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Gene Simmons was recently confronted via webcam by The Black Lips during a Q&A with The Huffington Post.
"Mr. Simmons! We're here to tell you that the day of misogynistic, sexist rock'n'roll is over! We call for the complete and utter surrender of the Kiss Army. Lay down your guitars! Do you accept our terms of surrender?"
Jason Tate on 08/12/14 - 10:38 AM
Ariana Grande was criticized a bit for the lyrics to her song with Zedd, "Break Free," being grammatically incoherent. She's responded by saying that she resisted the lyrics, but was ultimately persuaded by the song's writer and non-native English speaker, Max Martin. Watch the songs lyric video in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 08/07/14 - 02:14 PM
Our Last Night vocalist Trevor Wentworth has launched Teezin clothing.
Alex DiVincenzo on 07/29/14 - 12:37 PM
Very Small Array has put together a chart and analysis on the obscurity of hit songs.
Some pop songs are timeless classics. Some play endlessly at weddings and on oldies stations. Others find renewed vigor in movie trailers or because their lyrics can be applied to Golden Grahams. Still others just, well – disappear. We started with the top 10 songs of each year from 1900 to present (as calculated by the Whitburn Project), recording each song’s Google hits, Wikipedia presence and last.fm scrobbles to calculate an obscurity score.
Jason Tate on 07/24/14 - 11:39 AM
Potato salad takes Kickstarter by storm.
Jason Tate on 07/09/14 - 12:19 PM
Musicians are playing a song all day, every day, as part of the Kjartansson exhibit.
As part of the New Museum's solo exhibition devoted to the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, a group of 15 musicians have been playing a single song all day, every day the museum is open. When the gig ends along with the show at the end of the month, they estimate it will have been performed roughly 6,000 times, for 308 hours, and with the help of several dozen gallons of beer.

Submitted by MelissaMDaniels
Jason Tate on 06/26/14 - 09:26 PM
Croatian Amor's new album, The Wild Palms, is not available for purchase but can be exchanged for a "full-frontal nude self-portrait" of yourself with the title of the album written somewhere on your body. The artist behind the "promotion," Loke Rahbek, will only make as many copies of the album as people who send him the photos.
So I ask that anyone who gets the music does not share it with anyone. And I promise in return to not share those photos with anyone. They are going to be in a file, and they are going to stay there. I wanted it to be secret, because you know if we’re talking about intimacy, nothing is stronger than keeping secrets together.
Jason Tate on 06/23/14 - 11:19 AM
A reddit user going by andrewmn8 who says he exepriences chromesthesia (a variant of synesthesia where a person experiences visual representations of sound) has put his sights to paper. He drew representations of what he sees while listening to "Get Lucky" and "Gangnam Style," among four others. Check out the relatively crude yet interesting paintings in the replies, and maybe submit a song for him to paint in the future.
Ryan Dennehy on 06/11/14 - 10:03 AM
Hit the replies to check out the custom Back to The Future style SJC Drum kit made for We The Kings.
Jason Tate on 06/10/14 - 02:10 PM
A pop-punk drinking game? Welp, I'd still pick my beers over you.
Jason Tate on 06/09/14 - 12:40 PM
FiveThirtyEight has begun crunching the numbers on boy bands.
Why does this matter? As I’ll get to later in this series, it can seem weird that a team of college sophomores are specifically targeting preteens with substantially sexed-up songs. I’m not trying to pull off one of those ludicrous “we need to protect our children” crusades, but no matter how we slice it: Isn’t it slightly off-putting that this has become, for a significant number of artists, a reproducible business model?
Jason Tate on 06/04/14 - 11:37 AM
It would appear that Ron Jeremy is a Citizen fan.

Submitted by Vance Mook
Jason Tate on 05/28/14 - 11:22 AM
If you're around my age or so, you probably remember Unwritten Law's 1998 hit "Cailin" -- well, if you want to feel old, AP.net user irthesteve has pointed out that now she's all grown up and a model.
Jason Tate on 05/21/14 - 11:41 AM
We've had a few people submit us the link to this site that compares the vocal ranges of "the greatest singers of all time" -- looks like Axl Rose wins.

