LP3 (Ratatat album)
LP3 is the third studio album by Ratatat, released on July 8, 2008. It contains the single "Shiller" released on 7" vinyl; the duo experimented with different genres as well as synthesizer patches, percussion instruments, sound effects, samples. Unlike the albums Ratatat and Classics, LP3 was recorded in a few weeks. "Shiller" – 4:18 "Falcon Jab" – 3:55 "Mi Viejo" – 2:40 "Mirando" – 3:52 "Flynn" – 1:56 "Bird Priest" – 3:07 "Shempi" – 3:58 "Imperials" – 3:34 "Dura" – 3:08 "Bruleé" – 3:43 "Mumtaz Khan" – 2:38 "Gipsy Threat" – 1:38 "Black Heroes" – 4:06iTunes Store Bonus Track"Mirando" - 2:51Amazon MP3 Bonus Track "Shempi" - 5:15Japanese Bonus Tracks "Shempi" - 5:15 "Shempi" - 3:49 "Falcon Jab" - 5:26 "Mirando" - 9:57 "Mirando" - 2:51 Official Ratatat website
Magnifique is the fifth studio album by Ratatat, released on July 17, 2015. Ratatat began touring in early 2015 with limited stops in the midwestern US and the Coachella music festival where new songs were debuted. On April 12, 2015, the band released "Cream on Chrome", the first single from the album. On June 16, 2015, "Abrasive" was released as the second single; the album features a cover of the 1971 Springwater single "I Will Return" and cover artwork collage sketches by Evan Mast and Mike Stroud. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Magnifique received an average score of 70 based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Magnifique at Discogs
Shudder to Think
Shudder to Think was an American indie rock group. Formed in 1986, they released three albums on the Washington, D. C.-based label Dischord Records and were a post-hardcore band, although they drew upon a wide range of stylistic influences, including pop. The band's first lineup was Chris Matthews, Stuart Hill and Mike Russell. In this incarnation, the band released one song on the Fetal Records compilation F-R-5 in 1987, two singles and one album before being signed by the Dischord label. Three albums were released, before the band gained greater exposure by touring with Fugazi and the Smashing Pumpkins. Swiz ex-bassist Nathan Larson and ex-Jawbox drummer Adam Wade replaced Matthews and Russell in 1992. Matthews and Russell last performed live with the band on January 1, 1992 and June 28, 1992 as announced by Wedren to the crowd during those concerts; the band subsequently signed to Epic, with whom Pony Express Record was released in 1994. The album's angular, mathematical post-hardcore earned it a devoted cult following.
Over the next few years, Wedren battled Hodgkin's Disease, Larson recorded an album with side project band Mind Science of the Mind, Wade left the group. He was replaced by Kevin March drummer with Dambuilders, they released another album, 50,000 B. C. in 1997. The band worked on music for soundtracks including First Love, Last Rites and High Art. In 1998, the band performed two songs for the film Velvet Goldmine. However, 1998 marked the end of the group. Wedren has pursued a solo career, including an appearance on the Down to You soundtrack with "Didn't Mean to Do You Harm", contributed backing vocals to Verve Pipe's 1999 eponymous album. Both Larson and Wedren have gone on to create regarded music for films. David Wain, founder of comedy troupe The State, was a high-school friend of Wedren's, Wedren's music has appeared in many television series and films stemming from the troupe and its alumni, such as Reno 911! and Wet Hot American Summer. Wedren makes solo music, released his debut album, Lapland, in 2005.
Larson has formed a new band called Hot One. Wedren and March performed a brief set together on September 17, 2007 at The Mercury Lounge in New York City; the band continued to perform shows throughout 2008 and 2009 with March playing the eastern dates and Wade on the western dates. The band released a live album entitled Live from Home in 2009. Without Larson, the band played what was billed as a "final" show on September 2, 2009 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Shudder to Think reunited again in 2013 for the 20th anniversary of the Black Cat venue. In addition to a full set by the Pony Express Record lineup of Wedren, Larson and Hill, earlier members Chris Matthews and Mike Russell performed on the encore. Shudder to Think has been listed as an influence by other bands - Incubus went as far as covering part of "X-French Tee Shirt" in their song "Nowhere Fast" during Lollapalooza in 2003. Jeff Buckley listed Shudder to Think as a favorite band of his. Pearl Jam invited Shudder to Think to open for them on a tour of Australia in 1998, played a snippet of the Shudder song "Pebbles" during their set.
