A new generation discovers the wonder of playing 45 RPM singles at the 33 1⁄3 RPM album speed

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One must be of a minimum age (or at least obsessed with vinyl) to have experienced the normality-shattering revelation of playing a record at the wrong speed. Youtube, however, offers a great many classic tracks slowed down in exactly the manner of a 7" single played at the slower turntable speed usually reserved for LP albums.

Above, Cyndi Lauper has fun as a languid contralto. Below, Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song is transformed into sleazy industrial disco.

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Drowning Pool's "Bodies" covered by angry animals

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Insane Cherry was good enough to create what is undoubtedly the most metal cover of "Bodies" ever recorded. Birds, goats, camels, seals, cats, and dogs all come together for this historic collaboration. Read the rest

Megaphone vs. bagpipe

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Youtube description:

A bagpipe playing student drowned out a homophobic bigot who compared being gay to bestiality in megaphone rant.

Brave Brice Ehmig confronted the preacher who was wearing a “Jesus saves from hell” T-shirt on the campus at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, USA, on Friday August 19.

Despite the preacher’s best efforts to have his voice heard, the fourth year student follows him around continuing to play the loud Scottish music.

As the video ends, applause and cheering can be heard from out of shot as Brice calls her girlfriend over.

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Watch Nirvana play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" two days after 'Nevermind' release

On September 26, 1991, Nirvana performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at The Moon, a small club in New Haven, Connecticut. This was two days after the release of Nevermind and moments before punk broke (down). Read the rest

Kraftwerk on US television in 1975

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In 1975, Kraftwerk, during their first tour of the United States, appeared on the musical variety show The Midnight Special. They performed "Autobahn." Read the rest

Music video features trash-talking UN smackdown

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The official video for Nobody Speak, by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels, was directed by Sam Pilling and stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey as very NSFW diplomats on a tear.

The video depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is unfolding in governments around the globe... Says DJ Shadow: "We wanted to make a positive, life-affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best. We got this instead.”

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First music video created in Prisma app

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You've probably seen a few profile pics processed with the Prisma app. Now you can watch Drive like Maria's new music video, the first created entirely with the app. Read the rest

All Are One: an album to beat back dystopia

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All Are One by Sophe Lux & The Mystic

In these times where the sanity of the human race is called into question on a daily basis, I still believe in our intrinsic goodness and humanity. Read the rest

Wha Oh! Wha Oh! That thing you hear in every other pop song is the Millennial Whoop

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The Patterning's Patrick Metzger reports on the increasing prevalence of a repeating two-note motif in pop music, bouncing between the fifth and third notes of a major chord. The Millenial Whoop is everywhere. Read the rest

Dig the Beastie Boys soundtrack for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

If only.

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Ominous music in shark videos makes people more negative about the fish

A new study suggests that the ominous background music often heard in shark documentaries correlates with viewers' fearful and negative opinions of sharks. (For the source of this musical cliche, see the 1975 trailer for Jaws above.) From the Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers paper in the scientific journal PLOS One:

Using three experiments, we show that participants rated sharks more negatively and less positively after viewing a 60-second video clip of swimming sharks set to ominous background music, compared to participants who watched the same video clip set to uplifting background music, or silence. This finding was not an artifact of soundtrack alone because attitudes toward sharks did not differ among participants assigned to audio-only control treatments. This is the first study to demonstrate empirically that the connotative attributes of background music accompanying shark footage affect viewers’ attitudes toward sharks. Given that nature documentaries are often regarded as objective and authoritative sources of information, it is critical that documentary filmmakers and viewers are aware of how the soundtrack can affect the interpretation of the educational content.

"The Effect of Background Music in Shark Documentaries on Viewers' Perceptions of Sharks" (PLOS One via Dangerous Minds)

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Funklet: drum sequences from classic tracks

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Funklet is a new archive of drum patterns (not sampled loops) from classic funk songs, complete with brief histories and musical context. Each can be edited in a simple embedded sequencer and shared. [via r/InternetIsBeautiful] Read the rest

The accidental origin of the hit song ‘American Woman’

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Randy Bachman of The Guess Who tells the origin story of "American Woman" (1970). It involves the Vietnam war and a broken guitar string.

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Kermit the Frog and the Electric Mayhem perform Talking Heads' "Once In A Lifetime"

Recently, I went to Outside Lands 2016, where bands such as Radiohead, Lionel Richie, LCD Soundsystem, Duran Duran and many more were playing. But my favorite was Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (The Muppets Band). The day after, I looked up the video for "Once in a Lifetime," by Talking Heads, and happened to find this obscure gem!

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Jaelyn the Alien definitely does not want to see your penis

Jaelyn the Alien, aka Baby J, says:

"So this music video was inspired by a numerous amount of recent events that include random people on the internet (meaning instagram,twitter and SNAPCHAT users) sending me pictures/nudes of their penises. Whether that is them jacking off or just the classic penis picture. This video is my response to the people who send me their revealing photographs.

(ItsBabyj1, thanks UPSO!)

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Kill Rock Stars president explains why the radio plays the same songs over and over

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Gus the hacker puppeteer writes, "Many of us hoped the Internet would disrupt the music industry along with all other media industries, giving more power -- and more pay -- to musicians and songwriters. And yet, somehow the amount musicians get paid each time their songs stream is a tiny fraction of a cent." Read the rest

Saturday in San Francisco: free 20th Street Block Party with killer live music!

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This Saturday (8/20), our friends at Noise Pop and their co-conspirators are throwing their big annual music and food festival in San Francisco's Mission District! The 20th Street Block Party will feature an eclectic mix of musical performances across three stages include Miami Horror, Chicano Batman, Boulevards, Nico Yaryan, Hazel English, Spooky Mansion, Mandeline Kenney, La Gente, Dos Four, and DJ Krazy. Also making the scene will be Rocket Dog Adoption Zoo, the San Francisco Lowrider Council, and Community Music Center's Instrument Petting Zoo. Alabama Street becomes Art Row and ArtSpan and Workshop SF are offering workshops, crafts, and community art projects for all ages. Plus, of course, plenty of food and drinks (artisanal and otherwise).

My whole family looks forward to the 20th Street Block Party every year! The whole shebang is free with a suggested donation of $5-$10 to benefit the Mission Language & Vocational School. Or you can drop $95 for a VIP "Headliner Experience" ticket including green room.

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