Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
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The Resurrection of Auto-Tune

Content series are produced in partnership with our sponsors. This edition of "Summer Tracks" is brought to you by the new Acura ILX. Music is about having fun and enjoying your listening experience. Check out the influence this cultural phenomenon has had on popular songs to-date. You can listen to these songs and more while driving the new Acura ILX.

Time called it one of mankind’s worst inventions, placing it directly alongside potentially lethal Red Dye #2 and unambiguously lethal DDT. Jay-Z, who found it in himself to forgive a man for publically accusing his friend of having HIV, was less in control of his [...]

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Eastbound & Sound

Content series are produced in partnership with our sponsors. This edition of "Summer Tracks" is brought to you by the new Acura ILX. Music is eternal, ever changing, and constantly influences the world around us. Acura understands the importance of music and provides technology for an optimal listening experience. Equipped with new features like the Pandora® internet radio interface, experience the power of music in your new Acura ILX.

Throughout its three-season run, I was consistently amazed by the resistance I encountered trying to turn my friends onto HBO’s Eastbound & Down. Some dismissed it as too dark, others too stupid. Their points had salience, I suppose, [...]

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The Most Underplayed Gold Record of All Time

For most of human history, celestial inspiration has flowed one-way: downward from the heavens. Pythagoras developed a theory known as the “harmony of spheres,” which posited the mathematical equations dictating planets’ travels could be notated to create brilliant music. The birth of the modern space program in 1958 spawned a renewed interest in capturing the sounds of the cosmos. Outerspace became a common muse among musicians, inspiring some of pop’s most memorable anthems. A very abridged list includes Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun,” and pretty much anything by David Bowie that still gets rotation on classic rock stations. Other times, the guidance [...]

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"Copper" on BBC America

Content series are produced in partnership with our sponsors. This edition of "19th Century Libations" is brought to you by "Copper" on BBC America.

BBC America's Copper is a police drama set during the Civil War in New York City—where the beat patrolled ranges from the Five Points up to luxurious Fifth Avenue and all the way into rural northern Manhattan. As any student knows, 19th century New York was one hard-drinking, hard living place to be. Since the premiere of "Copper" is fast approaching, here is everything you'd want to know about America's sordid relationship with alcohol during that blurry-eyed era.

Popular portrayals of liquor [...]

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History's Most Ideal Beards

Anyone who considers growing a beard weighs the same set of pros and cons. Assuming you’re already confident in your ability to muster respectable whiskers—and you may not be, as one sad sack relates—your immediate concern is probably skin irritation. Beards itch. They itch you, and they’ll itch anyone you’re close to. They can even irk casual observers. Try watching Giant’s relief pitcher Brian Wilson midgame. The fake beards donned by fans meant to display support for Wilson’s Black Beard Revival are an affront to his dedication. In the midst of summer, hurling 100 mph fastballs, that thing probably feels like a bird’s nest made of fiber [...]

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