Five New Country Artists to Watch in 2013

Every year, the Nashville labels trot out one or two new artists apiece.  And the truth is, not many become even “B” list country stars. Most will see their single releases stall out in the mid-30’s on the country charts and after a few of those, the labels will bid them adieu and move on to the next big thing.

Country music has definitely shifted from being an artist-driven genre to being a song-driven genre.  Yes, you still have your superstar artists like Blake, Carrie, Brad and Taylor… and perhaps Miranda.

The old list of usual suspects have now been put to pasture as far as radio is concerned. It’s very hard for Martina, Faith, Alan and George to get automatic airplay and even now to have top ten songs. It’s sad, but that’s change. In 2013, I predict the same fate for Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.  Their music just doesn’t appeal to the younger demographics like it used to.  Hence, less airplay and songs that die mid-chart.

But there is new blood on the horizon and talent is abundant. Whether or not it is marketable talent is up for debate.  And marketability is at least 50 percent of an artist’s success.  Nashville is filled with really talented singers, songwriters and musicians.  But it’s that certain something that is both hard to define and difficult to quantify that separates the talented from the stars.

Here is my list of five that I believe have the chops to make a run to the top in 2013.  See what you think.

Parmalee

Parmalee

This four-piece band has just enough of a rock ‘n’ roll attitude to get people’s attention. Their first single called Musta Had a Good Time did okay, but eventually fizzled out due to lack of exposure. But some folks noticed. I thought the song was catchy and I feel even better about their second single Carolina.

Their label, Stoney Creek, has a good promotions team and has big success with the likes of Randy Houser and Thompson Square. Hopefully, the promotions team isn’t spread so thin that they can’t give Parmalee the backing they deserve.

 

Henningsens

Henningsens

I really dig their first single called American Beautiful, although it is starting to show signs of death. Again, it’s just really hard to get exposure on a debut single from the established country outlets. Slacker New Country has seen positive feedback from you, our listeners.  So, I feel confident in my own opinion that perhaps their next single will be the one to get them into the top ten.

Their Achilles heel might be the abundance of groups featuring two guys and a girl (Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, etc.).  However, the twist here is it’s a brother, sister and dad.  Hope dad doesn’t hold the kids back.

 

Kacey Musgrave

Kacey Musgraves

She certainly has the look.  Wow!  And looks mean marketability in country music. Does she have the talent?  I think she does.  Her first single Merry Go Round has rocketed up the charts and is threatening to crack the top ten.

If it does –  look out.  Radio programmers will be chompin’ at the bit to get her next song and see if she’s the real deal.  I like her a lot.  And again, our feedback from listeners has been positive.

 

Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry SmokeIt’s been a long time since I heard a band that make my heart skip a beat the first time I heard them.  Not since the Zac Brown Band have I been as excited as I am with Blackberry Smoke.  They are edgy and earthy at the same time.  They can twang and they can bang.  And they are oh, so cooool. Look at their pictures and you’d think it was Three Dog Night or Creedence Clearwater Revival.  But these guys are country rock at its best.  Of course, it could just be me.  Living in Austin, I tend to lean favorably to this sound. We’ll see. Listen for their debut single Pretty Little Lie, now playing on Slacker New Country.

 

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia LineYeah, I know… you’re saying that these guys are already a hit in 2013, and you’re right.  Their debut song Cruise went all the way to number one and then stayed there for another week.  Multi-week number ones are rare enough in this genre, but from a debut single?  Unheard of.  These guys are the real deal and their follow-up single Get Your Shine On is already screaming the charts and will positively be a top ten song for them… and ultimately another number one.  Slacker Country listeners continue to tell us that this duo is the next Brooks & Dunn and they have already been featured as Artist of the Week.  I have to agree. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, aka Florida Georgia Line, are superstar material.

 

Till next time … keep your powder dry and keep listening to Slacker Country!

“Big” Jim

 

Trinidad James is Slacker’s New Artist of The Week.

