Mad Music Monday: Say Anything

Mad Music Monday is a weekly column about records, written by Courtney Caldwell. Got an album you’d like to see reviewed? Let us know! TW: Holocaust, Suicide, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Drugs As someone who came of age in the pop-punk surge of the mid-aughts, I’ve seen plenty of bands come …

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Mad Art Cast: Why do you art?

In this week’s full length episode, A asks the rest of the the Mad Art Cast crew about what makes them make. Being the ringer in the group, the non-creative, I wanted to know what, if anything, motivated my co-hosts to do the things they do. And if you’re creative, …


Mad Music Monday: Tame Impala (Currents)

Mad Music Monday is a weekly column about records, written by Courtney Caldwell. Got an album you’d like to see reviewed? Let us know! Notorious loner Kevin Parker debuted Currents earlier this summer, his third album under the Tame Impala moniker. Plenty of other people have noted what a huge change …

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Mad Art Cast: Happy Birthday Quickie

This week, we have a quickie episode about the song “Happy Birthday to You,” the oppressive copyright that keeps people from singing it in public settings, and the court case that seeks to change that. Some links: An Old Songbook Could Put ‘Happy Birthday’ in the Public Domain on The …

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Mad Art Cast: Neuroscience and Music with Special guest Indre Viskontas

Welcome to another episode of Mad Art Cast! This episode is super special because we have a brilliant guest who is a neuroscientist AND an opera singer! Joining us this week is Indre Viskontas! Indre is an expert at blending art and science and we are so excited to have …

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Producer of Pop Songs Releases a Pop Song about Making Pop Songs

Thank you to Kate Christian for making my morning with this video. Last year, Josh Ramsay — the composer and producer of such pop gems as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” — and his band Marianas Trench created a pop song and accompanying video that explains how to write …

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Barbara Boxer Wanted the Congressional Gym to Allow Women, So She Sang a Song for Congress

When researching Washington, D.C. gyms for my day job, I fell down a delightful research rabbit hole that led me to the book Climbing the Hill: Gender Conflict in Congress by Karen and Herbert N. Foerstel. In it, I found out that not only did U.S. congressional gyms used to …


Tasting Notes

This is a joint post by Skepchick writer Julia Burke and Mad Art Lab contributor Ashley Hamer. When Anne Sauer alerted us to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Lettie Teague asking whether music can influence the actual taste of wine, the prospect of enjoying our two …