Tape Log

Blog posts by Vijith Assar

Oct. 2, 2009

The solution, clearly, is more dissonance

by Vijith Assar

It's not Idol, technically, but America's Got Talent and its dentally-impaired overseas cousin are still franchises helmed by Simon Cowell, who I think we can all agree has become somewhat of a figurehead for shitty pop music and...

Sept. 24, 2009

I will remix the stupid right outta you

by Vijith Assar

Hipper music bloggers than you're likely to ever find here have been freaking out over surrealist hip hop duo Das Racist for a while now, ever since the Pineapple Express rap tune "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" came out earlier this year. Even...

July 12, 2009

In defense, unsuccessfully, of Auto-Tune

by Vijith Assar

Simultaneously making apparent the depths of both my dorkiness and my loyalty, I steadfastly stood by Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" all through its various tribulations over the last couple years -- first with its questionable placement on the OC,...

June 11, 2009

Coming soon: Tape Op bling reviews

by Vijith Assar

OK, fine, I admit it -- I secretly envy hip hop's most ostentatious bling nuggets (T-Pain's new joint makes me particularly weak-kneed), but let's face it, none of that stuff has any place adorning a guy like me, even if the recession means I now...

Feb. 17, 2009

Daptone Records Robbed

by Vijith Assar

Via the Village Voice and meta-via Brooklyn Vegan comes the tragic news that the NYC recording studio operated by Daptone Records was burgled last night, with a remarkable amount of main brain Gabe Roth's vintage gear lost. Even...

Aug. 14, 2008

Monomulator: Monome on the cheap

by Vijith Assar

In issue #62, Josh Boughey reviewed the Monome 40h, a minimalist button-and-light interface which can be used to run musical applications. It's absolutely captivating in its simplicity; I'm writing this as an outsider, but as far as I can tell, the...