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Jean-Jacques Perrey, Electronic Music Pioneer, Dies at 87

Jean-Jacques Perrey, the electronic music pioneer whose jubilant compositions turned up in settings as disparate as Disneyland and “The Simpsons,” died on Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was 87.<p>Mr. Perrey’s daughter, Patricia Leroy, said in an email that the cause was lung cancer. She is his …

Chipotle Eats Itself

Chipotle Mexican Grill was a sizzling business with a red-hot stock until an E. coli outbreak derailed its future. Can a mission-based company make gobs of money and still save the world?<p>Chipotle’s annual shareholder meeting on May 11 was set to be a doozy. Angry activists and investors were poised …

Farm-to-table

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Criticizes Beyoncé Pepsi Deal, Calls Live Nation “Bullshit”

In a new interview with <i>the Guardian</i>, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon criticized superstar artists that take corporate money to fund their ventures. Citing Beyoncé as an example, he said, “Like, I’d prefer Beyoncé didn’t do a Pepsi tour. Do not take two million dollars from Pepsi and be a role model for …

Narrow Modernist Three-Story Home in Toronto

Facing tight building codes and an even tighter space, Karen White and David MacNaughtan needed an architect who could turn lemons into lemonade. Donald Chong devised a refreshing solution.<p>When most families decide to put down roots, they look for big, accommodating houses with broad stretches of …

Architecture

50 essential books every graphic designer should read

When it comes to seeking inspiration and learning, graphic designers are spoilt for choice. There is a wealth of literature at our fingertips, all …

There’s Not Much Evidence That Standing Desks Benefit Your Health

You probably end up sitting most of the day anyway<p>If you’re like 80 percent of American workers, you’re spending most of your day sitting. That comes with a slew of health problems, such as kidney disease, obesity, and reduced life expectancy.<p>The standing desk is one solution to get us up and …

Repeating fast radio bursts found coming from outside our galaxy

Multiple short bursts of radio waves have been found coming from a single location far beyond the Milky Way Galaxy, Cornell astronomers have discovered. It's the first time researchers have found these enigmatic "fast radio bursts" to repeat, indicating that the waves are coming from a powerful …

Bob Dylan sells treasure trove of lyrics and poems to university for millions

The 6,000-item collection spans nearly the entire length of his 55-year career, and many items have never been seen before<p>Bob Dylan has sold his personal archive of notes, draft lyrics, poems, artwork and photographs to the University of Tulsa, where they will be made available to scholars and …

Poetry

Kanye West, Champion of Paid-for Music, Was Caught Torrenting Music Software

Oh, the irony.<p>A lesson we all can learn from: If you're going to post a screenshot of what you're up to on your computer, make sure to crop out those browser tabs. Kanye West found out the hard way after he uploaded an image of his laptop open on a link to a Sufjan Stevens song. Eagle-eyed DJ …

From Bryan Ferry to Sam Smith, Dame Zaha Hadid shares a few of her favorite tracks on BBC's Desert Island Discs

I don't think anyone would have predicted her love of <i>Midnight Cowboy</i>. Hadid and Kirsty Young, host of BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs", discuss …

Sam Smith

Azealia vs Azalea: The Rotten Beef That Won't Go Away

Iggy Azalea reignited the pair's feud in an interview, and Azealia Banks clapped back with a track full of shade. Is it time for this beef to go in the bin?<p>Nothing gets you fired up on a Wednesday morning like re-ignited beef, and you can always rely on the two of the most verbally trigger happy …

Some of SoundCloud's most loyal users are starting to lose faith in the site

Business Insider has spoken to multiple users and independent record label owners who feel that the music streaming app and website has strayed from its earlier focus of supporting DJs. Instead, they feel that it is now unfairly removing content and focusing on high-profile users and licensed …

SoundCloud

Tidal artist Prince disses Apple for taking money from musicians

Apple Music may be gaining an edge over rival companies like Spotify thanks to its remuneration of artists — but in a new interview, the artist currently known as Prince inexplicably blames Cupertino for musicians making no money on the Internet.<p>“Tell me a musician who’s got rich off digital …

Apple Music

China to scrub its Internet of songs deemed offensive

China's Internet is one of the most censored in the world and faces even fiercer scrutiny thanks to regulations set to take effect in January.<p>Under the new rules, announced Monday, companies that provide or host music online must examine what's being made available before it's posted to ensure it's …

NWA's former manager is suing nearly everyone involved with Straight Outta Compton

Former NWA manager Jerry Heller is suing the stars and producers attached to recent hit film <i>Straight Outta Compton</i>, claiming the movie has done irreversible damage to his reputation and that its producers failed to obtain any permission to include his likeness. In his $110 million defamation …

The Real ‘Dear Prudence’ on Meeting Beatles in India

In January of 1968, a then-20-year-old Prudence Farrow finally fulfilled a dream of hers that had been in the making for two years: to study …

Radiohead Appear in New Studio Photos

<i>Photo by Mitch Manzella</i><p>Earlier this year, Radiohead's Philip Selway said that the band would be working "quite a full schedule" this month to record their follow-up to 2011's <i>The</i> <i>King of Limbs</i>. Yesterday, composer Robert Ziegler (who collaborated with the band on <i>The King of Limbs</i>) seemed to confirm …

Playlist: every hip hop song with a designer in the title

Today's hip hop A-list have a taste for the subtle signifiers of luxury. Kanye dons Hermès, Thugger packs 32 pairs of Balmain jeans for tour, Nicki's man is <i>"keeping me stylish"</i> in architectural Alexander McQueen. A taste for the high end is reflected in the lyrics, too. Today, artists are less …

Azealia Banks calls the VMAs a ‘contest of the basics’

It was only a matter of time before Azealia Banks waded in on this year’s beef-filled VMA dramas, casually throwing shade at her musical contemporaries with a string of icy tweets, as well as the award show itself.<p>Earlier today, the NYC rapper tweeted: “It's so funny to wake up and see Nicki and …

Nicki Minaj

E-Man - Girls Love Chipotle

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

Articles about dusty garages transformed studios party rooms and more on Dwell.com - Dwell

An inspiring renovation gives new life to a San Francisco family's old, unused garage.<p>A dilapidated auto shop in Seattle is reborn as an efficient studio rental.<p>A vacation home’s renovated garage fuses art and architecture.<p>A vacation home’s renovated garage fuses art and …

San Francisco