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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A trio for theremin, piano and voice - COURTESY OF SEAN MICHAELS
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  • A trio for theremin, piano and voice
The sound of the theremin is the sound of another world — of the UFO landing or the spirits speaking or the mystery that won’t ever let itself be solved.

You’ve heard it even if you don’t know you’ve heard it, whether in the opening credits of some black-and-white sci-fi film (The Day The Earth Stood Still) or a Shostakovich composition or a song by the Pixies or the Rolling Stones. (And the theremin sound-alike in the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.”) It’s that lonesome, warbling tone that’s come to signify a sort of pure sad strangeness at the edge of popular music. If you’re a certain sort of person, it might be the most powerful thing you’ve ever heard.

If so, you’ll understand the point of this Wednesday’s Moving Through Space Toward You at Largo at the Coronet, a celebration of the strange and even tragic sound—and history—of the theremin, with performances and dialogue from experimental indie band Califone, composer and thereminist Eban Schletter and more.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weird Science

Music Venues Should Give Out Free Earplugs

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Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 4:12 AM
I blame Jay-Z for my hearing loss - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • I blame Jay-Z for my hearing loss
As reported in our sister paper City Pages, starting this weekend, all Minneapolis bars and clubs hosting live music will be required to provide free earplugs to concertgoers. 

This is an outrage! How dare the intrusive arms of the Minneapolis City Council erode our freedoms by groping our eardrums with their foam! 

Sorry, I got all Stephen Colbert there for a second. Seriously, though, this is a fantastic idea that Los Angeles should employ immediately.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Weird Science

Where Is the Best Place in the World to Live?

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Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 4:15 AM
Boston, the band - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Boston, the band
Where is the best place in the world to live? Scientists have conducted all sorts of studies to determine this, but one thing they've never done? Decide solely on the bands named after that place.

So, as usual, we're stepping in where science has failed. Under consideration below are music artists whose names are solely comprised of particular cities, states, countries or continents. (So, for example, "Japan" but not "Tokyo Police Club.") Also, no street names, or neighborhood names, or whatever. If we've forgotten anything, please let us know we're jerks in the comments section. 

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

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I'm a Trendsetter! YouTube Says So!

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Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 6:34 AM

The Fox Says Some Pretty Deep Ish - YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB
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  • The Fox Says Some Pretty Deep Ish
How about this? I'm the most ahead-of-the-curve, on-point, groundbreakng motherfucker in the history of humankind.

"Aw shove off, you hoser!" you might say, but it's true. Why am I a such a complete and total badass? Well, I found Ylvis' "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" video before most other people did.

It's true. So how then does this mean I won the goddamn internet? Because YouTube told me. (Image below.)

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Weird Science

Deltron 3030 Returns! Dan the Automator Speaks

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Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Kid Koala, Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan "the Automator" Nakamura - DARREN SAMUELSON
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  • Kid Koala, Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan "the Automator" Nakamura
Thirteen years later, it's time to party like it's 3030 again.

A collaboration between Dan the Automator, Kid Koala and Del the Funky Homosapien released in 2000, the original Deltron 3030 was a peak for progressive underground hip-hop. The Cali-born Del and Dan and Vancouver native Koala teamed up for the critically acclaimed project that wound up developing such a huge cult following.

Finally, Deltron 3030: Event II, will come out October 1st, also featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Black Rob, Zach de la Rocha, The Lonely Island and Mike Patton. The trio will be touring to support the album with a live orchestra, starting this Sunday at Rock the Bells. We spoke to Dan "the Automator" Nakamura about making a proper sequel and where this new live show will take them.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

FLICKR COMMMONS
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In the days of yore, you needed but a shoeshine and a smile to get a Grammy. You'd walk down to your local Grammy-grocer's and fork over a few wooden nickels, and the proprietor would even wrap your new award in butcher paper so it wouldn't get scratched on the way home.

*Al Walser: Our Interview With a Beguiling Grammy Nominee

*Jason Bentley: Al Walser's "Embarrassing" Grammy Nomination the Result of Manipulating the System

Sadly, things are different now. Since the Great Upheaval of the '70s and '80s and the subsequent takeover by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, they're no longer just handing out those grammo-chromes anymore. Sadly, the process for determining who gets them have been locked away in secret bunkers for decades.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Punk

Bad Religion's Greg Graffin on Free Will, Which He Thinks Is Bullshit

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Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:22 AM

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[Editor's note: Yesterday, we talked with Greg Graffin, front man for Bad Religion, whose new album True North was just released. Turns out, however, that Graffin, who has a freaking PhD from Cornell University, said too many smart things to fit in one post. And so ahead of their show tonight at the Echo, here he is talking about conflicts between science and religion, and how that relates to free will.]

See also: Bad Religion's Greg Graffin Challenges Authority Through Science

"Recently we had this Mayan apocalypse. One of the things that all religions have is a narrative of doomsday. There has to be some kind of overarching fear of the future. If there wasn't, none of the religions could invoke this important thing -- that science has no evidence of by the way -- called free will.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Punk

Bad Religion's Greg Graffin Challenges Authority Through Science

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Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 3:45 AM

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For over 30 years, Bad Religion have carved out a niche as the thinking man's punk rock band. When they formed in Los Angeles in 1980, the inspiration for their lyrics came from the topic of corporate greed and the conflicts between philosophy, science, and religion. The band's 16th full-length album True North -- out today -- continues the band's lifelong exploration of these topics.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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We'll Soon Be Playing Instruments With Our Minds

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Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 4:00 AM

SASH POPOVIC
  • Sash Popovic
By Dave Good

The future of music, says Los Angeles inventor Vince De Franco, will be hands-free. Instead of plugging in and tuning up in the conventional sense, musicians will engage various instruments with their minds. They will think the music.

"The research that's going on in terms of reading brain waves and eavesdropping on mind processes," De Franco tells us, "is moving from the medical realm into the realm of self-expression."

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

COURTESY SARGENT HOUSE
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Top Ten Awkward Electric Daisy Carnival Dance Move GIFs

World's Douchiest DJs: The Top Five

Top Ten EDM Albums for People Who Don't Know Shit About Dance Music

Ten EDC Girls Who Are Out of My League

Why did the squeal of Jimi Hendrix's guitar cause girls to practically claw their way onstage? Why does the Psycho-like intro to Tyler the Creator's "Yonkers" inspire moshing? Why do furry-booted dubheads turn into a writhing mass during Skrillex's drops?

Researchers working at UCLA think they've determined why humans respond so strongly to this stimulus. It's because dissonance in music mimics distress cries in wild animals, which summons strong reactions. In other words, these artists literally bring out the animal in us.

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