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  • Local Woman Latest To Come Forward Accusing Bill Cosby Of Being Sexual Predator

    11/21/2014 8:13:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 88 replies
    November 20, 2014 11:15 PM | Ralph Iannotti
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local woman is the latest of more than a dozen women to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of being a sexual predator. Renita Chaney Hill, 47, tells KDKA reporter Ralph Iannotti she was a 15-year-old model and aspiring actress when she first met Cosby back in the 1980s. He was in Pittsburgh looking for performers to appear in his educational television segments “Picture Pages,” which filmed in the city. Hill’s modeling agency recommended her and she got the job. She says she was star struck. “Promises of bright lights and fame. That’s where I thought I was...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Another actress accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault in Las Vegas hotel [#8 and counting]

    11/21/2014 8:10:12 AM PST · by Red Badger · 37 replies ^ | Friday, November 21, 2014, 2:30 AM | BY Nancy Dillon , Brian Niemietz , Chelsia Rose Marcius , Larry Mcshane
    A predatory Bill Cosby, in a freaky Las Vegas hotel scene, allegedly assaulted another actress — who was forced to fondle America’s Dad in his luxury suite. The naked Cosby was lying in wait before the 1992 ambush of model-actress Angela Leslie, a beauty who says she was targeted after sending the comedian a letter and photograph. “The main thing I want is for people to know him for who he really is,” Leslie told the Daily News on Thursday. “He’s not this dad of America.” After a driver delivered her to the hotel, she checked into her room before...
  • Billy Graham is Not Gay.

    11/20/2014 3:46:26 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    11/20/2014 | Responsibility2nd
    Despite all the rumors on these two threads, (Which were mostly spread by me) let it be known that Billy Grahm is NOT GAY.Billy Gilman Reveals He's Gay  Country star Ty Herndon comes out as gay  
  • Country star Ty Herndon comes out as gay

    11/20/2014 3:02:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/20/2014 | By Todd Leopold
    Country star Ty Herndon has something to share: He's an "out, proud and happy gay man." Herndon, 52, came out publicly as gay in an interview with People magazine. He says he's known he was gay since he was a child and started coming out to family members in his 20s. But the "What Mattered Most" singer, who had a number of hits in the 1990s, kept the news close to the vest. It wasn't until he attended a Tony Robbins seminar in 2009 that he decided to become more public, he told the magazine. "I realized I had an...
  • Billy Gilman Reveals He's Gay

    11/20/2014 2:46:39 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 120 replies
    Country News ^ | 20 November 2014 | Unknown
    [2 Billy Gilman Reveals He’s Gay By Billy Dukes 34 minutes ago Hours after one country artist revealed he is gay, another followed. Billy Gilman followed. On Thursday afternoon, he took to YouTube to reveal he is gay.
  • Nielsen SoundScan to Integrate Streams, Downloads into Album Sales Chart

    11/20/2014 11:42:23 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Variety ^ | November 19, 2014 | 05:14PM PT | Christopher Morris
    In what the music biz sees as a long overdue move, Nielsen SoundScan and its client Billboard will soon implement radical changes in the way album sales are calculated for the weekly chart that remains a key metric of an artist’s popularity. Beginning with the album chart that will be published Dec. 3 (covering sales for the week ending Nov. 30, which climaxes with retail’s Black Friday), music streams from services like Spotify and Beats Music will be tabulated as part of the data employed to rank the nation’s most popular albums. SoundScan will equate 1,500 song streams as the...
  • Billy Boyd's The Last Goodbye - closing song on The Hobbit 3

    11/19/2014 5:51:25 PM PST · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    Billy Boyd's The Last Goodbye - closing song on The Hobbit
  • Windows 7 SW for transcribing/audio amplifier?

