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What Can We Learn from Utopians of the Past?

Four nineteenth-century authors offered blueprints for a better world—but their progressive visions had a dark side.<p>Michael Robertson’s “The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy” (Princeton) is instructive and touching, if sometimes inadvertently funny. The …

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Miles Davis: Get Up With It Album Review

One autumn in New York, in 1972, the most famous jazz musician in the world tried to take a right turn at 60 mph off the West Side Highway and totaled his Lamborghini Miura. A bystander found Miles Davis with both legs broken, covered in blood and cocaine. Even after the crash, Miles had a bleeding …

While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey

Magazine<p>Our floodlit society has made sleep deprivation a lifestyle. But we know more than ever about how we rest—and how it keeps us healthy.<p><b>Nearly every night</b> of our lives, we undergo a startling metamorphosis.<p>Our brain profoundly alters its behavior and purpose, dimming our consciousness. For a …

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Ernie Ball Music Man thinks that its new StingRay basses are a bit Special

<b>Favoured by the likes of Tony Levin and Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford, the StingRay is a bass guitar with plenty of heritage. So, how do</b> …

What Travel Posters Might Look Like If They Were Designed by Famous Film Directors

The magic of movies is that they have the power to transport us to far-off lands—both real and imagined ones. A couple of Wes Anderson’s colorful …

100 Greatest Guitarists

100<p>Lindsey Buckingham<p>During Fleetwood Mac's hitmaking era, Lindsey Buckingham transmuted the folk music of his banjo-playing youth into stadium rock: …

This is the early history of the synthesizer

Synths have gone through many changes since the 1960s, evolving from early modular analog systems into computer software synths. Read on to find out …

Things You Didn't Realize Were Annoying the Hell Out of Your Barista

As someone who was once employed in the coffee crafting arts, I can assure you: being a barista is an extremely difficult job. You have to deal with …

Watch MW Motors Reveal 186-Mile Luka EV

<b>That’s Czech, mate.</b><p>Every so often, a new car appears that just grabs your eyeballs and holds them hostage. Sometimes they even ask you to judge the …

Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening

In Charlotte Zwerin's 1988 film <i>Straight, No Chaser</i>, Thelonious Monk road manager Bob Jones tells a story about Monk appearing on a television show sometime in the late '50s. Monk is asked what kind of music he likes, to which he replies "all kinds." The interviewer, hoping for a "gotcha" moment, …

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The Grunge Gold Rush

<b>On the most humiliating day of Jawbox's career</b>, guitarist Bill Barbot was wearing a colorfully striped cotton T-shirt, white Calvin Klein jeans and Persol sunglasses and standing in a suburban New Jersey grocery store. Underneath orange and purple balloons and a hand-printed "Juicy Cubed Beef 59 ¢ …

Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young & TOM JONES?

<i>CSNY painted by Guy Peellaert in ‘Rock Dreams’</i> <br>Although Neil Young apparently hated doing TV shows—one of the main reasons he supposedly left the …

The most important class I ever took: Rock-and-roll history

I'm not a musician. In fact, I am basically the <i>opposite</i> of a musician.<p>I am not the kind of person who is ever going to write an album or play in a …

10 Things You Don't Understand About Espresso

A coffee snob will happily write you a poem about the flavor profile of their favorite espresso, talking about rose hips and stone fruits and …

This Is What It Feels Like to Treat Depression with Magic Mushrooms

We spoke to a woman who's been trialling a psilocybin micro-dose treatment for a month, and the doctor who devised the method.<p>When Sue* greets me, she's all sparkly eyes and smiles. Beaming, she shakes my hand firmly and, as she sits, talks animatedly about her dash from the office to our meeting. …

Back to black: why melancholia must be understood as distinct from depression

First described by Hippocrates, “melancholia” or melancholic depression was considered a specific condition that commonly struck people out of the …

50 Best Comedy TV Shows on Netflix (July 2018)

Ranking the 50 best comedy TV shows on Netflix, including <i>The Office, Friends</i> and <i>Parks and Recreation</i>.<p>Whether it’s an animated comedy like <i>BoJack</i> …

Ready to Die: Three Days of Drugs and Disintegration with The Grateful Dead

Over the Fourth of July, America's quintessential band said farewell. We spent those days embedded with Deadheads, exploring our dreams and doing acid. This is what happened.<p><i>All photos by Petya Shalamanova run through the DeepDreamGenerator.</i><p><b>Day One: Now You Have the Universal Experience?</b><p>"Maybe this …

Make a Martini Like a Pro With Audrey Saunders

The hardest things to master are often the simplest. Take the martini.<p></head><i>This is Cook Like a Pro, in which experts share tips, tricks, and techniques that elevate a good dish to an unforgettable one.</i><p>The Pro > Audrey Saunders<p>Owner / Pegu Club / New York City<p>The hardest things to master are often …

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Top 10 Grateful Dead ‘Fare Thee Well’ Performances

10<p>Bruce Hornsby's reading of "Built to Last," an often-overlooked song from an equally overlooked album, was a surprise in the middle of July 5's …

Chris Squire, Yes Bassist and Co-Founder, Dead at 67

Chris Squire, the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has …

The Grateful Dead: The music played the band in Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In the 20 years since Jerry Garcia died, the Grateful Dead have hardly faded away.<p>By 1998, the four surviving core members, …

Lessons from 7 famous authors who hated their job

Today started like every other day. With a blank page.<p>Articles need to be written. To-do lists need to be completed. But still that pesky little cursor stays in the same spot taunting me with his methodical disappearing and re-appearing act.<p>Hate spammy ICOs and crappy cryptocurrencies?So do …

50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time

50<p>Happy the Man, ‘Happy the Man’ (1977)<p>Formed in a James Madison University dorm room, Washington, D.C.-based Happy the Man recorded three venerated, …

5-Spice Bourbon Punch Recipe

Five-spice syrup amps up the flavor in this refreshing bourbon pitcher cocktail.<p>Why It Works<p>Using whole spices to make the five-spice syrup makes for a richer flavor than using a powder—and it's also easier to strain!<br>• The club soda loosens up the syrup and balances the richness of the whiskey in …

Are We All Mistuning Our Instruments, and Can We Blame the Nazis?

A small cadre of fanatics insists music would sound better if instruments were tuned differently. Ted Gioia spent a week putting put their theories …

Going for a song: the hidden history of music piracy

Music,Filesharing,Computing and the net,Books,Music,Music industry,Internet,Computing,Technology,Culture,Digital music and audio<p>Starting in the late 90s, illegal filesharing gradually brought the music industry to its knees. In these exclusive extracts from his compelling new book, Stephen Witt …

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