• 10 Albums You Have To Get On Record Store Day

    The seventh annual Record Store Day, celebrating your local music haven, is upon us tomorrow, April 19. Each year, more and more special releases are slated for the successful shopping holiday for music retailers. We’ve chose 10 of our favorites out of this year’s releases, but for a comprehensive list of everything coming out tomorrow, check out Record Store Day. No matter what you choose to buy, make sure to swing by your local independent record shop tomorrow and show your support.

  • Dad Photoshops Sons Onto Classic Album Covers [17 Photos]

    Awesome dad Lance Underwood takes pictures of his two sons, Taj and Amar, and Photoshops them onto classic jazz, hip-hop, and rock album covers. Not only do the kids get an amazing wardrobe out of the project, like tiny versions of the hip musicians they stand in for, they also will have the coolest photo album to share when they’re all grown up. Be sure to check out the rest of the photos at QT Albums.

  • Super Mario Theme Played On Wine Glasses And A Frying Pan [Video]

    YouTube user Dan Newbie makes incredible music by striking wine glasses filled with varying amounts of water to obtain different tones. His latest video, featuring 48 wine glasses and a frying pan for percussion, finds him performing the theme from the original Super Mario Bros. Nintendo game. It’s not a simple song and it leads to some impressive moments with multitracking of up to 4 wine glass parts. Check out more of Dan Newbie’s videos on YouTube.

  • JavHead Stole The Show At Coachella [42 Photos]

    Arcade Fire may have been the headlining performer at Coachella on Sunday but it was an oversized cutout that clearly stole the show. Javhead.com is our second favorite site on the internet so we decided to hit the print shop to bring JavHead along with us to the festival. We didn’t think many people would recognize JavHead but our crew couldn’t walk more than 30 feet at a time without getting stopped by someone asking if they could take a picture. We spent hours around the festival with JavHead in the air so there are probably more than a few people interested in what the hell it was all about. Hundreds of photos were taken and here are some of the best. If you haven’t visited Javhead.com do it NOW!

  • Lorde And Joan Jett Perform With Nirvana At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction [Video]

    Last night Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, as custom dictates, performed a couple hits at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “But wait,” you say, “Kurt Cobain has been dead for 20 years. How could they ever play live?” In this age of creepy hologram zombies of our favorite musicians of yesteryear, this could be a frightening prospect. But fear not, agèd grunge fan, for surviving members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, opted to forgo holograms, instead choosing to perform with other talented vocalists. Lorde sang “All Apologies” and Joan Jett performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with the band. Although nobody can replace Cobain, they’re vocals were sufficiently gritty and anguished and the rest of the band sounded great. Also singing with Nirvana last night was Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark.

  • Iconic Concert: Nirvana Live at Reading 1992

    The remaining members of Nirvana visited Jimmy Fallon last night to talk about their time with Nirvana, the 20th anniversary of Kurto passing and their recent induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so it seemed like the perfect time to post this incredible video from their performance at the 1992 Reading Fest.

  • The Other Side Of Iconic Album Covers [21 Photos]

    Flickr user Harvezt has created a series titled “The Dark Side of the Covers” where he imagines what the reverse side of classic album covers would look like. Some, such as Mettalica’s “Master of Puppets” are an obvious continuation of the original image. But others show a more in-depth knowledge of the content portrayed, such as the inclusion of the guitar Zal Cleminson played when he first joined Nazareth seen on the back of “No Mean City” or the addition of Brian Epstein on the back of “Yellow Submarine.” For more covers and info on the each, check out Harvezt on Flickr.

  • 24 Iconic Albums That Are Now 20 Years Old

    April 8, 1994 was a pivotal moment for music of the 1990′s. It was the day that The Offspring released their pop punk juggernaut “Smash” and it was also the day that Kurt Cobain’s body was found at his home in Seattle. The entire year for that matter would have a huge impact on music for decades to come. Debut albums from Weezer, Nas, Outkast, Biggie, Hootie, DMB, and several others dominated the charts and collections like Bon Jovi’s “Cross Road” and the Lion King soundtrack are still relevant today. There is a good chance that many of these albums were the first CDs you ever bought. Looking at you Weezer “Blue” album, or what ever you are called. Take a flashback to classic 1990′s music by streaming the following 24 albums for free right here.

  • 12 Rappers As 17th Century Paintings

    Ever wonder what your favorite rapper would look like as a 17th century painting? Probably not. That would be a weird thing to ponder. Luckily, London-based artist Amar Stewart happens to be weird enough to think of such things and then execute the idea. New York folks might recognize his name from the theft at his debut solo show in NYC last month. Check out more of Amar Stewart’s work on his website and keep up with him on Facebook. You can also purchase his work in all sorts of different forms at his shop.

  • If Today’s Pop Stars Were In Retro Ads [21 Photos]

    Celebrities have always been open to endorsing pretty much anything as long as the price is right. It’s a long-standing tradition that still stands today, such as Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres’ line of baby clothes, Rolling Stones guitarist Bill Wyman’s metal detector, and Nelly’s Pimp Juice. But what would contemporary stars look like in classic ads from the 50s and 60s? That’s where Paris-based art director David Redon comes in. His “Ads Libitum,” some of which are featured below, can be found on Tumblr and Facebook. He also has plenty of other projects to check out on Behance.

