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Why Vinyl is the Only Worthwhile Way to Own Music

On any given Tuesday in the 90s, I would hustle to the record shop after school to gawk at the new releases. Occasionally, I would take a CD home, greedily tear it open, pop it into my boombox, and listen while I pretended to do my homework. This wonderful experience has no value any more. It's obsolete. Read More >>

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10 Essential Record Store Day Releases

The prices are high, the queues are long -- Record Store Day is coming to a shop near you this Saturday April the 19th. There are hundreds of releases this year, but HUH. has narrowed it down to just 10 which they think are worth getting out of bed early enough to go and buy. Read More >>

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Neil Young's Pono Music Player is the Third-Most Successful Kickstarter Ever

The Kickstarter funding push for Neil Young's audiophile-pleasing Pono Music Player has closed, raising a significant $6.2 million (£3,692,013) from 18,220 backers. While we're not wholly convinced by the device, it seems there are enough music lovers out there who are, pushing the device to become the third-most backed Kickstarter project ever. [Musically] Read More >>

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Power Through Friday with a 30-Minute Loop of the In The Air Tonight Drum Fill

Can you feel it calling in the air? Yep, it's that Friday feeling, meaning that most of us just have a few hours of working week drudgery to get through until we're free for a whole 48 hours. Struggling to get through it? Get a lift with this 30-minute loop of Phil Collins's classic drum fill from "In The Air Tonight". You know, the one that gorilla loved to play so much. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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Iconic Album Covers Merged With Their Real Locations in Google Maps

The Guardian has a nice collection of album covers embedded in Google Streetview images. I'm surprised they didn't make Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, but Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Beastie Boys will do it for me. Read More >>

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MIDI Software That Turns Your Vocals Into Instrumentation

MIDI—the Musical Instrument Digital Interface—lets anyone with just an electronic keyboard, or other simple interface device, recreate an entire orchestra's worth of sounds. But what if you can't even play a keyboard? That's where a new piece of software called imitonecan save the day, turning your voice (or other sounds) into an all-out symphony. Read More >>

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This Elegant iPhone Speaker is Just a Single Piece of Blown Glass

Here is a sleek way to showcase your iPhone's looks and sounds. There are no wires or buttons or even plastic in this passive amp; it's just a single piece of glass, handcrafted to exacting proportions, that can wrap a room in sound. Read More >>

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Spooky Art Installation Puts Mesmerising Video on Moving Sculpture

Artist Robert Seidel loves to play at the fuzzy border between sculpture, still images, and art in motion. He's at it again with "grapheme," projecting piercingly bizarre video images on delicate suspended shapes that defy the conventions of a stationary, rectangular screen. Read More >>

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Spotify's Deep-Black Redesign Brings Album Art to the Fore

Spotify has started rolling out a new darker redesign. It's the biggest stylistic change we've seen since service launched its web-based player in autumn 2012. The new look ditches the old app's overcast greys for a sleek black facade—and it's so much more beautiful and useful for it. Read More >>

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A Flaming Lips Album That Syncs With Dark Side of the Moon and Wizard of Oz

Iin 2009 the Flaming Lips covered Dark Side of the Moon. Now they've made that project even Flaming Lips-ier, by releasing an immersive companion album you're supposed to play along with the original Pink Floyd recording. Oh, and it syncs up with the Wizard of Oz, apparently. Read More >>

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Michael Jackson's Posthumous Xscape Album Free on Sony Xperia Devices

Who knew an artist could release so many albums after his death? The king of pop Michael Jackson was working on new material when he died tragically back in 2009, but Epic Records' L.A. Reid has cobbled together the various bits with Timbaland and a bunch of other producers, to create some really rather remarkable. Read More >>

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David Bowie Actually Moonlights as Every Metal Gear Solid Character Ever

Over the weekend, Reddit user tehaveragejoel found the spare time to make this eye-opening picture: when you lay David Bowie's mug (with a few of his many, many hair variations) next to each Metal Gear Solid , there's a fairly uncanny resemblance. Read More >>

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Ageing Audiophiles Push PonoPlayer Through £3m Kickstarter Tin-Rattling Goal

The slightly mocked Pono Music scheme with its "high resolution" audio playback claims and list of rock god endorsements has exploded through its crowd-funding aim, currently sitting at a total of $5.1m in pledges from over 15,000 people. Better get used to hearing about the Pono Store. Read More >>

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Playing With These Sonic Animations is the Most Fun You'll Have Today

Okay, here is an addictive diversion I think you're going to like: Patatap lets you make tunes and pictures with your computer keyboard (instead of boring old words). It's lovely, it's easy, and it's fun—try it below! Read More >>

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Watch Magnetic Tape Fall Like Water in This Hypnotic Video

Japanese artist Ei Wada, who was born in 1987, belongs to a generation that spent middle school feverishly poring over cassettes to make mix tapes—until, of course, they were quickly outmoded by CDs, and then MP3s. Now, Ei makes art using the outmoded technologies he grew up with. Read More >>

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Michael Gove Mentally Scars Some Innocent School Children With Rap Attempt

Michael Gove, the actual Micheal Gove off the telly and out of the government, has done a little bit of rapping. Admitting to being a fan of the genre, Gove claims the first rap he heard was in mainstream 1982 pop atrocity Wham Rap, a track he then went on to repeat a little of for the amusement of some children. Read More >>

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