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How Radiohead Wrote the Perfect James Bond Theme Song

Over the past 59 years, the duty of performing a James Bond movie theme has fallen to the likes of Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Bono, Madonna — and most recently, for the latest installment, No Time to Die, Billie Eilish. But one of the greatest Bond themes ever written has never been heard in any of the movies. This, in any case, is the contention of the video essay above, “How Radiohead Wrote the Perfect Bond Theme.” Commissioned for 2015’s Spectre, the second-most recent fi...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Film, College, Radiohead, James Bond, Sam Mendes, Thom Yorke, Seoul, Bond, John Barry, Martin, Kottke, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Radiohead Public Library


“The Hippie Temptation”: An Angst-Ridden CBS TV Show Warns of the Risks of LSD (1976)

To lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD, we owe much of what has endured from Western popular culture of the mid-20th century: consider, for instance, the latter half of the Beatles’ oeuvre. In Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties, Ian MacDonald describes LSD as “a powerful hallucinogen whose function is temporarily to dismiss the brain’s neural concierge, leaving the mind to cope as it can with sensory information which meanwhile enters without prior a...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Music, Television, College, US, America, San Francisco, History, Hugh Hefner, Cbs, Seoul, Grateful Dead, Ucla, Haight Ashbury, MacDonald


The Does and Don’ts of Putting on a Prison Concert: Johnny Cash, BB King, the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Tyler & The Cramps

The prison gig has been a staple of live performance since Johnny Cash played Folsom in 1968, with variations on the theme like the Cramps’ legendary performance at a California Psychiatric Hospital (revisited in the documentary We Were There to Be There). Some bands who play institutions may not be far away from inhabiting them. When the Sex Pistols played Chelmsford Prison, it was not the first time guitarist Steve Jones had been inside, what with his 14 criminal convictions. In fact, ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, England, Mississippi, College, Fugazi, Janis Joplin, Folsom, Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Steve Jones, Johnny Cash, Thornton, Tyler, Chelmsford, Josh Jones


Demystifying Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand,” and How It Was Inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost

Youtuber Polyphonic has done a good job of looking at some hoary old classics of ‘60s rock, but he doesn’t always dip his toe in taking on contemporary music, or even considering a modern canon. Pronouncing what is essential listening of the last few decades is a minefield, especially among the ranks of Commentus YouTubus. So their choice to explore Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand” is a deft one. It’s not Cave’s most well-known song—-that would be “The Mercy Seat”—-but it’s ...
Tags: Facebook, New York Post, Music, College, Peaky Blinders, Snoop Dogg, Nick Cave, Milton, KCRW, Red Right Hand, Ted Mills, Cave, Tom Waits Nick Cave, Danny Devito Zach Galifianakis, Mick Harvey, Nick Sometimes


Mozart Sonatas Can Help Treat Epilepsy: A New Study from Dartmouth

Many and bold are the claims made for the power of classical music: not just that it can enrich your aesthetic sensibility, but that it can do everything from deter juvenile delinquency to boost infant intelligence. Making claims for the latter are CDs with titles like Baby Mozart: Music to Stimulate Your Baby’s Brain, a case of trading on the name of one of the most beloved composers in music history. Alas, the proposition that classical music in general can make anyone smarter has yet ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Neuroscience, Dartmouth, Seoul, Mozart, Wagner, Antonio Salieri, Colin Marshall, My Modern Met, 21st Century Los Angeles, Film Square, Baby Mozart, Dartmouth College 's Bregman Music, Mozart K448 Effect


Nick Cave’s Online Store: Pencils Adorned with Lyrics, Mugs, Polaroids & More

I’m sitting on the balcony Reading Flannery O’Connor With a pencil and a plan – Nick Cave, Carnage Access to technology has transformed the creative process, and many artists who’ve come to depend on it have long ceased to marvel at the labor and time saved, seething with resentment when devices and digital access fails. Musician Nick Cave, founder and frontman of The Bad Seeds, is one who hasn’t abandoned his analog ways, whether he’s in the act of generating new songs, or seeking respite from...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Design, Instagram, Writing, College, Creativity, Vikings, Polaroid, Staffordshire, Nick Cave, Bic, Wim Wenders, Warren Ellis, Flannery O'Connor, Ayun Halliday


