The Best LP That Ever Revolved

Just heard a fantastic radio show about The Beatles Revolver, “Everything Is All Right” from Paul Ingles on PRX. Here’s segment on my favorite song. The Beatles’ seventh album was released in early August 1966. Following the release of Rubber …

The Anti-Social Network

When in 1966 John Lennon said the Beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ, he sparked a firestorm of acrimony that spread throughout the southern U.S. with all the hoopla of a second coming. Boycotts were kindled. Records were burned. Anti-Beatles …

Design Victims of the London Riots

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the London riots happening right now; and I’m decidedly on the fence about the government’s consideration of shutting down social media. My gut feeling is that it would be an illegal act …

CAKE: BANDmade and Bound Away

By Nicole Torres It looks like CAKE is going far beyond the distance. The Sacramento-based rock band, known for their unique sound and front man John McCrea’s recognizable half-spoken vocals, not only released their sixth studio album early this year, …

Song to the Siren

Looking again at cultural meta-conversations and changes in human thought from year to year, much like the case of Guido Jesus, Blue Monday, and Friggin’ in the Riggin’. Who’s heard of a lovely ballad called Song to the Siren? It’s …

Mid-Century Modern Music on Air

  David Garland, host and producer of the WNYC radio music show Spinning On Air, has produced a show that will be of particular interest to designers. He calls it part one of “a sort of quest to find the …

Today's Obsession: Bellringing

Hands down, the coolest thing I’ve found by mistake lately: The Worcestershire & Districts Change Ringing Association. This is an association of church bell ringers, and resources for those profesionals (and, I think, hobbyists). Within, you’ll find a map of …

Today's Obsession: In It Together

So, I am obsessing over another video like I did a few weeks ago with Robyn’s “Indestructible.” Same reasons too: amazing simple ideas, immaculately implemented by talented artists, bringing a song to life in a rush of pure pop adrenaline. …

Today's Obsession: Metal Music Catalog-ing

I am so excited for this. Designers, I know you’re all exacting about the micro-genres of music you’re fanatical about, so here’s a good way to put it all together into the context of everything else in your master genre. …

Today's Obsession: Robyn's "Indestructible"

I have these crazy bouts of pop OCD which drive my boyfriend frakking nuts; I end up with a single track on repeat play all day for weeks. (He made me buy headphones.) My current freakout is over Robyn’s most …