The iPod has changed the way we listen to music. And the way we respond to it. – By Nikil Saval – Slate Magazine

The Slate excerpt of this article does its job well — it touches on several interesting topics but doesn’t fully develop them. I might need to find the print version to see if it says more about music and revolutions. At the very least, it needs to get to American Idiot.

Among the grab-bag of other points in the story is this roundup of how we perceive musical genres:

The rise of generic distinctions has lately reached a climax of absurdity, such that we can name off the top of our heads: house, witch house, dub, dubstep, hardstep, dancehall, dance-floor, punk, post-punk, noise, “Noise,” new wave, nu wave, No Wave, emo, post-emo, hip-hop, conscious hip-hop, alternative hip- hop, jazz hip-hop, hardcore hip-hop, nerd-core hip-hop, Christian hip-hop, crunk, crunkcore, metal, doom metal, black metal, speed metal, thrash metal, death metal, Christian death metal, and, of course, shoe-gazing, among others. (Meanwhile, 1,000 years of European art music is filed under “classical.”)

I’d love to see a radio stream proclaim itself “ALL ATONAL, ALL THE TIME!”

via The iPod has changed the way we listen to music. And the way we respond to it. – By Nikil Saval – Slate Magazine.

High-speed drumming — what moves, what doesn’t

YouTube is a great repository for drum solos, so you can try to keep up with Terry Bozzio, Todd Sucherman et al.

Mike Mangini has one of the most amusing drum solos on YouTube — a performance with Steve Vai’s band in which his facial expressions really sell it. Little wonder Discovery sought him out with a high-speed camera. The result is fascinating. You wouldn’t believe what a snare drum and cymbal go through.

Monday Morning Music: Afro Celt Sound System, “Big Cat”

When I was honeymooning in Ireland in 1999, the radio played a steady stream of Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5 and a remix of “Ricky MarTEEN” in which everything that made Livin’ La Vida Loca interesting (horns, Latin percussion, rockabilly guitar) had been stripped away in favor of a bland Eurodisco beat.

I also heard ads for an upcoming performance of Afro Celt Sound System, a collective of Irish and African musicians fusing together all the unique percussion instruments of both cultures along with a pulsing synthesizer beat. Since then, I’ve found they’re almost always worth a listen. This is one of their best — a solid 7 1/2 minutes of hooks and drums that’ll help you get ready for a workday. Enjoy.

Reorganizing my social (networking) life

I scan through a lot of stuff during the course of the day, and modern widgetry has made all of this stuff easy to share.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed something. I’m sharing a lot on Facebook, which has the best sharing tools. But in doing so, I’m probably scaring away a lot of my “friends” who are wondering, “Man, why does this guy post 6-7 times a day? He’s cluttering up my News Feed!”

In the meantime, I’ve been neglecting Mostly Modern Media, which in many ways is my favorite of the 10 or 12 blogs I’ve started over the past decade.

A few Chrome extensions later, I’ve decided to share much more on this here blog. And to keep my Facebook feed to a reasonable number of posts, I’ve deactivated the automatic reposting of MMM content onto Facebook. SportsMyriad content will continue to flow onto Facebook. is still for sale and won’t be updated. My anonymous blog is still anonymous.

So I’ve simplified things on my end and hopefully on yours. If you want to see everything I’ve posted, you’d better add Mostly Modern Media to your RSS readers or your daily browsing. And if you de-friended me or moved me off your News Feed on Facebook, can I please come back?

Happy spring (sort of) to all.

And yet we keep treating Sarah Palin as a movement leader

This exhaustive survey of polling data shows what Nate Silver and others have already spelled out — Sarah Palin would need to fly through the sky and stop an incoming asteroid from destroying Disney World to win the 2012 election.

The big number here: She’s rated 33% favorable and 58% unfavorable … in *Alaska*.

Public Policy Polling: Palin State by State

Between this and Rebecca Black, it’s obvious: To succeed in life, be unpopular.

(Yes, I know the link gives a thorough beatdown on the Forbes calculation that Rebecca Black is already a millionaire. But it demonstrates that she and her parents are still turning a tidy profit on that $2,000 investment. And I could probably buy a new house if I were hired to ghost-write a book for her.)