Happy Friday everyone. I hope your week went well and you've got something fun planned for the weekend (can I recommend listening to our podcast episode?). Hit the replies for a new video from CGP Grey called "Not the Confederate Flag" that looks at the flag's history. Learning is fun!
The AV Club has a fun article about great albums with unfortunately designed album covers. Thought maybe on this Friday afternoon it'd be fun open up the discussion to our little neck of the Internet. So let's hear it, what album do you love listening to but hate looking at?
If you drag and drop an MP3 onto this website, it'll play while you fly over a 3D rendered landscape that moves in time with the music. Not a bad way to pass the time on Friday. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Another week has passed and I've got a couple things to share with you today. First up is a book of poetry that was just published by a long time AP.net reader, Scott Laudati, called Hawaiian Shirts in the Electric Chair -- a music video for one of the poems can be found in the replies. Thanks for reading the website for over 14 years Scott! Really appreciate it. The second is a video of Tommy Caldwell navigating Pitch 15 of The Dawn Wall on Yosemite's El Capitan. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson did this climb last week and it's been called the most difficult climb ever completed. My hands got sweaty just watching the video. Hope everyone had a good week, and here's to the weekend!
It's not Friday and someone is going to be mad that I'm posting something random on the homepage ... but that something is every David Bowie hairstyle from 1964 through 2014 in animated gif form. It comes from Helen Green and it's glorious.
I actually got a press release from Steve Aoki today letting me know he won't be "caking" fans at festivals anymore, only on headlining dates. Just another day.
To start the New Year I’m making some new changes and have decided I'll no longer be caking fans at most festivals. There might be an exception here or there but for the most part I'll be saving the CAKE for my headline shows, keeping it exclusive for the die hard fans. So if you want to get caked, come to one of my headline shows like the Neon Future Experience that is happening across the USA and Canada in Feb/March, or at my upcoming Manchester and London shows, or in Vegas and Ibiza. And to show my love to all the fans...
In 2012, Joe Ayoob broke the world record for the longest paper airplane flight with a plane designed by John Collins. Hit the replies to see Collins demonstrates how to fold that plane. Happy Friday everyone, hope you have a great weekend.
If you take a look at record grooves at around 1000x magnification -- you can see the waveforms of the music itself. You can also check the replies for a video of a record playing under a microscope. Happy Friday everyone!
"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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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."
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.