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Let Ben Folds Teach You How to Rock in Garageband 10.3 Let Ben Folds Teach You How to Rock in Garageband 10.3

Mac: GarageBand, Apple’s free virtual music studio, recently updated its Mac version to include free lessons from your favorite singers, songwriters, and rocking-outers. With these Artist Lessons, as Apple calls them, you’ll be able to learn a new instrument from some of the best around—including piano legend Ben…

The Viral Uber DJ’s Guide to Creating Great Playlists The Viral Uber DJ’s Guide to Creating Great Playlists

Every time I have a party, I spend an hour building a playlist, imagining my guests all gasping and dancing and reaching for Shazam. Instead they ignore the music until someone takes over the Bluetooth speaker. So I asked for help from college student Tj Jones, who had a viral tweet this February when he shared the 11…

Check Out Our SloMusic YouTube Playlist Check Out Our SloMusic YouTube Playlist

Eight years ago, musician Nick Pittsinger made Justin Bieber’s “U Smile” sound like ambient pop band Sigur Rós by slowing it down 800%. Bieber haters celebrated this beautiful edit, and ever since then people have been slowing down songs by 800%, 1000%, or more, and uploading them to YouTube and SoundCloud. The…

Here's Where Spotify Put All the Women Artists Here's Where Spotify Put All the Women Artists

Spotify’s top playlists feature way more men than women. Not just the algorithmic playlists, which reproduce inequalities in the music industry at large, but also in the curated ones, according to a thorough, stat-filled feature article on Baffler. For example, Spotify’s top curated playlist of 2017 was RapCaviar, a…

The Popodoro Technique Playlist The Popodoro Technique Playlist

In the Pomodoro Technique for productivity, you work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and repeat. (After two hours, you take a longer break.) You can use a kitchen timer, your phone, or a specialized app. In the Popodoro technique, instead of a timer, you use music—like the new Spotify playlist from Popjustice.

How Pandora's New Family Plan Compares With The Competition How Pandora's New Family Plan Compares With The Competition

This week, Pandora unveiled a new family plan which allows six different members of the same family to use the service for one price. The concept of the “family plan” is hardly new in the music-streaming world; both Spotify and Apple Music have similar offerings for the same $15/month price.

Hoopla Helps You Enjoy the Library From the Comfort of Your Home Hoopla Helps You Enjoy the Library From the Comfort of Your Home

The online service Hoopla—also an app for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices—is a great way to enjoy all the conveniences of your local library without having to leave your home.

How Emanuel Ax Makes Piano Practice Less of a Slog How Emanuel Ax Makes Piano Practice Less of a Slog

Seven-time grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax still practices his instrument four hours a day—when you play Carnegie Hall, you don’t just wing it. And sometimes, he admits, “it’s kind of a slog,” especially to practice a new piece: something written specifically for him, or something he’s never heard. “You get the…

Improve Your Singing With the Tone App for iOS Improve Your Singing With the Tone App for iOS

iOS: Some people become karaoke gods the minute they pick up a microphone, leaving us mere mortals to wonder how they managed to summon Freddie Mercury from an astral plane. Others...need a little practice. While there isn’t one app that will make you the next American Idol overnight, Tone (iOS, free) is a great app…

Stream a Vinyl Album By Snapping a Pic of Its Cover Art With This App Stream a Vinyl Album By Snapping a Pic of Its Cover Art With This App

For a while, I had a bit of an obsession with buying vinyl. My mom had let me have the large cabinet record player that lived in our living room during my childhood, and once I got the 500lb thing into my house I was determined to listen to it as much as possible.

If You're an iPhone-loving Windows User, You'll Want iTunes From the Windows Store If You're an iPhone-loving Windows User, You'll Want iTunes From the Windows Store

Before we begin, Windows users, let’s start the affirmation: We use Windows. We all agree that iTunes has a terrible design. We will throw a party if Apple ever modernizes its app, but we hate that iTunes is the best possible option for synchronizing content with our iPhones and iPads. 

How to Break Through a Creative Block How to Break Through a Creative Block

Whether you like to draw, paint, write, choreograph, or play music, you’re probably familiar with the creative block, where you just can’t seem to do anything despite your motivation. To escape that rut, try doing what you do best, only terribly.

Rock Out to Curated, Streaming Music from Different Decades and Locations Rock Out to Curated, Streaming Music from Different Decades and Locations

If you want to find some jams that were popular in Canada in the 1950s to kick off your weekend—or just want a random assortment of trending songs by era and location for no particular reason—the website Radiooooo is a great interactive trip.

Listen to Fela Kuti While You Work Listen to Fela Kuti While You Work

The Afrobeat music of superstar Fela Kuti—or just Fela—is powerful, political, and so influential that Fela’s sound is baked into the last forty-odd years of pop, rock, and hip-hop. It’s also great music to work to.

How to Select the Right Turntable for You  How to Select the Right Turntable for You 

Vinyl sales have seen an exponential increase over the last 12 years—2017 marking a record high (pun intended). According to Nielsen Music, vinyl made up 14% of all physical album sales, up from 2016's 11%. Vinyl’s back, baby! It has been for a while, and if you want to get in on the game (or update your turntable. I…

Here's Some Kid Music That Doesn't Suck Here's Some Kid Music That Doesn't Suck

If you are a parent and have been suddenly thrust into the world of kids’ music, I am sorry. Most of the stuff out there is mind-numbingly bad. Nobody wants to hear Alvin & the Chipmunks singing “Hot body, rock the party,” or another rendition of “Finger Family,” or a tune about a kid who brought home a baby bumblebee…

These 1923 Copyrighted Works Enter the Public Domain in 2019 These 1923 Copyrighted Works Enter the Public Domain in 2019

For the first time in twenty years, as the Atlantic points out, a whole year’s worth of copyrighted works will enter the public domain in the U.S. on January 1, 2019. Under the terms of the Sonny Bono Copyright Act, works first published in 1923 will enter the public domain, meaning anyone can re-publish them, or chop…

How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are 50 ideas, taken from Twitter users, my colleagues at Lifehacker’s publisher Gizmodo Media…

The Boléro Effect Productivity Playlist The Boléro Effect Productivity Playlist

Ravel’s Boléro, the famous repetitive piece that builds to a full-orchestra climax, is the most famous example of a classical form, based on the Latin dance genre of the same name. TV Tropes, a website made entirely of rabbit holes, lists over 50 examples of this particular song structure, and we’ve collected as many…

The Lonely Nostalgia YouTube Playlist The Lonely Nostalgia YouTube Playlist

The New Yorker ran a story yesterday about the emotional experience of listening to a tinny version of Toto’s “Africa” on YouTube. The popular video simulates the sound of hearing the pop song echoing through an empty shopping mall. The piece nails the song’s effect:

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