Google Has Tried To “Map” Pop Music. Weird.

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“What it provides, then, is a rough-and-ready map of the popularities of genres and artists over the years. Bear in mind, it’s not logging what people listen to, but what they own. And equally, note that Google Play users are a pretty small subset of music fans.”

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What Does It Actually Mean To Be “Culturally Relevant”?

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There’s room in the world for all kinds of art, and that includes retro art. But I also think that “how does this relate to other things from its own time?” is a more productive question for composers than “does this appeal to young people with mainstream tastes?”

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Hotbed Of New Music In A Very Cold City

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Winnipeg. It doesn’t get much colder than this. But in the coldest month of the year, the city gears up for what has become one of the world’s prized contemporary music festivals.

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How Do Words Make It Onto Those Worst-Word-of-the-Year Lists?

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“People rather like [those] end-of-the-year … columns, it seems. Timothy Egan chipped in “Words for the Dumpster” in the New York Times on December 28th. There are 1,123 comments, nearly all nominating the commenter’s own least-favourite words. At the bottom of this present column are the first few hundred of them. … Now we can […]

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A New Wave in Pakistani Cinema

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“After years of economic doldrums and creative drought, Pakistani movies are pulling in crowds at home and garnering awards at international film festivals. … Taking the power of storytelling into their own hands, Pakistani filmmakers are fashioning much-needed, nuanced portraits of their country – and cultivating a degree of national pride that hasn’t been felt […]

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Surprises, Snubs and Sadness in the Oscar Nominations

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Yeah, there were some raised eyebrows at who was left out; no real shockers as to who was included. (Don’t worry about Oprah; she’ll be fine. Same for Tom Hanks.) Andrew O’Hehir analyzes the choices – and laments that his two favorite films of the year were shut out.

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The Sexual Food Chain: Is That Where Homophobia Comes From?

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Lisa Wade: “So what’s homophobia? Sometimes I think it’s the moment that men feel what it’s like to be prey. See, women are used to it. … But when it happens to men for the first time … it’s like they’ve been treated like a human being their whole life and then, POW, they’re a […]

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