Music http://www.stuff.tv/google/music/all en-GB Fully Charged: McCartney releases iPad app albums, Leicestershire Police testing facial recognition tech, and ex-dictator Noriega sues over Call of Duty http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-mccartney-releases-ipad-app-albums-leicestershire-police-testing-facial-rec <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our latest morning round-up blends media and crime—just the way we like it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Band on the Run" alt="Band on the Run" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mccartney-bandontherun.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paul McCartney re-releases classic albums as iPad apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Artists are increasingly seeing interactive album apps as a potentially lucrative way to engage with fans, and Paul McCartney made a big splash yesterday by re-releasing five of his classic albums (solo or with Wings) as standalone iPad apps.</p> <p>Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM, and Wings Over America are each available, and while relegating each to the larger tablet screen might seem a bit odd, they&rsquo;re pegged as larger experiences beyond the remastered album audio. You&rsquo;ll also find behind-the-scenes photos and videos, along with interviews and historical text.</p> <p>Each sells for &pound;5.49 from the App Store, which is cheaper than buying just the audio from iTunes&mdash;and luckily, all audio and video can be downloaded from the app to your iPad.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/16/paul-mccartney-ipad-apps-albums">The Guardian</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/band-on-run-paul-mccartney/id723450958?mt=8">iTunes</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/time-waits-no-one-how-tech-has-changed-music-forever/feature">Time Waits For No One &mdash; how tech has changed music forever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leicestershire Police testing speedy facial recognition tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning on breaking the law anytime soon, maybe don&rsquo;t do it in the vicinity of Leicestershire&mdash;at least if they have any record of you on file. The police force there is the first in the UK to test out a swift and accurate new facial recognition technology called NeoFace, from NEC.</p> <p>Leicestershire Police can now monitor CCTV or officer body camera footage and have it be compared to the force&rsquo;s 90,000 strong database of facial images. However, the results can&rsquo;t be used in court, so for now, it&rsquo;s just another tool to help locate criminals&mdash;not prosecute them. Leicestershire will be testing the tech for six months to determine its potential usefulness elsewhere.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.leics.police.uk/news-appeals/news/2014/07/15/new-face-recognition-technology-helps-to-crack-crime#.U8c3_Ny1WCY">Leicestershire Police</a> via <a href="http://thenextweb.com/uk/2014/07/16/uk-police-trialing-facial-recognition-tech-can-id-individuals-seconds/">The Next Web</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smart-feeding-station-uses-facial-recognition-technology-and-scales-stop-your-cat-getting-fat/featur">This smart feeding station uses face recognition and scales to stop your cat getting fat</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Leicestershire Police" alt="Leicestershire Police" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leicestershire-police.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Manuel Noriega sues Activision over Call of Duty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the more memorable missions of 2012&rsquo;s Call of Duty: Black Ops II involved escorting former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to safety through a war-torn city. Unfortunately for Activision, Noriega didn&rsquo;t agree to be depicted in the game, and thus has decided to sue the publisher for both damages and lost profits.</p> <p>His lawsuit, filed yesterday in Los Angeles Country Superior Court, claims that the game depicts him as &ldquo;a kidnapper, murderer, and enemy of the state,&rdquo; done in order &ldquo;to heighten realism in its game.&rdquo; Sounds right on all counts; now we&rsquo;ll see what the judge and/or jury thinks. At least it&rsquo;s a more credible suit than Lindsay Lohan levied against Rockstar recently for Grand Theft Auto V&mdash;over a character she believes is inspired by her.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-noriega-activision-lawsuit-20140715-story.html">Los Angeles Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-">Fully Charged: Samsung ditching plasma TVs, Lindsay Lohan sues over GTA5, and Amazon will fight U.S. government over in-app purchases</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops II" alt="Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/callofduty-noriega.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here’s a trailer for the Ouija film </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Transformers became a smash film series for Hasbro, so the logical next plaything to turn into a flick is&hellip; a Ouija board? Well, it&rsquo;s happening: Ouija comes out this October, and you can see the first trailer above. Turning this into a horror film centered around the board makes a lot of sense, but the trailer makes it look like an average, generic modern horror flick. And if Ouija breaks big this autumn, Transformers director Michael Bay will cash in again as a producer here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HQ2FblScFQ">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/transformers-care-bears-top-ten-toys-1980s/feature">From Transformers to Care Bears: The 10 best toys of the 1980s</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1HQ2FblScFQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-mccartney-releases-ipad-app-albums-leicestershire-police-testing-facial-rec#comments Activision Film and TV Gaming iOS apps Music Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442326 at http://www.stuff.tv The best new albums on Spotify so far this year http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With more than 20 million tracks now available on Spotify, deciding what to listen to can be a nightmare. So let Stuff be your guide to the best new music released in 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Our 25 favourite albums so far in 2014" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-music-spotify-2014.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The tyranny of choice, eh? The modern Spotify catalogue is vast enough to strike terror into the indecisive music fan, with more than 20 million tracks now available and some 20,000 new ones added each day.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. The Horrors - Luminous </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Horrors&rsquo; fourth album might as well be titled <em>I &hearts; Indie Dance 1991 </em>such is its slavish devotion to the era.&nbsp;It&#39;s all shimmering synths, shuffling beats and shoegazey guitars, and while the band&#39;s previous two albums also mined the same seam, the influences are more obvious here.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s no bad thing in our book, though, because the early &#39;90s were an amazing time for British music.&nbsp;<em>Luminous</em>&nbsp;isn&#39;t quite as good as the best of its idols - it&#39;s certainly no <em>Loveless</em>&nbsp;- but it starts brilliantly with the hypnotic &#39;Chasing Shadows&#39;, ends strongly on the swoony &#39;Sleepwalk&#39; and serves up plenty of highlights in-between.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:5kxEB1eJQSH7ODUB2VRQeR" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Horrors - Luminous" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-horrors-luminous.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Warpaint - Warpaint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A song named &#39;Biggy&#39; isn&rsquo;t the only nod Warpaint&rsquo;s self-titled second album gives to hip-hop &ndash; this is a record that&rsquo;s all about beats and bass lines. Guitars take a backset in favour of synths, but even those are there to texturise rather than drive these songs forward.</p> <p>Sometimes you feel like it could&rsquo;ve made more of a mark &ndash; &#39;CC&#39; drifts by and &#39;Go In&#39; sounds like one of Radiohead&rsquo;s more obscure B-sides &ndash; but even with hints of trip-hop (thankfully that doesn&rsquo;t include the smell of dreadlocks) Warpaint are doing more interesting things with indie rock than a thousand Kasabians.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:31apTrtvkVuSoAqDNjaEip" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Warpaint - Warpaint" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Warpaint_Warpaint_Album_Cover2.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Mac Demarco - Salad Days </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You could say that 23-year-old Canadian Mac Demarco&rsquo;s public persona is that of a gap-toothed jackass &ndash; on the surface, he&rsquo;s a schlubby slacker liable to disrobe on stage or embark on a long-winded rant about <em>The Simpsons</em>. But there&rsquo;s nothing lazy or coarse about his music: these home-recorded pop songs (on which Demarco plays all the instruments) reveal an understanding of life and love as much as they do a talent for melody.