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Music Kills The Planet

Seriously, and for realz

Storing and processing music in the cloud depends on vast data centers that use a tremendous amount of resources and energy.

Devine translated plastic productions and the electricity use to store and transmit digital audio files into greenhouse gas equivalents (GHGs). He then compared the GHGs from recorded music in the US in 1977, 1988, 2000 and 2016.

The findings are clear. The GHGs caused by recorded music are much higher today than in the past. In 1977 the GHGs from, recorded music were 140 million kg. By 2016, they were estimated to somewhere between 200 million kg and over 350 million kg.

“I am a bit surprised. The hidden environmental cost of music consumption is enormous,” Devine says.

Even worse than the “bovine methane emissions” aka cow farts. You can’t really blame the cows for cow-ing. But I guess if you’re gonna have a planet-scale brown note, it might as well be a D-major.

Let’s add to the worldwide suicide note (heh) with a song that gleans a bit of insight as to how progressives arrive at their conclusions (hint: it involves some atmospheric emissions of their own, and I’m not talkin’ the C02 kind), as performed by some young fellows who tragically died in a different kind bovine emission-related incident.

 

1/9/19

Double 19 requires two “19” songs.

That song was all over MTV in the mid-80’s. I believe it got a fair amount of radio play as well.

Interesting story behind the making of the song –

You probably knew this one was coming. Another big radio hit –

2018

End of another year. Hope everyone has a terrific New Year!

Added more songs to the list, including a new Steely Dan performance from this year.

 

 

Is It NYE Already?

The future is very soon indeed.

Will the New Year bring self-aware Ratlicants? As if the original isn’t bad enough…

 

Goat must have a rosy view of the future with those beer-colored glasses.

2017

I don’t know if this will post with a December 31st date ’cause WordPress is screwy…

Hope you all had a wonderful 2017 and have an even better 2018. Here’s some music for your New Year’s Eve party!

Do They Know It’s Murder?

And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it’s them
Instead of you

I’m sure most of you remember this song, the one that kicked off years of “Something-or-other-Aid” singles and concerts…

Apparently that song has not, uh, lived out its lifespan just yet. Totally swiped from Ace Of Spades HQ

Supposedly — this sounds made-up to me, but whatever, supposedly — someone’s making a movie called Do They Know It’s Murder?

The premise is this: at the recording of Band Aid’s charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?, a fellow Brit rocker (or hanger-on) is murdered.

To make sure the single is finished without incident, Bob Geldof must suddenly put his detective skills to use — you know, I guess maybe he actually solved the case of the girl who shot up the school in I Hate Mondays or some bullshit — and find the killer before they lose the studio space.

Seriously, it’s being claimed this will be a movie coming out.

If that’s real, I’ll totally see it.

If that’s a punking — well played.

To quote birthmoviesdeath.com

We need to make peace with the fact that this film will most likely have an entire ensemble of actors made-up to look like ‘80s Brit pop stars. Oh, and one of those recognizable ’80s musicians is getting murdered?

Folks, I give you my most anticipated film of the decade.

I have no idea if this is real. But if this hellspawned monstrosity of awful tastelessness and wrecking-not-very-cherished-song-memories-from-the-80s is real, they have my ticket money.

Rocktober – Tricked Out Treat

A Halloween thrill costumed in a different genre… but first, a word from our sponsors about all your favorite Halloween songs by tonight’s featured artist –

 

“Thriller” 1930s jazz style –

 

 

City Pop Radio

I posted a City Pop collection by Van Paugam a while back. If you liked it, he’s now got a streaming YouTube channel, City Pop Radio, described as –

Streaming City Pop classics 24/7! Come with us on an endless drive through the streets of Japan while listening to over 30 hours worth of the best City Pop records from the 80s. Travel back in time through the haze of memories that aren’t your own, and melodies frozen in a particular place in history.

It’s been running for almost 2 weeks now. There’s a live chat on the sidebar, if you want to discuss City Pop music or ask questions about it. The playlist is randomized and updated weekly. There’s also a donate link, if you like what you hear. The driving video is kind of neat to watch (no, not the cheeky pic in the thumbnail, a real vid), I’m not sure how long it runs before looping back to the start.

They Shouldn’t Have Cut Those Music Classes

My wife: Do you not like Queen, or just “Don’t Stop Believin'”? (pause) or, is that…?

Me:  That’s Journey. I don’t know how you got those two mixed up.

My wife: I don’t either!

71717

A palindromic date after a week of palindromic dates, and still a couple days to go. Next year it will happen for ten days in August.

‘Tis a fine blue sky on a Monday here. Which is a hopeless segue into the song “Blue Monday” by New Order. If you don’t know the song (and unless you’re under the age of 20, how couldn’t you? Did your parents hate good music?), give it a listen.

It was redone a few years later, sounding a bit different and released at “Blue Monday 88” (another palindromic number, if only just barely),* which also garnered much airplay.

Taking it to an ultra-blue level, Orkestra Obsolete has covered the song in retro style using only 1930s instruments.

Jazzy, in an art-deco-on-acid kind of way.

  • 1988, or “88,” is an unusual number, given that 1+9+8+8=26 and 2+6=8. And the 8s are sideways Infinity symbols. No, there’s no point to this information.