Early Reviews for AirPods Seem Pretty Impressive

Early reviews for the new Apple AirPods seem to be pretty good. Here’s Susie Ochs, from Macworld:

Not only did I dance, I headbanged. I shook my head side to side, I tossed my hair, I jogged in place, and I looked silly doing all of it. The AirPods stayed put, and they stayed loud. The music (more Sia, naturally) sounded full and lush and I couldn’t hear a single word anyone around me was saying, as if I was completely sealed off in a bubble of rock and roll. Pretty impressive.

My dream has always been to walk around and talk to my computer like Ender, so I’m probably going to give these a shot.1 For those interested in being able to charge your phone and listen to audio with a cord at the same time, it looks like Belkin has released a $40 “audio + charge” dongle, and Apple’s own dock comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack on it. I charge my iPhone in an Elevation dock so I’ve never really charged my phone and listened via headphones with a cord anyway, but, it does look like there’s a couple solutions here.

  1. I’ll write something up about what I think, in October, on how they work for music and podcast listening.

Albums in Stores – September 9th, 2016

Today has quite a few albums worth checking out. That This Wild Life album is probably the first one I’ll listen to that I haven’t heard yet. I also plan on giving Norma Jean a spin, and I am always impressed by The Dear Hunter. If you hit read more you can see all the releases we have in our calendar for the week. Hit the quote bubble to access our forums and talk about what came out today, what albums you picked up, and to make mention of anything we may have missed.

Review: This Wild Life – Low Tides

This Wild Life - Low Tides

An acoustic duo may seem out of place in the alternative scene, but over the last two years This Wild Life has managed to make themselves right at home in the Warped world. Maybe it’s the beard or the tattoos. More likely it’s the soaring choruses, catchy melodies, and heart-wrenching lyrics that have grabbed listeners’ attention.

Third Eye Blind to Release New EP in October

Third Eye Blind will release their new EP, We Are Drugs, on October 7th. The EP will have 7 songs and be released online, frontman Stephen Jenkins described the recording process:

“We also allowed ourselves freedom on We Are Drugs from any definitions or guidelines of what we were supposed to be. We just took joy in getting in a big room together and letting music happen and then chasing it around wherever it led us. It is one of the most freeing recording experiences I have had.”

You can stream the new song “Company of Strangers” below.

Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival Returning Next Year

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner have announced that their Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will return 2017.

Eaux Claires is proud to return for its third edition, June 16+17, 2017.

A very limited number of presale tickets will be available on Friday, September 9 at 10am CST. During this presale, you can also secure camping and camp access passes.

More information about 2017 will be released in the coming months…

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ Adds to Cast

Jessica Chastain, Michael Cera, and Idris Alba have all been tapped to star in the upcoming film, Molly’s Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Borys Kit, writing for The Hollywood Reporter:

Chastain is starring as the film’s title character, a skier who, after her Olympic dreams are dashed, heads to Los Angeles and becomes a cocktail waitress. But she rises through the social circuit to became an organizer of underground poker games for the Hollywood elite, with players including Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The real-life Bloom’s poker games came to an end when she was arrested by the FBI.

Joe Manganiello Cast as Deathstroke for Batman Movie

Joe Manganiello has been cast as Deathstroke for the upcoming Ben Affleck helmed Batman movie.

Geoff Johns, president of DC Entertainment and co-chief of DC Movies, confirmed the casting during an interview with The Wall Street Journal. It was also revealed that Johns, who was recently promoted to oversee DC’s film division, is currently writing the solo Batman feature that’s set to be directed by Affleck. In addition to Batman, the prolific comic book writer is working to develop The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg for the big screen. (WSJ also reports that Johns did a rewrite of the Wonder Woman script and worked with director Patty Jenkins to get it right; similarly, he worked with Zack Snyder on rewrites for The Justice League, which is currently filming in London.)

Peter Gabriel – “The Veil”

Peter Gabriel has debuted the new song “The Veil” on BBC Radio 6. The track was inspired by the upcoming Snowden film. Peter had this to say about the song:

As we become so visible in the digital world and leave an endless trail of data behind us, exactly who has our data and what they do with it becomes increasingly important.

Snowden’s revelations shocked the world and made it very clear why we need to have some way to look over those who look over us. With increasing terrorist attacks, security is critical, but not without any accountability or oversight.

I was very happy to learn Oliver Stone had decided to make a film about Edward Snowden and believe this is a powerful and inspiring film.

Oliver takes his music very seriously and I have always enjoyed collaborating with him and [music supervisor] Budd Carr.