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Top 10 Albums of 2012

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PASSIONPIT_GOSSAMER

   10) Passion Pit “Gossamer”

Mumford&Sons_Babel

9) Mumford & Sons “Babel”

DeathGripsTheMoneyStore

8) Death Grips “The Money Store”

Crystal-Castles-III

7) Crystal Castles “III”

CloudNothings

6) Cloud Nothing’s “Attack On Memory”

2chainz

5) 2 Chainz “Based On A T.R.U. Story”

David Crowder_Band - DCB_GiveUsRest_COVER

4) David Crowder Band “Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the

happiest of all keys])”

BaronessYellow

3) Baroness “Yellow & Green”

CruelSummer

2) Kanye West “Cruel Summer”

Deftones

1) Deftones “Koi No Yokan”

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Spotify premiers in U.S.

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It’s the day music lovers have all waited for.

Spotify is available in America. But as it is with all things that seem too good to be true, the streaming music service that was supposed to change the game is already exposing its flaws.

Spotify is a free streaming music service that has been available in limited countries for a number of years now. For some time the record companies here stateside haggled and hemmed and hawed over legal rights.

For the longest time it seemed as if the service would never make it here. In that time competition has grown. Services such as Napster, Rhapsody and MOG have taken chunks out of the streaming service market. Each has their strengths and weaknesses.

Spotify was supposed to come in and crush them all. Or so they would have you believe. The biggest disappointment is for now the only way to use Spotify is to pay or to get a special invite.

The biggest claim by Spotify, as you can see in the video below, is that it is all the music in the world at your fingertips for free. But no, it’s not true here in the U.S.. An impact of the record companies I would guess.

Thus the site makes you enter your e-mail for a special invite. This is frustrating because more than two years ago I gave Spotify my email for updates on its U.S. launch. Not only were there no updates, but they gave no advantage to those who signed up in advance of the launch.

We will see if the site can overcome these initial foul-ups. I would even be willing to pay for the service if it is that much better than current sites, but not without a free trial period.

It’s not looking good for the site to start for Spotify.

In related news, MOG has unveiled a new beta user interface for its site. After using it, I must say it is much better than the previous layout. The new site is cleaner and permits users to have “favorite” songs and albums as well as manage their music in a left-hand tab system.

However, the best improvement is an embedded player that eliminates multiple windows to play a song or album.

Written by David Young

July 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

May’s Hits

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One thing I have enjoyed with MOG, aside from streaming music 24/7, is it presents a list of everything I have listened to. It also puts those songs into categories of top songs, albums and artists that I’ve been checking out.
Here are the hits for May:

Top Songs
• Broken American by Dispatch
• Beto by Dispatch
• Sail by AWOLNATION
• Turn This Ship Around by Dispatch
• Melon Bend by Dispatch
• Mighty To Save by Laura Story
• Two Against One (Feat. Jack White) by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
• Bad Romance by Lady GaGa
• Where Them Girls At (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida) by David Guetta
• The Gambling Priest by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi

Top Albums
• Rome by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
• Dispatch Ep by Dispatch
• Turtleneck & Chain (Explicit Version) by The Lonely Island
• Burst Apart by The Antlers
• D by White Denim
• Fits by White Denim
• Megalithic Symphonyby AWOLNATION
• Street Sweeper Social Club by Street Sweeper Social Club
• The Sauce by Panty Raid
• Suck It And See by Arctic Monkeys

Top Artists
• Arctic Monkeys
• Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
• White Denim
• The Lonely Island
• The Antlers
• Panty Raid
• Street Sweeper Social Club
• AWOLNATION
• MGMT
• Death Cab For Cutie

The Music Cloud

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For years now music has been moving toward the cloud.

The days of buying music or even downloading music are fading fast. In a not too distant future majority of people will access music via a subscription service that grants them the ability to listen to any song they like from their computer or phone.

This is already a reality; however no one has quite mastered it yet. Technology is still lagging, 4G will help, and record executives still think people should pay $15 for a physical CD.

I have tried a number of these subscription servers from Napster to Rhapsody and have found flaws with all of them. Napster doesn’t offer full versions of a lot of their songs, only 30 second samples and Rhapsody’s format is horrible not to mention their phone apps are slow and sporadic.

Lala by far had the best format. It was a simple interface that let users share their musical interests and tastes with others. It also was tailored to the user so that you don’t have to sift through Billboards top 50 to find what you want.

Best of all it was free, but alas it was too good to be true. Apple bought up the service and thus far has only offered Ping in return, which is an afterthought at best.

Most recently I tried MOG, which offers unlimited streaming for $5 a month. I thought it was a great deal and found the iPhone app worked great so I could stream any album I wanted virtually anywhere. In addition their “artist radio” feature is great. It allows the user to manage via a sliding scale how similar they want the station to be to any given artist.

The format, while not great, is one of the better that I have tried. It is clean and simple. The profile options are limited and sharing capabilities leave a lot to be desired, however there is potential.

