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The third episode of BrooklynVegan's "In Residence" show on Spotify is now live.

For this one, BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play some singles off 2016 records they're excited for, some Wolf Parade and LCD Soundsystem in anticipation their return, plus music and memories about David Bowie and Lemmy. There's also discussion of such topics as the Oscars and recent movies (someone doesn't like Star Wars?), band reunions, and more.

Pull up the playlist HERE and make sure to hit "follow" to add it to your Spotify collection. If you missed them, check out our first and second episodes.

Like all "Spotify In Residence" shows (like Hannibal Buress'), you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in February.

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new Pandora layout

In the ongoing streaming platform wars, it appears that new battles are being fought. First of all, Pandora has added a bunch of features to its app, which are rolling out now for iOS, in what is widely being seen as an attempt to keep up with Spotify. This follows their acquisition of "key parts" of the now-closed Rdio.

They've added a "browse" section for music discovery, which is what Spotify calls its own discovery section. Pandora's, like many of their features, promises to be more tailored to the listener's individual interests. They've also tweaked a lot of the layout, adding a mini-player and a new fly-out menu that also seems to ape Spotify's design.

It appears that Amazon is preparing to dip their toes into the music streaming pool too. They're prepping a fall launch for their subscription service. They're already doing quite well in the book and film departments (they bought a bunch of the buzziest movies out of Sundance over the weekend), so their entry into direct competition with Spotify, Apple Music and such could be a real threat to those companies. We'll be keeping an eye on how this plays out.

And lest we forget, TIDAL premiered the new Rihanna album yesterday. (Though they also first leaked it in early and then gave it away for free. TIDAL is also still the exclusive place to hear The-Dream's new album, which may or may not mean that anyone has actually heard it.)

photo: Hannibal Buress at Terminal 5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Hannibal Buress

Like BrooklynVegan, British R&B band Jungle and others, comedian Hannibal Buress now has a Spotify In Residence show. Like the others, the premise is that the show curator picks a handful of songs and then talks about whatever they'd like in between. On his new show, Hannibal tells Billboard: "I'm excited for this opportunity to change lives and inspire people with my choice of songs. I haven't had such an influential platform since my 2008 appearance on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. Thank you."

His first show is out now, and has music from Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Kanye West, Eminem, K-Ci & JoJo, Cam'Ron, Lupe Fiasco, T.I., OutKast, Kelis, Lil Kim, Green Day and Lil Wayne. If you're a premium Spotify user, you can hear the whole thing below (free users can hear the music but not the talking segments).

The first and second episodes of the BrooklynVegan show are live, and the third episode is NOW HERE TOO. coming very soon. Stay tuned!

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Spotify

2015 was one of the greatest years for new music in a while. Even if you're obsessive, you probably still have some catching up to do. We can try to help. Within the first two episodes of BrooklynVegan's new Spotify show (here and here), you'll hear some of our favorite music of the year. You'll find even more in our Favorite Albums of 2015 list, and browse our Best of 2015 tag for even more lists.

Probably not too surprisingly, BrooklynVegan lists didn't include any Ed Sheeran or Maroon 5, but also probably not surprising that those were two of the five most listened-to artists on Spotify in 2015. The other three were Kanye West, The Weeknd and Drake (the latter of which made our favorite albums list). That data and much more like it is what you'll find at Spotify Year in Music.

The Spotify Year In Music recap also pointed out that the year had some big comebacks. Missy Elliott was popular after guest starring at Katy Perry's Superbowl halftime show and finally releasing a new single. Streams of Amy Winehouse's music spiked 70% after the release of Amy. And people were glad to finally have D'Angelo back too.

Rap was extremely popular on Spotify this year, with all five of the top five albums and seven of the top ten coming from rappers. That's consistent with our recent suggestion that major label rap hit a massive peak in 2015. The most loyal fans of the year though, according to Spotify's data, were metal fans.

To see all of the Spotify Year In Music, or to get your own Year in Music based on your profile, visit the site here. Interested in finding out how popular a specific artist was? They have a page for that too.

Don't have a premium Spotify account yet? We've also got a giveaway package from Spotify, that includes a one-year premium subscription, one pair of Bose in-ear headphones, one Soundwave Canvas, and one $50 TicketMaster gift card. Head below to enter for a chance to win. Winners must be 18 years or older and live in the U.S..

