Sgt. Pepper Remixed

Are you a Beatles fan? Run, don’t walk:

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I hadn’t “clicked through” on this release until a couple of days ago as I thought it was simply a cash grab coming on the heels of the exquisite mono releases and the serviceable 2009 stereo remasters. I was wrong.

This is crafted love by George Martin’s son (Giles), remixed for the first time from the original four track tapes. This release immediately obsoletes the 2009 stereo mix for me. Listen to the mono release for the quintessential experience and listen to this to hear the Fab Four alive at EMI Studios.

Bonnaroo 2011: Woah!

My wife, son, and I just returned from our first music festival. Bonnaroo 2011 (aka Dustaroo 2011) sported rather oppressive conditions during daylight hours with a thick swirling layer of dust. Once dusk finally arrived however, Bonnaroo was magical. Although the feel of the experience was literally night and day, the music was excellent around the clock.

We (or I) took in the following sets or parts of sets:

Gogol Bordello
My Morning Jacket
Arcade Fire
Portugal. The Man
Buffalo Springfield
Sleigh Bells
Omar Souleyman
Eminem
The Black Keys
The Drums

music update – Gogol Bordello edition

One of my co-workers played Trans-Continental Hustle at the 2010 Automattic company meetup and it blew my socks off. Ever since, I’ve been hooked.

Gogol Bordello – Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
Gogol Bordello – Super Taranta!
Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle
Thom Yorke – The Eraser
Man Man – Six Demon Bag
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
No Age – Everything in Between
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

music update – Arcade Fire edition

I will always love Arcade Fire. Neon Bible was a turning point for me both musically and as a person. They could have sold their next album as a single screetching note and I would have happily bought it with a smile. Thankfully, The Suburbs is superb in its own right.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
Menomena – Mines
Chief – Modern Rituals
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I
The Changcuters – Mencoba Sukses Kembali

In line for a number but you don’t understand
Like a modern man

Arcade Fire

music update – Explosions in the Sky edition

I’m hoping to release the first version of the Steam widget this evening. It’s been quite functional since Saturday. I’m just being strongly reminded on how little I know about design aesthetics. 😉 Ugly or not–I’m going to get the first iteration out. I figure there’s always v1.1, right?

In the meantime, a music update:

Noisettes – What’s the Time Mr. Wolf?
Explosions in the Sky – Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth
Explosions in the Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights
Arcade Fire – Funeral
The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
Sunset Rubdown – Random Spirit Lovers
The Beatles – Let It Be
Weezer – Weezer (Red Album)
Archers of Loaf – Vee Vee
Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid

I’m generally meh about Explosions in the Sky, but they make a great accompaniment to programming. It’s a really nice fit when one of their bajillion crescendos matches up with fixing an annoying bug. Also, their instrumental nature makes them less piercing than other more jarring forms of rock.

music update – The National Edition

Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender, Y’s
The Dirtbombs – Ultraglide in Black
A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Ashes Grammar
MGMT – Congratulations
The Noisettes – Wild Young Hearts
The Morning Benders – Big Echo
Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Love Bad News
The National – High Violet

I’m really feeling the 2+2=5 factor right now (hat tip RH), but this one goes to The National. I love Boxer, Alligator, and I’m working through their back catalog.

I’m also really looking forward to the impending release of High Violet. You can listen to it in its entirety at the NY Times for free til April 27th (hat tip Pitchfork).