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Instant Karma: Staind, Christina Aguilera, & the National Anthem!

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As John Lennon once wisely told us: "Instant Karma's gonna get you, gonna knock you right on the head!" And that's precisely what happened to Aaron Lewis, the singer from Staind. Hey, Aaron. How do you like your justice served? Scrambled or fried? Christina Aguilera Flubs the National Anthem Now look, seriously... I can't even think about public speaking without my hands shaking and my […]

How 13 Famous Bands Got Their Names

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Without a doubt, the most important aspect to marketing anything is the name. Movies, books, magazines, bands, etc... you have to grab someones attention and keep it. You have to create curiosity and make them want to explore your offering. You could have the best art in the world, but if you can't get anyone to give it a fair shake then it will go […]

Start a Record Label with Ease: Record Label in a Box

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Setting up and running a record label is a dream venture for many budding music entrepreneurs. But how do you even get started? Any of us who've had experience with the major label industry knows things are not always what they seem. From being locked into crazy contracts, ripped off, and being censored "guided" on how to express our art, it tends to turn our […]

Funklogic's Palindrometer - Silly 3 Space Rack Filler!

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If there's any spot in the studio that lends itself to being anal-retentive and obsessive its the ordering and look of your rack. For me, I have to have each piece mounted in the right order with the right color combinations going on. I'll even turn off the lights and see how all of the LED lights look! That's all completely unnecessary, which is where […]

Kind Lady Helps Man w/ Broken Bike Make it to Dave Matthews Concert...

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Twas another hot, slightly overcast day in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The sweat was beading up as even the birds were seeking the shade of the surrounding trees. Emily Kraus rolled along in her car with the windows down, jamming her favorite Dave Matthews Band album as she inched closer to the venue... Emily had been a fan of the DMB since the wee age of 9 […]

Chap Hop & the Gentleman's Battle Beef

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Most of you likely have never even heard of Chap Hop, let alone realized there's already a feud amongst the two leaders of the rap sub-genre. This feud is between Professor Elemental and Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer, already leading to battle tracks and disses in various songs. Of course, the beef is satire just like the entire culture and library of work these jolly […]

Zildjian is One of the Oldest Companies In the World!

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Anyone even slightly familiar with music instruments knows about Zildjian. Their name is synonymous with the cymbals that can be found on almost every drum set you come across. That's amazing and is likely due to one of the most interesting facts about them... Beyond totally dominating an entire sector of the music instrument industry... The Avedis Zildjian Company is among the oldest companies in […]

25 Crazy Science-Supported Facts About Music

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The mental_floss magazine tasked John Green of their List Show to compile 25 Facts About the Science of Music... He went above and beyond to make sure these were actually surprising, amazing, and conversation-inducing. Check out the 10 minute video below or scroll down for our TL;DR version: While won't suck all the life out of the video above because it deserves a watch, we'll […]

Technical Prowess or Authenticity? What's More Enjoyable in Music?

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This is a question I've been pondering since I was a teenager and found myself becoming involved with music. There seems to be three classes of musicians: Those who focus on technical prowess. Those who focus on authenticity and expression. Those who've mastered both. Now completely disregard the pop star machine that compartmentalizes these factors. I'm not talking about music that has 50 writers and […]

Chord Maps - How to Choose Chord Progressions

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Chord maps are the secret to the musical universe. All musicians face a set of similar challenges when it comes to writing chord progressions. We've already provided a shortcut on musical key characteristics, which helps you match specific emotions to certain keys to achieve the feeling you're looking for in your song. But what about after that? You still need a chord progression or two […]

Musical Key Characteristics & Emotions

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Musical key characteristics are something that are never talked about for some odd reason. It's not like professional songwriters choose a random key and slap some random chord changes in there and magically end up with the perfect feeling that matches the lyrics. It's not some hidden secret. I can almost guarantee you most songwriters think "Is this a positive emotion or a negative one?" […]

Music Streams are Ad Impressions... Welcome to Internet Advertising

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Musicians (including myself), I hate to break it to you... it's time to stop crying and start playing by the different and new set of rules. You're not going to get paid more for your streams, and even if companies pacify you by doubling the amount they pay you, that's still negligible. Nobody is going to say "Yay, I'm getting two-one-hundreds of a penny instead […]

BabyMetal - Japan Keeps it's Crown as King of the Weird

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This post isn't your typical "Culture" post on Ledger Note. This has more to do with various sub-cultures smashing together and solidifying Japan's spot as #1 in weird! Meet BabyMetal... BABYMETAL is the next level heavy metal devil stuff. Some mad genius in a laboratory deep in the bowels of Japan decided to take the metal culture, dash in some karate, and take the prototypal […]

Scatman John Stuttered His Way to Stardom!

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If ever there was an inspirational story, the story of Scatman John as told through his own lyrics fits the bill: Everybody stutters one way or the otherSo check out my message to youAs a matter of fact, don't let nothin' hold you backIf the Scatman can do it, so can you Scatman John's Early Life The Scatman was born as John Paul Larkin on […]

The Healing Benefits of 528 Hz & the Solfeggio Frequencies

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In my adventures through the cynical side of the internet, I came across an interesting conspiracy idea that strikes at the very core of Western music. The concept is that there has been a deliberate shifting of the fundamental frequencies of our Western scales away from an ancient and sacred 6-tone scale of solfeggio frequencies towards a less auspicious set of tones... While there's a […]

Listen to the First Song Ever Written Over 3,300 Years Ago!

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The Sumerian culture was this planets first true civilization, as far as we know thus far, to spring up around the 14th century B.C.E. It grew around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Mesopotamia. In modern times this would be in southern Iraq. The civilization flourished in what we call the Copper and Early Bronze ages. That's over 3,300 years ago! This is what […]

Ariana Grande's SNL Singer Impressions Vs. Original Artists

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Ariana Grande has had a long career, being raised and promoted as another Disney darling (that never ends well, there's some real creepy stuff going on over there behind the scenes). I don't know if they pick these kids based on talent or groom them for it (or grow them in a lab), but they did a great job with Ariana, especially in the music […]

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole & the Music of Hawaii

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Few people live a life of such authenticity and genuine realness that it impacts entire cultures. Even fewer do that while sharing positivity with the entire world. The Bruddah Iz's Backstory Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has quite the name, which is why people took to calling him Bruddah Iz. He was born on May 20th, 1959 and passed away on June 26th, 1997. Iz came up in […]

Top 10 Richest Musicians in the World

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Top 10 Richest Musicians in the World

With the past year having wrapped up, it's always fun to see if the list of top 10 most wealthy musicians has changed or completely shifted. The data for this year is in, so it's time for an update. Just remember, these values and fluctuations are estimations based on a host of variables and publicly available documents, but they've got to be pretty close! This […]

Madonna Wanted "Revolutionary" and Got It (Hacker Style)

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I'm not hating on Madonna. She knows how to play the media game and stay relevant. But sometimes that leads to faking the funk and it comes back to bite you. Some groups simply won't welcome a pop star to declare herself the poster child for their movement. The Background to Madonna's Hack Madonna had been working on her album and wrapping up the music […]