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Thanks to this little gizmo, LPs sound better than CDs or FLAC files – CNET

Posted: Sunday, November 02, 2014

The Schiit Audio Mani phono preamplifier Schiit Audio I’ve lost track of how many Schitt headphone amplifiers and digital converters I’ve reviewed, but their all-new Mani phono stage is a very different kind of product. Mani amplifies the miniscule voltages generated by a turntable phono cartridge so your LPs can be played over AV receivers, desktop powered speakers, boom boxes, etc. The little Mani’s all-metal chassis measures a scant 5…

Thomas Adès: See the Music, Hear the Dance, review, Sadler’s Wells: ‘an … – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Sunday, November 02, 2014

They look like some huge organism, responding as one – like barnacles on a boulder looking up to the sky, or strange sea creatures with their limbs quivering. It is an extraordinary feat both of discipline and imagination, as dancers run as fast as they can or freeze absolutely, or unfold like ropes, or lower their elbows in a synchronised line, like the teeth of a cog. In between these…

New music recommendations: The Dead Weather, Restorations, and, yes, Taylor … – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, November 02, 2014

Every week, a veritable flood of new music is released to the world, and with it the tyranny of choice rears its ugly head. There’s only so many hours in the day, so where do you focus your listening energies? That’s where our Verge New Music Recommendations come in: it’s our entirely subjective, non-comprehensive attempt to throw the favorite new songs and albums we’ve stumbled upon this week your way….

Thomas Adès: See the Music, Hear the Dance, review, Sadler’s Wells: ‘an … – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, November 01, 2014

They look like some huge organism, responding as one – like barnacles on a boulder looking up to the sky, or strange sea creatures with their limbs quivering. It is an extraordinary feat both of discipline and imagination, as dancers run as fast as they can or freeze absolutely, or unfold like ropes, or lower their elbows in a synchronised line, like the teeth of a cog. In between these…

Where the Hills and Hollows Are Alive With Music – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, November 01, 2014

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Heat executive rebuts Steve Buckhantz’s claim that Miami uses fake crowd noise – Washington Post (blog)

Posted: Saturday, November 01, 2014

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The Purest Halloween Music Ever Written – The Atlantic

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween music has gone much the way of the holiday over the decades: accumulating camp and kitsch, confectionary fun, friendly monster-on-monster romping, and a sort of innocence that has made the season more about good times than chilling your soul. Most everybody knows Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash,” with its Karloffian lead vocal and Dracula impersonation that, to modern ears, is as much Count Chocula as Bela Lugosi. The 1950s…

TIDAL Sets The Bar High For Music Streaming – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014

While Spotify may be the current king of the hill when it comes to interactive music streaming, and Apple Apple and Google Google threaten to enter the fray in a big way, a new kid on the block may have changed the game for everyone. This week the Swedish service WiMP launched its new TIDAL service and from here on out, streaming music is not going to be the same….

Ed Hardy talks Music Council’s role and future – The Tennessean

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hardy(Photo: Submitted) Ed Hardy, the newly appointed co-chair of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s Music City Music Council, is hopeful the advisory committee will stay in place after Dean leaves office next year. Hardy, who previously worked as president of the GAC TV network and more recently served as the interim CEO of the Country Music Association, said the Music Councill will continue to focus on luring businesses to Nashville. He…

‘Storytone,’ music review – New York Daily News

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Steve Pope/EPA Neil Young’s new ‘Storytone’ brings a fully orchestrated approach, along with personal notes about his life. Brace yourself: The pioneer of grunge has gone grand. And he’s finally talking about his divorce. On Neil Young’s new album, out Tuesday, a man long revered for toggling between beat-up acoustic ballads and screaming psychedelic rockers hands over many of his songs to an erudite and precise 93-piece…

Young Fathers: misfits deserving of their Mercury prize win – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014

As ever, the 2014 Mercury prize attracted controversy and criticism. This year, however, the loudest of it came from an unlikely source. Not an upstart blogger or NME hack, but an august broadsheet rock critic, seemingly angry that the nominees weren’t boring enough. Where, he demanded to know, was the “music full of character and integrity”, a classification that apparently encompasses George Ezra, Sam Smith and Coldplay? Nowhere, alas: instead…

Young Fathers win the Mercury music prize 2014 – as it happened – The Guardian (blog)

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello and welcome to the 141,526th Mercury Music Prize liveblog that I’ve now covered for the Guardian, and what has to be around the 141,523rd time I’ve made that joke. By now you should know what to expect. A load of British musicians are up for a £20,000 prize for the year’s “best” album, the winner of which will be revealed at the end of tonight. This year FKA Twigs…

New York City Gets a Country Music Festival – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Round Hill Music buys local song catalog, adds staff – The Tennessean

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Round Hill Music songwriter Danny Myrick has penned hits for artists such as Jason Aldean. (Photo: Photo by Karen Will Rogers / Submitted by Round Hill Music ) Round Hill Music is expanding its footprint in Nashville with the recent acquisition of the Root 49 music catalog, which includes hit songs written for artists such as Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw. The company also has added staffers to help accommodate…

Sad music can have beneficial emotional effects, study finds – Today.com

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Music 22 hours ago When everything is going wrong, there’s nothing like listening to a few melancholy bars of your favorite sad song. Buy why do we find pleasure in sad music? If the goal is to stay upbeat, why would we ever choose to listen to, say, Adele’s “Someone Like You” over Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”? The conundrum…

Taylor Swift goes pop, but at what expense? – Boston Globe

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It’s a fleeting moment, and a telling one. In the video for “Shake It Off,” the lead single from her new album, “1989,” Taylor Swift crawls under the legs of a row of women twerking in denim cutoffs. As their butts bounce and jiggle, Swift peers up with a look of dismay. The punch line is obvious: This is not Taylor Swift’s world — never has been, never will be….

Tidal Lossless Music Streaming Review: Forget Spotify, Get CD Quality Music – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I remember when Spotify launched, it was something of a life-changing experience. For so long, the music industry had fought and fought to maintain the status quo of music. Pushing us to buy CDs when we only liked one track on the album, and forcing CD singles on us, to waste plastic and shipping costs. Then along came Spotify, which wasn’t the first of its kind, but was certainly one…

Simple Minds – Big Music: Exclusive album stream – The Guardian (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Simple Minds have undergone something of a critical rehabilitation in recent years. Once viewed as a symbol of 80’s excess, their music has been a clear influence on the sound of bands such as The Horrors. Big Music is the group’s 16th studio album and their first collection of new material in five years. It comes off the back of a period of soul searching from the band, in which…

Flickering Lights, Strange Music and a Ghost at a Brooklyn Bar. Maybe. – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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