Google has acquired Songza, the playlist curation company.
Google plans to incorporate Songza’s playlists into its Google Play Music All Access subscription service, enhancing its radio function. Google Play already has some human-curated playlists, but largely relies on algorithms for much of its radio-style programming.
Pre-orders for the re-release of Canadian indie rock group, Plumtree's debut EP, Flutterboard, are now up on Little League Records. The cassettes are a plum colour. The band existed from 1993 - 2000 and were featured on the Scott Pilgrim Vs The World soundtrack.
Sony's first Walkman went on sale 35 years ago today. The Verge has a recap on the history of this iconic portable music player.
The first of Sony's iconic portable cassette tape players went on sale on this day, July 1st, back in 1979 for $150. As the story goes, Sony co-founder Masaru Ibuka got the wheels turning months before when he asked for a way to listen to opera that was more portable than Sony's existing TC-D5 cassette players. The charge fell to Sony designer Norio Ohga, who built a prototype out of Sony's Pressman cassette recorder in time for Ibuka's next flight.
Over ten years and 500 pages of behind the scenes photos, artwork, artifacts, and inside jokes from the hardest working collective in hip-hop. Only 1,500 total copies ever made. There will be no re-pressings. Once they're gone, they're gone.
And, eventually, it drove me to drop out of college and pursue music. "Admit It!!!" it was written around 2002, after the first Strokes record came out. This is pre-Vampire Weekend, it's pre-fun. and stuff like that. It was literally the beginnings of the "hipster." It was right then, people were just starting to move to Brooklyn to reclaim it and gentrify it. But I feel like I skirt that line—if you look at me, I could just be any other 30-year-old dude walking around in Greenpoint and my friends and tastes and sense of humor could just put me directly into what could be considered...
With the news of Jimmy Eat World's Futures anniversary tour, I feel like there's no better time to premiere this. We've got an exclusive stream of Daisyhead's (excellent) cover of "Work" off the upcoming No Sleep RecordsComp for Mom. Check out the track in the replies and then pre-order the comp off their site.
Happy July! It is the 182nd day of the year, which means there are only 183 days left, which means we are halfway through 2014 so it is time to make lists. Today we present to you our Mid-Year Report, the very best of what came out in the first six months of the year as determined by your AP.net staff members. In the replies, you can check out our compiled staff list along with our individual rankings, and as always, please tell us what we missed, what's ranked too high or too low, or that you 100% agree with everything we've ever said.
You may remember Haverford's split last year with State Lines, who the band will be supporting on tour for a short stint. Well, the band recently wrapped up a new EP called Alaskan Summer. Today, we are streaming the whole thing. Hit the replies to check it out - it will be name your price on July 3rd.
Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot recently suffered a minor stroke. Longtime Young collaborator Rick Rosas will be filling in on the band's upcoming European tour. We wish Talbot a speedy recovery.
In addition to Harmon returning as showrunner, Community vet Chris McKenna is also in talks to return as exec producer and Harmon's top lieutenant. And while the six seasons part of #SixSeasonsAndAMovie has come true, there’s nothing official — yet— about the feature film part. Industry insiders, however, say there have been discussions about how that might still happen, too. NBCUniversal-owned Universal Televison, meanwhile, blessed Sony's talks with Yahoo and will remain as a co-producer on the show (though Sony, as it always has, will remain lead studio in day-to-day production of the show.)
Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we are growing our team with the acquisition of TastemakerX, a leading music discovery and curation service. Based in San Francisco, TastemakerX was founded in 2011 to help artists connect with fans. TastemakerX enables listeners to discover new music, build and listen to virtual collections, and view artists based on social discovery.