Altai throat singing

And now back to our regularly-scheduled throat singing, with a performance of "Choldordin eezi" (Owner of the steppes) by Altyn Tuu. Featured are Danil Dangeev, Alan Samoev, and Ezenday Balbin.

Nick Offerman sings "I Like Beer," his ode to Brett Kavanaugh (& supremely illegitimate justice)

I love the courage of Nick Offerman as he fearlessly champions Black Lives Matter, the 2017 Women's March (while wearing a pink pussy hat), LGBTQ rights, early voting, mask-wearing, and more on his Instagram page. — Read the rest

Listen to the cowboy throat singer



Throat singing, aka overtone singing, is a well known practice in the traditional music of Mongolian, Tibetan, and other indigenous people around the world. Surprisingly, you can also hear it on "Lonely Cowboy," a fantastic 78 RPM shellac record from 1927 by cowboy singer Arthur Miles that also features some lovely yodeling! — Read the rest

Pete Drake's beautiful pedal steel "talk box" tune from 1963, long before Peter Frampton showed us the way



In the early 1960s, pedal steel guitar virtuoso Pete Drake (1932-1988) played his instrument through a talk box to record a fresh cover of the song "Forever." A talk box essentially routes an amplified instrument's sound from a small speaker into the musician's mouth via a rubber tube so they can shape the tone as if they're speaking. — Read the rest

The Man Who Sold The Moon

Makers and hackers develop a robot that creates building materials from sand, and set out to send their 3D-printing marvel to the moon. In the way of their dreams? Code, crowdfunding and cancer.

The Age of Dingdong

David Cairns tells the story of an unholy sacrifice, a Boy Scout troop, and the lengths the mega-rich would go for power.

The Abels Raise Cain – An excerpt from Kembrew McLeod's PRANKSTERS


[Ed: I'm a huge fan of Kembrew McLeod, a writer, nerdfighter, media theorist and hoopy frood. From epic pranks like Freedom of Expression (R) to genius analysis like Creative License, Kembrew always amazes. Here's an excerpt from his latest: Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World, with an introduction just for us -Cory]

Since I was a kid, I have been fixated on trickery, which played a role in why I grew up to be an occasional prankster (my dad recalls that, as an adolescent, I would surprise him by placing my Sesame Street Ernie doll in grim situations, such leaving him in a noose hanging from a shower head or pinned to the kitchen wall with a knife). — Read the rest

David Byrne's How Music Works

Former Talking Heads frontman and all-round happy mutant David Byrne has written several good books, but his latest, How Music Works, is unquestionably the best of the very good bunch, possibly the book he was born to write. I could made good case for calling this How Art Works or even How Everything Works. — Read the rest