Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Scientists: Here's What Listening to Slayer Does to Your Mind

According to a new study from the Journal of Psychology of Popular Media, metal music helps its listeners to deal with their own mortality.

The study divided a group of 30 individuals into two groups, assigning one group to listen to an audio book, while the other group listened to Slayer classic "Angel of Death."

The conclusion - listening to Slayer raises self-esteem and makes you less afraid of death.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hank Williams: The Lighter Side of The Godfather of Country

Williams lived fast and died young but in 1951 he was able to do radio broadcasts at 7.15am, where the wisecracking improvisor showed his mastery of music.

Hank Williams: more than just a tortured soul. Photograph: Supplied
By now you’d think we know everything there is to know about Hank Williams. He had a short life, dying New Year’s Day 1953 aged 29 in the back of a car parked at a gas station in rural Virginia. Three years earlier he had made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, launching a body of work that would serve as one of the definitive blueprints of modern country music. A definitive box set in 1998 claimed to house every note Williams sang.
Not so fast. This month marks the reissue of a 15-CD set called The Complete Mother’s Best Collection ... Plus! unveiling 142 lost performances by the country music star in an unvarnished setting as the featured performer of an early morning radio program in 1951. The recordings, rescued from acetates salvaged in the 1970s and the center of a 10-year legal battle, contradict the image of a doomed and self-destructive country singer known for harrowing fare like I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Your Cheatin’ Heart, and I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.

Friday, July 22, 2016

10 Incredibly Bizarre Painters and their Weird Techniques

1-The man who paints with his penis

Australian Tim Patch is an artist who uses his pecker to paint. That's right, this guy has traded his paintbrush in for a tool that he always has on hand, and has affectionately named himself “Pricasso” (a title that, surely, the talented and self-tortured cubist artist Picasso would approve of).

Pricasso uses his bum to paint in the backgrounds since it would take too much time to use his other tool and it looks better. Pricasso takes his work on the road and appears at various sex trade shows, putting on live painting demonstrations for passersby. The truly funny part is that his work isn't half bad, I mean, considering what a limiting (and possibly limited?) tool he has to work with.

The video bellow is obviously NSFW:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Debbie Harry on punk, refusing to retire and sex at 69

Forty years after Blondie found fame on the New York scene, Debbie Harry is still waving the flag for women in the music business – of every age 

Debbie Harry at 69: 'You have to keep new influences coming in' Photo: MIKE MCGREGOR

In 1980, during a tour with Blondie, Debbie Harry hosted a tea party at a London hotel, gathering together many of the women prominent in music at the time. Chrissie Hynde was there; Siouxsie Sioux; the Slits guitarist Viv Albertine; Pauline Black from The Selecter; and Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex. Chris Stein, Harry’s boyfriend at the time as well as the other half of Blondie’s creative core, published pictures of it in his recent book Negative, a collection of his photographs from the early years of their fame.
It looks as though there was a lot of laughter. This was a different time for women in music. Two years earlier Kate Bush, who was invited to tea but didn’t make it, had become the first female solo performer to reach number one in the British charts with her own song (Wuthering Heights).
There was a widespread assumption that there was room for just one main female performer in each genre. If another appeared, they were expected to battle it out for the title of queen of pop/soul/disco/punk.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

There's a Freaky Painting Under This Normal Portrait

Blake Neubert is fascinated by the complex nature of truth.

Stump Tail Dolly 2016 Summer Tour!

Stump Tail Dolly is back on the road for the summer! If you didn't catch the the first half of their tour, here's your chance to see if they're coming to your town!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Does Music Sound Better on Vinyl Records Than on CDs?

Paul D. Lehrman, a lecturer in music and director of the music engineering minor program, weighs in on the debate

Vinyl is back, no doubt about it. Sales of vinyl records have been soaring, although they still represent only a tiny fraction of the music industry’s revenues: about 2 percent in 2014. Is this growth because, as some respected sources breathlessly state—I’m looking at you, Wired magazine—vinyl sounds better than digital media? Or is there some sort of retro-hype going on?

It’s true that some digital media really don’t sound very good. Low-bit-rate MP3 makes compromises in fidelity, as does low-bit-rate AAC, the higher-tech successor to MP3 that is used by iTunes and YouTube. Low-bit-rate AAC files are also what you typically hear on Pandora, Spotify and SoundCloud, and on your phone. While they are OK for casual listening in the gym or the car, many people can hear their limitations in a quiet environment.

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Ontario Vinyl Plant Aims to Be 2nd Largest in North America

Precision Record Pressing plant expects to manufacture 4 million units in first year

A massive upswing in record sales has led to a new vinyl processing plant in Burlington, Ont. (CBC)

Southern Ontario is reaping the benefits of a worldwide vinyl resurgence, with a massive new record production plant set to open next month in Burlington, Ont.
The operation's new dulcet analog tones come courtesy of a partnership between Canadian music distributor Isotope Music Inc. and Czech vinyl manufacturer GZ.
But getting the new 20,000 sq. ft. Precision Record Pressing plant operational wasn't without obstacles, vice-president Gerry McGhee told CBC News.
McGhee had to scour the world to look for someone to sell him vinyl pressing machines — which is difficult when most processing plants are running at full capacity on 40-year-old machines, trying to keep up with an onslaught of demand for vinyl the world over.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Watch PBS’ 11-Minute Segment On The Ramones From 1978

The Ramones played the State Theater in Minneapolis in 1978. Here’s a great 11-minute segment from the local PBS Station, KTCA, where the band talks about the punk scene in England, with a few scorching moments of performance.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Whiskeydick Tour!!!

We're pleased to announce that Whiskeydick has released their latest album "Bastard Sons of Texas," an is currently on tour!

 If you didn't catch them July 1st in Chicago, at Moonrunners Festival , then check out the dates they will be on the road with Gallows Bound!

The second half of the tour will be with Archer Nation, and kicks off in August!