Music http://www.stuff.tv/google/music/all en-GB 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 Jog on: the 30 best running songs http://www.stuff.tv/music/30-best-running-songs/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’ve picked out the tunes that’ll get your blood coursing, sweat flowing and legs pumping. </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 30 best running songs" alt="The 30 best running songs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/running-music.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve all heard about the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Loneliness_of_the_Long_Distance_Runner">loneliness of the long distance runner</a>, but thanks to modern technology that&rsquo;s a thing of the past: now any jogger worth his or her salt(y sweat) is packing a music player to pump inspiring tunes into the ears and induce their legs to kick up a gear.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve picked out 30 songs we reckon to be among the best-suited when it comes to running. If you want to shave a few seconds off your personal best, do yourself a favour and get these on your iPhone.</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"><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"> “When A Fire Starts To Burn”, Disclosure </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>Hard as it might be to believe, this pair of rosy-cheeked brothers from Reigate, barely out of nappies during UK garage&rsquo;s late-90s heyday, have swiftly become the world&rsquo;s premier purveyors of house/deep house/garage/future garage/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. And this, the opener from their debut album <em>Settle</em>, is a neat distillation of their oeuvre &ndash; and one hell of a certified banger.</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="Disclosure" alt="Disclosure" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disclosure.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Dearth”, Foals </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>Foals may be on a disturbingly Muse-esque journey into overblown stadium rock (plus they made that song that sounded like KC and the Sunshine Band) but delving into the Oxford band&rsquo;s back catalogue reveals this gem of a post-punk revival stomper. Energetic.</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="Foals" alt="Foals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/foals.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Funky Kingston”, Toots &amp; The Maytals </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 in need of a running tune in a more sedate line, this reggae (or perhaps rock steady, if we were wearing our pedantic pants) classic is beyond infectious. A top track for bouncing along to while you power up a hill &ndash; or at least attempt to.</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="984" title="Toots &amp; The Maytals" alt="Toots &amp; The Maytals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/toots-and-the-maytals.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “The Trooper”, Iron Maiden </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>East London&rsquo;s finest heavy metal mavens have rarely sounded better than on &ldquo;The Trooper&rdquo;, a four-minute bayonet-jabber of a track inspired by the famed Charge of the Light Brigade. Perhaps that makes it more a riding tune than a running tune, but its galloping rhythm and story of heroism against impossible odds will have your pins going like the clappers.</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="532" height="510" title="“The Trooper” by Iron Maiden" alt="“The Trooper” by Iron Maiden" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iron-maiden-the-trooper.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Hallogallo”, Neu! </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 10-minute slice of steadily-building Krautrock epitomises &ldquo;Motorik&rdquo;, a term coined by music journalists to describe a particular 4/4 beat. Why? Well, its repetitive, forward-feeling rhythm gives the sense of driving down a motorway. And it&rsquo;s not bad for running, either.</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="532" height="532" title="Neu!" alt="Neu!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/neu.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> 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"> “Delorean Dynamite”, Todd Terje </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>Norwegian DJ Terje Olsen delivers a satisfying slice of nu-disco that&rsquo;ll have you eating up the miles like nobody&rsquo;s business. Steadily pounding drums, euphoric synths and textured bass are the order of the day.</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="900" height="900" title="Todd Terje" alt="Todd Terje" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/todd-terje.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Length of Love”, Interpol </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>God only knows what New York&rsquo;s impeccably-dressed post-punk revivalists are singing about here, but the thumping rhythm section makes an easy-to-follow metronome for your morning run.</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="Interpol" alt="Interpol" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/interpol.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Superconnected”, Broken Social Scene </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 rolling, high tempo jam from the Canadian indie stalwarts that ices its already running-suitable cake with inspiringly shouty vocals. You may want to skip the lengthy outro, mind you.