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V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013

Four Up

“Hi, how are You?”

Whether you’re hankering for psych-pop, rock and roll, post-’60s avant-garde jazz or gypsy swing, Four Up has you covered.

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I’m Happy When it’s Sad

Study concludes sad music evokes positive emotions

A group of researchers from Tokyo University of the Arts and RIKEN Brain Science Institute have decided to tackle an interesting subject: Why do we love sad songs? It's a valid question, considering many sad songs have entered the top-40 and kept listeners on their toes while belting out minor chords over hopeless lyrics. Adele's “Someone Like You” is one example that comes to mind. These researchers not only wanted to discuss the various reasons why people listen to sad music but also to see if they could pinpoint certain characteristics within the music that pique certain emotions.

They had 44 volunteers listen to two pieces of sad music and one piece of happy music, and they basically came to the conclusion that sad music actually made people feel more positive about their own lives. They concluded that while the volunteers listened to these despairing, emotionally-driven opuses, they found “sad music to be more tragic, less romantic, and less blithe than they felt themselves while listening to it,” according to an article in Science Daily. So maybe we do listen to sad music to realize how good we have it?

This got me thinking about what sad songs I enjoy listening to, or better yet, got me thinking what my favorite sad song is. As a music journalist, that's a hard question to answer because I like different things at different times. But one sad song that did come to mind was Joanna Newsom's “Go Long,” from her 2010 album Have One On Me. It's one of those songs that if you see her play it live, it utterly kills you. I witnessed the most rough-looking dudes crying like babies when the song was over. I don't cry when I hear it, but I do really enjoy it. It's a beautiful number that dissects the “Bluebeard” story in its most poetic, morbid sense. But now I'm curious … what's a notable sad song for you?


    Dead Can Dance

    Zombie Dance Party Tonight

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    The Dark Matters Film Festival Zombie Dance Party shambles into Sister Bar (407 Central SW) tonight at 8 p.m. The event promises lots of dead patrons and plenty of live bands, including Hoverbourd, Lindy Vision, Get Action, YOU and First Lovve. It’s the official launch party for Dark Matters—which unspools May 17-19 at Guild Cinema with more than 14 horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy films from around the world. You can pick up your official DMFF programs tonight at the party. Check out the trailer above. When’s the last time you saw a trailer for a party?

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    Music to Your Ears

    ISO brains, sophisticated boom boom and Boi howdy

    ISO brains

    Whether you’re feeling a tad Boi-crazy or hankering for a zombie hoedown and très chic-boom boom, Music to Your Ears has you covered.

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    Around Burque in 30 days with Caterwaul

    Mark Beyer

    Saying that Alibi columnist Derek Caterwaul sees a lot of live music would be a major understatement. If he isn’t DJing on KUNM or sorting through his massive archive of obscure A/V and ephemera, it’s a pretty safe bet he’s at a show. In this month’s installment of MAXIMUMCATERWAUL, he shares a quick and dirty overview of 10 shows he caught in March. ... right here in our quirky, beloved burg. Peep related A/V below.

    Drake Hardin - “A Rare Kind of Air”

    FALLING from Carmina Escobar on Vimeo.

    Carmina Escobar - “Falling”
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    Monica and Marisa Demarco at Sorella Sorella

    Ghost to Falco - "Born To Win": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist from SXSW on Vimeo.

    Ghost to Falco - “Born to Win”
    Ghost Foot - Bad Blood
    AJ Woods - Carrizozo
    Terri Schiavo Dance Party - “Breaking Bad”
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    Black Maria - “Nick Nolte”
    YOU - The Path of the Just is the Shining Light
    Religious Girls - Midnight Realms
    Gaytheist - Stealth Beats

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