When our parents were growing up, "pop" music was the norm. For the most part, it was really good too. Besides the obvious Beatles and Beach Boys catalogs, there were also bands like The Kinks and The Zombies making great strides in keeping that three letter term more refreshing than the processed and stale state some of us see it as today. I remember buying The Format's Dog Problems and remembering how it pulled me out of the general radio gutter. I might be connecting the dots too much seeing how frontman Nate Ruess is the only line between his former band and fun., but Some Nights is one of the best tastes of the genre I've heard in some time (no pun intended). Like most of what Ruess...
fun.'s new album has been getting a lot of discussion over the past 24 hours on this site. As I've browsed around the net, I've seen similar comments here that also showed up on Facebook and Last.fm, all in relation to the band's use of "autotune" on the album. Now, the discussion around whether you thought the band's artistic decision to use the tool was successful or not is a different topic (one worth having here, if interested). What I want to focus on, for a moment, is the difference between autotune and a vocoder. Like many, I've spent a good time just using the phrase "autotune" anytime I hear an electronic vocal. It's the go-to response because it's the phrase most commonly...
fun.'s new album will be unveiled to the world today, having made it to "stream day" without leaking. That's quite an accomplishment in this day and age. When the album goes up for stream we'll post about it on the homepage for a full discussion and lovefest, but in the meantime - the album thread is a really great place to hang out with fun. fans anticipating the new album. Just thought I'd toss up a quick article to point fans that way.
Update: Some songs are going up now.
Update #2: It's up. Go in with an open mind ... and enjoy!
Today we've got an exclusive peak behind the scenes with fun. as they record their new song "All Alright." Check the replies for the video. We're now a little less than a month away from the new album release - the excitement is definitely building.
You can check out an acoustic performance of a new fun. song called "It Gets Better" in the replies. The recording comes from their Campus Consciousness tour, where they said the new album is complete - but they're not yet sure when it will hit stores.
While I'm bummed we won't get a new album until next year, we finally have an update from fun. The band will be working with producer Jeff Bhasker, who is responsible for "Lift Off" from Watch The Throne. Check out the full video update here.