How The Album And The Music festival Became The Same Thing

By Iman Lababedi | November 3, 2015

So what we have today is the recorded equivalent of the Music festival where people sample albums the same way they sample overlapping concerts

How Did Streaming Become So Complicated?

By Iman Lababedi | July 6, 2015

I am searching Van Morrison on Apple Play (nothing much), listening to Weezy on Tidal, putting together an overview of last week’s releases on Spotify, adding a Godfather scene to a song sharing page I belong to on youtube, watching the Nina Simone documentary on Movietube and finally, I have MLB’s “Fare Thee Well” open waiting on 8pm for the Dead at Chicago

Is Bob Lefsetz Being Paid By Spotify Or Rhino? And Why Trust HIm On Taylor Swift??

By Iman Lababedi | November 12, 2014

Whether Swift is weak or powerful, Lefsetz’s actions towards her have been horrible. It feels like bullying and nasty nasty bullying and now we know it is for someone who is, at the very least, indirectly making money off, which makes it very hard to stomach.

What NYU Students Are Listening To

By Iman Lababedi | September 19, 2014

We stole this one off brooklynvegan but we are happy to credit the wise cut and pasters for a great great idea: viz taking from Spotify NYU’s listening habits. So what have we learnt: nothing very surprisingly. There is much much worse musicians to patronize then James Blake.

The Death Of Popular in Pop Music

By Iman Lababedi | August 5, 2014

In indie pop it has been deadly, and the trickle down effect has been worse. while part of the problem might simply be all the side deals the majors made with streaming service, the rest of the problem is semi-popular music doesn’t sustain itself well enough to feel much more than a hobby by professional musicians

Ron Pope Has Made A Lot Of Money

By Iman Lababedi | March 5, 2014

Ron is getting $5905 per MILLION STREAMS. If you are being streamed 57 million times that adds up to real money but while it might add up to real money how many indie musicians are reaching anything approaching those number

Streaming Music, No Profit and No Turning Back

By Helen Bach | January 11, 2014

The problem is no one is getting rich on this and there is no way to turn back now. Was it a self destructive move to make streaming so simple? Yeah maybe, but remember the sobbing Napster wars?

Elton John's "The Diving Board" Might Not Be A Complete Disaster

By Iman Lababedi | September 20, 2013

There are two types of John fans, those who love Greatest Hits One and Two and those who love Madman Across The Water. Writing great pop is a greater achievement than writing great art. Elton does neither any more but at least it isn’t crap.

Stream (And Watch) MGMT's Upcoming Album A Week In Advance On Rdio

By Alyson Camus | September 11, 2013

MGMT has a new, self-titled album and you can already stream it on Rdio, a week in advance on its official release! I haven’t really started listening yet, the email popped up in my mailbox yesterday night and I was out for a show.

Elvis Costello And The Roots "Wise Up, Ghost" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2013

Start with the dire “Stick Out Your Tongue” –a bizarre and very very very bad rewrite of “Pills And Soap”. And then move on to “If I Could Believe:, which is “God Give me Strength” with all the melody squeezed out. And then start searching.

Neil Young Will Launch A New High Quality Audio Service In 2014

By Alyson Camus | September 7, 2013

There is absolutely no doubt that PONO will offer much better quality files, but is this really what most people want? Most people do not listen to music at home, comfortably sitting on a couch. They listen to music on-the-go, while walking, running, shopping, and driving, they don’t care that much about quality

Drake 's "Hold On We're Going Home" Reviewed (Stream It Here)

By Mahalia Dark | August 9, 2013

Instead it has that certain post-808s Drake-y downbeat, it’s like mixing heroin with ludes

Vampire Weekend Cover Robin Thicke: Pop And Indie Blurred (Lines) (Stream It Here)

By Mahalia Dark | July 22, 2013

Here is VW covering Robin covering Benny Hill -at least that’s my story…

Atoms For Peace Pull Music Off Spotify

By Iman Lababedi | July 17, 2013

It isn’t Spotify or the record companies, the bands or the public, it is the technology

Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Reviewed (Plus Stream It Here)

By Iman Lababedi | July 4, 2013

So that makes three tracks that may end major… two more than Blueprint 2 and three more than Watch The Throne … Stream It Here…

Oh Boy! Anita And The Eagles And So Cal 1976!!!

By Anita Faragher | June 30, 2013

I don’t know what made them decide to put their music out there but boy am I happy they did!…. Sigh

Listen To Beck's New Song 'Defriended'

By Alyson Camus | June 8, 2013

Actually, Beck is ready to release not one but two albums this year, first an acoustic album (and his first one since 2008’s ‘Modern Guilt’) set for this fall, and a second one which may be a proper follow-up to ‘Modern Guilt’. He has also left his label and the two albums will be released independently this yea

Taylor Swift Joins The Rolling Stones In Chicago (Stream It Here)

By Iman Lababedi | June 6, 2013

Why not give us, I dunno “Dead Flowers” –something with a little grit to it, instead of this manifesto. Or if they wanted the Marianne comparison, why not “Sister Morphin”? Stretch her out a little. It has been a long time since “wha’ wha’ I love knitting y’all…”

Copeland and Sting Reunited For "Synchronicity” 30th Anniversary

By Helen Bach | June 1, 2013

Personally I was a fan of Regatta de Blanc, the rest was too popular to me. But I am stunned that so many years have past since ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’.