    11/19/2014 3:49:37 PM PST · by Yehuda · 22 replies
    11/19/14 | Yehuda
    I'm a 25-year Mac user suddenly working on a 2009 Compaq desktop with a 500 gig HD, 3 gig of RAM, AMD Athlon II X2 215, on Windows 7. latest patches. I need to transcribe almost 2 hours of audio that is currently in itunes (playable on the PC); I can probably convert it to other formats. The problem is the audio is very soft on volume, and I can't hear it unless I squeeze my headphones up against my ears, and then of course I can't type as I listen. Years ago I would have run it out of...
  • Benjy the ‘gay’ bull saved from slaughter by Simpsons co-creator

    11/18/2014 9:50:31 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 58 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 18 Nov 2014 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    A ‘gay’ bull has been saved from slaughter by the only person who could have truly understood the ridiculousness of the situation – the co-creator of the Simpsons. Benjy the bull was being prepared for the chop after vets said his sexual orientation was the reason he wouldn’t breed. That’s when Sam Simon, who helped start cult cartoon comedy, stepped in. ‘All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he’s gay would’ve been a double tragedy,’ said the 59-year-old producer who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. After being told he was...
  • Why Adele was Right to Ignore Bob Geldof and Band Aid

    11/18/2014 2:29:16 PM PST · by Cecily · 40 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bryony Gordon
    I have so many problems with the latest Band Aid single that I don’t really know where to begin, but begin we must so let’s get going with the fact that two-thirds of the line-up are unrecognisable to anyone over the age of 30 – not least Bono, who in the group photo looks as if he’d rather be anywhere else than at the feet of a YouTube Vlogger (Zoella) and slightly to the left of a bloke who once lost The X Factor (Olly Murs). Still, that’s not really a bearing on the single as such – it’s more...
  • 'Band Aid Thirty'-British artists release new Christmas song against Ebola

    11/17/2014 8:16:26 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 43 replies
    Remember "Band Aid" back in 1985, the project that raised funds to help Africans during the huge drought they were having? Well, they've done it again, and this time, it's about Ebola. Midge Uri and Sir Bob Geldof teamed up again to re-do the song "Do They Know It's Christmas" with updated lyrics that change the focus from drought to the Ebola virus. Several British artists showed up for the song's taping, including the band One Direction, Seal, Sinead O'Connor, and Bono of U2. I watched the video and the song is pretty well-done with the new lyrics and all....
  • Klitschko Remains King of the Heavyweights

    11/16/2014 3:56:29 PM PST · by curth · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journals Daily Fix ^ | 3:43 pm ET Nov 16, 2014 | Gordon Marino
    On Saturday night at the O2 Arena in Hamburg Germany, Wladimir Klitschko (63-3-0, 53 knockouts) pulverized Kubrat Pulev (20-1, 11 KOs), knocking him out in the fifth round with a lethal left hook. Klitschko’s victory marked his 17th consecutive title defense. He is third in line behind Joe Louis (25) and Larry Holmes (20). At 38, Klitschko seems unbeatable. Eight years into his reign, he has dominated his division more than any other active champion today. He holds the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles, but remains one belt away from realizing his most immediate goal, unifying the heavyweight crown.
  • CATcerto. ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE. Mindaugas Piecaitis, Nora The Piano Cat

    11/16/2014 1:39:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 7, 2009 | Mindaugas Piecaitis
    CATcerto. ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE. Mindaugas Piecaitis, Nora The Piano Cat
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Land of the Pharaohs"(1955) in two parts

    11/16/2014 11:15:53 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    Daily Motion ^ | 1955 | Howard Hawks
    Part 1 Part 2
  • The Drummers of Frank Zappa [FULL]

    11/15/2014 12:04:36 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 12 replies
  • John Cage performing Water Walk

    11/14/2014 3:24:29 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 25 replies
    John Cage performing Water Walk: watch
  • Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sign piano for Slidell veterans' project auction

