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On Request

March 1st, 2011

I am currently almost speechless (almost). I got an email from someone who said that they used to have one of the tracks I made long ago when I was playing with FruityLoops, and that they actually played it. More than once. At actual parties attended by actual people. Wow. The site it used to […]

Religious Popular Music

January 4th, 2011

In the English speaking world, “quality” has become antonymous (is that the right word for the opposite of “synonymous”?) with “religious music”. Sure, there are a few Christian bands who make decent music (MxPx, for example), but they are few and far between. It wasn’t always that way, of course. From the 10th century, with […]

Clapping Shepard Tone

February 3rd, 2010

Something that has been stuck in my mind for a few days: First, you should be familiar with the Shepard Tone. If you don’t know what that is: So, that out of the way, something that has often both bugged and amused me is the tendency of Japanese audiences to “clap the beat”. That is, […]

Steve Martin Also Tells Jokes

January 19th, 2008

I used to think of Steve Martin as a comedian who also played banjo.  Now I think of him as a musician who also tells jokes.

Are There Any Non-Electronic Instruments?

June 16th, 2007

Ok, so the story, as we know it, is: Benjamin Franklin flies a kite, and discovers electricity. He patents it, and Gibson pays him a licensing fee to use it in their new Lightning Guitar (later renamed Electric Guitar because Lightning Guitar was a trademarked nickname used by Yngwie Malmsteem). Electricity was then used to […]

Mike Patton and Danny DeVito are Friends

May 4th, 2007

Parents all have a shared set of goals for their kids: “I hope he doesn’t grow up to be a psychopath, thief, or lawyer” “I hope he grows up to be generous and kind”, that kind of thing. Then there are the particulars, which vary from person to person. Some want their kid to be […]

What Fair Use Means to You

February 22nd, 2007

There is an infinite amount of material on the internet discussing copyright, so this post will fail in comparison, but I just wanted to note what use Fair Use has to y’all, with a concrete example: If you get rid of Fair Use, your mass media will start to look like Japan’s. Japan has no […]


January 29th, 2007

Late 80’s hardcore vocals are good. (Yes, I know Nomeansno isn’t really a hardcore band, but damn if those aren’t hardcore style vocals)

Strange Rumours

November 16th, 2006

Heard a strange rumour today: John Zorn composed some music for Pokemon. Googling this comes up with no evidence, so I’m guessing it’s purely a rumour, but I was interested to note that googling “John Zorn Pokemon” gives 17,500 hits. Who would have ever thought there’d be that much overlap between the two?

The Mystery of Underworld – Murder Dem

November 4th, 2006

Ok, so on a jungle compilation CD I own (a proper CD from a proper, evil, probably RIAA label), there is a track called “Murder Dem” by “Underworld”. I took it as granted that this was some insanely old Underworld track, and that Underworld had done some jungle tracks before moving into their modern, boring […]

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