The season finale of Game of Thrones is fast approaching. Korean gayageum hero Luna Lee marks the occasion with an arrangement of composer Ramin Djawadi's theme on the traditional Korean instrument — and the army of the dead marches on.
There's hardly a guitar that's been rode as hard and put away wet as Willie Nelson's iconic Trigger. Willie's Martin N-20 has seen thousands of stages and bears the signatures of over 100 of Willie's friends and fellow performers. Luthier Mark Erlewine has been taking care of Trigger for years and gives an up close look at the famous guitar during a recent repair.
Mistakes have led to some of the most important discoveries in human history: X-rays, the microwave, and that ubiquitous 80s gated reverb drum sound. From Phil Collins to hair metal to synth pop, that strange, unnatural drum sound defined the decade. Vox explains how a happy accident led to a sound that was popular then and is making a comeback now.
Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh have enjoyed one of the longest friendships in the history of friends. This ethereal remix by Pogo puts a dreamy spin on the two pals with clips from Pooh's Grand Adventure.
The National has released a new video for "Carin at the Liquor Store" from their upcoming album Sleep Well the Beast. A hazy ballad about someone you saw every day but didn't have the gumption to talk to. And then, years later and thousands of miles away, you wonder what's happened to them. Sleep Well the Beast is out September 8, 2017. Pre-order the record here.
The Shins latest video from their 2017 album Heatworms is a stop-motion affair — but not like any stop-motion you've ever seen. Made by LAMAR+NIK, the entire video was filmed on a white backdrop. Then, over 5,000 stickers were cut from almost 5,000 frames to create the animation.
When Casper entered the mattress market a few years ago, they changed the mattress industry. And now, after 30 engineering improvements and nearly half a million happy customers, the Casper mattress is more breathable and comfortable than ever. Each mattress is made of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you sleep cool and comfortable. 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 homes or apartments. You get 100 nights to try it out and can return it for free if you're not satisfied.
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24-year-old Chicago hip-hop phenom Chance the Rapper stopped by the Tiny Desk for a surprise performance. NPR staffers filled a stairwell to hear him, and he had a special track to share — a poem he'd written on the way from the hotel. Chance's laid-back songs and candid manner make this one of the most intimate Tiny Desk's ever.
It's been over 30 years since new record pressing equipment was installed anywhere in the United States. That changed with the opening of Third Man Records in Detroit, Michigan. Started by Jack White, Third Man records, presses, and creates merch for artists on the label — all in-house. Adam Savage visited Third Man in Detroit, recorded a song, and watched the entire process from recording to record pressing.
Percussionist Greg Ellis has a problem with music. The mechanization of music, starting with the modern metronome in over 200 years ago, has robbed it of its soul. With tools like computers and the ability to sample or autotune anything and make it perfect, the nuance and artistry of music are being lost. In interviews with some of the best percussionists in the world, Greg Ellis is out to make the case against soulless sounds.
Thom Yorke made a mistake. Thom got lost trying to play Radiohead's "Videotape" at a concept in London — and unknowingly set off a firestorm of speculation among Radiohead fans. Warren Lain, musician and music teacher, put together a 38-minute video on the subject of "Videotape" being syncopated — in a really strange way. This is the story of a seemingly simple song with a not-so-simple rhythm.
Ginger Baker, Kieth Moon, and John Bonham — the three pillars of rock drumming royalty. Without them, there would be no trope of the crazy drummer, and Animal from the Muppets wouldn't exist. Polyphonic takes a closer look at the best part of Led Zeppelin, and why John is one of the greatest to ever take a seat on the drum throne.
Patrick Carney hates music. He's in a band that you might have heard of — the Black Keys — and probably doesn't even like their music either. Patrick totally destroys some of contemporary pop's biggest stars in this collection of segments from VICE news.
Action Bronson has a new album, a new single, and a new haircut. The wonderfully retro video for "The Chairman's Intent" has Action and his new blonde locks taking justice to the streets — and even performing his own stunts. Blue Chips 7000 releases August 25, 2017, and is available for preorder now.
Mario 64, alien spaceship sounds, and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk all have something in common: creating tension through sound via a technique called Shepard's tone. Shepard's tone gives the illusion of rising or falling, without ever getting louder, quieter, or changing pitch — and it's one of Nolan's favorite ways to create tension.
This structured duffel bag is designed to be by your side through everything, with everything you need. In classic Filson fashion, the exterior twill is water and abrasion resistant and made to stand up to nearly a lifetime of use. The large U-shaped top makes finding gear inside easy and at-a-glance, while the attached nylon-lined collapsible dry bag keeps wet and muddy gear separate from the main compartment. While the exterior of the bag is made from Filson's classic rugged twill, the interior of the bag is lined with soft 6 oz. nylon to protect your things from being scuffed or damaged. A removable and quick-drying webbed nylon shoulder strap makes carrying easier when fully packed.