    11/14/2014 11:26:58 AM PST · by BBell · 5 replies ^ | 11/14/14 | Sarah Bonnette
    Everybody loves the Beatles. That's the first thought that came to Slidell artist Lori Gomez's mind as she tried to come up with a theme to transform a century-old, donated piano into a work of art. The piano would be auctioned to help raise money to build veterans' homes in east St Tammany Parish, and so Gomez set about refurbishing and then painting the colorful Beatles artwork onto it.But two final touches have made the upright, antique piano more rare and valuable than anyone involved in the upcoming auction ever imagined: personal autographs by both Ringo Starr and Sir Paul...
  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Legalize and Regulate Sports Betting

    11/14/2014 8:09:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/14/2014 | Adam Silver
    BETTING on professional sports is currently illegal in most of the United States outside of Nevada. I believe we need a different approach. For more than two decades, the National Basketball Association has opposed the expansion of legal sports betting, as have the other major professional sports leagues in the United States. In 1992, the leagues supported the passage by Congress of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or Paspa, which generally prohibits states from authorizing sports betting. But despite legal restrictions, sports betting is widespread. It is a thriving underground business that operates free from regulation or oversight....
  • Google to sunset Wallet for digital goods purchases

    11/13/2014 8:54:10 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    The Next Web ^ | November 13, 2014 | Owen Williams
    In a world filled with payment processors for dealing with online in-app purchases, Google has decided to step out of the game. The company quietly announced today that it’s sunsetting Google Wallet for digital goods. The service was launched in 2012 as a way to purchase virtual items on the web and inside online games. The company says that since launching the product the “industry has matured a lot” and is now “providing a number of alternative payment solutions.” Google doesn’t offer any suggestions for alternative providers, however. Google also said that those using in-app purchases on mobile via Google...
  • New York Jazz Clubs Double as Record Labels

    11/13/2014 7:23:03 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 2 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 11, 2014 | NATE CHINEN
    ...These labels come out of an old impulse and a newer set of circumstances. Jazz musicians have been making albums in clubs for as long as it’s been feasible... For historical and acoustical reasons... Vanguard leads in this field — a page on its website shows thumbnail images for 123 albums created in the club — but there have also been fine recent dispatches from Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and elsewhere. Still, those are albums released on separate record labels. The perpetual challenge of running a successful jazz club, and the equally daunting proposition of starting a record label,...
  • Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014

    11/12/2014 10:21:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | 10:02 AM PST 1/30/2014 | by THR Staff
    THR pays tribute to Hollywood figures who died this year. Slideshow at link. We lost a lot of old-time stars this year, and some I hadn't heard about...................
  • "I Only Love You When I'm Drunk" - yet another country song by Yours Truly [vanity]

    11/12/2014 9:54:59 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 75 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 11/12/14 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    I've perpetrated another song, and as always I'm looking for honest opinions and comments. Unctuous flattery is also accepted.1. I write and record under the stage name Hopalong Ginsberg. This is to prevent sex-crazed groupies from hunting me down IRL and having their way with me. Unfortunately, it works.2. This song calls for a rich, resonant Country voice. I ain't got one. Such is life on Volg.3. You can download an MP3 of the song by clicking here or here. Click here too, while you're at it.4.
  • The Hut Sut Song

    11/11/2014 5:26:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 12, 2006 | Uploaded by Weirdo Video
    Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla, brawla too it,Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla sooit.Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla, brawla too it,Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla sooit.
  • With ballet slippers, a Starr was born (unique professional wrestler Ricki Starr died September 20)

    11/11/2014 1:58:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | October 1, 2014 | Steve Johnson
    When Greg Oliver and I conceived of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons in 2007, Ricki Starr was one of the guys we targeted from the beginning. At the time, Starr was more than 40 years removed from his heyday as a star in North American wrestling circles. But he had never told the story of how he used a pair of ballet slippers to ascend from lowly opening matches in Texas gyms to the top rank of pop culture superstardom... With Starr's death after a brief illness Sept. 20 in London at 83, we'll never get...
  • Justin Bieber Pays $80,000 To Ex-Neighbor In Egging Incident

