Posts Tagged ‘music’

Visual history of hot haircuts in popular music

18 Mar


A Visual Compendium of Notable Haircuts in Popular Music from Pop Chart Lab has a look at, well, haircuts. Lots of long hair and sideburns.

From the pompadour to the moptop to the metal mane to whatever it is Lady Gaga has atop her head, here is a history of popular music as told through the notable haircuts on this signed, limited edition print.

If you pre-order a print by this weekend, you get 20 percent off.

See also Beatles hair history, trustworthiness of beards, and typographic moustaches.

[Pop Chart Lab via Laughing Squid]


Million song dataset available for download

24 Feb

Need music data? Get all the data you want and more from the freely available million song dataset, offered by LabROSA at Columbia University and Echo Nest. There's lots of metadata on song features and your standard stuff like year and artist. There are also several code wrappers and samples to help researchers make use of the data right away.

[Million Song Dataset via @MacDivaONA]


3 awesome depictions of the golem in art [Video]

31 Oct
Halloween is here, and although Frankenstein get all the press, we're going to showcase a lesser known (but no less distinguished) manmade man: the golem! Here are some portrayals of this Hebrew homunculus in film, comics, and music. More »

Beethoven’s Fifth Sith-Phony

25 Oct

Yes this video is a year and a half old, but it's so unbelievably awesome that I had to share it in case you hadn't seen it. Basically, it's seven minutes of pianist Richard Grayson (yes) playing the Imperial March from Empire Strikes Back in the manner of Beethoven. It's beautiful and exceedingly impressive in its reimagining. That sound you hear at the very end? It's John Williams weeping and putting a gun in his mouth.Thanks to Brandon M. for the tip.

Swedish Chef sings “Popcorn” (shrimp!)

15 Jul

Some of the best neomuppetry I've seen in recent years: The Swedish Chef performs the pioneering electronica classic "Popcorn."

The Muppets: Pöpcørn


Prince declares the internet “over”

05 Jul

In an rare interview granted to The Daily Mirror published earlier today, Prince declares:

The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.

I guess we can’t blame the man for this off-hand nullification of everything that is modern and good, and which in all likelihood have made his career longer and more lucrative. Like other divas led into the intellectual oubliette of narcissism, he has no concept of the world, because his world is himself.

As for his music, there is no doubt it is popular. His new album, 20TEN, is the occasion for the interview, and the occasion for the quote above was discussion of his releasing his music exclusively via the Mirror. His “ongoing battles against internet abuses,” as the interviewer politely puts it, take the usual form of having unofficial YouTube videos taken down and not distributing his music via digital means. Very effective, I’m sure.

I won’t comment further on this (admittedly talented) man’s mystifying backwardness. I’ll only say that deliberately alienating his existing fan base and preventing a new generation from accessing his music natively, as it were, are tactics certain to be detrimental to his legacy — if not his immediate record sales.