids, Space Invaders, Galaga, Centipede & Frogger

I unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at things, never really got into video games.  I can remember playing “Pong” with my best friend when he and I were in junior high school.  I also recall playing Asteroids, Space Invaders, Galaga, Centipede and Frogger while at the bowling alley or the roller rink (during the “couples skate” in the same era (early 1980’s).  I never really got into reading all of the books on how to “beat” Pacman and Ms. Pacman, just as I never “solved” Rubik’s Cube.

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I do remember my sisters and me asking my parents for an Atari game console when we were kids.  My father, as was his way, found a less expensive (and not as popular game system, by Bally) to get for us. It wasn’t as cool and didn’t have all of the popular games that we were expecting and I recall what a huge disappointment that game system was.

Instead of spending my after school time playing video games I would usually rush home to play football,

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Songs, Scents & Events…

I’ve always found it interesting how certain songs, scents and events make you think of certain times in your life, where you were, who you were with etc.  I’ve also always tried to find the questions that you can ask someone that will cause them to skip the “usual reply” and take them to a place where the reply that they come back to you with is one that shows their inner thoughts or experiences.

I guess my intrigue of finding subject matter that gets me past the scripted answer goes back to a response my father gave me when I came across something that I didn’t know about him. My father, a career journalist, told me that in order to find out those types of things, you must ask the right questions.

Certainly there are times to be direct in both personal and professional life. We probably are required to be direct 90 percent of the time.  I’ve always found that in order to be a better father, husband, friend and account manager I needed to find those questions that gave me a look at another side of my son, wife, friend or client.

Music seems to be a subject that is “safe” enough that when you ask about it you typically are able to stay in conversation space and provoke rich thoughts about a particular experience associated with a particular song,

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Star-Studded Concert Planned To Mark Hall Of Fame Anniversary

Planning a trip to NYC?  You might want to go in October.

A two-night concert extravaganza at New York’s Madison Square Garden will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.  Details are still being finalized, but a tentative schedule of performances has been released.  Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Metallica have all signed on for the bash.

The shows will take place on October 29th and 30th, with more artists being added to the lineup as the dates near.

Playing on October 29th are:

Stevie Wonder

Paul Simon

Simon & Garfunkel

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Crosby, Still, Nash & Friends

Playing on October 30th are:

Aretha Franklin

U2

Metallica

Eric Clapton

Stay tuned for updates as more artists are announced!

Heather

Producer of Branded Music

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We’ll miss you, Tom

Last Friday night, the music scene in Seattle lost one of its most talented members.  Live sound and recording engineer Tom Pfaeffle was fatally shot at a motel in Eastern Washington when he inadvertently tried to enter the wrong room.

Over his 30 year career in the music industry, Tom worked with numerous bands both in the studio and on tour including Nirvana, Heart, The Black Crowes, Queensryche, Aerosmith, Great White, B.B. King and Alice Copper.  Tom also owned and operated The Tank studio in Black Diamond, WA.

In addition to his live sound and studio work, Tom taught Audio Production classes at The Art Institute of Seattle.  The vast majority of people currently working in the audio industry in Seattle have been taught by Tom Pfaeffle.

Tom leaves behind his wife and two children and countless friends and admirers in Seattle and beyond.

A memorial for Tom will be held at the Moore Theater on August 13th in Seattle.  A specific time has not been set, but it will be in the evening.

Heather

Producer of Branded Music

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Depeche Mode is coming to America!

Tuesday, July 28, Depeche Mode kicks off the US dates of their Tour Of The Universe.

Already, the TOTU has had its share of setbacks.  After playing just two dates of their European tour, lead singer Dave Gahan came down with a sever bout of gastroenteritis minutes before their gig in Athens, Greece, forcing the cancelation of the show.  While in the hospital recovering, doctors found a cancerous tumor in Dave’s bladder and immediate surgery was required to remove it.  Doctor’s orders required the band to cancel the next nine shows to allow Dave time to recuperate.

The tour resumed on Monday, June 9 in Leipzig, Germany and continued uneventfully until Dave tore a muscle in his leg during a show in Portugal on July 11.  The last two concerts of Depeche Mode’s European tour were canceled in order to let Dave recover.

On Friday, Depeche Mode will again resume their tour, this time hitting North America.  They will play two shows in Canada before landing on US soil for a concert in Washington DC on Tuesday, July 28.  They will play five dates on the East Coast, including two shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 

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