Spotify has redesigned their platform ... going with a darker theme and feel.
Now Spotify functions more like the familiar iTunes interface, where you have a home base of all your favorite jams. Except instead of keeping a copy of the actual sound files, it’s a cloud-based collection. This is a big step up from the Starred playlist, which was just a rearrangable list of songs that couldn’t be sorted. You can dump whole artist catalogs, albums, or friends’ playlists into Your Music, and then sort it all any way you want.
Directed by Nickolas Rossi, the film is billed as “an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith.” It will feature unreleased songs, personal pictures, and rare footage in addition to interviews with Smith’s friends and collaborators. Among those appearing in the documentary are Smith’s sister Ashley, Joanna Bolme, Jon Brion, Neil Gust, Larry Crane, Rob Schnapf, and many more.
Emery have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support their upcoming album, You Were Never Alone. It will be released this summer on BadChristian Music. The packages inlcude autographed merch, limited vinyl, personal fan experiences, and more. All packages come with downloads of two new, rough-version tracks from the upcoming album.
Something didn't feel right about someone else owning Emery's future recordings in perpetuity, especially when independent musicians are getting better opportunities to succeed every year. We want to own our music. We want to be able to sell it, give it away, re-record it in different ways, release vinyl, and do whatever we're inspired to do with it
Amazon has announced their own TV streaming device, dubbed Amazon Fire TV. The very small box will retail for $99, will be voice-activated (but can also come with an optional gaming controller) and connect with Hulu, Netflix and more. Lots of information can be found everywhere on the internet by now, but also there's stuff here.
As they have done from time-to-time in the past, The Mountain Goats will be playing some shows out west this summer as a duo, sans drummer Jon Wurster. In his typical outlandish fashion, frontman John Darnielle has dubbed the tour "The Mountain Goats Twin Inhuman Highway Fiends Tour 2014." Dates and a note from Darnielle are below.
Deafheaven will continue their tour in support of Sunbather this summer with Arkansas doom metal outfit Pallbearer in tow. Wreck and Reference will support and tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am local time. Hit the replies to check out the dates plus the tour's awesome poster.
We're super excited to announce that Handguns will release their new album, Life Lessons, on July 8th via Pure Noise Records. The band's new single, "Heart Vs. Head," can be found in the replies with the album artwork and the band's upcoming tour dates with All Time Low. If you dig the track, be sure to go and purchase it off iTunes.
02) Sleep Deprived
03) Highway Robbery
04) Heart vs. Head
05) I Can't Relate
06) The Loved Ones Who Hate Us
08) Give and Take
09) Waiting for Your Ghost
10) New Years Resolution
Check out a demo of "Beat It" performed only by Michael Jackson's voice. Holy shit. If I was writing some viral headline I'd tell you how this will just about blow your mind-hole.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part....
When we were writing and recording for our latest album, No Matter How Narrow, we came up with a lot of songs that we really liked, but didn't necessarily fit in with the overall sound of the record. "Kaspir" is one of those songs. It's definitely one of the heaviest songs we've ever recorded and it's probably a good representation of what our next release will sound like. Check it out! We hope you enjoy it!
Parquet Courts will release the follow-up to their jingly-jangly stoner epic Light Up Gold, entitled Sunbathing Animal, on June 3rd. Check out the title track and tour dates in the replies.
2. Black and White
3. Dear Ramona
4. What Color Is Blood
5. Vienna II
6. Always Back In Town
7. She's Rollin
8. Sunbathing Animal
9. Up All Night
10. Instant Disassembly
11. Duckin And Dodgin
12. Raw Milk
13. Into The Garden
To keep you all informed (accurately and unbiased) we are here to let you all know what the real deal is with TDS. Yes we are no longer a band. We would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for letting us travel the world, create albums, and meet some of the coolest people and musicians on the planet. Thank you for over 50,000 record sales and over 200,000 single sales and a fan base that blew our minds everytime we went on tour. Sadly the day has come where AJ has decided to take up being a father and focusing on that aspect for his life. As for future music Matt is planning to...
Universal Music Group has announced that Island Def Jam will be transformed into three separate labels: Motown Records, Def Jam Records and Island Records.
Universal said it will dismantle the Island Def Jam group and form three stand-alone labels — Motown Records, Def Jam Records and Island Records. The move will allow the labels to enhance their own marketing and publicity and A&R teams, according to Universal. Def Jam will be led by CEO Steve Bartels, who was previously president and COO of Island Def Jam. Ethiopia Habtemariam will become president of the Motown Records label, which will leave New York and return to its prior home in Los Angeles. Island will continue to be led by...