The Beauty of Slow DeteriorationNew electronic music that’s nostalgic for the sounds of the VHS era.
The Next DayDavid Bowie’s excellent new album is a return to his high '70s form without being a retread.
Lost CauseOn his new “album”—it’s actually a collection of sheet music—Beck tries to revive the days of singing ‘round the piano.
Free SamplesIs De La Soul’s long fight to release its music digitally finally over—or just beginning?
The Music Club
The Music Club, 2013Entry 7: “Blurred Lines” should be banished from this solar system.
Lou Reed’s Palm PilotThe late artist was a rock god and the epitome of New York cool. He was also a big nerd.
Daft Punk’s Random Access MemoriesTotally undanceable, dafter than ever—and a wire-to-wire triumph.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse
An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.