• The influence of your headphones on your taste in music

    Jan 24 2007, 9h11

    I recently purchased a new pair of headphones. At $80.00 they were a significant step up from my $5.00 pair of headphones. Most importantly I noticed that there was no longer a weird harmonic in the middle of the songs. The music was beautiful again.

    A strange side-effect of these headphones is that my musical taste is alot wider. I happened to visit a friend's myspace page that featured some hip-hop and rather than flee the scene the moment I heard the first gangsterly beat, I stuck around to listen. I was actually ENJOYING it. I guess the wider dynamic range of the headphones added greater variety to my music preferences.

    So, if you're an arrogant music snob perhaps you need to invest in a new pair of headphones. It might just make you a little more agreeable.
  • Let's Stop Hating Em: A Challenge

    Jan 19 2007, 5h22

    We all have our personal peeves when it comes to music. If I were to list three bands that I absolutely detest they would probably be Nickleback, Simple Plan, and lets say... Fall Out Boy.

    But I'm a nice guy. I don't like to hate. Hate makes me sick. So in the spirit of forgiveness, love, and lets say... truthiness I intend to not hulk all out every time I here a particular song that I happen to hate with all my being.

    After all, for every band that I dislike there are some very nice people who like them. So in an effort to encourage the spread of world peace I will show good-will towards dispicable music.

    So let's make the world a better place, let's like music that sucks.
  • Surf Music: Audio Perfection

    Jan 16 2007, 7h47

    I have to say, nothing gets me pumped up like a good surf track. The first time I heardMiserlou I thought, "Man this is it!". All that wet reverb is like a shot of adrenaline.

    I do recognize that some people find surf music to be repetitive but if you give it a chance you just might find a whole lot to love.

    I don't know what else to say about it but I'll just list a few killer tracks that never get old for me.

    Pipeline Transmission From Venus Comanche Bustin' Surfboards Single Whammy Wave Perfect

    Just to name a few.
  • The Lameness of Labels

    Jan 14 2007, 5h27

    I was reading a post a while ago which was a poll about which kind of thrash metal people liked. I have no memory of what types were included but I thought the whole thing was kind of silly. I mean what's the point in limiting yourself to the extent where you only like a certain guitar effect or chord structure.

    I always think its kind of strange when a person is telling what kind of music they like and they'll say "I like all music" then they'll say well "except for..." country, rap, metal, or some other arbitrary genre. Can you really write off a whole genre like that?

    Thats what I think the problem with labels are. You create a label that limits the potential for you to hear music that you might really like. As an example, if someone says they hate country music they're not going to ever try listening to something that someone else has labeled country. Maybe what they really mean is that they don't like music that sounds like Shania Twain or Garth Brooks. But if they didn't limit themselves to a certain range of labels they might find that they really like Dolly Parton or Johnny Cash. These examples aren't meant to define what is and what isn't good country music I simply want to contrast in order that you might be encouraged to step out of your safety zone of labels.

    I guess it goes back to the commercialization of music. The record companies want to focus their marketing as tightly as possible so they cultivate a certain type of artist so that they don't have to work as hard or invest as much to make CD sales.

    And it is very natural for human beings to label something so it makes decision making easier. If we didn't label something we might actually have to think about what we listen to.

    So you see labels like emotions are stupid and should be hated.