This week we would like to introduce you to Atlanta rapper Trinidad James- he is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week. I had the chance to interview Trinidad James at the Grammys this year, and it was there that I realized how truly eccentric and unique he is. Check it out:

 

 

Trinidad James is one of the most charismatic and distinctive new artists in Hip Hop, and this may be due to his background in fashion. Prior to persuing his rap career, he managed a high-end boutique in Atlanta, and he’s got his own line- called “Gold Gang”.

To get an idea of how quickly things happened for Trinidad James: in July of last year, he released his very first mixtape- Don’t Be S.A.F.E. By November, he had a hit with the track “All Gold Everything”, and in January, he signed with Def Jam Records, who re-released his one mixtape as a proper album- that’s how strong his debut tracks are.

Even with so much success so quickly, Trinidad James has a lot of powerful rappers in his corner. In a recent interview, T.I. had this to say about the possibility of James being a one hit wonder-

“When Atlanta first came out, it made a huge impact on the scene, but it was thought to be something that was gonna be fly-by-night — here today gone tomorrow, and we withstood the test of time.” Trinidad is an example of that new generation of what’s next to come, because there’s still a lot of talent out here,” he said. “He’s gonna be one of the ones spearheading the charge to the future.”

On this station, you’ll hear tracks from Don’t Be S.A.F.E.-  “All Gold Everything”, “Females Welcomed”, and “Gold On My Macbook”. You’ll also hear tracks from his extended Atlanta family- artists like T.I., Young Jeezy, and 2 Chainz. You’ll hear his influences- like Jay-Z and Eazy-E, and we will also give you a look at his equally eccentric and creative counterparts in the new Hip-Hop scene, like LA’s Black Hippy crew, New York’s A$AP Mob, and Danny Brown.

 

Who Should Win the Oscar for Best in Original Song

Oscars 2013 Best Original Song Slacker

So here we are.  Deep in the heart of awards season, with the Academy getting ready to pass out their golden statuettes this weekend.

As Slacker’s (arguably) most pop-culture obsessed curator, I want to talk to you about this year’s Academy Award nominated songs (best original song), and who I think will (probably)(maybe)(most likely) win.

Let’s start at the top, alphabetically speaking:

“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph

This song features Scarlett Johansson & Joshua Bell – the latter, in case you don’t recognize the name, is a grammy award winning violinist.  Scarlett sings this haunting track that plays over the credits of the documentary about climate change in Greenland, which was expected to earn a nomination for Best Documentary Feature, but was left off of that list.  The academy might want to throw it a bone in this category, but more likely this just wasn’t high profile enough to win this year.  You never know.  Could be a dark horse.

 

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”

Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane

Can I be honest here and say that if Seth MacFarlane wins an oscar I’m probably going to boycott these awards for the rest of my life?  That being said, this is a sweet throwback to the 40’s sung by Norah Jones.  Despite the fact that he’s hosting this year, I just feel like the Academy knows better than to RECOGNIZE SETH MACFARLANE.  EVER.  Or I hope so, at least.

 

“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”

Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri

Everyone I know who read this book (including myself) got super excited about the movie, and then came out of it feeling… OK?  Not amazing, not entirely disappointed, just…  I think at that point we all finally recognized the challenges of making a story almost entirely set in a boat in the middle of the ocean interesting for 2 hours.  Anyway, this song is ok, but it’s nothing compared to the final contenders.

