During the pandemic, musical artists have raised the bar on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. Because they can't actually perform from Bob Boilen's "tiny desk" in NPR's music office, they've been given carte blanche to imagine outside the box. The performances themselves are what you'd expect from these artists — terrific — it's the sets that they're having fun with. — Read the rest
The latest edition of NPR's Tiny Desk Home Concerts features singer/songwriter/National Treasure Phoebe Bridgers, who found a pretty incredible way to elevate the artform — first with the delightfully tacky Green Screen rendition of the Oval Office, and then, at the end, when it all falls apart in a cathartic collapse. — Read the rest
While it appears that Billie Eilish and brother Finneas are performing at NPR's music offices for a Tiny Desk concert, they are, in fact, not. They recorded this at home in front of a convincing cardboard re-creation of Bob Boilen's desk. — Read the rest
Contemporary classical composer Max Richter performed a gorgeous Tiny Desk (Home) Concert from his studio in southern England. The solo piano is perfect for Richter's graceful post-minimalism. If you're not hip to Richter beyond his score for Arrival and other films, I suggest immersing yourself in Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (2012) and Memoryhouse (2002). — Read the rest
Like many punk teens growing up in Virginia in the eighties, I discovered this DC-rooted genre of black American music by accident—a go-go band opened up for a hardcore group I'd traveled from Richmond to DC to see. — Read the rest
Earlier this month, Death Valley, California recorded a temperature of 130 degrees. It was the highest temperature recorded on planet Earth anywhere since 1931 and was likely one of the hottest days ever measured.
That's not only inhuman, it's also supremely unhealthy. — Read the rest
The bad news: Summer – and the beach excuses that come with it – are coming to an end. The good news: Labor Day sales are here to soften the blow. Take advantage of the right deals, and you could be spending that extra day off breaking in a new household widget you've been pining for. — Read the rest
Welcome to this year's Boing Boing Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved stuff from 2012 and beyond. There are books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides: click the categories at the top to filter what you're most interested in—and add your suggestions and links in the comments.