In middle and high schools, I used to pride myself on being a Top 40s junkie. If a song was hot, I not only made sure to know it, but also attempted to memorize every word, study every music video, and in some extreme cases, teach myself associated dance routines. (Yes, I can still do the “1, 2 Step”)
I’ve always assumed that I’ve carried this borderline obsession with Top 40s with me throughout college, but this past weekend, I had a rude awakening. I was checking out the top trending songs on Twitter’s new #music app, and although I recognized some familiar ones — like Ciara’s “Body Party” and JT’s “Mirrors” — there were a ton of teen pop songs that I had never heard of. Who is this Cody Simpson character? I thought. Why is a Nickelodeon star collaborating with Mac Miller? And why did no one tell me Selena Gomez has a new song?
In an attempt to reclaim my identity, I binge-listened to all of these teen pop songs. While some are just as bad as you might expect, others are actually pretty great. But with summer just around the corner, the question remains: Are any good enough to become this summer’s ultimate pop hit, á la 2010′s “California Gurls” or 2012′s “Call Me Maybe”? We investigate.
From April 28 to May 31, Red Bull Music Academy will host thirty-four public events around New York City. The traveling workshop will feature 236 artists, film screenings, live concerts, and paneled discussions with people like ERYKAH BADU.
Here is a short preview of events to save cash money for next week. If tickets are sold out, there are many more events and StubHub alternatives.
Ah, Record Store Day, the annual event that brings bearded man-children out of their moms’ basements and into the world, questing for limited vinyl and acting more harried and vicious than moms at Black Friday sales. But is it really that nerdy?
The short answer is no, even though you will find your fair share of pale basement-dwellers and obscuro pressings should you venture out to one of our many local record stores this Saturday (4/20!!). RSD was created to keep independent record stores afloat in an age of economic downturn for most of the music industry, and attempts to do so by releasing a ton of exclusive albums. In years past, most of these releases would struggle to attract attention from anyone but obsessive music nerds, but this year, there seems to be an increased variety of RSD exclusives.
The full list is available on RSD’s site here, but you don’t want to scroll through hundreds of albums to find the few that matter to you, do you? NYU Local’s done the heavy lifting for you and broken down RSD releases into more manageable chunks, namely “Classics,” “Cool New Shit,” “WTF,” “4/20 Friendly” and “Über-nerdy.” Peruse at your convenience, without the presence of sweaty hipsters to distract you.
Warm weather is finally here! With it, as usual, comes a bunch of albums from bands looking to tour the festival circuit that begins with Coachella this weekend. Another inevitable aspect of rising temperatures is a profound craving for frozen desserts, especially when you live in a city that’s constantly raising the bar in terms of ice cream creativity.
While you can match music with its most appropriate alcoholic beverage online, no such option exist for the pairing of chill jams with even chiller treats. By using intense flavor science that’s usually reserved for wine-and-cheese tastemakers, NYU Local has done the unthinkable and created an algorithm that perfectly matches new music and frozen desserts. Here are some of our favorite results:
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Gary Marcus is a professor in the Psychology Department at NYU. He’s also the Director of NYU’s Center for Language and Music. His research creatively blends linguistics, biology, neuroscience, computer science, and even music, to arrive at an integrated and multi-dimensional understanding of the mind. He also jams on his guitar in his free time, proving it’s never too late to pick up new tricks.
Marcus is the author of several books that explain the complex construction and cognitive processes of the brain. He’s got a recurring column at The New Yorker, and has contributed to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. In his most recent book, Guitar Zero, Marcus chronicled his attempt to learn guitar and along the way explored the cognitive underpinnings of musical talent and the processes related to developing musical skill. Read more…
NYU’s top talents faced off last night at Ultra Violet Live, NYU’s annual talent show. Hosted and judged by famous NYU (read: Tisch) alumni, the competition set out to find the university’s next star. Read more…
There are a lot of headphones out there. Every color and shape, endorsed by every celebrity, counterfeited by every third-world country and marketed to make innocent people like you believe that your headphones are somehow better than everyone else’s.
If you spend at least an hour listening to music with headphones each week, it’s worth upgrading your crappy earbuds to something that really will let your music shine. And if you don’t spend that much time plugged into your music, you might want to try it. It’s nice to escape for a little and surround yourself with tunes.
We’ll spare you all of the juicy audiophile details like which headphones have better midtones and skintones or which pairs have the tighest bass or the widest waist. If you want to obsess over that, do spend a few days on Head-Fi. Make sure to think about what style of headphones you prefer: open-air tend to produce better sound but don’t isolate outside noise, whereas in-ear and around-ear styles tend to block external noise at the cost of comfort. Take that generality with a grain of salt, though, because every pair is unique.