Study break of the day: United States of Pop 2012

Have you listened through all your study playlists already? Twice? Clearly, the only thing left is to mash it all up and regurgitate it in a techno-pop hodgepodge (I mean, pop music has been doing it for years).

If you’re too impatient to wait for nostalgia to kick in, or in case you’ve already forgotten “Call Me Maybe,” T-Swift, One Direction, or “Gangnam Style” (literally parodied by everyone), you can jam out to this year’s annual pop music menagerie mashup by DJ Earworm.

Yes, it’s catchy as hell, and yes, I’ll be blasting this for End-of-the-World Parties. Try and judge.

Music for Studying: For the pop music snob

BlogDailyHerald likes study music, so over the next few days we’ll offer a different album/mixtape/playlist for students of all tastes and attention levels. When the studying gets tough, let the speakers earbuds get bumping.

Ever wondered what happens when the guy who wrote and produced Feist’s hit song “My Moon My Man” decides to record a live piano track to back the vocal track from 50 Cent’s immortal “Many Men?” Chilly Gonzales’s 2010 mixtape Pianist Envy, that’s what. In what might be his most enjoyable piece of work without Leslie Feist’s voice, Gonzales mixes sampled hip hop beats, live acoustic piano tracks, arrogant interview sound bites (Gonzales is a predictably self-obsessed music producer) and, of course, rap verses into a very solid mixtape. At 30 minutes, it’s the perfect length for banging out a round of practice problems before taking an hour to procrastinate on the Internet. For some beautiful, densely dialogic pop music, get access to the free tape via Gonzales’s website by entering any email address here.

Time-waster of the day: October 13, 2010

Female Character Flowchart via Overthinking It

Today we bring you Overthinking It’s Female Character Flowchart. Overthinking It, a blog whose self-professed mission is to “subject the popular culture to a level of scrutiny it probably doesn’t deserve,” posits such tropes as the Evil Matriarch, the Cat Lady, the Cutesy Badass and the Dead Slut.

We don’t endorse any of the stereotypes on the chart, but we do guarantee you it’ll take forever to follow all the lines around.