The 1959 Project: A New Photoblog Takes a Day-By-Day Look at 1959, the Great Watershed Year in Jazz
If you’ve hung around Open Culture long enough, you’ve heard said that 1959 was a watershed year for jazz—the year of modal ..
Ariana Grande Reveals New Album Tracklist & Fans Are Freaking Out: ‘I’m Shaking’
Arianators, gather round — Ariana Grande has FINALLY revealed the tracklist for her fifth album, and we’re screaming at some ..
A Virtual Tour of Every Place Referenced in The Beatles’ Lyrics: In 12 Minutes, Travel 25,000 Miles Across England, France, Russia, India & the US
Ach, the wonders and the blunders of the Internet. The wonder: Vanity Fair–lovely magazine, a bit too many stories about the royals ..
The History of the Quirky Music Typewriter: Vintage Technologies for Printing Musical Notation
Nothing could seem more ordinary to anyone who has grown up with a musician in the house, or taken music classes themselves, than sheaves ..
To Help Digitize and Forever Preserve the Sound of Stradivarius Violins, a City in Italy Has Gone Silent
Image by Mark Ordonez, via Flickr Commons We all have respect, even awe, for the name Stradivarius, even those of us who have never held ..
Hear the Sounds of the Actual Instruments for Which Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Handel Originally Composed Their Music
When we go to a concert of orchestral music today, we hear most every piece played on the same range of instruments — instruments ..
Behold Moebius’ Many Psychedelic Illustrations of Jimi Hendrix
The 1995 release of posthumous Jimi Hendrix compilation Voodoo Soup has divided fans and critics for over two decades now. But whatever ..
Unreleased Townes Van Zandt Collection Coming In March
Gotta love Townes Van Zandt, and particularly the news that a previously unreleased collection of songs titled Sky Blue will be released ..
A Fender Stratocaster Made Out of 1200 Colored Pencils
Alder and Ash. These woods have traditionally made up the body of the Fender Stratocaster. Crayola colored pencils? They were never part ..
Live Review: Fontaines DC (Coventry Central Library)
Having been fortunate enough to cross the pond for SxSW a couple of times, I got a surreal case of deja-vu when I arrived at Coventry Central ..
The Musical Instruments in Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights Get Brought to Life, and It Turns Out That They Sound “Painful” and “Horrible”
Welcome to The Garden of Earthly Delights. You’ll find no angelic strings here. Those are reserved for first class citizens whose ..
Philip Glass Finishes His David Bowie Trilogy, Debuting His Lodger Symphony
Sometimes I feel The need to move on So I pack a bag And move on Move on –David Bowie, “Move On” We might have been calling ..
The Hu, a New Breakthrough Band from Mongolia, Plays Heavy Metal with Traditional Folk Instruments and Throat Singing
Maybe you’re jaded, maybe you think it’s time for heavy metal to finally hang up its spikes, maybe you think there’s nowhere ..
Actress Lucy Lawless Performs the Proto-Feminist Comedy “Lysistrata” for The Partially Examined Life Podcast
Remember Lucy, aka Xena the Warrior Princess, perhaps better known to younger folks as Ron Swanson’s (eventual) wife on Parks and Recreation? ..
The “David Bowie Is” Exhibition Is Now Available as an Augmented Reality Mobile App That’s Narrated by Gary Oldman: For David Bowie’s Birthday Today
Maybe it’s too soon to divide pop music history into “Before David Bowie” and “After David Bowie,” but two years ..
Look How Young They Are!: The Beastie Boys Performing Live Their Very First Hit, “Cooky Puss” (1983)
Would you look at this video? Here we have the original line-up of the Beastie Boys (when they had a fourth, female member, Kate Schellenbach) ..
Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of The Year: Oxford’s Best
Oxford has long had a vibrant and eclectic music scene and our good friend Ronan at Nightshift has been documenting it every single month ..
The Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions Read by Bob Dylan
From 2006 to 2009, Bob Dylan hosted the Theme Time Radio Hour on Sirius Satellite Radio. Each show featured “an eclectic ..
How Nirvana’s Iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Came to Be: An Animated Video Narrated by T-Bone Burnett Tells the True Story
Credited with igniting the 90s grunge craze and putting Pacific Northwest punk and indie scenes on the map, Nirvana’s “Smells ..
Dua Lipa Brings Her ‘New Rules’ To The New Year With Fiery ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Performance — Watch
New year, ‘new rules’! Dua Lipa slayed her hit song at ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan ..
Halsey Slays ‘Without Me’ At ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ 2019 — Watch
Well, that’s one way to start the new year! Halsey’s performance at ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ ..
Shawn Mendes Delivers Flawless Performance At ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ 2019
Shawn Mendes is kicking off 2019 on the right note! He gave an incredible performance of ‘Lost In Japan’ at ‘Dick Clark’s ..
Haruki Murakami Day: Stream Seven Hours of Mixes Collecting All the Jazz, Classical & Classic American Pop Music from His Novels
What makes the novels of Haruki Murakami — originally written in Japanese and almost unfailingly filled with some odd but deeply characteristic ..
Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of The Year – Chris T Popper’s Selections
Back again like a carrion crow to roadkill. Every year since 2009, Chris T Popper has shared his favourite tunes of the year, and we love ..
Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs of the Year – Dr Roddy’s Selections
Dr Roddy had been gone for a while trying to make a new life on land. Fuckwit. I have been absent from the house of Mackerel for a couple ..
President Obama Names His Favorite Books, Movies & Songs of 2018
Photo by Pete Souza via obamawhitehouse.archive.gov On Facebook this morning, President Obama wrote: “As 2018 draws to a close, I’m ..
David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” Gets Psychedelically Covered by The Flaming Lips
By now, you’ve hopefully seen David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s unlikely encounter in 1977, where they sang a hastily prepared ..
Watch The Smiths Play Their Last Live Show (December 12th, 1986)
It couldn’t have lasted—a flame burning twice as bright, and so on. One of the best bands to emerge from the explosion of British ..