A Website That Warps You Back to the Hit Songs of Your Youth

Do you ever have flashbacks to that middle school dance, the one where you slow-danced to All-4-One and had your first kiss under an elm tree while Quad City DJs closed out the night. (Not that that happened to me or anything.) A dead simple but super fun website now lets you travel back to those hit songs. » 7/23/14 6:27pm Today 6:27pm

How The Neverending Story Taught Us to Love 80s Synth-Pop

Exactly 30 years ago today, the world saw The NeverEnding Story for the first time. It was a time before CGI, when you had to make fantasy movies with puppets. But nothing feels old fashioned about the synth-laden, sunset-colored theme song by Giorgio Moroder. The flying dragon-dog was pretty cool, too. » 7/20/14 6:10pm Sunday 6:10pm

RIAA Bullies Tiny Music Sites That Pay Fees Instead of Make Money

We've known for years that the RIAA acts like a bunch of hypocritical bullies with nothing better to do than pick on the helpless. But wow. The latest report about how the lobbying organization is now bullying small music sites that not only have zero revenue but also pay licensing fees is just pathetic. » 7/20/14 12:33pm Sunday 12:33pm

Explore New York City According to the Music It Inspired

New York City has not only provided the backdrop for a countless songs, but it's also birthed entire genres of music. So when you start to plot where each of these moments happened, you're soon left with a pretty exciting guided tour of one of the world's biggest cultural capitals. YouTube links make it even better. » 7/14/14 2:10pm 7/14/14 2:10pm

Vinyl's Upward Surge Continues Because Vinyl Rules

Last week, Nielsen Soundscan released its mid-year report, and once again, album sales were in the gutter, down 14.9 percent from the year before. Vinyl, though, keeps plugging upwards, with sales growing 40 percent to 4 million units. Even as our media is increasingly intangible, there's a subset of people that just… » 7/11/14 10:43am 7/11/14 10:43am

Watch How OK Go Made Their Latest One-Take Optical Illusion Video

Last week, we showed you OK Go's new video, "The Writing's On the Wall," the latest in the band's series of impeccably orchestrated one-take videos chock full of optical illusions and visual tricks. Here's the behind-the-scenes look at how they did it. Short answer: it was frantically precise. » 6/25/14 11:20am 6/25/14 11:20am

The 1983 Punk Rock Record With a Digital Music Video For a B-Side

The B-side of Chris Sievey's 1983 single "Camouflage" sounds like an unlistenable malestrom of noise. It's not an avant-garde song; it's a program for the ZX-81 computer, and if you could load it correctly, it gave you a (very rudimentary) computer-animated music video, coded in the grooves of a vinyl record. » 6/21/14 4:01pm 6/21/14 4:01pm