    11/10/2014 9:13:02 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 10, 2014 | RICHARD WINTON, KATE MATHER
    <p>Justin Bieber probation is going well, anger management mostly complete and $80,000 in restitution paid Justin Bieber has paid more than $80,000 in restitution to resolve a criminal misdemeanor vandalism charge filed after his neighbor's home in Calabasas was egged, authorities said Monday.</p>
  • World Series of Poker, Final table

    11/10/2014 5:07:37 PM PST · by Zeneta · 27 replies
    ESPN | 11/11/14 | Me
    Tonight on ESPN the WSOP (World Series of Poker) is being televised. I love watching this and I was wondering if there are other Freepers that enjoy the WSOP?
  • Robert Plant Rips Up $800 Million Led Zeppelin Reunion Contract

    11/10/2014 2:01:30 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 178 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/09/2014 | Alan Colmes
    No amount of money can get Robert Plant to reunite with his Led Zeppelin bandmates. The 66-year-old singer walked away from a 35-date tour that would have paid the rock group nearly $800 million — ripping up the contract in front of stunned promoters, the Mirror newspaper reported Sunday.
  • God Bless America, First Radio performance, Armistice Day November 10, 1938, Kate Smith

    11/10/2014 8:52:23 AM PST · by bigbob · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5-16-11 | Andy Brattain via Youtube
    "This is the original FIRST broadcast radio performance of God Bless America by Irving Berlin as introduced by Kate Smith on November 10, 1938. She later recreated it for the Warner Bros. film but this is the actual debut.
  • Garth Brooks - Performs "Mom"

    The country star performed his latest hit “Mom” on “Good Morning America” Friday, leaving the team and the audience gasping for air and moving them to tears. Dedicate this song to our Moms
  • Actress Ellen Barkin: “Fetuses,” “Infants” Not People Because They “Cannot Talk”

    11/10/2014 6:53:38 AM PST · by Morgana · 77 replies
    life news ^ | 11/10/14 | Katie Yoder
    Forget speaking for the voiceless – according to Hollywood. ellenbarkin4Actress and abortion absolutist Ellen Barkin took to Twitter Nov. 1 to declare when life begins. (She’s not a scientist, but maybe she played one on TV once.) According to Barkin, a fetuses, babies and infants are not “persons” because they “cannot talk.” A Tony and Emmy award winner, Barkin has boasted roles in movies including, “The Big Easy,” “Sea of Love,” “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Very Good Girls.” “News flash…a fetus cannot talk,” Barkin tweeted. “It is not a person. Not even a baby, not even an infant. Nope. Sorry.” TWITTER...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Midnight Lace"(1960)

    11/09/2014 1:07:25 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    Daily Motion ^ | 1960 | David Miller
  • Freepers, can you help me find a song?

    11/08/2014 7:13:49 PM PST · by jespasinthru · 12 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/08/2014 | jespasintrhu
    I'm looking for the song "Baby, What's Wrong With You?" by this dude who plays a banjo.
  • 8th Of November [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

    11/08/2014 6:29:59 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/2006 | Big & Rich
    The song, which begins with a spoken introduction by Kris Kristofferson, tells the tale of Niles Harris, a soldier in the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the United States Army during Operation Hump in South Vietnam on November 8, 1965. The intro mentions that Harris was "the guy that gave Big Kenny his top hat", and that he was among the wounded who were saved by Army medic Lawrence Joel, the first living African American to receive the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War of 1898.
  • One lawyer may have just killed part of the Internet of Things

    11/07/2014 7:16:57 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Network World ^ | Nov 4, 2014 6:50 AM PT | By Andy Patrizio
    By showing the intrusive nature of a smart TV, the whole pitch for IoT gets a lot harder I've long felt the Internet of Things would be a tricky sell for a number of reasons, security and privacy being chief among them. People may not like having so many aspects of their lives connected to the internet, whether it's out of fear of being hacked or the intrusive nature of the companies behind the products. The latest story on the privacy front won't help. Michael Price, counsel in the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice...
  • Awesome performance of "Hotel California" by a six piece, East European acoustic band

