Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories, is now out. I love it, but it certainly is a change from their earlier efforts. Instead of being more or less pure electronica created from samples, the album features various artists playing real instruments (including Nile Rogers, who created the disco group Chic and, believe it or not Paul Williams). My favorite song so far is “Get Lucky” the first single from the album.
Daft Punk’s fourth studio album, “Random Access Memories,” is an attempt to make the kind of disco record that they sampled so heavily for “Discovery.” As such, it serves as a tribute to those who came before them and as a direct rebuke to much of what they’ve spawned. Only intermittently electronic in nature, and depending largely on live musicians, it is extremely ambitious, and as variable in quality as any popular album you will hear this year. Noodly jazz fusion instrumentals? Absolutely. Soggy poetry and kid choirs? Yes, please. Cliches that a B-list teen-pop writer would discard? Bring it on. The duo has become so good at making records that I replay parts of “Random Access Memories” repeatedly while simultaneously thinking it is some of the worst music I’ve ever heard. Daft Punk engages the sound and the surface of music so lovingly that all seventy-five loony minutes of “Random Access Memories” feel fantastic, even when you are hearing music you might never seek out. This record raises a radical question: Does good music need to be good?
Daft Punk has also released podcast with a series of short videos highlighting the various musicians who worked with them on the album. Well worth a look.
- The best song from Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ is not even on the album (dangerousminds.net)
- Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (thetimes.co.uk)
- Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories hailed as ‘amazing’ and ‘bliss’ after iTunes stream (metro.co.uk)
Jimmy Kimmel compares his commencement address at UNLV to President Obama’s at Morehouse College:
Virgin America flight attendant on landing: “If your mobile device is within reach, you can stop pretending it’s turned off now.”
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) May 14, 2013
Charles Ramsey helped rescue the three kidnapped women in Cleveland earlier this week. He is a real American character, and Jimmy Kimmel captured his ability to tell a story.
They have also released this video of the song Axis, from the new album.
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London housewife Barbara Carter won a “grant a wish” charity contest, and said she wanted to kiss and cuddle a lion. Wednesday night she was in a hospital in chock and with throat wounds. Mrs. Carter, forty-six, was taken to the lions’ compound of the Safari Park at Bewdley Wednesday. As she bent forward to stroke the lioness, Suki, it pounced and dragged her to the ground. Wardens later said, “We seem to have made a bad error in judgment.”
– British News Bullentin, 1976, quoted in the Spring 2013 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, which is focused on animals.