The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Pandora is looking to get into the on-demand streaming game:
Pandora Media Inc. is aiming to start expanding its internet-radio service as soon as next month, offering its hallmark free tier as well as two new monthly subscription options that will mark its foray into on-demand music streaming, said people familiar with the matter.
Can they fix their shitty Flash based web app and awful streaming quality first?
The latest episode of The Sound and the Story podcast is all about Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This is the show that recently sponsored an episode of our podcast and tells the story of an album with each episode. Apparently next month is Brand New.
Steven Hyden, writing for Uproxx, on missing the Japandroids and how to follow up Celebration Rock:
Japandroids make music that should, theoretically, be relatively easy to produce more than once or twice per decade. And yet, when you make a record as good at being simple as Celebration Rock is, it doesn’t leave you with a lot of options moving forward. If you repeat the formula, you have to compete directly with your most beloved record (and your audience’s distorted memory of that record). If you change up the formula (assuming you’re even capable of doing that), you run the risk of losing what people liked about you in the first place.
Evan Lucy has a nice interview and feature on the end of Yellowcard over at Alternative Press:
The sense of finality led Key to approach writing Yellowcard from a different angle lyrically, as well. The singer felt especially galvanized by the ability to have the album’s lyrics serve as his farewell to friends, fans and family, and he challenged himself to use each song to express a different sentiment of saying goodbye. Some, like the affecting wistfulness of “Empty Street” (“Boxing up the fireworks/cancel my parade/the street is empty tonight”) and album closer “Fields & Fences,” complete with a goosebump-inducing orchestral outro, find him staring down his rapidly approaching future as Yellowcard’s ex-frontman, while the fiery “Savior’s Robes”—with its biting chorus, “Play us a song I know/Make it an older one”—seems aimed at those who’d prefer the band’s Ocean Avenue selves be fossilized forever.
Trying to read the article and having an Ice Nine Kills video pop up in my face sure was fun.
Lydia Loveless has released her new video for “Clumps.”
Car Seat Headrest have released a new song titled “Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye?)” — you can stream that below.
A Day to Remember have posted up a stream of their new song, “Naivety.”
Danny L Harle new video for “Super Natural” (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen) has been released.
Coldplay have released their new video for “A Head Full of Dreams.”
Somos’ new song “Eternal Yesterday” can be streamed below. The song comes from an upcoming tour cassette.
This week’s podcast finds the hosts talking about traveling and the routines related to flying. We discuss (as spoiler free as possible) ‘Stranger Things,’ we gush about the new The Menzingers’ song, and we talk about Green Day’s new one as well. We also talk about looking up tour dates, song lyrics, and what bands may end up standing the test of time and why. We finish up with some Olympics talk. Because OLYMPICS!
Well, today brings us new Bayside. Anything else I should be checking out? 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.
Frank Ocean has released the Endless “visual album” on Apple Music.
Butch Walker’s new album Stay Gold is now streaming on Pandora.
Metallica will release the double album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct on November 18th. They’ve released a new video for the song “Hardwired.”
HalfNoise will release Sudden Feeling via Congrats! Records on September 9th. Pre-orders will go up next Friday, August 26th.
This Wild Life have released a video for “Hit The Reset.”
Max Chafkin, reporting for Bloomberg, on Uber’s announcement that they will begin testing “self-driving” cars in Pittsburgh:
Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved. Google, widely regarded as the leader in the field, has been testing its fleet for several years, and Tesla Motors offers Autopilot, essentially a souped-up cruise control that drives the car on the highway. Earlier this week, Ford announced plans for an autonomous ride-sharing service. But none of these companies has yet brought a self-driving car-sharing service to market.
There will be two “safety drivers” that sit in the car and can take over at any time, but this is a step toward our driverless future. A future generation will look back on the days where we all manually drove cars around as barbaric.