</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="900" height="841" title="Broken Social Scene" alt="Broken Social Scene" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/broken-social-scene.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “All My Friends”, LCD Soundsystem </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 song builds steadily for almost all of its seven and a half minutes, making it a fine accompaniment to the early stages of your run. It&rsquo;s an incredible track lyrically too, although you may want to banish its melancholic musings on &ldquo;growing up&rdquo; from your mind, lest you find yourself curled up on a park bench quietly weeping for your squandered youth.</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="LCD Soundsystem&#039;s James Murphy" alt="LCD Soundsystem&#039;s James Murphy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lcd-soundsystem.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Red Eyes”, The War On Drugs </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>After years of slogging away on tour, Philadelphia&rsquo;s War On Drugs are finally receiving some much-deserved attention &ndash; and when you hear a song like &ldquo;Red Eyes&rdquo; it&rsquo;s almost impossible to ignore it. If the 1980s versions of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan were merged in a melding machine &ndash; perhaps chuck in a sprinkling of Go West and Don Henley &ndash; you might come up with something a little like this. But these guitar solos are better.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/frf_kmeron/12207262376/in/photolist-jAHpNY-jAyBVS-jAFxMe-jAwMqz-jAGrom-jAwHxp-jAxARC-jAHsRm-jAvEiH-amE2S5-amBcaz-amBdDt-amE2jC-amE3i3-amE3Vj-amE3tu-amBcPB-amE3Ls-amBbvH-amBdjR-amBbDX-amE4Y1-amE2MU-amE2bG-amBcfM-amBcsi-amBe1v-jAEfPa-jAxEPN-jAyE8N-jAEjzB-jAyHS1-jAyCLj-an9oNr-an9oRR-an9oGV-8R8BCs-bQgoFB-ByecJ-8R8obN-dPfuY6-bE3xJV-bGRnmi-ay5Siw-aUznKg-aUzoDR-aUzo84-aUzonD-aUznn4-aUzn6F">Kmeron</a></em></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 Drug&#039;s Adam Granduciel" alt="The War On Drug&#039;s Adam Granduciel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/war-on-drugs.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “I Ran (So Far Away)”, A Flock of Seagulls </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>Not only is the name of this stone-cold 80s classic absolutely dead-on, its steady rhythm, inspirational vocals and sense of momentum will keep you putting one foot in front of the other.</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="A Flock of Seagulls" alt="A Flock of Seagulls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/a-flock-of-seagulls.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Hey Ya!”, OutKast </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>At 162 beats per minute, &ldquo;Hey Ya!&rdquo; is most likely OutKast&rsquo;s most upbeat song &ndash; and so joyful with it that you can&rsquo;t help but up your pace when it comes through your Sennheisers. You know what to do-ooo-ooo.</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="600" height="338" title="&quot;Hey Ya!&quot; by OutKast" alt="&quot;Hey Ya!&quot; by OutKast" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hey-ya-outkast.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Someday”, The Strokes </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>Remember when The Strokes could do no wrong? Unless you&rsquo;re as ancient as us, probably not, but &ldquo;Someday&rdquo; &ndash; the third single from the New Yorkers&rsquo; triumphant first album &ndash; is a perfect example of them at their no nonsense best. Three minutes long, no messing about. And with 212bpm, it&rsquo;s an ideal choice when you want to up the pace.</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 Strokes" alt="The Strokes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-strokes.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Lose Yourself”, Eminem </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 track doesn&rsquo;t have a particularly fast tempo, so it&rsquo;s perhaps best saved for muscle-sapping uphill climbs where its hugely inspiring &ldquo;OK, it&rsquo;s time to take on the world&rdquo; lyrics will put some much-needed fire in your belly.</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="Eminem" alt="Eminem" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eminem.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Get Lucky”, Daft Punk </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>Staying &ldquo;up all night to get lucky&rdquo; probably isn&rsquo;t the best preparation for training, but whatever: this tune&rsquo;s spotless production, celebratory lyrics and infectious rhythm more than make up for it, and at over six minutes in length it&rsquo;s an ideal pace-setter.</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="Daft Punk" alt="Daft Punk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/daft-punk-get-lucky.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> 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"> “Long Train Runnin’”, The Doobie Brothers </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>Certainly the Doobies&rsquo; best-loved song, &ldquo;Long Train Runnin&rsquo;&rdquo; is a much-covered classic of 70s radio rock and guaranteed to raise a smile &ndash; even if you&rsquo;ve just run so much you feel like you&rsquo;re about to puke. All aboard.</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="900" height="911" title="The Doobie Brothers" alt="The Doobie Brothers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/doobie-brothers.