Aug 18, 2011

How to: DIY Painted Guitar Makeover

Most musicians remember their first instrument. If you're a peer of mine, meaning you bought your first guitar sometime between 1993-1997, from some small local music store, and you honed your chops on grunge and classic rock covers, it was probably an off-brand Stratocaster copy, which was most likely black and had a high chance of being covered with stickers. When I taught guitar lessons when I was in graduate school, I was amused/glad to see that adolescents still basically by the same instruments on their first time out.

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Aug 11, 2011

Album Covers Come to Life with Sleeveface

I first discovered Sleeveface/sleevefacing/holdingupLPcoverssothesingersfacelookslikeitsyours over a holiday break a few years ago, and I basically spent the entire day after Christmas scouring through the entire archive.

Since then, the phenomenon has grown amazingly, resulting in a quite organized website, and a book! So, now, you can be like, "Oh, I wanna see a Ramones album," and...here you go.

The trend is defined as "one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion." I'm pretty sure you can figure out the rest from the photos. Fun, right?

The choices range from classics:

...to the ambitious:


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Jul 14, 2011

Home Tour: Masculine, Mid-Century, Techno-Industrial Loft

To say Christopher and Javier's home looks like a nightclub isn't really accurate. Sure, their downtown loft is replete with an extensive music collection, a well-outfitted DJ setup, and plenty of tech-y lighting solutions, but it's also bright, cheery, and full of mid-century design icons and bold shocks of color.



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Jul 13, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 13, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Famous People Popsicles in matching flavors        

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Jun 27, 2011

How Your Father's Taste in Music Influences What You Listen to Today

created at: 06/27/2011

Musical choices are a peculiar thing, with all your combined tastes making perfect sense to you, and hardly anyone else. (What? I can trace the lineage of David Bowie to the Spice Girls...can't you?)

But, chances are, your musical tastes are at least a little influenced by the stuff your parents listened to. So, in honor of Father's Day, Sonos made a chart to help you source your influences. "There’s no end to the reasons why you listen to the music you do today, but we’re willing to bet that more than a few of you were subjected to your father’s music at some point in the past (or present). So that leads to the question: what do dear old dad’s listening habits say about the artists in your repertoire? In honor of Father’s Day, we tried our hand at finding out."

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Jun 22, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: June 22, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Well, I know what I'm doing later...

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Jun 21, 2011

Bike Beats: Music Made with Only a Bicycle

created at: 06/21/2011

Pop quiz: Name a song about bikes. Go ahead...I'll wait.


Okay, ready? Whatcha come up with? That old one about Daisy and the bicycle built for two? Or either of those two Queen songs?

Is that it? Well, no, probably not. But they sure are the ones that spring to mind for most of us. Until now.

Sound designer and composer Roger Lima created this infectious tune using sounds and samples from an actual bicycle.

Watch this video to hear it in action:      

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May 25, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: May 25, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

The Neon Boneyard is where lighted signs go to retire. The photos are absolutely stunning.  

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May 23, 2011

Free Music Alert: Kill Rock Stars' Best Sampler Ever

created at: 05/23/2011

At some point today, I snagged a Twitter link to record label Kill Rock Stars' latest free, downloadable sampler, aptly entitled "Best Sampler Ever." It's been blaring for the last hour or so, and it's gotten not one but two volume bumps. So, whatever that means.

Anyway, it's good and you should listen to it.

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May 19, 2011

How To: Make a Custom Bass Drum Head (or my nephew gets the best birthday present ever)

created at: 05/19/2011

I have a three year old nephew, and I think he's totally awesome. Not in the "all little kids are adorable way," but in the "this kid has got crazy personality way. He knows that he's funny, and is very smart about using his presence, face, and words to be entertaining and smart.

So, I wanted to get him something special that he could continue to use once all the dumptrucks and Buzz Lightyear Jr. action figures wore out. His favorite thing to do when he comes over is to play around with all my musical instruments and noisemakers. So, I headed to the toy store, and saw this mini-drum set on clearance, I knew I had to get it.

