If you live in Dallas, TX and love St. Vincent, she's been working some shifts as a waitress at her sister's new taqueria. It's about five minutes from my parents house, so if you need a place to stay, let them know.
Blake Solomon on 10/12/15 - 10:29 AM
Blake Solomon on 10/02/15 - 08:12 AM
Ever want to see the "family tree" of a band or music? This website is pretty damn cool.
Disco/graph is an interactive visualization of the relationships between musicians, bands and labels. The graph only shows 100 entities at a time, so double-click on any circle containing a plus-sign to reveal more connections.

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Jason Tate on 10/01/15 - 11:53 AM
The Daily Beast thinks there was no "song of the summer" this year. What do YOU think?

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Blake Solomon on 08/14/15 - 11:57 AM
According to The Guardian, a recently released Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Anthem titled (translated) "The Ice and Snow Dance" sounds quite a bit like "Let It Go" from Frozen. Hit the replies to hear both songs for yourself.
Craig Ismaili on 08/04/15 - 07:56 PM
Tom May (The Menzingers) has created the #IceburgChallenge, a social media challenge similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, but with the goal to get the person being nominated drunk instead of to raise money for charity. The premise is to perform some portion of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" immediately followed by taking a shot of whatever you have available. Drink responsibly.
Craig Ismaili on 08/04/15 - 01:33 PM
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!
Jason Tate on 06/26/15 - 11:08 AM
Hit the replies to watch that Shia LaBeouf rant set to a hardcore song.

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Craig Ismaili on 06/07/15 - 10:20 AM
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?
Blake Solomon on 05/29/15 - 12:46 PM
Sculptures out of crayons? Why of course. I am particularly fond of the Batman, Hobbes, and Star Wars ones, but these are all pretty awesome. I hope everyone has a great Friday and a good weekend. Thanks for reading our website.
Jason Tate on 03/13/15 - 01:54 PM
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.
Jason Tate on 02/06/15 - 12:16 PM
Due to some scheduling issues with travel (insert Thomas looks like he doesn't want to be there joke here), our podcast episode won't be recorded until tonight. Gee, I wonder what we're going to talk about? I hope to have that edited and posted early tomorrow morning, so make sure you subscribe to our feed if you don't want miss that once it goes up. In other update news: I recently tore out all of the crap on our Tumblr page to make it a far better reading experience not only via a web browser, but also in your dashboard. All of our formatting, tags, snark, and little extras should work far better now and the full desktop experience is actually a pretty nice, no distractions, view of...
Jason Tate on 01/30/15 - 01:05 PM
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!
Jason Tate on 01/23/15 - 12:33 PM
Philip Ball, writing for Scientific America, explains how game theorists have "cracked poker." Hope everyone has a great Friday and a great weekend.
A new computer algorithm can play one of the most popular variants of poker essentially perfectly. Its creators say that it is virtually “incapable of losing against any opponent in a fair game”. This is a step beyond a computer program that can beat top human players, as IBM's chess-playing computer Deep Blue famously did in 1997 against Garry Kasparov, at the time the game's world champion. The poker program devised by computer scientist Michael Bowling and his colleagues at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, along with...
Jason Tate on 01/09/15 - 01:26 PM
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.
Jason Tate on 11/21/14 - 12:11 PM
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!
Jason Tate on 11/07/14 - 12:04 PM
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
Buzzfeed has a "then and now" gallery of the pop-punk heartthrobs.
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 11:08 AM
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
Wired looks at why songs on the radio are all around the same length:
What about now? Since 1990, it seems that the average song length has sort of stabilized around 250 seconds (over 4 minutes). Maybe that’s because humans prefer 4 minute songs. Clearly there is no technological limit to song length anymore, right?
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 11:07 AM
Remember that time people thought Steven Spielberg killed a real dinosaur? Happy Friday everyone.
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 10:27 AM
Jason Tate on 07/10/14 - 11:24 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.

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Jason Tate on 06/26/14 - 09:26 PM
Dr. David Glowacki, a leading US scientist and research fellow at the Royal Society in London, was booted from the Bristol Old Vic after he tried to crowdsurf during Handel's "Messiah."
Dr Glowacki has attacked the decision to force him to leave the concert by saying: ‘Classical music, trying to seem cool and less stuffy, reeks of some sort of fossilised art form undergoing a midlife crisis.’
Jason Tate on 06/23/14 - 12:53 PM
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
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
Morgan Freeman on helium? Uh, but of course I'm going to post that! Check the replies and don't forget to check out The Lego Movie now that it's available on most platforms.
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 10:57 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
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
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
Jason Tate on 05/01/14 - 03:30 PM
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
Last night during the NBA playoff game between the Raptors and the Nets, Drake was spotted by TV cameras lint rolling his pants while sitting courtside.
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:01 AM
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
Next time you're wondering, "hey, is today burrito day?" -- this website has you covered.
Jason Tate on 04/18/14 - 11:59 AM
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
Deadmau5 is going to have Cthulhu themed wedding in August.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 04/22/13 - 07:48 AM
The "iron" game piece in all Monopoly games going forward will be replaced with a cat.
Jason Tate on 02/06/13 - 11:17 AM
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are going to produce a show about Dean Ween and Les Claypool fishing.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 01/25/13 - 05:38 PM
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