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Cover My World #1: Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead On Her Magic Ukulele

Covers are HOT this year. The Onion A.V. Club is wrapping up its Undercover Series: 25 Bands, 25 Cover Songs, 1 Small, Round Room.  So if you want to hear Superchunk cover The Cure (Yeah!), or Cymbals Eat Guitars cover Superchunk (probably not), you're...uhh, covered. Over at NPR, All Songs Considered has selected Five Great [...]

By | August 18th, 2010|Gig Bag, Songs|

Free Friday: Peter Gabriel Edition – Here Comes The Flood

Ok, so it's more like trade your email address for a free MP3 download Friday.  But you're probably already on Guitar Center's mailing list, and you should be on Peter's.  (You can unsubscribe at any time.)  Peter's performance from the unlisted (i.e., don't try to search for it) YouTube video below is available as an [...]

By | August 12th, 2010|free friday, Songs|

Everything You Play is Wrong: Smoke on the Water

Invert the Chords > Lose the Pick > Play Smoke on the Water Montreux, Switzerland: 1971.  Frank Zappa and the Mother's of Invention play a concert in the theatre of the  Montreux Casino on Lake Geneva.  Deep Purple is in attendance, preparing to record Machine Head using a mobile studio rented from the Rolling Stones.  [...]

By | August 12th, 2010|Guitar, Songs|

Arcade Fire at MSG: The Aftermath

Individual videos for many of the songs from Arcade Fire's concert at Madison Square Garden last week are now available on their Vevo Channel.  The live show garnered excellent reviews, as did Terry Gilliam's webcast production. From MMT HQ, the sound and video quality were both superb, unfortunately, they were not always in [...]

By | August 10th, 2010|Gig Bag, Songs, Tech|

Peter Gabriel performs Tom Wait’s “In the Neighborhood” for the Voice Project

Peter Gabriel covers Tom Wait's "In the Neighborhood" for The Voice Project, a music-based initiative to support the peace movement in Uganda. Read below to learn more about the situation there and how you might help. IT BEGAN WITH SONGS, WORDS AND MUSIC A peace movement is an incredible thing, people coming together, mobilizing like [...]

By | August 9th, 2010|Gig Bag, Songs|

Songwriting Camp at StudioRock

If you have a budding Lennon, McCartney, or Gaga in the house and live in the DC area, StudioRock of Northern Virginia can help them bloom this summer.  In addition to their regular lessons and rehearsals, StudioRock kicks off the Summer Camp season with Sonwriting I from July 19 - 23.  Students can use guitar [...]

By | July 5th, 2010|Gig Bag, Songs|

Free Friday: Andrew York Edition

Although he may not be able to compete with Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, Andrew York has an international following that includes classical guitar masters Christopher Parkening and John Williams, who have covered his compositions including “Sunburst,” played by Andrew below.  He also won a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album for Guitar Heroes (2004) with [...]

By | July 1st, 2010|free friday, Guitar, Piano, Songs|

MusikPitch: Write Songs, Win Money! (Or Not)

Here’s an interesting idea: Describe the type of music you want, how much you want to pay for it, and have people compete to compose it to your specifications.  That’s what they are trying to do at MusikPitch. MusikPitch launched earlier this month, and quickly backed off their original, and highly egregious licensing terms. [...]

By | June 29th, 2010|Gig Bag, music industry, Songs|

Free Friday: Arcade Fire Edition

Arcade Fire's next album The Suburbs will be released on the 2nd of August in the UK, and the 3rd in US and Canada. Brothers Will and Win Butler introduced two of the songs on NPR this morning: "Month of May" and the title track "The Suburbs." The album is available for pre-order from the Arcade Fire site in several flavors including digital, vinyl, and CD. All versions include premium digital tracks in 320 kbps MP3, FLAC or Apple Lossless. And pre-orders get an instant download of "Month of May" and "The Suburbs."

By | May 27th, 2010|free friday, Songs|

Free Friday: Power Pop Edition with Bleu

Selena Gomez. Jellyfish. Hanson. Singer-songwriter Bleu performs with and write songs for an odd mix of artists. The Jonas Brothers? "No Such Thing as Love" is from A Watched Pot, described on his Facebook page as "the album that all Bleu fans want to own, but almost never could."

By | May 13th, 2010|free friday, Songs|