Spotify Streams At Four Cents A Dance

By Mahalia Dark | May 21, 2013

So who gets 2 Million streams? I just took a look and Macklemore and Lewis did 3.7M streams of “Can’t Hold Us”, so that makes about $160,000 in revenue of which the band get MAYBE 25%.

Listen And Download Pony Boy's New Song 'Trouble'

By Alyson Camus | May 4, 2013

Sultry and sexy voice, crooning over a film noir atmosphere, only habited by twanging guitars and discreet percussion

Gogol Bordello Are Coming Back For You Soon, But First Listen To 'Malandrino'

By Alyson Camus | May 3, 2013

‘Pura Vida’, Spanish for pure life, will resonate the important themes dear to Eugene Hütz and his troupe, with an opening song ‘We Rise Again’ whose chorus claims ‘Borders are scars on face of the planet’!

Listen To The New Black Lips' Road Trip Song 'Cruising'

By Alyson Camus | May 3, 2013

The song’s successive accelerations and decelerations bring you on a bumpy and chaotic road.

Listen To The Incendiary Obliterations, A New Band From Los Angeles Playing At The Jubilee In June

By Alyson Camus | April 30, 2013

Surfing the net in search of something to write about, I read this on Twitter, coming from the Los Angeles punk band FIDLAR:

Daft Punk Break Spotify Record!

By Iman Lababedi | April 24, 2013

The record was held by “Thrift Shop” in the US and Bastilles “Pompeii” in the UK which you gotta think, right? As Obelix might put it, “These English are crazy.”

Psy's "Gentleman" On Its Way To 2 Billion Youtube Views

By Mahalia Dark | April 24, 2013

But does that mean it will reach 2 Billion views, or even his previous 1.5 Billion. It looks like it but even if it doesn’t. one thing is sure, Psy is at least a two hit wonder.

Stream MGMT's Psychedelic New Song 'Alien Days'Here

By Alyson Camus | April 23, 2013

Some of you may have bought the Record Store Day limited edition of MGMT’s new cassingle ‘Alien Days’ – err, people buy cassingles? – but if you didn’t, you can always stream the song below.

Pusha T's "Number On The Boards", Jay-Z's "Open Letter" Reviewed (Stream Here)

By Iman Lababedi | April 15, 2013

a perfect rap pop hook on a great production, certainly one of Pusha’s great moments, behind the Kanye masterpiece and the Tyler featuring track. Even Jay-Z is real good here, a small but a powerfil verse that blows away “Open Letter” There is something very unbecoming about a man as powerful and rich as Hova non-stop fucking whining.

Listen To Active Child's New Song, 'Evening Ceremony' Off 'The Host' Soundtrack

By Alyson Camus | March 29, 2013

The song showcases everything I remember about his performances, meditative electronic soundscapes populated by his subtle harp and angelic falsetto voice, slowly sprawling, with glitches of electronics cascading and sparkling with a rare serenity, despite the heartbreaking line starting the song: ‘Even if I wanted to love you, would you love me?

Download Junip's New Song 'Your Life, Your Call'

By Alyson Camus | March 27, 2013

‘It felt like trying on new clothes when we first listened to it – it took a while to get comfortable with it, but now I like it a lot’ says José González’s to describe the song, and I feel quite the same way after my third listening. But don’t get fooled by the lightness of the melody

Do We Need More Of Them? YouTube And Amazon To Launch Streaming Music Services Too?

By Alyson Camus | March 22, 2013

I thought Spotify wasn’t making money, so will this new service be more lucrative? Will it kill Spotify in the US? Most teenagers go to YouTube, and there’s no doubt in my mind they will pick it over the Swedish company if they have the choice

After Spotify

By Iman Lababedi | March 20, 2013

The unanswered question is does streaming hurt the bottom line and I can’t see it does. I am not, but many people I speak to stream and buy if they like the music. And even if it does hurt the industry, content “wants to be free” and you will have a hard time getting a model that isn’t free.

Listen To Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Phenomenal New Song, 'Rival'

By Alyson Camus | March 13, 2013

This loud, hard-charging bluesy jam jumps at your throat and eardrums from start to finish, blasting your mind open, as if it wanted to convince everyone that rock’ n’ roll is very well alive. ELLE had the exclusivity of the song, and drummer Leah Shapiro explained how the song came up

Outernational's New Feminist Anthem 'She Craves Spring'

By Alyson Camus | March 3, 2013

Our consciousness-rising revolutionary rockers continue their weekly release, with this time a rather feminist song, ‘She Craves Spring’, produced by Tom Morello one more time.

