Perfect (Dog) Day
Lou Reed hasn’t always pleased the critics and his fans (see: Metal Machine Music, those Honda scooter commercials in the ’80s), but he and gal pal Laurie Anderson may have found a new fanbase — dogs. The couple has announced plans to present a “high-frequency” concert next month in Australia designed especially for our furry little canine friends. “Music for Dogs” will be a part of the Vivid Live fest, which Reed and Anderson are curating. The downside is dogs can’t buy overpriced T-shirts. The upsides are plentiful — dogs can’t critique and they don’t have to miss half the show waiting in line for the Port-O-Potties. And if the animals do end up hating it, it’s nothing a scratch behind the ear can’t solve (though we hear that works with Rolling Stone’s David Fricke as well).
The myth that listening to the music of Mozart makes one more intelligent has been debunked by the scientist who conducted the original research.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Frances Rauscher says that the concept of Mozart raising one’s IQ was a misunderstanding — though the study found the music raised one’s spatial IQ (which measures ones ability to understand spaces, a useful skill for engineers and designers) and the positive effects were temporary, newspaper headlines trumpeting “Mozart Makes You Smarter” led to a widespread misconception about his 1993. That misunderstanding launched a cottage industry of Mozart-related products, which were marketed using the misinterpretation. That includes the multimillion-dollar “Baby Einstein” video and audio series, which pairs Classical music with hypnotic imagery (often seemingly crafted with a few flashlights and some tin foil) and preyed on parents who feared their kid might turn out to be more like a “Baby George W. Bush” if they didn’t buy every video. Still, Mozart will certainly make you smarter than listening to Ke$ha or Justin Bieber, so let’s just keep this debunkment to ourselves, OK?
Cult of Ugly Personality
Ian Astbury of College-turned-Hard Rock band The Cult has taken some swipes at popular American Rock singers for not helping the surviving members of The Doors out when they wanted to reform without their most famous (and most dead) member, Jim Morrison. Talking with Australia’s HeraldSun newspaper, Astbury — who filled in for Morrison when the surviving Doors reunited for a large tour a few years ago — said that American singers like Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell, Eddie Vedder, Scott Weiland and Trent Reznor should have “fought” for the vocal spot and questioned their integrity for not showing any interest. Uh, maybe those singers decided to just carry on with their own successful careers instead of fronting a glorified tribute band? The Cult hasn’t had a relevant album since 1989 — something tells us Ian would have joined an Air Supply cover band if he’d been asked.