Why do we Love the Music we Heard as Teenagers?


(via Slate)

by Mark Joseph Stern

As I plod through my 20s, I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon: The music I loved as a teenager means more to me than ever—but with each passing year, the new songs on the radio sound like noisy nonsense. On an objective level, I know this makes no sense. I cannot seriously assert that Ludacris’ “Rollout” is artistically superior to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” yet I treasure every second of the former and reject the latter as yelping pablum. If I listen to the Top 10 hits of 2013, I get a headache. If I listen to the Top 10 hits of 2003, I get happy.

Why do the songs I heard when I was teenager sound sweeter than anything I listen to as an adult? I’m happy to report that my own failures of discernment as a music critic may not be entirely to blame…

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Video of the Week: Robert Reed Takes One-Man-Band Approach on New Album

Robert Reed’s video of a musical excerpt from his new Sanctuary album is not only an unmistakable display of the man’s broad musical competence, but also a pointed demonstration that even when music sounds fairly straightforward there are often more ingredients in the recipe than we realize.

Video of the Week: Josh Ritter–Love is Making its Way Back Home

Director by Erez Horovitz and about twenty artists, editors, and assistants photographed the more than 12,000 laser-cut construction paper cutouts which comprise the four-minute animated video which accompanies Josh Ritter’s “Love is Making its Way Back Home”.

Video of the Week: A Yacht Rock Tale

13 Surprising Songs Used by the CIA to Torture Prisoners


(via Brainjet)

One method of CIA torture is to play the same song nonstop for days on end. You may expect that the songs they choose to play are particularly grating or unbearable, but shockingly, a lot of them are songs that have been wildly popular in America…

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20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History


Ariana Grande performs at the Wild Jam in San Jose, CA, December 15, 2013

Misha Vladimirskiy/Filterless 


(Via Billboard)

I fought him on it the whole time…’I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!’ Max was like, ‘It’s funny — just do it!’ I know it’s funny and silly, but grammatically incorrect things make me cringe sometimes.”

And so Ariana Grande attempts to defend the infamous “Now that I become who I really are” lyric from her current hit “Break Free,” with the “Max” in question being pop ingenieur (and “Break Free” co-writer) Max Martin. The quote comes from a story on the song from Time.com, whose title proclaims “Ariana Grande Is Fully Aware That the Lyrics of ‘Break Free’ Make No Sense,” with Grande appearing sheepishly contrite for bending the laws of the English language to force a rhyme with the song’s previous line, “Never by the hands of a broken heart.”

She needn’t have done so. A cursory glance over the history of pop music reveals dozens of similarly forced rhymes littering the lyrics of some of our greatest hits, misses and deep cuts. They tend to fall into one of five categories — Awkward Syntax, Jarring Word Choice, Non-Sequitorial Thought Process, English Subversion or Not Quite a Rhyme in the First Place — and the most ambitious of them can sometimes satisfy two categories at once. While these forced rhymes may be unpleasant to the ear and/or the stomach upon first listen, many of them come to be as endearing as any of the song’s more conventionally poetic (or merely intelligible) lyrics. (Others remain permanently nauseating, but still.)

Anyway, here are the 20 most incredibly forced rhymes to ever come out of radio speakers and strike daggers through the hearts of unassuming Language Arts teachers nationwide. Ariana Grande can look left or look right on this list and see that there’s no shame in spurning didactic grammar bylaws every now and then in the name of pop immortality…

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Short Film: The Confession


2010 Oscar-nominated British short film ‘The Confession‘:


Songs You May Have Missed #513


Porcupine Tree: “Lazarus” (2005)

We’ve explored Brit progger Steven Wilson’s side-project work with Blackfield. This tune finds him working the day job, as it were, with Porcupine Tree, in one of that band’s lovely mellow moments.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2016/03/09/songs-you-may-have-missed-574/

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