Deftones have cited Shudder to Think as an influence and have covered snippets of "X-French Tee Shirt" and "So Into You" at live shows. Cursive mentions the band in their song "Sink to the Beat" off Burst and Bloom; the band, classified as post-hardcore, embraced "pop influences and a skewed sense of songwriting" while coming from a hardcore punk background "courtesy of their affiliation" with Dischord. Reviewer Charles Spano characterized some of the band's work as the result of the group skewing "their pop brilliance with Ric Ocasek grooves, a Bowie and Roxy Music glam bent, the theatrics of Queen." Craig Wedren - lead vocals & guitar Stuart Hill - bass Chris Matthews - guitar Mike Russell - drums Nathan Larson - guitar Adam Wade - drums Kevin March - drums Mark Watrous - guitar Jesse Krakow - bass Curses, Voodoo, Mooses Ten Spot Funeral at the Movies Get your Goat Pony Express Record 50,000 B. C. Your Choice Live Series Live From Home Shudder To Think It Was Arson Catch of the Day Medusa Seven Hit Liquor / No Room 9, Kentucky 7" Hit Liquor X - French T-Shirt / Shake Your Halo Down 7" S/T First Love, Last Rites soundtrack 1998 High Art soundtrack 1999 Velvet Goldmine soundtrack 1998 F-R-5 * - 1987 Fetal Records #005 State of the Union: D.
C. Benefit Compilation* - 1989 Dischord Records Funeral at the Movies/Ten Spot O Come All Ye Faithful - 1996
Ratatat is the self-titled debut album from the Brooklyn-based electronic duo of the same name. It was recorded between July 2001 and May 2003 in bassist Evan Mast's Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment and mixed in June 2003 before its release on April 20, 2004; the album is instrumental, although it has occasional voice excerpts by local MC and rapper Young Churf. The track "Spanish Armada" contains a French horn played by Michal Emanovsky. Other tracks of note are "Germany to Germany" released as a single; the most well known song on the album is "Seventeen Years". It was featured in a television advertisement titled "Accessorize" for the Hummer H2 in 2004, in the British television show Soccer AM as the original background music for The Crossbar Challenge segment, in Level One Productions's ski movie Shanghai Six, it was played during Rob's party in the 2008 monster movie Cloverfield. The song "Bustelo" was used in several Jaguar commercials in mid-2006. "Seventeen Years" - 4:26 "El Pico" - 4:41 "Crips" - 3:47 "Desert Eagle" - 4:25 "Everest" - 4:10 "Bustelo" - 2:27 "Breaking Away" - 4:19 "Lapland" - 4:56 "Germany to Germany" - 3:38 "Spanish Armada" - 2:58 "Cherry" - 5:58 Official Ratatat Website Official Cherry video
Experimental rock is a subgenre of rock music which pushes the boundaries of common composition and performance technique or which experiments with the basic elements of the genre. Artists aim to liberate and innovate, with some of the genre's distinguishing characteristics being improvisational performances, avant-garde influences, odd instrumentation, opaque lyrics, unorthodox structures and rhythms, an underlying rejection of commercial aspirations. From its inception, rock music was experimental, but it was not until the late 1960s that rock artists began creating extended and complex compositions through advancements in multitrack recording. In 1967, the genre was as commercially viable as pop music, but by 1970, most of its leading players had incapacitated themselves in some form. In Germany, the krautrock subgenre merged elements of improvisation and psychedelic rock with avant-garde and contemporary classical pieces. In the 1970s, significant musical crossbreeding took place in tandem with the developments of punk and new wave, DIY experimentation, electronic music.