 

“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”

Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Listen, nobody ever likes the new song added to these productions, especially one as tried and true as Les Mis.  I’ve been a fan of the musical since 8th grade and there’s no way this song was going to stir me in the way “I Dreamed A Dream” or “On My Own” would.  It’s not even exhilarating in the way “Do You Hear The People Sing” is.  But they had to nominate something in this category from the film (or look kind of silly) and this is the only new, original song in it.  Probably added explicitly for the purpose of getting nominated for this exact award.  This song could win – it’s got the star power and the promotion behind it, but my bet is safely on…

 

“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”

Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Awards shows love Adele.  They don’t just love her, they luuuuuuuuve her.  They want to marry her.  And not only do we have a big ol’ crush on Adele, we have a societal obligation to love James Bond films.  This was an amazing flick, with a perfect, old school sounding theme song.  It’s *almost* too obvious, but I think Adele is going to win it (as usual.)  It’s not so hard to imagine Adele going on to perform on Broadway at some point, where she’ll win a Tony.  Then just throw a television appearance or two into the mix, and Adele is certain to be the world’s next EGOT winner.

 

But before I get ahead of myself, let’s review.

Will win: “Skyfall”

Could win: “Suddenly”

Should win: “Skyfall”

Obviously I could be wrong about all of this, so feel free to speak up and share your predictions – plus your arguments for or against  – in the comments! Also make sure to check out the new Oscar Movie Music Station on Slacker Radio for more scores, themes and songs of the greatest cinematic masterpieces

The 50 Most Embarrassing Songs on Facebook Shows Online Personas are Virtually Naked

Until now, music fans could hide their deepest, darkest secrets. The power to manipulate your public persona with music preferences was actually something that could be done in years past.  Sure you were Indie Guy, Punk Rocker, Goth(lite) Cure Groupie, or raving Candy Kid to everyone who knew you. But, in private – in the quiet comforts of your home where no one was watching – and you sat watching tv or listening to music by yourself, you could shed the grunge flannels, the black eyeliner or the rave gear and listen to *that* song. You know the one. The latest bubble gum hook, the show tune that makes you cry, the anthemic love song that would melt icebergs, the musical equivalent of the latest celebrity gossip magazine – Remember those days? Musical Skeletons could remain hidden – locked inside that special place.

The 50 Most Embarrassing Facebook SongsThose days are over.

Online music listening has changed all that, as playlists often populate personal Facebook timelines and expose carefully guarded musical secrets and fetishes. Life in the digital age has turned 15 minutes of fame into a lifetime of nakedness. Slacker not only understands this conundrum, we’ve decided to embrace it by calling on seasoned experts to take listeners on a journey through multiple decades and genres as they depict the top 50 songs deemed to be the most detrimental to the online personas of music fans.

Experts and pop culture mavens Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, authors of the best seller I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of Music Video Revolution, serve as our tour guides through Slacker’s “50 Most Embarrassing Songs on Facebook” station. And this isn’t just a station that ho hums through an ordinary list of your typical guilty pleasures and bubble gum favorites of yesteryear. Craig and Rob have used their expertise of music and pop culture to serve as masterful tour guides through a thought provoking countdown that embraces the fact that, while Facebook and social media provide an outstanding platform for music discovery and sharing, it is also the digital community that exposes us all.

We got a chance to talk with Craig and Rob about what this evolution of public personas means for music fans, how Facebook and social media have changed music, why they picked various songs and, after a lot of prying – what musical skeletons they keep tucked away in the closet.

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Slacker: You guys are hosting the “Top 50 most Embarrassing Facebook Songs” station on Slacker Radio. This I am sure must come from some personal experience in the loss of your music street cred. So we must know – what are your most embarrassing music skeletons in your closet?

Rob: I am proud of the bad music I listen to as the good music I listen to. In fact, the bad music I listen to is pretty good and the good music I listen to is pretty bad. I am not hiding anything. I am completely naked.

Craig: One of the reasons I enjoyed curating this list is  – I really don’t like the public display of EVERY song people listen to. There is music that I don’t like but nothing I would be embarrassed about. And, unless someone is displaying that they are listening to Neo Nazi music, I tend to think there is nothing to be embarrassed about…. No, I take that back. #1 on our list. If I saw someone was listening to our #1 Chris Brown – I would question things.

