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Wall Street Journal Live

Hanson sat down last week for an interview with the Wall Street Journal — it’s interesting to hear a little about the financial side of running a band/label:

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Using Music to Learn Vocabulary: Part 3

Part 3 of After The Show’s “Using Music to Learn Vocabulary” has arrived!

1. Vagrancy: “Difference is Time” by Jason Boesel / Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Vagrancy is the state of wandering the land of an itinerant person without a home or regular employment.

2. Apocryphal: “Smarter” by Eisley

Apocryphal means erroneous or fictitious; of questionable authorship or authenticity; false.

3. Jonestown: “Highs and Lows of Being Number 1” by Jenny and Johnny

Jonestown, or the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, was a cult led by Jim Jones. In November 1978, 918 people in Jonestown died in a mass-suicide / mass-murder.

4. Garish: “Get Well” by Noise Addict

Garish means obtrusively bright and showy, loud, or gaudy.

5. Watershed: “Watershed” (an unfinished, unreleased demo) by Hanson

A watershed is a ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems; a critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point.

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VH1 Save the Music: Family Day NYC

Today — Saturday, October 22, 2011 — was VH1’s Save the Music Foundation “Family Day.” This free interactive musical expo featured performances, food trucks, and activities for children at The Anderson School on New York’s upper west side.

Check out this interview that Parenting Magazine did with Taylor Hanson to promote Save the Music’s Family Day in New York.

Photos and 3 videos from Hanson’s performance at Save the Music Family Day by After The Show:


 


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4 Popular Songs You Probably Didn’t Realize Were Creepy

We usually think of popular songs as being upbeat/happy, danceable, melancholy, or emotionally evocative. What about songs that are thematically or sonically creepy? Although the meanings of these 4 songs may be clear, some are also more esoteric and open to interpretation. In these cases, listeners continue to debate what the songwriter meant.

1. “Sunny Came Home” by Shawn Colvin:

This song, which won Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 1998 Grammys, is about arson. Sunny is a woman who decides to set fire to her house, possibly with her husband still in it. To her credit, though, she does take her children out of the house before it burns to the ground.

Selected lyrics: “Sunny came home with a mission…Sunny came home with a vengeance…Strike a match, Go on and do it.”

2. “Jenny Was A Friend of Mine” by The Killers: 

This song is the first track of The Killers’ debut album, nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album in 2005. The narrator murders Jenny (this song is the third part of a trilogy of murder songs), and it relates the experience of the cops interrogating the narrator for his crime. He denies any wrongdoing, and the song ends before we find out what happens to him.

Selected lyrics: “She couldn’t scream while I held her close…There ain’t no motive for this crime, Jenny was a friend of mine.”

3. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police/Sting:

This song was #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 8 weeks in 1983. Although a perfunctory listen makes the song sound like a love song, the narrator is actually a stalker. Sting himself explained the song as one about obsession, jealousy, and surveillance.

Selected lyrics: “Every breath you take, every move you make…every step you take, I’ll be watching you.”

4. “Yearbook” by Hanson:

This track from Middle of Nowhere, the band’s debut album that sold 10 million copies worldwide, is a bit mysterious. The song details the reactions of Johnny’s classmates a year after his disappearance. Johnny, perhaps the victim of a kidnapping, is missing from the school’s yearbook. To the anger of the narrator, adults aren’t telling anyone what happened to Johnny.

Selected lyrics: “There’s a name without a picture, but I can’t forget his face…It makes me mad to know somebody knows, There’s a lying in your silence, Tell me, where did Johnny go?…None of us will ever be the same…the rumors of Johnny’s mystery.”

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Alliterative Songs

Here is a collection of good songs with alliterative titles:

“Silvery Sleds” by Army Navy:

“Coughing Colors” by Tilly and the Wall:

“Bratty B” by Best Coast:

“Little Lungs” by An Horse:

“Demon Daughters” by Phantom Planet:

Honorable Mentions:

“Sunny Sunday” by Leona Naess

“Daisy Duke” by Rooney

“Why Worry” by All American Rejects

“Get Gotten” by Ben Lee

“Runaway Run” by Hanson

“Big Brat” by Phantom Planet

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Album Art Game: Answers

Here are the answers to the album art game:

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