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Relevant To Your Interests #027

October 29, 2009
  • Google’s music service has launched late yesterday. According to the New York Times,

    Google users who put the name of a song into the search engine will get, as the top result, information about the musician and an opportunity to stream the song from one of two services, Lala and MySpace Music. People who click on that link will, in most cases, get a pop-up window that allows them to play the full song once, for free, along with a link to buy the song….Entering an album name or band name into Google yields similar free listening opportunities.


    Except this isn’t working for me! I’d really like to hear some Gordon Lightfoot this morning, but when I Google “sundown,” my top results are YouTube videos of live performances, just like it would have been last week. What about something new and hip, say, “party in the usa?” Nope, same thing. What’s the deal, everybody?

  • This week marks the beginning of round one of the second edition of the Giraffecycle Mixtape Challenge. For those unfamiliar, Giraffecycle used to be a website and message board for local music in Saint John, but now it’s where people in Saint John and Fredericton go to fight about restaurants, the H1N1 vaccine, NB Power, and complain about inconsiderate roommates, coworkers, and garbage collectors. So it’s just like every other message board you’ve ever been on!

    Anyway, each week of the challenge two competitors create a 30-minute playlist (or “mixtape”), record it into a single mp3 file, upload it, and the community votes on which one they like best. Winners advance to the next round, until only the mixtape champion remains. Exciting! And what an awesome way to make sure everybody else knows about your impeccable taste in music. This week it’s users andrew todd and barb. You can stream their mixes from this thread on the forum, but you must be signed in to vote.
  • Metallica aids search for missing fan, no word on strategy to locate all their other fans.
  • The soon-to-be-defunct-because-someone’s-moving-to-Toronto Gideons of Halifax recorded a double LP and are doing a very limited release of 150 copies. However! You can download the whole thing for free here. You will like The Gideons if you like sweaty, 60s-style power pop or Tricky Woo back when they were good. You heard it here first.
  • The Gothamist has an interview Guy Picciotto (Rites of Spring, Fugazi, certainly other things), who’s now on tour as part of Vic Chesnutt‘s band. The thing that interested me the most about this is that he mentioned how he and the other members of Fugazi are in the process of compiling every bootleg then can find and putting them all online, “…so people can listen to 1,200 Fugazi shows! [Laughter] If they want to!”
  • Wouldn’t you want to know if your music was being used to torture inmates at detention camps like Guantanamo?
  • Charging cover at house shows: kinda controversial.
  • The Jesus Lizard is now Pitchfork-approved.
  • Jian Ghomeshi had enlisted Tegan & Sara, Vampire Weekend, and The National to help you get better at guitar. Wait, what?
  • Moz collapses on stage, is hospitalized and then released.
  • Fargo Rock City: The Movie, penned by a Letterman writer and that dude from The Hold Steady.
One Comment leave one →
  1. November 24, 2009 8:00 pm

    Wow, I did not heard about that until now. Thanks!

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