Made up of 30 DJs, The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra is putting a new spin on classical music. Their debut performance is a tribute to the first LP ever sold in Japan 67 years ago. The record was composer Felix Mendelssohn's Concerto in E minor and the group honors it with this vinyl remix.
Arcade Fire has sold out. In the short film Money + Love, the band finds itself totally bankrupt — and a corporate savior has a generous offer to keep them afloat. Starring Toni Collette, Money + Love comes right after the announcement for their world tour, starting in July 2018.
The Lonely Island were asked to write a song for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. If you actually watched the Oscars, you're probably scratching your head wondering how you missed it. Well at the last minute it was scrapped from the show. Luckily for everyone, the guys released the song anyway, along with the storyboards for how the bit would've gone down.
At the end of every record is the lock groove. It keeps the needle from skittering off the record and being damaged on the sticker. Usually, there isn't any audio, but that changed with the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper and its rather creepy loop. Steve Mould shows how being a little creative with something that only serves a very utilitarian function makes vinyl special.
Kendrick Lamar and Dave Meyers & the little homies team up again for another video. Just like their previous collaborations, the visuals are just as impressive as the audio it accompanies. The track features SZA and is the lead single from the upcoming Black Panther soundtrack, available February 9, 2019.
Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman started the weekly popup singing event Choir! Choir! Choir! in 2011. The premise is simple: Come in, get a lyric sheet, and sing your heart out. During the 2018 Under the Radar Festival, a special guest dropped by to sing with the group — Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. In honor of David Bowie, they did a magical cover of his hit "Heroes" from 1977.
For Issue 03, we headed to upstate New York to test drive the prototype electric Bollinger B1, the next-generation minimalist utility truck. We then took a classic Ford Bronco from the 1970's down Kentucky's legendary Bourbon Trail, stopping and sampling all along the route — and even getting schooled by master distiller Jimmy Russell. You'll find the world's best bourbon guide in this issue, with 25 bottles ranging in price from $25 to $4,000 a bottle. To complete our boxy, American-made SUV trifecta, we drove an Icon Ford Bronco up to Yosemite. Finally, we wrapped things up with edited guides full of the best hiking boots, backpacks, turntables, headphones, and camp knives.
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Silence of the Lambs meets Parks and Rec with a voodoo twist. They Might Be Giants take a dark turn for their creepy new video where Nick Offerman falls prey to a sinister stalker. The project is part of their Dial-A-Song service that releases a new track every other week, guaranteeing at least 26 new songs in 2018.
Featuring some of the biggest names in rap music, Rapture is a documentary in eight parts. Going behind the scenes to look at the lives of rappers like Nas, Rhapsody, Logic, and 2Chainz. Rapture premieres March 20, 2018 on Netflix.
St. Vincent is known for her loud and electric arrangments so when she showed up at the NPR offices with just an acoustic guitar, it was a surprise to just about everyone. The singer performed stripped down versions of three singles off her latest album Masseduction for her Tiny Desk Concert.
The Star Wars theme song is the most recognizable in movie history. Composed by legendary film conductor John Williams, the big orchestra sound has been giving fans chills of excitement as the read through the opening crawk since 1977. In this behind-the-scenes clip, he leads the Hollywood Freelance Studio Symphony as they perform the iconic score for The Last Jedi.
Nothing is sacred anymore. The gunge anthem of your youth is now the upbeat pop song you never wanted. You can thank Sleep Good for that. The Austin-based musician remixed Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in a major key, turning them into merely a pop-punk band from La Jolla, CA.
Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album put them on the map but it was 1977's Rumours that catapulted the band to rock legends. The record produced four Top 10 singles and has sold over 40 million copies. Many of the songs have stood the test of time and still sound just as good as they did 40 years ago. Using the single "Dreams," Nerdwriter compares the demo to the final version to breakdown the process behind creating one of their many masterpieces.
This just in — New York City is in the midst of an alien spider invasion. In other news, the Run the Jewels concert at Madison Square Garden will be going ahead as planned. As the duo walk back on stage for an encore, the Garden is empty — and the group soon find out why.
MGMT's second video for their upcoming album Little Dark Age cranks the pop-psychedelia up a notch. Alex Karpovsky stars an amateur magician stuck in a time warp — with a tragic accident waiting at the end.