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “I Ain’t Saying My Goodbyes”, Tom Vek </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 London multi-instrumentalist has plenty of heavy, upbeat tunes in his back catalogue, but we picked this &ndash; the first single from Vek&rsquo;s debut album &ndash; for its steadily rolling beat and #fitspirational shouty vocals.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ultrahi/5841301323/in/photolist-9UbcnM-aFeDDa-c9HBtA-c9HBEo-c9HBX1-c9HBPL-9VMcpe-4ZNLz-bv1yAK-dV6uBo-9VQ2X9-9VMcs8-c3RFo-c3RF8-4cfJA-4cfKi-RZWp-RZUP-RZVg-RZW8-9TmoK9-9TiyKR-9TiyMP-9TmoEh-9TiyQV-9TmoNf-9TiyTg-9TiyHa-9TiyCp-7sn1j-7y8JXJ-5DMoS-5LiHx-an6Mcc-an6Fdv-an9E23-an9ubQ-an6MfV-an6xqa-25aou-an9rHS-25aow-an6xs6-an6zPk-an9oDW-an6CT4-25aov-25aot-9TdF53-9RSKXJ">Matt Hobbs</a></em></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="800" height="600" title="Tom Vek" alt="Tom Vek" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5841301323_1356e0307f_b.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Born to Run”, Bruce Springsteen </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>Yeah, there are probably more suitable running tracks tempo-wise in Springsteen&rsquo;s vast back catalogue &ndash; but we picked this one for its name, not to mention the fact that it&rsquo;s one of the Boss&rsquo; most fist-pumpingly inspirational songs. And that darn sax solo!</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="Born To Run" alt="Born To Run" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/born-to-run.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Wolf Like Me”, TV On The Radio </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>Pitchfork-tickling Brooklyn art-rock might not be an obvious wellspring for running-friendly songs, but TV On The Radio deliver a track so ferocious and relentless that you&rsquo;ll find it hard not to start howling and running on all fours through the nearest bit of woodland. Rabid stuff.</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="TV On The Radio" alt="TV On The Radio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tv-on-the-radio.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Feel Good Inc”, Gorillaz </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>That bass line.</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="900" height="900" title="Gorillaz" alt="Gorillaz" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gorillaz_0.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Young Turks”, Rod Stewart </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>Quite simply: the rolling beat, earworm synth riff and Rod the Mod&rsquo;s lyrics of teenage rebellion can&rsquo;t help but inspire your leg muscles to keep pumping on through the pain barrier.</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="532" height="732" title="Rod Stewart in the 1980s" alt="Rod Stewart in the 1980s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1980s-rod-stewart.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal”, Of Montreal </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>Of Montreal&rsquo;s Kevin Barnes would probably be faintly amused that what amounts to a 12-minute relationship rant pops up on a list of keep-fit aids, but as this relentless track rolls on like a train, getting more and more worked up as it moves towards its awesome conclusion. Listen out for the UFO sounds...</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="1024" height="685" title="Of Montreal" alt="Of Montreal" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7379998086_724a9af169_b.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Beat It”, Michael Jackson </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 whole bunch of MJ&rsquo;s songs make great workout fodder (&ldquo;Wanna Be Startin&rsquo; Something&rsquo;&rdquo;, &ldquo;Can You Feel It&rdquo;, &ldquo;Off The Wall&rdquo; come immediately to mind), but &ldquo;Beat It&rdquo; holds a special place in our hearts for its fret-shredding Eddie Van Halen guitar solo &ndash; guaranteed to give your aching muscles a boost.</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="640" height="480" title="Beat It" alt="Beat It" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beat-it.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Ooh Wee”, Mark Ronson </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>Before Mark Ronson was producing Amy Winehouse albums he was making hip hop in his native New York. Stuff like this track, in other words, which features Ghostface Killah and the late Nate Dogg and lots of disco-y string and horn samples.</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="640" height="429" title="Mark Ronson" alt="Mark Ronson" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mark-ronson.jpg?1397657734" /> </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"> “Helicopter”, Bloc Party </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>London art school indie darlings of the mid-noughties Bloc Party announced their presence with choppy, angular tracks like this. Flip it on when you&rsquo;re in need of a brief burst of energy.</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="Bloc Party" alt="Bloc Party" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bloc-party.jpg?1397657734" /> </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-25"><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"> “Safety Dance”, Men Without Hats </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 for the warm-down or slower jogs perhaps, owing to its sedate tempo, but &ldquo;Safety Dance&rdquo; is a irresistible example of 80s kookiness.