  • Hudson Project Festival Lineup Announced

    Announced last month, the inaugural Hudson Project is a music and art festival that will be held in Saugerties, NY from July 11 through 13. The official lineup was just announced with big-name headliners such as the Flaming Lips, Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, and Moby set to appear. More than 85 artists will perform across 4 stages, including popular acts like Capital Cities, !!!, and Dr Dog. The event is being held at the same Saugerties farm as the famous Woodstock ’94 festival. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 AM. For more info on the festival and the full lineup, check out the Hudson Project.

  • Michael Jackson Invented Anti-Gravity Shoes

    Everyone knows of Michael Jackson as the “King of Pop” whose singing and dancing made him the greatest entertainer in the world. But did you know he was also an inventor? When Jackson released the epic video for “Smooth Criminal” as part of his “Moonwalker” anthology film, his gravity-defying lean on the dance floor took the world by storm. Being a video, the stunt was done using wires but what if Jackson wanted to perform the extreme lean live on stage? Ever the consummate entertainer, Jackson, along with two designers, developed special footwear that dancers could lock into the stage to perform the signature lean. The patent, seen below, is now on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. as part of the “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” exhibit. So the next time your performing a gravity-defying lean on-stage, give a little thanks to the man who made it all possible, Michael Jackson.

  • Wu-Tang Will Release One Single Copy of Their New Secret Album

    With dwindling sales and bootlegs taking over the music industry, artists needed to figure out a new avenue for turning a profit. The Wut-Tang clan may have just gracefully found a solution. They’re releasing one single copy. A limited (to say the least) one of a kind release of their new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin will be sold to the highest bidder. The 31 track two disc set will be case in a virtually priceless hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya, whose works have been commissioned by royal families and leaders across the globe. A brilliant take on music identified as art. The reason why tangible art is so valuable is because of it’s exclusivity and rareness. Limit the release of a product and up the value. Case the product in a one of a kind box forged in the mountains of Marrakech, Morocco and you have yourself a priceless work of art. The price tag is already buzzing around the million dollar mark and as the hype builds so will it’s value. The trick is keeping the secrets of the album contained. Once the buyer has it, it’s up to them to keep it for more »

  • Pharrell’s “Happy” Works Surprisingly Well On Trombone [Video]

    If there’s one thing Christopher Bill’s 130 YouTube videos prove, it’s that he knows his way around a trombone. From classical to jazz to pop, he can do it all. And he doesn’t even need a band. His latest video is a cover of Pharrell’s infectious hit “Happy” made up entirely of trombone loops. What may seem like a goofy novelty is actually an amazing cover that you’ll want to hear more and more. Just listen to that rich timbre! And good news for all you fellow tromboners: Christopher’s arrangements are available on his website.

  • De La Soul Releases New Album As Free Download

    Last month, De La Soul offered a free download of their entire discography available for a short time in honor of their 25th anniversary, reigniting interest in the hip hop pioneers. Now the trio has released their new mixtape as a free download on BitTorrent. “Smell the Da.I.S.Y.” is a joint effort between De La Soul and deceased producer J Dilla. Instead of writing new lyrics, the group took some of their most classic lines and mixed them over 11 J Dilla tracks. The collection is sure to please old fans and, as a free and legal download, is a great chance for new listeners to get into De La Soul. Now go download your copy of the mixtape at BitTorrent.

  • Lollapalooza 2014 Line-up Announced

    Eminem, Kings of Leon and Outkast will headline of this year’s Lollapalooza festival at Chicago’s Grant Park. Other highlights of the line up include Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, The 1975, Fitz & The Tantrums. The festival takes place August 1-3 and tickets are on sale now so jump on them while you can.

  • Photo Proof That Kanye West Is A Vampire

    The internet has no shortage of photoshop fails but the newest spread on Vogue featuring Kanye West using his iPad to capture a photograph of Mrs. Kardashian and their beloved child might take the cake. Let’s just start with that fact that Kanye West has no reflection which, we all know, is the number one sign that someone is a vampire. Gizmodo started a user generated thread where their readers point out all the photoshop flaws of the shoot and it’s taken on a life of it’s own. Let’s see if you can spot some of the best:

  • 18 Famous Literary First Lines Perfectly Paired With Rap Lyrics [Link]

    RapPad is a site where you can get help composing raps and get ideas by entering a line you wrote, then allowing RapPad to generate the next line by pulling from its library of rap lyrics. The eggheads at Mental Floss used that feature to see what raps would come up for some of the most famous opening lines in poetry. The best has to be the Walt Whitman/Big Sean collaboration with “O captain, my captain, our fearful trip is done/Rolling in more green than a hole in one.” That’s Pulitzer caliber material, nam sayin’?