Funk, jazz-rock, fusion rhythms became integrated into experimental rock music. The first wave of 1980s experimental rock groups had few direct precedents for their sound. In the decade, avant-rock pursued a psychedelic aesthetic that differed from the self-consciousness and vigilance of earlier post-punk. During the 1990s, a loose movement known as post-rock became the dominant form of experimental rock; as of the 2010s, the term "experimental rock" has fallen to indiscriminate use, with many modern rock bands being categorized under prefixes such as "post-", "kraut-", "psych-", "noise-". Although experimentation had always existed in rock music, it was not until the late 1960s that new openings were created from the aesthetic intersecting with the social. In 1966, the boundaries between pop music and the avant-garde began to blur as rock albums were conceived and executed as distinct, extended statements. Self-taught rock musicians in the middle and late 1960s drew from the work of composers such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio.
Academic Bill Martin writes: "in the case of imitative painters, what came out was always derivative, whereas in the case of rock music, the result could be quite original, because assimilation and imitation are integral parts of the language of rock." Martin says that the advancing technology of multitrack recording and mixing boards were more influential to experimental rock than electronic instruments such as the synthesizer, allowing the Beatles and the Beach Boys to become the first crop of non-classically trained musicians to create extended and complex compositions. Drawing from the influence of George Martin, the Beatles' producer, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, music producers after the mid 1960s began to view the recording studio as an instrument used to aid the process of composition; when the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds was released to a four-month chart stay in the British top 10, many British groups responded to the album by making more experimental use of recording studio techniques.
In the late 1960s, groups such as the Mothers of Invention, the Velvet Underground, the Fugs, the Beatles, the Jimi Hendrix Experience began incorporating elements such as avant-garde music, sound collage, poetry in their work. Historian David Simonelli writes that, further to the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows", the band's February 1967 double A-side single, pairing "Strawberry Fields Forever" with "Penny Lane", "establish the Beatles as the most avant-garde composers of the postwar era". Aside from the Beatles, author Doyle Greene identifies Frank Zappa, the Velvet Underground, Plastic Ono Band, Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd, the Soft Machine and Nico as "pioneers of avant-rock". In addition, The Quietus' Ben Graham described duos the Silver Apples and Suicide as antecedents of avant-rock. In the opinion of Stuart Rosenberg, the first "noteworthy" experimental rock group was the Mothers of Invention led by composer Frank Zappa, who professor Kelly Fisher Lowe claims "set the tone" for experimental rock with the way he incorporated "countertextural aspects... calling attention to the recordedness of the album."
This would be reflected in other contemporary experimental rock LPs, such as the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and Smile, the Who's The Who Sell Out and Tommy, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; the Velvet Underground were a "groundbreaking group in experimental rock", according to Rosenberg, "even further out of step with popular culture than the early recordings of the Mothers of Invention." The band were playing experimental rock in 1965 before other significant countercultural rock scenes had developed, pioneering avant-rock through their integration of minimalist rock and avant-garde ideas. The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's inspired a new consideration for experimental rock as commercially viable music. Once the group released their December 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour, author Barry Faulk writes, "pop music and experimental rock were synonymous, the Beatles stood at the apex of a progressive movement in musical capitalism"; as progressive rock developed, experimental rock acquired notoriety alongside art rock.
By 1970, most of the musicians, at the forefront of experimental rock had incapacitated themselves. From on, the ideas and work of British artist and former Roxy Music member Brian Eno—which suggested that ideas from the art world, including those of experimental music and the avant-garde, should be deployed in the context of experimental rock—were a key innovation throughout the decade. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Germany's "krautrock"
Ratatat is a Brooklyn-based electronic rock duo consisting of Mike Stroud and producer Evan Mast. Evan Mast and Mike Stroud first met as students at Skidmore College; when they started working together in 2001, recording several songs under the name "Cherry", Stroud had toured with Dashboard Confessional in 2000. In 2003, the group debuted by releasing the single "Seventeen Years" on Mast's and his brother Eric's record label Audio Dregs in the US and Rex Records in the UK. In the following year, Ratatat supported the band Interpol on their tour. Mike Stroud stepped down as touring member of Ben Kweller's band after two years of touring and after appearing on the 2004 album, On My Way. Having signed for XL Recordings, Ratatat released their self-titled debut album and the single "Germany to Germany"; the album was recorded in Mast's Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment on his laptop. It is instrumental with the exception of vocal excerpts at the beginning and end of select tracks. In 2004, Ratatat released Ratatat Remixes Vol. 1 in co-operation with Audio Dregs, a compilation of remixed tracks by other artists, thereby garnering the attention of Rolling Stone.
