Spotify finally gets its U.S. launch

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The big news in digital media in the last seven days is the launch of the streaming music service Spotify in the United States. When it first appeared about two and a half years ago, the Swedish-based company hit headlines for making all the right moves for an online music service. Its user interface is impeccably clean, its music catalogue is vast encompassing both indie and major labels, it’s easy to use and they offer a mobile app and synchronisation with your iPod.

Spotify’s move into the U.S. market makes it the music service most likely to challenge iTunes’ worldwide dominance and it is now one of the few music companies offering its services on both sides of the Atlantic. Currently Spotify is available in a handful of European countries including France, the UK and now the U.S. Regarding an Irish launch, a Spotify press rep told me: “Spotify’s long term aim is to be available in every country. We know just how passionate Irish music fans are but we don’t have any immediate plans to launch there.”

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Band of Blogs: Wugazi, The Depravations, Chairlift & The Avalanches

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Wugazi

A perfectly pitched mashup album of Wu-Tang Clan and Fugazi.

wugazi.com

The Depravations

From Galway, comes this four-piece indie-folk band with a superb free EP The Mosey filled with early ’90s indie sound and inspired by surf music of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

thedepravations007.bandcamp.com

Chairlift – Amanaemonesia

Amanaemonesia is the comeback single from the Brooklyn band with the silly stupid name who also chose a nonsense word as a chorus hook and title. Despite this, the song is a big ‘80s pop hit which travelled back to the future.

Listen at Nialler9

Stereolab remix The Avalanches

We’re still waiting 10 years for a followup to Since I Left You, the seminal sample-heavy album from the Australian band so we’ll take what we can get in the meantime –a 10-year anniversary reissue featuring remixes from El Guincho, MF Doom and this Stereolab rework.

Listen at Dipped In Dollars

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Sites of the Week: Xan Spencer, Amoeba Records & InstaEarth

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Xan Spencer

Allow actor Xan Spencer to take you through the best website of an actor ever in his virtual video tour. Would you dare hire Xan?

xanspencer.com

Amoeba Records – What’s In My Bag?

The staff at the famous Amoeba record stores in San Francisco and California ask the likes of James Blake, Tyler The Creator, Johnny Marr, Two Door Cinema Club and many more what music they are purchasing in the shop.

amoeba.com/whats-in-my-bag/index.html

InstaEarth

Browse Instagram photos via their geo-location on a Google map.

instaearth.me

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