Hands up if you’ve ever been to a gig, gone home and wished you had the setlist so you could relive the night all over again? Or else you’re heading out to see someone new and want to get up to speed on their back catalogue?
Which is why we’re excited about this great hack from Spotify - just search an artist, get the setlist of their last show, and save it to a playlist.
Check out Set Listener here.
Levitating with sound waves, otherwise known as three-dimensional mid-air acoustic manipulation. Basically, hoverboards confirmed!
The lovely Jamie McDell sings “Treehouse” live for FreeTheMusic
Clap Clap Riot perform “I’m Sorry” live in downtown Auckland.
Thanks to the beautiful people who were part of it.
Interview by Ren Kirk
How did each of you get into making music?
Kim: It’s just something I’ve always done without thinking about. For the most part I’ve written all the music for my old projects, but Yumi Zouma is the first time I’ve really collaborated - and it’s a really different vibe. I think critiquing your own work is the hardest so it’s nice to have others there to tell you where to draw the line. It’s like learning how to write all over again.
Josh: I started making music around the age of 13/14, mainly guitary indie bands. I kept making music through university and really got into more electronic-orientated pop music. I joined Charlie in bands that toured a bit and released a few things.
Charlie: I played classical piano from the age of seven through to when I was led astray in high school, and then started playing the guitar and electronic stuff in bands.
Was there any sort of catalyst for you to take music/being in bands more seriously, or did it just occur naturally?
Charlie: I guess started doing music seriously when Bang Bang Eche was touring overseas. I dropped out of university for two and a half years to travel with them, but then went back to finish my degree once we stopped playing. Things have been so different with Yumi Zouma because we were all busy doing other things when we started and not really taking music super seriously at all. We just wrote one song, sent it to a record label we liked and pretty much got signed straight after… like without ever playing live even, something we’re only just getting our heads round now. So in that sense it has occurred naturally, but completely in a backwards way to how we’d experienced being in bands before.
Kim: I’d like to say I was always serious about writing and performing, but it’s getting through those hilarious formative years that hones your skills and makes you good enough to be taken seriously.Read more
Is string theory right? Is it just fantasy? …It’s a capella science!
Check out this amazing video from McGill University Masters candidate Tim Blais, who uses Bohemian Rhapsody - and a sock puppet - in his simple (read: still-pretty-complicated-to-us) explanation of string theory. For bonus points, check out his use of Adele to explain the Higgs Boson particle.
MØ– “Don’t Wanna Dance
Pairs Well With… Wet, Diplo, Lykke Li
MØ released the EB Bikini Daze last year and will follow up this year with her debut full length No Mythologies to Follow this year. No Mythologies feature a couple of standout tracks from the EP as well as MØ’s earlier singles Maiden and Pilgrim. MØ fills a stage with her energetic commanding vocal presence at live performances.
2013 Review: Karen Marie Ørsted or MØ is an electro pop singer from Copenhagen, she’s only released a couple of songs but all of them are infectious ear bugs with thumpy beats that will have electro pop fans anxious for a full length offering. MØ has a really current sound and her soulful vocals and hypnotic beats should resonate with fans at SXSW.
Thanks to Benny Tipene and the people of Otara, who joined us on location yesterday to celebrate #freethemusic with Telecom and Spotify!
Free The Music is stoked to announce we’re part of Telecom bringing free Spotify Premium to Ultra Mobile Customers! Details here: http://bit.ly/1hpGNAi
Stay tuned as we’ll still be bringing you great music writing, prizes and much much more!
NAME THE 8 ARTISTS AND WIN
Tweet your answers to @freethemusic and you could win two tickets to the NZ gig of your choice!
T’s and C’s here: http://freethemusic.co.nz/grooveguide-terms
SIDE NOTES: Radiohead in the Kitchen?!
Finally, a reason to hang out in Detroit! I thought that I had encountered the ultimate quirky Radiohead fanatics when I saw Tradiohead, which included Radiohead covers with Irish traditional instruments and a terrible Thom Yorke impression. But no, that was child’s play compared to Kyle Hanley, a Detroit chef who has designed an entire 10 course menu based on Radiohead’s Kid A. Each course corresponds to a track on the album. Some of the desserts look the best to me: “Morning Bell” is paired with lemon sorbet and a gin & tonic. Nearly all of Hanley’s culinary/music combinations seem to inexplicably make sense. The tasting took place at Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater last week and rumor has it that this idea could evolve into a monthly event, featuring a new album every time. I wonder which band he’ll choose next? My vote is for a Phoenix album inspired menu with lots of French deliciousness.
I WOKE UP LIKE THIS
Rain makes everything better.
If you’re like us, there’s nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of rain outside. Bonus points if your roof is made of corrugated iron.
This website means you don’t have to move to Seattle or London, as your good night’s sleep is no longer contingent on the actual weather. Bliss!
You can almost see the room shaking. Check out this amazing N’awlins-style cover of Guns n’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine. The definition of PIPES