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Napster offers all the music you can listen to plus downloads

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Napster has unveiled a new subscription music service that is quite possibly the best deal out there.

Paying for access to streaming unlimited music is nothing new; however Napster has taken it to a new level with a $5 deal.

For the new low price listeners not only get unlimited access to streaming music on the site, but five downloads a month. That equates to 60 songs a year for $60.

For anyone who routinely pays for at least five downloads a month the offer is really a no-brainer because in addition to the songs you now have unlimited access to millions of songs.

The two main appeals to this offer are its cheap, and you get downloads every month.

Napster, which got its start as an illegal download site, is all grown up and legitimate as it was bought by Best Buy last year.

The comprehensive site offers new releases, staff picks, playlists, radio stations and extensive search options.

Compared to Rhapsody and iTunes it is the best combination of downloads and streaming songs on the market right now.

Bravo Napster, Bravo.

Get to listening now at Napster.

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Written by David Young

May 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Coldplay offers free live album download

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Left Right Left Right Left

Coldplay is the latest band to offer free album download, jumping on the bandwagon that bands such as Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails pioneered.

The nine-song live album called “Left Right Left Right Left” features songs from the band’s Viva La Vida tour.

The band calls the album a gift to its fans, but there is nothing really worth paying for on it as it is so there’s not too much to be grateful for here.  

“Playing live is what we love,” Coldplay said in a statement. “This album is a thank you to our fans — the people who give us a reason to do it and make it happen.”

Truth is Coldplay probably could have put this in stores and made millions.

Anyone attending the band’s tour this summer will receive a physical copy of the album; otherwise it’s digital or nothing for the rest.

Get it for yourself here: http://www.coldplay.com/lrlrl/lr.html

 

Tracklist:

  1. Glass of Water
  2. 42
  3. Clocks
  4. Strawberry Swing
  5. The Hardest Part / Postcards from Far Away
  6. Viva la Vida
  7. Death Will Never Conquer
  8. Fix You
  9. Death and All His Friends

Written by David Young

May 20, 2009 at 6:59 pm

DAM offers a Psychedelic Experience

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“To fathom hell or soar angelic just take a pinch of psychedelic.”

                                     – Humphry Osmond, British psychiatrist and early LSD researcher

 

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The 1960s and 70s featured some of the best music in history. Bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Yardbirds and Grateful Dead were common headliners.

It only stands to reason that the album art for such bands is as innovative and creative as the musical acts that they were promoting.

Through July 19 the Denver Art Museum is hosting the Psychedelic Experience, a fantastic gallery of more than 300 rock posters from the San Francisco Bay area spanning from 1965-71.

Artists included in the historic gallery, which bleeds vibrant colors, trippy shapes, twisted images and mind-bending music, are:  Wes Wilson, Bonnie MacLean, Victor Moscoso, Stanley “Mouse” Miller, Lee Conklin, David Singer and my personal favorite Rick Griffin.

The extraordinary works of art, heavily influenced by hallucinogenic drugs, provide a window into a subculture that was more influential than it was ever aware.

In addition to the art, the exhibit does a good job of describing the artists and their relationship with the music. The context of the entire San Francisco scene, from Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests to the history of each artist, is contained within the museum walls.

Majority of the posters were for shows at the famed Fillmore Auditorium or Avalon Ballroom, and the images depict the shift from underground fringe audiences to more mainstream appeal as the images and text shifted towards the early 70s.

In addition to the main exhibit there is a side room filled with vinyl records, magazines and backlight posters from the era. There is also a chance for visitors to make their own collage style poster. The museum also has a limited number of authentic artist autographed posters on hand.

Tickets for non-members are $15. For more information visit www.denverartmuseum.org

 

 

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Kelly & Mouse

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Written by David Young

May 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm

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Del the Funky Homosapien delivers his own stimulus package

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Funk Man (the stimulus package)

No one can accuse Del the Funky Homosapien of not doing his part to help out listeners during this recession.

The “knight in funky armor” is bringing the Funk during these hard times to “stimulate your brain and your funk in areas where you need it most.”

The rapper has unloaded a 13-track Funk Man (the stimulus package) for free on his website.

The album is classic Del filled with melodic rhymes laid over funky beats. Despite the very affordable price of a little hard drive space, the album is more than worth the time to download and listen to.

Del, takes his music to familiar places here and the album is laden with his similar sense of humor and themes.

Songs such as “I’m Smellin’ Myself” and “Land of Funk” are reminiscent of “If You Must” filled with one-liners and dubbed voice tracks.

Other songs like “Go against the Grain” and “Hardcore Punks Can’t Take It” showcase Dels’ views on pop culture, media and society.

The entire album is a funky ride filled with Del’s unique beats and lyrics that are his distinct flavor and evident from beat one.

Del is a fresh voice in a sea of stagnant hip-hop, consistently pushing new boundaries musically, lyrically and building a repertoire that extends beyond the cookie cutter rappers making headlines today.

Check it out for yourself at: http://delthefunkyhomosapien.bandcamp.com/

Written by David Young

May 2, 2009 at 8:11 pm