• Amos Barshad offers a look at British band Blur’s history after it releases its first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip.
The album isn’t bristling with energy, but might give fans a hint of nostalgia … for something. Go Out
A somewhat more motivated Brit band called Temples will be in your area this spring. Keep in the Dark Triple Door-live, Oct 014
• There have been 3 stylistic revolutions in pop music in the past 50 years, according to a team from two London colleges which looked at more than 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100.
They also noticed that in the early 60s, “chords called dominant sevenths, found in jazz and blues started to die out”.
• It’s Friday music quiz time! [MeFi link] Five! Five music quizzes! Mu-ha-ha-ha-ha! (Full disclosure: all five are classical music quizzes.)
• Vintage drum kits of the 1920s and 1930s is a rare, long and colorful visit into instrument history. [via MeFi]
On the same site you’ll find a colorful image gallery of toy drums and percussion, a gallery of early jazz and jug bands and a whole lot more.