John Lennon Finally Meets & Jams with His Hero, Chuck Berry (1972)

“If you had tried to give rock and roll another name, you would call it Chuck Berry,” says John Lennon by way of introduction to his hero in the clip above from The Mike Douglas Show. The two perform Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee” and “Johnny B. Goode” (with Lennon’s backing band, Elephant’s Memory, and unwelcome discordant backing vocals from Yoko). The moment was a major highlight of Lennon’s post-Beatles’ career. The year was 1972, and Lennon and Yoko Ono had taken over Douglas’ show fo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, California, College, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ronald Reagan, Paul Mccartney, Elvis Presley, John, Keith Richards, Beatles, Mccartney, Lennon, Douglas, PAUL


Simon Gallup Has Apparently Rejoined The Cure

A couple of months ago, Simon Gallup, longtime bassist of the Cure, wrote on Facebook that he was “no longer a member of the Cure.” When asked whether he was leaving for health reasons, Gallup wrote that he was “ok” and that he had “just got fed up of betrayal.” But now, Gallup is apparently back in the band.
Tags: Facebook, Music, News, The Cure, Gallup, Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Alice Blue Gown


A Sneak Peek of Peter Jackson’s New Beatles Documentary Get Back: Watch the New Trailer

In much the same way David Lynch gave us way more Twin Peaks than we’d ever hoped for in 2017, Peter Jackson and the Beatles are giving us nothing like the little seen and quickly shelved Let It Be documentary from 1970, but a full six hours of the final musical works of the Beatles. Premiering on Disney Plus (yes, I know, you gotta pay money to the Mouse) over three days after Thanksgiving, this six-hour series is the big one fans of the various remasters, repackages, and remixes have b...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, US, Yoko Ono, Jackson, David Lynch, Peter Jackson, Beatles, Phil Spector, PAUL, GQ Magazine, KCRW, Abbey Road, Ted Mills, Allen Klein


What Makes a “Cult” Band? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #107

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_107_9-22-21.mp3 What makes for a “cult band”? Not just a small audience, because Grateful Dead fans are an archetypical cult. Not just a devoted, emotionally invested audience; no volume of Swifties make Taylor Swift qualify as a cult act. Does the music have to be somehow inaccessible, or the fans snobby? Your host Mark Linsenmayer and three other musicians try to figure it out: Tim Quirk, frontman of...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Music, Taylor Swift, Podcasts, College, America, David Bowie, Borat, Sean Kelly, Mark, Tom, Wayne, Murphy, Aaron, PMP


Dave Grohl Falls Offstage & Breaks His Leg, Then Continues the Show as The Foo Fighters Play Queen’s “Under Pressure” (2015)

How do you make the show go on after a broken leg? The blessing we give performers before they go onstage isn’t something we actually want to see happen. Nonetheless, stage injuries occur frequently, and in some cases, severely, as when Patti Smith fell 15 feet into a concrete orchestra pit in 1977 and broke several vertebrae in her back. “I felt like an asshole,” she told Circus magazine, “but my doctor told me not to worry, it happens to everybody.” Maybe not everybody, but when th...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Washington Dc, Dave Grohl, Patti Smith, Ac Dc, Entertainment Weekly, Kurt Cobain, Bowie, Grohl, Gothenburg Sweden, Josh Jones, Brian Johnson, Durham NC Follow, First Foo Fighters Demo Recordings


Watch Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes Documentary, the Fan-Made Film on the Most Innovative Bass Player of All Time