</p> <p><em>Salad Days</em> is his third and most musically diverse album, and its languid pace make it the perfect accompaniment to those lazy, hungover Sundays.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:2J4obtL5oOmstcOfq5UW3C" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac Demarco - Salad Days" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-demarco-salad-days_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Beck - Morning Phase </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s difficult to know quite what you&rsquo;re going to get with a new Beck album. Sometimes you might not even get a proper album at all (2012&rsquo;s <em>Song Reader</em> was released as sheet music) but <em>Morning Phase</em> is as conventional as he&rsquo;s been since <em>Sea Change</em>. And that&rsquo;s no bad thing.</p> <p>What it lacks in invention it more than makes up for with lush orchestration (&#39;Wave&#39;, &#39;Phase&#39;), catchy alt-country (&#39;Say Goodbye&#39;, &#39;Blue Moon&#39;, &#39;Blackbird Chain&#39;) and good old-fashioned melancholia (er, all of it). <em>Morning Phase</em> might be a record full of sadness, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean there&rsquo;s not plenty to love about it.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:5BLFYfJY79vG1qNWsebaUS" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beck - Morning Phase" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BECK_morning-phase2_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Chromeo - White Women </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Canada&rsquo;s favourite electro-funk duo return with an onslaught of foot-tapping melodies, naughty lyrics and effortlessly cool style. And they&rsquo;ve not forgotten the vocoder.</p> <p>Stand-out track &#39;Fall Back 2U&#39; drags disco into the modern day, and while the lyrics to &#39;Over Your Shoulder&#39; verge on the obscene, they never detract from the rhythms. Their best work yet.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:3kfmKRaCfuyYk0aaL4jDlI" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best games for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Chromeo - White Women" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromeo-white-women_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Metronomy - Love Letters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Metronomy&#39;s first three albums have been miniature masterpieces of quirky electronica, but&nbsp;on&nbsp;<em>Love Letters&nbsp;</em>mainman Joseph Mount&nbsp;has gone for a wholly eclectic approach. So instead you get campfire acoustica, low-fi dubstep, glitchy electro and <em>Crocodile Rock</em>-style glam stompers - and that&#39;s just in the first four tracks.</p> <p>That approach could grate, but thankfully Mount&#39;s mastery of melody is such that each new style merely gives him a new way to pleasure your ears. The whole thing&nbsp;ends up sounding like an entertaining trip through one man&#39;s diverse record collection - kind of like those <em>All Back To Mine</em> compilations, but one recorded by a single artist.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not every track works, but there are way more highlights than lowlights and it&#39;s worth checking out solely for the first two lines of &#39;The Most Immaculate Haircut&#39;, which intentionally or not may be among the funniest ever written.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:5gRBzv7QQJXz7HkEJYBIyx" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Metronomy - Love Letters" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/metronomy-love-letters_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Tom Vek - Luck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tom Vek&rsquo;s 2005 debut <em>We Have Sound</em> was a refreshing blast of originality in a time saturated by post-punk poseurs. It was also an exciting, largely homemade example of what Vek calls &ldquo;garage rock for the Pro Tools generation&rdquo;. Though lacking its lo-fi urgency, <em>Luck</em> pulls off the same trick of melding varied styles into a cohesive, rhythm-led whole. </p> <p>There&rsquo;s electro-rock (&#39;Sherman&#39;, &#39;Animals In The Jungle&#39;) and &rsquo;80s synthpop (&#39;Ton Of Bricks&#39;), before Vek removes the black-rimmed glasses and goes all Joseph Arthur (&#39;The Girl You Wouldn&rsquo;t Leave For Any Other Girl&#39;). Not a huge departure, then, but further proof that Vek can still sound compellingly unique.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:6db8YTh29LrLZlYY48E17c" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tom Vek - Luck" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tom-veck-luck_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Mastodon - Once More &#039;Round The Sun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most jagged shards of Mastodon&rsquo;s sound may have thawed and broken away since 2009&rsquo;s <em>Crack The Skye</em> but they can still bludgeon like the early days of <em>Remission</em> when they want to.</p> <p>&#39;Chimes At Midnight&#39; sounds like it was buried under the studio where they recorded their debut, only now stirring to lay waste to the earth, while &#39;Aunt Lisa&#39; peaks with a chanted, foul-mouthed witches&rsquo; chorus from fellow Atlanta residents The Coathangers.</p> <p>Older fans might skip the gentler rides offered by tracks such as &#39;Asleep In The Deep&#39;, but if you&rsquo;re partial to a slice or two of riff cake there really are no better bakers in the business.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:4KYy8DKz2E9DSnlgN0YJOs" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mastodon - Once More &#039;Round The Sun" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mastodon-once-more-round-the-sun_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Real Estate - Atlas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>New Jersey&rsquo;s Real Estate have tumbled comfortably into their role as the primary purveyors of sweet, summery suburban indie rock: all jangly guitar riffs, soft vocals and lyrics that speak of lawn sprinklers, sun-dappled streets, bicycles, humid nights and cookouts.</p> <p><em>Atlas</em> is their third full-length album and the down-home lo-fi of their first recordings is long gone, replaced by polished arrangements that befit a band of their growing confidence and skill. Makes you want to throw some franks on the BBQ, fill the paddling pool, crack open a Bud and drift away.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:2BmREVNjF9HI7AZtKkgtF6" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Real Estate - Atlas" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/real-estate-atlas_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Woods - With Light And With Love </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brooklyn&rsquo;s Woods have been quietly and prodigiously making rustic, rootsy indie-rock for years, but <em>With Light And With Love </em>is their boldest LP to date (it&rsquo;s also their sixth). From the psychedelic twangy guitar wig-out of the nine-minute title track to the Shins-esque stomp of &lsquo;Moving To The Left&rsquo; to the old-school folkie finisher &lsquo;Feather Man&rsquo;, this is a Woods album all the way, but a bigger, better Woods than we&rsquo;ve seen thus far.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:6QDzA9wOCaF3cOFd5QRvIc" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Instant Prime</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Woods - With Light And With Love" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/woods-with-light-and-with-love_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Jungle - Jungle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everyone loves a mystery, and the shadowy figures behind seven-piece London band Jungle make them all the more enticing. Known only as &lsquo;J&rsquo; and &lsquo;T&rsquo;, the founding duo have, despite giving zero publicity, scored thousands of views of their break-dancing videos and had festival crowds flock to their euphoric synth-and-jangling-coke-bottles sets. It&rsquo;s their unique sound &ndash; an intriguing blend of disco, &#39;70s funk and soul, but with a modern, stripped-back edge &ndash; that bring them in. The stunning falsetto harmonies on tracks such as &#39;Busy Earnin&rsquo;&#39; and &#39;The Heat&#39; will carry on in your head long after they&#39;ve finished.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:1vOMVuIa9B7G5MRK40mcE1" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jungle - Jungle" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jungle-jungle_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Kevin Drew - Darlings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite being the principal vocalist and major creative force behind Canadian chamber-pop supergroup Broken Social Scene, Kevin Drew has never enjoyed the level of mainstream recognition of other members such as Feist or Emily Haines. And yet with BSS on hiatus, he&rsquo;s delivered a solo album that&rsquo;s as weird and wonderful as anything in the band&rsquo;s discography, albeit a little slower in tempo and lighter on ambition.