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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 Sariñana, 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...
Thom Yorke posted his first message to Radiohead.com the other day. His short note reads: "Polyfauna has been updated by Thom Yorke, Stanley Donwood, Nigel Godrich and Universal Everything. Download for: iOS | Android - Thom."
Wired points out that the update includes "the first new music from the band in three years", though "for the most part the new music is just an atmospheric assemblage of beats and singing." That said, the app is free.
In related news, drummer Phil Selway told NME and the BBC that the band are starting work on a new album, and that their best work is "still to come".
The uniquely talented Corn Mo (who drunkenly threatened to beat me up one New Year's Eve because I touched something on stage during a very drunken Mr. Brownstone show that he was playing Axl Rose at), has released "Arya", a free song on his Bandcamp that you can stream below. Those worried about spoilers take note: the track was inspired by A Clash of Kings.
Speaking of A Clash of Kings, Mashable just exclusively announced that "The George R. R. Martin's series is about to get an official companion app to help you stay on top of what's what."
The "A World of Ice and Fire" app ($1.99) for iOS users will launch Tuesday, providing profiles of 540 characters and 380 places from castles to towns and major houses, along with interactive world maps. A free version of the app is also available, which gives details on only the eight major characters from the first book. Companion guides for books two, three, four and five cost $0.99 each or you can purchase complete access for $4.99.Listen to "Arya" below, and catch Corn Mo live as part of a Sandy benefit at LPR in Manhattan on 11/30, and with El Vez at Littlefield in Brooklyn on 12/5.
The apps also feature anti-spoiler functionality, so it provides information only up to where you are in the book.
Hinted at and posted in some form on SXSW's website recently, but now offically announced... BrooklynVegan had the honor of helping put together what will be a very special show happening this Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Austin as part of SXSW at the Belmont in honor of muiti-talented artist Daniel Johnston's very first comic book "Space Ducks", or more specifically to help celebrate the release of the FREE iPad app version that is coming first, new Daniel Johnston songs and tributes to him included. Read more about the forthcoming app and partially-Kickstarter funded graphic novel, which you can PRE-ORDER NOW, at the end of this post.
The party, big flyer HERE, is open to all SXSW badgeholders. Get there early for drink specials courtesy of Original Moonshine, Tecate and Republic Tequilia, and to experience the entire night of special sets. There will be Daniel Johnston covers and tributes throughout, with co-headlining performances by Daniel Johnston and Built to Spill. It will go like this:
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ the Belmont, Austin, TXDoors close at 2am.
8:00 Dinosaur Feathers
8:40 special guest (a band we're not allowed to announce)
9:25 R. Stevie Moore
9:55 Jeffrey Lewis
10:25 Kimya Dawson
11:10 Will Sheff of Okkervil River
11:35 Foy Vance
11:40 Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit
11:45 Alex Maas of the Black Angels
11:55 Daniel Johnston & Motopony
01:05 Built to Spill
This show is happening one night before the BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase at Bar 96 which is two nights before the BrooklynVegan/Power of the Riff official SXSW showcase at Scoot Inn.
Learn more about Space Ducks, and others who had a hand in this all, below...
The Shins at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The Shins are set to perform on SNL on March 10, ten days before the release of their new album, Port of Morrow, due out on March 20 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. It will be the band's second SNL performance (they first performed in 2007).
While they're in town they'll be playing a streaming show too:
The Shins are back! NPR invites you to experience the anticipated new album Port Of Morrow in an exclusive live concert stream via the new NPR Music iPad app. Download the free NPR Music app to watch the live show on March 7 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.The show will take place at a club in NYC.
They just released a video for the album's single, "Simple Song," which you can watch below, along with a lyric video for that song's b-side, "September," and all dates...
There won't be a live stream, but Engadget will be live blogging the Apple event today at 1pm EST (10am Pacific)...
"...this isn't just any Apple event. Not only is it the long-rumored and much delayed unveiling of the iPhone 5, it will also mark the first Apple event with new CEO Tim Cook at the helm since Steve Jobs resigned in August. All eyes are on Cupertino to see what Apple's got in store, and how it will all play out. Here's what to expect....MadeMan.com lists the "10 Best iPhone Apps For Hipsters". They have Daytrotter on there. Hype Machine also now has an app.
...The iPhone 5, after all, is coming months after it was originally expected, and it's Apple's flagship product. While rumors have predicted everything from a complete redesign to a WiMax 4G model over the past year, a consensus has emerged on what will probably be unveiled in Cupertino today.
The next iPhone will look a lot like the last one. It'll be an incremental upgrade, design-wise, and won't be called the iPhone 5 ("iPhone 4S" appears to be the leading candidate for the name). The processor will be the Apple A5, the same chip found in the iPad 2, and it'll sport an 8-megapixel camera. There's virtually no chance it'll have LTE connectivity or an NFC chip, but the AT&T version will support HSPA+ 21 networks.
If the name of the event is any indication, voice recognition will factor highly as a new feature. Last year Apple acquired Siri, a company that makes voice-to-text software, and some blogs have reported that the next iPhone will have much more extensive voice control than previous models, essentially bestowing the user with a "personal assistant."
Changing the game even more will be the addition of Sprint to the U.S. carriers that offer the phone. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Sprint is paying billions to get the iPhone in order to keep its customers from defecting. (Of course, there's always the crazy, out-of-left-field rumor that Sprint will exclusively get the iPhone 5 while AT&T and Verizon get the iPhone 4S, for whatever that's worth.) When will it be on store shelves? Best guess: Oct. 21. iPhone launches are always on Fridays, typically two to three weeks after the unveiling. Happy Halloween. [PC Mag]