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50 Essential Albums of 1967

The Beach Boys, ‘Smiley Smile’<p>In the year of <i>Pepper</i>-mania,<br>the Beach Boys’ <i>Smile</i> was expected to<br>gallop out of the West and reclaim the honor of rock for …

Neuroscientist explains how your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

In this recently released TED Talk, neuroscientist Anil Seth explains the intricacies of human consciousness and how we all are constantly …

Consciousness

The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s

The 1970s was arguably the single decade of the 20th century when recorded music was most central to culture. There were, of course, fewer kinds of media competing for the average consumer’s time—television meant just a handful of channels, video games were the size of refrigerators and could be …

The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)

It's been an interesting decade for the album. As the 2000s ended, conventional wisdom suggested that the album was on its way out, that the future would all be individual tracks and playlists. And while there's still a certain inevitability to the notion—the way we experience recorded music has …

The Vaselines

<i>Photos by Niall Webster</i><p>The Vaselines: "One Lost Year" (via SoundCloud)<p>Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee don't seem to sweat timing much, or at all. When they were recording their first album as the Vaselines, <i>Dum Dum</i>, they were a couple; when it came out in 1989, they had already broken up, and the …

the Defibulators "This Charming Man"

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Grimes Signs With Jay Z's Roc Nation, Evian Christ Signs With Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music

Grimes is inching closer to the mainstream pop world. Today, she posted a picture of herself on Tumblr throwing her Roc diamond to the sky. The image came with the announcement that she's signed a management deal with Roc Nation, the entertainment company owned by Jay Z. Other artists signed to …

Love: Black Beauty Album Review

It’s tempting to play what-if with Love’s lost labor, <i>Black Beauty</i>, which was recorded in 1973 but shelved for nearly four decades. What if Buffalo Records hadn’t gone out of business just prior to the album’s release? What if <i>Black Beauty</i> had actually hit stores? What if it hadn’t languished in …

24 Things You Should Know Before Starting A Vinyl Collection

Here's the answer to every question you could possibly have, including some that may be embarrassing. Like, is vinyl actually better than digital?<p>There are two basic answers for this: You are an audiophile, and fetishize the sound of analog recordings, or you simply like the aesthetics of vinyl …

50 Songs That Are Guaranteed to Make You Cry

Strip away the creeping pumpkinspicization of fall, and there’s something somber and inherently melancholy about this time of the year. It’s when the …

Holocaust

Lorde Sounds Like Teen Spirit

The name Lorde and the phrase "pop phenomenon" go together like black lipstick and pale skin. Last spring the high schooler born Ella Yelich-O'Connor was just another interesting voice on Soundcloud, emanating from New Zealand, of all places, with a sultry voice, intriguingly sleepy beats and …

Song Premiere: Colin Meloy, 'Do You Remember Walter'

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy is back with another covers project. This time its for music by The Kinks. Meloy began releasing <i>Colin Meloy Sings</i> cover EPs in 2005 to coincide with his various solo tours. So far he's recorded songs by Morrissey (2005), Shirley Collins (2006), and Sam Cooke …

Sonny Condell - Silver Tassie (Live Music Video)

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (Official Video)

NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013

What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts? You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool. Scrunch a nose, tense a shoulder, drop an ass.<p>We compile our 100 Favorite Songs much like we do the work on our 50 Favorite Albums list, …