Slacker: I tend to think I would be most embarrassed by the fact that I secretly dance around my living room listening to showtunes may damage my street cred to my Facebook friends.

Rob: I just got an idea for a new ap. It would show that you are listening to Velvet Underground when you are actually listening to Hall and Oates.

Craig: Anyone of your friends who would look down on you for listening to showtunes is not worth being a friend.

Slacker:  Your book delves into the golden age of music videos and how MTV shaped an entire generation. One of the things your list brings to light is the major differences between the MTV Generation and the Facebook Generation.  What do you think are the major differences between the two in pop culture and music? 

Craig: Rather than a major difference, I see the integration between online radio and Facebook is an attempt to recreate what happened in the early days of MTV. Back then, every time we interviewed someone they would say the same thing about its emergence. And that was “my friends would come over to my house every day and we would spend three hours together watching MTV.” So MTV was really a group viewing experience. It bonded you with your friends. You would collectively scream when your favorite video came on. You may have argued about other songs you did or didn’t like. But, it was something you all had in common. When MTV stopped playing music videos – people’s music experiences became more isolated.  What Facebook has done is take over where that left off. Groups are larger now but the experience is still there.

Rob: The Internet and the way people listen to music now is, in my opinion, the opposite of what it was like with MTV. When MTV played music videos everyone just sat back and watched. Everyone was watching the same videos at the same time and that is why some of those artists from back then, such as Madonna and Bon Jovi, have the level of success they have now. Everyone was watching or listening to the same thing at the same time. Now, with Slacker and online radio, people can listen to whatever they want, whenever they want and on demand. No one ever has to listen to music that they don’t already like. It is a more active listening experience compared to the more passive one in the past.

Slacker: Ok  since online radio really gives people the flexibility to only listen to what they want. And since the transparency of what we listen to is so public  and what we listen to has such an effect on our online persona where one song can derail your hipster status- what sorts of songs do you present in “50 Most Embarrassing Facebook songs” do you think have the biggest effect? 

Craig: Lets say you meet someone on OKCupid.com and think they are really cool. You dig a little deeper and go to their Facebook profile and see they just listened to “Crash Test Dummies’ Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” – that would be a deal breaker.

Rob: If all they listen to is emotional songs from the 90s, all I am going to picture is candles burning while they sit in a bubble bath and cry. I would imagine you read Nicholas Sparks and perhaps have too much of an investment in rom-coms.

Slacker: Any songs on the list you think would be surprises in the amount of embarrassment they provoke? 

Rob: One of the things we really looked for was bad songs by great bands. For example, Craig and I really love REM. But, even the biggest REM fan in the world – especially the biggest REM fan in the world – knows that Shiney Happy People is a terrible song. The Michael Bolton’s and Celine Dions are too easy. We brought in some incredibly respected and revered acts, and make fun of them too.

Slacker: Clearly no one is safe from embarrassment. I have to ask again – music skeletons? You can’t be completely naked. 

Craig: You first.

Slacker: I actually know the Shiny Happy People dance. Poison’s Unskinny Bop dance too. 

Rob: I would be embarrassed about my adolescent fervor for Jackson Browne. His extreme sensitivity is a little embarrassing in retrospect. I was 14 though, so I had an excuse. But if you are a grown ass man listening to those weepy lyrics – you should be embarrassed.

Craig: I know the words to a lot of songs by Yes.

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I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video RevolutionCraig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum understand the pitfalls in creating the carefully cultivated online images of the Facebook Generation. But, clearly they also understand, and are able to poke fun at, the evolution that has taken place from the humble beginnings of digital music during the MTV Generation to the scale it is today. This made the duo the perfect hosts for the station that celebrates our often embarrassing transparency and lack of separation between public and private personas.

Head over to the new station “50 Most Embarrassing Songs on Facebook” to hear what songs made the cut, what songs surprisingly didn’t, and what songs can tarnish your online reputation for good. Our digital footprints are naked. We may as well learn to live with it.

