What does music look like to you? The competition winners

Last month we got together with the guys over at EyeEm to host a unique mission, we wanted you to share photos that show us what music looks like to you. And, as predicted, you impressed us!

Thank you for all your amazing photos, we loved looking through all of the entries. We had some really great shots that captured music in many different ways (some of them had never even crossed our minds). However, it was the one below by Matt Lief Anderson that really caught our eye. Matt is now the proud owner of a pair of Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 headphones and a Premium+ 6 month music subscription – nice one Matt!

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There were also 30 runners up who will each receive a 6 month free Deezer subscription. So congratulations to you too guys!
To take a look at all of the photos that won, visit the photo album on Facebook or check out the gallery below.

 

Track by track breakdown of Sonic Highways

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Foo Fighters‘ eighth studio album Sonic Highways is out this week – and it’s their most ambitious project to date. Recorded in eight different cities across the USA, each track pays homage to the city in which it was recorded, including New Orleans, New York and Nashville. In this blog, from the UK editors, we take a look at each track on the album to find out more about where they came from…

‘Something From Nothing’

The first track to be unveiled from Sonic Highways, ‘Something From Nothing’ pays tribute to the Windy City: Chicago, Illinois. Produced by legendary producer Steve Albini in his very own Electric Audio studio, the song also features Rick Neilsen (from Chicago hard rockers Cheap Trick) on guitar. Cheap Trick’s rise to worldwide fame is a delightfully unlikely story. Their first three albums failed to chart at home in the States, but were received fervently in Japan, where they all quickly reached Gold status. As word spread about their success in the Far East, interest in the band grew elsewhere. This led to the live album Cheap Trick At Budokan, initially intended to be a Japan-only release, being released worldwide – to great acclaim. Anyone who has seen the legendary rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap will be familiar with the ‘big in Japan’ storyline. Never mind that Slash, Nikki Sixx and Johnny Ramone have all cited Cheap Trick as an influence – we’d say that being parodied by the greatest rock comedy ever is the highest compliment a band could hope to receive.

‘The Feast And The Famine’

‘The Feast And The Famine’ sees Dave Grohl and co. heading to Washington, D.C. and paying homage to the city’s hardcore punk sound of the ‘80s – with a little help from hardcore legends Bad Brains. As a bunch of Rastafarians who listened to reggae, Bad Brains were unlikely heroes of the punk scene – but that is exactly what they soon became, thanks to their incendiary live shows and their self-titled debut album, which became a cult classic and is perhaps the essential Eighties hardcore punk album. They also played a significant role in breaking down racial barriers within music, proving that genres needn’t be segregated by the colour of the artists’ skin.

‘Congregation’

The city that calls itself Music City does so for a reason – Nashville’s musical heritage is as rich as they come. The Allman BrothersJohnny CashKings of Leon and dozens of others have called it home, the Gibson guitar factory is based there, and it is the inspiration for ABC’s imaginatively-titled musical drama series Nashville. With scores of music businesses based in Nashville’s Music Row district, the city has become synonymous with country music – to the extent that the whole of the American country music industry is often referred to as ‘Music Row’ in the same way that ‘Hollywood’ is used when referring to the entire US film industry.

‘What Did I Do / God As My Witness’

The fourth track on Sonic Highways might have a whiff of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ about it, but it was influenced by a different state altogether – Texas, and more specifically the city of Austin. It was recorded at KLRU-TV Studios (where the long-running music TV show Austin City Limits is filmed) with the help of Texan blues prodigy Gary Clark, Jr. However, the role of the blues guitarist over the years would look very different were it not for one Texan bluesman – T-Bone Walker. Although he might not be the most well-known, Aaron Thibeaux Walker is one of the most influential guitarists of the past century. He was one of the first major guitarists to use an electric guitar, while his playing style directly influenced other blues icons such as B.B. King and Chuck Berry.

‘Outside’

Recorded in Joshua Tree, California, and featuring Joe Walsh of the Eagles, ‘Outside’ finds the Foos soaking up the West Coast sunshine and paying tribute to Los Angeles. Although these days they fall into ‘dad rock’ territory, the Eagles are one of the biggest-selling bands ever, selling more records than any other act during the Seventies. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend have all praised Walsh, and his solo on ‘Hotel California’ remains one of the most iconic of all time.

‘In The Clear’

The Preservation Hall has been a New Orleans institution since 1961, but its very existence, and that of the long-running Preservation Hall Jazz Band, was threatened when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Many of the band’s members lost everything in the storm and were forced to leave the city. The studio in which many old recordings were stored was submerged in floodwater – but luckily a batch of Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s master tapes were recovered unharmed, having been kept just above the water line. Tuba player Benjamin Jaffe took it upon himself to put together an album from these recordings, which were produced by his father, also a tuba player in the band. The result is Made in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions, an album that pulls together various chapters of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s story. Against all odds, it’s a story with a happy ending.

‘Subterranean’

As a former member of Nirvana, Dave Grohl already has the legend’s spot pretty well covered for Seattle – so to get Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard on board as well is something of a bonus. However, before Gibbard’s emotional indie-pop came grunge – MudhoneyPearl Jam, the Melvins and Nirvana all came from Washington state, and all had a major impact on the shape of modern alternative music. After the flamboyant and cocksure nature of rock in the Eighties, the grunge movement changed what it meant to be a rock star forever.

