Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Talking Heads

This track earns the heritage award for the Summer 2015. It was one of the early voices of pro-environmental policies way back in the 1980s. It's even more relevant now, Thanks Mr. Byrne. It features an all-star cast of some of highly lauded musicians including The Smith's Johnny Marr, and the late vocalist Kirsty MacColl. The video itself also features some groundbreaking video technology at the time, which are the moving typefaces that run all over the screen at key sections.

Artist: Talking Heads
Origin: New York, New York USA

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Death Grips

First song I've heard in a while that lyrically shoots a bird directly at the daylight and at the sun.  If only for that, in the midst of the stranglehold of humidity that has arrived once again for summer, it's a winner.   Furthermore, and more expansively I can't but help to bow deeply to the best song of 2015 that I've heard thus far.

Artist: Death Grips
Origin: Sacramento, California USA

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Made in Heights

Crossover appeal!  A friend from L.A. turned me on to this pair of musical whiz kids. Their impressive blending of 90's styled drum'n'bass beats with modern catchy female lead vocals coincide with supporting layers of gentle, cascading synths that that seem to be of New Age origins.   I really foresee big things for Made In Heights, just because they would fit on various radio formats even up to including *gasp* Pop/Top 40! If only we, collectively, should be so lucky!

Artist: Made in Heights
Origin: Los Angeles, California USA

Friday, May 1, 2015


Happy May Day, workers of the world! There has been a slew of labor lately in the music making business towards recreating the magic of the post-punk era. I managed to find one of the shiniest examples coming across the video tubes hailing from Austin. These guys show a really good restraint in not letting their electronics overpower their wonderfully organic Martin Hannettish echoey production style.  Listen to their tracks, and you will definitely be held Captive.

Artist: Captive
Origin: Austin, Texas USA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dan Deacon

Now this is what I like to see and hear when I think of the word "originality."  Dan Deacon provides a bit of what could be described as a convenient department store of sonic techniques that provide the perfect accompaniment to its slick and fascinating video theatre.  Vocoded voices bounce and resound inside a texture of well placed clicks and rise up to meet the catchy sing song chorus which heavily hammers its way into the sonic pleasure zone.

Artist : Dan Deacon
Origin : Baltimore, Maryland U. S. A.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Well folks, it is March already.  This month, it has been decided that TionTunes will pull out a different kind of manifestation feature a long overdue genre by digging out the Metal! This particular video is a very comical cover of something the best of the 80's used to have, that is, lots of visual delights going on in the background to support the foreground of inventive musical remaking of this classic Grease song.

Artist: Tragedy (orig. John Farrar)
Origin: New York, New York USA

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Wave after wave, as you watch the water rolling in you will see the pulsing ribbons of color and textures and shapes.   Anywhere you closely watch these aquatic motions over basically any body of water, you will see the transmission of a language that is normally only communicated through the eyes.  Mr. Cantu-Ledesma has managed through sound to parallel this great beauty of the world and present it to the region of your mind that processes vibrations.  This incredible fabric he has created is evidenced in the video above, listen with your eyes...

Artist: Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Origin: San Francisco, California USA

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