This is what listening to music does to your brain while you work

This is what listening to music does to your brain while you work
When music is on, however, your brain has to process auditory data on top of processing the instructions and facts. There are, however, a few downsides, too. Learning = Stop

Learning requires your brain to analyze and remember instructions and facts. Before you press Play, however, have a handle on when your tunes will be most beneficial for you and your brain. Most places of business allow employees to listen to music at work because it can promote wellbeing, productivity, and concentration. Thus, if you have to learn something at work, it’s best to turn off your music, especially if you’re learning verbally or through reading and the music has lyrics. When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Because of this multitasking, the brain can interpret the instructions and facts improperly, either associating them in odd ways or making mistakes about what’s important enough to store. Rupinder points this article at Inc that goes deeper into the process of your music at work. Keep reading.

What do you do when they won’t change the music at work?

Earlier this year, I was in a London hotel with a lobby stuck on a time warp. I was reminded of all this with an email from Brenda. I recently asked a co-worker how often they change the loop. I am in a retail environment and am slowly losing my mind after listening to the same crap music since I started. They told me that they’d been there for about two years and it’s never changed. I remember the hell of working at a grocery store at Christmas. Thanks! To this day, Burl Ives’ “Holly Jolly Christmas” activates my PTSD from the era. Brenda
I feel her pain. I dread the Christmas season. When I asked the guy behind the desk if they ever changed the music, he just sadly shook his head. Inside the office–which was locked, naturally–was an 8-track player that fed speakers throughout the store. Have you or do you know if anyone who has either studied or given tips on how to survive this auditory hell? From what I could tell, they played the same music on two-hour loop 24/7. Yikes! Does anyone have any suggestions? In April of this year, I had to return to the workforce. From about mid-November to New Year’s Eve, the same dozen songs were played over and over and over again.
What do you do when they won’t change the music at work?

Some Pearl Jam fans will have trouble with this Eddie Vedder solo gig. They shouldn’t.

They shouldn’t. Some Pearl Jam fans will have trouble with this Eddie Vedder solo gig.
For the first decade of Pearl Jam’s life, the group was powered by idealism. Tell me that if your company booked Eddie for your next Christmas party that you wouldn’t lose your mind. We won’t do music videos! The money is usually, really, really good, filling a gap created by cratering record sales. Ford (@quinn_c_ford) on Sep 27, 2018 at 8:35pm PDT

 

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This is the #moment when your #wife @skatienoyes invades the #stage 💃🏼at a @netjets 🛩 private #concert to dance with Eddie Vedder 🎸from @pearljam ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Another reason we love the #californialifestyle 🏝…. Chances are none of us will ever be Netjet customers, but that’s beside the point. Usually, it’s just another concert in the working life of a music. #eddievedder #netjets #pearljam #quinnford
A post shared by Quinn C. The band came back to music videos for a while, but they’re not the big-budget MTV-is-God productions. The Ticketmaster fight was a good one but ultimately unwinnable. Eddie obviously has no trouble with the way NetJets does business. We’re pro-choice! Fight Ticketmaster! Why not take the gig? While we haven’t seen the group license any song for a TV commercial (at least I haven’t heard of one), Eddie Vedder is willing to take the odd corporate gig. There may be conditions set down and the artist often vets the company to make sure they share certain values, but a payday is a payday. Save the oceans! No wonder everyone from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones to the Foo Fighters to Metallica has accepted the odd corporate booking. The group is still all those things, but age, pragmatism, and certain fiscal realities have crept in.  

