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Rock Music Sales Lead, As Streaming Jumps February 23, 2015

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Rock N’Roll Souls August 31, 2014

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Led Zepplin v AC DC

Beatles Just Before Crossing Abbey Road April 27, 2014

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BeatlesBeforeCrossingAbbyRoadWhile the Beatles got ready for their iconic walk across Abbey Road, this pensioner chatted with Ringo. More out-takes from the shoot.

 

The Science of Snobbery September 10, 2013

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Articles on this wine research recommend that serving cheap wine in fancy bottles or reaching for bottom shelf wine. Does that mean you should constantly deceive yourself into enjoying cheap wine? Or never spend more than $10 since we often mistake $10 bottles with $100 bottles? In that case, will you never spend over $10 on sushi for same reason? Or never spend over $30 at a fancy restaurant because the ambiance often tricks people into thinking a simple chicken dish is fancy?

j0178091Ordinary consumers don’t think hard and deliberately when sipping wine over a conversation with friends or listening to a concert. Even when thinking deliberatively, overcoming our intuitive impressions is difficult for experts and amateurs alike. This article has referred to the influence of price tags and context on products and experiences like wine and classical music concerts as tricks that skew our perception. But maybe we should consider them a real, actual part of the quality.

What does this all say about wine snobs? The answer is just as unclear. Due to the way that appreciation of wine, fancy food, and other aspects of high culture is often used to police class lines, studies demonstrating the limitations of expert judgment in these areas become fodder for class warfare and takedowns of wine snobs.

That’s fair. Many boorish people talking about the ethereal qualities of great wine probably can’t even identify cork taint because their impressions are dominated by the price tag and the wine label. But the classic defense of wine – that you need to study it to appreciate it – is also vindicated by Master Sommeliers. The open question – which is both editorial and empiric – is what it means for the industry that constant vigilance and substantial study is needed to dependably appreciate wine for the product quality alone. But the questions is relevant to the enjoyment of many other products and experiences that we enjoy in life

via The Science of Snobbery.

Harmonica in Carnegie Hall. [VIDEO] March 17, 2013

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Virtuoso Buddy Greene elevates the lowly harmonica to classical status. Thanks to Jr Datzman.

A harmonica in Carnegie Hall. [VIDEO].

What If Robots Designed and Played Guitars? January 30, 2013

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Thanks to Guitarist Dave Bryan. Could he be concerned that guitar players will be out-sourced to machines?

11 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained! January 13, 2013

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We’ve all heard these classic pop and rock hits a thousand times. But even if you know all the words, do you know what they were about?

“Hotel California,” The Eagles

“Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air”

According to the Eagles’ then-manager, “colitas” was explained to Don Henley and Glenn Frey as literally meaning “little buds” by their Mexican-American road manager, and further as Spanish slang for “marijuana.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen

“Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?” … “Bismillah! No!”

Scaramouche is a traditional clown character featured in Italian commedia dell’arte. He is a stock character in Punch and Judy shows and often gets his head knocked off of his shoulders by Punch. The fandango is a lively couples dance usually accompanied by guitars, hand claps and castanets.

“Bismillah” is an Arabic word that means “in the name of God.” It is used at the head of almost every chapter in the Holy Quran

Read the full text here: 11 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained! | Mental Floss.

Stairway to Heaven For Led Zeppelin January 6, 2013

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If you haven’t already had the pleasure of seeing this performance at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors,, please go ahead and indulge.

Thanks to Dave Bryan for this additional insight

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The wonderfully inauthentic art of America’s most vital singer-songwriter – Dylan September 15, 2012

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You can’t touch this Dylan guy. He’s not there, he’s gone, as Dylan once sang of himself. Then again, he’s easy to find: This summer, for instance, he toured state fairs across much of the U.S., at last the ramblin’, gamblin’ man he pretended to be as a clean-cut kid hanging in Greenwich Village 40 years ago. Dylan knew all along, if often only instinctively, that nothing fresh, new, or startling comes from being “authentic.” It comes from change, growth, evolution, electricity, and “selling out” to the wide world that exists beyond any blinkered, limited conception of proper culture.

The Free-Floating Bob Dylan – Reason.com.

Video – 5 Guys Play 1 Piano August 26, 2012

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Thanks to Pianist Chris Yates for sharing

American Wins Air Guitar World Championship August 25, 2012

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Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard won the 17th Air Guitar World Championship in Oulu, Finland. The event drew 5,000 people to the city center to watch 18 contestants from around the world battle for the grand prize — a real guitar.

8 year-old Piano Blues Prodigy April 22, 2012

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Frankie “Sugar Chile” Robinson playing in the 1946 movie ” No Leave, No Love”, starring Van Johnson. Not only did Little Richard also record “Caladonia”, he even copied the fist and elbow showmanship. After playing for president Truman and touring Europe ,Frank Robinson would go on to get his PhD in Psychology and became a therapist.

