More for Your Muse: Lotus Island by Black Light Burns

I was referred to Black Light Burns two weeks ago and since then have listened to Lotus Island over and over again. Black Light Burns consists of musicians from different bands and was formed by guitarist Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit. It’s a strange, dark sound they create, one that has become something of a […]

Music for Work: Gloss Drop by Battles

This is my second post on the experimental rock band, Battles, a band whose music conjures adjectives like frenetic, technical, humorous, or, for a non-adjective, “Hey, what’s that dope ass sound you’re listening to?” Battles use a lot of the same sounds they employed in Mirrored for Gloss Drop, employing both analog instruments and electronics, but this time they did […]

Music for Work: Fever Forms by The Octopus Project

New series! Music for Work will showcase music with or without lyrics that might help you plow through your task list. The Octopus Project is an Austin-based indietronica group that blends upbeat indie pop with experimental electronic and analog sounds. The music is energetic, catchy, full of force, and at-times trance-like, creating effective tunnel vision for the work […]

The music of our national anthem was written by a British man for a London gentleman’s club called the Anacreontic Society for their “constitutional” song. The society was an 18th century gentleman’s club for amateur musicians. Their president, Ralph Tomlinson, created the lyrics to “To Anacreon in Heaven” and John Stafford Smith, the composer behind our national anthem, […]

4th of July Series – Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

George Gershwin was a Pulitzer Prize winning American composer and pianist from Brooklyn, who, along with his lyricist brother, Ira Gershwin, created hallmarks and standards of the American musical repertoire in Broadway, cinema, and on the concert stage. His most popular work, which I wish to highlight here as music worth of your time, is Rhapsody in […]

4th of July Series: Impressions of America by Patrick Doyle

The most interesting thing about Impressions of America is that it is written by a Scotsman. Patrick Doyle is an immensely successful film score composer, with films like Brave, Thor, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and many of the Shakespearean adaptations. Being a Hollywood composer though exposed him to the United States and here we have an outsider’s […]

4th of July Series – Copland: The Music of America

Aaron Copland, considered to be one of America’s finest composers, was instrumental in developing the distinctive American sound. Labelled in his later years as “Dean of American Composers”, his works revolve around American folklore, jazz, the American landscape, the pioneer life, and the country’s spirit. He sought to create accessible music, meaning music all could enjoy, which earned […]

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Write To: /r/ImaginaryMonsters

For those of you a fan of monsters, the macabre, the supernatural, or the unusual, stroll through the Imaginary Monsters subreddit. The description of the page from the moderator is: “Pictorial art of monsters from the past or present, such as angels, demons, strange WTF creatures, drooling brutes, innocent-looking oddities, mythical hybrids, an image from a bestiary, […]

More for Your Muse: Backatown by Trombone Shorty

Album: Backatown Artist: Trombone Shorty This is an album that’s great for many occasions, especially ones where you just want to have some fun: grilling in the backyard with a beer in your hand, hanging out in the house, or doing some daytime driving. There’s so much style, personality, and pop in Backatown that it will […]