Monthly Archives: January 2010

Music Formatting To Be Replaced Yet Again



You know what the best thing about a CD or vinyl record is? It’s something physical you can actually hold and call your own. In the old days people used to go round to their friends house and even swap what they had bought! Who’d have thought that the power of watching a 12” record spin round and around whilst listening to some killer beats could be so thrilling?

Of course nothing lasts for sodding ever. In the so called digital age where everything is meant to be easier and supposedly more enjoyable to consume, the humble CD and vinyl suffered. People opted to stop buying records as the faceless MP3 had been created. Now you could own a lump of musical coding that could be stored on a mini music harddrive known to the majority of people as an iPod.

Big whoop indeed, where is the fun of displaying your music collection off? Instead of thumbing through faded record covers and marvelling at the artwork, you can now scroll through a digital collection in roughly one minute. Enjoyment factor? Roughly zero percent. However, the MP3 has become the victim of its own success. As we all know, the invention of swapping music files illegally was established way before some bright spark realised artists we’re being ripped off.

After a few years of battle, music lovers with a few morals used online retailers such as iTunes to purchase their music. Old songs then became remastered and bundled with all sorts of random crap. Often the misleading chance to win a competition to get exclusive gig tickets. Just when the dust is settling on this tediously new format, news has reached us that bigwig music chiefs want to flex their muscles and balls things up for all again.

It all gets spectacularly nerdy as reports all talk about something called BACH Techology. This sounds alarmingly worrying to begin with seeing that they can’t even spell back properly. That’s probably because it’s some sort of wacky European creation. Possibly by the Germans, they wear leather shorts for God’s sake. From the sound of what’s being planned, it looks like the humble MP3 might be getting an injection of intelligence as these details have emerged:

“The new media extension, MusicDNA, allows owners of an MP3 file to access additional updated content, including lyrics, artwork, tour dates, blog posts, videos, and Twitter feeds.”

At the moment, CD’s and vinyl purchased back in the mid nineties are just sitting on a shelf collecting dust. With the introduction of this technology it means that when JLS announce a new tour, a bare chested member from the X-Factor losers could personally tell us that they’re playing our local leisure centre or rehab centre. How terribly exciting.

For more information which will no doubt chew up your brain, visit the website where all of these proposals are being pitched:

Get On My Horse.


Continuing today’s theme of utterly mind bending ridiculousness from Europe we present Italian Electro Poppers Covering a song about a horse originally created by Flash-Video-Novelty-Song-Overlords Weebls Stuff.

It’s catchy innit.

Fever Ray Accepts Award. WTF Is The Best Description.



Repost from the ever kickass Watch With Mothers

With the 2010 Brits on the horizon, there’s a sudden rush of awards ceremony nostalgia going around. Brit Hits on ITV last Friday was a fine example of how to celebrate all that is stolid, tedious and uninventive about an awards ceremony – a show that even managed to roll its eyes at the brilliance of Jarvis Cocker mooning a supposedly messianic Michael Jackson back in the 90s.

So it falls to Fever Ray – solo artist and one half of Swedish electro weirdos The Knife – to set the standard on how to upset, bemuse or get people talking at awards ceremonies the moment you move towards the stage. Be warned, the Youtube clip, below, is very, very strange.

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Chart Hits – The Beatles Fab Figures



Everyone loves colourful flow-charts, they’re just so reassuring, here at DT we’ve spent months turning Immortal lyrics into pie-chart form – but our efforts pale next to those of Beatles fan and designer Michael Deal, who’s spent way too much time creating a series of obscure Fab Four graphs and charts, and from the looks of it, it’s amazing they ever had time to release any music:


The project isn’t finished by any stretch, so get on over to MD’s site and get involved – anyway, here’s your linky for the full gallery – we demand T-Shirt versions!

Misa Digital Guitar…Wow.


…Look at this thing. Just look at it.

OK, so I’ve picked my jaw off the floor.

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