Domino Records ran a week-long internet radio station which featured shows from Bobby Gillespie, Other Voices, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Wild Beasts, Owen Pallett, Kieran Hebden and Roots Manuva amongst others. All shows are archived for listening.
Previously known for being Flying Lotus’ live collaborator, Thundercat previews his debut album The Golden Age of Apocalypse with a stunning cover of George Duke’s For Love I Come, a jazz-inflected spacious version which establishes this cat as a significant new talent.
A mashup album of tracks by rapper Drake and “post-dubstep” artist James Blake by Philly’s Bombe & Caribbean described as “a soundtrack for sippin Robitussun & Alize in an abandoned Cathedral, covered in a velvet blanket with a sexy stranger on a dark night…” futurebombe.com/james-drake/
Donal Dineen’s new recording project
Donal Dineen acts as the producer on his new Parish Recordings project. The first song Hi Five-O released as a free download features Liam O’Maonlai, Niwel Tsumbu and Rónán O Snodaigh.
Lauryn Hill made a rare US TV appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last week to perform her classic hit Doo Wop (That Thing). Contrary to recent performances, the speeded-up rendition was fun-filled, energetic and focused. Now, what can we do about that Amy Winehouse?
Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang along with Amy Adams and Jason Segel return to the big screen for the first time since 1999. If the various giddy parody trailers spoofing romcoms and The Green Lantern weren’t enough to whet your appetite, then the proper trailer will.
Every move that Apple makes in the digital sphere has implications on the digital entertainment world and last week’s announcement of the iCloud was no exception. As predicted, the company’s new cloud service stores the data that exists on various computers, smartphones and tablets to the virtual space so that that calendars, mail, contacts, photos, music and documents will be seamlessly updated on all your devices. Apple’s ubiquity and the fact that the iCloud is such an all-round data product means that it has already surpassed Amazon and Google’s cloud music services. It makes you think – where is Microsoft in all of this?
Apple’s iMatch feature is their answer to Google Music and Amazon Cloud Drive in terms of the management of music libraries. Firstly, iCloud means that any music you have bought from the iTunes Store in the past or future will automatically be available for your other devices: whether that’s a PC running Windows Vista (but not XP), a Macbook, an iPad or an iPhone.
Apple managed to secure what Google and Amazon could not: agreements with the major music labels. Most interestingly, for $24.99 a year (only available in the U.S for now), iMatch will scan your existing iTunes library for music you haven’t purchased from iTunes. It matches those songs with their equivalents in the iTunes Store and automatically adds the 256kbps iTunes version to your iCloud library. If no match is found, you can upload the song to the cloud yourself. The number of unmatched songs you can upload is limited to 25,000.
Reaction to iMatch was mixed. Many commentators seemed disappointed that the iCloud didn’t instantly revolutionise our entertainment habits. Apple are not offering a music streaming service to rival the likes of Spotify, rather they are offering fancy synchronisation of your existing music collection. While it’s true that with major label support and a catalogue of 18 million songs, iTunes would be the ultimate streaming service, that is not within the interests of Apple. Their modus operandi is to sell more of their iOS devices. (more…)