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The second episode of BrooklynVegan's "In Residence" show on Spotify is now live.

It's part two of our 2015 wrap-up where BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play more of their favorite songs of the year, and discuss such topics as favorite live bands, overused words in band names, comebacks, and what we're looking forward to in 2016.

Pull up the playlist HERE and make sure to hit "follow" to add it to your Spotify collection, and if you missed it, part one is over HERE.

Like all "Spotify in Residence" shows, you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in January.

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photo: Morrissey at MSG in June (more by P Squared)
Morrissey

Thom Yorke and Morrissey, while pretty indisputably great British artists, also have a shared tendency to get cranky and then say things. Yorke, in his ongoing war of words with various streaming services, recently compared Youtube to Nazi Germany in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

They're making money with the work of loads of artists who don't get any benefit from it. People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free. It's not true. The creators of services make money -- Google, YouTube. A huge amount of money, by trawling, like in the sea -- they take everything there is. 'Oh, sorry, was that yours? Now it's ours. No, no, we're joking -- it's still yours.' They've seized control of it -- it's like what the Nazis did during the second world war. Actually, it's like what everyone was doing during the war, even the English -- stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?
Morrissey, whose big mouth has struck before, recently compared the TSA at the San Francisco airport, who he claims sexually assaulted him while he was trying to get through security, to ISIS. In a blog post on a Moz mouthpiece True To You he wrote:
TSA have ignored my official and legal and constitutional complaint. From this we gather that TSA stands for Thorough Sexual Assault. If you are traveling through San Francisco International Airport you must be ready for a full sexual attack by people who claim to have your interests at heart. It is unlikely that ISIS would stoop so low.
In other Morrisey news, he was recently given an award for "Bad Sex In Fiction" by the Literary Review for his recent novel List of the Lost. Morrissey beat out several other finalists, including The Wire scribe George Pelecanos, with the following doozy of a sentence...which we've quoted before, but why not go back to the well:
At this, Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza's breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra's howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza's body except for the otherwise central zone.
We'll leave it at that.

RDIORDIO

The Verge has a good article on "why RDIO died", these two key quotes included:

"Rdio's apps will soon stop working -- the exact timing depends on when the deal closes -- and its modest subscriber base will have to do its music streaming elsewhere.":

"For its part, Pandora says that Becherer and his team will build a new on-demand product for the company using Rdio's intellectual property. It is expected to launch in late 2016."

There you have it. Use RDIO while you still can, but don't bother investing any more time curating your music collection there, and we'll have to wait a while to see if Pandora comes up with anything good to replace it.

Speaking of Spotify, check out BrooklynVegan's new show there.

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We're happy to announce that BrooklynVegan is part of Spotify's "In Residence" series where we'll not only curate a monthly playlist, but premium users can hear us talk about it too. Head to Spotify HERE now and click "follow" to make sure you never miss an episode.

For our first show, BV editors Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Dave sat down to talk about some of our favorite music of 2015 so far, and other digressions. We taped the show in late July, so keep that in mind if any of it sounds slightly dated. (A segment where Bill bets Dave a million dollars that Lush will never ever reform was cut.)

Anyone can listen, though you will need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to hear our lovely speaking voices.

Other Spotify In Residence shows/hosts include former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, dance act Jungle, and UK grime artist Big Narstie.

Stay tuned for a brand new BrooklynVegan episode in December. Meanwhile, listen to November's...

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Neil Young removes music

High quality digital music advocate Neil Young is removing his music from streaming services. He says:

Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans.
It's not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent.
It's about sound quality. I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don't feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It's bad for my music.
For me, It's about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that.
When the quality is back, I'll give it another look. Never say never.
Neil Young
The above photo accompanied his post on Facebook.

Neil Young is on tour and playing three NYC-area shows in the coming days. Reverend Billy opens the Jones Beach one.

Run the Jewels at Spotify House (via Giulia Biamino)
RTJ

Run the Jewels are currently in Austin for SXSW, and as Stereogum points out, things are going a little weirdly for them. Yesterday (3/16) during their Spotify House performance, a man walked on stage and tried to punch Killer Mike, at which point Mike quickly defended himself and then El-P and the security guards rushed the man off stage. El later tweeted, "thanks to everyone who watched us rock the @Spotify house! sorry for the brief interruption."

