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Musical Anhedonia: Deriving No Pleasure From Music

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For most people, music is an exercise in catharsis. A snappy tune by The Beatles may bring a smile on our face. Spinning Adele’s “21” after a breakup provides a layer of empathy to our distress. Note that we said, "most people." That's because there are some people that don't like music regardless of artist, style, or genre, because it's like watching paint dry to […]

Chuck E. Cheese's Robot Band is Breaking Up for Good

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This is sad news indeed for many of us musicians, old and young. The animatronic band that graced the stages of Chuck E. Cheese locations across America are finally throwing in the towel to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Chuck E. Cheese & ShowBiz Those of us born in the late 70's and early 80's will remember ShowBiz Pizza Place and Billy Bob the Hillbilly Bear. […]

8 Recent Music Publicity Stunts Gone Stupid

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Let today's post serve as a lesson on how not to execute a publicity stunt to drum up interest and sales in your new album (while our last 'Lessons' post showed a great marketing example by 50 Cent). There’s no such thing as bad publicity, or is there? It’s a cliché, but it tends to carry gravitas. This is especially the case in music, where […]

6 Forced Music Genres that Should Disappear Like the Dodo

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Music is more compartmentalized now than ever before. Not only are we well beyond the days of merely designating music as "good" or "bad," several subgenres have cropped up in recent years to further hyper-categorize certain sounds. While some of these sub-categories like indie folk or trip-hop seem to have staying power, others should head toward the dustbin of history with some luck. This list […]

6 Satanic Songs that Aren’t - The Backmasking Panic!

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Rock has been known as “The Devil’s Music” since the first backbeat was laid down. It was bad enough when Elvis swiveled his hips, but things went turbo-stupid a couple decades later. The connection between rock and Satan arguably reached its peak in the ‘70s and ‘80s, when an overly-alarmist religious crowd began accusing bands of inserting hidden Satanic messages into their lyrics; one that […]

Yoko Ono Needed Two Takes to Perfect Her “Dead Rat in a Shoebox” Solo

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Nobody in music draws the ire of rock fans more than Yoko Ono. While some of this naturally stems from longstanding accusations that she broke up The Beatles, it’s also derived from the fact that she’s done some weird stuff in the name of music (and attention) for decades. Perhaps nothing is weirder than her insistence on recording a "dead rat in a shoebox" solo […]

Radiohead’s Secret Program Hidden in OK Computer Reissue

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Radiohead’s “OK Computer” is 20 years old. While this mark of time is bound to make Gen X'ers that bought the landmark album feel ancient, it’s also a perfect anniversary for a re-issue. Of course, since Radiohead is Radiohead, the band can’t be content with merely re-issuing an expanded album packaged with just demos and outtakes. Instead, Thom Yorke and company managed to sneak in […]

Musicians & UFOs - 15 Close Encounters with Flying Saucers

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We've uncovered cave paintings, medieval and renaissance artwork, military radar videos, and have sightings of UFOs even up to this day. It's no real surprise that some of our favorite musicians have had their own close encounters with unidentified flying objects. What is surprising is that they've admitted to it, sometimes on national television, since that usually seals the deal on your career. That's how […]

Russian Meme Music - Where Did We Go Wrong?

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Where did we lose our way? At what point did we toss all care to the wind and start admitting that we like some of the most absurd music out there? I'd say the answer for most of us is around the time the internet was released to the public, but for the Russians, we have to dig deeper. Trololo Back in 1976, Eduard Khil […]

8 Classic Video Game Songs From the Actual Golden Era

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There's countless lists like these out there, where a ton of people who never played an hour of vidya their whole lives try to help you remember the Mario Bros theme or that one Tetris song. I'm not going to do you like that. I'm going to take you back to the true gems from the real video game culture of the late 80's to […]

Aerosmith Earned More Money from Guitar Hero Than Their Albums

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Aerosmith was one of the indisputable gods of American hard rock in the ‘70s. They also came back from the brink of drugs and despair to have a total renaissance in the late ‘80s. Add these eras together, and you’re looking at a band that made a ton of cash through album sales. At least, on paper. Yet a funny thing happened on the way […]

Nanoguitar, the Guitar Smaller Than a Human Blood Cell!

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We’re practically trained to think of guitars as big, shiny instruments meant to capture the eye. Sometimes, a guitar can even call more attention than the person noodling on its neck. And while these weapons of musical extravagance do command attention when wielded upon the stage, the most attention-worthy guitar in existence may be the “nanoguitar;” a fully-functioning six-string that you can’t see without the […]

Top 10 Reasons Being a Pop Star Sucks

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You thought this was something you wanted? Do you dream about 100,000 raving fans a night, plus the few throwing water and lighters at you? Well, guess again, because here are the Top 10 reasons being a pop star sucks... 1. Riders & Planes People think it's cute to make fun of us for this, but there's a reason for having a "rider" in our […]

Mozart & Music Piracy in 1770: The Vatican’s Miserere

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the most iconic classical composer of all time. It’s a status not just drawn from the fact that he’s behind some of the most recognizable pieces of music ever written, but also because of the prodigious nature of where these works came from. We’ve all heard the stories; he started composing at around the age of four, he completed his first […]

Did 50 Cent Throw the Worst First Pitch Ever on Purpose? (Yes)

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This is a strange post to find in here on the LedgerNote blog, but let me explain why it's here, not only from our perspective but 50 Cent's as well: "Never waste a good marketing opportunity." 50 Cent is a master marketer in terms of never letting the spotlight die if he doesn't want it to. He'll fake beef with another rapper, he'll piss off […]

Eminem Gets Pissy if You Claim Nothing Rhymes With "Orange"

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Will the real Slim shady please continue to defy the laws of the English language? There's a common belief that you can't rhyme anything with the word orange. It's one of those old wive's tales that isn't technically true, but it's fun to stump kids with. Many writers over the years have scratched their heads trying to figure it out, mostly just making up words […]

Recording Studio Pet Peeves That Drive Me Bonkers...

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You know what really butters my biscuit? You know what really grinds my gears in the studio? Let me tell you... The Worst Things Musicians Do In The Studio In no particular order, these are the things that drive us recording, mixing, and mastering engineers bonkers: Not wrapping long cables in the over-under fashion I'm aware that not everyone is aware that there's a better […]

The Top 10 Best Mixed Albums I've Ever Heard

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Before we jump right into my list of best mixed albums, let's remind the jimmy rustlers... this is an opinion post. And since it's based around my opinion, it's limited to the albums that I've had the fortune to listen to and become intimately familiar with. These are my favorite in terms of mixing. And that means that it started with top of the line […]

Human Speech From a Piano...

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I, for one, welcome our new piano overlords. In 2009 at the World Venice Forum, an Austrian composer named Peter Ablinger unveiled his crazy talking piano contraption. While everyone was wondering what exactly was about to happen, he had it read the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court in a human voice: The video is in German but there are subtitles and the piano […]

The Curse of the 27 Club

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Chance? Conspiracy? Synchronicity? These are words tossed around by those of us in the know who want to get to the bottom of this mystery. Why have so many musicians fallen to the curse of... What is the 27 Club? During a tumultuous time for music when artists were again using their voices for social action in the fight against corruption, four of the largest […]