‘I Am A River’

For the album’s final track, Foo Fighters teamed up with Tony Visconti in New York. Best known as David Bowie’s producer, Visconti worked on many of his classic albums, including HeroesSpace Oddity and Young Americans over the years, along with artists such as T-RexIggy Pop and Manic Street Preachers.

If you like this review, you can check out other blogs from the UK team here.

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Want to dig a little deeper? Check out the playlist below to discover more of Sonic Highways’ influences…

Find your flow. Press play

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Today we’re excited to show off our new Deezer video! Set to the African influenced tones of breakthrough Swedish pop artist Seinabo Sey, the clip is a celebration of Flow, your special non-stop music channel tailored just for you.

Like all those beautiful folk you too could be taking Deezer with you from sunrise ‘til sunset and beyond, to the tune of your favourite tracks recommended to you from our 35 million strong library – whether you’re on- or offline. Deezer is there to boost your life, at every moment. So whether you’re at the gym, on a run, partying the night away or on your daily commute, Deezer will make life sound better.

If like us you’ve become a fan of Seinabo Sey’s second release ‘Hard Time”, make sure you listen to it on Deezer http://www.deezer.com/artist/4336474

Watch the video now:

Unmask our Halloween playlist today…

Dare to be different this Halloween? Well, you’ve come to the right place because we’re treating you to a very special playlist…

We are dedicating the day to those spooky bands and artists who dress up all year round. Why? Well, because anyone who wears a mouse head 24hrs a day 365 days of the year deserves to be celebrated in our opinion (Deadmau5 – you legend).

Our ‘masked’ playlist features the incredible Slipknot, who’ve terrified us by wearing creepy masks for over a decade. OK, so maybe it’s a fairly obvious choice for a masked band, but there are some surprises on there too. SBTRKT for one. Yep this guy is never without his wooden mask even during festival season – I mean, who knows what’s going on under there, but it must be hot.

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And don’t worry, if you want to impress your friends with your ‘masked’ bands knowledge this weekend then below we unveil a few fun facts from some of the artists featured in our alternative playlist:

  • Daft Punk – These two Parisian robots are the mystery of global dance music. The idea to use helmets actually was born out of a lame Halloween costume. Go figure. Still, what do you think they’re hiding from? The world? Ex lovers?? Maybe their scary robot faces are too much to take…
  • Deadmau5 – Deadmau5 actually named himself after finding a dead mouse in his computer. No joke and not very mice is it (lol)? He also appeared in ‘Gossip Girl’. Terrifying…
  • Teddybears – These guys really know how to be ironic. If you’re familiar with the Swedish or Norwegian rock scenes then you’ll know they named themselves after our fluffy friends to make them stand out from the hundreds of ‘Megadeth’ copy cats out there. Fair play Teddies! Although, if you go down to the woods with these lot, be careful!
  • Lordi – Is it not scary enough that this band won Eurovision??
  • Kiss – Now, which of these facts scares you most? Kiss have never had a number one single in the US or Gene Simmons insured his tongue for $1,000,000. Fangfully his tongue is still in one piece…

Know anymore fun and scary facts about the bands featured? Let us know!

What does music look like to you? – WIN with Deezer and EyeEm

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We need you! Deezer is on a mission to discover what music looks like – are you up for the challenge?

We’re partnering with EyeEm, the hottest photo sharing mobile app, to give you the chance to win a pair of super cool Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 headphones and a Deezer Premium+ 6 month music subscription. The lucky winner will be chosen by a panel of music experts from Deezer. The panel will pick another 30 lucky photographers who will win Deezer Premium+ 6 months music subscriptions and all the winning photos will also be part of an image collection on the EyeEm and Deezer blogs for the world to see. And, all you have to do is take a picture of what music looks like to you. It’s that simple.

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To give you some ideas, it could be that box of old CD’s from your teenage years, or a person on a bus with crazy hair that just screams ‘punk’, or a picture of the people who you share your musical experiences with most. What we’re trying to say is, if it says music to you then tell us about it!

So, you want to win?

Head to the Missions tab in the EyeEm app, or capture your image and tag it with What Does Music Look Like To You? Your photo will be automatically added to the album. If you want to add a photo that you’ve already uploaded, just go to your profile, view the photo and select “Edit Photo.” From there, you can add the tag “What Does Music Look Like To You?”.

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Deezer and Stitcher tie the knot to bring you your favourite radio shows and podcasts

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At Deezer we take our music seriously, and from today onwards we’re also focused on giving podcast and talk radio aficionados the chance to access over 35,000 radio shows directly on Deezer.

Deezer has acquired award winning radio app Stitcher to provide access to the best in entertainment and talk radio  – including NPR, This American Life, Freakonomics, Wall Street Journal, WTF with Marc Maron, Savage Lovecast, BBC, CBC, RTÉ and more.

Stitcher is the leading on-demand internet radio service that features news, entertainment, comedy and sports radio. By giving you access to 35,000 radio shows in addition to 35 million songs, Deezer will bring you the talk as well as the tune.

Next year Stitcher will be integrated into Deezer, so you’ll be able to experience your favourite talk shows and podcasts whenever, wherever. We’ll also make sure to recommend shows that we know you’ll like, helping you to discover more gems like Nerdist, The Moth or Slate.com’s Culture Gabfest.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to find out when talk and entertainment becomes available.