The Perfect Song for Driving Through the Night

The last thing you might expect to hear on an early 20th century period medical drama about corpse-stealing ambulances and childbirth gone horribly wrong is electronic music. The show in question, The Knick—or Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen's Mad Men but with doctors—is by most accounts all right. The music is… » 8/25/14 7:00pm Monday 7:00pm

A Guide To Surviving Your First Burning Man

It's been almost a year since my first trip to Black Rock City and I'm pretty sure that I'm no longer carrying any playa dust on my body. As that magical week approaches, I've been seeing first hand and virtually all the chatter and preparation my fellow Burners are going through for their trip "home". » 8/22/14 5:15am 8/22/14 5:15am

The Bizarre History of X-Ray Records and Early Music Piracy

Thanks to the internet's amazing capacity for self-recycling, articles about Soviet pirate recordings made of X-rays pop up frequently in my feeds. These popular, widely-shared posts explain how, in the 1950s and 60s, music fans in the Soviet Union fabricated bootlegged recordings of banned western music—and they used… » 8/19/14 3:35pm 8/19/14 3:35pm

The Best Streaming Music Services You Aren't Using (But Should)

Streaming music apps and discovery services are a dime a dozen, but even the best ones have a hard time competing with the names everyone already knows. Even so, getting out of your comfort zone a little bit and trying a new service will only reward you with tons of great new music. Here are a few services we love… » 7/31/14 11:31am 7/31/14 11:31am

How an Atomic Clock Was Used to Record a House-Sized Instrument

Nestled on a Malibu hillside, three miles up a corkscrew-like road from the Pacific Coast Highway, sits a very peculiar house. Protruding through a missing window in the basement are 18 brass strings, tethered to a mountain 30 yards away. And at any time of day, you might hear their haunting vibrations echoing on the… » 7/30/14 2:45pm 7/30/14 2:45pm

Dire Straits Sold Tons of CDs Because They Were Pimping the New Format

"Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits is a song remembered for many things: a dirty hook to kick things off; background vocals by Sting; a cool, early-VR-style video; and the inevitable Weird Al parody. It was a successful single on Brothers in Arms, a successful album that was one of the first major hits on those… » 7/29/14 7:30pm 7/29/14 7:30pm