</p> <p>With three of the first four songs called &lsquo;Body Butter&rsquo;, &lsquo;Good Sex&rsquo; and &lsquo;Mexican Aftershow Party&rsquo;, <em>Darlings</em> starts as it means to go on: winkingly dirty and unblinkingly odd.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:3JFuAmcQIDVn51hXCFo0ir" width="604"></iframe>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kevin Drew - Darlings" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kevin-drew-darlings_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Future Islands - Singles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Future Islands&rsquo; slot on David Letterman affected the veteran host so deeply that he retired. It didn&#39;t bother us quite so dramatically, but we were mildly horrified at the disjoint between frontman Samuel Herring&rsquo;s bewitchingly odd vocals and his drunk-dad-at-the-disco dancing. Nonetheless, <em>Singles</em> is lovely, if a tad too slick at times. Just be careful to listen to it with your ears, not your eyes.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:41X9To0bQ4fpoSRri4NHiI" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Future Islands - Singles" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/future-island-singles_0.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Brody Dalle - Diploid Love </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hey, you remember when Brody Dalle was in The Distillers and had a mohican? Yes? Then you&rsquo;ll probably like this. No? Well, it&rsquo;s a mix of fuzzy, angryish songs and a couple of slower, more electro-tinged tracks. Dalle sounds better the angrier she is, but even when she calms down a little the underlining bassy grooves mean there&rsquo;s something for everybody.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:74kdhSytzNNQpoyVsyBdQQ" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Brody Dalle - Diploid Love" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brody-dalle-diploid-love.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. The Antlers - Familiars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like your dreampop to lean towards 3am heartache, dunk your head in this nocturnal album. Mellow and claustrophobic, it sees Peter Silberman&rsquo;s yearning falsetto glossed with lush production. Fans of the <em>Hospice</em> album might find it too one-paced, but it&rsquo;s a fine soulful nightcap.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:62D2CvOMVOaXwoUmgC97x9" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - 30 great games you can play for free in your browser</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Antlers - Familiars" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-antlers-familiars.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some albums have the power to remove you from your surroundings and plunge you into a new world. <em>Amphetamine Ballads</em>, the debut album by Glaswegian trio The Amazing Snakeheads, is one such album.</p> <p>Wherever you listen to it &ndash; bus, office, kitchen on a sunny day &ndash; it&rsquo;ll transport you to a dingy bar in the worst part of town, a bar made for knocking back something strong and making a play for the wrong kind of person.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s musically sparse yet emotionally rich, pulsing with barely restrained fury that channels everything from The Clash in rockabilly mode to Joy Division at their most aggressive and The Birthday Party. Yes, that good.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:0J96sxF1ZyJhqyoCDIa6sU" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazingsnakeheads_LP_II_rt2.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The scruffy spectre of lo-fi indie rock legends Pavement looms large over Parquet Courts&rsquo; music: there&rsquo;s something recognisable, at once slovenly and winningly melodic, at work in the Brooklyn-via-Texas band&rsquo;s third full-length album.</p> <p>But it also exhibits more scope and variety than their previous efforts, and the studied listener will also pick up echoes of Talking Heads and American college town punk bands of the &#39;80s and &#39;90s.</p> <p>At 13 tracks and 45-plus minutes, <em>Sunbathing Animal</em> is a fairly lengthy album, but after a single listen you&rsquo;ll have plenty of its ragged riffs and hungover hooks implanted in your brain.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:5uojJv0rFozERjq666I75E" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/parquet-courts-sunbathing-animal.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18. Avey Tare&#039;s Slasher Flicks - Enter The Slasher House </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As one third of Animal Collective, Avey Tare is used to straddling the line between experimental pop and pretentious tosh, but this side-project happily majors in the former. It&rsquo;s summery, catchy and, on the single &#39;Little Fang&#39;, stuffed with melodies from heaven.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:10AjxgpD5oDUBkLikGNKRd" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Avey Tare&#039;s Slasher Flicks - Enter The Slasher House" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/avey-tare-slasher624_rt2.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19. Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cloud Nothings&rsquo; frontman, founder and songwriter Dylan Baldi, might be a mere 22 years old, but <em>Here And Nowhere Else</em> is his fourth album. It&rsquo;s also his best, and the group that started life as a one-man bedroom band is now making some of the finest pop-punk around.</p> <p>Short and brutal but infectious, it&rsquo;s something you can mosh to &ndash; and probably listen to around your parents too.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:1kDOjW8rKQfriOgq2NMlYe" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cloud-nothings-here-and-nowhere-else.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20. F**ked Up - Glass Boys </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like roaring? Then you&rsquo;ll like this record. You might also like that it combines roaring with some of the most rousing major-chord punk rock ever recorded. It&rsquo;s complex and subtle enough to get lost in, and the poignancy of the title track betrays deep emotional intelligence. Delivered through the medium of roaring.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:3rRVuL597efDZfzd5fsQlo" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">30 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="F**ked Up - Glass Boys" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fucked-up-glass-boys.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 21. Tune-Yards - Nikki-Nack </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is the third Tune-Yards album but if you&#39;ve not heard them before, Merrill Garbus&#39; layered confections of voice, drum and sample loops might sound mad as a box of tune-frogs: by looping her vocals over and around each other, Garbus uses her voice as a digital instrument and then mixes it with chunks of any sound that fits.</p> <p>Get past the initial confusion, though, and you&#39;re in for some of the most inventive, intelligent and entertaining music of 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:7JeYK1pt9Kds0E62S7uiIU" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tune-Yards - Nikki-Nack" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tune-yards-nikki-nack.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lots of people will tell you there&rsquo;s nothing cool about Dire Straits. Those people are either stupid, or just complete idiots. Just ask The War on Drugs. <em>Lost In A Dream</em> sounds like it was washed in the pocket of Mark Knopfler&rsquo;s denim waistcoat using Boss 2-in-1, Bruce Springsteen&rsquo;s new line in detergent.</p> <p>Gently parping brass occasionally breaks through the rippling surface guitars and synths, while shameless solos crash off drumbeats that&rsquo;d propel old American cars along the ocean roads these songs were written for.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:71jGGLe5VtEHjIk5dU2W3S" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-war-on-drugs-lost-in-the-dream.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 23. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a band who proclaimed they&rsquo;d split up after one album and who peaked on their third, the Manics have sure been around for a while. <em>Futurology</em> is their twelfth album but their best for years; much of it was recorded in Berlin&rsquo;s Hansa Studios, a venue hewn from rock&rsquo;n&rsquo;roll history, and it&rsquo;s clearly inspired them.</p> <p><em>Futurology</em> is packed with ideas, takes tons of risks and has a definite European feel to it: the lovely instrumental &lsquo;Dreaming A City (Hughesovka)&rsquo; could be on Bowie&rsquo;s <em>Low</em>, also recorded at Hansa, while &lsquo;Europa Geht Durch Mich&rsquo; is an industrial-krautrock masterpiece with vocals by German actress Nina Hoss. The latter is one of three tracks featuring guest vocals, with&nbsp;Scritti Politti&#39;s Green Gartside lending his voice to the poppy &#39;Between The Clock And The Bed&#39; and Georgia Ruth joining in on the string-led ballad &#39;Devine Youth&#39;.</p> <p>Lyrically it&rsquo;s superb: angry, reflective, political, insightful and, on the superb &lsquo;The Next Jet 