</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="960" height="951" title="Men Without Hats" alt="Men Without Hats" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/men-without-hats.jpg?1397657734" /> </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-26"><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"> “Walking Through That Door”, Future Islands </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; recent <em>Letterman</em> live performance may have alerted the wider world to their eccentric brand of synth pop, but the reality is they&rsquo;ve been producing wonderfully catchy tunes for years. This opener from the band&rsquo;s 2010 LP <em>In Evening Air</em> is a perfect example.</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" alt="Future Islands" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/future-islands.jpg?1397657734" /> </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-27"><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"> “Take It Off”, The Donnas </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 Donnas are at their ball-busting best here. &ldquo;Take It Off&rdquo; is a short, high-tempo song with lyrics that demonstrate once more that girls are just as dirty as boys.</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="675" title="The Donnas" alt="The Donnas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-donnas.jpg?1397657734" /> </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-28"><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"> “Flashing Lights”, Kanye West </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>At only 90bpm, you&rsquo;ll probably want to take two strides for each beat with Kanye&rsquo;s 2007 track &ndash; unless of course you want to end up resembling an Ent from <em>Lord of the Rings</em> as you run. But do that and you&rsquo;ll find it&rsquo;s pretty much perfectly paced for hitting a mile in eight minutes.</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="1116" height="839" title="Kanye West" alt="Kanye West" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kanye.jpg?1397657734" /> </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-29"><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"> “The Rat”, The Walkmen </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>At 168bpm, &ldquo;The Rat&rdquo; is an ideal song for running from a purely technical perspective &ndash; but it also happens to be one of the most rousing, snarling and hyped-up songs you could hope to have flowing in your lugholes as you power down the pavement.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/radiofreesodo/7304529942/in/photolist-c8tCgq-cSzD8Y-cSzE5f-cSzCF3-cSzCTA-cSzDVJ-cSzEb5-cSzDyj-cSzCM9-eTcxRM-eToWSG-eTcxCi-eToVJ7-eTcyMx-eToWyh-eToXiw-eTcyan-eTcywF-eTcxN8-eToV3u-eTcyBZ-eTcz7g-eToXKA-eTcxox-eTcypX-eTcytZ-eTcx3V-eTcwYH-eTcxdc-eTcwBk-eTcxuk-eTcwTZ-eToXAU-eTcwPV-eToWby-eTcwn2-cSzDnJ-cSzDQy-cSzDeY-cSzCkb-cSzDE3-cSzCuh-eToXsU-eTcwwk-eTcwKr-eTcxGe-eTcxhi-c8sJth-dQkcv7-dQezgB">Radio Free SoDo</a></em></p> <p><strong><em>Got Spotify? You can grab our playlist of all 30 tracks here: <a href="http://open.spotify.com/user/stuff.magazine/playlist/5Jx6untrpwdbm75VAqSiBL">Best Running Songs</a></em></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="1024" height="683" title="The Walkmen" alt="The Walkmen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-walkmen.jpg?1397657734" /> </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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Top tunes to work up a sweat </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Health and fitness Music Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:00:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435137 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple could bring the fight to Spotify and Google Play Music with an iTunes music streaming service http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-could-bring-fight-spotify-and-google-play-music-itunes-music-streaming-service/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple might be about to join the music streaming party. But is it too late? </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 could bring the fight to Spotify and Google Play Music with an iTunes music streaming service" alt="Apple could bring the fight to Spotify and Google Play Music with an iTunes musi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-itunes-radio-01_0.jpg?1395713026" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple is reportedly in talks with labels over launching a music streaming service to rival the likes of Spotify, Google Play Music and Beats Music.</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-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-could-bring-fight-spotify-and-google-play-music-itunes-music-streaming-service/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-could-bring-fight-spotify-and-google-play-music-itunes-music-streaming-service/news#comments Apple iTunes Music Streaming Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:09:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434211 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon could have a music streaming service in the works http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-could-have-music-streaming-service-works/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The online shopping giant could be gunning for your ears, according to the latest rumours </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="549" height="412" title="Amazon could have a music streaming service in the works" alt="Amazon could have a music streaming service in the works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-music-devices.jpg?1393579115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is reportedly working on bringing its own music streaming service to the masses.