People do not understand how hard a jazz musician works for a living. I’m not putting nobody down, but I’m telling you nobody understands how hard jazz musicians work. Jazz is not big in the US, because the States are too worried about Pac-Man and The Police. — Jaco When Jaco Pastorius uttered the quote above in a typically entertaining and insightful interview with Guitar World from 1983, I’m sure he meant no disrespect to the members of The Police. It may be safe to say that Jaco signi...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Music, Japan, College, France, US, Jazz, States, Warner Bros, Montreal, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, Jacó, Hendrix, Josh Jones


Ohio State Marching Band Plays Tribute to Rush: “2112,” “YYZ,” “Tom Sawyer” & “Limelight”

It all took place at this weekend’s Ohio State-Maryland game. Enjoy…. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. Also consider following Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitter and  sharing intelligent media with your friends. Or sign up for our daily email and g...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Tom Sawyer, Neil Peart, Ohio State Maryland


Hayley Williams Quits Social Media

Just a week after a US Senator asked Facebook to “commit to ending finsta,” Paramore’s Hayley Williams has committed to ending her own finsta — along with the rest of her social media presence.
Tags: Facebook, Music, News, US, Hayley Williams


A Guitarist Rocks Out on Guitars Made from Shovels, Cigar Boxes, Oil Cans & Whisky Barrels

When Keith Richards felt he’d gone as far as he could go with the six-string guitar, he took one string off and played five, a trick he learned from Ry Cooder. These days, the trend is to go in the opposite direction, up to seven or eight strings for highly technical progressive metal compositions and downtuned “djent.” Traditionalists may balk at this. A five-string, after all, is a modification easily accomplished with a pair of wire-cutters. But oddly shaped eight-string guitars seem ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Design, College, George Harrison, Creativity, Johnson, Keith Richards, Ray Charles, Keith, Robert Johnson, Keef, Josh Jones, Justin Johnson, Durham NC Follow, Diddley Bow


The Beach Boys’ Lost Concert: Watch the Band Perform Their Classics at Their Zenith (1964)

In early 1964, there could hardly have been an American teenager ignorant of the Beach Boys. Singing in immaculate harmonies about surfing, hot rods, girls, and root beer — as well as various combinations and permutations thereof — they soon found themselves riding an unprecedentedly high wave, so to speak, of postwar teen culture. On the other side of the pond, the Beatles had been hard at work playing to demographically similar, also-enraptured audiences. In February of 1964 the Fab Fo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Washington, America, Paul Mccartney, Brian Wilson, Seoul, Dennis, Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike, Lesley Gore, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Doug Supernaw


‘We were witness to magic’: ex-Drones drummer Mike Noga’s posthumous swansong

In the lead-up to the belated release of an apocalyptic yet hopeful final album, the late musician’s family open up about his talents and strugglesIn July 2020 a jubilant Mike Noga took to social media to announce the forthcoming release of a new solo album, Open Fire. “It’s been a long time in the making but I couldn’t be prouder of this one,” he wrote in a Facebook post.One month later news broke that the singer, songwriter and former drummer for the Drones – who played with the acclaimed Aust...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Australia news, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Culture, Pop and rock, Gig Economy, Australian Music, Mike Noga


The Medieval Ban Against the “Devil’s Tritone”: Debunking a Great Myth in Music Theory

Music lives deep within us, in the marrow of our evolutionary bones, tapping into “this very primitive system,” says British musicologist John Deathridge, “which identifies emotion on the basis of a violation of expectancy.” In other words, our brains are predisposed to hear certain combinations of sounds as soothing and others as disturbing. When we plot those sounds on a staff, we find one of the most dissonant, yet intriguing, combinations, what can be called an augmented 4th or dimin...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Ornette Coleman, Lucifer, Pearl Jam, Trinity College, Hartford Conn, James Bennett, WQXR, Camille Saint Saens, Durham NC Follow, Adam Neely, John Deathridge, Jerry Tachoir, Aristoxenus


DEVO Co-Founder Jerry Casale Muses on Songwriting & Social Protest: Stream the Nakedly Examined Music Interview Online