  • The Melodic NYC Subway Project of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy

    James Murphy of LCD Sound System has always professed his love for New York City. So fifteen years ago, James set out to undertake a project of extreme measures. He set out to change the abysmal chime at the turnstile in NYC subways. If you’re familiar with the New York subway system then your ears have most likely grown deaf to the beeps, but not for Murphy, “Each turnstile emits its own beep, all of which are slightly out of tune with one another, creating a dissonant rubbing-Styrofoam-on-glass squeak in stations all around New York City,” his “Subway Symphony” project is now well underway and gaining steam quick. Murphy’s seeking to change each turnstile beep to a less annoying melodic chime that would harmonize down the row of ‘stiles. Recently the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced they’ll be updating their systems, having most turnstiles undergo renovations. A perfect opportunity for Murphy’s plan to take flight. Currently each one emits one of three high pitched beeps, alerting the blind if it is safe to proceed through the turnstiles. An official MTA spokesman commented on the Wall Street Journal’s story on Murphy’s efforts, noting the project seemed “Very Cool”, but it would take more »

  • Pop Stars As Cartoon Characters

    Germany-based graphic designer Zhi-Yun Zhang has created these awesome amalgams of pop stars and famous cartoon characters. Imagine how great an album of Kanye West stuttering like Porky Pig through Bound 2 would be. “Have you ever asked your b-b-b-b-b-bitch for other b-b-b-b-b-bitches?” And Drake as Millhouse is too perfect. Be sure to check out more of Zhi-Yun Zhang’s work on Facebook and Behance.

  • Tom Hanks’ Best Role Yet: Rap Superstar [Video]

    Rap geniuses Buckwheat Groats have teamed up with everyone’s favorite actor, Tom Hanks, for their newest video. Sort of. Well, they rap about Tom Hanks and they superimposed his face, so it’s almost looks like he’s making it rain in the club and drinking Hennessy. What about the lyrics? Well, any song that shouts out “Sleepless in Seattle” director Nora Ephron gets props from us. It’s just too bad that Tom’s own rapper son Chet Haze didn’t come up with the idea first. Maybe Chet can start a feud with Buckwheat Groats.

  • Drummer Plays Every Green Day Song In 5 Minutes [Video]

    Drummer Kye Smith wanted to pay homage to Green Day for getting him into music and drumming when he was young, so he created a medley of all of their songs. Then he played along on the drums. That’s over 90 songs in 5 minutes. If nothing else, this video will remind you how great the first 4 Green Day albums were. Time to fire up Spotify…

  • How to Fund Your Band’s Tour On Spotify (Without Really Trying) [Link]

    Certain big-name musicians like Thom Yorke and David Byrne have openly criticized Spotify for being detrimental to small bands with its minuscule payouts. Plus, they said, there was no way for small bands to get promoted. Well it turns out those guys are just old and out of touch. Michigan-based funk band Vulfpeck has already made $5000 off the streaming service with their new album that’s 12 tracks of complete silence. And best of all, Spotify is applauding them for their ingenuity and rewarding them with more press than they could ever hope for. Find out what they did and maybe come up with an idea of your own. What’s wrong, David Byrne, you jelly?

  • Andrew W.K. Was Once A Male Model [8 Photos]

    Andrew W.K. is probably the nicest and happiest rock musician the world has ever known. He even has an upbeat advice column in the Village Voice. But before his numerous hits expounding the virtues of partying hard, Andrew tried his hand at modeling. These brooding, serious pictures are a far cry from the fun-loving, greasy-haired, entertainer in filthy jeans and white t-shirt we’ve all come to love. Thank God his modeling career never took off, because I would not want to live in a world without “Party Til You Puke.” And I’m not being sarcastic, that song rocks.

  • When Rock Stars Get Arrested [22 Photos]

    For the most part, it’s good to know that when famous rock stars get arrested, they look just as bad as the rest of us. But then you get a look at David Bowie’s mugshot. That is one suave dude. I like to think I’d have the poise of David Bowie if I ever got arrested, but chances are I’d be more a disheveled and bewildered James Brown.

  • These 20 Bands Recreated As Legos Are Eerily Accurate

    Malaysian Twitter user Adly Syairi Ramly used real Lego pieces to reimagine 20 famous bands as little yellow people. The fact he was able to make many of them so closely resemble their real life counterparts is incredible, especially when you consider no Photoshopping or other manipulation was employed. Lego Fat Mike looks just like the real Fat Mike from NOFX. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder looks the same as a Lego dude. Really, the only problem I see is that The Smiths are all smiling in their Lego form. I just don’t buy that.

  • 27 Iconic Bands That Played At Maxwell’s In Hoboken, NJ

    From the early-’80s throughout the 90′s a hole in the wall bar, Maxwell’s Tavern, in Hoboken, NJ became the most beloved rock club in America, giving indie rock its most venerable outpost. Sadly Maxwell’s recently shut down, it is set to become a brick over pizza place , but as you’ll see, during it’s heyday a parade of the most important bands of the era played in that little 150 person back room, from Nirvana to Red Hot Chili Peppers to New Order to, well, basically everyone. Once you’re done read Spin Magazine’s fascinating tribute to Maxwell’s. 

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