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Jun Miyake is a Japanese composer and trumpeter of some renown who composed this tune for a Wim Wenders documentary on Pina Bausch. But this anonymous video is a really interesting mashup of old dance routines, slightly off the beat which gives it a tension you can’t take your eyes off of. (Even more interesting as a visual comment to Bausch’s work). A very rare find and a work of art in itself. It seems to be an act of love as no credit for the person that put this together except linkszumliebhaben.

Video Mashup: Jun Miyake – Lillies of the Valley

!Happy New Year!

Let’s start out the year in a simple fashion. John Legend needs only an old piano and a crowed office to sound amazing. A sweet 15 minute Tiny Desk Concert from the folks at NPR who have gotten just about everyone to sing in their office.

And a few of my favorite women musical artists of 2013 with Buika who’s emotional/vocal chops are mind blowing and Laura Mvula (coming in at a tie for first) gets two as her cover of Michael Jackson’s song is incredible. (There are two even better live Mvula videos on this blog here.)


Happy New Year Music

ITunes sells more music than anyone on the planet. They put just about every music store out of business with their new model of single song sales for .99. ( The same thing happened in the photo world via Getty Images and Shutterstock) In other words all the profit for most artists on this planet is now going into the hands of corporate America.

Beyonce did something that has never been done on iTunes. She struck a deal to release a full length album with not a .99 cent single to be found – anywhere.  In other words for the first time in years you have to purchase an entire album to hear her new music. She did this without so much as a tweet of advertising and something no record company would of allowed. Now granted this album contains 18 videos as well – she wanted to do a visual album was how she put it (and of course she was influence by the last person to attempt anything this big which was her king; Michael J).  One has to mention the millions of dollars that were spent to do this kind of thing is not within any normal musicians reach or reality. So can this be repeated by anyone else on the planet?  Not really I am afraid…

What does this suggest for the future of music and images on the web? We have to wait and see but still it gives some hope to all visual content now being devalued on the web. Maybe photography has to create musical content to sell a still image? Maybe it’s all going to a video/music combo hybrid? What ever the new paradigm is it involves adding lots of expensive content to get a $15.99 sale apparently. That would be more bad news for the artists everywhere, musical or visual.


Beyoncé Attempts to Change the Music Business

The Project by Artangel involves putting an artist in a room and letting them rip.  Andrew Bird gives us a magnificent solo concert with an audience of one: You. This is absolutely memorizing…

Andrew Bird on Sounds from a Room

Remember these guys?  Their music has  aged very well. Love these old cheesy video’s.  We need more real hip hop today and less gangster rap..

PM Dawn sings Set Adrift on Memory Bliss.