The Elephant 6 Recording Company

Listen: It’s one of those intros that just grabs you. If you know it, you know what I mean. It’s “The King of Carrot Flowers,” the first song on Neutral Milk Hotel’s iconic 1998 album “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” The band’s second full release, “In the Aeroplane” has been named one of theContinue reading “The Elephant 6 Recording Company”

Weird Al’s “UHF”

Listen: “Weird Al” Yankovic is known for his musical parodies. For almost 40 years the musician has been taking popular music and turning it into comedy. From Michael Jackson’s “Eat It” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to Don McLean’s “American Pie” and Chamillionaire’s “Ridin Dirty.” Weird Al has become a household name. He’s oneContinue reading “Weird Al’s “UHF””

Forgotten Verses of the Star-Spangled Banner

The national anthem hasn’t always…exactly been the national anthem. On August 24th 1814, British forces attacked Washington and burned down many government buildings, including the Navy Yard and the White House, then known as the Presidential Mansion. It was the only time in American history that the capital had been under the command of aContinue reading “Forgotten Verses of the Star-Spangled Banner”

The History of Video Game Music

Forty years ago Space Invaders revolutionized the way we played games. With just four simple notes that got faster as the aliens crept closer, video games grabbed us by the heart and compelled our attention. Now, gaming is a billion dollar industry. But how’d it get there? How did music change the history of computers?Continue reading “The History of Video Game Music”