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Demystifying the opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night"

Guitarist Randy Bachman (Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive) explains how he figured out the famously mysterious opening chord to the Beatle's 1964 song "A Hard Days's Night."

Previously: HOWTO play the opening chord from 'A Hard Day's Night'

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OK Go's Damian Kulash: "How Herbie Hancock's Rockit changed my life"

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At Cuepoint, OK Go singer/guitarist Damian Kulash writes about the song that changed his life when he was 7-years-old, Herbie Hancock's electro-funk classic "Rockit."

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How musicians can piece together a record label from pieces of the Internet


Rutgers law prof Michael Carrier rebuts the RIAA's assertion -- backed by laughably cherry-picked bad stats -- that the number of working musicians is in decline.

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Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier

x 2015-05-28 at 7.10.58 AM "My film draws inspiration from minimalist sculpture and graphical notation, an alternative to traditional sheet music notation that evolved in the 1950s and often involves abstract symbols and experimental visual codes." https://vimeo.com/128275855

Coldplay turns Game Of Thrones into a musical

Chris Martin reveals his unexpectedly solid comedy chops in this Red Nose Day sketch. Oh and Peter Dinklage sings.

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What Sony and Spotify's secret deal really looks like


The nitty-gritty details of Sony's deal with Spotify paint a picture of a very lopsided negotiation indeed, with Sony commanding an unbelievable "most favored nation" status from the streaming music provider that entitles it to top-up payments to match other labels whose music is more popular on the service.

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Music: "Summertime," Dj Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (1991)

Enjoy the weekend.

Music: "She's Got Issues," The Offspring (1998)

The Offspring's immature, angry and confused rock of the late 90s remains a favorite.

How Mad Men got its weird, moody theme tune

Fast Co interviews electronic musician RJD2 on how A Beautiful Mine ended up in the just-concluded TV show, and what he's got planned next: "I've always had this ethos of my career that is along the lines of you should try everything once even if it seems like a bad idea."

Heavy Metal band-name generator


The internet’s official heavy metal band name generator: pretty good names, with a brilliant presentation. What webfonts are for! (Thanks, Eirik!)

Today's jam: Embrace the Sun!

This morning's walk delivered a new jam, courtesy of the music in the latest Welcome to Nightvale "Weather" segment: Sifu Hotman's Embrace the Sun.

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Wrong notes and syntax errors: The joy of improv in music and code

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Grooveshark resurrected

GROOVESHARK Recently shut down after a long wrangle with rightsholders, Grooveshark's vast collection of music appears to be back online. I have confirmed the availability of various obscure Erasure b-sides, so am sorted.

Update: malware be there, removed the link.

Theme tune for Tent Caterpillars

Some trees near my house are covered in these little fellows, so I shot some footage of them and made them this song. Read the rest

Grooveshark is gone

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The music-sharing service is calling it quits. It apologized for how it did business and said the shutdown is part of a settlement with record companies.

Dear music fans,

Today we are shutting down Grooveshark.

We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.

As part of a settlement agreement with the major record companies, we have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all the record companies' copyrighted works and hand over ownership of this website, our mobile apps and intellectual property, including our patents and copyrights.

At that time of our launch, few music services provided the experience we wanted to offer — and think you deserve. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. There are now hundreds of fan friendly, affordable services available for you to choose from, including Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, Rhapsody and Rdio, among many others.

If you love music and respect the artists, songwriters and everyone else who makes great music possible, use a licensed service that compensates artists and other rights holders. You can find out more about the many great services available where you live here: http://whymusicmatters.com/find-music.

It has been a privilege getting to know so many of you and enjoying great music together. Thank you for being such passionate fans.

Yours in music,
Your friends at Grooveshark
April 13, 2015

Canadian Big Content spokesjerk says the public domain is against the public interest

Michael Geist writes, "On World Book and Copyright Day, it is worth noting how Graham Henderson, the President of Music Canada (formerly the Canadian Recording Industry Association) characterized the government's decision to extend the term of copyright in sound recordings and performances:"

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Canada's music copyright extension will cost Canadians millions

Michael Geist writes, "Randy Bachman found himself embroiled in a public fight with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last year when Harper used his song 'Takin' Care of Business' as a theme song for a major speech. Bachman said he probably would not have granted permission to use the song, since 'I don't think he's taking care of business for the right people or the right reasons.'"

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