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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.

 

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Peter Tork Dies At 77

Peter Tork of the Monkees passed away. His 77th birthday was just eight days ago.

The Monkees was one of the first musical acts I was ever aware of, watching reruns of the TV show as a kid. I saw them in concert in the 80s when MTV ran a Monkees Marathon, sparking a revival of the band. Apparently, I was not alone. There were a lot of people who were high-school age like I was at the show.

At first, the band was not allowed to write or perform their own music, but Peter managed to get a minor part on one or two early songs. When the band was allowed to contribute, Peter scored a bit of a coup with the song “For Pete’s Sake.” The song was used for the end credits of the show in season 2.

RIP Peter Tork.

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.

 

 

Steely Brown

Or, I suppose, “Snoopy Dan” –

Rocktober Final Friday 2018 – COWBELL!

 

I had no idea this existed. H/T to Ace of Spades HQ –

A thing of beauty!

If this existed, I would buy it –

Christopher Walken very briefly mentions Cowbell, and talks about his other famous SNL skit –

If you are one of those extremely rare and broken people who has never seen the Cowbell skit, well, now you can.

Notice how even the cast members, including Walken himself and especially Jimmy Fallon, can’t keep from laughing.

Just watch –

WARNING! DO NOT CLICK UNLESS YOU ARE HARDCORE!

Friday Night Video – Rockytober

A scene from the movie Rocky II

It’s an inspiring scene. A local guy is training hard to make something of himself, and his community encourages him all the way. Neighborhood kids see him running by and follow him, running with him, cheering him on and shouting “Go! Go! Go!” spurring him to push harder and make it to the finish. It might be a scene from a movie, but you could easily picture it happening for real.

How likely is any of that today?

These days, everyone would be telling him he’s wasting his time – assuming any of his neighbors even knew who he was – and the kids would point and laugh instead of joining in.  And even if the kids did go with him, they would get in trouble for not staying in their own yard. Or get lost once they were more than two blocks away from home. Hell, when was the last time you even saw kids playing outside?

America needs some hometown heroes again.

To end things on a lighter note, here’s a few people keeping in that spirit –

Faketober Friday Night Videos – Smells Like TOTP Spirit

“Load up on drugs, kill your friends”
– Kurt Cobain, 1991

Nirvana was set to perform their recent hit single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the British music chart television program “Top of the Pops.” …What resulted was, and still is, one of the greatest middle fingers and live performances ever

That Time That Punk Rocked

 

Kurt doing his best(?) Morrissey impression. Kinda wonder what a Nirvana cover of the Smiths would have sounded like. Or vice versa.

Rocktober/Friday Night Videos: “…Let Slip The Pigs Of Jazz”

It’s that time of year again, Rocktober. And to celebrate, let’s have some…. not rock.

Andy Rehfeldt posts a rare video of Black Sabbath performing live –

 

The music rather suits the video, given the Mod outfits (especially Ozzy’s fashion disaster) and the stage set. Seriously, a big rainbow over your stage screams “Lounge” far more than it suggests “Metal.”

Andy has been at this for a long time, and a lot of his songs are improvements over the originals.There are also a few mashup in there that are fun.

Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dead At 46

Lead singer of the Cranberries Dolores O’Riordan has passed away.

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday. She was 46.

O’Riordan died in London, where she was recording, publicist Lindsey Holmes said.

“No further details are available at this time,” Holmes said, adding that the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news.

The first Cranberries song that I recall hearing was “Zombie” in August or September of 1994. I kinda liked it, but it got so incredibly overplayed in such a short time that to this day I almost cringe a little when I hear it. Overplayed so much that the warehouse I worked in at the time is burned into my memory and resurfaces every time I hear the song.

They came to dominate alternative radio in the mid-to-late 90s. I was never a big fan of theirs, but I did like some of their songs.

“Dreams” was pretty good, although it was overplayed a bit as well –

“Linger” is decent enough, it’s good enough that I don’t automatically change radio stations when I hear it –

Radio stations couldn’t get enough of that one, either. the song just, uh, hung around for a long time.

But I would have to say the song I liked best was “Ridiculous Thoughts.” Don’t know why, just a catchy tune. Good opening, and she belts it out fairly well at the end, too –

Rest In Peace, Dolores. Didn’t know you well, but sad to see you’re gone.