Watch video of the incident, plus El-P starting a "fuckboy!" chant in its aftermath, below...

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Uber

Uber and Spotify just announced a hip app partnership that starts going into effect in 10 major cities this Friday (11/21). As a demo video illusrates, Spotify premium users will be be able to choose the music they want to play in their Uber taxi ride in advance. "When your ride arrives, your tunes will be playing on the speakers. You can also change what's playing during your journey right through the Spotify and Uber mobile apps. It's all there - your own music and playlists and well as specially curated Uber playlists."

The ten "global launch cities" are London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto. To generate some buzz, "Spotify and Uber are giving fans a chance to connect with some of their favorite artists" in those cities. Exact details haven't been announced yet, but "participating artists include: Andrew W.K., The Sam Willows, Ximena SariƱana, Ansiktet, Professor Green, Diplo, Matt and Kim, Ricki Lee, Kevin Drew and Jake Owen. These special events for Uber and Spotify users - including artist ride-alongs and exclusive live sessions in five of the 10 cities - will take place on Friday, November 21. Stay tuned for additional details."

This actually could be cool, especially for those 2012-like moments when you really just need to hear "Call Me Maybe," but for the sake of your driver, please choose your playlists responsibly, and never, ever call an Uber.... while the streets have been shut down by police in riot gear...

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Bey & Tay
Bey & Tay

Beyonce was seen just kind of chillin with Jay-Z at Monday night's Nets game at Barclays Center (where Taylor Swift is not playing) (that was a heads up for Stereogum). Maybe she was thinking about how she is the highest paid woman in music this year according to a new Forbes list which also includes Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift, who just made headlines for pulling all her music off Spotify (to make more money?), and who Kendrick Lamar covered, sort of:

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NYU

Spotify released the listening data for students at universities throughout America, and as the college section of USA Today points out, NYU ranked #1 in what Spotify considers "hipster" music:

We don't need Spotify data to tell us NYU is cool. But sure enough, the data confirms that NYU students embody their school's urban artsiness in their musical choices, listening to more "hipster" categorized music and slowcore playlists than other students around the country. Indie rock rules NYU's most distinctive listening patterns, with students streaming more James Blake, Mac Demarco and the Strokes -- relative to other schools.
The full list, which only includes the 40 big schools who listened to the most music on Spotify, can be browsed at Spotify.com (maybe Purchase, Bard, Pratt, Wesleyan, and Rutgers are all RDIO users!)

Amazon

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)
Debbie Harry

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.

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.

Blondie also recently played 'Super Bowl Boulevard.'

Speaking of Spotify and SXSW, check out our playlist.

True Detective

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.

"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]

Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music T Bone chose, below.

HBO hasn't posted a list of the songs from last night's True Detective episode like they did for episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, but that might just be because there wasn't much to list.

What did you think of the ending? Stream the soundtrack playlist below...

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Spotify

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 Revenue

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.

Got it? Head over to Spotify Explained to read the rest of it.

Beck at Station to Station (more by Lukas Hodge)
Beck

Joining Thom Yorke, David Byrne and others in the hatred of Spotify is Beck. In a recent interview with Argentina's Pagina12 (translated by Future Heart), Beck said:

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.

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.

Beck's new album Morning Phase is due out in February 2014.

by Doug Moore

Thom Yorke at the UIC Pavilion (more by James Richards IV)
Thom Yorke

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.

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."

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.

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Coachella

The first weekend of Coachella 2013 is less than a week away, and the set times are finally posted! Let our Coachella 2013 Spotify playlist be your schedule-making soundtrack.

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.

Etc.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at NPR's 2013 SXSW Showcase
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Jessie Ware @ The Box, 12/10/2012
Jessie Ware

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."

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Frank Ocean at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
Frank Ocean

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.

"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."

Glad to see they're playing nice.

Frank Ocean video is below.

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Walrus

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.

Bat for Lashes now streaming 6 songs off The Haunted Man at The Guardian; and you can stream Tamaryn's album (via Gorilla Vs. Bear) at the bottom of this post.

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."

Led Zeppelin were hanging out in NYC on the same day Pete Townshend was.

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...

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Dave Mutaine picks his candidate (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth

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?

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."

Gigantour continues.

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.

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