We Are Hunted seems to be the new Billboard chart, just in a more indepth and web 2.0 way. The new “Online Music Chart” apparently hunts social networks, blogs, twitter and other various sources of information to determine the top 99 tracks making their way around the internet. Who looks at record sales nowadays anyway, amiright? Side note — I wonder how Chester French is ranking.
Music for the past few years has been pretty bland. My playlists include work from an array of genres from an array of time periods so I’m not biased towards one or another. For some reason though, I think the value of music is about to astronomically increase when new kids on the block, Chester French, release their debut album, Love the Future, this Tuesday (April 21st). We briefly reported on the band not too long ago when they were featured in Vanity Fair.
We had the chance to download and actually listen to their mixtape, Jacques Jams Vol. 1 in its entirety and we were blown away. Although we expected raw goodness from the CF x Clinton Sparks collaboration, we did not expect it to be this good. Chester French’s following is growing and with the backing of Pharrell and Star Trak, we see the duo taking music to a new level. Clinton put it best — they’re like a mixture of Outkast and The Beatles. Yes, they’re that good. So on Tuesday, consider “endurance” achieved when they begin climb on the billboard charts. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Buy It: $7.99 at Chester French [Limited Time]
Originally released in the summer of ’89, almost everything rode on Paul’s Boutique. Coming off of the success Licensed To Ill, everybody from fans to critics figured nothing could top the band’s debut, and counted on them being one-hit wonders. Twenty years later, this epic album (still as hilarious, contagious and game-changing as ever) has been re-mastered under the band’s supervision, all in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary.
Available here on 180-gram vinyl, complete with faithfully-restored artwork and access to a free digital download including a track-by-track commentary by the band, discussing each song over the music.r.
Known for their pen-based graphic tablets and touchscreens, Wacom has designed their first product tailored to DJs. With the recession, I’m guessing Wacom still thinks the show must go on. With the wireless Nextbeat music controller, professional and casual digital dee-jays can spin tracks from anywhere. The Nextbeat features a unique docking wireless control pod which lets you roam and control sounds loaded onto the Nextbeat base station.
More images after the jump. (more…)
Apple’s unveiled the new iPod Shuffle — half the size of its predecessor but boy does it pack a punch. The 4GB iPod Shuffle features VoiceOver technology, which enables the Shuffle to speak your song titles, artists and playlist names. There’s no screen, as the new kid on the block is wrapped in a new aluminum case in silver or black. Plus, it’s got a built-in stainless steel clip for maximum wearability.
Did we mention it’s available now?
Buy It: $79 for 4GB at Apple
Startrak Records will be releasing Love the Future, the debut album by Chester French on April 21st. D.A. Wallach and Max Drummey formed Chester French their freshman year at Harvard, and their single, “She Loves Everybody,” has gotten international praise.
They were featured in numerous publications over a year ago as the fight to see who would sign them heated up. (more…)
Out now is U2 latest album entitled, No Line on the Horizon. Billboard’s call it an experimental fare, explaining why the album’s been getting such mixed reviews. The band’s launched a promotional blitz just in time for the album drop.
They are performing on David Letterman five times this week and they’re getting much more love from the city of New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is temporarily renaming part of West 53rd Street “U2 Way”. The street leads to Ed Sullivan Theater where The David Letterman Show is recorded. (more…)
On February 13 at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, the taping for Kanye West’s ‘Storytellers’ episode for VH1 took place and boy was it a long one. After 3 hours of music and a therapy session where Kanye talked and the audience listened, the taping was sent to the editing room. They cut the total taping down to 90 minutes, leaving out some very interesting comments by the self-proclaimed greatest. (more…)
Ghosts I – IV is a brand new 36 track instrumental collection by Nine Inch Nails that sprawls takes the band through a different path to success. With almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghost I – IV is sure to keep fans interested for a very long time. (more…)
Coldplay has confirmed that they will be having a stop at UAE during their world tour, playing at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The biggest selling British alternative rock band of 2008 will be playing tracks from their fourth album, Viva La Vida which earned them three Grammy’s last week.
The Emirates Palace is a sight to see, with its huge and magnificent structure and 1.3kilometre of private beach along the Gulf. (more…)