    11/07/2014 4:08:57 PM PST · by grundle · 34 replies
  • AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd murder plot charge dropped

    11/06/2014 9:59:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 November 2014 | Last updated at 23:00 ET
    The drummer of hard rock group AC/DC, Phil Rudd, has had a charge of attempted to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand. Mr. Rudd’s lawyer said the charge was dropped because of lack of evidence. Australian Mr. Rudd will still face charges—announced on Thursday—of possessing drugs and of making threats to kill. […] Mr. Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, said the “charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid”. […] He described the drug charges as “minor” offenses and said the musician would defend the charge of making threats to kill, which carries a maximum sentence...
  • Kyle Richards’ daughter attacked by Kim Richards’ pitbull

    11/06/2014 8:34:13 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11.06.14 | Julie Gordon
    “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards‘ 18-year-old daughter was brutally attacked by a pitbull owned by Kyle’s sister, Kim Richards, and Kim is now deciding what the “next step” is for her beloved dog. Kyle’s second-oldest child, Alexia Umansky, underwent two surgeries after the pooch bit her several times Saturday, TMZ reports. The worst damage was done to her right hand: The dog bit through her thumb, down to the bone.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer

    11/06/2014 6:10:03 PM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer
  • HILARIOUS HIDDEN CAMERA: Cat-Calling REAL Women at the Mall!

    11/06/2014 6:00:28 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 51 replies ^ | 11/6/2014 | Steven Crowder
    So you've no doubt seen the NYC "cat calling" video... but what about when a guy like me goes to a mall and cat-calls/compliments REAL women, not feminist activists? Their reactions are priceless. Watch. #WaronWomen
  • GI Joe and Lillie

    11/06/2014 6:33:19 AM PST · by do the dhue · 6 replies
    biggeekdad ^ | 2012 | Joseph S. Bonsall
    The Oak Ridge Boys sing a song called G.I. Joe & Lillie which is a tribute to Veterans with a very personal touch by singer Joseph S. Bonsall. The Oak Ridge Boys first sang the song while performing at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, PA, and the audience included his parents as well as forty other veterans from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Home. Joseph wrote the song to honor them and after they performed it that night there was not a dry eye in the place. If you’d like to read the book G.I. Joe & Lillie it is...
  • AC/DC's Phil Rudd Arrested for Attempting to Procure a Murder

    11/05/2014 8:45:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | November 5, 2014 | Jason Newman |
    AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in New Zealand on Thursday morning local time and charged with attempting to procure a murder, as first reported by A member of the Tauranga Central division of New Zealand Police confirmed Rudd's arrest to Rolling Stone, but did not provide any additional details. Rudd allegedly tried to have two as-yet-unidentified men killed, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. According to Stuff, Rudd was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.
  • Ebola-Infected NYC Doctor Strums Guitar to Pass Time in Isolation

    11/05/2014 5:55:09 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    7Online (ABC News) ^ | Wednesday, November 05, 2014 05:01PM | GILLIAN MOHNEY
    A New York doctor being treated for Ebola has found another way to pass the time in a hospital isolation ward: He's playing his guitar, city health officials say. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, has been in isolation at Bellevue Hospital since being diagnosed with Ebola last month. He's now listed in stable condition, and city officials said he continues to improve.... The New York-based emergency room doctor had been treating Ebola patients at a Doctors Without Borders medical center in Guinea when he was infected. He arrived back in the United States on Oct. 17 and was diagnosed with Ebola...
  • Stevie Wonder, 64, is expecting triplets

    11/05/2014 4:31:32 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 63 replies
    At age 64, Stevie Wonder is expecting triplets reports The New York Post. They will be the ninth, 10th and 11th children for the R&B icon, by five different women. He’s been married twice, but the mother this time is his latest girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, 40, who also gave birth to a child by Wonder last year.
  • "Every Night" by P. McCartney & his WOO-WOO-WOO Methods of Songwriting. + Mellotron Magic.