</p> <p>According to Re/code&#39;s sources, Amazon is currently discussing the possibilities of a subscription streaming service with music labels.</p> <p>One of the sources states that negotiations are being delayed by Amazon&#39;s attempts to get a cheaper deal for the music streaming rights.</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 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Amazon Music Streaming Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:18:35 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433046 at http://www.stuff.tv 30 essential albums for audiophiles http://www.stuff.tv/music/30-greatest-audiophile-albums/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If your ears, speakers and headphones need a proper workout, you should start with one of these records. Or better yet, all of them </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="30 of the greatest audiophile albums" alt="30 of the greatest audiophile albums" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audiophile-album-main.jpg?1393327185" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Audiophiles are a strange breed: here are a bunch of men (always men) who&rsquo;ll happily fork out a week&rsquo;s wages for power cables that provide &ldquo;clean electricity&rdquo; to their CD player, but refuse to part with a penny for any album they consider to be mastered in a sub-par way.</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"><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"> My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (1991) </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&rsquo;re going to want a weighty set-up for this one. When they perform <em>Loveless</em> live, MBV crank up the volume to such an extent that most fans don earplugs, and while we&rsquo;re not suggesting you go that far, it&rsquo;s an album that demands to be played loud. Recorded over two years in 19 studios and with almost as many engineers, it&rsquo;s dominated by Kevin Shields&rsquo; trademark tremolo-heavy guitar plus layer upon layer of samples: sampled guitars, sampled drums, sampled vocals, sampled samples. The net effect is a modern wall of sound, at once hypnotic and chaotic, dreamy and thunderous, urgent and woozy. At its best &ndash; the delicate intricacy of &ldquo;To Here Knows When&rdquo;, the relentless hookery of &ldquo;What You Want&rdquo;, the rhythmic assault of &ldquo;Soon&rdquo; &ndash; it&rsquo;s crying out for a system with great separation and precision. [MM]</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Soon&rdquo;, &ldquo;To Here Knows When&rdquo;, &ldquo;Only Shallow&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (1991)" alt="My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (1991)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mbv-loveless.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Dr Dre: 2001 (1999) </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>Mainstream hip-hop isn&rsquo;t the first genre that springs to mind when you think of audiophile-quality recordings: the majority of rap albums are compressed, lacking the dynamic range craved by golden-eared beard-strokers. Not so <em>2001</em>.</p> <p>Dr Dre&rsquo;s second studio album exhibits a clean clarity and dynamic range that suits its sparse beats, bottomless bass, doom-y string samples and g-funk synths &ndash; it&rsquo;s a great workout for any decent pair of speakers or headphones (Beats or otherwise). The lyrical content won&rsquo;t sit comfortably with every listener, being an encyclopaedia of gangsta rap clichés but, well, it&rsquo;s a gangsta rap album with a cannabis leaf on the front cover made by the co-founder of N.W.A. If it was mum-friendly it just wouldn&rsquo;t be the same.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks: </strong>&ldquo;Still D.R.E.&rdquo;, &ldquo;The Next Episode&rdquo;, &ldquo;XXXplosive&rdquo;</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="908" height="900" title="Dr Dre: 2001 (1999)" alt="Dr Dre: 2001 (1999)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dr-dre-2001.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (1971) </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>Deeply affected by his brother&rsquo;s experiences returning from the Vietnam War and what he viewed as rampant, widespread injustice in America, Marvin Gaye shrugged off his soul loverman image and recorded a concept album about the state of the world.</p> <p>All nine of its songs flow into one another and it ends with a reprise of its opening theme, all the better to tell the story of a Vietnam veteran who has come home from war to see his country in a new light. Gaye tackles poverty, drug addiction and even environmental issues not through angry political rants but from the point of a dismayed man who believes love &ndash; not more hatred and violence &ndash; is the answer.</p> <p>As a recording the album exhibits a rare spaciousness, with each element able to be picked out clearly. Combining blues, jazz and soul elements, it&rsquo;s a hugely influential album and over 40 years after its release, still highly relevant and relatable.