I’m sorry, but the fact that Jenny Lewis’ “On The Line” is nowhere to be found is dumb. The only good thing about whatever the hell this is is the fact you can find the music listed here easily. Other than that, it’s pretty useless.
Music has always been a vast universe to explore, and that sense of the unconquerable infinite has only intensified in an age of on-demand streaming and easily accessible recording equipment. The flow of new sounds is so constant, so voluminous, and so diverse that no one could ever claim to have a handle on all of it, not even those of us who listen all day every day. So in a sense attempting to sum up the best music in a given timeframe is a fool’s errand. But unless you’re a walking caricature, best-of lists aren’t really about putting a definitive stamp on a given time period. They’re about celebrating music we love, sharing that zeal with others, helping people filter through the endless options. They’re about passion, debate, appreciation. They are scrapbooks that become time capsules, points of view that become points of entry. As we reach the midpoint of 2019, the perspectives that comprise the Stereogum staff have come together once again to toast the music that excited us
I posted about this last week but … it’s too damn cool not to share again. Who knew cheese enjoyed electric relaxation, too?
The Swiss know a thing or two about cheese, and here’s their latest conclusion: It tastes better under the influence of rap music. Specifically, longterm exposure to A Tribe Called Quest results in improved flavor, which sounds about right. As NPR points out, this conclusion is the result of an experiment called Cheese In Surround Sound. Students at Käsehaus K3 in Burgdorf and Sound Arts HKB in Bern placed nine 22-pound wheels of Emmental cheese — processed in the same vat by the same farmer — in nine separate wooden crates for six months. Eight of the cheese wheels were subjected to the same song on loop 24 hours a day for six and a half months. The ninth was a control cheese wheel that was deprived of the joy of music. Some of the songs included Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” and Tribe’s “Jazz (We’ve Got).” “Once matured, the cheeses were analysed by professional food technologists in a sensory consensus analysis and submitted to a panel of highly
Here in Wisconsin, we know a little about cheese. The Swiss may be on to something.
When I woke up this morning, groggily fumbling the light on and attempting to brew my first cup of coffee, I did not expect to type a headline today that included a scientific study, cheese, and A Tribe Called Quest. This unpredictability, though, is one of the great joys of being a reporter, and so here I am, relaying to you the “news” of a Swiss study that concluded Emmental cheese wheels love themselves some funky hip-hop beats.
If you’re fans of these two and their band-mates, you’ll enjoy this read …
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band talk about deciding to make music as a married couple, relay parenting and channeling grief into art. (Image credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)