To Leave Moscow&rsquo;, remarkably self-aware. It&#39;s not a quality we&#39;ve come to associate with the Manics, but the latter sees Nicky Wire berating himself 
for being &quot;an old jaded Commie&quot; and &quot;the biggest living hypocrite you&#39;ve ever seen&quot;, and throughout there&#39;s a feel that the Welsh trio are finally completely at ease with their past.</p> <p>A real return to form.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:4qG7Uc8wCuVSpKe4pYbVei" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Manic Street Preachers - Futurology" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/manic-street-preachers-futurology.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 24. Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The folk tales of lead singer Eno Williams&#39; Nigerian heritage form the basis of this London group&#39;s infectious album, which mixes West African sounds with European electronica, adding some classic disco and a touch of gospel in the process.</p> <p>The result is a fun, lively, foot-tapping 40 minutes that we&#39;d definitely dance to if our dancing was anything other than horribly embarrassing.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:77olimEkYdq1743eHmoBeF" width="604"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ibibio-sound-machine.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 25. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Confessional songwriting has been around ever since Joni Mitchell pulled out her guitar and sat down to write <em>Blue</em> &ndash; heck, even Taylor Swift&rsquo;s at it these days &ndash; but Sharon Van Etten&rsquo;s lyrics still have the power to stop you dead in your tracks.</p> <p>When the New Jersey native sings &ldquo;Break my legs so I won&rsquo;t walk to you/Cut my tongue so I can&rsquo;t talk to you&rdquo; on &lsquo;Your Love Is Killing Me&rsquo;, she really sells it. With most of the tracks on <em>Are We There</em> concerned with doomed, desperate and destructive love, perhaps this isn&rsquo;t one to give your other half on their birthday &ndash; but do listen to it yourself.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="80" scrolling="no" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:2S1IUGeYOV3JPSoaheqIo9" width="604"></iframe></p> <p><em>Additional reviews by Sam Kieldsen, Tom Wiggins, Will Dunn, Will Findlater, Fraser Macdonald, Mark Wilson, Max Langridge, Emily May and Ross Presly</em></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">READ MORE: The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sharon Van Etten - Are We There" alt="The best new music on Spotify 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharon-van-etten-are-we-there.jpg?1405680249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best Spotify albums of 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let Stuff be your guide to the best new music released this year </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Spotify Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:37:25 +0000 Marc McLaren 1441755 at http://www.stuff.tv Marvel at the modulus.002, a cloud-connected analogue/digital hybrid polysynth http://www.stuff.tv/music/marvel-modulus002-cloud-connected-analoguedigital-hybrid-polysynth/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The UK’s first wholly-created analogue synthesiser in decades combines sonic blasts with modern flash </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="modulus.002" alt="modulus.002" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/modulus-002.jpg?1405063981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Not quite the Casio from my childhood, eh?</strong></p> <p>That&rsquo;s putting it mildly. Hailing from Modulus (the company) in Bristol, the modulus.002 is a beast of a synthesiser&mdash;in fact, it&rsquo;s an analogue/digital polyphonic hybrid that allows up to 12 distinctive voices with the option of being multitimbral. It also has a dozen &ldquo;quick recall banks&rdquo; ideal for live performance, a 16-track/32-step sequencer, and an animator for in-depth control sequencer.</p> <p><strong>I didn&rsquo;t think we made synths like that in the UK.</strong></p> <p>Funny you mention that. The modulus.002 is actually the first such polyphonic (and multitimbral) analogue synthesiser fully created and manufactured here since the late 1980s, at least according to its maker. Unlike nearly everything else out there, this one&rsquo;s completely homegrown.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That sounds like a bullet point from a press release.</strong></p> <p>Try a whole paragraph! But seriously, if Modulus is proud to be bringing serious synth creation back to the UK, then we&rsquo;re happy for them. Ultimately, however, that&rsquo;s not what will make this heavy-duty hardware worth adding to your studio or stage setup.</p> <p><strong>So what makes this one distinct, then?</strong></p> <p>Would you believe us if we said an Ethernet port? Truly, though&mdash;it could prove to be a marvellous addition, as linking the modulus.002 up to the Internet lets you transfer your profile, sequences, and more to the cloud, and then pull that all down to another modulus.002 (yours or a collaborator&rsquo;s).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="500" title="modulus.002" alt="modulus.002" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/modulus-002full.jpg?1405063981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>And what about that screen?</strong></p> <p>The modulus.002 indeed also features a 4.3in display&mdash;with wide viewing angles promised&mdash;that proves context-sensitive in use. Twiddle any knob and the specific controls are displayed on the screen, offering you ample control that&rsquo;s available in a moment&rsquo;s notice.</p> <p><strong>Does it cost as much as my home studio setup?</strong></p> <p>Quite likely! The modulus.002 is priced at &pound;2,995 and available now, but between its extensive aural capabilities and technological niceties, it looks like a worthwhile investment for synth devotees. Hopefully it sounds like one too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">All of our Hot Stuff pieces, collected</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="modulus.002" alt="modulus.002" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/modulus-002close.jpg?1405063981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/music/marvel-modulus002-cloud-connected-analoguedigital-hybrid-polysynth/news#comments Hot Stuff Music Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441717 at http://www.stuff.tv SoundCloud joins the Sonos gang http://www.stuff.tv/music/soundcloud-joins-sonos-gang/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, you can now access the social music streaming service through your Sonos set-up... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sonos set-up" alt="The Sonos set-up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonos_app_family_0.jpg?1405062712" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sonos has signed up SoundCloud as part of its seemingly never-ending quest to integrate every music streaming service in the world.</p> <p>As of today, Sonos users will be able to access the music-discovery-and-sharing platform through its various apps, giving them access to SoundCloud&#39;s many millions of tracks.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The service joins the likes of Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer, Napster, Rdio and The Hype Machine in the Sonos gang, and will initially be available in beta form.</p> <p>SoundCloud plays host to thousands of unknown artists as well as established bands, podcasts and more; with 12 hours of music added to the service every minute, there&#39;s certainly no shortage of content to listen to.</p> <p>The new addition comes just a few weeks after&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news">Google Play Music was integrated</a>, also in beta form, and a few months after Sonos launched its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news">Universal Search&nbsp;</a>function - enabling users to search for tracks across all of the services, and create playlists containing music from a variety of sources.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-play-music-comes-sonos/news">Google Play Music comes to Sonos</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/music/soundcloud-joins-sonos-gang/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Sonos Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:45:57 +0000 Marc McLaren 1441650 at http://www.stuff.tv Google debuts interactive in-browser Cube with six sides of synced video and beats http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-debuts-browser-cube-synced-video-and-beats-all-six-sides/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial version features new single from The Presets, but will be a platform for use by others </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Cube" alt="The Cube" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-cube.jpg?1404364424" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google provides services and systems that help power our daily lives, but the company also likes to dabble in odd little curios&mdash;like this interactive video Cube, with six sides of synced content that you can manipulate at will.