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Lady Gaga, You Are Awesome

Posted September 14, 2009

via mtv

Seriously. Please keep being awesome.

The Bad Tour

Posted June 26, 2009

In April 1988, I went to my first, honest-to-goodness rock show. Yes, I'd seen some other live music, but never anything like this. For my birthday, my Uncle Steve took me to see Michael Jackson perform on his Bad tour at Rosemont Horizon (now Allstate Arena) in Chicago. I remember my dad dropping me off with him during dinner at a restaurant that let you throw peanuts on the floor. I also remember being phenomenally excited.

We were sitting in our seats, waiting patiently for the show to start. The crowd was already chanting and I was getting giddy. If you've been to Rosemont, you know it can get incredibly loud. It wasn't as loud as Chicago Stadium, but it was loud. So when Michael took the stage and every single person screamed at the top of their lungs, it was deafening.

Being just barely 8 years old, unable to hear anything and having a huge LED display flashing 'BAD' at me over and over, I immediately started to cry. My uncle noticed relatively quickly and tried to smooth it over as Michael started to moonwalk. Seeing I was completely freaked, he took me outside and got me a 7-Up. The hallway was completely desolate as the world was inside watching Michael and I managed to calm down. We went back in.

The rest of the show was mostly a blur, but I distinctly remember him being in a human-sized, backlit tent doing 30-second costume changes. I'm also positive that the show was life-altering.

The photo above is from the string of Rosemont shows and the video is from the a stop in Japan

Medley of Hip-Hop Songs Turned Into Chiptunes

Really, this may be the best thing I've heard all year. So awesome. DJ, you better reblog this.

Drummer Josh Freese Has a Unique Take on Variable Album Pricing

Part of the $20,000 package: "Maynard James Keenan, Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo and Josh take you miniature golfing and then drop you off on the side of the freeway (all filmed and posted on YouTube)" [via glass]

Ben Folds Releasing New Mix and Source Files for Way to Normal

Unfortunately, it's only for his fanclub, but it sounds like a good package for audiophiles and tinkerers. "Although I stand behind the official version...I'm a populist at heart and saw no reason not to provide a slightly different approach for those who prefer more old fashioned dynamics along with a sequence that builds."

8-Bit Jesus: A Chiptune Christmas

Quirky, sure, but these are good [via waxy]

The BBQ Song

"This is our review of BBQ, in the Southern United States / When my life is through, bury me in BBQ, make sure it's vinegar-based" [via Serious Eats]

The Drum Buddy

This video demonstration of "a 4 oscillator, light activated, mechanically rotating drum machine" is a little slow, but the device is awesome. Only 10 were made by the artist Quintron, who provides more info on his site. Laurie Anderson and Nels Kline just auctioned off two of them in NYC yesterday.

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