Make sure to also check out Craig and Rob’s smart and decadently entertaining journey through the golden age of music television: I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. 

Artist of the Week’s Florida Georgia Line are Country’s New Stars

Florida Georgia Line - Slacker's Artist of the WeekSlacker’s new Artist of the Week is Florida Georgia Line. The band is composed of two friends that met in college: Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. Brian’s from Florida and Tyler’s from Georgia, hence the name. And when they meet in the middle, they make some of the biggest hits in Country music right now.

Even though they’ve been releasing their own music since 2010, this time last year the band didnt have a record deal and they were touring the country in a used SUV. Their first proper album “Here’s To The Good Times” came out 3 months ago, and they’ve already scored a number 1, Double Platinum song with “Cruise”. They’re also up for the “New Artist Of The Year” and “Vocal Duo of the Year” awards at this year’s Academy of Country Music awards. They’ve spent the last few months touring non-stop, and it was their fans’ response at the live shows that lead them to pick their new single, “Get Your Shine On”.

The band’s rise was so quick that they have the distinction of scoring a spot on both Slacker’s Top 50 Country Songs of 2012 countdown AND our Artists To Watch 2013 station.

The boys make feel-good Country- not unlike Jason Aldean or Eric Church- with an occasional hip hop twist. On their station you’ll hear their hits- like “Cruise”, their influences- like Jimmy Buffett and Garth Brooks- and music from their contemporaries like Jake Owen and Brantley Gilbert.

 

The Five Best Oscar Nominated Songs of the Past 20 Years

oscars9-300x300Oscar week is here and with it comes a lot of buzz about the movies, the actors, the directors and creators of the year’s best in cinema. What often gets left in the shadows, or at best lightly glossed over, is the soul of the movie – the music. The soundtracks and scores to movies are what creates the mood, solidifies the theme, and glues the audience to the emotional core of the movie long after the credits start rolling. In fact, in the long history of the Academy Awards, winners such as “The Way We Were” and “Take My Breath Away” have grown to become the center of the movie when referenced in popular culture and collective memory.

Coming up with the best songs that have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song may seem like an obvious list when looking through the past nominees in its entirety. All the usual choices would be there (including the two mentioned above). So here is a fresher take. In the past 20 years, original songs in movies have been pushed to a whole new level in quality and sonic achievement. Out of those 20 years, coming up with five was downright difficult. They were all good. Some were great. All of them had a strategic place in the movie and some have already been permanently defined as the centerpiece of the movie in society and cultural reference.

So after a lot of thought (perhaps far too much thought) and for a myriad of other important and semi-important reasons here are the five best in Oscar nominated music:

“Streets of Philadelphia”  – Bruce Springsteen, 1993 

Not only did this song win the Academy Award this year, it made mince meat out of the competition by snagging the Golden Globe, four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year, and an MTV award for the music video. Streets of Philadelphia proved to be more than a voice for those who were cast out and alienated because of stigmas attached to AIDS, it was a gritty emotional tribute to life’s downtrodden.

 

“Circle of Life”  – The Lion King , 1994 

Circle of Life didn’t even win the year it was nominated. But, since three out of the five nominations were songs from The Lion King, they probably just played rock paper scissors to decide on the winner – in this case “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” got the nod. It is definitely a toss up on which song should have won, but since this is the best Oscar nominated songs, the winner here is the iconic main title track from this universal favorite – which is to this day one of the best opening scene montages from a movie ever. Disney just does it right. The music seems to turn their movies into beloved classics for every age group. It is no surprise they pretty much dominate the music category in Oscar nominations. Elton John and Tim Rice were the masterminds behind The Lion King. If you take those two and Disney’s other dynamic duo – Alan Menken and Tim Rice – there are over 15 nominated songs between them, which is surpassed only by Randy Newman.