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And while it might initially seem like a bunch of found footage slapped together, it was all filmed expressly for this project&mdash;as the making-of clip above demonstrates, and little cues in the footage (like the woman in the bathtub mouthing lyrics from the song) depict.</p> <p>Google has done one-off Chrome Experiments with the band Arcade Fire, but Google sees Cube more as a platform that can be used by other artists and creators to tell compelling, interactive stories. It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see where that leads, but for now, point Chrome or your Android device below to give it a spin.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="567" src="http://cube.withgoogle.com/cube/presets-no-fun/?embed" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/01/google-the-cube/">TechCrunch</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/02/googles-cube-experiment-presets/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin">Fully Charged: Google&rsquo;s cardboard VR headset shell, Evolve leads E3 critic awards nominations, and a Halo-inspired motorcycle helmet</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QWsKgblN0oA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-debuts-browser-cube-synced-video-and-beats-all-six-sides/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-debuts-browser-cube-synced-video-and-beats-all-six-sides/news#comments Google Music Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:54:33 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440791 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s future speakers and earphones to be a gas, gas, gas http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-future-speakers-and-earphones-be-gas-gas-gas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A newly-awarded patent describes how gas-filled speakers and headphones could offer higher sound quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple’s future speakers and earphones to be a gas, gas, gas" alt="Apple’s future speakers and earphones to be a gas, gas, gas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-earpods.jpg?1404352125" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has been awarded a patent that may hint at the future of its speakers and headphones &ndash; and it&rsquo;s a real gas.</p> <p>We mean that quite literally. The document describes how a light gas like helium could be sealed behind a speaker&rsquo;s cone; when the gas pressure changes, the cone vibrates and makes sound. Usually, outside air is used to vibrate the cone, but using a specific gas instead can result in more precise, more faithful sound reproduction.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s a concept which already exists in some &ldquo;plasma speakers&rdquo;, but these have to be installed in such a way that the movement of the gas can be tightly controlled by alterations in barometric pressure. Apple&rsquo;s idea differs in that it can be used in portable speakers and even headphones. A vented cavity allows outside air to compress the gas through a barrier, keeping the gas sealed inside.</p> <p>As with all patent stories, we&rsquo;d urge you not to get too excited. Even if Apple does release a product packing this tech, such a day is probably years away &ndash; and there&rsquo;s no guarantee that the company will use its patent at all. However, given Apple&rsquo;s recent efforts at boosting its audio reputation (mainly through the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">purchase of headphone maker Beats</a>), we reckon there&rsquo;s a decent chance of some gassy iPhone headphones popping up in the not-too-distant future.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/01/apple-gains-patent-for-high-fidelity-new-gas-filled-speaker-design">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The patent diagram of Apple&#039;s gas-filled speakers" alt="The patent diagram of Apple&#039;s gas-filled speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-gas-speaker.jpg?1404352125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-future-speakers-and-earphones-be-gas-gas-gas/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Headphones iPhone & iPad Music Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:17:18 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1440758 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: New Oculus Rift dev kits shipping, the arty mountain simulator, and Google snags Songza http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-new-oculus-rift-dev-kits-shipping-arty-mountain-simulator-and-google-snags-song <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prepare for the day ahead with our sampling of top news stories from overnight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oculus Rift" alt="Oculus Rift" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oculus-rift-dk2_0.jpg?1404381466" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Latest Oculus Rift dev kit shipping this month </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re still a ways off from a consumer-ready version of the Oculus Rift VR headset, but it&rsquo;s drawing nearer with each new development kit release. And a whole lot of them are soon to be out in the wild, as Oculus VR announced last night that Development Kit 2 pre-orders will begin shipping this month, with first units hitting developers the week of 14 July.</p> <p>That said, Oculus claims to have more than 45,000 pre-orders for the kit, but only about 10,000 headsets will actually make it out to developers during July. The rest should ship in August, bringing game and content developers a massively updated version of the highly-anticipated device.</p> <p>Development Kit 2 bumps the display resolution to 1080p and adds external motion tracking via a camera, which significantly reduces motion sickness for many players and allows for more immersive experiences. Oculus VR is still taking pre-orders for the unit, with new orders slated to ship in September, but just to stress this once more&mdash;it&rsquo;s development hardware, not a consumer-ready device. Purchase at your own risk.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&amp;t=10044&amp;p=129463#p129463">Oculus Developer Forums</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/hands-oculus-rift-v2-believe-vr-hype/feature">Hands-on with Oculus Rift v2: believe the VR hype</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mountain is an arty mountain simulator </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/99098990?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Between Goat Simulator and Rock Simulator, developers are pushing the simulation tag into the realm of parody. However, Mountain&mdash;released yesterday on PC, Mac, and iOS&mdash;wears its tag of &ldquo;mountain simulator&rdquo; without a wink or tongue pressed firmly against cheek. It&rsquo;s probably not exactly the kind of game you&rsquo;re expecting, either.</p> <p>Created by artist David OReilly, the man behind the fictional hologram game in Spike Jonze&rsquo;s film, Her, Mountain begins by asking you to answer three questions with drawings, and then generates a virtual mountain based on your response. From there, the atmospheric game promises &ldquo;no controls,&rdquo; that &ldquo;things grow and things die&rdquo; and &ldquo;nature expresses itself,&rdquo; and amusingly, &ldquo;~ 50 hours of gameplay.&rdquo;</p> <p>Anyone put off by experimental art games will have already stopped reading before the end of that sentence, but those with more of an open mind can check it out on any platform today for just &pound;1.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://mountain-game.com">Mountain</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mtn/id891528055?ls=1&amp;mt=8">App Store</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/clever-computers-top-25-artificial-intelligences-film/feature">From HAL to &lsquo;Her&rsquo;: the top 24 artificial intelligences on film</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Songza acquired by Google, will continue running </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As rumoured last month, Google went ahead and acquired streaming music service Songza, the companies announced yesterday. The New York Times reports that the deal is worth more than US$39 million&mdash;much more than the original US$15 million expectation, but a far cry from the $3 billion that Apple spent for Beats Music bundled with the Beats headphone business.</p> <p>Songza is known for its distinctive curation approach, which asks users to input a mood or situation and then be provided relevant songs. The service will continue to operate, with the company promising that they&rsquo;ll be making it &ldquo;faster, smarter, and even more fun to use.&rdquo; Additionally, the team is expected to begin contributing their talents to Google Play Music and possibly even YouTube.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/business/media/google-buys-songza-a-playlist-app-for-any-occasion.html?