On 22 August 2006, Ratatat released their second album entitled Classics on XL Recordings. On October 6, 2006, Ratatat became the first band to perform a public show inside the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. On October 10, 2006, a new demo album from Ratatat titled; this set of tracks does not appear on any official discography listings. 9 Beats was not an official album, the tracks consist of short instrumental electronic musical pieces and demos for their next mixtape. In 2007, this release was followed by their second volume of remixed tracks, Ratatat Remixes Vol. 2. From June 2007 until October 2008, Ratatat had Martin Bonventre accompany them on their European tour and fall shows in America as the pianist/synthesizer player. Bonventre drew much attention due to his erratic dance movements on stage; the reason for him leaving the performance is unknown. Leading up to the release of Ratatat's third album LP3 on 8 July 2008, their official website showed the videos of the three first singles.
"Shiller", "Shempi" and "Mirando" have all been released on 7" or 12" singles. "Shiller", the first to be released, featured a special b-side, the track "Mahalo", also included on the fourth album, LP4. In 2008, it was rumored that they would be signed by Star Trak Entertainment as the understudies of The Neptunes. Ratatat contributed two songs to Man on the Moon: The End of Day, the debut album by alternative rapper Kid Cudi released September 15, 2009, "Alive" and "Pursuit Of Happiness" featuring MGMT. Cudi and Ratatat performed "Pursuit Of Happiness" together on Late Show with David Letterman on September 11, 2009. According to Mike Stroud in an interview with Paste Magazine released on August 4, 2009, "most of was recorded during the same studio sessions that yielded LP3". Ratatat's fourth album, LP4, was released on June 2010, via XL Recordings. In 2010, Ratatat supported Vampire Weekend on their UK tour at The Brighton Centre and Alexandra Palace. Meanwhile, their song Neckbrace was used in the ski film "The Way I See It" by Matchstick Productions.
In 2011, their track "Mirando" was used in Prada's SS2011 ad campaign. In August 2011, Ratatat was featured in the song "Red Alert" on CSS's new album La Liberación. On September 29, 2012 past collaborator Kid Cudi confirmed that Ratatat would be featured and producing on his upcoming third studio album Indicud, however the collaboration didn't make the final cut after Kid Cudi decided to produce the whole album by himself, with the exception of an additional production by Hit-Boy on the track "Red Eye" featuring Haim. In May 2013 they entered the Austrian Singlecharts after the Austrian network provider A1 used "Loud Pipes" for a radio-advertisement; the band played Coachella Festival and Governor's Ball Music Festival in 2015. They debuted their new song "Cream On Chrome" just a few hours before their night-ending Coachella set on April 11, 2015; the band played a concert in Pomona, California on April 15, 2015, at Primavera Sound in Barcelona in May. In May 2015, the band announced that their fifth album, would be released on July 17, 2015, feature a cover of the 1971 Springwater single "I Will Return".
The first single from the album, the track "Cream on Chrome", was voted number 52 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2015 held in January 2016. This is their second appearance on the annual countdown run by the Australian radio station, after featuring on Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness", which polled 33rd in the 2009 countdown. Ratatat's live performances bear strong similarities to the performances of the psychedelic rock bands out of San Francisco in the 1960s, with energetic light shows, swirling colors projected onto a screen, clips of movies thrown in. Evan Mast edits the videos that are projected on the screen. Many of them are included on their YouTube account. Ratatat has toured with acts such as Björk, Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend, Mouse on Mars, Franz Ferdinand, CSS, the Faint, Super Furry Animals, Clinic and the Killers. Featured in2012: "Pursuit of Happiness" 3× Platinum
Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer and record executive. Considered one of the best rappers of all time, he is regarded as one of the world's most significant cultural icons and has been a global figure in popular culture for over two decades. Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z first began his musical career after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995, subsequently released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt in 1996; the album was released to widespread critical success, solidified his standing in the music industry. He has gone onto release twelve additional albums, which have all attained positive critical reception and universal commercial success, with The Blueprint and The Black Album albums being heralded as modern musical classics, he has released the full-length collaborative albums Watch the Throne and Everything Is Love with Kanye West and wife Beyoncé, respectively. Outside of his musical career, Jay-Z has attained significant success and media attention for his career as a businessman.
