- The Nickelblock plugin – remove any trace of Nickelback from your internet browsing.
- Restaurant or indie band?
- If Nicolas Cage’s head was a paintbrush…
- Back To The Future 2: Irina Werning travels the world yet again to photograph recreations of people’s pasts in the present.
- Double Suns – An Oxford-based t-shirt and collaborative art project featuring Foals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Dave Ma and other musicians.
Press Play & Record
The return of the cassette? Every covermounted NME cassette tape from the ’80s in downloadable-form.
Our Cat Could Be Your Nine Lives
Cats as music critics or “feline music scribes”.
If you’ve ever wondered where image memes are made, this might explain it.
E-Mom Gloria Bianco shows The Onion News team how physical distance is no obstacle to a parent’s ability to keep tabs and interfere on all aspects of their children’s lives.
The latest in the Bad Lip Reading series tackles the speeches of Ron Paul in which the potential US presidential candidate tries to convince people to vote for him by talking about “the bad faeces pudding”. If you refuse he will “haunt your prostate”.
A quiet walk in Richmond Park is interrupted by a labrador who chases deer in sheepdog mode and a dog owner who can’t believe what’s happening. “FENNNNTOONNNNNN!” The most shared video of the week.
From the moment that the guitarist says “screw this band, I’m going solo”, this is comedy gold. That the singer’s ego means it takes him a while to process what’s actually happening only makes it better.
Google finally launched its Music platform in the US last week. The web giant’s answer to Apple’s iCloud offers music downloads a la iTunes as well as a cloud-based web locker in which each user can host up to 20,000 songs in their accounts and stream those songs via various devices (Android-only for now) and the web browser from Google Music.
From the off, the store was offering a claimed 13 million tracks including songs from majors Sony, Universal and EMI as well as independent distributors including Tunecore, Beggars Group, Merlin, Merge and Warp. In a shrewd move, Google’s Artist Hub allows independent artists to sell the music they own the rights to, at the price they choose, for a one-time fee of $25. They keep 70% of sales and can allow users to listen to their songs for free if they desire.
Of course, it all ties in with Google’s other recent high profile platform Google +. You can share listens of songs purchased with your friends on the social network, much like Facebook’s much touted music sharing of songs on Spotify, Rdio, MOG and more ( which has racked up 1.5 billion shares in the first two months).
Back in Europe, Spotify launched in Belgium, Switzerland and Austria (still no sign of Ireland) in the same week that 234 independent niche dance music labels represented by STHoldings withdrew their songs from Spotify, Napster (it still exists!) and other US streaming services. Their decision was prompted by a review of their accounts which showed that 82% of listens came through streaming services but accounted for just 2.6% of its revenue and a study which concluded that streaming services are discouraging to music purchasing.
It’s got a Terminator, a Predator, exceptional special effects and a very large WTF? factor.