I've been enjoying Derek's "Post-Psychedelic Freakout 45s" posts on Bedazzled. This time, he presents MP3s of three 45s from the late '60s-early '70s, including "Make Me Stay A Bit Longer," by The Status Quo (who released the great "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" in 1967, which was covered to good effect in 1989 by Camper van Beethoven).
My favorite song about coffee is this 30-second hardcore punk banger by Descendents. But in case you want another way to amp up your morning caffeine intake that isn't a pure blitzkrieg of sensory overload, this mix of They Might Be Giants tunes about coffee are a great alternative. It's a good microcosm of the… READ THE REST
I was sitting on my couch fretting over the state of our country, scrolling through my Instagram feed, when I came upon a post by Valley Relics Museum, the nonprofit organization passionate about preserving and protecting historical and cultural artifacts from Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley and its surrounding areas. They'd shared the video premiere… READ THE REST
I'm coming a bit late to this one, but Timothy Yu-Cheong Yeung recently analyzed Spotify listening trends, and found that people in COVID-19 lockdowns prefer to listen to the oldies. His paper reporting his findings is here, and there's a good story about it in the Guardian (they created that cool chart, above). Yeung based… READ THE REST
The average lighter is about as simple an idea as you'll find anywhere. Push a button and get a flame through the top. Unfortunately, simple ideas are often confronted with challenges. One of these challenges could be trying to light something you can't reach from underneath, like a candle. With a standard lighter, that means… READ THE REST
For every kid who ever approached a parent with the earnest and eager request to start learning to play an instrument, you'll find a parent who responded with a smile and said, "Sure, honey…anything except the drums, OK?" Of course, drums are the throbbing, beating heart of any band, from rock bands to marching bands… READ THE REST
Bridging the gap between the analog and digital worlds is a lot tougher than it seems. If you write notes on a piece of paper, you carry that paper with you until you need those notes. Generally, if an image, document, or even just information is created in the analog world, somebody literally has to… READ THE REST