Enter the Optigan

Sunday August 24, 2014

A documentary about the only musical instrument brought to you by the makers of Barbie.

Yugoslavian Mexican music

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Hyper-obscure musical subgenres aren't just for this millennium, you know.

X-Ray Records

Sunday August 03, 2014

Rocking and rolling the bones.

Days of Future Past

Monday July 28, 2014

Once a popular Los Angeles attraction, the ruins of Pacific Ocean Park became a popular hangout for teens and Dogtown surfers. These photos chart the rise and fall in vivid colour.

The instrument that changed music forever just turned fifty.

The Slurpee: the inveterate brain freezer and enticing tongue teaser that deserves a lot more credit as a hangover cure. 

Muscle Shoals (DVD giveaway)

Wednesday May 14, 2014

The music history of cities like Seattle, New Orleans and Memphis is often reported, but Muscle Shoals is a doco about a small city in Alabama which, despite its size, produced some huge hits.

The Rats that Ate Sydney

Wednesday May 07, 2014

Looking at the bridge and fancy harbour, it seems hard to believe Sydney once had the bubonic plague and the streets ran with rats.

Happy Birthday Bill

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Shakespeare would have been 450 today, had he not died on this day 398 years ago. To mark the occasion, here are some poetic facts about the bard. (He invented the word 'puking', among other things.) 

Depending on your tendency to nap in classrooms, what you missed in history might vary. This podcast is closer to the stuff we all missed in history class.

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