Posts tagged ‘music’

October 22, 2010

My Brain is Ignoring My Nose! Kooky Song of Mind Blowing Facts

by Matt Forcey

It’s Friday afternoon and about the right time for a bit of buffoonery.  I’ve called on farcical songster and today’s court jester, Jonathan Mann, to fire up his patented Songatron and spin us out an amusing little ditty.  Please note that it’s always my goal to make sure you learn something new when you visit, regardless of how idiosyncratic. 

What Jonathan has created for our enjoyment accomplishes both of our goals by giving you a few nuggets of titillating info and a smile on your face, both of which I encourage you share with friends this weekend.  Want more from the Songatron?  You can sign up here to receive Jonathan’s Song-a-Day via email.

Jonathan: “I stumbled on to a really wonderful thread on Reddit.com about the most mind-blowing facts people could think of. I collected a bunch of them and made this song!”

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October 8, 2010

Arcade Fire Rocks with David Bowie in a Gut Punch Performance

by Matt Forcey

Happy Friday my friends. Although summer is officially over and the sun will be gone before 7pm this evening, at this moment it’s a magnificent, sunny 78 degrees here in Chicago, and now that it’s past 5pm, the weekend has officially begun!  Could I feel any better right now?  Actually, yes.  And a little music is just what I need to segue from “Business Matt” to “Casual Matt”.  Wanna join me?

First, let me ask you:  Are you a fan of Arcade Fire?  How about David Bowie?  Neither?  Both?  Forgetaboutit…how about, do you love music? 

If you have not watched (at least 8 times) the rousing duet between the aforementioned, recorded at the 2005 Fashion Rock’s event, you’re in for an unforgettable six minutes.

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October 4, 2010

Grand Taxonomy of Rapper Names

by Matt Forcey

Ever wonder how rappers come up with their stage names?  We’ve chilled with the Ices: Ice-T, Ice Cube, Vanilla Ice.  Have been graced by royalty: Queen Latifah, Sir Mix-a-lot, the Fresh Prince.  And got a bit funky with the Lil’s: Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Romeo.  Spend some time squinting at this new infographic from Brooklyn design shop Pop Chart Lab to see the connections between 266 nom de plumes (consider using your browser’s zoom for a better look).

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September 22, 2010

Antique-Styled Speakers with Super Hi-Fi Sound

by Matt Forcey

While antique in shape, the Little Horn speakers by Chicago-based Specimen Products deliver state-of-the-art sound. A clear nod to early 20th century phonographs, the design is more than aesthetically pleasing. The octagonal contour permits sound waves to expand more freely and cuts resonance, giving music the fullness of a live performance. Placed on the floor, the speakers have both a sculptural quality and target optimal listening height.

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September 21, 2010

KanyeNewYorkerTweets

by Matt Forcey

A match made in the cloud.  Cartoons from the iconic New Yorker magazine, mashed up with tweets from hip hop artist Kanye West’s Twitter page.

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September 19, 2010

Who Done You Wrong? Time for a Vigilante Revenge Rap

by Matt Forcey

This is a Public Service Announcement from your friends at Watch. Read. Repeat.

Have you been the victim of bad customer service?  Just had a terrible meal at a restaurant?  Some wayward friend owes you money?  Simply unable to be passive aggressive?  With the litigious society we live in today, why take a risk doing your own dirty work?  Solve your problems just like the wealthy and connected… hire a hit man.

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September 12, 2010

What if Music Videos Had Posters?

by Matt Forcey

Taking his cue from the minimal movie posters floating around the blogosphere as of late, graphic designer Federico Mancosu designs posters for music videos instead.

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September 10, 2010

Ghost in the Machine: Portraits Channel Rock’s Finest Using Cassette Tape

by Matt Forcey

Erika Iris Simmons’ one-year foray into cassette-tape portraiture happened after noting how similar the coiled, stringy reels of old cassettes resembled Jimi Hendrix’ hair. Since then the 26-year old self-taught artist has added similar likenesses of Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Patti Smith, Michael Jackson, and other legendary musicians and icons to her impressive body of work.

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