 

“Vanilla Sky” – Vanilla Sky , 2001 

Cameron Crowe has always been known for creating movies where the music is more than a soundtrack – it is often the very heartbeat of the story. When Crowe asked Sir Paul to create the title track, Vanilla Sky, for his cult favorite brain twister, Paul happily obliged. But in true Crowe fashion, when it comes to his music choices for his movies, there is more than meets the eye.

According to production notes, Crowe said, “We constructed the movie, visually and story-wise, to reveal more and more the closer you look at it. As deep as you want to go with it, my desire was for the movie to meet you there.” His choice for the title track was a nice homage to Paul being the inspiration in the clues and hidden messages that the movie revealed. Crowe referred to these “clues” as his own version of the infamous “Paul is Dead” rumor from the 60s where fans became convinced through clues in song lyrics, sounds and album art that Paul McCartney was dead and had been replaced by a lookalike.

 

“The Hands that Built America” – Gangs of New York, 2002 

The lyrical tribute to New York  is not U2s best, but it is a standard U2 track by all accounts, which still puts it well above most.  But what makes this track so amazing is how it moves through milestones in New York history, from the mass immigrations of the Irish and resulting demographics to more modern milestones such as September 11th, to paint a true picture of the the country built by immigrants who all believed in the “American Dream”  – a universal belief that has never really faltered despite what has been thrown at it. Gangs of New York was originally scheduled to premiere in December of 2001 but got delayed because of September 11th. Some say Bono went back and edited the song to include what is the obvious tribute to the day.

“It’s early fall, there’s a cloud on the New York skyline. Innocence, dragged across a yellow line…” Beautiful song for what was a beautiful movie.

 

“Jai Ho” – Slumdog Millionaire, 2008 

“Jai Ho”  was an exuberant Bollywood dance number that encapsulated Slumdog Millionaire’s feel-good factor and gave it a much needed reminder of the underlying positive theme and happy ending during the films more somber parts. The beautiful thing about the track, composed by AR Rahman who was already a sensation in India, was that it had a rich global texture that embodied traditional Bollywood sounds but was embraced by the western community in the same way a popular dance song would in America. YouTube videos of imitations, covers, and kids and babies doing the dance popped up at warp speed – and keep in mind this was a couple years before the meme phenomenon grew to what it is today. “Jai Ho” is the perfect example of how music has moved beyond local boundaries into a more global scale.

 

Head over to Oscar Movie Music on Slacker Radio to hear more music, themes and scores from greatest cinematic masterpieces.

The Week in Music News

Artists are branching out, Jack Sparrow’s has new friends and even more lineups are revealed for the approaching festival season in this week’s roundup of music news.

 Music Festival’s Reveal More Acts 

“The lineup is out!” has become the musical equivalent to, “Pitchers and catchers report for duty.”  This time every year, both statements ignite a flurry of excitement and tornado of chatter in anticipation for the sunny festival season ahead. This week had some big announcements in what has become a yearly tradition for music junkies everywhere.

SXSW Confirms More Artists and Music Schedule  

sxsw_2013SXSW posted the full music schedule and also confirmed more artists such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which added to the 2,000+ already confirmed including Vampire Weekend, Paramore, Tegan and Sara, Sound City Players, Major Lazer and tons more. You can see the full schedule here.

South by Southwest, which includes music, film and interactive, will be held from March 8-17. SXSW Music takes place March 12-17.

Ultra Music Festival Releases Phase 3 Lineup 

2013_phase3_11 (1)The King of all dance music festivals lived up to its reputation when the Phase I lineup was revealed showing a mix of arena favorites, such as Armin Van Buuren and Swedish House Mafia, with live acts such as Thievery Corporation. The second phase of the lineup, revealing nice surprises like Eric Prydz and Pretty Lights, prompted the festival to sell out of GA tickets in record time, even though it had already jumped on the two-weekend bandwagon to accommodate the growing fan base. This week UMF released the third and final phase of the lineup, which basically includes every single artist who has ever touched a synthesizer on the planet. Click the picture to see the full lineup.

