Entries tagged with: Spotify
Rumblings from the land of streaming giants. Amazon says that it has added "hundreds of thousands of songs" to its Amazon Prime music streaming service, following complaints that its selection was too small. A few of the artists mentioned in their announcement are Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Nick Cave, A$AP Rocky and Oasis. Unfortunately, they still don't have a deal with Universal. Subscriptions were raised from $79 to $99 this past April, and they include unlimited music, movie and TV show streams, as well as free two-day shipping.
Spotify is a bigger kid on the block, with 20 million songs in its catalog to Amazon's million and change. Rumors circulated that Google was interested in purchasing Spotify, but balked at their asking price of well above $10 billion, after a Wall Street Journal article surfaced, reporting just that. However, Recode states that they reached out to "multiple sources at both companies" and claims that there have been no discussions between the companies about an acquisition. The Recode article says it was nothing more than meetings between Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek and Google execs about commercial deals at YouTube, Google Play, and Android:
"There has not been a single conversation about Google's interest between the two," said one source, reflecting many others. "There was never a price, never a negotiation, never anything."Neither Google nor Spotify has given an official statement on the matter.
If anyone is going to purchase Spotify, it seems unlikely to be Apple, who acquired Dr. Dre's Beats for $3 billion earlier this year.
Debbie Harry w/ Dum Dum Girl @ Spotify House (via Transmission)
Blondie's Deborah Harry just surprised the audience of a Spotify SXSW event by showing up on stage to play "Dreaming" with Dum Dum Girls! Picture proof above.
Blondie, who also play the Rachael Ray day party while they're in Austin, play their official SXSW showcase at Brazos Hall Thursday night (3/12). Not in Austin? You can stream the whole show live courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel...
Smithsonian Channel is sponsoring Blondie's South By Southwest (SXSW) live performance from Yahoo's Brazos Hall on March 13th to support the upcoming world premiere of BLONDIE'S NEW YORK, a one-hour documentary that explores the rise of the legendary band.Blondie also recently played 'Super Bowl Boulevard.'
Smithsonian Channel Presents Blondie Powered By Yahoo, a rare live performance by the iconic band, will be available to fans across the country via a LIVE stream on Smithsonianchannel.com and on Yahoo Screen and on mobile via the Yahoo Screen app on Thursday, March 13 beginning at approximately 11:45pm CST.
The series' brooding atmosphere is framed by an expertly crafted soundtrack--some of the songs are haunting, some are bluesy, some are both. The music is selected by none other than T Bone Burnett, the Oscar-winning producer and musician.Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music T Bone chose, below.
"I have a long history with detective movies--almost as long as I have with rock 'n' roll," Burnett says. "I've always been interested in crime and true crime. If you listen to my records, like Criminal Under My Own Hat, you can feel it. I love Chandler and Hammett; I love detective movies." [Mother Jones]
What did you think of the ending? Stream the soundtrack playlist below...
You may have heard by now that there's a ton of artists bashing Spotify, like Beck, Thom Yorke, David Byrne, and more. Spotify might not be able to answer every problem these artists have, but on the often brought up topic of how they're paid, Spotify just shed some light on how that works. They just uploaded a long post titled Spotify Explained, which they go into detail about the service. Here's how the royalties work:
1. Spotify Monthly RevenueGot it? Head over to Spotify Explained to read the rest of it.
The total revenue Spotify makes in a given month from advertising and subscriptions as explained above. This varies from country to country depending on a range of factors including how many users we have in that country, how many of them are premium subscribers and how much advertising we sell in that country.
2. Artist's Spotify streams divided by total Spotify streams
This calculates an artist's popularity on the service, their "market share." Dividing an artist's streams by the total streams on Spotify determines the percentage of our total pay-outs that should be paid for that artist's rights.
3. Royalties paid to master and publishing owners
Spotify negotiates our royalty economics with labels and publishers in each territory where we operate. Our current payment agreements lead us to distribute (~)approximately 70% of our gross revenues to master recording and publishing rights (both mechanical reproduction and performance) holders. The precise division between these types of rights holders varies by territory in accordance with local laws and negotiated agreements. In the United States, for example, statutes dictate that publishers receive ~21% the amount that master recording owners receive.
