"I could not tell if my eyes were open or shut"

While researching the Atom Orr review, we came across this blog post, leading to this Wikipedia backgrounder, and finally leading to this. Which is a howler. It begins as a very technical description of compound preparation...


<sup>study:</sup> There is a loudness war after all, melodies are becoming blander, the timbre palette is suffering, and there is little end in sight. Here's Tom with the weather.

What can we say? Slow news day. An near-infinity of music channels to choose from and yet there's nothing cheap cialis on. On that note, The Huffington Post reports: Researchers in Spain used...


"Emotional Cues in American Popular Music: Five Decades of the Top 40."

That's the title of a paper by E. Glenn Schellenberg and Christian von Scheve, from the May 21, 2012 edition of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Here is the abstract: Some musical characteristics...


Stream of Montreal – “Feminine Effects”

Record Store Day is just a few short weeks away and so everyone's getting all worked up and saving their hard earned cash in order to support their local vinyl dealer. There's even a smart...


hit and run: “Emboldened Orchestras are Embracing the New”

From Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times. Executive summary: Classical music audiences seem more curious than ever, and performers have been emboldened over the past decade or so to take more chances. Composers from...

Who is your favorite mainstream artist?

When women become pregnant their bodies change. Even aside from the obvious, they experience paradigm shifts in chemistry, metabolism and appearance. Curly hair goes straight. Pale complexions might turn a bit olive. The eyes change shape and nearsightedness develops. She may come down with a temporary case of diabetes.

Apparently it happens to men, too, when their wives are pregnant. But maybe only in the ears. Take it from at least one reliable source that mainstream music starts to sound too polished and too produced, too big and too bold. The timid and unsteady vocals rampant in indie rock become art forms all their own. The scaled-back productions are agreeable at the molecular level. Perhaps most odious, you start to appreciate the sound of … the accordion!?

It has been four and a half years. This happy new condition seems irreversible.

But Xtina & Co. should not despair. The song is the thing. We don’t simply wave you off subjectively, sight unseen. If you produce good music, we’ll buy your album. And today we’re buying Seether.

Seether fans (and there are a few, if record sales are any measure) will dispute the assumption that the post-grunge outfit is mainstream. But don’t let the mohawks and lip rings fool you: those soaring growls and walls of sound and trips to rehab are what pay the bills anymore. Their latest LP Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Top 200 and has sold over one million copies. Karma and Effect is certified Platinum worldwide. Their music appears on one of the Guitar Hero permutations, for the love of Mike.

But don’t let all the record sales fool you. These guys are good. Really good.

The story behind “Rise Above This” is both moving and ironic.  The video hints at the track’s inspiration. If it’s still too subtle, wait for the end:

Suffice to say Shaun Morgan’s grimace is not an act.

Seether has also broken hard rock’s long streak of Really Bad Covers (video is still images only; not an official release):

But my favorite track is the near-epic “No Jesus Christ,” an over-the-top lover’s lament if ever there was one. (Morgan is on record saying the ex in question was not Amy Lee):


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