VIDEO: “3 Dreams of Black” and

“3 Dreams of Black” is the new track from Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, and is from their album Rome which was released today.

Recently they released a video for it, which uses Google Chrome technology to create an interactive experience.  The video was directed by Chris Milk, and is a collaborative experience with the audience.

Huh? Wait, what?

Well, at the end of the video, you’re invited to add to the digital landscape you see as the video fades out. You can then explore it at your own leisure, and discover what everyone else has created. It’s a great idea, and it just shows how much the changing nature of the media is affecting what we consume.

Watch it/interact with it here.

Oh, and the song isn’t bad either.


FEATURE: Lupe Fiasco and Modest Mouse

You’ve probably heard Lupe Fiasco’s new hit “The Show Goes On”. What you may or may not know, is that it samples the riff from Modest Mouse’s single “Float On”.

There are no doubt many devoted indie kids or Modest Mouse fans who are upset about this fact. I’m not upset Lupe sampled the track, however do feel strongly about other aspects of the situation.

Modest Mouse no doubt allowed Mr Fiasco to sample their song. If he had stolen it, there would have been a legal storm surrounding it all. The fact that Lupe Fiasco is using the sample is not an issue with me – all musicians involved have kept their integrity. If Isaac Brock and co are happy with the sampling of “Float On” and the outcome, then so should everyone else.

The issue I have is that the wider population who hear “The Show Goes On” on commercial radio, probably have no idea where that great riff came from. It would not be a widely known fact that Lupe borrowed the melody from other musicians. And this affects me because MM are, in general terms, an independent band. Yes, they’re much more popular now amongst the alternative scene, but they’re still independent and not being flogged by commercial radio.

So when a melody of theirs is used so prominently in a song, and so many people are completely oblivious to it, it annoys me.

It annoys me, because so many people absorbed by commercial radio and terrible auto-tuned pop (in all honesty I’m not having a swipe at Lupe here) are so intolerant towards any other music. I’ve met people, and when I try and introduce them to something new, they basically reject it in their minds before they’ve even heard it.

“I don’t know this band or song,” they think. “Therefore they/it can’t be that good.”

Their minds are closed off.

Except, of course, when it is played hundreds of times over by mainstream radio. “Oh! The new Lupe song! I love this song, it’s so catchy!”

I’d wager that if someone had introduced the people who like the new Lupe song to “Float On” when it was released, most people would have dismissed it. Maybe I’m too cynical, but I honestly think they would just pass it off as some other “unknown band who aren’t cool”. And that’s what irritates me.

It irritates me that as soon as it’s presented in a mass-marketed mainstream track, Modest Mouse’s melody becomes popular, whilst being attributed to another artist. It annoys me that people think “Wow, isn’t this great!”, yet have no idea that people have been loving that combination of notes for years beforehand.

What annoys me most, is that after being told this information, most people probably wouldn’t care one bit. They wouldn’t think to expand their musical tastes. They wouldn’t try to be more tolerant of independent music. They wouldn’t look for these amazing songs and riffs themselves.

Most people simply wouldn’t care.

BRAND NEW: Thom Yorke/Radiohead songs!

This weekend just gets better and better!

Thom played these live at a solo gig last night (depending where you are). I think it’s fairly safe to assume they’re stripped down new Radiohead songs, considering they’ve been working on a new LP recently.

“The Daily Mail”

A stripped down piano rendition. You know, even though people always make jokes about Coldplay and Muse copying Radiohead (or some other variation of the joke), I’ve never seem the strong similarities there apparently are. Maybe the vocal styles of Matt Bellamy and Yorke are slightly similar. But I digress. If anything, these songs will probably be done up for the album and sound completely different recorded. But as a live rendition on the piano, I can see where a Coldplay comparison might originate from. Though I think this sounds better than a lot of Coldplay’s stuff.

“Give Up The Ghost”

Looped backing vocals bring out a delicate sounding track. Sounds like top-quality material.

“Mouse Dog Bird”

Great song dominated by acoustic guitar.

I’m sure these songs are going to sound infinitely better once they’re recorded with the full-band and put on an LP, but for now, these solo stripped-back versions are going to have to tide us fans over. And even at this level, they sound very good.