This week’s Nakedly Examined Music podcast features a discussion of songwriting and social protest with Jerry Casale, the co-frontman of Devo since its formation in 1973. https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/NEM_ep_157_8-25-21.mp3 Jerry developed the idea of “devolution” with his friend Bob Lewis in the late ’60s when attending Kent State University, and by his own account was radicalized to political action by the Kent State shootings in 1970...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Podcasts, College, Iraq, Alan Moore, America, Italy, Ohio, Napa, Mark, Kent State, Kent State University, Jerry, Rolling Stones, Devo


Encore! Encore! An Hour of the World’s Most Beautiful Classical Guitar

When it comes to encores, most musicians like to slate in a guaranteed crowdpleaser to send the audience out on a high. Conventional wisdom holds that an encore should be short, and change the mood created by the piece preceding it. Classical guitarist Ana Vidovi? takes a different approach. For the last few years, she has concluded most concerts by taking audience suggestions for the piece that will take it on home, viewing it as an opportunity to make an extra connection with fans: It’...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, San Francisco, Ukraine, Beijing, Richard, Omni, Asturias, San Francisco Bay Area, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bach, David Russell, St Mark, Corrente, Isaac Albeñiz


David Bowie’s Lost Album Toy Will Get an Official Release: Hear the First Track “You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving”

To the serious Bowie fan, the unreleased self-covers album Toy is not a secret. This collection of reworked pre-“Space Oddity” songs recorded with his touring band from his 2000 Glastonbury appearance was bootlegged a year after it was shelved in 2001. And it has been re-pressed illegally nearly every year since, sometimes as Toy and sometimes as The Lost Album. Some of the fourteen cuts popped up as b-sides over the years, but the whole album? Maybe, fans thought…one day. Well, that one...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Beyonce, College, Radiohead, David Bowie, O'leary, Glastonbury, Pete Townshend, Bowie, EMI, KCRW, Davy Jones, William S Burroughs, Beeb, Ted Mills


Nirvana Refuses to Mime Along to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on Top of the Pops (1991)

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, first released on September 24, 1991, “the day,” writes Michael Tedder at Stereogum, “that college radio-nurtured types and arty hard rock officially became rebranded as Alternative Rock, and, according to legend, everything changed forever.” You might believe that legend even if you remember the reality. Yes, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was just as huge as everybody says — and, yes, you likely recall where you were when y...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Dave Grohl, Sinead O'connor, Morrissey, Kurt Cobain, Nme, Pearl Jam, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Kurt, Olympia Washington, Josh Jones, Soundgarden, Jim Morrison, Mark Beaumont


Why Scientists Can’t Recreate the Sound of Stradivarius Violins: The Mystery of Their Inimitable Sound

In his influential 1936 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” critic Walter Benjamin used the word “aura” to describe an artwork’s “presence in time and space” — an explanation of the thrill, or chill, we get from standing before a Jackson Pollock, say, or a Michelangelo, rather than a photograph of the same. Writing in the age of radio, photography, and newspapers, Benjamin believed that aura could not be transmitted or copied: “Even the most perfect reproducti...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Europe, Music, Texas, College, Green, Italy, Jackson Pollock, Benjamin, Josh Jones, Francesco, Texas A M University, Walter Benjamin, Cremona Italy, Amati


Listen to Freddie Mercury & David Bowie on the Isolated Vocal Track for the Queen Hit ‘Under Pressure,’ 1981

In the summer of 1981, the British band Queen was recording tracks for their tenth studio album, Hot Space, at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland. As it happened, David Bowie had scheduled time at the same studio to record the title song for the movie Cat People. Before long, Bowie stopped by the Queen sessions and joined in. The original idea was that he would add backup vocals on the song “Cool Cat.” “David came in one night and we were playing other people’s songs for fun, just...
Tags: Facebook, Music, New York, College, David, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Vh1, Mercury, Power Station, Bowie, Brian May, Blake, Fred, Roger Taylor, Montreux Switzerland