4. Artist's royalty rate
Once Spotify has paid a rights owner the total royalties due for their accumulated streams, that label or publisher pays each artist according to that artist's contractual royalty rates. This will likely also take into account other factors including recoupment status, which is one reason that different artists in different deals might ultimately receive different royalties from their respective labels and publishers.
Independent artists can retain up to 100% of their royalty payouts from Spotify by using one of our aggregator partners such as Tunecore (a small fee may apply).
5. Artist Pay Out
The end royalty paid out to the artist after the rights holder royalty split and any other deductions have been applied.
Beck at Station to Station (more by Lukas Hodge)
The music business is changing a lot, it also changes the way people listen. So I thought a lot about what it means to make music, whether people pay attention. (Citing an example in the frenzy leading up to the release of David Bowie's The Next Day, which fizzled by the time the record was released, Beck continues) It seems that major artists released an album and the next day no one talks about it.Beck's new album Morning Phase is due out in February 2014.
So many musicians feel that we are taking some time to acclimate to the new environment, we are trying to figure out what it all means. As a society, what does it all mean? What are you doing to our brains, our nervous systems and our souls (laughs)?
I think most musicians feel alienated from the business side of music. We are in a business created specifically for business people, marketing. And that's how the world works, because music is like any other product they have to sell. I need to think about how to deliver it to people. But if left to musicians it would be something completely different, I'm sure. I'll try to keep that in mind.
[The rise of these sites are] inevitable, it's something that is coming like it or not. But I pose the question of how I can hold on, because what Spotify pays me is not even enough to pay the musicians playing with me or the people working on the disks. The model does not work.
I think the saddest thing about streaming is the issue of sound quality...it's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone. That's what people are listening to!
Hopefully, we will find the way to change that. There are many opportunities to improve the digital files and I know that Neil Young is working on a system for that. Eventually it will happen and people will fall in love with the music.
by Doug Moore
Thom Yorke at the UIC Pavilion (more by James Richards IV)
Thom Yorke is well known for his general dissatisfaction with music industry pay models at this point. Radiohead helped affect a sea change in the music industry by becoming early adopters of the pay-what-you-want online sales model. Since then, Yorke and Radiohead producer/Atoms For Peace collaborator Nigel Godrich have become outspoken critics of the pay models built into online streaming services, and of Spotify in particular.
Over the summer, Yorke and Godrich both pulled their solo and Atoms For Peace material from Spotify. As ever, Yorke was good for at least one stinging quip:
"New artists get paid fuck all with this model."Yorke and Godrich also argued that Spotify is essentially set up to benefit its shareholders, rather than the artists whose music it offers to its users, and that the service colludes with major labels in an effort to wring more profits out of their classics-rich catalogues.
The announcement set off a lengthy debate that involved such oddities as Radiohead manager Brian Message piping up to dispute Yorke and Godrich's argument.
The debate petered out for a while, but picked up again last week when Yorke gave an interview to the Mexican culture site Sopitas, in which he again disputed Spotify's sustainability in response to a question about the future of mainstream music. Yorke offered a particularly memorable analogy at the end of his response. Here's the whole thing:
"I feel like the way people are listening to music is going through this big transition. I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what's happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen. But it's all about how we change the way we listen to music, it's all about what happens next in terms of technology, in terms of how people talk to each other about music, and a lot of it could be really fucking bad. I don't subscribe to the whole thing that a lot of people do within the music industry that's 'well this is all we've got left. we'll just have to do this.' I just don't agree.You can listen to the whole interview with Yorke below. Spotify turns five years old today; if you want to celebrate, you'll have to choose someone else's music to stream from its archives.
When we did the In Rainbows thing what was most exciting was the idea you could have a direct connection between you as a musician and your audience. You cut all of it out, it's just that and that. And then all these fuckers get in the way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process. We don't need you to do it. No artist needs you to do it. We can build the shit ourselves, so fuck off. But because they're using old music, because they're using the majors... the majors are all over it because they see a way of re-selling all their old stuff for free, make a fortune, and not die. That's why to me, Spotify the whole thing, is such a massive battle, because it's about the future of all music. It's about whether we believe there's a future in music, same with the film industry, same with books.
