Topic: music

(T)Workin’

(T)Workin'

It’s hard out here for a young professional: wages are getting lower, work hours are getting longer, and you barely even smiled at that GIF your friend just sent you. But don’t reach for the 5-Hour Energy just yet — sometimes all you need is a good jam to help you get by. More »

‘Find What You Love And Let It Kill You’

'Find What You Love And Let It Kill You'

These days, James Rhodes is a successful concert pianist. But for a decade, he didn’t play the piano at all, while he pursued another career that made him something like Don Draper, “albeit a few inches shorter and a few women fewer.” Then he gave it all up to pursue his childhood dream. He sacrificed everything — including his marriage and his income — to do it, but in the end, it worked. More »

Fired On His First Day: ‘I Have No Idea How I’m Going To Tell Everybody’

Fired On His First Day: 'I Have No Idea How Iâm Going To Tell Everybody'

It takes a special kind of employee to get fired on his first day at work, but Derek Erdman had what it takes. He started Monday morning as a receptionist at the Seattle-based record label Sub Pop, and by the end of the day he was packing up his things. What makes the story even more interesting is that his weirdly aggressive exit interview was published on Sub Pop’s blog. One choice question from his employer of less than one day: “You failed to mention you were such a dick. Why?” More »

The Best Songs About Working

The Best Songs About Working

Just about every Friday, I get the 1981 Loverboy song ”Working For the Weekend” in my head, and then hate myself. It’s an awful song. That’s why I loved stumbling across this YouTube-enhanced list at the Pessimist of the 20 greatest work songs. For one thing, because it does not include “Working for the Weekend.” But it does include some classics, like Dolly Parton‘s “9 to 5″, along with some gems I never would have thought of, including Loretta Lynn‘s homemaker heartbreaker, “One’s On the Way.” Oh, and our personal favorite: Uncle Tupelo’s “Grindstone.”
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3 Inspiring Moments In The Beyonce Documentary

3 Inspiring Moments In The Beyonce Documentary

Saturday night, HBO aired “Life Is But a Dream,” a documentary about Beyonceproduced by Beyonce and directed by Beyonce. Beyonce was also pretty much the only person who spoke. It was pretty self-indulgent. As the Fug Girls tweeted, “I would rather hold out for the Beyonce documentary that isn’t directed and produced BY Beyonce.” And, you know, fair enough. But also: BEYONCE. Here are our picks for top-three awesome moments from the Beyonce documentary, including Beyonce on the wage gap (kinda-sorta).
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The (Very Few) Ladies Who Won Big At The 2013 Grammy’s Last Night

The (Very Few) Ladies Who Won Big At The 2013 Grammy's Last Night

Grammy’s? Last night was more like Denny’s, because it was a total sausage-fest. (Zing!) Mumford & Sons, whose maleness is even in their band name, won the top honor, Album of the Year. Dude duo the Black Keys won four awards, including Best Rock Album. Fun., the annoying punctuated pop-rock band from Brooklyn, won Best New Artist. Frank Ocean was awarded the statuette for Best Urban Contemporary Album. And so on! Bros, bros, everywhere the eye could see (er, ear could hear?). But that doesn’t mean there weren’t some big moments for the ladies, too. More »

‘I Failed At Pop Stardom’

âI Failed At Pop Stardomâ

We talk a lot about success on The Grindstone: how to attain it, how to dress for it, how it relates to your birthday. But let’s be honest: There are plenty of career stories that are about failure, too. This week, a woman named Raquel Ramos wrote a bracingly honest essay for xojane about her failed rock star dreams. “For the majority of my life, I’ve identified myself as a singer, an artist,” she begins. I always, always thought that I’d be one of the few to Make It. I was incorrect. … I don’t think it’s premature or needlessly pessimistic to say it’s definite that I am not going to be a rock star.” More »