Mashups, autotune, and the bedroom satirist

The past decade has seen the rise of the mashup and auditorial as a tool for satire. we take a look at its power.

Sunday Bloody Sunday. That’s how I remember¬†George W. Bush. That’s not to negate his other actions in power, it’s not like I’ve forgotten the Iraq war, nor the Afghanistan war, nor that time he said he believed we could co-exist peacefully with fish; all of those stay fairly clear in the mind too. But it wasn’t until a video of him singing the Sunday Bloody Sunday came along in 2006 that I understood what he was about.

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Too many dicks on the dancefloor

For those of you who were expecting the ‘jazz-twiddling’ that normally satisfies your cravings every Wednesday, we must apologise. Alex is still not with us. Sad news we know but for the third week running Alex is somewhere in the States. Nobody has heard from him since he set off and any attempts to contact him have failed. Normally we would be worried but to be fair the safest pair of hands for anyone to be in is Alex’s so he should be looking after himself nicely, hopefully getting into awkward and hilarious situations along the way. Instead Jake Lawson has kindly written a post profiling two of his favourite and slightly obscure bands..

The focus here will be on two particularly creative exponents of music on the periphery of mainstream rock, both in style and popularity. The artists are also ones with releases in this year of 2010- Broken Bells and LCD Soundsystem. I have to add the artists in question also happen to have released two of my firm favourite albums in recent memory so please expect and excuse regular and complete lapses into subjectivity.

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