To me this isn't the mainstream, this is is like the last fart, the last desperate fart of a dying corpse. What happens next is the important part."
Get there early on Friday to see Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver's new-sort-of band.
Good luck trying to catch The Stone Roses and Trent Reznor's new project How to Destroy Angels.
Sucks if you were hoping to catch Phoenix, New Order and Sigur Ros.
OMD vs Wu-Tang vs Nick Cave.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at NPR's 2013 SXSW Showcase
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have been on tour for a while now, and it finally hits NYC this week for three shows with Sharon Van Etten, starting tonight (3/28) at Beacon Theatre and continuing Friday and Saturday at the same venue. All three are sold out. The Bad Seeds' tour was also down in Austin for SXSW earlier this month, where they played NPR's showcase at Stubb's with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alt-J, Waxahatchee, and Youth Lagoon. Pictures of Nick Cave and YYYs are HERE and pictures of Waxahatchee's set are HERE. Even more pictures of Nick Cave's set are in this post.
Nick Cave also recently launched a Spotify app, which you can use to "discover the music of Nick Cave." It has streams of Nick's new album, Push the Sky Away, along with his classic material, and features a mood wheel where you can browse "carefully chosen moods which represent his songs" including Murder & Mayhem, Classic, Spiritual, and Super Dark. You can also make your own Nick Cave playlist and check out playlists made by others like Lou Reed and Jarvis Cocker.
And speaking of SXSW and Spotify, check out our "Best of BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013" Spotify playlist.
Updated dates are listed, along with more pictures from SXSW, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Jessie Ware @ The Box, 12/10/2012
UK singer Jessie Ware made her American live debut last night (12/10) at swanky NYC club The Box. Backed by a three-piece band -- including bassist Rocco Palladino whose father Pino is currently on tour with The Who -- Jessie wowed the crowd with her amazing set of pipes and great tunes from her much-lauded debut album, Devotion. (Which recently disappeared off Spotify, but Jessie says will be back soon.) The set included hit "Wildest Moments" (she thanked Katy Perry for tweeting it), "110%" (she talked about having to change the title to ""If You're Never Gonna Move" because of Big Pun who is sampled in the song) and a cover of Bobby Caldwell's 1978 single "What You Won't Do For Love" that she pointed out she recorded with Sampha (they both appeared on SBTRKT's 2011 album).
Jessie charmed the audience too, cracking jokes and chatting with folks between songs. She asked if Woody Allen really plays Monday nights at the Carlyle and, if so, why was anyone at her show? She also said Woody and Larry David were on her wishlist for who would come to her NYC show. Other factoids: Jessie told the crowd her sister lives in Brooklyn and has a "willy" in her bathroom that she "nicked from The Box." No elaboration on that.
Jessie Ware's next show is at Bowery Ballroom on January 17 (sold out) which is right around the corner from The Box. Jessie said she walked past it on the way to show and saw that Grizzly Bear were playing.
More pics from Jessie's show are below, along with the recently-released Cyril Hahn Remix of "Sweet Talk."
Frank Ocean at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
Frank Ocean stopped by a Spotify press conference in NYC this past Thursday (12/6) to play a mini set, during which he prefaced his track "Voodoo" with a portion of Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees." You can watch a video of Frank singing the track below (via NME).
It was the same event that Glassnote CEO Daniel Glass announced Phoenix's new album at, and Rolling Stone also reports that the event featured a Q&A between old enemies Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and Napster founder Sean Parker:
Ulrich and Parker represented a reunion of the two most public figures in the Metallica-Napster copyright battle in the late 1990s. The two play nice these days - Metallica announced today they are putting their music on Spotify - but it wasn't always that way.Glad to see they're playing nice.
"We just wanted to control what was going on with our music, because that's what we'd always done," said Ulrich, explaining his band's position at the time. "It became Metallica against its fans, which was never the fucking point."
