[Summer Guide 2014]
The first music I became heavily obsessed with as a young man was first and second wave British punk rock and Oi! In the mid-90's, It was the en vogue punk of the day and I immersed myself in the world of boots, bondage pants, painted and studded leather jackets, and knox gelatin'd spiked hair with ... More >>
It's OK to be a white person who is frustrated by Kanye West. That might seem obvious, but the aftermath of West's epic Twitter rant against Jimmy Kimmel necessitates it be reiterated. The feud is nothing more than the clash of two pop personalitiies, but it became something much bigger than that. O ... More >>
As the boundaries that separate genres continue to dissolve, hip-hop and dance have formed an alliance that's bringing electronic producers to the forefront of popular music. For artists like Daedelus and Salva, who've been working with multiple genres for their entire careers, this evolution has be ... More >>
'Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets'
Flames spread around Athens as demonstrators protested a vote in parliament on an austerity measures, which have been ordered upon the country in exchange for €130 billion from the International Monetary Fund and other European countries. The New York Times reports that demonstrators were throwing ... More >>
If the periodic table were an exclusive club, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry would be the overgrown doorman holding the clipboard. To extend this awkward analogy, over the summer, two new names were added onto the bouncer's list: element 114 and element 116. These two a ... More >>
Pizza enthusiast and humanitarian, Nick GreeneWe are happy to announce that you'll be in new hands over the weekend, as, you've probably noticed, Rosie Gray has joined us on the weekday circuit over here. Welcome Nick Greene, who interned with us in the spring and has made various appearances ... More >>
A study conducted in Great Britain shows that people who receive supportive and positive text messages while trying to quit smoking are twice as likely to successfully quit than those who did not receive the texts. The BBC reports that over 10% of the 5,800 smokers studied were able to quit w ... More >>
Mysterious British street artist Banksy just bailed out of jail two members of a Russian art collective called Voina, which means "war." Leonid Nikolayev and Oleg Vorotnikov awaited trial in a bed bug-infested St. Petersburg prison for four months until Banksy swooped in and paid their bail. ... More >>
Eunice Sanborn, R.I.P.The oldest person in the world when today started was Eunice Sanborn at 114 years and 195 days, but BBC News is reporting, via the Daily Progress newspaper in Jacksonville, Texas, that she passed away this morning, yielding her title to Besse Cooper of Georgia, age 114 y ... More >>
via CNNThe Middle East is getting absolutely bonkers. There's a lot going on right now and it's moving really fast, so Weekend Links are going to be a little Egypt-centric today. Al Jazeera is reporting that around 1,000 Egyptians have stormed the interior ministry in Cairo; they're also reporting t ... More >>
End times watch! Amid the creatures washing up on our shores or dropping out of the sky dead, spam -- the digital kind -- has become something of an endangered species, according to BBC News, dropping from 200 billion messages sent every day in August to a mere 50 billion daily in December.
Angelino GarzonBrand new Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon, 63, who was sworn in on Saturday as VP to new President Juan Manuel Santos, has had a heart attack and was hospitalized in Bogota early Monday, according to reports. No official statements have been made as to his condition, b ... More >>
America isn't the only place print publications are in trouble, and online news organizations aren't the only one threatening them. To find evidence of this abroad, one must look no further than Facebook...in the Middle East.
God bless America. All photos via BBC.And the award for best life this week goes to N.E.R.D's Pharrell Williams, who spent Monday night inducing Anna Wintour and Oprah to dance at the Met Gala after party, only to then head south on Wednesday to take part in the White House's Cinco De Mayo ce ... More >>
What next--Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead? I am so kidding. I just wrote about Harper's appeal, which some queens who've seen her as Tallu are kvelling about. And I do think Gwynnie Paltrow was astonishing in Shakespeare in Love and deserves a shot at a juicy role like pants-wearing, N ... More >>
R.I.P. Jay Reatard. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week our American Idol recapper made it all the way to the BBC for calling Victoria Beckham's face "too crazy", we also tossed epithets in the direction of the Times, in solidarity with M.I.A., and toward Esquire, who this week were forced to ... More >>
Kiki and Hedwig host the Yes Men
It turns out it's not Madonna who has healing powers, despite having given birth to Lourdes. It's Britney, bitch! Proof of that is a BBC documentary called Britney Spears Saved My Life, and you'll simply have to believe me on that since I haven't lied to you that often before. According to th ... More >>
Starbucks says it plans to close 300 more stores and cut 6,700 jobs after first-quarter profits fell an estimated 69%.[Bloomberg]A new study finds that chemicals commonly found in food packaging, upholstery and carpets may reduce a women's fertility.[BBC News]Cheesemakers in Roquefort, France hope t ... More >>
Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley Amazing Baby, "Pump Your Brakes" I saw this first as an advertisement on subway walls, and it is probably the last format in which I will see it, but Elvis Costello has a show, and he's now announcing his pres ... More >>
Listeners, including this one, miss the fiery To the Point
Does a nation's sovereignty allow it to destroy its own people?
'S Baggers, a restaurant in Nuremburg, Germany, is completely automated, making it possible for you to go to dinner without speaking to a single human. First, order off a touch screen (the menu is heavy on the meat, and includes a "slaughterhouse meat platter" ) and later, your meal comes sliding do ... More >>
EST's "First Light" science fare
London web phenom's walk in the park no walk in the park
Why mead, ancient drink of love, may not be making a comeback this year
Rice defends renditions, except for maybe the accidental ones
Onward and upward with New York's official Next Big Thing
Developing Nations Feel the Weight of War
AOL's Love-Hate Relationship With 'Time'