Go here, pick a year, hit play. DONE, congratulations, you’re a trendy time-traveling teenager.
Radio Time Machine taps into the massive music library at Rdio — the other Spotify — to assemble a browsable, listenable timeline of six decades of popular music. Each year’s station queues up 10 or so tracks; all you have to do is press play or skip (you’ll be doing a lot of skipping). Rdio subscribers get full songs. Everyone else gets 30-second samples.
Really, trust me on this: take an hour, maybe two, and work your way through the years. It’s the the easiest, and best, history class you’ll ever take. (Also: what the hell is up with 1951?)
- Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has for the first time said that she backs proposals for a partial ban on burqas.
- Mike Pence says the next attorney general will decide whether or not federal charges against Michael Slager will remain.
- The UK prison service is suppressing evidence of corruption among its guards which is fueling violence behind bars.
- Grammy nominations: Beyoncé has earned 9, including Album of the Year. Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West each got 8 nods 💿🎶