Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist

A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

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Nothing Lasts Forever: A Decade With “Hey Ya!”

Nothing Lasts Forever: Outkast

On September 9, 2003, OutKast released “Hey Ya!” the first single off their highly anticipated double album Speakerboxx/The Love Below which would later become one of the most beloved songs of the millennium. Since its release, “Hey Ya!” has stayed a ubiquitous force in pop-culture, staying on the radio, soundtracking weddings and bar mitzvahs alike, and had children and grandparents “shake it like a Polaroid picture.” Though the sugary pop of “Hey Ya!” was hardly representative of the progressive Atlanta hip-hop of OutKast as a group, the song was the duo’s most lasting impact on popular culture and is even considered one of the best pop songs ever. Due to “Hey Ya!’s” clear-cut success, OutKast’s ambitious double album Speakerboxx/The Love Below remains the highest-selling hip-hop release of all-time, going Platinum over 11 times and edging out influential releases like Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP and The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death.

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Whatever & Ever Today: Facebook Introduces Instagram Video, Starbucks Counts Calories, & Hanson Has A Beer Now

Instagram adds video to compete with Vine, Starbucks wants you to know how fattening their drinks are, and Hanson brews up some “Mmmhops.”

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Whatever & Ever Today: MTV Is (Kind Of) Back, Kids Would Rather Read The Hunger Games, & More Dumb Rape Remarks From Elected Officials

MTV declares independence or something, kids hate reading at appropriate age levels, and another dumb comment about rape.

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“I Am The Nucleus” and Other Bizarre Quotes By Kanye West

Kanye West says the darndest things. On his unrelenting quest to become his own species of hip-hop artist, he has established a reputation as irreverent, controversial, and unapologetic. Though he makes time for public grandstanding by claiming a US President “doesn’t care about black people” or interrupting the VMAs, he remains mostly quiet when it […]

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Whatever & Ever Today: Steroids Are Still Bad, Presidents On Boats, and OK Go Has Another Crazy Video

MLB wants to fight PEDs, pictures of presidents, and OK Go charms in their Tiny Desk Concert.

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Whatever & Ever Today: A Crowdfunded Telescope, The Smith Family Saves The World, & James Murphy Is Still Awesome

Asteroid miners want to make a telescope by the people, for the people; Will Smith and Family are Earth’s true saviors; and James Murphy geeks out.

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Whatever & Ever Today: Facebook Sort Of Apologizes, Elvis Costello & The Roots Collaborate, and Great Dance Albums

Facebook tries to save face with advertisers through human decency, Elvis Costello and The Roots team up, and dance hits get playlisted.

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Whatever & Ever Today: Weiner Runs For Mayor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Made a Movie, and The Lonely Island’s “Semicolons”

Weiner announces a comeback, Joseph Gordon-Levitt premieres the trailer for Don Jon, and The Lonely Island try its hand at grammar-rap

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Daft Punk Streams New Album ‘Random Access Memories’

The robots are back. The internet has been abuzz with hype for Daft Punk’s long awaited follow up to 2005′s Human After All, and today we finally get to hear it. While the official release date is still a week away, iTunes is offering fans the chance to stream all 13 tracks early. Simply follow […]

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  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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