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Icona Pop & Charli XCX

52: All That’s Mine

Icona Pop & Charli XCX

Virtual Boy – Mass
Michna – Triple Chrome Dipped
Depeche Mode – All That’s Mine
Jimi Hendrix – Somewhere
Local Natives – Breakers
MMOTHS – All These Things (feat. Holly Miranda)
Icona Pop – I Love It (feat. Charli XCX)
Oliver – MYB
Tegan and Sara – Closer
Birdy Nam Nam – Defiant Order (UZ Remix)
Toro Y Moi – Say That
Matthew Dear – Fighting is Futile (Benoit & Sergio Remix)
Kate Boy – Northern Lights (Taken By Trees x Belief Remix)
The Static Shock Till Death – I’ve Got the Feeling

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When Old Is New Again: From Cassettes To Multicolored Vinyl

This post is syndicated from Yahoo! Music Stop the Presses!

Monetizing music ain’t what it used to be. In an age where digital music files are easily ripped, downloaded and distributed, the urge to pay for that great new album has steadfastly declined.

Alongside torrents, mixtapes, and social websites like Hype Machine, Exfm and We Are Hunted, streaming services like Rdio, Rhapsody, MOG and Spotify make music discovery easy.  It’s been reported that with an annual growth rate of nearly 95%, subscribers to cloud-based music services will exceed 161 million in 2016.

This makes it easier for an artist to share their work with the masses  – but how can the same artist pay the bills with the concept of free?

When it comes to the actual making money part, bands have no choice but to get creative. And many are doing just that – by inventing new channels and resurrecting familiar ones.

The indie-rock band Radiohead is perhaps the ultimate example of exploring new distribution opportunities in the 21st century. In 2007, they incorporated a “pay what you want” model for the album In Rainbows.

For their recent release The King Of Limbs, the band decided to offer up several options.  The album will come in two digital formats – either 320 kbps MP3s ($9) – or CD-quality, uncompressed WAV files ($14). For the super fan, the third and pricier option is a newspaper album ($48 + $53). It offers  MP3s or WAVs along with vinyl, CD, several large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-color piece of degradable plastic to hold it all together.

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Choice Music Podcasts of 2008

Rather than creating a Top 10 or Top 100 Records of 2008, I figured that I’d do something different this year by putting together a list of favorite podcasts from ’08.

These are all free podcasts that I subscribe and listen to on a regular basis (admittedly, mostly while doing cardio at the gym). Enjoy, and don’t forget to leave your comments by clicking at the top right hand corner of the post – I’d love to hear what you think!

*Note: Clicking on the title of the podcast will take you directly to the feed in iTunes.

1. La Blogothèque’s Takeaway Shows (video)

Take Away ShowsI’ve been subscribing for a few years and it’s still a fave. The folks behind the french blog La Blogothèque capture musicians performing in interesting and quirky places around Paris, from Andrew Bird strolling through Monmartre playing the violin to Bloc Party doing an acoustic set in front of a pub. Each show is simply wonderful and intimately beautiful.

2. KCRW Guest DJ Project 
Guest DJ ProjectKCRW DJs interview a variety of celebrities from chefs to athletes, actors to comedians on the music that has shaped their life. The interviews are witty, surprising and often quite touching. I know the podcast well as I serve as the online producer for it at KCRW.com.

3. RCRD LBL

RCRD LBLEach week the folks at RCRD LBL put together highlights from the week’s selections. I sometimes find it difficult to keep up with the amount of music they post during the week and this podcast offers a nice recap.

 

3. East Village Radio – Authentic Sh*t
The feed went down as of mid December. But if it comes back (God-willing) this is the ultimate way to get your Marc Ronson fix and hear some fresh bangers to get your Friday night started.  

4. Stones Throw podcast

Stones ThrowA hidden gem, the folks at Stones Throw regularly offer up treats like a rare DJ set from Peanut Butter Wolfs’ famed area codes tour, album previews and even the Badd Santa mixtape.

 

5. Ghostly Cast
Ghostly InternationalThe Ghostly International label – perhaps the best electronic label stateside – provide choice live sets and DJ mixes from Ghostly and Spectral artists.

6. Gilles Peterson Worldwide

Gilles Peterson WorldwideGilles brings in guest DJs and producers to discuss upcoming projects and new releases. The podcast is updated intermittently but each one is a treat.

 

7. Fader Magazine
The folks at Fader offer up an electronic version of their magazine via iTunes.

8. Morning Becomes Eclectic (video) 
MBE provides a glimpse behind the scenes at the KCRW studios. The video podcast offers the entire live session from each artist along with the full 2-part interview.

9. Resident Advisor
Resident AdvisorA weekly podcast of continuous DJ mixes from online dance and electronic music magazine residentadvisor.net.

10. Woxy.com Lounge Acts Podcast
Performances from emerging indie artists taped live from the WOXY lounge in Cincinnati, Ohio. They offer additional podcasts too featuring unsigned artists, music news, and local bands.

Also:

KCRW Today’s Top Tune
A free song a day from KCRW.

The Interface (video)
The weekly videocast offers live performances from new artists.

Better Propaganda
Every month resident DJ Jonah Sharp Phil produces a podcast of the choicest tunes from all genres and forward thinking labels.

Daytrotter
Daytrotter features an indie band each week, performing four of their songs in-studio.

KEXP Music That Matters
Full-length songs offering a snapshot of what’s new in music.