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Eddie Vedder Private Show! Eddie recently performed from the employees of NetJets, a company that makes private jet travel available. Standing up for women’s rights and environmental causes will forever be part of Pearl Jam’s DNA. These are private shows where an entertainer is hired for a company event, or in some cases, a wedding or bar/bat mitzvah. the many #musicfestivals 🎼❗️ ——————————————————— #musicfestival #eddievedder #stageinvasion #netjets #netjetslife #privateconcert #danapoint #eddievedderlove #californialife #caliconcert #california #californiaadventure #blessedlife #grateful #onstage #skatieswim #liveconcert #pearljam
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Rock My World Canada, Chapter 8: Big Wreck

Get your copy here. – AC]
Big Wreck is a Canadian-American rock band formed by Ian Thornley of Toronto in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1994. In 2012, under the name Big Wreck, the band released their third studio album, Albatross. Find out more about Gandharvas and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. [Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. Follow on Facebook and Twitter, too. In 2010, Ian and Brian Doherty reunited for a cross-Canada tour, playing both Big Wreck and Thornely songs. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. The band’s fourth studio album, Ghosts, was released in Canada on June 10, 2014.  
  They disbanded in 2002 with Ian going onto a successful solo career in his own band, Thornley.
Rock My World Canada, Chapter 8: Big Wreck

Kanye’s SNL appearance was kinda meh. But when the cameras were off, he started talking. That’s when it got interesting.

Chris Rock is laughing At @kanyewest pic.twitter.com/jAGP5OwKXD
— 2cool2blog (@2Cool2Bloggg) September 30, 2018 Looks like we missed a lot after the credits 🤔
Kanye is back to talking about running for president in 2020. Not that we should have been surprised, though, because you never know what version of Kanye is going to show up on any given night in any given place. 🎥: @chrisrock pic.twitter.com/yObaal85CA
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) September 30, 2018

Wowwwww only 3 people clapped. And frankly, we were hoping for some extra weirdness because the afternoon of the show, Kanye let it known that he’s changing his name to “YE.“
Variety gives his performance a rating of “meh“–and I’d have to agree. I’m one of the biggest Kanye fans on the planet. Lol but nah this ain’t it, chief #snl pic.twitter.com/1eAhcQOrNC
— Polo Maruwa (@polomaruwa10) September 30, 2018

But at the end of the night when the cameras were off, Kanye YE went on a political rant, offering up his praise for Donald Trump and reaffirming his conviction to run for president in 2020. Last night’s SNL season opening with Kanye West was…okay.
But when the cameras were off, he started talking. That’s when it got interesting. Kanye’s SNL appearance was kinda meh.

Random music news for October 1, 2018

Random music news for October 1, 2018
Here’s my column on the Life is Beautiful music festival for Global News. Yes. It’ll happen in 2019. Let’s take a look at some music news for October 1, 2018. Bono and the burqa. Then he had a hit single. Probably not. Maybe. If slam-dancing in a mosh pit is too wimpy for you, there’s this new thing called “crowd killing. Now that we’re into October, I feel I can enjoy pumpkin spice-laced foods without rushing the season. the game show. Korn coffee koffee? Blondie is headed to Cuba on a cultural exchange mission. Will.i.am from the Black Eye Peas continues to rock technology. Prince. Meanwhile, Donald Trump was okay with Kanye on SNL. Should we be worried about Ye’s state of mind? Donald Trump. The Happy Mondays vs. And what was Kanye trying to say about slavery and the 13th amendment? Remember that ABBA hologram tour? Willie Nelson vs. Still wondering about the iPhone XS? It’s now DR. Here’s another review. At 66, this guy was homeless. Whatever he said, it’s not going over well. Apple is hinting at the next version of their AirPod earbuds. Well, if your wedding pictures are going to get photobombed by someone… (Via Tom)
It looks like Kanye Ye forgot to release his new album over the weekend. Can you ever really stop being an audiophile? Let’s have a beer with a Sex Pistol.

New Music from the Inbox for October 1, 2018: Starset, Makeout, Lost In Japan, & More!

