Posts Tagged ‘music’

Mobile Music: Pandora is coming to your car

Posted by andreaitis on December 8, 2009

Shall I go with puns like ‘Opening Pandora’s Box’ and ‘Sirius Trouble’ or simply say yay, Pandora?  I love Pandora.  If you’ve never tried the music site, go to and try it right now.  G’head, I’ll wait.

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A great product doesn’t just meet your expectations, it exceeds them.  Pandora is both functional and elegant.  They’ve integrated advertising in a classy and reasonable manner.   They have cool tech that enhances the value, giving me more of the music I want to hear (rather than cool simply for the sake of cool).  They are humble and scrappy and whole-heartedly believe in what they’re doing.  And, as this news confirms, they’re smart.  They are not looking at music today, but music tomorrow.  Music that is mobile, that moves with me wherever I go.

Within a few years, new cars will have Pandora built in and “bundled with either the price of the car or services associated with the car,” he said, ramping up competition with subscription-based satellite radio providers as well as terrestrial radio broadcasters. While he wouldn’t commit to a time frame for the first implementations, and automotive innovation cycles are notoriously long, Conrad hinted that some relevant announcements could be coming out of next month’s CES event in Las Vegas.

Pandora has already succeeded in seamlessly moving from a desktop service to a mobile one, with smartphone adoption driving significant subscriber growth. Having cheated the hangman and stabilized its cost structure this summer, thanks to a licensing agreement forged after an arduous negotiation process, Pandora has the financial runway and the confidence to act on its mobile advantage and expand into the car radio market. After all, isn’t your car another mobile device you rely on?

via Pandora Is Coming to Your Car – GigaOM

I’m in, Pandora.    Baby you can drive my car.

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Jacko Video: 'This is the final curtain call'

Posted by andreaitis on June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson speaking in March 2009 about his planned summer tour.

“This is it,” he said.  “My final performances.”

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Here, in Diane Sawyer’s 1995 interview with Michael Jackson and then-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Jackson talks about his addiction to painkillers.   “I was never suicidal,” he said. “I love life too much to ever be suicidal.  I’m resilient. I have rhinoceros skin.  Never ever suicidal.”

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Even without his two-year marriage to Lisa Marie, the King of Pop’s  sudden death would surely bring comparisons to the other King, Elvis Presley.   It’s already started.

The crowns fit: Michael Jackson was the King of Pop; Elvis Presley was the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Both men commanded the pop-culture landscape, as much as the charts. Both men influenced their industry, as well as scores of artists.

And both men died unexpectedly and barely into middle age.

Michael Jackson, Pop’s Thrilling King, Dead at 50 – E! Online

It’s now only a matter of time before the conspiracy theories start, followed by the Jacko sightings.   The ‘Jacko Fakes His Death’ headlines can’t be far behind; there was enough controversy, drama and financial hardship even in his recent past.

Jackson, who earlier in the year was photographed at a Bahrain shopping mall disguised an Arab woman, moved back to California, living in a rented home near the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills.

In November, Jackson gave up the title to his 2,500-acre Neverland ranch, transferring the deed to a company he partly controls. Jackson had gone into default on the $24.5 million he owes on the property and had faced foreclosure before the real estate investment company Colony Capital bailed him out earlier this year by purchasing his loan.

Michael Jackson dies at 50 – USA Today

In the end, he leaves behind 3 children, a musical legacy, and a life that was perhaps more tragic than his death.  Can anyone imagine Michael Jackson as an old man?  His time had come.  No message could’ve been any clearer.

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Getting on the Band Wagon

Posted by andreaitis on February 24, 2009

Hello, news industry?  Meet the music industry.  You might have a thing or two to talk about….

Major Label Acts Get Hip to Music Apps

It took Apple to convince the labels to sell music on the internet. Now, the company’s transformation of the phone into something resembling a computer, onto which just about anything can be installed, has set the stage for the next phase of music distribution.

As for Universal Music Group, it not only gets to draw fans closer to these artists through the apps, but also data about which content is working as well as new hooks into the iTunes music store where people can purchase the tracks (not included). And of course all of it can be updated in real time from the server side, keeping content fresh and fans engaged.

