On this very night in 1938, a radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds may or may not have caused mass hysteria for American listeners. But there’s another War of the Worlds that scared me much more as a kid. For me, there’s the HG Wells version, the Orson Welles version, and the rock opera version by composer Jeff…
Hozier has been on my musical radar ever since Take Me To Church came out — by which I mean that one song has been saved on my phone since then. But it was only this week that I started discovering how fantastic his lesser-known stuff is.
I didn't read Fifty Shades of Grey. I probably won't see the movie. In fact, I don't even really know what the damn thing is about outside of the sensational BDSM scenes that drove suburban moms so wild. But hot damn, the soundtrack is steamy, as is the new video for The Weeknd's single "Earned It."
Super Bowl commercials! All the blogs are doing it, including Gizmodo blogging editor Eric Limer's own Blogtown USA. You don't even need millions of dollars, all you need is this beautiful, rights-free track by The 126ers. Make sure to watch all the way to the end—the most important notes are the ones you don't hear.
I like to listen to this at many different times in my life because it makes me feel fly. Next time you're in an airport, try popping "Lifestyle" in your headphones and pop on your sunglasses as you walk to the baggage claim. Everyone around you is going to feel a lot less cool by comparison. [Spotify, iTunes, Amazon]
Waxahatchee is an indie band born from lead singer/songwriter Katie Crutchfield's bedroom, the "recording studio" for the band's freshman album American Weekend. Since then, the group has become something pretty amazing.
A couple days ago, epic documentary/climbing film Valley Uprising hit online streaming on Vimeo. It's a superb telling of the growth of rock climbing in Yosemite Valley; but it also has a kickass soundtrack, including this track by self-described Lazy Welsh Psychedelic Band, El Goodo.
It's a new year, and it's full of promise. This year is already rife with change, too. Gizmodo is no exception. Today, we welcome Annalee Newitz as the new editor-in-chief of Gizmodo and bid farewell to Brian Barrett, who's off to start a new site with the Awl.
Recently, I did a weirdo thing that might seem dumb to the tech-savvy readers of Gizmodo. I dug up the hard drive that held the entirety of my iTunes music collection until age 23, deleted everything but the Music app off my retired (and very cracked) iPhone 4S, and essentially turned it into an iPod.
When I was a kid, my mom wouldn't let me take karate classes—too violent. I ended up in tap and ballet instead. While I enjoyed my decade of dancing, I still feel a pang of remorse every time I walk by the dojo down the block from my apartment. But now, the new video for POP ETC's appropriately 80's song "Running in…
So, I really like the Silver Jews, the David Berman-led side project that sprung forth from the creative genius of Pavement. But it was also something completely different, and with news that the band might be returning this week, I could barely contain my excitement.
I'm not normally an emotions sorta person when it comes to music — sure, I listen to stuff basically 24/7, but normally to block out distractions (or because Taylor Swift is hella catchy). There's not many songs I've listened to on repeat because the emotions get to me, but John Mayer's cover of Free Fallin' is number…
Yesterday I walked across the casino floor of the Venetian, between the rows of clanging slot machines, with my enormous Nexus 6 held to my face so I could quietly listen to this YouTube video, the isolated bass line from Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do." It was the only thing that could reliably sooth my hangover,…
Oliver Nelson is a Swedish electronic music producer with a decidedly disco touch. Whitney Houston was an American singer with a decidedly golden touch. What happens when you combine the two? Magical things, I tell you.
There's a lot of good, scientific, fact-based arguments you could use to persuade someone that The Who is Britain's greatest gift to music. Or, you could sit them down with a beer and their 50-year-old original singles, and make your job a damn sight easier.
I listened to "Swingin' Party" by Kindness more than any other song in 2014. It's not really party music, and it's certainly not swing music. (It's not about swinging either, perv.) But the chill, let's-hang-out-with-our-favorite-friends vibe is everything I want out of my New Year's Eve.
I forget who told me about The Spinto Band. It was somebody in high school, because I remember listening to it in the back of a car parked in the vacant lot of a suburban Applebees, either just before or just after Say Anything's "I Can Get Sexual Too." This one's held up a little better.
The last week of the year is an annoying dry spell for new music. All the "Best of" lists have been polished off and published at most major music publications but the new year has yet to roll around to make new albums official entrants in 2015.
Musician Yoon Mi Rae is not too happy with Sony Pictures right now. Because even though the company has aggressively gone after people who don't respect intellectual property rights, they seem to need a lesson in IP law themselves. Yoon Mi Rae is accusing Sony of using a portion of her song "Pay Day" in the…