Volume 17 Issue 8

  • On The Misuse Of Music

    If the world, at this juncture in time, is characterized by one thing, it is music. Music is being blasted from cars and into ears through earbuds, piped into shopping malls, in public parks, on TV—everywhere. But is this a good thing?

  • Kara-not-ok

    Karaoke rooms are like pressure cookers for bad behavior. Evidently, something about being locked in a confined space with a bunch of overpriced alcohol and a machine that amplifies your warbling brings out the worst in people.

  • Records

    Back in the day, Saint-Saëns’s contemporaries called his work dull. Now his contemporaries are all like, “Uh...” and Saint-Saëns is all like, “What’s up, bitch?”

  • Nap(ster) Attack!

    Napster 1.0 was one of the best things that ever happened to the internet. It wasn’t just a file-sharing site where college kids stole Snoop Dogg songs. It was more a massive bazaar where anyone could access practically every kind of music ever...

  • Closed Frontier

    It’s odd to think of the Wild West as something that could be “closed,” like a cardboard box or a failed department store. And yet the 1890 US Census did precisely this.

  • Bootlegging Inc.

    In 1969, two young hippies named Ken Douglas and Dub Taylor heard some unreleased Dylan material on one of the edgier LA radio stations. The station had acquired a copy of the illicit The Basement Tapes, which were, at that time, circulating...

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  • Anarchy And Peace, Litigated

    If you pick up some crap book about the history of punk rock, chances are there will be about 90 pages dedicated to Joe Strummer’s jackets but only two sentences about Crass.

  • The VICE Guide to Not Being in a Band - Continued

    Here is the URL that we promised you in The Vice Guide to Not Being in A Band. It’s filled to the brim with educational information, tips, and tidbits to help you get out there and do something with yourself. Besides being in a band. Enjoy.

  • Musicians

    Behind the scenes of reality TV, there is a person called a story producer. Their job is to stand over an editor’s shoulder and craft countless hours of quotidian bullshit into compelling drama.

  • Vice Comics

    Carol I'm home.

  • $ell Your Music With Prose!

    In the 1990s, the manufacturing cost of a compact disc was a little over a dime. It had cost four times as much to manufacture a vinyl album, meaning that the switch from vinyl to CD slashed operating costs for record labels large enough to own the...

  • Nap(ster) Attack!

    Napster 1.0 was one of the best things that ever happened to the internet. It wasn’t just a file-sharing site where college kids stole Snoop Dogg songs. It was more a massive bazaar where anyone could access practically every kind of music ever...