New Music from the Inbox for October 1, 2018: Starset, Makeout, Lost In Japan, & More!
Watch:

Artist: Makeout
Song: “Blast Off”
Album: Single

Pop-punk band Makeout spent the summer touring with the Vans Warped Tour. Listen:

Artist: Kodaline
Song: “Head Held High”
Album: Single

Irish indie band Kodaline is setting out to tour Europe and North America this fall and winter after a busy summer on the festival circuit. Listen: [Here are Nerhys’ weekly picks. Watch:

Artist: Lost In Japan
Song: “Never Was You”
Album: Single

Lost In Japan aims to make music that offers an escape from the monotony of the daily grind. Watch:

Artist: Night Lights
Song: “Talk to Me”
Album: Single

Seattle quartet Sloucher first began to gain attention with their debut EP in 2016. – AC]

Artist: Starset
Song: “Bringing It Down (Version 2.0)”
Album: Vessels 2
Ohio cinematic rockers Starset just released an expanded edition of their Fearless Records debut. They’re set to release their debut full-length in November. Footage for the music video for their latest single “Blast Off” was compiled from footage from the tour. Listen:

Artist: Night Lights
Song: “Talk to Me”
Album: Single

Featuring infectious lyrics, catchy hooks, jangly guitars, and driving drums, LA-based band Night Lights’ latest single is fun and upbeat. It features reimagined, acoustic, and remixed versions of songs. The London, Ontario band is getting ready to release their full-length debut this month. Their latest single is a fun piece of pop featuring the mandolin. Their music has quickly gained popularity. WordPress crapped out on her, so I’m posting things for her.

Okay, I’m curious about these new headphones

Okay, I’m curious about these new headphones
It all happens automatically and in about 60 seconds. I’m always looking at headphones, chasing the hope that I’ll find a set that sounds better than anything I’ve ever heard. They will reproduce sound tailored exactly for your ears and your ears alone. People really seem to like them, too. Once the nuraphone has created your hearing profile it sonically moulds your music so that it matches your hearing system and delivers all the detail of the music you love. I would imagine, too, that as your hearing changes as you get older, you’ll be able to create new profiles whenever required. Yes our ears make sound! From their website:
The nuraphone plays a range of tones into the ear, and then measures a very faint sound that your ear generates in response to these tones called the Otoacoustic Emission (OAE). Connect the headphones and they learn your hearing abilities in 60 seconds, creating a unique hearing profile. From then on, sound will be matched to your ears. This sound is about 10,000 times smaller than the sound that went in. Here’s a video that shows how it works. They all sound pretty good, but what if there was something even better? Still, I’m so curious… The nuraphone uses an extremely sensitive microphone to detect this returning sound wave, and a self learning engine built into the nuraphone to create your profile. The house is littered with cans from Sony, Bose, Sennheiser, PSB, and a bunch of boutique manufacturers. This tiny signal originates in the cochlea and vibrates the ear drum, turning it into a speaker and playing sound back out of your ear. Once personalised you can listen to your favorite music in stunning detail from your favorite player. You’ll end up with something that looks like this, which is a colour-coded representation of your hearing abilities. No buttons or knobs. Encoded in the returning sound wave is information about how well you heard the sound that went in. As you might guess, they’re not cheap and I have no idea what the build quality is like. You start by downloading the Nura app to your smart phone. It is a little bit magic. Now I’m curious about Nura, headphones that tune themselves for your individual hearing profile.

Is it legal for cannabis companies to sponsor concerts in Canada? Maybe not.

Is it legal for cannabis companies to sponsor concerts in Canada? Maybe not.
For example, if you’re in Toronto, you might remember the annual jazz festival was underwritten by Du Maurier cigarettes. Over the last year or so, plenty of cannabis companies have been seen with signage and booths at gigs and music festivals. Canopy Growth underwrote gigs for Kendrick Lamar and Jethro Tull. The impending legalization of pot in Canada is bringing new challenges to regulators. Governments will begin to enforce how cannabis products can be marketed and advertised, just like we see with alcohol and tobacco. Aurora Cannabis, one of the largest companies, has held contests where prizes include free tickets to see Queens of the Stone Age, The Cult, Sam Roberts and Kings of Leon. Once upon a time, tobacco companies could advertise their wares by sponsoring culture events, including music festivals. It says it’s looking at how “some federally licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes sponsoring events, such as music festivals, and engaging in other promotional activities.”
We’re still very much in a grey area when it comes to this whole legalization thing. Health Canada has raised some concerns about this. That kind of artist-weed-money relationship keeps growing. More at the CBC. Given that the smokable end of the burgeoning cannabis industry has much in common with tobacco from a regulatory point of view, these sponsorships may not be legal. Watch things really start to change when the Cannabis Act comes into effect on October 17. All that’s been banned now. This is going to be interesting. Some (like we saw last night in Toronto with a free Wu-Tang show sponsored by HEXO Corporation) are paying for full tours.

