Cover My World #4: Best Covers – 2010

As we look back on 2010, we see a few loose ends here at MMT, and none looser than our "Cover My World" series.  We left left you last September with a list of covers that eclipse the originals.  Before that, we looked at artists covering themselves and Amanda Palmer's ukulele take on Radiohead. Onward! [...]

By | December 29th, 2010|Gig Bag, Songs|

Free Friday: Christen Lien It’s Not a Violin Edition

The Viola Should Never Be Called a Violin Christen Lien is a classically trained violist who uses guitar effects and live looping to expand the expressive power of the instrument and create original compositions that transcend genres.  And she can play. The viola is typically seen as a bridesmaid to the violin, but with her [...]

By | December 3rd, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, Songs|

Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians and Music Lovers #1

Check the How-to-Buy guides if you're interested in gifting drums, keyboards, a guitar or bass. #1: Gifts Under $100 What can you get for less than $30?  How about a professional musical instrument that is played by the likes of Bob Dylan and John Popper? There are thousands of harmonicas out there, some cheap, some [...]

By | November 20th, 2010|Bass, Gig Bag, Guitar, Songs, Tech|

Last Leaf: Toast, Lasers, OK Go

At the Future of Music Summit last month, OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash let us know that their next video was going to be shot with the Samsung NX-100.  It's here, and keeping with the spirit of the song it takes a stripped-down approach, especially when compared to their last outing -- the 3D [...]

By | November 15th, 2010|Songs|

Erin McKeown: “Queen of Quiet” Live at IOTA

We tipped you off to Erin McKeown's Distillation 10th Anniversary Tour a couple weeks ago, and are pleased to bring you exclusive multimedia coverage of her stop at IOTA on 10/23/2010.  For the first set, she played the entire Distillation album in reverse sequence, closing with "Queen of Quiet."  Sure, you can download the album, [...]

By | October 26th, 2010|Gig Bag, Guitar, Songs|

Free Friday: Erin McKeown Distillation 10th Anniversary Edition

I had the good fortune of hearing Erin McKeown at the Dear New Orleans Benefit Concert last week.  Bonerama was the house band for the evening, and Erin joined them to play "Blackbirds" from her debut album Distillation. The concert also functioned as a Brown University reunion of sorts, with alums Erin, Damian [...]

By | October 14th, 2010|Gig Bag, Songs|

Free Friday: Esperanza Spalding Edition

What makes music "beautiful"? While we wrestle with the metaphysical aspects of this question, in practical terms, one answer is "Esperanza Spalding".  The bassist, vocalist, and composer recently released her second album: Chamber Music Society, a follow up to her well-received 2008 debut, Esperanza. Where Esperanza melded jazz, funk, and latin rhythms with [...]

By | October 1st, 2010|Bass, free friday, Songs|

Cover My World #2: Suzanne, Sting, and Squeeze Cover Themselves

In Cover My World #1, we looked at artists who reshaped, reformed, and re-recorded songs originally made famous by others.  Here, we will examine artists who re-visit their own works, covering themselves in new old-fashioned ways. Suzanne Vega is taking the stripped-down approach with a series of new, mostly acoustic studio recordings of songs selected [...]

By | September 3rd, 2010|Gig Bag, music industry, Songs|

Free Friday: Zoe Keating Avant Cello Edition

One Cello, a MacBook Pro, Ableton Live, and SooperLooper: that's what it takes to reach the #1 Spot on iTunes Classical and Electronic charts.  That and Zoe Keating to compose and perform the music.  Zoe has taken the concepts she learned as an Information Architect and applied them to music; creating modular pieces that sequence, [...]

By | August 25th, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, music industry, Songs, Tech|