_r=0">The New York Times</a>, <a href="http://daily.songza.com/google/">Songza</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-mulling-songza-purchase-shatterproof-phone-screens-incoming-and-minecraf">Fully Charged: Google mulling Songza purchase, shatterproof phone screens incoming, and the Minecraft creator&rsquo;s strange new horse game</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Songza" alt="Songza" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/songza_0.jpg?1404381466" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-new-oculus-rift-dev-kits-shipping-arty-mountain-simulator-and-google-snags-song#comments Gaming Google Music Oculus Rift Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440709 at http://www.stuff.tv New album app format offers Hi-Res Audio, remix options and 360-degree videos http://www.stuff.tv/music/new-album-app-format-offers-hi-res-audio-remix-options-and-360-degree-videos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Norwegian singer Bernhoft has found an intriguing way to make his latest record a bit special </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="New album app format offers Hi-Res Audio, remix options and 360-degree videos" alt="New album app format offers Hi-Res Audio, remix options and 360-degree videos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bernhoft-hd360-1.jpg?1403797242" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most artists are content to release their album in MP3 format, but Norwegian soul singer Bernhoft has found a way to add a little more value to his latest record.</p> <p>His new album <em>Islander</em> is being sold as a fully interactive iPad and iPhone app &ndash; and it could be the first of many in a new &ldquo;HD360&rdquo; format.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adding more value </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The app, which costs &pound;13.99 and is available now, features every track in Hi-Res studio-quality, as well as a video for each song &ndash; but that&rsquo;s just the beginning. It also features full liner notes, a console that allows the user to remix every track, a loop station and special 360-degree videos that allow you to sit (virtually, at least) in the middle of the musicians as they perform.</p> <p>The app was produced by Philip Tennant, who has previous worked with Depeche Mode and The Cure, and is based on over two years of software development. That suggests that Islander is merely the first in a series of HD360 albums released as apps &ndash; and wouldn&rsquo;t it be nice to have more of them out soon? We&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>You can download the HD360 edition of <em>Islander</em> from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bernhoft-islander/id870484538?mt=8">App Store</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/td46BDoA2m0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Every track can be remixed at this virtual desk" alt="Every track can be remixed at this virtual desk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bernhoft-hd360-2.jpg?1403797242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Every track can be remixed at this virtual desk" alt="Every track can be remixed at this virtual desk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bernhoft-hd360-3.jpg?1403797242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Hi-Res Audio iOS apps Music Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:39:37 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1440219 at http://www.stuff.tv Roadtrip Mixtape automatically makes a music playlist based on your route http://www.stuff.tv/music/roadtrip-mixtape-automatically-makes-music-playlist-based-your-route/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But be warned: this Spotify-friendly web app has a tendency to pick some right stinkers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roadtrip Mixtape automatically makes a music playlist based on your route" alt="Roadtrip Mixtape automatically makes a music playlist based on your route" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/roadtrip-mixtape-1.jpg?1403337375" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When planning a road trip, there are few things more important than the music. Sure, you could just hook your iPod up to the car stereo and hit shuffle &ndash; but where&rsquo;s the fun in that? What you really need is a selection of tunes that&rsquo;s somehow relevant to your specific journey. And now there&rsquo;s a web app that will create one for you.</p> <p>Roadtrip Mixtape uses the talents of Google Maps and Spotify. Head the the site, type in the starting location and destination of your journey and the app will do the rest.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How does it work? It looks at your route and uses artists and bands that originate in the towns and cities along it, picking them in an order that reflects your journey. So if you&rsquo;re driving from London to Oxford your playlist might kick off with Coldplay and end with Radiohead. You can&rsquo;t filter playlists at all, however, so there&rsquo;s no way to shape its picks to a particular genre or genres. So you could go straight from a West End show tune to black metal (which can be a bit jarring when you&rsquo;re trying to negotiate a roundabout).</p> <p>Tracks will play from the web app itself, and at present you can only open individual songs in Spotify&rsquo;s web player &ndash; neither of which are much use when you&rsquo;re actually on the road. What it really needs is a way to export its playlists into Spotify so they can be played through the mobile app &ndash; and that&rsquo;s apparently planned as a future feature.</p> <p>Give Roadtrip Mixtape a shot <a href="http://labs.echonest.com/CityServer/roadtrip.html">here</a>.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.avclub.com/article/roadtrip-mixtape-lets-users-create-playlists-based-205982">A.V. Club</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/chuene-interactive-music-box-could-give-you-perfect-playlist-new-years-eve/news">Chüne! The smart speaker that can create the perfect New Year&#39;s Eve party playlist</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roadtrip Mixtape automatically makes a music playlist based on your route" alt="Roadtrip Mixtape automatically makes a music playlist based on your route" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roadtrip-mixtape-2.jpg?1403337375" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/roadtrip-mixtape-automatically-makes-music-playlist-based-your-route/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music Spotify Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:36:52 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439647 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon phone already stirring carrier spats, YouTube’s about to block a bunch of music videos, and the world’s largest video game collection sold http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the day by filling your brain with the hottest tech news around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle phone" alt="Amazon Kindle phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazonphone_1.jpg?1403077529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon’s phone reportedly exclusive to AT&amp;T in US, so T-Mobile’s upset </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It was rumored when the first leak hit some weeks back, but now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AT&amp;T will indeed be the exclusive carrier for Amazon&rsquo;s first smartphone, which will be revealed at an event this evening. It&rsquo;s not yet known whether Amazon will also sell it SIM-free and off-contract directly to customers.</p> <p>Naturally, outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere isn&rsquo;t so pleased about the report, saying on Twitter, &ldquo;Exclusivity sucks for customers. Exclusivity on @ATT sucks for the industry. #justsayin&rdquo;</p> <p>He went on to say, &ldquo;When #big (@ATT) and #bigger (@Amazon) get together, the industry feels a whole lot smaller.&rdquo; Granted, Legere has a history of talking trash about rivals&mdash;particularly AT&amp;T&mdash;so this is hardly a startling development.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re only hours away from getting our first official look at Amazon&rsquo;s so-called Kindle phone, which is expected to feature several front-facing infrared cameras that work together to create a 3D effect. It&rsquo;s slated to have pretty impressive specs, as well, and you can find a roundup if everything we think we know about it below&mdash;before our full coverage tonight, of course.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/at-t-to-exclusively-carry-amazon-smartphone-1403001723">The Wall Street Journal</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/17/5818366/tmobile-ceo-slams-amazon-att-over-smartphone-exclusivity">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Kindle phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prepping paid music service, YouTube will block uncooperative labels’ videos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As YouTube attempts to tackle a new kind of revenue stream with the addition of a premium subscription music service, the company will begin blocking videos from labels that have not signed agreements to be part of the new offering.</p> <p>According to a report from The Financial Times, YouTube has agreed to deals with labels representing about 95% of the music publishing industry. However, there are holdouts, and those labels will soon see their music videos blocked from viewing and effectively held for ransom until they take whatever YouTube is offering.