Frank Ocean video is below.
Why yes, we have posted a lot of stuff already today. Here's some more
Mythbuster? More like Myrthbuster. TV personality Jamie Hyneman apparently abandoned his first born. Luckily, NYC has a history of taking your poor, your tired, and your mustachioed; baby Hyneman has taken up residence at the New York Aquarium. (confused?).
Shades of Scott Tenorman: Radiohead Fan Sells Cheating Girlfriend's Tickets Online, Gets Invited to Hang Out with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul.
Morrissey is in NYC right now and appeared on Colbert.
Is Spotify's business model broken? Anybody pay for Spotify Premium? (editor's note: I do)
For those who like free stuff: We are giving away two tickets to see Menomena at Bowery Ballroom on October 11 on the BV Facebook Page as well as tickets to Dark Dark Dark and Emily Wells at LPR on 10/13 and to The Darkness at Terminal 5 on 10/21.
Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" "received more performances on U.S. radio and television than any other song in the BMI repertoire during 2011."
The Rolling Stones "are pleased to announce the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first airplay of the brand new single from The Rolling Stones, 'Doom And Gloom' will take place on Thursday October 11th at 8:15am. The single can be downloaded on the same day from iTunes."
Toro Y Moi has announced that he'll release a new album called Anything In Return on January 21st via Carpark Records.
Hey arty types: design Richard Hawley's Guitar Skin!
I swear we're not making any of this stuff up.
More stuff below...
Dave Mutaine picks his candidate (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth is currently on the road with Motorhead as part of Gigantour. The show came to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC, and even more recently to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Right before that they stopped in Canada and that's where MusicRadar caught up with frontman Dave Mustaine. Here's part of their chat:
Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election. What's your take on US politics in 2012?Gigantour continues.
Dave: "I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican. I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see.
"Looking at the Republican candidates, I've got to tell you, I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney's five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money? So there's some questions there. And watching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he's just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was - that angry little man. I still like him, but I don't think I'd vote for him.
"Ron Paul... you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide - 98 percent of it's inert gases, but it's the two percent that's left that will kill you. What that means is that he'll make total sense for a while, and then he'll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we're like the Taliban... I'm sorry, Congressman Paul, but I'm nothing like the Taliban.
"Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney... You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House... and that it's Rick Santorum."
Good thing there was no Megadeth in Obama's Spotify playlist which contains some of what you would expect like Wilco, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, and at least one "whoah!" aka a fairly small band from Portland who are signed to Knitting Factory Records and that is AgesandAges. Congrats to them! (though of course it should be noted that, to be more specific, the Spotify playlist "features picks by the campaign staff--including a few of President Obama's favorites." Check out the whole thing on Spotify.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Still Corners - Into the Trees (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Immaculates - Hey Joe Kelly (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gospel Music - This Town Don't Have Enough Bars for Both of Us (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Radiation City - The Color of Industry (MP3)
I think Wednesday is my favorite day for CMJ day parties. You get a lot of good bands, but it's not insanely packed like the weekend shows. And this year, there are a lot of great Wednesday afternoon options.
Before we get into it, I would like to say that Spotify has been a giant help in checking out music from bands playing and if you have the service, I recommend using it. (If you don't, chances are someone you know has invites to give out.) Much easier than Googling for Bandcamp, Soundcloud or (heaven forbid) Myspace sites. Spotify doesn't have everything, but it has most everything. I've got a CMJ 2011 Playlist that I update when I find something new and interesting which you're welcome to check out.
[editor's note/update/disclaimer: Spotify has partnered with us on all BV CMJ events this year, but Bill did not know that when he wrote that above paragraph, so please no conspiracy theories!]
Anyway, day shows:
PICK OF THE DAY: Under the Radar party at Public Assembly has a line-up that is pretty hard to beat, including one of my favorite bands of late, Still Corners whose chilly, majestic debut, Creatures of an Hour, came out last week on Sub Pop. Check out an MP3 of new single "Into the Trees" at the top of this post and you can stream the whole album at the bottom. Public Assembly is good and dark, ideal for their trippy accompanying lightshow. Still Corners also play Public Assembly Wednesday night which must be nice for them not having to schlep their gear around. They also play tomorrow at our day party at Knitting Factory and then the Sub Pop showcase at Mercury Lounge that night.