Major Label Acts Get Hip to Music Apps | Epicenter from

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the magnetic fields of dreams

Posted by andreaitis on October 27, 2008

i know, i know.  not all that original a title.  i can see stephin merritt giving me that flat, dry, unswerving stare.  which he actually did on sunday night at the magnetic fields show.  f’real.

i was sitting in the front row thanks to (ridiculously cheap) ebay tix, and stephin merritt was no more than 20 feet from me.   and, um, he shushed me.   !!!!   i whispered ONE word to my date — literally, a single whisper of a word — and stephin merritt looked at me, put his finger to his lips and oh-so-quietly shhhh’d me.   in a nice sardonic way, actually.   but that brings me to a little known merritt fact: he’s got hyperacusis.   any sound louder than normal begins to “feed back” in his head.  that’s why he wears earplugs when he performs, and why he doesn’t like applause.

a review of the show here.  i was happy to see them live, to revel in the pointed and poignant misery they so lovingly harmonize.   found some videos from earlier shows on the tour — a few of my favorite moments:

papa was a rodeo

the book of love

all dressed up in dreams

give me back my dreams

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catching signals that sound in the dark

Posted by andreaitis on September 26, 2008

a day of powerpointing, prepping the deck for our first board meeting.   went to the hype machine, typed in  neutral milk hotel and listened over and over and over again.  literally for hours.  was going to  post some covers (the mountain goats, dresden dolls, jesse lacey, colin meloy) but really … nothing beats this.  jeff mangum playing at r.e.m. designer chris bilheimer’s birthday party in 1998.

i am listening to hear where you are.

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sigur ros. hjartað hamast.

Posted by andreaitis on September 18, 2008

the heart pounds.

sigur ros played at the united palace theater last night, a “wonder theater” that first opened in 1930.   it is straight out of shakespeare: intricately and ornately gilted – every corner, every nook – from floor to ceiling.

it was the perfect setting for sigur ros to soar.

from rolling stone’s review:

“Whenever and wherever they play, Iceland’s Sigur Rós bring with them long, deep tracts of space: the endless-ocean reverb that surrounds Jón Pór Birgisson’s groaning, bowed guitar; the dramatic waiting in theopening measures of songs like “Svefn-G-Englar” andf “Ny Batteri” from the band’s 1999 album, Ágaetis Byrjun; the extended afterglow of Birgisson’s falsetto vocals…”

pure notes. ragged beats. hard edges.  a blend of lights and imagery, they are immersed in the flow of the music.  it is hauntingly beautiful, mesmerizing, raw and daring.

hjartað hamast.   the heart pounds.

ps – this is what the end of the show would have been like if you were there and had better seats ;-j

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london calling

Posted by andreaitis on August 6, 2008

black cab sessions. one song.  one take.  one cab.    it’s almost worth going to london and wandering the streets for the chance acoustic encouter.   see (and hear) for yourself.

my morning jacket, with omnichord:

and, appropriately, death cab for cutie:

find your own ride — 51 black cab sessions to choose from so far…

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singer(s) sing

Posted by andreaitis on July 27, 2008

dean wareham and britta phillips.  they played for over an hour at the zipper factory in new york — low-key, quirky and charming.   an indie pop barbie and ken, without the gloss.  and the music?  hypnotic, soothing, like that moment at the beach with the wind and the waves and the sun warm on your face, when all is okay.  which isn’t to say it’s simple.  but to sit thisclose and feel their music wash over you . . . i won’t soon forget it.   this one was ‘specially lovely: wait for me

dean and britta at the zipper factory

singer(s) sing

dean & britta at the zipper factory

dean & britta at the zipper factory

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it doesn’t seem it’s been too long

Posted by andreaitis on July 24, 2008

seeing dean & britta tonight, the hushed tones of dreamy pop rock royalty.

the sun is still sunny…

i remember sleeping through a dream, but i’ll be going back again …  say goodnight

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sign language

Posted by andreaitis on July 23, 2008

one of my very favorite covers — the mountain goats doing ‘i saw the sign’ by ace of bass.  i have a great version on my ipod that i’ve practically worn out over the years.  yes, it’s one of my most-listened-to songs.   so?  you gotta problem with that??  anyway, i found this video complete with the dance moves.   the dance moves!  which, honestly, only makes it that much more awesomer.

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