‘MajorScaled TV’: Minor Scale Songs Digitally Modified to Major Scale


What would minor-scale hits like REM’s “Losing My Religion” and Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” sound like had they been written and sung in major scales? Now we know. MajorScaled TV is a site where such songs are re-worked digitally into major-scale versions.

Now that killer on the road in the Doors’ “Riders On the Storm” doesn’t sound like such a menacing fellow somehow…



Sad YouTube: A Blog Devoted to Heartbreaking Memories and the Songs that Evoke Them

“Brian Hyland – Sealed with a kiss 1962″

“God this song brings so many memories to me.. This is the last song I heard with my brother the night before he died.. Than like if he was telling this will be our special song, This same song was playing when we were making arrangements for the funeral next day.. This will always be my brothers and my song..”

– thelma1212,

Mark Slutsky’s blog, Sad YouTube, is devoted to highlighting YouTube music and the comments it evokes–specifically the saddest, most poignant and nostalgic comments. Hard times, breakups, unrequited love and even separation brought about by death are all recurrent themes. It’s tearful reading at times, and the feeling of sadness heightened by a song is a familiar one to us all.



Symphony of Science: Education (Auto)Tuned to Young People

The world of science is indeed full of wonders. Would you ever have believed you could buy a 7″ vinyl record of a song by Carl Sagan?

That would be “A Glorious Dawn”, one of 17 or so bits of science-as-entertainment produced so far by a project called Symphony of Science. The songs and their accompanying videos give scientific and philosophical concepts a pseudo-chillwave musical treatment and feature (with the help of our old friend auto-tune) such prominent figures as Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Hawking and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Check out the site for more:



Take the Pop Music Quiz

Think you know your pop music? Want to learn a little music trivia? Enjoy cussing out your PC? Put your knowledge of pop to the test at popkwiz.com.

You can pick any specific decade, or just test your all-around knowledge. When I know you better I’ll tell you exactly how badly I did.


Let me know how you did!

Revisit the Radio Sessions and Record Collection of Groundbreaking BBC DJ John Peel

(Reprinted from Open Culture)

by Colin Marshall

Will any radio DJ ever draw more respect than John Peel has? It seems unlikely, especially since so many fascinating artifacts of his life and career have become available on the internet since his death in 2004. You can now explore, thanks to the John Peel Archive, Peel’s digitized office, a repository of videos, sound recordings, photos and broadcasts. But for its obvious pièce de résistance, look no further than Peel’s record collection, made virtual for your browsing enjoyment. There you’ll find streamable albums, pop-cultural artifacts, and testimony from many a famous musician about the vital importance of John Peel to their careers. Those too young or too non-English to have tuned in to BBC Radio 1 during Peel’s heyday may not realize that this is no ordinary record collection. This is a treasure trove of 25,000 LPs and 40,000 singles assembled by a man who brought to the rock-enthusiast public the likes of Billy Bragg, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Fall, Pavement Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, David Bowie… the list goes on.

Peel showcased such artists on his famous Peel Sessions, which would bring these performers into the BBC’s studios to lay down four or five songs. Quickly mixed and readied for broadcast, these songs would retain a rougher, looser, often more improvisational feel than the records that made these players famous. Tapes of a band’s Peel Session thus immediately became a hotly traded commodity among that band’s fans. Today, Peel’s own fans have helpfully uploaded a selection of his broadcasts, official Peel Sessions and otherwise, to the audio-sharing site Soundcloud. Perhaps you’d like to hear a snapshot of Peel’s view or the rock world on Christmas Eve 1979. Or how about October 13, 2004? Maybe April 4, 1988? Then, when you’re ready — and if you use Spotify — make a return to the John Peel Archive and pull up his Sessions with a favorite band, be it The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, PJ Harvey, Cinerama, or whomever. You’ll hear why, 45 years on from his broadcasting debut and eight from his passing, John Peel remains the locus classicus of knowledgeable, discerning rock-radio cool.



Sleeveface: Fun With Album Covers

The Cure

Sleeveface: one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion.

(…and one more thing you can’t do with a download.)



Who Played What When and Where? Find it at Setlist.fm

Setlist.fm is a handy and free resource for researching and sharing concert setlists. Whether you’re seeing an upcoming show and want to see what the band played last night in Cleveland, or want to look up one of your favorite shows of the past, this site allows you to search by artist or venue for the setlist you want to see. Or of course to share your own.



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