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FAQ: Grammy Snubs

Q: Why didn’t [your favorite artist] get nominated for Song, Album, or Record of the Year? A: Nominations in the Big Three categories are designed to recognize achievements beyond those of the artist. That’s why none of these awards have the word “artist” in them. Song of the Year, then, is given for the best…

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Ears Opened

The story of Austin Chapman provides an awesome basis for discussion.  If you haven’t seen this, take two minutes to read it before going on: Being able to hear music for the first time ever. Let me give you a glimpse of the deaf world.  With his old hearing aids in, Chapman could hear some…

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The Hit Equation

Topping the UK charts is as easy as a² + b² = c². The Music Information Retrieval (MIR) team at the University of Bristol recently announced to the world that they had devised a mathematical formula that indicates what qualities of a song are important, and to what degrees, in determining whether that song will…

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Eve 6’s Glorious Comeback is Nigh

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Pop/rock group makes a hit, gets unjustly labeled as a “one-hit wonder,” releases a dark and emotional masterpiece that witnesses the band crumbling, breaks up soon afterwards, disappears for years despite some generous re-appraisals of their later work, finally re-appears. Trick question! I described (at least) two bands. Weezer…

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In which The Annie Awards lose all credibility

In the past I have praised the Annie Awards for providing a lens into the most important animated features from each year of the past couple decades. The largest mark against the awards came in 2008, when Kung-Fu Panda won Film of the Year against Wall-E, which was by far the most recognized and important…