Eric Portelance

Digital Strategist by day, co-host of Attention Surplus by night.
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posts tagged “music”:

1.24.2013

This app looks beautiful. Can’t wait to mess around with it.

explore-blog:

iOS app based on Beck’s REWORK tribute to Philip Glass lets you create your own remixes of the iconic composer’s music.

( Open Culture)

(Source: explore-blog)

music ✳ app ✳ ipad ✳ philip glass ✳ remix 

12.30.2012 My Favourite Albums of 2012

For the past several years, I’ve been keeping a list of my favourite new albums each year. Here’s my list for 2012.

  1. Beach House – Bloom
  2. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  3. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
  4. Joel Plaskett Emergency – Scrappy Happiness
  5. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
  6. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  7. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  8. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  9. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  10. M. Ward – A Wasteland Companion
  11. Matthew E. White – Big Inner

_Edit:_ I somehow overlooked the fact that Jack White’s Blunderbuss was released in 2012. Added to the list.

2012 ✳ best of ✳ year in review ✳ music ✳ albums 

1.11.2012

Shut Up And Play The Hits.

A trailer for the upcoming documentary about LCD Soundsystem’s final show. I’m really excited to see this.

lcd soundsystem ✳ trailer ✳ film ✳ documentary ✳ music 

1.7.2012 My Favourite Albums of 2011

In keeping with a somewhat regular tradition, I’m documenting here my favourite albums of 2011. If you haven’t listened to these, you would be doing yourself a favour to check some of them out.

  1. M83 — Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  2. Girls — Father, Son Holy Ghost
  3. The Strokes — Angles
  4. Bon Iver — Bon Iver
  5. Real Estate — Days
  6. The Kills — Blood Pressures
  7. Handsome Furs — Sound Kapital
  8. Holy Ghost! — Holy Ghost!
  9. My Morning Jacket — Circuital
  10. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks — Mirror Traffic

music ✳ 2011 ✳ best of ✳ albums 

11.6.2011

Liminal Phase. Great new band discovery. Just bought their album.

video ✳ music ✳ liminal phase 

11.6.2011

A Tender History in Rust.

video ✳ do make say think ✳ music ✳ post rock ✳ instrumental 

9.19.2011 A Flawed Historical Lens

Is there something in human nature that makes us consider time in blocks, rather than as a continuum? So often when looking back at history, we talk about months, decades, centuries, events, and pretend that they were events isolated in a bubble. That, for instance, the 80s just started and stopped one day. I don’t buy it.

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing how, in his opinion, music today was totally derivative. Nobody is experimenting. Our current decade pales in comparison to the 80s, when there was some real world-changing stuff happening musically. This strikes me as a form of nostalgia for a decade that many hold in a certain high esteem, but that’s beside the point.1

In reality, 1981 was a lot like 1979. Popular music in 1991 wasn’t radically different from the music in 1988. Every piece of art is built upon the path that has been carved out by its predecessors. Particularly with mainstream music where things don’t often surface that truly rock the boat.

Even The Beatles, likely one of the most influential bands of all time, were incredibly derivative in the early days. The influence of Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, and others is clear. Later, beginning with Rubber Soul, you can start to hear Bob Dylan influences. They were listening to their contemporaries and building upon it. Taking it to the next level.

Long-time Beatles producer George Martin was quite clear on the influence that The Beach Boys had on them:

Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper wouldn’t have happened. Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds.

I’ve used music as an example to illustrate this, but the same can be said about culture in general or historical events. The Beatles didn’t come out of left field, just like the 80s wasn’t a homogeneous decade that flipped to something else in 1990. To argue otherwise does a disservice to the creative spirit and remix culture.


  1. Let’s ignore for a moment the fact mainstream music today is considerably more bland than the hyper-stylized music that was popular in the mid-80s through early-90s. It doesn’t mean that it’s any more or less derivative. 

history ✳ music ✳ opinion ✳ time ✳ decade 

9.16.2011

Jazz Hands. Washington DC, 2009.

flaming lips ✳ music ✳ band ✳ concert ✳ hands ✳ wayne coyne 

9.8.2011

Even though I’m barely in this photo, it’s still proof that I rocked out with Dan Boeckner from Handsome Furs and Wolf Parade. He was headed back on stage when this was taken.

handsome furs ✳ wolf parade ✳ music ✳ concert 

7.3.2011

So good. Seasick Steve, John Paul Jones, Alison Mosshart & Jack White play a cover of Write Me A Few Lines.

music ✳ the kills ✳ led zeppelin ✳ white stripes ✳ dead weather