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Friday Linkafication: Grateful Dead Video Games, 8-Bit Phish, Bluegrass Super Bowl Shuffle & More

Every Friday, we're going to offer the best links, news and sites that we've discovered over the past week. We promise to keep it relevant (mainly).Rolling Stone weighs in on the forthcoming Grateful Dead video game, but can it match the power and glory of the Journey arcade game?Widespread Panic will simulcast all...

Talking Heads Tuesday: A Year By Year Live Listener’s Guide with Streams and Downloads

Every Tuesday in January, The Barn will offer another feature about the incredible music and career of Talking Heads. In addition to a healthy legacy of groundbreaking studio recordings, Talking Heads were a band that, at least in the early part of their career, offered audiences contrasting interpretations of their catalog on stage. Fortunately, these...

Which Indie Rock Band Should You Join?

Don't know why the author of this flow chart (source: Houston Press blogs, John Seaborn Gray) chose to frame it as which band to join, as opposed to "listen to" or "like". I guess its worth it for the sly Arcade Fire reference.Regardless, I may be using this chart to check out a couple...

Retro Jamming: Medeski Martin & Wood with Oren Bloedow – Riviera 12/9/2000

Retro Jamming is a new feature in our Audiovisual section. While many of the shows we offer focus on local streams and downloads of recent vintage, these shows reach back to pick some choice recordings from classic Chicago area shows of old.Medeski, Martin & Wood is a band that doesn't make it around these...

InfoGraphic: History of the Music Video

We had so much fun with our Talking Heads video feature and the Yo Gabba Gabba vs. MTV chart, we'll stick with videos at least one more time.This time, the clinging for relevancy folks at myspace offer a classic vertical timeline of the music video, from 1964 to the present. Beatles? Check. Michael Jackson? Check. "...

Periodic Table Of Phish Songs

I've been a fan of the sub-genre of InfoGraphics, the period table of whatever, for a while now. This awesome collection page at Unneccesary Umlaut collects some of the very best. You'll find periodic tables of swearing, beer styles, video game controllers and other trivalities... No music though, which is why my jaw nearly dropped...

Music Television: MTV vs. Yo Gabba Gabba

Bringing together our recent Talking Heads video retrospective with some of the characteristics of our suburban (with kids) readership, its time we drag out the old "whatever happened to music on MTV" cliche. Done right, in Infographic form, this clever chart plucked from graphjam.com, features this month's Relix cover boy DJ Lance Rock, the...

Talking Heads Tuesday: Video Rewind

Every Tuesday in January, The Barn will offer another feature about the incredible music and career of Talking Heads.2010 was an incredible year for the music video. From the Spike Jonze deliciousness of LCD Soundsystem's "Drunk Girls" and his secret film project with Arcade Fire to wonderful tongue-in-cheek rave-ups like The Black Keys' "Tighten Up"...

Visualizing a Hit

A lot of the music related InfoGraphics we post here are enlightening, though whimsical. Light in tone, they help put some element of music just a bit easier to grasp through drawings, colors, charts and text. Some, however, can be downright academic exercises in complex data analysis and visual thinking. Such is the case with...

Pitchfork vs. Billboard - Top 2010 Tracks By Genre and Artist Location

Seems like we can't get enough of Pitchfork this week...With year end "top" lists emerging, Pitchfork and Billboard offer a treasure trove of data for analysis and innovative presentation this year. The visual geniuses at verysmallarray.com have managed to overlay the total number songs, by genre and location, on each list for a...