Amanda Palmer and the Privilege of Success

In February, Amanda Palmer did a TED talk. Have you seen it yet? Check it out at the bottom of this post. For the tl;dr version, Amanda Palmer (she of Dresden Dolls and $1.2 million Kickstarter and asking musicians to play for “hugs and beer” fame) begins by explaining the …


Major Versus Minor

Some insane genius in the Ukraine (Oleg Berg, to be precise) has been spending his free time digitally adjusting songs written in a minor key to sound like they’re in major, and vice versa. It’s delightful and hilarious. If you’re not very familiar with music theory, check it out: To …

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Lab Track: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Higgs Boson Blues

I got sorta giddy when I saw that Nick Cave had written a song about the Higgs Boson, and it’s about the delegitimizing of religion in the face of science to boot. But then it turns out to be more of a lament than anything (Who cares what the future …


Some Study that I Used to Know

College Humor posted a video a while back parodying Gotye’s Somebody I Used to Know. They came up with a great title, but I was disappointed that it was about not using specific knowledge from high school education rather that what it should have been about: Mass-media misrepresentation of scientific …

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The Presidential Gallery

It’s Presidents Day. What does that even mean? A day off? No day off? Stuff is closed… maybe? Hey! Mattresses are on sale! *jumps on beds in an appropriately celebratory fashion* Hooray for presidents! Actually, despite being called “Presidents Day,” today is celebrated in honor of George Washington’s birthday. Yep, …

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The Electronica Shows of the Future Will Be Choreographed

Sometimes, there’s a post where I have to jump around my apartment for a bit to get rid of my excess excitement long enough to sit down and write about it. This is one of those. Imogen Heap is a British artist known for creating dramatically produced electronica/rock/pop music (here’s …