Category Archives: Music

Bobby McFerrin: Universality of the Pentatonic Scale

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, from the June 12, 2009 World Science Festival event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus“. Also on stage are panelists Jamshed Bharucha, Provost and Senior Vice President of Tufts University; the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences at McGill [...]

“Prop 8 – The Musical” starring Jack Black, more…

A viral video spreading across the social networks, Prop 8 – The Musical was created by award-winning composer Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and stars Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and more. Shaiman’s video lampoons California’s controversial Proposition 8. (Credit goes to Max Kiesler on Twitter for the initial discovery.)

Southern Culture on the Skids (San Francisco)

Don your polyester pants and John Deere hat and saunter over to the Great American Music Hall this Sunday at 7:30 PM for a little Southern Culture on the Skids (“SCOTS”). For those “undst-familiar”, the SCOTS sound is best described as surf-a-billy, a mix of rock, surf guitar, and “y’all guessed it”…hillbilly. Always a zany [...]

Beat Box Cooking Lesson

B-b-b-brilliant.

Devo on Saturday Night Live (1978)

Scott Beale posted this on Laughing Squid back in September and it’s been stuck in my head ever since — Devo covers “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones on Saturday Night Live (1978). Full credit to Scott for the find.

Amazon’s New MP3 Music Store

I finally checked out Amazon’s new MP3 music store today and have to say that I was pretty impressed. The main attraction of Amazon’s MP3 store is that all music, much like regular CDs, is DRM-free which means you can copy and share the music without technical restriction. (Of course, traditional music copyright and use [...]

iPhone Update – New iTunes Wi-Fi Store

Apple just released Update 1.1.1 for the iPhone which includes a host of new features including the new iTunes Wi-Fi Store. Music search, preview, purchase, and download at the touch of a button. Amazing. And dangerous. (Sorry for the blurry image. Seems my Cannon digital camera decided to go bad today.) UPDATE: People with hacked [...]

Matt Willis vs. Outdated Entertainment Industry

Here’s evidence that music licensing laws are completely outdated. The movie Mr. Bean’s Holiday currently playing in theaters probably won’t win any Oscars but I believe that one of the title music tracks, “Crash” by Matt Willis is pretty good. I learned about it through a Mr. Bean video released on YouTube earlier this year [...]

Alanis Morissette – “My Humps” Cover?

Alanis Morissette covers the most ridiculous song ever created. If I didn’t hear it on Energy927 this morning I wouldn’t have believed it… Original Black Eyed Peas, “My Humps”. Right. OK then. [tags]alanis morissette,energy927,music,mcnitt[/tags]

Apple Unveils “iTV”, New iPods, iTunes 7

Lots of new announcements from Apple today at it’s “It’s Showtime” event including a new line of iPods, iTunes 7 ready for download, and “iTV”, Apple’s new move into your living room. View Steve Job’s complete keynote address. [tags]itv,apple,itunes,ipod,mcnitt[/tags]