Beethoven’s Unfinished Tenth Symphony Gets Completed by Artificial Intelligence: Hear How It Sounds

Few symphonies are as well-known as Beethoven’s Ninth, an assertion supported by the fact that it’s no doubt playing in your head even as you read this. Few symphonies are less well-known — at least by Beethoven’s standards — than his Tenth, primarily because he never actually got the thing finished. He did make a start on it, however, and at his death in 1827 left behind notes and drafts composed alongside the Ninth, which had also been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society. Su...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Technology, College, Intel, Deutsche Telekom, Beethoven, Salzburg, Seoul, Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bach, Colin Marshall, Bach Beethoven, Barry Cooper, Robert Levin


TikTok for real estate: An Inman Handbook

For interested real estate agents looking to expand their marketing reach, it's not too late to find success using the app — all it takes is a bit of dedication, creativity and willingness to try new things.
Tags: Facebook, Music, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Radio, Compass, Hashtags, Consistency, Social Media Presence, Linkedin Profile, Select, President Trump, Exp Realty, Tiktok, Aaron Grushow


Hear the Brazilian Metal Band Singing in–and Trying to Save–Their Native Language of Tupi-Guarani

The indigenous languages spoken in Brazil number around 170, a testament to the survival of tribal communities nearly wiped out by colonialism and commerce. Yet 40 of those languages have fewer than 100 speakers, and many more are declining rapidly. For linguists, “it’s a fight against time,” Luisi Destri writes at Pesquisa. Researchers estimate most, if not all, of these languages could disappear within 50 to 100 years, and some believe 30 percent might fade in the next 15 years. “Knowl...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Language, Metallica, Brazil, Black Sabbath, BRASILIA, Josh Jones, Pagan, Aquino, Guarani, University of São Paulo, Durham NC Follow, Tocantins, Mongolia Plays Heavy Metal


Cuffing Chronicles: The Shade Room x Facebook Watch Debut ‘Love Locked’ Reality Dating Competition Show

The Shade Room has announced the debut of their new unscripted dating competition show called "Love Locked." The series will follow 12 sexy Black singles as they venture on a journey to find their ideal match.
Tags: Facebook, Reality TV, Relationships, Newsletter, Jazz, Celebrity News, Web Series, Reality TV News, Love Locked, The Shade Room Love Locked, The Shade Room Unscripted Dating Show


Superstar Violinist Nigel Kennedy Reinvents Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”: Watch Two Dynamic Performances

Violinists don’t often make the news these days, but when one does, you can be reasonably assured either that a musical controversy is afoot, or that the violinist in question is Nigel Kennedy. This time, both of those are the case: Kennedy, as The Guardian‘s Dalya Alberge reports, “has pulled out of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall with only days to go after accusing the radio station Classic FM of preventing him from performing a Jimi Hendrix tribute.” At issue is his intent to perfo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Jimi Hendrix, Seoul, Kennedy, Vivaldi, Duke Ellington, Hendrix, Stravinsky, Royal Albert Hall, Nigel Kennedy, Stephane Grappelli, Colin Marshall, Eddie Van Halen, Hear Lost Recording of Pink Floyd Playing


The Recording Secrets of Nirvana’s Nevermind Revealed by Producer Butch Vig

People figured out that I’d tapped into something in making that record; a lot of labels came calling because they wanted to see if I could bring that magic to whatever artists they had. But I found it sorta annoying in some ways, because people thought I had a formula, that I could take a folk artist or a blues guitarist and make them sound like Nirvana. The pop cultural phenomenon of Nirvana’s Nevermind caught everyone involved by surprise — from the band, to the label, to Butch Vig, j...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Dave, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Kurt, Josh Jones, Butch, Cobain, Geffen, Billie Eilish, VIG, Krist Novoselic, Durham NC Follow, Butch Vig



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