Watch a Symphony of Independent Subway Buskers Perform Together Online

Oh this is wonderful. A symphony of WiFi-enabled, independent subway buskers were united by a composer named Ljova, who streamed their performances from different stations onto individual laptops set up in the middle of New York City's Bryant Park. The result? "Signal Strength," a very awesome collaboration. » 10/24/14 3:47pm Yesterday 3:47pm

Tim Minchin's Storm Is Your Saturday Night Dose of Cynicism

Since discovering yesterday that there's a homeopathic vaccine for Ebola that involves using an actual sample of the virus, I've been re-listening to Tim Minchin's incredible nine-minute song/beat poem Storm, one of the best and most concise refutations of bad hippie science that you're ever likely to witness. » 10/18/14 6:39pm 10/18/14 6:39pm

Belle & Sebastian: Piazza, New York Catcher

A couple years ago, I was leaving New York, the city I considered the center of the world, for San Francisco, a city I had only the vaguest impressions of from reading Joan Didion. (Naturally, I was composing my own version of a leaving New York essay in my head.) I also spent the time obsessively listening to Belle… » 10/15/14 7:00pm 10/15/14 7:00pm

This Nine Inch Nails Video Was Shot At The Scene of An Infamous Murder

The 1992 Nine Inch Nails song "Gave Up" is fantastic. But if you're at all familiar with the official video for the song, you'll know that it's a bit fucked up. The video was filmed at 10050 Cielo Drive — the Los Angeles home where actress Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by members of the Manson Family in the summer… » 10/14/14 7:00pm 10/14/14 7:00pm

Pearl Jam: Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town

I was born in 1981. In internet parlance, I believe that means I qualify as both an "80s kid" and a "90s kid" and have fond memories for both decades. Music was not necessarily better back then, but songs you hear when you're growing up sure do strum at the ol' heartstrings in a way that new stuff just can't. » 10/08/14 8:25pm 10/08/14 8:25pm

Listen to Serial, a Riveting New Podcast from the This American Life

This fall's best new podcast is called Serial and it's the first podcast series I've ever listened to that can objectively be described as suspenseful. It's a WBEZ production, and it's basically like This American Life if TAL went in super-deep on one story. Which makes sense, because it's the same staff working in a… » 10/05/14 7:00pm 10/05/14 7:00pm