Of course, I couldn't just wrap up the box and hand it to him - my brother-in-law would never have been able to put it together and tune it. (He's lovingly known for his lack of rhythm. He's talented in lots of other ways.)

So, I put in together in my living room, tuned it up, and then the wheels started turning. (Okay, and let's be honest. I also couldn't stop playing it for a couple of days). He loves the Beatles, and his geek dad has got him watching Star Wars, and I certainly can't ever leave stuff alone. So, I knew I has to customize the kit just for him.

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May 16, 2011

How To: Make an Earbud Holder from a Credit Card

When it comes to poor headphone storage habits, I'm the guiltiest of guilties. There are currently two strands intertwined in the bottom of my bag, one all tangled up with my phone in my pocket, and at least three pairs snagged on various USB cables, adapters and plugs, and power supplies in the bottom drawer of my desk back at home.

With this clever and easy DIY storage solution, I have no more excuses.    

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May 10, 2011

Pomplamoose Cover the Angry Birds Theme Song

created at: 05/10/2011

Pomplamoose, the bf/gf pioneer's of the "video song," have turn their catapult's sights to the eerily catchy Angry Birds theme song. Their version comes out even more eerie and catchy, and shows the duo at their best.

Click play to watch the video:  

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May 04, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: May 04, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Weezer: The 8-bit Album: Download it for free

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Apr 28, 2011

Moby Has a Castle: The Musician's Masculine Mid-Century Style

created at: 04/28/2011

Moby, once the epitome of urban, NYC musician type, has a new home: a castle in the Hollywood Hills. And? It's pretty awesome.

It has a turret built for the original owner's pet monkey, the Rolling Stones slept here for a bit, plenty of adult films have been shot around the pool, and possesses a killer tiki bar.

"There is also what he calls the “penultimate” Hollywood view, for which you have to go up the stairs to the master bedroom. Be careful: Moby’s one rule is no shoes on the rug. O.K., now plop down on the rumpled bed. Looking through the window straight ahead, you can see the canyon fall to the Hollywood Reservoir; to your right and up the hill is the famous Hollywood sign. If he were a Hollywood producer and wanted to impress some actress, Moby says, he’d use that view."

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Apr 22, 2011

LEGO Beatles (Animated Music Video)

created at: 04/22/2011

Some combinations just work: peanut butter and jelly, Laurel and Hardy, and of couse, the Beatles and stop-motion LEGO animation.

Click play to watch the little plastic moptops play my favorite early-era Beatles tune:

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Apr 20, 2011

Take The Test: Can You Hear Me Now?

How about now? No? What's wrong with you?

created at: 04/20/2011

Is it possible that I only speak on a frequency you can't hear? No. But it's likely that when you take this fun hearing test, there will be frequencies inaudible to you. And if you're over 25, it's cause you're old. Or cause you listen to a lot of music. 

"Here is a list of tones that go from 8Hz all the way up to 22,000Hz. It’s fairly common for people who are over 25 years of age to not be able to hear above 15kHz, so this will help you find out where your high frequency hearing cuts off.

Musicians have a much higher risk of hearing loss that most people do, and many of us don’t really wear

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Apr 20, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: April 20 , 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Five generations of Batman, chillin' 


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Apr 15, 2011

The Best Game Boy Music...Ever

created at: 04/15/2011

In the early and mid-00s, when those of us who grew up in the 80s broke out of their teens, there was a mini-movement of 'chip-tune' music: original compositions created for the 8- and 16-bit syntheizers that provided the soundtracks for the computer and video games of our youth. It was fun, and it was interesting, and now, geek music is going in other directions.

Like, this brilliant video. Sure, it's clever, but it doesn't play like a novelty. It's fun, it's catchy, and you'll probably be dancing in front of your computer.

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Apr 13, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: April 13, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Girls with Steve Buscemi Eyes is fascinating, questioning what exactly goes into recognizing faces.

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Apr 12, 2011

I Can't Explain This, But It's Awesome and You Want to Play with It

created at: 04/12/2011

I just discovered this little rebloggable gem: someone built in a visual/musical step sequencer into Tumblr's CSS, allowing readers to click the boxes and create some seriously cool and catchy beats and melodies.

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