Joanna Stern, over at the Wall Street Journal, has posted a quick primer for how you can turn off "auto-renewal" for the newly launched Apple Music. My first impressions of the service are mostly positive. I still think there's too much going on in the app, and the part I want and use most -- "My Music" -- seems kinda just there. But it works. I feel oddly attracted to this Beats 1 thing when my entire Twitter feed is talking about what's playing at the same time. I wonder if that novelty will wear off. Playlists aren't really my thing and the "select artists you like" screen had virtually no artists I like (and the device should have know that information from my iTunes usage anyway)....
Brooklyn trio Safety will be releasing their new EP called Congratulate Me, I've Lost My Mind and it will be out via Community Records on August 14th. Today we are premiering a new track titled "A Wealth of Sorrows in a Few Words" in the replies. It's a solid slice of punk rock blended with indie sensibilities - it'll be a big hit with those who enjoy Into It. Over It. and even Jimmy Eat World's more aggressive side. It's pretty dope and if you dig what you hear make sure you pre-order it on black wax.
Apple Music, the new streaming service from Apple, is now available when users upgrade to iOS 8.4. The company is still offering a free trial period of three months. Can it become what our Anthony Sorendino predicted it could become? What are your thoughts on the new service? Can it dethrone Spotify as the preeminent streaming service?
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.
The Wonder Years have released the first single from their forthcoming new LP, No Closer To Heaven — the track is called “Cardinals” and you can watch the music video for it in the replies. No Closer To Heaven is out on September 4 via Hopeless Records and is now available for pre-order. When you pre-order the record, you are prompted to select one of four charities to which the band will make a donation to -- Futures Without Violence, Puppies Behind Bars, After-School All-Stars, or The Herren Project. More information on each of those charities is in the replies as well.
Update: Huge thank you to the band and everyone for hanging out. The chat has now ended.
We'd like to welcome Good Old War to the website to chat today about their new album Broken Into Better Shape, which was released today. Hit the replies to chat with the guys about that, their upcoming tour, plans for the future, etc. You can also find our interview with them from earlier today here.
We recently spoke with Good Old War about their new album Broken Into Better Shape, which is officially out today. Don't forget the band will be chatting on the website tonight at 8pm EST.
We’re more inspired to write while we’re down, but on the other hand we never can leave it at that. We’re not the type of people that can just leave it at that. It’s like, we can get out of this, you know? By the time you’re done writing a song, you feel better, and that’s the whole idea. You can tell the story of writing the song with the song.
Luke Morgan Britton, writing for The Guardian, looks at the psychological dangers of life as a touring musician.
For many, the contrast between the highs of a successful show and the anti-climactic low that often follows can be hard to adjust to, a phenomenon that has been termed “post-performance depression’, or PPD. Mental health professional John C Buckner writes: “When the body experiences major shifts in mood, it is flooded with several different neurotransmitters, resulting in a biochemical release that leads to a feeling of ecstasy. After these moments the nervous system needs time to recalibrate itself to prepare for another release. After an exciting performance the body...
Update: Heard from management that Greg has not "officially quit the band" but that he will not be performing with them live any longer but may play on future records. And that "they are a very loose collective that have members come and go so it's not really like he left the band as much as he won't be as active with them."
Like many of the most important pop-punk bands, Spraynard has figured out that the genre’s juvenile reputation doesn’t preclude thoughtfulness. In fact, the continued vitality of pop punk owes a lot to deft songwriters like Graham, who understand that energetic songs need not be cheerful. (In this respect, the genre’s true trailblazer is not Green Day but Blink-182, who chronicled depression and diarrhea with equal gusto.) “Mable” is full of songs about strained relationships, not all of them necessarily romantic—it is possible that Graham’s most traumatic breakup, and reconciliation, was with his band.
The lawsuit came in the aftermath of a class action filed by Flo & Eddie of The Turtles and aimed to use California state misappropriation laws -- also called common law copyrights -- to win compensation over the use of sound recordings made before such recordings fell under federal copyright protection. For years, record labels accepted publicity and no royalties from terrestrial radio operators, but changes in how music is consumed have changed the dynamic.
Jesse Lacey of Brand New spoke with Rockzone, a Spanish magazine, and Reddit is currently working on translating it into English.
Yes, I have no problem talking about this with you. You’re the first person with whom I have an interview in a while. We have a new album to get. There is no secret. The thing is that it is not ready, so to speak. Hopefully it out this year, at least that is our aim. We do not know whether it will be an EP of seven songs or so, or the traditional LP of 14 songs. We have many songs that we’ve been working, but hey, I guess sometimes you have to face what you have steeping a little, as I said before. Is something that we have to adapt, one day seems that we...