Why a Song Can Bring Tears to Your Eye. February 13, 2012

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Why does Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ make everyone cry? Science has found the formula.

Twenty years ago, the British psychologist John Sloboda conducted a simple experiment. He asked music lovers to identify passages of songs that reliably set off a physical reaction, such as tears or goose bumps. Participants identified 20 tear-triggering passages, and when Dr. Sloboda analyzed their properties, a trend emerged: 18 contained a musical device called an “appoggiatura.”

An appoggiatura is a type of ornamental note that clashes with the melody just enough to create a dissonant sound. “This generates tension in the listener,” said Martin Guhn, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia who co-wrote a 2007 study on the subject. “When the notes return to the anticipated melody, the tension resolves, and it feels good.”

Last year, Robert Zatorre and his team of neuroscientists at McGill University reported that emotionally intense music releases dopamine in the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, similar to the effects of food, sex and drugs. This makes us feel good and motivates us to repeat the behavior.

Measuring listeners’ responses, Dr. Zatorre’s team found that the number of goose bumps observed correlated with the amount of dopamine released, even when the music was extremely sad. The results suggest that the more emotions a song provokes—whether depressing or uplifting—the more we crave the song.

via Why Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ Makes Everyone Cry – WSJ.com.

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Humboldt County Hound Dog January 13, 2012

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Lennon Became a Right-Winger June 29, 2011

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John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death – according to the tragic Beatles star’s last personal assistant.

Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon’s death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.

In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn’t the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant. (more…)

Video – Bach Played On Wine Glasses March 10, 2011

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Aging Rock Star Song Remakes January 18, 2011

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iPhone Band on NYC Subway Video October 16, 2010

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All of the instruments used are iPhones plugged into a sound system. The performance was on Friday October 8, 2010 aboard the New York City B Train, over the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn and edited from 3 iPhone cameras.

We Have Traded Sound For Convenience May 11, 2010

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“People used to sit and listen to music,” Mr. Fremer said, but the increased portability has altered the way people experience recorded music. “It was an activity. It is no longer consumed as an event that you pay attention to.”

Instead, music is often carried from place to place, played in the background while the consumer does something else — exercising, commuting or cooking dinner.

The songs themselves are usually saved on the digital devices in a compressed format, often as an AAC or MP3 file. That compression shrinks the size of the file, eliminating some of the sounds and range contained on a CD while allowing more songs to be saved on the device and reducing download times.

via A Musical Revolution, With a Cost in Fidelity – NYTimes.com.

Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead February 23, 2010

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The Grateful Dead Archive, scheduled to open soon at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will be a mecca for academics of all stripes: from ethno­musicologists to philosophers, sociologists to historians. But the biggest beneficiaries may prove to be business scholars and management theorists, who are discovering that the Dead were visionary geniuses in the way they created “customer value,” promoted social networking, and did strategic business planning.

via Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead – The Atlantic (March 2010).

Serious Threats to Sirius Radio March 31, 2009

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Web outfits like Pandora, Foneshow, Stitcher, and Slacker broadcast portable and mobile content that makes Sirius look overpriced and stodgy.

Companies like the Web radio service Pandora, Foneshow, Stitcher, and Slacker—as well as traditional content providers—are broadcasting portable and mobile content that is cheaper or even free. Moreover, these upstarts can often replicate Sirius programming. One example: On Mar. 30, MLB will release an iPhone (AAPL) mobile application that will stream games live from all 30 teams—which is what Sirius customers get now—and offer video clips and live score updates for $10 for the entire season. Sirius’ subscriptions that include MLB games start at $10 a month. The new app doesn’t violate baseball’s contract with Sirius XM, which covers rights to stream games only on satellite radio.

For Sirius XM, this competition over price and content comes at the worst possible time.

via Serious Threats to Sirius Radio – BusinessWeek.

Stand By Me – International Version November 17, 2008

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Thanks to the ability to overlay multi-track recordings from preformers all over the world to the same track of the classic opo tun”Stand By Me”, Bill Moyers Journal presents… thanks to Randy Marks.

Why Dogs Dig Holes, Not Music October 24, 2008

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Anyone with normal hearing can distinguish between the musical tones in a scale: do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do. We take this ability for granted, but among most mammals the feat is unparalleled.

This finding is one of many insights into the remarkable acuity of human hearing garnered by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, reported in January in the journal Nature. (more…)

Heavy metal a comfort for the bright child March 21, 2007

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Heavy metal a comfort for the bright child | Science News | Connected | Telegraph
Intelligent teenagers often listen to heavy metal music to cope with the pressures associated with being talented, according to research.

The results of a study of more than 1,000 of the brightest five per cent of young people will come as relief to parents whose offspring, usually long-haired, are devotees of Iron Maiden, AC/DC and their musical descendants.

Researchers found that, far from being a sign of delinquency and poor academic ability, many adolescent “metalheads” are extremely bright and often use the music to help them deal with the stresses and strains of being gifted social outsiders.

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