School of Pop

Infographic: Perspective on Today’s Record-breaking Pop Music

Today's pop artists are breaking records set by some of the industry's all-time greats like The Beatles and Michael Jackson, with the help of growing digital distribution and consumption.

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DaBaoGe (打包歌) Acoustic Shows

Take-Away Shows for China

It's been a very busy month, being on the road filming a research video with enovate and launching a new music video project with my friend Charles Lanceplaine. Let's talk about the music videos first. The most recent one, filmed in Taipei is

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Music Test

The BBC Called: They want to know how musical you are…

BBC Labs are running some online tests that examine your relationship with music. Being someone who has played music for most of my life, listens to it heavily and even worked in the industry, I was curious to know how I scored. Link for the test and

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Smooth Criminal: Shredding the Cello

Two cellos, literally shredding their bows in an acoustic arrangement of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal". The performance is to classical music what Center Stage was to classical ballet. Forget the bad acting. It's the unfakable intensity of the

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Music From Saharan Cellphones: Volume 2

I suppose you could call Christopher Kirkley the audiophile's linguist. He travels the world researching and documenting the music of largely unknown traditional cultures and their relationship with modern technology. I've been reading his blog

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Music Data Visualisation: End of Year Top Albums 2010

Music Data Visualisation: End of Year Top Albums 2010

If you're like me and you don't have time to look at every Thom, Mick and Iggy's "2010 Best Album" list. Head straight for the buffet of the most respected "2010 Best Album" lists –an incredibly thorough, beautifully designed, interactive data

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Acrylics 'Nightwatch'

Listen to Acrylics ‘Nightwatch’

Robert Smith fans will love the way that guitar is struck. But those warm, handfuls of keys played through a heavy woolen blanket are what seduced me into the lap of a third consecutive listen. Please enjoy the Acrylics track below. 855

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Wiki WikiLeaks: Hip Hop Style

A tongue-in-cheek video outlining the latest 'news' in the on-going WikiLeaks slash Julian Assange case. There's even a hat tip to one of 2010's biggest viral video successes and current #1 most-viewed clip on YouTube, Antoine Dodson's "Bed Intruder

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Massive Music Shanghai: Tang King

Earlier this week Diederik van Middelkoop of Massive Music emailed me their latest music video, "Shanghai, Shanghai" featuring rapper 'TK' Tang King. It's a really fun clip, featuring glimpses into all the iconic scenes you encounter everyday, living

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Carsick Cars Announce Split

Carsick Cars, perhaps one of China's most well known indie acts to international audiences, has split. Read an English translation of the band's official statement on Douban today below. 778

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Queen Sea Big Shark

Queen Sea Big Shark @ Mao Livehouse

Beijing indie-pop rockers Queen Sea Big Shark played at Shanghai's Mao Livehouse on Friday night. I've had people in the (China music) industry tell me their live show was over-rated. Friday night was anything but. The venue brought great sound and

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Five live tracks from two of China's most influential indie punk acts

Reel Cool #3: New York (China) Dolls

Five live tracks from two of China's most influential indie punk acts and one incredible, 'free folk' act. Filmed almost exactly 12 months ago in Brooklyn's powerHouse Arena. I love the film grading and production. Feels like it could have been

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New Warpaint Album The Fool

Listen: New Warpaint Album ‘The Fool’

Stream The Fool below. The latest album from LA's dreamy psych-pop quartet, Warpaint will be released next week. I love these guys. My review (or someone else's) to follow. 720

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Adam Perry iPhone

Adam Perry’s iPhone App to Change Music Industry

Last weekend, the Guardian reported on the launch of Adam Perry's (A and Bloodhound Gang) new iPhone app. But is it really going to change the music market in the way that it needs to? 711

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Yuri Suzuki Product Design Meets Music

Yuri Suzuki: Product Design Meets Music

The Sound Chaser is an amplified toy train with a stylus (record needle) that runs along tracks made of old vinyl records. The artist, Yuri Suzuki is an amazing dude who, for the last few years, has been leading innovation on the relationship between