Also playing at Public Assembly: Norway's super-fun Casiokids, Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger (who maybe you caught last night with Wild Flag at Bowery Ballroom), the retro funk of The Stepkids (who also play our TBA Saturday party at Public Assembly), plus Chad Valley, Porcelain Raft. It's kind of a slam-dunk show.
THEN AGAIN... the folks at Terrorbird Media have put together a pretty great show at Cake Shop. It kicks off with newish, shit-hot Brooklyn garage-soul band The Immaculates who are worth showing up early for. Check out an MP3 at the top of this post. Then it's Virginia's Eternal Summers who have really come into their own since expanding from a duo to a trio.
Then it's Gospel Music which is Owen Holmes who used to be in CMJ 2007 buzz band Black Kids but now makes indiepop somewhere between Stephin Merrit and Jonathan Richman (which is a definite sweet spot for me.) Holmes got help from Hefner's Darren Hayman, Camera Obscura's Traceyanne Campbell and others on last year's Duets EP, but for his full-length debut, How to Get to Heaven from Jacksonville, FL, he shares the mike full-time with fellow Jacksonville resident Madeline Long. Check out an MP3 of first single "This Town Doesn't Have Enough Bars For Both Of Us" and watch the video (which features his old Black Kids pals) at the bottom. Gospel Music's other CMJ dates are down there as well.
Of course the nice thing about the Lower East Side is that every venue around there has a day show. At Pianos there's the We Listen For You party with Arms, Guards, The Pass, Parlovr, Nerves Jr. and Headless Horseman in the main room; upstairs it's the Big Hassle Media party with Radiation City, Aeroplane Pagaent, Clubfeet, Marques Toliver, J. Viewz, Pyramids and Army Navy.
If you're in the Ludlow area, do try and check out Portland's Radiation City (3PM) who've made one of the year's more charming debuts which drifts between moody, organ-driven numbers and more upbeat pop. Papercuts covering The Free Design? Add in some Mazzy Star smokiness and you're almost there. Check out "The Color of Industry" at the top of this post, and go seem them live at some point this week. Radiation City also play the PASTE party at The Living Room today too (4PM) and have shows this week, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
That PASTE party, which goes from 4 - 7 PM also features Lord Huron, Santah and The Lonely Forest.
And finally over at Fontanas (which you may remember from BV day parties of old or episodes of Louie) is this year's Pirate! Island party with a pretty good bunch of bands too: Canada's Hollerado, Nick Diamonds, Fairmont, Army Navy, The Great Book of John and The One & Nines. Set times at the bottom of this post.
Click through for flyers (including a couple day shows I didn't mention), streams, videos and set times. I'll have Wednesday nighttime picks a little later.
CANT @ Mercury Lounge
Considering their set time was 1am last night (8/30), I guess technically CANT played their debut show at Mercury Lounge today (8/31). Backed by three band members including Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange who also opened the free Spotify-sponsored show, Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor ran through a set of R&B infused songs we'll get to hear studio versions of soon. His debut album Dreams Come True is out September 13 via Terrible Records. I can never remember song names but BQ points out he loved "Answer," "Bericht" and "The Edge." You can watch audience video footage of "She Found A Way Out" and "Bang" below.
Missed the show and can't wait until October to see CANT? Chris Taylor and Co just announced another NYC show happening TONIGHT (8/31) at Glasslands with Steel Phantoms (Album Release Party) and Quinn Walker (from Suckers).
More pictures from last night (Blood Orange coming later), and those videos, below...
Blood Orange @ PS1 on 8/20 (more by Erez Avissar)
One of the many casualties of Irene was the free Spotify-sponsored CANT/Blood Orange show that was supposed to happen at Mercury Lounge on Sunday. Luckily that show had no trouble rescheduling and will now take place this Tuesday, August 30th. Doors for the free late-night show are at 11:30pm. Expect CANT to hit the stage around 1am. As previously mentioned, this will be CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear)'s NYC live debut.
