The Mother of All Funk Chords

Who said there's not an art to remixing? The Israeli artist Ophir Kutiel, otherwise known as Kutiman, created this video by weaving together scenes and tracks from 22 separate music videos, all found randomly on YouTube. (Find the full list below the jump.) First he layered in the drums, then the bass and the guitar. And it's hard to argue that the total isn't greater than the sum of the parts. The video figures into Kutiman's larger remix project called ThruYOU, which TIME called one of the 50 best inventions of last year. Visit the ThruYOU site to watch more remix videos in Kutiman's trademark style.

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Neil Young’s Film “Le Noise” Debuts Online

It's a double shot of Neil Young. This week, the Canadian singer-songwriter released his latest album, Le Noise, along with an accompanying 38 minute black & white film. Directed by Adam Vollick, the movie features a live performance of the full album recorded at the studios of Daniel Lanois in Los Angeles. The film officially debuts tonight, but you can catch it online right now. And please note: the album itself can be freely streamed online on NPR's First Listen site for a limited amount of time.

Puppet Making with Jim Henson: A Priceless Primer from 1969

Give Jim Henson 15 minutes of your time, and the father of the Muppets will teach you how to make your own puppets, using nothing other than household items – socks, potatoes, tacks, tennis balls, rubber bands, wooden spoons, and the rest. This primer originally aired on Iowa Public Television back in 1969, not long before Henson joined a fledgling TV production, Sesame Street, where he helped create the most famous puppets of our generation: Oscar, Ernie, Kermit, Bert, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and the rest. Though recorded 40+ years ago, the advice is simple and timeless. The man knows of what he speaks...

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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Hear the Classic Radio Episodes (1947-1951)

During the 1930's and 1940's, Raymond Chandler gave life to the detective Philip Marlowe, perhaps the most memorable character of the hardboiled crime fiction tradition. Marlowe took center stage in Chandler's influential novels, The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. And, before too long, he started appearing in adaptations for radio and cinema. Humphrey Bogart played Marlowe in 1946, and Elliot Gould tackled the character in 1973. Meanwhile, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe took to the radio airwaves in the summer of 1947.

The initial episodes didn't quite gel and NBC quickly yanked the show. But, a year later, CBS revived the radio production with new writers and actors, and, by 1949, the show had the largest radio audience in the US. Thanks to the Internet Archive, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe can now be accessed online for free. Find them on the IA site, or stream them below. We've also embedded of YouTube playlist of 72 episodes above. Each episode runs about 25 minutes. Find them added to our collection, 900 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free.

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John Waters: The Point of Contemporary Art

If contemporary art baffles you, if you've ever looked at contemporary art and wondered "what's the point?," then give sometimes controversial filmmaker John Waters four minutes of your time. He'll break it down for you in simple, if not crude, terms: "Contemporary art’s job is to wreck whatever came before it. And from the very beginning after the Old Masters, from then on, each generation wrecked that. That something is pretty and beautiful is probably the worst thing that you could say today in contemporary art about something, unless it’s so pretty it’s nauseating."

This segment is part of a longer Big Think interview (23 minutes) that you can watch in full here.

Ira Glass Cameo on The Simpsons

If you didn't watch the season premiere of The Simpsons this weekend, here is what you missed: The host of This American Life, Ira Glass, making a brief cameo appearance and poking some fun at his ever popular show. Watch above.

Meanwhile, speaking of Ira Glass, be sure to get his thoughts on Why Creative Excellence Takes Time. He offers some excellent advice for anyone working in a creative field...

David Simon, Creator of The Wire, Named 2010 MacArthur Fellow

The 2010 MacArthur Fellows were named today. The latest "genius" grants go to 23 recipients, including David Simon, the creator of The Wire, the long running HBO show that was really (Simon once said) “a political tract masquerading as a cop show.” Above, Simon talks more about the thread running through his work. The Wire, Treme and Generation Kill – they're all ultimately about the end of the American Empire, and the citizens that get left behind. Like the other grant winners, Simon will receive $500,000 over the next five years to spend however he sees fit ...

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