More information on the upcoming Beats streaming music service has been unveiled. The service will launch on January 21st.
The service, originally known as Daisy, uses a combination of algorithms and human curation to suggest songs, claiming to have a staff of music experts "hand-selecting your playlists while you stream." The company's betting that curation will set Beats Music apart from the music streaming competition, like Spotify and Rdio.
Unwed brings together several veterans from 1990s post hardcore: bassist Jason Black hails from Hot Water Music, vocalist Neltie Penman was once HWM's tour manager, drummer Jeff Gensterblum played in Small Brown Bike, and guitarist Arty Shepard performs in Primitive Weapons. "Made Of", their first single out on No Idea, sounds like sailor-tattooed road warriors growing up without growing old.
Ice Nine Kills released a new track called "The Power In Belief." You can listen in the replies and grab it on iTunes. Their new album The Predator Becomes The Prey will be released Jan. 21st through Outerloop/Fearless Records.
Once you've signed into the app using a Spotify Premium account, the app lets you play your playlists, search for tracks to play, listen to a built-in radio feature, shuffle your music, stream to Shoutcast-compatible speakers, and mess around with an equalizer — a feature Spotify's Windows app doesn't provide. The app even supports old school Winamp visualization plugins, assuming you still have them.
Happy Body Slow Brain have a great live mash-up of Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" - it's in the replies, along with clips of new songs "This Is Your Future" and "Cool My Mind."
Our old friends in We Are Voices have released their version of "O Come, O Come, Emanuel," along with a video that can be seen in the replies. You can also download the track on the band's website for pay-what-you-want and the band will give all proceeds to Toys For Tots.
While Seahaven won't release their new full-length, Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only, until Spring 2014, they are tiding fans over with a 3-song 7-inch release on January 21st. You can hear the first song from that release, "Silhouette (Latin Skin)", on The AV Club.
The next release from Jeremy Bolm's (Touché Amoré) imprint label Secret Voice (and in association with Vitriol Records) will be a new 7" from the fantastic hardcore outfit, Dangers, titled Five O’Clock Shadows at the Edge of the Western World. Pre-order will be announced soon but you can listen to the title track in the replies.