CANT's debut record, Dreams Come True, is out on September 13th on Chris's own Terrible Records. You can listen to two songs, "Answer" and "Believe", now on Spotify.
The last free Spotify show featured The Suzan, Exitmusic and a headlining set by Oberhofer who, in addition to having a bunch of songs streaming on Spotify, also made a Spotify playlist that you can listen to if you have the application.
Oberhofer's next NYC appearance has also been announced. Catch them opening for Les Savy Fav, along with Chron Turbine, at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, September 6th. Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of Exitmusic, they have a new video for "The Hours" which you can watch below...
The solo project of Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor aka CANT will head out on tour in October that includes the previously-announced NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on October 25th. Tickets are still on sale, but you won't have to wait that long to see CANT in Manhattan. CANT will play a free, late night, Spotify-sponsored Terrible Records showcase at Mercury Lounge on August 28th with Blood Orange (who also open all dates on the tour). Doors are at 9pm. First come, first served. Everyone who shows up will get a Spotify invite, and it will be CANT's first-ever NYC show.
Meanwhile head to Mercury Lounge at 10pm on August 25th for the next free Spotify show with Oberhofer, Exitmusic and The Suzan.
CANT's album Dreams Come True is out on September 13 via Terrible Records. The second single "Believe" is streaming below along with all dates...
Oberhofer @ South Street Seaport (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Spotify Late Nights at Mercury Lounge continue tonight (8/18) with Delicate Steve, The Stepkids, and Parlovr. The next free Spotify show has also now been announced and takes place Thursday, August 25 with Oberhofer, Exitmusic, and The Suzan. Admission for both shows is free and doors are at 10 PM. You must be 21+ and admittance to the venue is first come, first served. Those in attendance will receive an access code for Spotify US. The 8/25 free show happens after Mute Math play a sold out early show at the same venue.
Secretly Canadian-signed duo Exitmusic, whose Aleska Palladino is an actress in Boardwalk Empire, also plays Glasslands on Friday (8/19) with with Yellow Ostrich, Parlovr, and Caged Animals. They open for Black Angels at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Halloween.
The Suzan have other shows coming up too including Saturday (8/20) at Caffe Orwell in Brooklyn and August 23 at Urban Assembly School of Music & Art in Brooklyn. They also open for Peter Bjorn & John in September at MHOW (9/15) and Bowery Ballroom (9/16). The Bowery show is sold out but Tickets are still on sale for the MHOW show.
More dates below...
Spotify Late Nights at Mercury Lounge continue this Thursday (8/18) with Delicate Steve, The Stepkids, Parlovr and DJ Young Elz (RCRD LBL/Our Show). Admission for the 21+ show is free, doors are at 10 PM and the show is first come, first served. Those in attendance will receive an access code for Spotify US.
The Stepkids also head out this September supporting The Horrors on their tour. The tour culminates on October 4 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. The Stepkids will release their self titled debut LP on September 27 via Stones Throw. Grab two tracks from that album above, and watch a video for another below with all dates....
Surfer Blood at McCarren Park in June (more by Tamara Porras)
Surfer Blood are playing the next free Spotify-presented show at Mercury Lounge on Monday (8/1) with Grand Rapids. Everyone who enters the 21+ show will also get an access code for a free Spotify account. Doors are at 11 PM. It's first come, first served, but we have 5 pairs of guaranteed entry, which you can enter to win. Details below.
The first Spotify-presented show was The Black Angels on July 18. The series will continue throughout the month of August with dates currently scheduled for 8/3, 8/10, 8/18, and 8/25. Stay tuned for those lineups.
Surfer Blood is also touring with the Pixies this fall. That tour hits The Wellmont Theatre (10/27) and Asbury Park Convention Hall (10/28) in NJ.
Contest details, updated dates, and a video of Surfer Blood at SXSW below...