In 1999, he founded the clothing retailer Rocawear, in 2003, he founded the luxury sports bar chain 40/40 Club. Both businesses have grown to become multi-million dollar corporations, allowed Jay-Z to fund the start-up for the entertainment company Roc Nation, founded in 2008. In 2015, he acquired the tech company Aspiro, took charge of their media streaming service Tidal, which has since become the world's third-largest online streaming company, his marriage to musician Beyoncé has been a source of substantial media attention. Jay-Z is among the most critically acclaimed musicians and one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 100 million records sold worldwide, he has won a total of 22 Grammy Awards, the most by a rapper, holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200, with 13. He has been ranked by Billboard and fellow music publication Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest artists of all time. In 2017, he became the first rapper to be honored into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 2018, received the commemorative "Salute to Industry Icons" award at the 60th Grammy Awards.
Carter was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City and was raised in Marcy Houses, a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. After their father, Adnis Reeves, abandoned the family and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Gloria Carter. Reeves would meet and reconcile with Jay-Z before dying in 2003. Jay-Z claims in his lyrics that in 1982 at age 12, he shot his older brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry. Along with future rapper AZ, Carter attended Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn until it was closed down, he attended the nearby George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School with future rappers The Notorious B. I. G. and Busta Rhymes, followed by a stint at Trenton Central High School in Trenton, New Jersey, though he did not graduate. According to his interviews and lyrics, during this period he sold crack cocaine and was shot at three times. According to his mother, Carter used to wake up his siblings at night banging out drum patterns on the kitchen table.
She bought him a boom box for his birthday. He began writing lyrics. Known as "Jazzy" around the neighborhood, Carter adopted the showbiz/stage name "Jay-Z" in homage to his mentor Jaz-O. Jay-Z can be heard on several of Jaz-O's early recordings in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including "The Originators" and "Hawaiian Sophie." Jay-Z became embroiled in several battles with rapper LL Cool J in the early 1990s. He first became known to a wide audience on the posse cut "Show and Prove" on the 1994 Big Daddy Kane album Daddy's Home. Jay-Z has been referred to as Big Daddy Kane's hype man during this period, although Kane explains that he didn't fill the traditional hype man role, was instead making cameo appearances on stage. "When I would leave the stage to go change outfits, I would bring out Jay-Z and Positive K and let them freestyle until I came back to the stage." The young Jay-Z appeared on a popular song by Big L, "Da Graveyard", on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build", which featured early appearances by DMX and Ja Rule in 1995.
His first official rap single was called "In My Lifetime", for which he released a music video in 1995. An unreleased music video was produced for the B-side "I Can't Get with That." With no major label to give him a record deal, Jay-Z sold CDs out of his car and, with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs, created Roc-A-Fella Records as an independent label in 1995. After striking a distribution deal with Priority, Jay-Z released his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt with beats from acclaimed producers such as DJ Premier and Super DJ Clark Kent and an appearance by The Notorious B. I. G.. The album reached number 23 on the Billboard 200, was favored by critics; this album would be included in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" as No. 248 and reach platinum status. After reaching a new distribution deal with Def Jam in 1997, Jay-Z released his follow-up In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. Produced by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, it sold better than his previous effort. Jay-Z explained that the album was made during one of the worst periods of his life when he was reeling from the death of his close friend, The Notorious B.
I. G; the album was a personal revelation for Jay-Z. The album's glossy production stood as a contrast to his first release, some dedicated fans felt he had "sold out." However, the al