Starbucks Is Quitting CDs, and So Am I

Nearly two years ago, I bought a CD while waiting for a bucket-sized iced coffee, sweet with a splash of whole milk. It wasn't a long wait, but it was long enough for me to spot the new Vampire Weekend album, remember I'd pirated their first two and hand my Starbucks gift card back to the barista. "I'll also take » 2/20/15 3:30pm 2/20/15 3:30pm

These Balloonists Just Broke A Decades-Old Distance Record

In the surprisingly competitive world of long-distance ballooning, the world distance record is the holy grail — more or less the equivalent of the marathon record. Somewhere just off the San Fransisco coastline, two guys just broke that record — and they're still flying. » 1/29/15 8:51pm 1/29/15 8:51pm

Vinyl's Surge Hasn't Slowed One Bit

2014: bad for digital music sales, great for vinyl. Like, really great. According to Nielsen SoundScan, vinyl sales hit 9.2 million, a 52 percent jump from 2013 figures, and an all-time high for vinyl on SoundScan, which began tracking sales in 1991. Damn. » 1/02/15 11:24am 1/02/15 11:24am

This Transforming Briefcase Turntable Is a Walkman For Your Records

Just because you prefer the warm, crackly sound of vinyl records to MP3s doesn't necessarily mean you also like being tethered to a home stereo whenever you want to listen to your record collection. So Pyle has created this portable turntable that transforms into a briefcase for easy transport, and also includes a… » 11/12/14 11:22am 11/12/14 11:22am

Watch Jimmy Fallon, Neil Young, and Jack White Press a Record On Stage

You've probably seen Jimmy Fallon do his ultra-famous Neil Young impression before, but there's nothing better, really, than seeing Mr. Young himself on the Fallon stage, playing a track inside Jack White's old-school novelty recording booth. » 5/13/14 10:43am 5/13/14 10:43am

The Biggest Record Pressing Factory In the US Is Expanding

In recent years, people have been buying more and more vinyl records—and now, demand for music etched into this aging format is so hot that the country's largest plant is increasing its capacity by more than 50 percent. » 5/07/14 4:20pm 5/07/14 4:20pm

Does Digital Media Make Physical Artifacts Obsolete?

Today, diggers unearthed a cache of Atari 2600 game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Game aficionados have told the urban legend around the buried games for decades. Now I'm wondering: in a world of digital-only media, will this sort of discovery cease to exist? What do you think? » 4/26/14 6:00pm 4/26/14 6:00pm

Thanks to Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Will Sell Just One Copy of Its Secret Album

You've heard of rare records before, but what Wu-Tang Clan is planning for its stealthy double album, The Wu–Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is unprecedented. The legendary rap group will sell only one copy, encased in an engraved silver and nickel box. It will be very, very expensive. » 3/26/14 2:50pm 3/26/14 2:50pm

This Contraption Cuts Vinyl Records From Digital Audio In Real Time

Sonic purists swear that everything sounds better on vinyl, and you know what? Spinning records is also just way more freaking fun. It's common to digitize your LPs, but what if you could easily do the reverse? This dude made a device that makes it easy to press audio files into albums in real time. » 3/12/14 8:48am 3/12/14 8:48am

13-Year-Old Builds Nuclear Reactor, Becomes Youngest Fusioneer Ever

Do you remember what your greatest accomplishment was at age 13? Well, it doesn't really matter either way, because whatever it was, Jamie Edwards—the tween scientist who's now the youngest person to ever carry out atomic fusion—just crushed it. » 3/05/14 1:00pm 3/05/14 1:00pm

Amazing 1956 Video Explains How Music Went From Concert Hall to Vinyl

Vinyl may have had its day—hell, some readers of this site may never have seen it in action—but for a small group of dedicated fans, it still lives on. This amazing 1956 video explains the process, which has actually changed very little over the last 50 years, of transforming performance into long-player. » 1/15/14 6:20am 1/15/14 6:20am

This Blinding 502,165 Christmas Light Display Is in Someone's Home

Ready for a big number? 502,165. That's the number of LED lights the family of David and Janean Richards in Canberra, Australia has decked its home in order to clinch the 2013 Guinness World Record for most Christmas lights in one display. Whoa. » 11/25/13 12:40pm 11/25/13 12:40pm

How the Rolling Stones' Iconic Let It Bleed Album Art Was Made

With most of us buying our music in digital formats, album art just isn't treasured in the way it was in the 1960s and 70s. And now, MoMA has added a classic from that bygone era to its permanent collection: The cover of the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed, designed by Robert Brownjohn. » 9/12/13 3:40pm 9/12/13 3:40pm

Listen to Music Made from Concert-Goers' Dance Moves

In our electronic music age, it's sometimes easy to forget how music is basically just a bunch of well-organized noise. It seems like over-produced pop albums have more in common with computer software than performance, so when musicians break the mold, things get interesting. » 9/02/13 1:00pm 9/02/13 1:00pm

Melting Vinyl Records into Skulls Is Hauntingly Beautiful

Dead media like cassette tapes, video tapes, CDs, DVDs and so forth should die. I have no problem admitting that. They take up space, offer a worse experience and are just unnecessarily inconvenient now. Who cares that I have a CD tower filled with music? Where would I ever listen to all that? But none of that… » 8/27/13 10:23pm 8/27/13 10:23pm

Whole Foods Is Selling LPs Now

33⅓ rpm records have been around for 65 years and in that time they've come and gone. And come back again. Apparently the nation's few remaining record stores, stamped out by lack of demand, are suddenly not enough, so Whole Foods has begun selling vinyl at five locations in and around LA, including West Hollywood,… » 8/25/13 9:29am 8/25/13 9:29am

Behold the Horrible Glory of a Hoarder's 250,000-Record Vinyl Library

Last year, a Canadian record shop called Apollo Music bought a filthy, trash-filled hoarder house. Why? Cuz it was full of records. At least 250,000. These are a few snapshots from the process, and they show the biggest and saddest collection you'll probably ever see. » 8/12/13 5:48pm 8/12/13 5:48pm

Listen to Radiohead's Idioteque On a Laser-Etched Wooden Record

We've seen 3D-printed records before, and while they don't sound great, they're still pretty neat. Now the same mine behind those, Instructables' Amanda Ghassaei, has got another weird record variation to try out: laser-etched wooden records. It's only a slight step up in sound quality, but still totally cool. » 5/11/13 8:00pm 5/11/13 8:00pm

Do You Still Buy Vinyl?

Today is Record Store Day, complete with a slew of special releases on everybody's favorite antiquated audio medium. Hobbyists everywhere rushed out this morning to stand in line in front of local shops to pick up a couple of the good old-fashioned discs. How about you? » 4/20/13 4:00pm 4/20/13 4:00pm

What Do Earth's Mountains and Valleys Really Sound Like?

If you zoom in on the surface of a vinyl record using a microscope, to the untrained eye it kind of looks like a series of mountains and valleys. It's actually the waveform representation of a song or other sounds, but what would happen if you took a map of the Earth's mountains and valleys and turned that into a… » 4/08/13 1:05pm 4/08/13 1:05pm