Thursday, June 29, 2006

This is your brain on music

Fascinating article on what parts of the brain are stimulated by different activities related to music (hearing vs. imagining vs. emotionally reacting vs. etc.).

My one concern with this article is that it might discourage some adults from taking up a musical instrument.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Boondocks Highlight Reel

The Boondocks (on Adult Swim) is one of those shows you either love or hate, depending on which offends you more and which offends you less. Kind of like Mind of Mencia and Chappelle's Show.

I love this show, even if the satire can be on the harsh side. Here's a 10-minute highlight reel that someone compiled, including the great kung fu fight scene between Huey and Riley.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Intriguing new Musical Toys from Blue Man Group

Toys occupy an honored place in the art of making music, particularly at the fringes. One of my fondest toys-and-music memories is watching a UCSD music professor (who taught a Rock Guitar class) take a "solo" on a toy guitar, lay it on the floor, douse it with lighter fluid, and set it ablaze as it continued to play its preprogrammed rock guitar riffs.

I can't wait to get my hands on these new toys from Blue Man Group. Check out the article at Music Thing.