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"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...

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<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...

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"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...

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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...

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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...

Meme: indecency in music

2_Live_Crew_Is_What_We_Are_cover1. When listening to music lyrics, have you ever been offended by the use of profanity alone? If yes, describe.

2. Have you ever been offended by sexual themes in music lyrics, even if the particular lyric contained no profanity? If yes, describe.

3. Have you ever been offended by violent themes (or direct calls for violence) in music lyrics, even if the particular lyric contained no profanity? If yes, describe.

4. Have you ever been offended by themes of drug use in music lyrics, even if the particular lyric contained no profanity? If yes, describe.

5. Have you ever been offended by an artist’s stage performance, in terms of sexuality, violence or drug use? (This question pertains to actions, not to the song lyrics, profane or otherwise.) If yes, describe.

6. Have you ever been offended by a music video, in terms of sexuality, violence or drug use? (This question pertains to the video itself, not to the song lyrics, profane or otherwise.) If yes, describe.

7. Are there any artists you have completely written off, strictly on the basis of indecency? If yes, describe.

8. Do you support to any degree private-sector efforts to censor music lyrics, once the record has already been produced? (For example, Wal-Mart refusing to catalog Green Day’s latest LP.) If yes, describe.

9. Do you support to any degree public-sector efforts to censor music lyrics? If yes, describe.

10. Do you support to any degree further FCC decency guidelines for radio and TV? If yes, describe.

I’d like to tag Patrick, Tobias, and Crazy Lady Say What??? with this meme. Passersby are invited to leave replies in the comments section, or post a link to replies on their own blog. When answers start coming in I’ll post my own responses, but I have to confess, I’m pretty l’aissez faire on the matter of song lyrics.

For some of our brief, earlier work on the subject, look here.

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