This disc, made of wax and cardboard, includes an 1885 recording of Alexander Graham Bell’s voice, something not heard by the modern ear … until the Smithsonian got a hold of some newfangled technology. Whoa. (photo by Richard Strauss / National Museum of American History)
Over the past several weeks in the lead-up to their much-anticipated new album Random Access Memories, Daft Punk have been airing a series of testimonal videos featuring the collaborators and contributors that joined them in making the record.
So many reasons to be happy. :)
Cloud Nothings, SXSW. Props if you spot the Amoeba sticker.
Jim James of MMJ last night. Not a bad start to my SXSW.
Blackstrap is a band of Swedish shoegazers about to release their first album in over five years. Victoria Bergsman is the captain of globetrotting heartbreakers, Taken By Trees. Together, as “Make Sense Make Change” proves, they are nearly unstoppable. (via International Premiere: Blackstrap – “Make Sense Make Change (feat. Victoria Bergsman)” | Under The Radar)
The Australian singer and writer Nick Cave assembles a string of slow-burning ballads that seethe and surprise, punctuated by Warren Ellis’ gorgeous strings and bits of Cave’s own grabby, pervy innuendo.
Photo: Cat Stevens
Filmmaker Simon Klose has spent the last four years following the founders of The Pirate Bay through its legal struggles, technical issues, and ongoing battle with some of the most powerful corporations on Earth. Tomorrow, he’s releasing his documentary on the subject, TPB-AFK, distributed free under a Creative Commons license. The Verge caught up with Klose to talk about file-sharing, Kim Dotcom, and the decision to give away his movie for free.
Kickstarter backers in line for an Android or touchscreen Windows 8 port of Björk’s app/album Biophilia are going to be be disappointed: the project has been put on hold indefinitely, reports Pitchfork. In a letter to the project’s contributors, the Biophilia team explains that “the costs were too gigantic and we were too optimistic,” deciding that it would be better to stop the project than let it drag on, although it didn’t rule out coming back to it in the future. Biophilia was originally released for the iPad in October, 2011.