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 Saturday 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

Steve McQueen and Analog Synths Make a Music Video I Can't Stop Watching

There are few things I love in life more than Steve McQueen movies. And there's nothing else out there that sounds like analog synthesizer music. So when my Giz coworker Andrew Liszewski turned me on to this TRS-80 music video combining the two, I couldn't take my eyes or ears off it. » 10/04/14 8:00pm 10/04/14 8:00pm

Listen To The Sunrise Via Special Weather Sensors And A Custom Synth

Watching sunsets and sunrises are some of life's loveliest pleasures, and hey—it turns out listening to them is pretty incredible, too. Quintron, an experimental musician based in New Orleans, built a synthesizer and sensors that convert weather to sound, with special audio effects at dusk and dawn. » 10/02/14 8:15pm 10/02/14 8:15pm

How André 3000 Mastered Jimi Hendrix's Voice For A New Biopic

Outkast's André 3000 (real name: André Benjamin) didn't have to physically change much to play Jimi Hendrix in the film Jimi: All Is By My Side—he didn't even have to wear a wig! But as a Southern-born-and-raised musician, mastering the accent of the Seattle native was a bit more difficult. » 10/01/14 7:26pm 10/01/14 7:26pm