• Engadget: Radiohead album hides an app that only runs on an ’80s computer

    From the Web July 13 - 7 days ago

    If you’re planning on picking up Radiohead‘s 20th anniversary edition of OK Computer, you might want to look out for this fun easter egg.

    And wouldn’t you know it, we’re selling said boxset here.

  • Music Business Worldwide: Why Spotify’s fake artist problem is an epidemic. Literally.

    From the Web July 12 - 1 week ago

    When talking about The Defiant Ones the other day, I briefly mentioned a growing scandal involving Spotify’s addition of ‘fake artists’ into their curated playlists to undercut royalty payouts to major labels. Today, Music Business Worldwide has more on the matter:

    On Monday (July 10), MBW discovered that Swedish production duo Andreas Romdhane and Josef Svedlund, better known as Quiz & Larossi, had made the music behind at least eight of the 50+ fake artists.

    After our story, we were told that their contribution to the practice was small fry compared to another Swedish company: Epidemic Sound.

    More interestingly:

    Like many production houses before it, Epidemic Sound outright buys copyrights from artists.

    In the company’s own words: “We pay upfront for the tracks, i e. we acquire the financial rights.”


    Once an artist has signed that contract and taken that check, their music is the property of Epidemic Sound.

    We know for a fact that Epidemic-owned songs, under fake artist names, are being added to Spotify playlists with uncommon regularity.

    As one Music Publisher told Variety in a follow-up story to the original MBW piece:

    These playlists have been marketed as being highly curated by experts. Doesn’t this put their entire credibility and integrity in question? It’s hard enough for an artist to get on these playlists without competing against Spotify’s own generic music.

    This is the same Spotify that’s accusing Apple and Google of anti-comeptative practices.

  • Ben Harper Vinyl

    Ben Harper’s Fight For Your Mind Limited Colored Vinyl

    News July 12 - 1 week ago

    Ben Harper’s “Fight For Your Mind” is available in two weeks on limited Red/Green vinyl! You can view the full details and pre order yours now here:

    Ben Harper – Fight For Your Mind LP

  • Portugal The Man Vinyl

    Portugal The Man’s Newest Release “Woodstock” Vinyl Release Details

    News July 12 - 1 week ago

    Portugal. The Man’s newest release “Woodstock” is going to be released on 180 gram vinyl for an August 11th release date. Full details and pre order is available here:

    Portugal. The Man – Woodstock LP

  • Predator Vinyl

    Alan Silvestri’s “Predator” to be Released on Limited Colored Vinyl

    News July 12 - 1 week ago

    Alan Silvestri – Predator: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is set to be released on limited edition Green & Brown Camo colored vinyl! Only 1,300 copies are being made so be sure to secure your copy ASAP here:

    Alan Silvestri – Predator: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP

  • HBO’s ‘The Defiant Ones’ points to the past, not the future

    Some Old Bullshit July 10 - 1 week ago

    HBO’s The Defiant Ones, a four part mini-series that chronicles the careers of Jimmy Iovine and Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young, begun airing this week.* It goes without saying its a must-watch for anyone remotely interested in the history of music. Rolling Stone has a nice primer about the series.

    Two things struck me while watching the full series.

    Firstly, just how much of what defines 90’s sound was created/found by these two guys. Seriously, their discography is unreal, with Iovine getting major points for his work in the late 70’s and 80’s as well.

    Secondly, how much Dre and Iovine’s gift of crafting records anchored by killer singles ultimately helped sink the record industry.

    Of course, they didn’t invent the single. Nor did MTV or Top 40 radio – though they certainly played their parts in devaluing the album as complete experience. Eventually, Napster confirmed that listeners only wanted individual tracks. Apple legitimized it. Spotify cheapened it. Now, Apple has invested some 3 billion dollars into Dre and Iovine to make it cool again, or something.

    You can’t blame the artist for being good at his or her job, but you also have to wonder what the future looks (or sounds) like in an industry where music comes pre-bundeled in bulk.

    I mean, music discovery is nearly dead. Doesn’t help when Spotify is “allegedly” adding fake artists into their playlists to undercut artist royalties. Or perhaps more troubling is how current-day artists have nothing of interest to say. N.W.A., Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Trent Reznor, even Interscope Records itself, were all reactions. Reactions to the political climate. Reactions to culture. Reactions just to get reactions. Still, there was purpose behind the music. And yet, in today’s culture of near-constant reaction, a culture where music can be created more easily and quickly then ever, in a culture where a fucking buffoon is the god-damn President of the Free World, who do we have reacting? Jay-Z? Maybe Kendrick? Maybe.

    Still, The Defiant Ones is wonderful love letter to music, even if our two leads most recent accompaniments are selling headphones and online services to a technology company.

    * Subscribers with access to HBO Now and Go can watch the whole series now

  • The Washington Post: Vinyl records are so popular that Sony plans to make them again

    From the Web July 8 - 2 weeks ago

    Good news: After a 28-year hiatus, Sony will start producing record players again. Bad news: If your Dad hasn’t gotten in on the vinyl comeback yet, he surely will now.

  • Watch This! Blink-182’s “Home Is Such A Lonely Place” (Mark Hoppus ‘Cribs’ Edition)

    Audio / Video July 7 - 2 weeks ago

    It’s strange to see life for Blink-182 after Tom DeLonge. And yet here we are…getting an intimate look into Mark Hoppus‘ personal life.

    Immediate thoughts:

    • Bro, let’s loose the Union Jack Pillow. Who are we kidding here?
    • Drinking out of a Blink-182 branded mug, while being a member of Blink-182, is the kind of power move few can pull off. Somewhere, in Hell, Gene Simmons just shed a tear.
    • My guess is a typical day for Mark Hoppus consists of about 2% of this video’s content. Hell, he was probably done after Grandma’s flower garden tour over Facetime. Good on him for carrying on.
    • My home is currently a pretty lonely place, thanks for reminding me of that, Mark.

    If you haven’t gotten your fill of Blink-182 home criticism, Matt Skiba has his own version of the video.

    ‘Home Is Such a Lonely Place’ appears on California, why not buy a copy.

  • You’ll never believe what happened this week

    Industry News July 6 - 2 weeks ago

    You may have heard that Jay-Z dropped a new album last week. Keyword here being ‘may’ as the album debuted exclusivly on TIDAL. If you don’t know what a TIDAL is, or does, you’re not alone. TIDAL is a Norwegian streaming-music service, that Jay-Z bought into a few years. You may recall their awkward relaunch. If not, consider yourself lucky.

    So what happens when you launch your latest album as an exclusive on TIDAL? Well, according to Digital Music News, Hov’s 4:44 was illegally downloaded about a million times in a 72 hour-span last week. For comparison, TIDAL claims it has over 3 million subscribers, through, some believe that number is closer to 1.2 million. Either way, I don’t think this is how exclusives are meant to work.

    On the bright side, Billboard is reporting that 4:44 will drop on Apple Music tomorrow, a streaming service people actually use.

    If you feel bad for old Jay, why not throw him some money by ordering one of his many non-exlusive albums here.

    Source: Digital Music News and Billboard

  • 311 Vinyl

    311 “Greatest Hits ’93-03” Vinyl

    News July 5 - 2 weeks ago

    311’s 2004 release “Greatest Hits ’93-03” is being reissued on vinyl! This is due out August 18th and is up for pre order now here:

    311 – Greatest Hits ’93-03 2XLP

    Also available:

    311 – Transistor 2XLP
    311 – From Chaos LP
    311 – Stereolithic 2XLP
    311 – MOSAIC 2XLP