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Shocking. An epidemiological study of bands in the US and Europe showed that musicians do really die prematurely. Equally shocking: drugs and alcohol are involved. From the BBC: A Liverpool John Moores University study of 1,050 US and European artists found they are twice as likely to die early than the rest of the population.…

Just to show that I have way too much time on my hands, I went last night and collected the best science themed music videos that I could find on YouTube. Feel free to suggest more if I missed some.

Thank you, Germany: Passively listening to Mozart — or indeed any other music you enjoy — does not make you smarter. But more studies should be done to find out whether music lessons could raise your child’s IQ in the long term, concludes a report analysing all the scientific literature on music and intelligence, which…

Not to be outdone in ridiculousness by the younger generation, Keith Richards has admitted to inhaling his father’s ashes: Keith Richards has acknowledged consuming a raft of illegal substances in his time, but this may top them all. In comments published Tuesday, the 63-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist said he had snorted his father’s ashes mixed…

I saw this press release and for one brief happy instant I thought it might be about the band Scorpions and their hit Winds of Change. Sadly, it was just about wind direction changing over the last 30,000 years. Boo. Alright fine. I will still post it: Dartmouth researchers have learned that the prevailing winds…

Music Plug: The Dan Band

You know the scene from Old School where they wedding band is playing. The band from the movie is called The Dan Band, and I saw them last night. They were awesome, and in honor of that I have a horde of YouTube videos. (Warning: A lot of these videos are rather vulgar.)