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What does it say about 80’s music?

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According to a survey from Tastebuds.fm, a dating site that connects you with people who share your musical preferences, fans of the British soft-rock band best known for hits like “Yellow” and “Viva La Vida” are least likely to have sex on the first date.

Highlights:

Least Likely to Have Sex on the First Date

1. Coldplay
2. Adele
3. Lady Gaga
4. Katy Perry
5. Kings of Leon

Most Likely

1. Nirvana
2. Metallica
3. Linkin Park
4. Kanye West
5. Gorillaz

Even more stats from other tests can be found here at the Men’s Health article.

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April 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

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The one with the Firework

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And speaking of Peter Hollens (from my last post), here’s the latest single from him.  IT’s really pretty amazing.  All sounds on this recording are made by his voice/mouth alone.  No synths, bass, drums, percussion, studio effects, etc.  Dude has mad skillz.

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February 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

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They can sing?!

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Last Thursday I found myself at the Glee Live tour.  I realize it’s not a lot of people’s cup of tea but I spent a lot of time playing in a Top 40 band and this comes pretty close to the feeling of playing.  In other words, I had fun.  It ended up being the biggest non alcoholic karaoke party I’d ever been to.  The audience was fun, the staging was pretty good and believe it or, they kids sang live and did a really great job (yes there were one or two bad notes, but not American Idol bad).  Here are some highlights…

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May 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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Taylor Swift is a Grammy winner and can’t sing well

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That’s the terrible truth.

After hearing Taylor Swift sing on the Grammies, I felt a little bit of outrage.  She performed a three song medley… Today Was a Fairy Tale, Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon, and You Belong With Me.  The problem was the first two were about a quarter tone sharp the entire portion.  Add in Steve Nicks who duetted with Taylor on Rhiannon and played tambourine & and sang back up on You Belong With Me and the thing just got worse.  Stevie Nicks’ vocal was in tune but her tone (she’s now singing in the baritone range) and her trademark machine gun vibrato just “didn’t go” with Taylor’s off key vocal.  I thought “maybe the monitors were bad,” but then I realized she was using in-ear monitors.  And people like Celine Dion and Carey Underwood and Usher used the same system when singing their pitch perfect lines in the MJ tribute.

OK, so the outrage comes in some minutes later when Taylor Swift won Album of the Year.  Seriously?  Did the voter not hear the live performance?  (Of course this doesn’t matter, since voting is done months in advance).  I seriously felt embarrassed for the Grammy people for voting that hot mess Album of the Year.

Now comes the backlash and the record label’s defense of Taylor.  Her label’s CEO had this to say: “Maybe she’s not the best technical singer, but she’s probably the best emotional singer because everybody else who gets up there and is technically perfect, people don’t seem to want more of it,” Borchetta told The Tennessean.”  This is really funny to me.  She can’t sing but she moves people so that’s good.  This is what the record business has come to.  If you look good, are marketable, get people to empathisize with you, then the industry can tweak your tracks to sound palatable to the ear.

That’s when it hit me.  Album of the Year is an award is presented to the artist, producer, and recording engineer for that album.  Considering what they had to work with, the producer and recording engineer deserve every bit of that Grammy.

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February 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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25 Pop Songs… mashed up!

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The very technology of this is pretty amazing.  This guy, DJ Earworm, has taken 25 pop songs and mashed them pretty seamlessly into one song.  I can’t figure out how he’s able to lift only the vocals of these songs but I can hear how he’s used autotune to get them into the same key.  This also confirms my thought that Jason Mraz’s tune I’m Yours would make a great dance track.

Still, this is an amazing amount of work and creativity.  Thanks for the salute to 2009, Earworm.

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January 26, 2010 at 8:46 am

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My dream family…

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We didn’t do family singalongs in the car growing up.  My dream family will though…

And if you liked he song but not the video, here’s another version for you…

(And Kyle… if you say ‘note note note’ again, I will smite you like the hand of God.)

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October 5, 2009 at 8:04 pm

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Dave Matthews on the media

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Best quote I’ve read this week.  (Yes I know it’s only Monday).

We give the podium to a lot of people who shouldn’t have the podium. The message that’s delivered the loudest and in the most entertaining way is the one that we’re going to put on because that’s what we want. We want ratings more than we want to deliver information. That’s just where the culture’s gotten. – Dave Matthews, on CNN

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September 21, 2009 at 11:32 am