Ultra Music Festival will take place March 13 – March 17 and March 22 – March 24 in Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami. Some VIP ticket options are still available.

In other news…

R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe Plays With Pirates 

Collaborations, side projects and so-called supergroups are a growing trend but it isn’t too often you see something like Courtney Love and Michael Stipe joining forces with Johnny Depp on his forthcoming ‘pirate’ album. Read that combination over again. Courtney, Stipe and our favorite pirate – three things seemingly unrelated that, when brought together, mesh in some kind of illogical brilliance.

It’s like someone invented the s’more all over again.

The collaborative track, ‘Rio Grande’, appears on the pirate-themed album titled, ‘Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys’, which will be released on February 18th and include 36 tracks. The album is being put together by Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Hal Willner and also features a massive array of rock elite such as Iggy Pop, Keith Richards, Patti Smith and Broken Social Scene

Check out the video here

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Na4NdDB3GX0#!

 

More Than Just Music – Artists are Branching Out 

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“After years of learning the hard way, I can finally share my Tao of travel.”

A-Trak, the electronic music prodigy (DJ/Producer/record label owner), launched Infinite Legroom, a Web site guide to tasteful travel. A-trak has long been known for posting hilarious videos on Youtube reviewing the various hotels he stays at while on the road, so this was a logical next step for him.

Given the amount he travels, it would only make sense he would indirectly become an expert as he describes in his first post, “when you spend more time in hotels and airplanes than at home, your suitcase becomes your home and you start paying excessive attention to things like zippers and 4-way wheels. Inadvertently, your knowledge expands like an inflatable neck pillow.”

SigurRosScentedCandle

Product launches from artists and celebrities is nothing new. But this one definitely gets points for originality. Sigur Rós, the Icelandic group already known for the slightly off beat, has launched an original candle that is made to smell like campfires on a distant black beach and, “the smell of Sigur Rós’s studio while they go about the quasi-mystical business of making the magic happen.”

The Vardelur candle, named after the Valtari track, is available to purchase in their online store so fans can bring the delicious smell of  mystical magic, smokey musty music studios and campfires right into the home.

I already ordered mine.

 

 

Welcome to the Brand New Slacker

The new Slacker is officially live!

Today is a big day. We have been sitting on our hands in anticipation and bursting with excitement as we prepared to unveil a completely redesigned, restructured  and revamped Slacker. And now – the day has arrived.

 

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The new Slacker is here.

The start of a new era.

The blossoming of a beautiful new friendship.

 

 

So welcome to Slacker – where you will enjoy the best music experience you can get on what is now the most complete music service on Earth. What exactly does that mean? Take a look:

 

 

Since 2006, our collective passion for music, commitment to improve, and determination to offer our users the best music experience possible, has brought us to this point. We are now able to offer our 4+ million users more than 13 million songs, the industry’s deepest customization tools, and our unique team of expert music curators and hosts who constantly update Slacker’s more than 200 genre and specialty stations. Gone are the days of hearing the same song over and over again. With Slacker, your music is always fresh, new and exciting.

With today’s launch, Slacker now has the world’s most complete music service for the Web, mobile, auto and home devices, that weave together a seamless music discovery experience everywhere you go. No matter how you listen, when you listen and what you listen to, you will always get uniquely personalized entertainment and countless easy-to-use features.

Watch this video to take a tour of the new Slacker design and see the features you will enjoy:

 

 

Now dive right in. Go to Slacker and create your own station or explore hundreds of our specialty stations. Also, make sure to check out the mobile apps and home devices. Remember, Slacker is free on any device.  But, you can also subscribe to Slacker Radio Plus or Slacker Premium service that delivers the ultimate experience. Click here for more information about subscriptions.

We love feedback so feel free to let us know what you think. And, stay tuned. It is going to be a big year at Slacker and a lot of  exciting things are coming your way!

 

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