</p> <p>The report says that well-known indie labels like Domino and XL Recordings have yet to sign the agreements, and that means artists like Adele and Arctic Monkeys could soon see their hit videos pulled&mdash;within days, it seems. In fact, the embedded video above (which has a staggering half-billion views) might not even work next week.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re taking a risk with that, but so is YouTube here in attempting to strong-arm labels to sign potentially poor deals to keep their videos online. And yet with the streaming service&rsquo;s incredible scale, we&rsquo;d guess that most of the holdouts will acquiesce just to maintain the status quo and not be left out.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ea6728e2-f568-11e3-afd3-00144feabdc0.html">The Financial Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/youtube/ces-2014/youtube-show-low-bandwidth-4k-streaming-ces/news">YouTube to show off low-bandwidth 4K streaming at CES</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rYEDA3JcQqw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> World’s largest video game collection sold for US$750,250 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It can be taxing to keep your stacks and shelves of games organized, but all of our paltry collections combined couldn&rsquo;t match up to that of Michael Thomasson, a video game historian who has amassed more than 11,000 games for various platforms, along with rare hardware and the like.</p> <p>Family responsibilities forced Thomasson to sell off his collection&mdash;certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest around&mdash;and it&rsquo;s completed its four-day run on gaming auction site GameGavel, drawing a top bid of US$750,250. That&rsquo;s a lot of quarters!</p> <p>Thomasson didn&rsquo;t want to sell the collection, but felt he needed to; however, he says that he&rsquo;s sold his (previously smaller) collection before and started anew, so perhaps the thrill of the chase will compel him to use some of his newfound wealth and repeat the cycle.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gamegavel.com/item.cgi?show_item=958029">GameGavel</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/17/video-game-collection/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-200-greatest-games-all-time/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s 200 Greatest Games of All Time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Michael Thomasson" alt="Michael Thomasson" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/videogame-collection.jpg?1403077529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Guardians of the Galaxy trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past have all debuted to big numbers, but there&rsquo;s one more massive comic adaptation on the horizon this summer: Marvel&rsquo;s own Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt.</p> <p>While much less iconic a property than the others Marvel has pursued on the big screen, this sci-fi tale seems to put a larger focus on comedy and its unique personality. The first trailer spotlighted that well, while this new second UK trailer is better-rounded, delivering bursts of narrative, action, and a few welcome jokes along the way. Guardians of the Galaxy hits cinemas on 31 July.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CqymRQ1uUU">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-awesome-movies-you-have-see-2014/feature">The 10 movies you need to see in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3CqymRQ1uUU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v#comments Amazon Film and TV Fire Phone Gaming Music YouTube Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439441 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google mulling Songza purchase, shatterproof phone screens incoming, and the Minecraft creator’s strange new horse game http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-mulling-songza-purchase-shatterproof-phone-screens-incoming-and-minecraf <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the week with a blast of news from all corners of the tech world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Songza" alt="Songza" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/songza.jpg?1402295581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google reportedly eyeing Songza acquisition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple bought Beats for US$3 billion, and now Google might buy Songza for&hellip; just US$15 million? That&rsquo;s what the New York Post is reporting, as Google apparently wants the streaming music service for its smart and very distinctive curation features.</p> <p>Unlike traditional streaming approaches, Songza simply asks for your mood or what you&rsquo;re doing, and then pairs music accordingly&mdash;whether you are at work, need a dance break, or are up for some toilet listening. No, really.</p> <p>Songza has about 5.5 million active users, and the Post report cites one source claiming that Google has made a mere US$15 million offer, while another says the sum is much higher and that other companies are also trying to pursue the streaming service. It won&rsquo;t dominate headlines like Beats did, but Songza&rsquo;s charming and effective curation could be a sharp addition to Google&rsquo;s music arsenal.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/06/06/google-in-talks-to-buy-music-streaming-company-songza/">The New York Post</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">Apple acquires Beats for US$3 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shatterproof phone screens are on the horizon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our hearts skip a beat every time we drop our slippery smartphones, as an impact at the wrong angle could result in a massive repair bill for a horribly cracked display. Luckily, the technology to avoid such outcomes is apparently rather close to being a reality.</p> <p>Scientists at the University of Akron in Ohio, USA have designed a transparent electrode film that is dramatically tougher than the indium tin oxide (ITO) coatings found on many current devices, and it&rsquo;s been bent more than 1000 times during testing and retained its shape. It could be produced in rolls and applied to future handsets.</p> <p>&ldquo;We expect this film to emerge on the market as a true ITO competitor,&quot; says Yu Zhu, assistant professor of polymer science at the university, and the lead researcher. &quot;The annoying problem of cracked smartphone screens may be solved once and for all with this flexible touch screen.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.mdconnects.com/articles/1723/20140606/scientists-create-shatterproof-phone-screens.htm">MD Connects</a> and <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/im/online-newsroom/news_details.dot?newsId=118f583a-986c-497c-b45d-c3ea152cd362&amp;crumbTitle=Shatterproof%20screens%20that%20save%20smartphones">The University of Akron</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/07/shatterproof-touchscreen-film/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/disney-research-creates-paper-can-generate-electricity/news">Disney Research creates paper that can generate electricity</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cracked screen" alt="Cracked screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cracked-screen.jpg?1402295581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft creator’s new game is Cliffhorse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Released with the same kind of freewheeling indie ethos as Minecraft was&mdash;once upon a time, before it evolved into a juggernaut&mdash;Cliffhorse (from Minecraft creator Markus &ldquo;Notch&rdquo; Persson) for PC has suddenly appeared on the Internet. You can pay him in Dogecoin for it, if you&rsquo;d like, but he makes the link for an &ldquo;early access&rdquo; version <a href="http://cliffhorse.com">freely available</a>.</p> <p>As far as we can tell (from various unofficial YouTube videos), it&rsquo;s a game about galloping a horse around rolling hills&mdash;and that may be it for now, or maybe ever, as the website says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;no guarantee of future updates.&rdquo;</p> <p>Persson claims to have amassed about US$100 worth of Dogecoin as of yesterday, <a href="https://twitter.com/notch/status/475595731898994688">and tweeted</a>, &ldquo;I can&#39;t believe this somehow ended up being my first commercial game after Minecraft.&rdquo; Yeah, that makes all of us!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">Minecraft goes to Hollywood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cliffhorse" alt="Cliffhorse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cliffhorse.jpg?1402295581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ant-Man adds new director and writer, stays on target </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Marvel&rsquo;s movie-making nightmare has finally come to an end, as the company has found a new director to tackle next year&rsquo;s Ant-Man after parting ways with Edgar Wright. Peyton Reed, director of Bring it On and Yes Man, has been announced as the new director for the comic adaptation.