It's been a while since I took the time to listen to Robert Plant's outstanding Band of Joy. Given everything that's happened over the past two years or even the past few days in North America, the album's second track, House of Cards, feels a little bit too real for Sunday afternoon listening.
Musician and programmer Matthew Cieplak, aka Extralife, created the ER-99, a delightful browser-based clone of the legendary Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer. First produced in 1983, the 909 led to the birth of deep house, acid, and techno musical genres. From Cieplak's ER-99 page: ER-99 is a web-based instrument 🎛️ based on a famous Japanese drum machine from the… READ THE REST
Christopher Cross's 1980 song "Sailing" is the archetype of Yacht Rock. It's a spectacular song, and I mean that without irony. As we know, the original was an orchestral number which meant that if Cross and his band were to mime/lip-sync the song on TV, it would look particularly ridiculous because the instruments you hear… READ THE REST
Michael Jackson's falsetto singing and speaking voice was integral to his personality, but on rare occasions he'd drop into a deep baritone. I find it unnerving. Submitted for your review, the above clip of Jacko performing "In the Closet" in Copenhagen in 1997. (Thanks, UPSO!) READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Many folks would say that a television set is a home essential, but it has clear downsides. For one, they're typically expensive. Plus, once you mount one to your wall, that's… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Getting a solid night's sleep is one of the most essential parts of our overall well-being, but unfortunately, it's often overlooked. Snuggling into something more comfortable might help you drift to… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Are you tired of hearing that robotic, grating TikTok voice on just about every video you come across online? Have you wasted time and money on professional voiceovers that aren't up to snuff?… READ THE REST