I think the payoff is it allows us to have another sensory experience for the brand. The vision is to have the same expression through music where people can find that happiness, that uplift, that positivity through music, through a Coke Spotify page, through something we’re doing on our web site, through one of the experiences we’re creating around the world. It's creating that consistent experience around music that brings to life our brand and what the brand means.
"Poptimism"—which has long been in place in the ideological arsenals of music critics, from Robert Christgau on down—is not about blindly accepting every piece of radio-ready music that comes down the pike and hailing it as the next important thing. Instead, it's about throwing out the artificial distinctions that elevate Serious Mass-Appeal Music (usually made by men, and with guitars) over Frothy Bubbly Stuff (which often appeals to women as much as, if not more than, it does men). This is not to say that it tosses out complexity in favor of...
Dropbox announced some cool new things today: First, they dropped Carousel, a place to store all your photos and videos. And then my favorite email app, Mailbox, is getting a Mac app (which I am particularly excited about) and coming to Android.
Spotify has redesigned their platform ... going with a darker theme and feel.
Now Spotify functions more like the familiar iTunes interface, where you have a home base of all your favorite jams. Except instead of keeping a copy of the actual sound files, it’s a cloud-based collection. This is a big step up from the Starred playlist, which was just a rearrangable list of songs that couldn’t be sorted. You can dump whole artist catalogs, albums, or friends’ playlists into Your Music, and then sort it all any way you want.
Piggybacking on Spotify and other services like it could get Last.fm tracks in front of more users and make a bigger impact that the radio streaming service did overall. The company says that this change won't affect the Spotify partnership, and users will still be able to listen to stations on the company's new player.
Tyler Glenn — lead singer for Provo, Utah New Wave-pop quartet Neon Trees and a Mormon his entire life — reveals he is gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday, March 28th). "I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely," he tells RS' Caryn Ganz. But he is now: Glenn speaks candidly about his first gay experiences, his band's reaction to his coming out and his complicated relationship with his conservative religion in our new story.
Some past Nervous Energies performers - Owen, Slingshot Dakota, Mixtapes, Pity Sex, Tigers Jaw, Into It. Over It., Lemuria and Now Now - are the featured subjects of an eight-piece print pack that you can pick up for $20 in Ryan Russell's webstore if you're interested.
Lorde has opened up about a variety of topics in a new New York Times interview.
People like to paint me in a certain way, but I’m a hugely sex-positive person and I have nothing against anyone getting naked. For me personally, I just don’t think it really would complement my music in any way or help me tell a story any better. It’s not like I have a problem with dancing around in undies — I think you can use that stuff in a hugely powerful way. It just hasn’t felt necessary for me.
Most airlines and TSA agents will give musicians trouble if they try to bring instruments as carry-ons, but it appears the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 made it entirely legal. Section 41724 is below, as pointed out on Ari's Take. Ever taken an instrument on a plane?
"An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other musical instrument in the aircraft cabin, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to any standard fee that carrier may require for comparable carry-on baggage, if
(A) the instrument can be stowed safely in a suitable baggage compartment in the aircraft cabin or under a passenger seat, in...
Pitchfork has introducedThe Pitchfork Review, a quarterly publication that the company says will feature "long-form feature stories, photography, design, cartoons and other ephemera ... document[ing] music culture, past and present." The introductory rate if you sign up for the first four issues is $11.25 per issue in the United States, and the single-issue / newsstand price is $19.96. Instead of selling ads, Pitchfork has locked in Converse as the exclusive advertiser for the first year and there will be an accompanying 7" with exclusive tracks. Fast Company has a short profile on the news, where Pitchfork CEO Ryan Schreiber draws parallels between the company launching online in 1996,...
Producer and all-around good guy Chris Common (former drummer for These Arms Are Snakes; producer/engineer of some of your favorite albums from Pelican, Minus The Bear, and many more) recently fell and cracked his head open. 17 staples and 2 MRIs later and Chris now has medical bills upwards of $7,000. He's created an Indiegogo project to help pay those bills. Check it out and help if you can.
A Great Big Pile of Leaves had their van broken into last night in Chicago. Their Facebook has the details of what they lost - and what to keep an eye out for if you live in Chicago - and if you'd like to help, pick something up from their merch store.