We heard there's a big game this weekend. So we went to our friend Paul Cunningham at Leather Head to see if he could build us something special — something like a high-quality all-black football that would both stand out on the field and look beautiful on a shelf. For our Leather Head x Uncrate Football, we decided on our signature shrunken bison leather, which has a natural texture and ages beautifully. Like all of Leather Head's made-in-the-USA footballs, it's perfectly sized for mere-mortal-hands and impromptu backyard games, but we can't guarantee it's inflated to NFL regulation standards.
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The beginnings of any everyday carry start with a wallet and your phone, so the Mujjo Wallet iPhone Case frees up your pocket space by combining the two. It's full-grain leather shell wraps around the buttons and the edges of the screen, rising above the glass for added protection against cracks from drops. Vegetable tanned and finished with aniline oil, the exterior develops a unique patina with every use. The exterior pocket can hold up to three cards while still maintaining a profile that can fit into the slimmest of pockets. Available in black or tan for the iPhone 7, 8, and X.
Elliot has some problems with his head. Composer Mac Quayle helps reinforce the impact of Elliot and the rest fsociety with his acclaimed music production. Quartz talked with Mac about how he approaches composing music for film and how it nearly makes another character in the cast.
No one likes mechanical perfection. J Dilla knew intuitively there was something uncanny about the perfect beat — and created some of the best hip-hop grooves of all time with his fingers and the Akai MPC. Vox looks at how Dilla used a machine to bring a little humanity back to music by killing the quantization.
Instead of his former bandmates, The Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan stopped by NPR's tiny desk with a string quartet. He carried on the group's legacy with a chill-inducing performance of the 1995 classic "Tonight, Tonight." He then switched to the piano to follow that up with two songs from his upcoming solo album Ogilala.
Stop motion, 567 printers, and one band — that's all you need to make OK Go's latest innovative video, "Obsession". Filmed over five days, the printers create the background in step with the band's choreographed dance moves. And in case you were wondering, all the paper used in the video was recycled.
It isn't a debate. There isn't any other answer. The best vocalist in the history of rock, and possibly one of the best vocalists ever, is Freddie Mercury. But what made his voice so good? Polyphonic looks at the techniques and even actual scientific studies to see what made Freddie's voice unlike any other.
Gorillaz and British rapper Little Simz have joined together for one purpose — to destroy all enemies. In their latest video, Gorillaz and Simz take a 32-bit adventure through everything from classic side-scrollers to top-down bullet hell types in a quest vanquish the final boss.
Have you ever wondered what rusty barbed wire would sound like if it was a sound? Captain Beefheart's 1969 classic Trout Mask Replica is as close as you can get. The bizarre record was the brainchild of Don Glen Vliet, a classmate of Frank Zappa, and released on Zappa's Straight Records label. While some people would hardly call it music, Trout Mask Replica went on to become one of the most well-regarded modern works of music.
Photoshop, fake news, nothing is real — and the video for Spoon's "Do I Have to Talk You Into It" might be the ultimate visual coda for our digital age. The entire shot is one big retouching session, wherein Britt Daniel gets Photoshopped a million different ways.
MGMT is back with a fourth album, and with that comes the release of their title track. The song boasts their signature psychedelic sound but with a slightly more sinister vibe. Pair that with the creepy, goth-inspired visuals of David MacNutt and Nathaniel Axel, and it'll be the spookiest video you'll see this Halloween. Little Dark Age, the band's first record in four years, is due out in 2018.
The opening theme of Stranger Things helped set the tone of the show unlike any other original soundtrack in recent memory. The heavy synths helped anchor viewers right in the 80s setting of the show, dovetailing perfectly with the costuming and set design. Reverb shows you how to get the vintage analog synth sounds that Survive used to create the theme, all on a reasonable budget.
You heard it. Now you want to hear it again. And again. And again. As it turns out, human brains have grown to love repetition, especially in music. Vox looks at the rise o the repeat in pop music with some very interesting graphs put together by Colin Morris.
The Blade Runner soundtrack was 80s music at its best. Composed by Vangelis, the synth sounds he created with the Yamaha CS-80 were legendary and still hold up 35 years later. Using a mix of vintage hardware and modern plug-ins, Justin Delay breaks down the music and shows you how to recreate the classic tunes yourself.
Eminem has made a career of epic takedowns. This time, his ire on one man: Donald Trump. The rapper has some scathing remarks for Trump and his conduct since taking the Oval Office earlier this year.
He's one of the most talented people in show business, from the Muppets to Saturday Night Live to movies and TV. And he's also a great musician. The comedian to over NPR's Tiny Desk for a few songs with his band the Steep Canyon Rangers in support of their recent record, "The Long Awaited Album".