New Atoms For Peace Album Amok Is Really Good

By Iman Lababedi | February 20, 2013

The trick is, usually a band lets the drums keep the band together but with a bassist as good as Flea on board the percussion is free to do other weird things and here the band takes full advantage of the situation

Listen To White Fence's New Psychedelic Explosion, 'Pink Gorilla'

By Alyson Camus | February 18, 2013

It’s all vintage psychedelia, filled with multicolor distorted visions during an imaginary and vivid acid trip among layered guitars,… one sure thing, this fuzz-fantasy will not silence all these Syd Barett comparisons.

Outernational's New Song 'Here Is The Rose' Wants You To Strike, Rise And Dance For Women

By Alyson Camus | February 17, 2013

“Right now millions of people, and millions of women in particular are speaking and acting out against their daily oppression – patriarchy, rape culture, sexual objectification and dehumanization.

Listen To Youth Lagoon's Glorious New Song Curiously Called 'Mute'

By Alyson Camus | February 13, 2013

The epic track is actually complex, going from a totally triumphant jubilant opening, falling into metallic sounds glittering and fizzling all over the place, spiraling and then morphing into symphonic and keyboard weirdness.

Stream Hanni El Khatib's New Song 'Family' Produced By Dan Auerbach

By Alyson Camus | February 11, 2013

The new song ‘Family’ is very much in the same vein than his previous material, it works in-the-urgency with a devilish but sweet rhythm which is revisiting some old-school rock ‘n’ roll, engaging into some serious body-shaking thanks to crashing cymbals and tearing guitar, repainting the whole thing with a rawer and bluesier color.

The Great Gary Wilson Is Back!

By Iman Lababedi | February 5, 2013

People seem to think Gary is an acquired taste and I just don’t hear it. This is a mainstream pop song that twists a little of center but it still sounds wonderful. A really wonderful love song.

Stream The New Strokes’ Song, ‘One Way Trigger’ Or Go Back Listen To 'Reptilia'

By Alyson Camus | February 2, 2013

for some reasons this sounds passé and uninspired. You would have told me this was an old lost song recently excavated from A-has’ Norwegian vault

Listen To The Kingsbury Manx's New Track, 'Future Hunter’

By Alyson Camus | January 28, 2013

the fast rolling drumming of the start and the constant spinning Moog synth contrast so much with Bill Taylor’s youthful and clear vocals, that the song brings some cinematic visions of some cruel steamroller monster running after someone keeping his calm till the end

Stream Two Songs Off Broadway Calls' Upcoming Album 'Comfort/Distraction'

By Alyson Camus | January 27, 2013

‘Lucky Lighter’, a very catching-poppy tune, has the outfit of a punk anthem with bright melodic guitar riffs and the necessary soaring chorus ready to be sing-along to at their next show. The song has actually this slight Green Day-ish overtone

Boring News: A new Vampire Weekend's Song Surfaces And It sounds Like 'Graceland'

By Alyson Camus | January 26, 2013

After ‘Unbelievers’, they already performed on late night TV, here is ‘Arms’, a gentle ballad with a lot of bouncing drumming and Ezra Koenig’ high-pitched gentle croon floating over a cute melody of glittering synth and even unexpected soaring strings towards the end.

Bad Religion stream new album 'True North'

By Helen Bach | January 19, 2013

Bad Religion are now streaming their new album and are touring. Are ya stoked? I really find the ‘Legendary LA Punk’ title a bit annoying. The LA punk scene had much better than this.

Listen To 'Dropla', Youth Lagoon's New Tune

By Alyson Camus | January 19, 2013

I saw him once at Origami Vinyl, and I was so impressed by his melancholic soundscapes and maturity despite the fact he looked like a shy high school kid, … after all this is someone who declared when he was barely 22

Stream 'Miracle Mile', Cold War Kids' New Song

By Alyson Camus | January 18, 2013

Then, the tune blooms into a full and catchy sound with the help of pounding drums, upbeat guitars and joyous background vocals… the result is certainly one of their most thrilling and incendiary songs, and it smells like a hit song a mile around.

Listen And Download '200 Words', A New Song By Fol Chen

By Alyson Camus | January 16, 2013

Fol Chen is a mysterious, eccentric and experimental indie band from Los Angeles, led by producers Samuel Bing and Julian Wass, and they had disappeared from my radar for a little while since their residency at the Echo two years ago.

Listen To Three Tracks Off Guards' Upcoming Album ‘In Guards We Trust’

By Alyson Camus | January 13, 2013

If ‘Ready to Go’ is all bells-chiming and dreamy vocals with some epic bombast à la Arcade Fire that may make you want to run up a mountain, ‘Silver Lining’ is an infectious sunny poppy tune that could you make kiss everybody

Led Zeppelin Soon On Spotify?

By Alyson Camus | January 12, 2013

According to the New York Times, Led Zeppelin is in negotiations for the right to stream ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Stairway to Heaven’, and probably all the rest of their catalog.