The Genius of Paul McCartney’s Bass Playing in 7 Isolated Tracks

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In many a musical situation, one can communicate an entire playing style in a name. When it comes to the bass—in pop music, at least—one of the foremost of those names is Paul McCartney, whose soulful basslines have given us some of the most memorable melodies in music history.

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Hear a 20 Hour Playlist Featuring Recordings by Electronic Music Pioneer Pauline Oliveros (RIP)

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We can all surely recite some version of the difference between listening and hearing. It’s usually explained by a parent or guardian, with the intent of making us better at following instructions. On the whole, it’s for our own good as children that we pay heed to our elders.

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The Only Surviving Behind-the-Scenes Footage of I Love Lucy, and It’s in Color! (1951)

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The enduring popularity of comedian Lucille Ball’s 6-season sitcom, I Love Lucy, has resulted in so many full-color collectibles, occasional viewers may forget that the show was filmed in black and white.

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1910 Fairground Organ Plays Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and It Works Like a Charm

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First built in Paris by Charles Marenghi in 1910, the organ above quickly found a home in a Belgian restaurant. And there it remained for many years … until 1967, when it traveled abroad, to a Texas fairground. Imagine the culture shock it must have felt. But that’s not where it ends.

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The Physics of Playing a Guitar Visualized: Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” Viewed from Inside the Guitar

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Give it a chance, you won’t be disappointed. While the first 30 seconds of the video above may resemble an amateur iPhone prank, it soon becomes something unexpectedly enchanting—a visualization of the physics of music in real-time.

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Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Played on Korean Instrument Dating Back to 6th Century

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Gayageum player Luna Lee has been on a bit of a viral video roll recently. First it was her cover of “Space Oddity” by David Bowie that earned her 110,000 plus views, and just two days ago we featured her covers of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Great Gig in the Sky,” and “Comfortably Numb.

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Alice’s Restaurant: An Illustrated Version of Arlo Guthrie’s Thanksgiving Counterculture Classic

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Alice’s Restaurant. It’s now a Thanksgiving classic, and something of a tradition around here. Recorded in 1967, the 18+ minute counterculture song recounts Arlo Guthrie’s real encounter with the law, starting on Thanksgiving Day 1965.

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Hear a 9-Hour Tribute to John Peel: A Collection of His Best “Peel Sessions”

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If you took a job as a radio DJ at the BBC prior to 1988, you had to labor under something called “needle time,” a law promoted by the Musicians’ Union and Phonographic Performance Limited (and ultimately the major record labels) that put a cap on the amount of recorded music transmissible over the airwaves.

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How Can You Tell a Good Drummer from a Bad Drummer?: Ringo Starr as Case Study

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Yesterday Josh Jones made the case for appreciating the subtle genius of Ringo Starr. And as if to second that, Dirk K. sent this video (above) our way.
Asked what separate good drummers from bad, drummer Brandon Khoo gives a short demonstration that puts Ringo’s talents in the right light.

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Hear the Brilliant Guitar Work of Charlie Christian, Inventor of the Electric Guitar Solo (1939)

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On a recent visit to Seattle’s Museum of Popular Culture (formerly EMP), I found myself transfixed for well over an hour by the Guitar Gallery, a veritable shrine for guitar players, with “55 vintage, world changing guitars from the 1770s to the present.

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