Producer and Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach announced his surprise solo album "Waiting On a Song" in March. The album takes its name from the first single, co-written with the legendary John Prine. A wistful sort of tune that has all the hallmarks of Prine's writing style, the video focuses on a group of friends starting the journey from high school to the big unknown of adulthood. The album is available now.
As May comes to a close, thousands of freshly-minted graduates will come walking across a stage somewhere to receive a diploma. And as this happens, one song will be played over and over again: Edward Elagr's military march Pomp & Circumstance. How Pomp & Circumstance went from military reviews to the official soundtrack of graduation is a story of gold, diamonds, war and the British Empire.
Jimi Hendrix is a rock icon. The Monkees? Not so much. But for one moment in 1967, they were together on the same bill. Hendrix opened for the not-so-legendary pop group at the Monterey Pop Festival, putting two of the most disparate acts in rock history on the same stage.
It's been four long years since The National released their last album, 2013's Trouble Will Find Me. The band has been teasing Sleep Well Beast with strange clips and posters, which is due out September 8, 2017. "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" gives us a look at what to expect from their new album with its accompanying video, directed by Casey Reas,
A bonus track from their upcoming deluxe edition LP Humanz, "The Apprentice" features heavy, layered synths backing up biting lyrics by Zebra Katz. Rag'n'Bone Man and RAY BLK also feature on the song, with the virtual group's fifth album due to release April 28, 2017.
With programs that regularly run in the 10s of gigabytes, Linus Akesson's 256 byte demo for the Commodore 64 is practically infinitesimal by comparison. Everything you see and hear in this video is created by the tiny program — the glitchy visuals and driving, EMD-style music. Entered into the Oldskool 4k competition at the Revision 2017 demoparty in Germany, it took first place. For a very technical explanation of how the program works, check out Linus' website here.
Bridging the gap between the stuff on store shelves and a trip to a custom tailor, INDOCHINO offers high-quality made to measure suits with amazing fit and feel. They take 14 measurements to create suits and shirts that are made for you and you alone. And the fit isn't the only thing that will make you stand out, as INDOCHINO offers a great selection of fabrics and customization options — from lapels to linings and more — to personalize your look. The result is an investment-quality wardrobe that's far more attainable than traditional custom-tailored options.
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Sometimes it's the cut of a jacket that makes it stand out. Other times, it's the color. With the Taylor Stitch Hawkins Jacket, it's the fabric. Made from Polartec Neoshell, it keeps you dry while still allowing for the release of heat and vapor, regulating your body temperature in any climate. The Neoshell is sandwiched between two layers of synthetic knit for added durability, and the YKK waterproof zippers and taped seams ensure all that high-tech fabric doesn't go to waste. Its classic 60/40 silhouette makes it adaptable to both casual and more formal affairs, and the brimmed hood protects your noggin when it's coming down.
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Just because it's Coachella doesn't mean it's EDM. A perfect example is this set by prolific film scorer Hans Zimmer. With over 150 films to his credit, everyone who's ever seen a movie has heard his music, and now he's bringing it to stages across the world. The massive band assembled to recreate Zimmer's epic film scores plays the theme from Christopher Nolan's Inception.
Luna Lee has made a name for herself covering rock classics like "Sultans of Swing" and "Another Brick In the Wall" on her gayageum. Now she's combining two legends with a song performed by both David Bowie and Nirvana. Before being covered by the 90s rock band on MTV Unplugged, the single originated as the title track of Bowie's third album. The song is now getting a third revival — this time with an ancient Korean twist.
Only the Gorillaz could bring together gospel legend Mavis Staples and rapper Pusha T on the same track. After dropping four new songs on the same day, "Let Me Out" is the fifth single from their upcoming album Humanz, due out April 28, 2017.
If you can dream it, the Fender Custom Shop can build it. Leo Fender founded the company in 1946 and with his mass-produced solid-body electric guitars and amps, brought music to the masses. In 1965, Leo sold the company to CBS and two disastrous decades followed, with questionable design changes to classic models and an overall reduction in quality resulting from corporate cost-cutting. Fast forward to 1985. CBS exec Bill Shultz led a bid to purchase the company from CBS. Two years later, the Fender Custom Shop was founded and has been handcrafting dreams for guitarists ever since.
Imagine writing a song when you're in a band with John Lennon and Paul McCartney — and trying to get them to play it. George Harrison, the "quiet" and "shy" Beatle, began to take an interest in writing his own material after the landmark trip to India. One of his first compositions, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" went on to become one of the best Beatles songs, and one of the few hits that weren't written by Lennon or McCartney.
Hallucinations. Bad cops. Incarceration stats showing the swelling prison population over decades — and one bunny that's not going to make it. Run the Jewels' "Legend Has It" from their best-selling release RTJ3 leaves no innocents in its scathing indictment of the American criminal justice system.
From neon glows to 360-degree bike rides, Kendrick Lamar's latest video is just as pleasing to our eyes as it is to our ears. The Compton rapper jumps through a series of notable scenes, paying his hip-hop respects to Grey Poupon and even finding himself at the head of "The Last Supper" while spitting over the Mike Will Made It-produced track. The single kicks off his upcoming fourth album, due out April 7, 2017. NSFW.
