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Dec 09, 2014

Check It Out: A Bunch of Free Holiday Songs That Don't Suck

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Had as much "Last Christmas" as you can take? Us too.

But we still want you to enjoy some of the sounds of the seasons, without all the glitz and overproduction and reminders of shopping days that come along with that radio station in town that converts to 24/7 holidays starting the day after Halloween.   

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Oct 31, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Rustic Floating Media Center from Walnut and Copper

Here's a cool, space-saving idea with plenty of style: a floating media shelf featuring beautifully grained hardwood contrasted with warm copper pipe.    

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Sep 18, 2014

How to: Make a DIY MP3 Player in an Old Cassette Tape

Apparently, you can get tiny little MP3 players for less than $5 now. So, there's no reason not to grab one and start hacking it up, taking out the essential parts, and putting it into a much cooler case - like this cassette tape.    

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Sep 05, 2014

The 200 Perfect Music Recordings

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For the past few weeks, The New Yorker magazine's music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, has between tweeting the names of (seemingly) random-but-awesome song names and images, all tagged #perfectrecordings. Then, this week, he shared links to a series of free 

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Sep 03, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: September 3, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.


Austin Beerworks has released an update on the multi-can beer container: the 99-pack. Yes, it's real.    

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Aug 18, 2014

Rigsketball: A Short Film about Rock Bands Playing Hoops Attached to a Tour Van

Rigsketball - noun - ˈ[rigːs.kɪt.bɔːl] - "a band basketball tournament played on a regulation basketball hoop that's bolted to [a tour] van."

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Jun 27, 2014

This Song Has Been Playing Non-Stop in the ManMade Offices All Week...

Every year, on my birthday, my wife takes me to the record store and we pick out a new album as my official birthday present. It's something we did by coincidence the first two years we were together, and it's become our little tradition to make the day special and add to our LP library...the only physical media we keep in the house anymore, save for books.    

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Jun 18, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: June 18, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Sometimes, you're out and about, and you realize: you're not really looking your sharpest. An unexpected spill, a weird hair thing happening, or perhaps you're not smelling so fresh. In those cases, and plenty others, consult

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Apr 16, 2014

Classic Rock Band Names Simplified into Minimalist Icons

Madrid-based design and art firm Tata&Friends take a stab at icon design by creating these minimalist interpretations of some of their favorite rock and roll bands.    

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Apr 07, 2014

Classic Album Covers Placed in their Google Street View Locations

The concept of placing album covers with urban scenes in their original geographic context isn't a new one, but I think this take, which uses Google Street View and Photoshop rather than a handheld LP and a camera, somehow manages to add something novel to the genre.

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Feb 27, 2014

The Fear of Missing Out...Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Idea that I Can Actually Get Rid of My CDs

created at: 02/27/2014

Like everyone, I guess I have a problem with stuff. With things - with keeping them too long, with placing emotional value on the physical object rather than the memory it recalls. Of course, I think I do this way less than everyone else, cause I don't have a problem with passive consumerism (errr....), and I don't spend tons of money on clothes, or shoes, or eating out, or on the latest gadgets, or all those things that personal finance books tell you to not spend money on.

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Dec 11, 2013

My Dad was in a Band

My Dad was in a Band is a (relatively) new project dedicated to sharing the stories of the children whom, you know, had a dad in a band. Most of the bands experienced only regional success, but a few - Dee Snider

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Dec 04, 2013

Audio Infographic: 100 Years Of Rock Music in Less than a Minute

created at: 12/04/2013

Designer Brittany Klontz created an interactive infographic for ConcertHotels.com that maps 100 years of popular music styles, from the earliest pre-1900 folk music to the super subgenres you probably didn't even know existed. The mapping itself is cool, but the "most excellent" bit? Each of the entries are clickable, allowing you to listen to a sample song from the genre to get a better idea of how it came to be.    

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Oct 17, 2013

IKEA Furniture or Death Metal Band Name?

created at: 10/17/2013

A fun site for your Thursday: IKEA or Death? invites you to choose between Scandinavian furniture and Scandinavian black metal band names. 

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Sep 30, 2013

How to: Make Your Own Hidden Bookshelf Stereo System

created at: 09/30/2013

Psst. See those books? Behind them, there's an entire bookshelf stereo system, including an amplifier and speakers. 

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Aug 23, 2013

How to: Make Stylish Concrete and Wood Speakers

These sleek, geometric audio speakers strike a great balance: the concrete comes off as both modern and rustic, and the wood adds a needed warmth to the mathematical shape. They look amazing: and they were completely made by hand.   

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Jun 28, 2013

Free Music: Summer BBQ Soundtrack

'Tis the season for outdoor dining and backyard grill fest, where there's every reason to take your time, spend the evening outside with the aromas and flavors of summer. 

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May 28, 2013

The Gear: How Reggie Watts Creates His Unique One-Man Music Experience

Anyone familiar with comedian, musician, and performance artist Reggie Watts knows that his act depends on his  absurdist, postmodern sense of humor, amazing musical chops, and a unique microphone and gadget set up that allow him to create full arrangements using just his voice.created at: 05/28/2013

Gizmodo visited with Reggie during a soundcheck last year

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May 09, 2013

Wyclef Jean and Jimmy DiResta Make a Functional Guitar from an AK-47 Assault Rifle

Something about this story really touches me. I've always been a fan of both Wyclef and Jimmy DiResta's work, and there's just something about the two of them talking about revolution that just presses all my buttons. 

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May 01, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: May 1, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 

Russian blogger and photographer Lusika33 ventured inside an active volcano complex to capture these amazing lava flows and otherwise terrifying, fiery goodness.  

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