Music Modernization Act Passes in Senate

Ed Christman, writing at Billboard:

The long road to copyright revision is nearing its end as the U.S. Senate passed the Music Modernization Act by unanimous consent Tuesday (Sept. 18). The move mimics the House’s unilateral support, previously passing the bill by a vote of 415-0 back in April.

With the Senate’s move, the legislation has been renamed the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act in honor of the Republican senior senator from Utah — a songwriter himself — who will retire at the end of his term this year.

Overcast 5 Is Here

Overcast, my favorite podcast player, has a great new 5.0 update. Federico Viticci reviewed it for MacStories:

The most notable difference between the old Overcast and the updated version is the redesigned Now Playing screen. Page indicators and hidden gestures to navigate show notes and chapters are gone, replaced by a carousel of swipable cards containing effects, podcast artwork, show notes, and chapters (if available).

It’s a nice update and I’m excited to try out the stand alone Watch playback.

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Max Collins Talks With Stereogum

Max Collins of Eve 6 sat down with Stereogum:

It’s the 20th anniversary of Record #1. A lot of those songs we’ve never really played live. I mean, I’m sure we did probably leading up to the release of the record. We probably played all 10 or whatever. When those were the only songs we had to choose from we played them, but once Record #2 came out, a lot of the songs on that record … It’s like this weird thing where we were 16 and 17 years old, Jon [Siebels] and I, when we wrote that record, and it sounds like it. So I think I’m at a place now where, maybe because of Fitness, because I have this other outlet and it’s starting to be well-received and stuff like that, it’s like I’m looking on that record and Eve 6 in general a little bit more gently. I’m able to see what’s good about it, and I think the prospect of playing these songs that we haven’t played in many, many years, at least the lion’s share of the record, to our fans that love them, is interesting and will be cool.

Sons of Stereo Release “West Coast”

Sons of Stereo have released their debut single, “West Coast,” to all digital outlets. This alternative rock group, based out of Kansas City, blends scene staples The Maine and Fall Out Boy with the modern indie/pop flavoring of groups like Bad Suns and Young The Giant. The aptly titled song captures the vibe perfectly.

This single was produced by Kevin Gates (Never Shout Never, The Ready Set) and Nashville-based producer Andrew Pacheco and there will be more music from the band coming very soon. The video for the song can be found on YouTube, and you can follow the band’s social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for tour dates and to stay up to date on when new music is released.

Review: Good Charlotte – Generation Rx

Good Charlotte - Generation RX

Over the past few years, I have found it easier to defend my adoration for Good Charlotte, even after many critics had written them off after the multi-platinum success of The Young & the Hopeless. Good Charlotte is continuing to find ways to reinvent themselves in the latter stages of their career, and their seventh full-length album entitled Generation Rx is no exception. Coming off of two commercially successful albums (Cardiology and Youth Authority) after a lengthy hiatus is no small feat, and the fact that many fans have stayed with the band over their lengthy career shows the staying power of the Waldorf, Maryland natives.

MacStories iOS 12 Review

Federico Viticci, has written the definitive iOS 12 review at MacStories:

After years of unabated visual and functional changes, iOS 12 is Apple’s opportunity to regroup and reassess the foundation before the next big step – with one notable exception.

There’s seventeen pages here, but it’s the most in-depth and informative review on the OS by a large margin.