Watch New Video From the Twilight Sad for “Seven Years of Letters,” In Which the Band Commits a Fairly Grizzly Murder, Which I’m Not Convinced Is Entirely Fictional. Remember When the Band Was Robbed a Few Weeks Back? Could Be Revenge; Just Sayin’ [Pitchfork]
Jason Molina Feeling Worse Than Usual, Cancels Tour With Will Johnson (Which Was Supposed to Promote Their Album Together, Descriptively Titled Molina & Johnson…Now How Will Anyone Know About It? Even Molina’s Extremely Outdated Fan Site Has Nothing to Say About the Album) [Brooklyn Vegan]
Lily Allen Quitting Music For Two Years After Returning to Music After Quitting Music After Quitting Twitter After Threatening to Quit Music After Starting a Blog About Not Wanting to Do Music if People are Going to Steal Her Music; Elsewhere, I Just Downloaded a Ton of Lily Allen Illegally…Listening Party at My Place [Idolator]
Stream New Shearwater Song, “Castaways,” Which is Painfully Boring, and Much Too Vibrato-ed, Even For a Shearwater Track (But Does Feature a Daintily Keyed Piano…It’s Really Cute!); The Golden Archipelago Released February 23 [Stereogum]
Scott Kannberg, AKA Pavement’s Spiral Stairs, Negates His Own Statement That Pavement Would Never Record Another Song, Claims that New Songs Inevitable if Band Chemistry is Good; Chemical Composition of Pavement Unclear…Most Likely Includes Carbon [The Age]
Smiths Guitarist/Indie Vagabond Johnny Marr to Write Score for Film Starring Antonio Banderas and Snoop Dogg About Strippers; With a Cast Like That, How Could the Film Be Worse Than the Cribs’ Last Album? [NME]
L.A. Fuzzy Girl Pop Band Dum Dum Girls Announce Debut LP, I Will Be; Released March 30 (And Features a Track Called “Bhang Bhang, I’m a Burnout” – Who Wouldn’t Be Psyched on That) [Pitchfork]
Billboard Says New Arcade Fire Album Due Out in May; Will Most Likely Feature Veiled References to Haiti, Religion, Family…Possibly Feature Inspiration From the Boss [Billboard]
compiled by Max Sebela
July 26, 2009
Billboard’s identity is old. The magazine itself has been around for 115 years and the service has tracked chart toppers since WWII. However, the music titan has responded to the Internet’s influence to improve its consumer relationships and ratchet up interactivity. After primarily serving record companies and distribution channels, Billboard has upped the flashy interactive features on its website.
Unlike before, Billboard.com now allows you to explore charts across time and genre. Search for an artist from the top bar, and Billboard.com will give you a plethora of information, which, right now, may seem like too much to handle. From one search, you can see the artist’s songs, news, reviews, and albums, most of which you can also comment upon and rate.
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Dirty Projectors On Tour – And a Casette Tape! [Stereogum]
David Byrne Discusses Dark Was the Night Concert and What It Signifies [David Byrne Journal]
Simian Mobile Disco’s New Star-Studded LP [Pitchfork]
Kanye West’s Scandalous, Spot On Take on Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” [Prefix]
Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse Replaces Jesse Sandoval in The Shins [NME]
Bob Dylan Tops Billboard 200 [Prefix]
“Sunday Best” Back at The [BKLYN] Yard [Brooklyn Vegan]
(More) Bon Iver On His New “Experimental” Band [Pitchfork]
compiled by Elana Jacobs
April 19, 2009
Last week, the further convergence of the Internet and music worlds brought us the Aussie-developed We Are Hunted, an online music chart constructed for the peer-to-peer generation. Much like the Billboard 100, We Are Hunted tracks the currently most popular songs. However, unlike the sales-charting Billboard 100, We Are Hunted collects its song popularity data from social networking sites, Twitter conversations, music blogs, torrent downloads, P2P networks, and forums.
On its website, We Are Hunted says: “In the physical world, charts are built on shipped albums. Online, traditionally, they have been a count of digital downloads. We Are Hunted is different in that it tracks sentiment, expression and advocacy.” In other words, We Are Hunted circumvents the corporate structure of music charts, instead bringing music to the people, as chosen by the people.
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