My main complaint came when my free trial period ran out. I was more than happy to start paying, however I discovered the $5 offer only pertains to computers. If I want to keep my iPhone app it costs me an additional $5 a month. Not that that is a lot, it is just not stated upfront, or if it was I missed it.

The other main drawback is that only one computer can log into the account at one time and there is no way to add users. If I want to add an additional user I would have to start a whole new account.

With the loss of access to music on my phone I was left with Pandora and a handful of albums I had loaded. I went in search of a solution and found it, ironically enough, with one of the trailblazers in file sharing: Audiogalaxy.

Audiogalaxy started in the 90s as a file sharing site for music similar to Napster that drew the ire of the RIAA and led to legal issues. Long story short the site has re-launched as a placeshifting service meaning users can upload their library to Audiogalaxy servers and then can listen to it from other computers or a smartphone.

Audiogalaxy has an app for the iPhone so I have been able to take my entire iTunes collection with me anywhere I go and listen on my phone. Thus far it has worked pretty well and is a great substitute until Spotify can crack the U.S. market.

Written by David Young

February 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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New Radiohead album available today for download

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Radiohead made available its new album – “The King of Limbs” – today online.

Unlike its previous endeavor into the digital album with “In Rainbows,” this album is not a pay what you want model. King of Limbs is $9 for MP3 files or $14 for WAV.

There will be a physical release called the “Newspaper Album” at a later date. It is available for preorder at $48 (with MPS) or $53 (with WAV).

The Newspaper Album includes:

  • Two clear 10″ vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
  • A compact disc.
  • Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
  • The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
  • The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011. You can, however, enjoy the download now.
  • Shipping is included in the prices shown.
  • One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12″ vinyl.

The new music is exactly what you would expect from such a seminal band: innovative, provocative, subtle, sweet and basically phenomenal.

But don’t take my word for it. Check it out now and let us know what you think.

Written by David Young

February 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Merry Christmas from the Gorillaz

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To celebrate Christmas the Gorillaz have released a free album today online.

The album titled “The Fall” was recorded entirely on the road over the course of the band’s recent tour on an iPad.

Funky stuff here, enjoy.

Tracklist:

  1. PHONER TO ARIZONA
    Recorded in Montreal on 3rd October
  2. REVOLVING DOORS
    Recorded in Boston on 5th October
  3. HILLBILLY MAN
    Recorded in New Jersey and Virginia on 10th and 11th October
    Additional Guitar: Mick Jones
  4. DETROIT
    Recorded in Detroit on 13th October
  5. SHY-TOWN
    Recorded in Chicago on 15th October
  6. LITTLE PINK PLASTIC BAGS
    Recorded in Chicago on 16th October
    Additional Keyboards: Jesse Hackett
  7. THE JOPLIN SPIDER
    Recorded in Joplin on 18th October
    Additional conversations with: Darren ‘Smoggy’ Evans
  8. THE PARISH OF SPACE DUST
    Recorded in Houston on 19th October
  9. THE SNAKE IN DALLAS
    Recorded in Dallas on 20th October
  10. AMARILLO
    Recorded in Amarillo on 23rd October
  11. THE SPEAK IT MOUNTAINS
    Recorded in Denver on 24th October
    Stream and forest recorded in Santa Fe on 25th October by Mike Smith
  12. ASPEN FOREST
    Recorded in Santa Fe on 25th October and in Vancouver on 3rd November
    Additional Bass: Paul Simonon
    Additional Qanun: James R Grippo
  13. BOBBY IN PHOENIX
    Recorded in Phoenix on 26th October
    Vocals and Guitar: Bobby Womack
  14. CALIFORNIA AND THE SLIPPING OF THE SUN
    Recorded in Oakland on 30th October
    Train station announcement recorded at LA Train Station.

 

Written by David Young

December 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

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Reznor and Ross release free tracks from “The Social Network” soundtrack

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Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and the English producer Atticus Ross have released five tracks off the upcoming soundtrack for “The Social Network” for free online.

Included are five tracks:

1) Pieces Form the Whole

2) Eventually We Find Our Way

3) On We March

4) The Gentle Hum of Anxiety

5) Soft Trees Break the Fall

The ambient tunes are part of a 19 track album available now for download or the physical album will be available in October.

“The Social Network,” which premiers Oct. 1, is the story of how Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg created the popular social networking site and the controversy surrounding his success.

Reznor included the following message with the free download:

“This is what Atticus and I have been working on for the last few months. We had a great time working with David Fincher on this and the film turned out excellent – something we’re very proud of. It opens in theatres Oct 1 and you should check it out.

Musically, this all came out of our secret laboratory – electronic in basis, but mostly organic sounding. Lots of experiments and emphasis on sound fraying around the edges while focusing on the proper emotional tone for the various scenes.

Regarding the purchase options, sorry about the “clunkiness” of not offering the full record digital download pre-sale (and having to visit Amazon). My agenda was to be able to offer this for the lowest possible price and this was the best way to achieve that. Amazon has been a great partner with past projects and I appreciate your understanding.”

Written by David Young

September 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm