Wolfgang's Vault

Like live music? Of course you do. Know where to listen to thousands of legal concerts for free? I'm guessing many of you don't, which is why I'm really excited to introduce you to, the coolest site I've discovered in the last weeks.

And it's not just a Web site—it's an amazing, user-friendly iPhone app, as well. From great Bob Dylan concerts (in their entirety) to rare Mile Davis shows, from interviews with Bono to bands you probably never even heard of before, the free streams are simple to play, easy to switch between, and also available as reasonably priced mp3 downloads.

Plus, there's tons of really interesting memorabilia for sale on the site, too, for those looking for that unique gift, or those who fancy themselves collectors, like this backstage pass from a Kiss show in the late 70s, or this Led Zeppelin ticket from one of their final shows ever.
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And if all that wasn't enough to motivate you to mosey on over to, next week, on November 3rd, they're cracking the vault open, putting more than 1,000 new concerts up there for download. And guess what folks?! We've got some free downloads to give away. So check back here next Tuesday for details on how to score "˜em. Meantime, take some time to explore the Bill Graham Archives, the King Biscuit Flower Hour, Ash Grove, Newport Jazz and all the other live collections they've got over there for free. It's pretty fantastic.

Bone Broth 101

Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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