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Tame Impala

Best Live Tame Impala Session Ever

Free download or stream Tame Impala's very special Daytrotter session below. I've been a die-hard Daytrotter fan for years now. It's a unique free music model with an amazing story behind it. And I recommend it to almost anyone who ever asks me where

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Jarvis Cocker Does Disco

Jarvis Cocker Does Disco

I've been sitting on this track for a couple of weeks now. It's time to share. Without further ado, a match made in futuristic disco heaven...French duo Discodeine "Syncronize" featuring Jarvis Cocker (formerly of Pulp). Out next month on Dirty /

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Reel Cool #2: Five Music Videos Trying to Change the World

Below are five amazing music videos that will change your view of the world. Heck, with your help they may even change the world. The artists involved include: Muse, Radiohead, The Killers, David Bowie, Queen, Bloc Party, Broken Social Scene, Grizzly

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Little Punk

Little Punk: China’s Answer to SoKo

Shanghai lofi indie-folker, Little Punk has just dropped her sophomore album, Hey guy, you are big time alright. and it's well worth a listen. Now. 672

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Wham in China

George Michael Released + Wham! in China

[October 12, 2010] George Michael has been released from prison after serving half of an eight-week sentence for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. [via Guardian] To mark this day, here's Lindsay Anderson's "Foreign Skies"

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Yann Tiersen Dust Lane

New Album: Yann Tiersen’s ‘Dust Lane’

Stream 'Dust Lane', the new album from Yann Tiersen, composer of the soundtrack to the cutesy French film "Amelie". 596

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Reel Cool Music Videos

Reel Cool #1: A Week of Music Videos

"Reel Cool" is a weekly post series featuring five videos worthy of your eyeballs. Here's the first and it's all music: El Guincho (Spain), Oh Mercy (Australia), Twin Shadow, Airport (India) and Bang Bang Tang (China)... 589

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Indie India part 2

Indie India: What’s the fuss about? (Pt. 2)

Read Part 1 of this series: "Indie India: 'Early Influencers'" This is the second post in a three-part series, reporting on Mumbai's independent music scene today and offering some commentary on the challenges facing India's emerging music

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Mark Ronson Bike Song

Mark Ronson & the Business Intl

Mark Ronson's latest album, Record Collection, is a cracker. I've been steaming it for most of the day. "An album of seductive retro pop and soulful dance-floor jams", is a spot-on assessment from flavorpill. See below for a review of the album and

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Indie India Early Influences

Indie India: “Early Influencers” (Pt. 1)

This post is the first in a short series detailing my learnings in India. For the last decade, indie music has been battling for a credible presence in India’s first-tier cities, like Mumbai. Despite some media outlets prematurely breaking the

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Mumbai Shaair and Func

CNNGo Mumbai: Shaa’ir + Func

A profile on Mumbai's most popular indie music act, Shaa'ir + Func, and their contribution to the city's emerging music community –published on CNNGo. More images from Shaa'ir + Func's live show here.

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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Immortalised: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Charles Haddon, frontman for UK electro-pop trio Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, reportedly committed suicide yesterday, following the band's set at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. To be honest, I never really listened to much of the band's work and it's

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The Most Badass Music Video in India

Athiradee Kaalam has taken Bollywood music videos to a whole new level of 'badass'. Picture an Indian Michael Jackson, Erik Estrada, James Bond, David Lee Roth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and John Travolta all stitched up into one impossibly cool gent

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Handsome Furs China Tour

Handsome Furs: Live @ Yuyintang (Shanghai)

Handsome Furs live @ Yuyintang Livehouse, Shanghai, China. Images shot by Andy Miller. Full set below. 622

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Lady Gaza Music Israel

The Music World Goes Anti-Israel

I finally got around to reading a series of articles—open in my browser for sometime now—on international artists [not] performing in Israel. And in an attempt to post a balanced piece I read a bunch more. It seems to me that there is simply no

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Reptile and Retard China Tour