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There are growlers, and then there are growlers — this iteration from RBT is the latter. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, this two-liter vessel has a double-wall insulated construction to keep the cold in and everything else out, complete with an ergonomically-designed handle for pouring and, well, handling. Available in satin-black with a contrasting brass base, this functional and sharp-looking container will stand out wherever you use it.
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When Dre met Eminem. It's a story that could have been a sitcom — white kid from Detroit meets West Coast rap legend, and the rest is another chapter in hip-hop history. The Defiant Ones features interviews with rapper and entrepreneur Dre and legendary producer Jimmy Iovine, along with the likes of Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor, and Bruce Springsteen. The four-part series premieres on HBO July 9, 2017.
Power is made to be abused. El-P and Killer Mike drive the point home as they take a claymation ride through a carnival of horrors where those with the money crush those without. "Don't Get Captured" is directed by Chris Hopewell, who also worked with Radiohead on "Burn the Witch".
Jay-Z pulls no punches in the powerful first single from his latest album 4:44. Watch and listen.
Part music video and part making of, Action Bronson has just dropped the visuals to his latest single "Let Me Breathe". As you can see, the rapping chef had a heavy hand in bringing this video to life, choreographing a troupe of dancing dads. Although the concept remains unknown — maybe even to Bronson himself — it is still a sight to behold. The song comes off the upcoming album Blue Chips 7000, the final installment in the Blue Chips. series.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Kanye and Jay-Z. Eminem and Dr. Dre. The hip-hop world is full of great musical collaborations. Kendrick Lamar is no exception, although his collaborations come in a visual form. Using his latest music video "Element", Evan Puschak breaks down the visuals through his directorial collaborations with photographers Jonas Lindstroem and Gordon Parks.
Goose Island Brewery needed some help. The tanks get a coating of grist after a brew, and employees had to manually remove it by pounding on the tanks with a mallet. In order to speed up the process, Goose Island brought in Stranger Things composer Survive to musically get the grist out.
This is what nightmares are made of — literally. A collaboration between horror movie composer Mark Korven and a guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith, The Apprehension Engine is the most disturbing instrument on Earth. The device replaces overused digital samples with one-of-a-kind acoustic sounds to create nightmarish tones that truly tingle the spine.
With the upcoming release of the 20th anniversary edition of their seminal record OK Copmuter, Radiohead has been digging deep into their back catalog of unreleased tracks. Beginning with "I Promise", the band follows up with "Man of War", a track that dates to 1997s The Bends. OKNOTOK releases June 23, 2017 on XL Recordings.
Electronic band Bedtimes video for the single WoodSwimmer visually recreates the experience of swimming through liquefied wood. Animator Brett Foxwell painstakingly created the effect using stop-motion animation, photographing each piece of wood as it was thinly shaved down by a milling machine. Check out more Brett's amazing work on his website.
Moby's 13th studio album These Systems Are Failing is a furious take on this modern society and its failings. In collaboration with animator Steve Cutts, the second single from the record uses classic animation to paint a darkly satirical picture of current events. These Systems Are Failing is available now.
It's really easy to throw a lot of money at a guitar or bass. But much like having a supercar doesn't make you a race car driver, dropping thousands on a bass doesn't make you Bootsy Collins — it's all in your hands. Davie504 puts a $100, $700, and $10,000 bass guitars to the test, and not surprisingly, it's the player that makes all the difference.
Neo Magazin Royale is a German satirical late night talk show hosted by Jan Böhmermann, and has one of the biggest bands in late night TV. The 15-piece orchestra is headed by rapper Dendemann, and features a rotating cast of musicians. This amazing cover of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" wasn't even for the live TV show — it was a band warm up in front of the live audience.
This might be the biggest collaboration in music — 150 songs from 100 artists, all masterfully edited together to make one track following the last 40 years of hip hop. It isn't strictly chronological, but every song and beat intersect, with one rhyme seamlessly flowing into the next.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their album OK Computer, Radiohead is remastering their 1997 release with the addition of some new tracks. The first of three unreleased songs comes in the form of this Michal Marczak-directed bus ride. OKNOTOK is available digitally June 23rd, while a boxed edition that includes a vinyl album, a hardcover art book containing never seen illustrations, a book of Yorke's notes, a sketchbook of Donwood and Yorke's preparatory work, and a C90 cassette tape of OK Computer session archives and demos will be shipping out in July.