    11/05/2014 4:28:33 PM PST · by lee martell · 48 replies
    Nov. 5, 2014 | lee martell
    For some reason, this song just came into my head. I had not thought about the album McCartney in a long time, although I have been listening to Paul's album called Ram. I'm fond of that title song RAM, usually played on Ukelele or Banjo. This album McCartney, was Paul's first released after John told the group that he (John) "wanted a divorce from the Beatles". When Paul released McCartney, many were struck by the bare bones instrumentation and production quality. Some plainly did not consider it a worthy product from a former Beatle. I listened again to that cut...
  • Feeling down? Then listen to SAD music: Melancholy tunes lift our moods

    11/05/2014 10:53:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 5, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths
    Turn up those tearjerkers and dig out your Radiohead albums, because scientists claim that melancholy music can actually lift your spirits. A new study has revealed that listening to sad songs can improve a person’s emotional wellbeing as well as make us feel at peace and nostalgic. It found that most people experience more than three emotions when listening to sad songs, which provoke a more complex reaction than happy pop songs.
  • Merle Haggard - The Fightin´ Side Of Me

    11/04/2014 3:21:07 PM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    Merle Haggard - The Fightin´ Side Of Me
  • Who Cruised the a Blvd in What Car and What Music Playing? 1960's and '70's? (Vanity)

    11/03/2014 11:45:09 PM PST · by A Navy Vet · 71 replies
    11/3/2014 | A Navy Vet
    Hey guys and girls. Who here has cruised a Blvd or Ave while you were a teen? Do you remember what that meant to you and the fun of just looking next to the other car? Who has dragged raced when the light hit green?
  • Brandy Clark Enjoying Big Buzz Ahead of CMAs

    11/03/2014 4:06:35 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies ^ | November 3, 2014 | KRISTIN M. HALL
    The year's most buzzed about new country artist is one most country fans may never heard on the radio. Brandy Clark, an openly gay artist who sings, among other things, about pot-smoking housewives, had almost given up on becoming an artist herself, despite writing hits for The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert and others. But her debut album, "12 Stories," which peaked at number 23 on Billboard's Top Country chart, took her on a slow-burning path to this year's nomination for new artist of the year at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday. "I had been passed on a lot,"...
  • Catchiest song of all time? A Spice Girls tune, say British scientists (+video)

    11/03/2014 7:39:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    CSM ^ | 11/3/2014 | Lisa Suhay
    Scientists say if you wanna be the pop star with the catchiest song of all time, “what you want, what you really really want,” to have is a word "hook" that latches onto a listener’s mind super fast.In the case of The Spice Girls’ hit "Wannabe," the study of 12,000 people found it takes just 2.29 seconds to recognize the song when it begins at the chorus "if you wanna be my lover…"Anyone seeking something man-made and sold to the general public which operates at that kind of speed may have to leave the world of song and hit the...
  • Thanks to this little gizmo, LPs sound better than CDs or FLAC files (phonograph pre-amp)

    11/02/2014 10:46:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    CNet ^ | 2 November 2014, 12:05 am AEDT | Steve Guttenberg
    I’ve lost track of how many Schitt headphone amplifiers and digital converters I’ve reviewed, but their all-new Mani phono stage is a very different kind of product. Mani amplifies the minuscule voltages generated by a turntable phono cartridge, so your LPs can be played over AV receivers, desktop powered speakers, boom boxes, etc. The little Mani’s all-metal chassis measures a scant 5 × 3.5 × 1.25 inches (127 × 89 × 32 mm). It works with moving-magnet (MM) or moving-coil (MC) phono cartridges. Mani has four user-selectable “gain” modes (30-, 42-, 47-, and 59-dB), so it’ll sound great with any...