Archive for the ‘music’ tag

#  The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop →

May 5th, 2014 at 15:00 // In Worth Seeing 

I love a good chart, and this one is interesting to look at whether or not you’re into hip hop.


Click through for the creator’s thoughts on the analysis. And I do think it’s worth considering the vagaries of such an analysis, as Jesse Thorn says:

Please stop sending me the rap vocabulary chart, I think it’s inane, patronizing, gee-whiz nonsense.

#  One Hundred Songs a Day →

January 12th, 2014 at 9:02 // In Worth Hearing 

In a completely charming audio story, On the Media’s TLDR profiles Matt Farley — a musician who decided the easiest way to make money with music is to make more songs than anyone else. He’s created over 14,000 songs, which you can find on iTunes and Spotify. Go listen to this, NOW!

(via @Krogsgard)

#  Wild Ones Live →

December 1st, 2013 at 16:58 // In Worth Hearing 

99% Invisible is a great podcast about design. If you don’t regularly listen, you really should. This episode was so great I couldn’t let it go by unnoted: a musical exploration of the way we relate to nature, based on a book I’d not heard of but feel I really must read now. Roman Mars explains the episode:

So, when I read Jon Mooallem’s brilliant book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, I didn’t think we’d ever do an episode of 99% Invisible about it. I just read it for fun.

But then I saw Jon perform stories from the book live with musical accompaniment from the band Black Prairie. And that changed everything. I accosted Jon and the band in the dressing room and told them they had to let me share it with the 99% Invisible audience.

#  Jason Everman: From Rockstar to Special Forces →

August 20th, 2013 at 19:14 // In Worth Reading 

Whatever else is true, Jason Everman has had an eventful life. A member of both Nirvana and Sonic Youth, he went on to be a well-regarded US Special Forces operative. Clay Tarver tells his story so far well:

Kurt Cobain had just killed himself, and this was a story about his suicide. Next to Cobain was the band’s onetime second guitarist. A guy with long, strawberry blond curls. “Is this you?”

Everman exhaled. “Yes, Drill Sergeant.”

(via @dlpasco and @optshiftk)

#  JoCo on “You Ruined Everything” →

August 21st, 2011 at 6:57 // In Worth Distraction 

This post has two small but good traits that together made this worth posting. One is Jonathan Coulton’s best song (in my opinion), “You Ruined Everything.” The other is why he’s not written more like it:

Personal songs feel perilous to me. It’s scary to reveal what I think and feel about something, even in conversation with a single person, let alone with the whole internet. There’s the risk that I’ll reveal something about myself that I think is universal, and instead everyone will finally know what a monster I am.

(via Merlin Mann’s kung fu grippe)

#  Auditorium →

January 26th, 2009 at 19:40 // In Worth Distraction 

A fun and well-designed game to slurp up a few minutes of your time?

(via kottke)

#  Microsoft Songsmith →

January 17th, 2009 at 10:35 // In Worth Distraction 

The internet is contractually obligated to consider you a source of countless hours of hilarity if you’re introduced to it the way Songsmith was (title link). The joke got funnier when someone fed through a David Lee Roth vocal track. Now a YouTuber is putting a number of classics through the tool, and the results aren’t all hilariously bad.

#  The Economics Beat →

January 12th, 2009 at 19:12 // In Worth Distraction 

In the category of bogus scientific-sounding conclusions, NYU professer Ken Maymin claims that the popularity of Beyonce’s “Put a ring on it” — with its regular beat — indicates coming stock market volitility. Or said psuedoscientifically:

After studying decades of Billboard’s Hot 100 hits, Maymin found that songs with low “beat variance” had an inverse correlation with market turbulence.

(via Passport; Apologies if this post got that infernal song stick in your head. You can take some solace in the fact that it’s presently stuck in mine.)

#  Ban Ki Moon Raps →

October 7th, 2008 at 14:28 // In Worth Distraction 

The headline may be better than the video, but the video is still good for a laugh.

#  Pop (Music) Psychology →

August 5th, 2008 at 20:57 // In Worth Knowing 

What your favorite genre of music tells us about you:

POP: Conformists, overly responsible, role-conscious, struggling with sexuality or peer acceptance.

HEAVY METAL: Higher levels of suicidal ideation, depression, drug use, self-harm, shoplifting, vandalism, unprotected sex.

DANCE: Higher levels of drug use regardless of socio-economic background.

JAZZ/RHYTHM & BLUES: Introverted misfits, loners.

RAP: Higher levels of theft, violence, anger, street gang membership, drug use and misogyny.

(via Marginal Revolution)