Monday timesuck: The awesome Brett Kavanaugh-Pulp Fiction mashup

 

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CHECK OUT THE BIG BRAIN ON BRETT
A post shared by Elara (@elarapictures) on Sep 28, 2018 at 1:43am PDT Millions of people are transfixed by the he said/she said testimony surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the US Supreme Court. Beware that it’s a little NSFW. This washed up from the Internet over the weekend.
Monday timesuck: The awesome Brett Kavanaugh-Pulp Fiction mashup

Today is the first anniversary of the massacre at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas.

On October 1, 2017, not long into Jason Aldean’s nighttime set at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas, a psycho with an army-sized arsenal started firing on the crowd from a window of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. At 6:30 pm, a special Community Healing Garden will be dedicated. It was the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States. Read more here. Stations across the US will follow suit. When it was over 58 people were dead and hundreds were injured. There will be a special observance in tribute to the victims and their families today at 10:05 am PT. Later in the evening at 10:01 pm PT, all the lights along the Las Vegas Strip will go dark and stay that way for several minutes, lasting through the time (10:05 pm) when the shooting started. All radio stations in the state of Nevada will go silent for 58 seconds with many of them playing this audio tribute to the victims.
Today is the first anniversary of the massacre at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas.

Chapter 3 of the Brother Rock comic strip

Chapter 3 of the Brother Rock comic strip
That’s why this site is happy to promote Brother Rock, a strip written by Nashville-based Randy Gibbard. mic Get caught up here. This is chapter 3. There are too few comic strip artists that deal with music.

Hey, Eddie Vedder: I’ve found your better woman

Hey, Eddie Vedder: I’ve found your better woman
– AC]
 
When you’re Eddie Vedder, there pretty much isn’t anything you can’t do. The third edition of Ohana Festival, which Vedder co-founded with pro surfer Kelly Slater, was by all accounts another rip(tide)-roarin’ success. You want to launch own your festival at the same California beach where you caught your first waves? Sure, why the $#@% not? You can headline every year, right? Do you want to take a break from Pearl Jam to write an album’s worth of songs on a ukulele? WordPress wouldn’t work for him last night so I’m posting it in his stead. For “Better Man”, he brought out Liz Phair of Exile in Guyville fame. It can be found on their Live on the Inside CD/DVD, and if there’s anyone who can put even your grungily angelic voice to shame, it’s Jennifer Nettles sorry. 🌴 #EddieVedder pic.twitter.com/Sr2RYkcOHq
— The Ohana Fest (@TheOhanaFest) September 29, 2018

Before his evening performance, Vedder joined guitar god Johnny Marr for a version of The Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” that begs the question, “Who Needs Morrissey Anyway?”

Eddie himself covered Warren Zevon, Cat Power, Tom Petty, George Harrison, The Clash, Bruce Springsteen and Uncle Neil Young in addition to eight Pearl Jam songs. No wave is too high to surf, so to speak. It pays to be early at #OhanaFest! Eddie surprised early attendees on both Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th with daylight solo acoustic sets, the latter while wearing some sweet boardshorts. Go right ahead! [This is actually from Gilles LeBlack. As per NME, as Vedder was introducing Phair he said that “this song was really written for a woman to sing and I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a woman sing it, so this is nice.”

 
I’m sure it was and Liz is Ph-antastic, but Eddie my dude…you can’t tell me you haven’t heard Sugarland’s countryfied interpretation of your 1994 song.

Nuns just want to have fun?

Nuns just want to have fun?
Not in Poland. (Via Danny) Who says nuns can’t go to a rave?