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My taste in music is better than yours...
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Written by WATYF on Thursday, 09 August 2007 (7291 hits)
Category: Musical

EDITORIAL NOTE (for lazy people): If you don't like to read paragraphs (for fear of hurting your brain) then please skip straight to the uber-funny sketch at the end of this article. If, on the other hand, you can actually handle reading more than four sentences in a group without your mind wandering off to thoughts of what's on TV tonight, then you can start reading here.... and now, on to the article.

Human behavior is intriguing. One such behavior is how the average person approaches the topic of taste in music. We all have tastes. Tastes in food. Tastes in men/women. Tastes in movies. You name it. But for some reason, no taste seems to carry with it the fervent arrogance and xenophobia that a person's taste in music often does. If you meet someone, and you start discussing food, chances are that you won't even notice if they mention liking a food that you dislike. Most people just accept it as normal. "Oh... you like fish, eh... I'm not a big fan it it." But mention a band that they hate, and watch the wonder that is human self-conceit... "What? You like Blink 182?!? Dude. They're, like, the worst band on the planet. Seriously. What's wrong with you? You really need to get a new taste in music". As if acquiring a new taste in anything is even physically possible, and as if there is such a thing as a "better" or "worse" taste in music. Now, for many of you, cognitive dissonance is already kicking in and telling you that, somehow, your taste in music IS indeed "better" or "more refined", but it's not. I know... it's hard to accept that what your ears prefer means absolutely nothing to anyone but you, but it's true. I'm sorry to have crushed your entire worldview. Laughing

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The grooviest studio I've ever been to... so far.
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Written by WATYF on Thursday, 17 November 2005 (4743 hits)
Category: Musical

So, the band I play for booked some time in a St. Louis studio to track a few songs. I was scheduled to go in on a Tuesday and spend about 8 hours tracking drums. Well, it ends up that they booked themselves into the nicest studio in St. Louis (and probably one of the nicest in the Midwest)... Four Seasons Media Productions.

I've been to a bunch of home/project studios in my time (some decent... some pretty crappy), but this is my first time tracking in a "real" studio. Unfortunately, I was so busy drumming that I didn't get much of a chance to drool over all their high-end gear.... but I did find some links online to a few pictures of their control and tracking rooms, just so you can join me a bit of gratuitous gear-lust.

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You too can be a staaaar!!!
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Written by WATYF on Sunday, 07 August 2005 (5719 hits)
Category: Musical

Have you ever seen an "artist" perform live (on some music awards show... or maybe a late night talk show), and they sound like absolute crap? And even though you're a mindless consumer who just gobbles down whatever the flavor of the week is that they're shoving down your throat, did you ever have that faint, small voice in the back of your head ask, "How come they sound so good on their albums, but every time I hear them live, they suck?".

Well ladies and gentlemen... It's my self-appointed job to reveal to you the mysteries of the universe, and I've decided to start with this one... You see... you don't need talent to sing like the pros... because the "pros" don't have any talent either...

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