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Mississippi John Hurt segment on BBC's Folk America

How Global Warming Will Someday End Life On Earth

<i>Ethan is on vacation. Please enjoy a version of this article that was first published on July 19, 2015.</i><p>We like to think of our planet as perfect for life, having met all the conditions we know of for life to exist, flourish and thrive for billions of years. After all, here on Earth, with our …

Universe

This map shows the extreme factionalism that is tearing Iraq apart

ISIS's rapid advancement across Iraq in the summer of 2014 has caused so far irreparable damage to any idea of unity in the country.<p>As the following map shows, Iraqi territory can be thought of as belonging to one of three factions: ISIS, the Kurds, or the Iraqi government. But in actuality, the …

Is the American Dream Dying?

The idea behind the American Dream — if you work hard, you will get somewhere — is less true than ever as the wealth gap widens, according to James …

Income Inequality

Rega unveils completely redesigned Planar 2 turntable

<b>The 40 year old deck gets a proper update.</b><p>Originally rolled out in 1976, the RP2 is Rega’s oldest turntable. An updated design was released in 2005 …

Turntables

This Week’s Must See Events: So Many Open Studios

Events<p>Okay, this map above might be hard to read at this size (big one here), but it gives you an idea of the scale of Greenpoint Open Studios, which …

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns next month

<b>Over 50 labels descend on Brooklyn to sell their vinyl wares.</b><p>The spring edition of Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is returning to Williamsburg next month, …

Strong Rope Brewery

Brooklyn’s DIY culture has become something of a Portlandia-esque punch line, with the proliferation of amateur pickling workshops, guerrilla …

hobbyist

Untapped Staff Picks: Unexpected Pasts of Brooklyn Restaurants, Gowanus’ Coignet Stone Building Unveiled

<b>Here’s what the Untapped Staff is reading in the HQ today:</b><p><b>Today’s Popular Links:</b>

Brooklyn

The 10 Best Rooftop Bars In NYC

<i>It figures that in New York, City of Broker's Fees, the coveted leisure activity of outdoor drinking has cornered that big real estate market in the</i> …

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WFMU Record Fair

<b>If you're on Facebook</b>, please join the official WFMU Record Fair event, share the invite, and invite your friends!<p><b>ATTENTION! WFMU is seeking your</b> …

Peter Frampton

I could walk by Peter Frampton on the street and not recognize him. His long blond hair, which shines like a halo on his album <i>Frampton Comes Alive!</i> may be gone, but as soon as he sat behind the Tiny Desk and began singing, 1976 came rushing back. I worked in a record store the year <i>Frampton Comes</i> …

Music

Rockabilly and jazz not all that different for Vancouver guitarist Paul Pigat

One day Vancouver guitarist and songwriter Paul Pigat is furiously picking his guitar in the rockabilly style — an early style of rock and roll …

'Miles Ahead' boldly re-imagines Miles Davis' life

Don't bother fact-checking "Miles Ahead." Large swaths of the movie about jazz legend Miles Davis were cooked up by screenwriters Steven Baigelman …

Miles Davis

The first ever footage of Louis Armstrong recording music has been uncovered 57 years on

<b>The first ever footage of jazz icon Louis Armstrong in a recording studio has been discovered 57 years after it was captured.</b><p>The 33-minute video, …

Miles Ahead review – ode to a jazz giant

Don Cheadle co-wrote and stars in his directorial debut, a fanciful (Cheadle prefers the term “metaphorical”) tale of an encounter between Ewan McGregor’s <i>Rolling Stone</i> journalist and Cheadle’s reclusive Miles Davis in 1979. Having lost his muse and succumbed to years of medicated silence, Davis is …

Kurt Cobain

Nina: The Devil is in the Details

<i>(Cropped studio poster/RLJ)</i><p>The film <i>Nina</i> starring celebrated actors Zoe Saldana (Nina Simone) and David Oyelowo (Clifton Henderson) is a film in search of itself. The life of legendary singer Nina Simone is one that is marked by triumph and tragedy. It is the life of a southern black girl born into …

Southern Blues Bonanza: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

The Dean sorts through blues classics from Blind Willie Johnson and many more.<p><i>Welcome to Expert Witness with Robert Christgau, the self-proclaimed "Dean of American Rock Critics." He currently teaches at NYU and published multiple books throughout his life. For nearly four decades, he worked as the</i> …

Blues Music

Video Lesson: Learn to Play Robert Johnson-Inspired, A-Major Based Blues

Hugh O'ConnorApril 14, 2016<p>It’s amazing that Robert Johnson is the most well-known figure in the history of the blues. He recorded only 29 songs from …

Electric Guitar

​Bonnie Raitt: No slowing down

<i>Bonnie Raitt had a big hit with "Thing Called Love" back in 1989. Nearly three decades later, the love between Raitt and her fans is still very much</i> …

Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery visits Tom Cat Bakery

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Here is the map Donald Trump doesn't seem to understand

<i>In this excerpt from Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, Parag Khanna, a leading global strategist, explains why Americans should embrace the emergence of a united North American region.</i><p>Here is the map Donald Trump doesn't seem to understand.<p>No matter what walls he may seek …

Searching for Scrapper Blackwell, the Most Popular Bluesman You've Never Heard

0<p>SHARES<p>Eric Clapton covered his song, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” almost note for note.<p>Rory Gallagher listed him as one of his …

Why does vinyl still exist?

At around the time when you will probably read this, Tim Cook will be waiting in the wings at an event in which he is expected to announce the launch …

Playlist

Vinyl sales reach 1980s levels

Musicians are making more from vinyl sales than at any time since 1988, with 17 million records sold last year in the US alone. With sales up 28% on …