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  • Radical.FM Launching New App But Can Their Donation-Based Business Model Work?

    Jul 2

    Radical.FM, a free, ad-free streaming music service claiming 25 million tracks, launched their first Android app today. A new iOS app is also expected and a desktop version is said to be under development. Things have been pretty quiet with Radical.FM since launching their iOS app last year. But, given their business model, I guess I'm most surprised to see them in existence at all. Radical.FM was founded in 2010 and has gone through various permutations, including an indie promo stage and...

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  • Tony Allen Announces New Album, Shares "Go Back" Featuring Damon Albarn

    Jul 2

    Legendary drummer Tony Allen has shared "Go Back", a new song that features vocals and keyboards from Damon Albarn. Listen to it below. It's from a new album called Film of Life, which is out in October via Jazz Village. Below, you can watch a short teaser for the album. Previously, Allen and Albarn were members of the Good, The Bad, & The Queen and Rocket Juice & the Moon, and collaborated on Allen's Home Cooking and Albarn's Africa Express project. "Go Back": Film of...

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  • Vashti Bunyan Says New Album Will Be Her Last

    Jul 2

    Last month, folk singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan announced Heartleap, her third album and first since 2005's Lookaftering. That's the cover art above, which is taken from a painting by Bunyan's daughter, Whyn Lewis. Now, Bunyan has revealed a few more details about Heartleap—specifically, that it will be her final album. "The whole point of the album was finally to learn a way that would enable me to record the music that is in my head, by myself," she said in a press release. "I neither...

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  • Can LANDR Replace Your Mastering Engineer?

    Jul 2

    Times are definitely changing. With the rise of techno-everything, more and more tasks are being moved to automated systems. Data entry, assessment, and export can all be done at a touch of a button. Photographs can be broken down into layers, modified, and put back together again with the stroke of a virtual brush. Sounds can be created on a keypad instead of an instrument. The act of creating music has so many elements that make it nearly impossible to authentically replicate with computers,...

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  • Stream New Releases From Viet Cong, Fhloston Paradigm, Skygreen Leopards, Matt Kivel, and DJ Dodger Stadium Via Advance

    Jul 2

    Viet Cong, the art-rock band that features former Women members Matt Flegel and Matt Wallace, released a tour-only EP last year called Cassette, which Mexican Summer will be reissuing on July 8 in the U.S. (a day earlier in the U.K.)—but you can stream it right now via Pitchfork Advance, our immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience. Listen here until July 8. On his debut for Hyperdub as Fhloston Paradigm, dub maestro King Britt builds upon science...

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  • Indie Duo The Presets Uses Google Cube To Create Unique Interactive Experience

    Jul 2

    Google Creative Labs have created Cube, a web widget that runs multiple videos and audio tracks concurrently, and indie band The Presets' have put it to good use. Each panel houses a a different clip of the band's new single: a dancer, talking heads, a woman in a bathtub, along with a piece of the song.  Designed for 3D interactive telling, The Cube works best on a smartphone where it synchs audio with movement. Google is making the technology available to developers. The Verge has a...

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  • The-Dream Shares "Black" Video

    Jul 2

    With Independence Day coming up on Friday, The-Dream has shared the Daniel Sannwald-directed music video for his anti-racism/anti-classism anthem "Black". The video features individuals marching in unison across Langa Township, South Africa—people who, according to a press release, "feel alienated by racism, classism, religion, politics and sexual preference". The-Dream said this about the song, which was inspired by the life and death of Nelson Mandela: “I needed to take a step in a...

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  • Scott Walker and Sunn O))) Are Collaborating on an Album

    Jul 2

    This morning, 4AD tweeted a link to a website featuring the above graphic. Now, they've confirmed that mysterious experimental musician Scott Walker and drone metal duo Sun O))) are collaborating on an album. "They're working together and there is a record coming later in the year," a label source told the Quietus.  In February, Sun O))) released Terrestials, a collaborative album with Ulver. Walker's most recent album was 2012's Bish Bosch, though his first five albums were reissued last...

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  • AM NEWS BRIEF: Facebook Feelings Fallout, Twitter Turmoil, 7Digital Slump, Vevo Exec Exits & More

    Jul 2

    WEDNESDAY 7 .2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web  CLICK HERE  Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab 

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  • Curation Is King: Google Acquires Songza For $39M

    Jul 2

    (UPDATED) Google has acquired mood and activity based streaming music service Songza. Original reports put the price tag at $15 million, but several rumored suitors likely pushed the deal to what the New York Times is now reporting as $39 million.  Why Songza? Curation - humans and/or algorithms choosing the right music for each user - is seen as key to mainstream adoption of streaming music. Pandora built its service on curation; and Beats Music has made it the cornerstone of its...

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