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an awfully pedestrian pick following Edgar Wright&rsquo;s lengthy involvement with the project, but there&rsquo;s a saving grace here: Anchorman director Adam McKay, who <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hp-s-android-slatebook-pc-announced-and-chromebook-11-refreshed-plus-ant-man-c">passed on directing Ant-Man</a>, will instead help tweak the script as the film rushes into production. Here&rsquo;s hoping that the original vision for the Paul Rudd-starring flick isn&rsquo;t completely lost in the process.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://marvel.com/news/movies/2014/6/7/22643/director_peyton_reed_and_writer_adam_mckay_join_marvels_ant-man">Marvel</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-marvel-s-ant-man-loses-edgar-wright-free-star-wars-game-canceled-and-xbox-on">Fully Charged: Marvel&rsquo;s Ant-Man loses Edgar Wright, free Star Wars game cancelled, and Xbox One controllers getting PC support</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ant-Man" alt="Ant-Man" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ant-man-logo_0.jpg?1402295581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-mulling-songza-purchase-shatterproof-phone-screens-incoming-and-minecraf#comments Film and TV Google Minecraft Music Smartphones Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438799 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple acquires Beats for US$3 billion http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rumoured move to purchase Beats Electronics and Beats Music made official </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple acquires Beats" alt="Apple acquires Beats" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/beats-apple.jpg?1401327862" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confirming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-might-buy-beats-electronics-new-unreal-tournament-free-and-community-desig">weeks of speculation</a>, Apple announced this evening that it has acquired headphones manufacturer and streaming music service proprietor Beats.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Headphones Music Wed, 28 May 2014 21:28:30 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438058 at http://www.stuff.tv Spotify support added to djay 2 for streaming mixes http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-support-added-djay-2-streaming-mixes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update elevates popular iPad and iPhone turntable apps with major new features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="djay 2" alt="djay 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/djay-spotify.jpg?1400827158" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Algoriddim&rsquo;s djay apps have long been prime examples of intuitive touch-centric design, and now they can tap into streaming music service Spotify to access more than 20 million tracks.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A new Automix Radio function should prove ideal for parties, as you can set djay 2 loose on Spotify and have it automatically mix tracks with transitions based on your music preferences. And all of your Spotify playlists, starred tracks, and the like carry over into djay 2.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a rather large feature addition to the App Store&rsquo;s top turntable app, and comes just a few months after the debut of rival iPad app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pacemaker/id593873080?mt=8">Pacemaker</a>, which boasted Spotify support as its most unique perk (aside from a flashy interface). A paid Spotify account is required for use of the new djay 2 features, naturally, but that might be a small price to pay for what it adds to the experience.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.algoriddim.com/spotify">Algoriddim</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/64/best-bits-our-pick-64-bit-iphone-apps-5s-owners-must-try/feature">9 essential 64-bit apps every iPhone 5s owner should download</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qGXsp4Lhbns" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-support-added-djay-2-streaming-mixes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-support-added-djay-2-streaming-mixes/news#comments iOS apps Music Spotify Thu, 22 May 2014 19:46:26 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1437660 at http://www.stuff.tv Streaming music app Bloom.fm seeking funding to stay afloat http://www.stuff.tv/music/streaming-music-app-bloomfm-seeking-funding-stay-afloat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Surprise shutdown can be reversed if a buyer or new investor is secured </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bloom.fm" alt="Bloom.fm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bloomfm.jpg?1399063756" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fans of the streaming music app Bloom.fm were surprised earlier this week when the service announced it would close due to pulled funding.</p> <p>Founded in 2008, the company had until recently been bankrolled by Russian TV network TNT. However, according to an interview with PC Pro, founder and CEO Oleg Fomenko says organizational changes at TNT suddenly left Bloom.fm without funding.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/streaming-music-app-bloomfm-seeking-funding-stay-afloat/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/streaming-music-app-bloomfm-seeking-funding-stay-afloat/news#comments Android apps iOS apps Music Streaming Fri, 02 May 2014 20:48:10 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1436525 at http://www.stuff.tv The £30 Gramofon turns your hi-fi into a socially connected, streaming jukebox http://www.stuff.tv/music/gramofone-music-streamer-makes-your-dumb-speakers-smart/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This tiny little jukebox will inject your speakers with wireless streaming powers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Gramofon: So very small" alt="The £30 Gramofon turns your hi-fi into a socially connected, streaming jukebox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gramofon.jpg?1397980066" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Hey look, Sony shrunk the PS4!</strong><br />Honestly, that&#39;s what we thought at first too, but this is no miniature games console. This is a 21st century jukebox for the modern connected gadgeteer, just 8cm square.</p> <p><strong>It does music stuff?</strong><br />Eloquently put. Yes, it does music stuff. It does it very good in fact.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sounds neat. But streaming from my phone will drain its battery...</strong><br />No it won&#39;t. Your phone isn&#39;t actually streaming the music. Tunes are instead streamed directly from Spotify&#39;s servers, so your device is acting more like a glorified remote.</p> <p>Unlike Bluetooth streaming, that means that you can leave the room and not have to worry about the connection cutting out. Not only that, but your friends can get in on the action too.</p> <p><strong>Friends?</strong><br />Other human beings which you willingly spend leisure time with to talk about sports, babies, cats and other things of that nature.</p> <p>Up to 20 people can connect to the Gramofon at once, letting you all create one huge playlist without having to fight over a single connection. They can login with their Facebook password too, so no pesky Wi-Fi codes are required.</p> <p><strong>What if I don&#39;t use Spotify?</strong><br />Then you&#39;ll probably want to hold out a little while longer. There are a tonne of music services which will be added after the Gramofon launches, including Google Play Music, Grooveshark and Deezer.</p> <p>On the plus side, if you buy the Gramofon then you&#39;ll have access to free Wi-Fi in millions of places around the world. Not bad eh?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="622" height="467" title="Plug it in, plug it in baby" alt="Gramofone music streamer makes your dumb speakers smart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gramofon2.jpg?1397980066" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="700" height="525" title="Support for more services is promised" alt="Gramofone music streamer makes your dumb speakers smart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gramofone3.jpg?1397980066" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fon/gramofon-modern-cloud-jukebox/widget/video.html" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Is this the part where you tell me that I can&#39;t afford it?</strong><br />For once, no. The Gramofon is actually rather affordable. You can currently pick it up for US$50 on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fon/gramofon-modern-cloud-jukebox" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, and it should be with you in July. Happy listening.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All of the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/gramofone-music-streamer-makes-your-dumb-speakers-smart/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/gramofone-music-streamer-makes-your-dumb-speakers-smart/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Music Streaming Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:35:38 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435672 at http://www.stuff.tv