“One of the main reasons we concert and clubgoers part with our hard-earned money these days is to hear gigantic songs at the volume they were made to be played at alongside total strangers who want the same thing. When Drake brought out ASAP Ferg to do ‘Work’ and all of ASAP Mob for ‘Shabba,’ then kept Rocky onstage for ‘F—-in Problems’ (known party unifier) it felt like the room was finally answering in the affirmative to his earlier question: ‘Are we all in agreeance that tonight is my birthday party?’”—NPR’s Frannie Kelley on where Rock the Bells fails and how Drake’s tour succeeds (via nprmusic)
“How big a deal is electro-swing? Not very. But at least a few numbers will last as offbeat treats. And I’m fascinated by the story of its growth, which shows how, particularly in dance music, a tossed-off novelty sound can persist and become a full-blown school. Sometimes it amounts to a classy one-roomer like electro-swing, sometimes it balloons into a world-class university like hip-hop.”—
Fish sauce — that funky, flavor-enhancing fermented condiment — is part of what gives Southeast Asian cooking its distinctive taste. But it turns out, this cornerstone of Eastern cooking actually has a long history on another continent: Europe. And it goes all the way back to the Roman Empire.
What is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in many diverse fields?
As my former boss—a theater director, playwright, and performer—said once, “If you want good workers, hire musicians, not actors. Musicians will get something 80% right and say, ‘No way; it has to be better.’ Actors will get something 80% right and say, ‘Hey! That was pretty good!’”
Musicianship definitely sets up a higher standard for what an “acceptable” product is and teaches you that the only way to reach that standard is through hard work, attention to detail, and creative thinking.
“I’ve never done twerking in my life.”—Rep. Michele Bachmann • Responding to a question, about Miley Cyrus’ recent impersonation of her for a skit on Saturday Night Live, during a TheTeaParty.net conference call which took place on Monday. Bachmann said she didn’t take impersonation personally though, reminding those listening that she’s been the target of SNL sketches on more than one occasion. source (via shortformblog)