Spotify Hack Plays Only the Most Dramatic Part of Your Favorite Song

There's probably a perfect moment in your favorite song where everything just clicks. Wouldn't it be great to skip right to the zenith of every tune? Music Machinery's Paul Lamere think so—he's just devised a Spotify plugin that takes you right to the most dramatic moment of any song. » 9/06/14 12:00pm 9/06/14 12:00pm

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 8/25/14 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