Vinyl is back. Or it's been back, and coming even more back, depending on who you ask. Either way, in Haarlem, Netherlands, the Record Industry pressing plant kicks out about 40,000 to 50,000 LPs a day. Owner Ton Vermeulen's love for music led him to purchase the plant, making him one of the world's biggest lovers of vinyl.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping, so the mattress you sleep on every night is incredibly important. Make sure you get the right one by trying out a Casper. This USA-made mattress is made up of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you don't get too hot. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest abodes. You get 100 nights to try it out, can return it for free if you're not satisfied, but if you are (and you probably will be), you can upgrade even further by grabbing some of the company's soft Supima cotton sheets and dual-layer pillows.
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There are a few brands out there that never go out of style, Timex is part of that group, and has been for generations. The minimalist dial design of the Timex Fairfield Chrono Watch is an excellent example, featuring a chronograph function with four-hour capacity, Indiglo night-light, and is water resistant up to 30 meters. Strap choices include stainless steel, striped nylon, and genuine leather that can be worn exclusively or swapped out to match mood or destination. It goes with just about everything and promises to be your favorite accessory for years to come.
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The things we take for granted — like being able to go to a concert and hear music by our favorite artists. For the deaf, truly enjoying a live performance was nearly impossible. But a group of sign language interpreters is bringing music to the deaf — by signing with feeling.
Don't blink. There's a physical limit to how fast a human can play — but there's also a physical limit to how fast a human can hear. And our hearing is slower than our reflexes. Adam Neely digs deep into playing music at breakneck speeds and how the brain has a hard time keeping up with the world's fastest hands.
Just when you think something is obsolete, it makes a comeback. Vinyl has been enjoying a surge in popularity for years, and now the cassette tape is making a similar renaissance. Super Deluxe looks at what it takes to get 400 feet of audio tape into that little plastic case.
No one writes a song by themselves. Whether we know it or not, all the music we've heard before is shaping what we're creating today. Kanye's hit single "Famous" is a perfect of example of the amalgam of music — the samples, original music, and even the main idea of the song are layered together in a mash of old and new. Noisy Images launches a full-on investigation of "Famous" and pieces together the elements that Kayne draws from.
Gorillaz returns with four new tracks. This one in particular features Murdoc, 2D, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs in a house haunted by everything from alien creatures to a slice of pizza. There's also a 360 version, as well as videos for "Andromeda", "Ascension", and "We've Got The Power". All of these songs are taken from their upcoming Humanz album, due out April 28, 2017.
At the height of Wham!'s popularity, the George Michael-fronted duo played two concerts in China. As one of the first western groups to play in the Communist country, the experience had a sobering effect on Michael. This never-before-broadcast interview from 1986 has the then-recently solo star speaking about where he plans to take his musical career and being one of the world's biggest pop stars.
A Daft Punk song isn't just a song. Taking a piece of something else and making it into something completely new is what the duo has been doing for over two decades. And the samples that make up a Daft Punk composition have been hits in their own right. Daftworld does a side-by-side comparison of the original tracks and the Daft Punk hits they became.
You literally couldn't get any more rock than this. The Rube Goldberg of bands, this automated system uses a computer, MIDI, rocks, pleather, solenoids, and stepper motors to cover the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun". Also included is a list of the band members, with each contraption getting its own credit in the description.
Hands and gloves, toast and butter, beans and cornbread. Of all the artists Daft Punk has collaborated with over their 20-plus years crafting hit songs, nothing goes with the duo quite like The Weeknd. After dropping "I Feel It Coming" live at the Grammy Awards, the official music video adds a touch of 2001: A Space Odyssey visuals to a track that has stars all over it.
Paul Shaffer got Bill Murray to lay down vocals on "Happy Street", the single for Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band's self-titled album. The track features his signature eclectic jazz style with an accompanying animated video. The album will be released on March 17, 2017.
Jack White's Third Man Records has been taking music back to the Golden Era since 2001. The label is pushing the vinyl resurgence one step further by opening their own pressing plant. Located in Detoit's Cass Corridor — where the White Stripes played their first show in 1997 — the factory will operate eight brand new vinyl presses from German startup Newbilt and aims to no only fill the new demand for records, but also help to bring the Motor City back to its manufacturing roots.
It's a long journey from an idea, to a song, to a record, to your stereo or phone or car, and finally — to your ears. From the makers of instruments to composers, producers, and engineers, the fingerprints of hundreds of people are indelibly stamped on the music we hear. The Art of Listening goes in-depth with the people who make music happen every day for the listening public.
Just because an instrument was invented over 1400 years ago doesn't mean the music has to be. In Seoul, South Korea, Luna Lee plays the most traditional of Korean instruments — the gayageum — with a twist: covering classic rock songs. Luna has risen to fame with covers of Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, and Queen.
You would only expect a duo as eclectic as Daft Punk to have similarly eclectic influences. From Gary Numan to Tron, the two take inspiration not just from music, but from film and art. This side-by-side comparison shows some of the ways Daft Punk has referenced or been inspired over the last 20 years.