I've been having fun with Spotify since it launched in the US. As someone completely unorganized due to a series of hard drive crashes, a busy life, full hard drives, too many devices, uncharged batteries, broken record players and piles of CDs stacked to the ceiling, I love the ability to just be able to start software and search for whatever I want and it's there. Yes, the ads in the free version aren't great and I they don't have everything I'm looking for, but I'm mostly focusing on the positives here (one of which is that you can do a lot without paying anything). That said, sometimes I also can't figure out what to play. The search is great, but the browsing capabilities of the app itself seem pretty limited, so ShareMyPlaylists.com is actually pretty helpful. Check out 4AD, Thom Yorke's Secret DJ Set, Thom Yorke's Office Charts Collection, Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and the many more they have on the site.
Spotimy is also a good place to start for lists of albums. Go to their 'top rated' page and you instantly see the best reviewed new albums you can listen to. From there it only takes 1 or 2 clicks from there to have every track from the following new albums loaded into Spotify at once: Bon Iver, REM, Iceage, The Horrors, Wild Beasts, Radiohead, Fucked Up, The Antlers, Mount Kimbie, Destroyer, Baths, Male Bonding, Austra, Paul Simon, Smith Westerns, Ford & Lopatin, Eleanor Friedberger, Smod, Wu Lyf, Zomby, Low, Dum Dum Girls, Tyler the Creator, John Maus & more.
Since Spotify has been around way longer overseas, you can also find older playlists that have been hanging around, like via this 2009 Guardian article that has links to playlists by members of Mogwai and Radiohead. This more recent article on ateaseweb links to even more Radiohead. The Independent has a new playlist from Memory Tapes.
TNW has even more "ways to enhance your Spotify experience", Turntable.FM included. What else is good?
Listen to Napster founder Sean Parker (aka who Justin Timberlake played in Social Network) talk to Jimmy Fallon about Spotify in the video below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Black Angels @ 4Knots
"The Black Angels, from Austin, play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it. It's the psychedelia of echo, stomp and incantation, of songs that sit on one chord and one beat to the point of hypnosis, with tendrils of bluesy, heavily reverbed lead guitar and wavery electric organ, and with lyrics like, "Rollin' fast down I-35/supersonic overdrive." The Doors and the Velvet Underground are the Black Angels' main models, merged for a haunted bicoastal drone, with glimpses of the Byrds, early Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators from Texas. It's an old, familiar sound that hasn't lost its effect." [NY Times]The Black Angels headlined the 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on Saturday. A set of pictures from their NY Times-approved set are in this post. Davila 666 pics HERE. Other sets of pics from the free show are on the way.
The Black Angels play a free Spotify-presented show at Mercury Lounge late tonight (7/18). As previously mentioned, that show is first come, first served, but we're offering the chance to get guaranteed entry. To enter, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Black Angels). Be 21+ and include your first and last name. Winner will be picked at random soon. You can also up your chances of winning by entering for one of the pairs we're giving away to the same show on Facebook.
More 4Knots pics below...
The Black Angels @ MHOW in April (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
The Black Angels, who just played a show at Maxwell's last night (7/15) and are playing 4Knots as we speak (7/16), will play a free Spotify-presented late night show on Monday (7/18) at Mercury Lounge. Doors are at 11:30 PM and entry is first come first served. Everyone who enters the 21+ show will also get an access code for a free Spotify account.
Check out a video of the band playing a stripped down version of "Haunting at 1300 McKinley", below...
After a long crescendo of promises and speculation, Spotify has launched in the United States at last.
The music-streaming service allows users to stream what it says are "millions" of songs both from their computers and from mobile devices. Spotify relies heavily upon playlists, which users can create as soon as they boot up the service. Users can search through the company's tracks and simply drag and drop songs to a given list. The service also allows people to import MP3s to bolster the music player's offering. Once the playlists are created, they can be accessed from anywhere a user loads Spotify.
Spotify offers a free, ad-supported service for those who want to listen to tracks on their computers. Users can also sign up for the company's $4.99 per month unlimited plan, which allows them to stream "millions of tracks" with no time limits and no ads. The company's $9.99 per month premium plan includes all the same features, but adds the ability to listen without a Web connection and on mobile devices. Premium also boasts enhanced sound quality. [CNET]