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Jason Tate on 05/20/14 - 02:16 PM
Dubstep, fangirl, and auto-tune are among the new terms being added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this year.
Jason Tate on 05/20/14 - 10:59 AM
The Instagram account FakeWatchBusta is dedicated to calling out celebrities that are sporting fake/replica watches.
FakeWatchBusta's list of victims so far includes rappers like Soulja Boy, American football player Garrett Wolfe, and even multi-millionaire Mohamed Hadid. Despite his seeming talent for spotting replicas, the 30-year-old is not professionally connected to the luxury watch industry.
Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 11:04 AM
Scientists have created a living cell with DNA containing more than just the familiar A, T, C, and G units.
Hailed as a breakthrough by other scientists, the work is a step towards the synthesis of cells able to churn out drugs and other useful molecules. It also raises the possibility that cells could one day be engineered without any of the four DNA bases used by all organisms on Earth. "What we have now is a living cell that literally stores increased genetic information," says Floyd Romesberg, a chemical biologist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, who led the 15-year effort.
Jason Tate on 05/09/14 - 11:37 AM
Billboard has "ten new school pop-punk bands you need to know about" -- because of course they do.
You Blew It! are an intriguing pick, as they combine elements of the so-called "Emo Revival" to go along with pop-punk. This means they're cleverer with their guitars than your typical punk crew and on this year's fantastic "Keep Doing What You're Doing" album, they use the soft-to-loud dynamic for maximum emotional impact. To sweeten the deal, they're signed to Top Shelf Records, home of recent buzzy emo bands like A Great Big Pile of Leaves and (deep breath) The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and come from Florida, home state of pop-punk forefathers like New...
Jason Tate on 05/08/14 - 09:47 PM
Need to know how to stop a wedding when your beloved is going to marry someone else? WikiHow has you covered. I think we found the end of the internet.
If you were not able to contact her before hand, and you are sure that you want to proceed, find out the location of the wedding. Unless you have been invited, you will have to find out where the wedding ceremony is to be held, and the exact time. Ask family members or mutual friends if it doesn't appear too suspicious, or perhaps check the wedding notices in the local newspaper.
Jason Tate on 05/07/14 - 12:41 PM
It's Friday ... you knew I'd post something different on the news feed ... you didn't know when, just that it was coming. Ok, so pop-quiz hotshot: How many US states are at least partially north of the southernmost part of Canada? Hint: More than you think. Double hint: Way more than you think. Hit the replies for the answer.
Jason Tate on 05/02/14 - 11:22 AM
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Sussex, women really are more attracted to men who can produce music.
The researchers believe it provides the first scientific support for Charles Darwin’s theory that the prime function of music is to aid sexual courtship. Dr Charlton said: "The ability to create complex music could be indicative of advanced cognitive abilities. "Consequently, women may acquire genetic benefits for offspring by selecting musicians able to create more complex music as sexual partners."
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:46 AM
Maria Konnikova, writing for The New Yorker, on the science behind why we yawn:
Rather than empathy, the contagious nature of yawning may be highlighting something very different. “We’re getting insight into the human herd: yawning as a primal form of sociality,” Provine says. Yawning may be, at its root, a mechanism of social signalling. When we yawn, we are communicating with one another. We are sending an external sign of something internal, be it our boredom or our anxiety, our fatigue or our hunger—all moments when we may need a helping hand. In fact, yawning may be the opposite of what we generally think. It’s less likely a signal that you’re tired than a signal that it’s time for...
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:31 AM
Swiss artist Zimoun took a bunch of packing peanuts and a bunch of fans and created an installation that looks a lot like a rolling ocean inside a warehouse at la Limonaia di Villa Saroli in Lugano, Switzerland. A video is in the replies if you can't make it to Switzerland to check it out anytime soon. I want to swim in it.
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 02:21 PM
TIL: Nathan Hussey of All Get Out is also partner of a company that writes mood-music for commercial use. Some of their clients include Samsung, Habitat For Humanity, and ADP.

Submitted by jonwangcb
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 02:51 PM
Vox reports on a study that looks at how country music is happy in bad times, sad in good times ... and pop-music is the opposite.
The researchers behind the study, Coastal Carolina University's Terry Pettijohn and Southern Mississippi's Donald Sacco, take as their dataset the Billboard country songs of the year from 1946 to 2008. They used text analysis software, and manual chord analysis and tempo measurement, to identify lyrical themes and musical properties of the songs. They then compared their findings to an index measuring the overall well-being of society, using indicators like unemployment, inflation, personal income growth, the suicide and homicide rates, the divorce rate, and...
Jason Tate on 04/19/14 - 12:11 PM
SJC Custom Drums put together a custom Mario Brothers theme kit for drummer Frank DeSantis. Check the replies for a picture.
Jason Tate on 04/14/14 - 01:12 PM
Classic albums covers in Google Street View is the best thing I've seen this morning.
Jason Tate on 04/14/14 - 11:55 AM
Is this the happiest photo ever taken? Sometimes it's worth taking a few moments to reflect on something happy and enjoying life. I don't know about where you're at today -- but the sun is shining here in Portland and I've got a bunch of good music on my playlist.
Jason Tate on 04/11/14 - 11:52 AM
A Flickr user has reimagined famous album covers like Born In The USA, Dark Side of the Moon and Nevermind from a different viewpoint. Check out some examples in the replies and the rest of the coolness right here.
Blake Solomon on 04/08/14 - 01:29 PM
Want to own a piece of punk history? The Washington, DC house where Minor Threat played their first show is currently on the market.
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/06/14 - 02:05 PM
I get pitched the weirdest things.
Jason Tate on 01/29/14 - 12:01 PM
The "return of emo" craze is officially upon us and NPR has weighed in with an article.
Emo is still such a boy's club. In some ways it was intended (as much as an incidental development in music can have "intention") to open up hardcore so that it couldn't possibly remain this flexing center of machismo. Instead, by the '00s it was a ton of bands composed of dudes wishing incredible ill on women. It's maybe getting better. There seems to have been at least a lyrical shift. For instance, The World Is a Better Place orients itself around self-analysis. There are a bunch of pop-punk bands doing a reflexive Springsteen thing parallel to this, where all of the songs are about not knowing...
Jason Tate on 11/18/13 - 03:09 PM
Buzzfeed has posted a new listicle about some of our BFFs, entitled "21 Newer Bands You Should Definitely Check Out If You're Desperately Missing '90s and '00s Emo." Featuring the likes of Dads, Glocca Morra and even broken up bands like Snowing, and not much description, the list is a fine way to pat yourself on the back for being slightly ahead of Buzzfeed.
Blake Solomon on 11/15/13 - 12:45 PM
These stories seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but they still draw me in when I read them: Britney Spears' songs are being used to deter pirates off the east coast of Africa.
Ms Owens, who regularly guides huge tankers through the waters, said the ship’s speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew. "It’s so effective the ship's security rarely needs to resort to firing guns," said the 34-year-old, from Gartmore, near Aberfoyle, Stirling. "As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can."

Submitted by EvilZeppelin
Jason Tate on 10/30/13 - 11:02 AM
The letter Steve Albini wrote to Nirvana before recording In Utero can be found in the replies. This was included in the recently released 20 Year Anniversary box set.
Jason Tate on 09/26/13 - 11:36 AM
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