Reptile + Retard: The Know China, But Still Don’t Know How to Spell Beer

[image credit: Rasmus Weng Karlsen] A few months ago Danish duo Reptile and Retard completed a massive and very debaucherous tour of China. Here are some of the highlights published by Vice Magazine this week. 406

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US Decriminalise Piracy

Six Groundbreaking New Rules: US Decriminalises ‘Piracy’

The US Copyright Office announced today 6 groundbreaking new rules that bring Copyright Law into line with fair use of new technology. The rules below now prevent you from being prosecuted for the following common practices. However one huge omission

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The Problem with China’s Music Festivals

The downfall of the majority of music festivals in China is made obvious by one short quote from Suzhou International Music Festival's Chief Coordinator, Yu Hui. 396

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Sa Dingding

Sa Dingding: First Chinese Artist to Infiltrate the West

Sa Dingding (萨顶顶), a 26 year-old electronic-pop-folk artist, will be the first Chinese musical artist to 'conquer' the western music market. Here are 5 reasons why: 296

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Unlikely Allies: China + The Wu-Tang Clan

C.Custer posted an interesting retrospective on the ChinaGeeks blog this week, discussing soft power, censorship and how the Wu-Tang Clan became unlikely ambassadors for China and its traditional culture. So what do 90s east-coast hip-hop, the

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New Music for the Time Poor

The biggest challenge to discovering new music time, or lack thereof. Best friend and music marketing executive, Sophie Hirst has the solution. Her new blog, The Perfect Five –the music blog for people who don't have time for music blogs. 256

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Canada + China Leading Piracy

The US names and shames the world's worst piracy offenders. The release, circulating news wires around the world couldn't come at a more opportune time for two of the main offenders. From 28 May–4 June 2010, a league of Canada's key music industry

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Who Are The Favourite Bands of China’s Youth?

BBC Radio 4 correspondent, Rajan Datar, went to a recent gig at one of Beijing's major live houses and asked a handful of Chinese youth to name their favourite bands. Their responses were varying combinations of the acts listed below. Oasis, Joy

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Beck + INXS

With a decade separating the prime of these two pieces of ear candy, there was, until now, only one way you may have come to witness them grace the credits of the same track –a bedroom mash-up, beat-matched within a bunny whisker of obscurity by a

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Music Wars: Converse vs Nike

Above: The making of the Hifana+Nike Music Shoe. In August last year Converse stamped a giant Chuck Taylor star on the Chinese indie music scene with its hugely successful Converse Love Noise campaign, engineered by Shanghai agencies W+K and Split

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Dead: Australia’s Best Music Blog

Yesterday Google removed one of Australia's top 5 music blogs—the best, in my humble opinion—after repeated complaints from labels and web sheriffs. On the surface, it appears Google shouldn't be blamed for removing unlicensed material (like mp3s)

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Wale In My Ears

Wale's debut album, Attention Deficit (2009), has been popping up on my playlist sporadically since my good mate Dave recommended it. I relocated to Shanghai just over a month and have been helping local music company, Split Works put this together.

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Music is Just Advertising.

Music is just advertising (for itself): it's a self-promoting product. Another way of looking at it is that a single song is an advertisement for the artist that wrote it. Each single that's released – aside from hopefully generating revenue in its

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Bloc Party @ Hordern Pavillion

I'm really not a fan of the Hordern Pavillion as a venue. But for a huge act like Bloc Party you really can't argue with that venue choice. The guys were extremely gracious during a meet & greet with triple j winners. Kele welcomed the 10 winners

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Seven Ways to Make Your Gig a Success

There has been an incredible run of really great gigs lately, and a few that only held my attention long enough to finish the plastic up of beer in my hand and muscle my way out of there. Obviously each act was interesting enough to get me through

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Emiliana Torrini @ Metro (Syd)

Emiliana Torrini's live show was beautiful. It was one of the best I've seen since Regina Spektor toured in 2007. CW Stoneking, who played at the Metro the night before Emiliana was also one of the most brilliant shows I've seen this year. The key is

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