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks: </strong>&ldquo;What&rsquo;s Going On&rdquo;, &ldquo;Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)&rdquo;, &ldquo;Inner City Blues (Make We Wanna Holler)&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (1971)" alt="Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (1971)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/marvin-gaye-whats-going-on.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) </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>MTV may be a dirty word these days, but the TV network&rsquo;s <em>Unplugged</em> series served up several excellent albums in the 90s, most of them recorded with a &ldquo;hey, I could be in the audience&rdquo; fidelity. And this is one of them.</p> <p>It would be Nirvana&rsquo;s last album recorded before Kurt Cobain&rsquo;s suicide, and hindsight adds extra weight to songs like &ldquo;Pennyroyal Tea&rdquo;, &ldquo;Something In The Way&rdquo; and the soul-wrenching closer &ldquo;Where Did You Sleep Last Night&rdquo;. That song is one of several covers performed by a band who appear to have consciously avoid picking their biggest hits for the acoustic treatment. But the reworkings of Cobain&rsquo;s own songs, stripped of their grunge trappings, highlight just how much of a talent he was when it came to melody and lyricism &ndash; a talent that would be lost forever five months later.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;The Man Who Sold The World&rdquo;, &ldquo;Pennyroyal Tea&rdquo;, &ldquo;Where Did You Sleep Last Night&rdquo;</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="900" height="897" title="Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)" alt="Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nirvana-mtv-unplugged-in-ny.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969) </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>Recorded in eight tracks rather than the four of previous Beatles albums, <em>Abbey Road</em> was the first of the Fab Four&rsquo;s records to be originally released in stereo. In 2009, along with most Beatles albums, it was <a href="https://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct09/articles/beatlesremasters.htm">remastered and rereleased</a>, and this version is considered the best in terms of audio quality. At the time of its release, some critics claimed the band&rsquo;s use of the Moog synthesizer was &ldquo;inauthentic&rdquo;, but in retrospect most of them &ndash; and the wider world &ndash; consider <em>Abbey Road</em> to be among The Beatles&rsquo; best LPs, and certainly their most painstakingly produced.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks: </strong>&ldquo;Come Together,&rdquo; &ldquo;Oh! Darling&rdquo;, &ldquo;Here Comes the Sun&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)" alt="The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beatles-abbey-road.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Bon Iver: Bon Iver (2011) </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>Trading the intimate &ldquo;folk music pity party in a log cabin&rdquo; feel of debut album <em>For Emma, Forever Ago</em> in favour of a more expansive, ambitious sound, Justin Vernon&rsquo;s second album as Bon Iver flirts with R&amp;B-style crooning, country hoedowns and, at one point, Bruce Hornsby and the Range-esque MOR (well, that&rsquo;s what it takes to win a Grammy as an indie artist these days). But there&rsquo;s beauty throughout: Vernon&rsquo;s multi-tracked voice and his band&rsquo;s rich instrumentation evoke the icy northern reaches of America just as deftly as <em>For Emma</em> did &ndash; but in a far grander way. There are landscapes conjured by this record, and they are vast.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks: </strong>&ldquo;Holocene&rdquo;, &ldquo;Towers&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Bon Iver: Bon Iver (2011)" alt="Bon Iver: Bon Iver (2011)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bon-iver-bon-iver.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (1992) </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>R.E.M. were no strangers to chart success by the time they released <em>Automatic for the People</em>, but this was the album that cemented the Athens, Georgia natives as the mainstream&rsquo;s favourite alternative rock band. And you can&rsquo;t say they got there by continuing down the jangly, upbeat pop furrow they&rsquo;d ploughed with earlier songs like Shiny Happy People: <em>Automatic</em> features only three tracks that move above mid-tempo (two of which became singles) and for the most part, it&rsquo;s a sombre, ballad-dominated affair. It might be a dark journey, but it&rsquo;s also musically irresistible thanks to the lush arrangements, in which organs and strings feature prominently.</p> <p>The album is available in the Hi-Res DVD-Audio format.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks: </strong>&ldquo;The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite&rdquo;, &ldquo;Everybody Hurts&rdquo;, &ldquo;Man On The Moon&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (1992)" alt="R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (1992)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rem-automatic-for-the-people.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis (1969) </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>In an attempt to boost her musical credibility, British swinging sixties icon Dusty Springfield decided to make an album of soul songs &ndash; and record it in a city forever associated with the origins of soul and blues. The result was <em>Dusty In Memphis,</em> a record that didn&rsquo;t make many waves when it was released but has since been recognised as one of the best releases of the 1960s &ndash; or any decade. The tracks are arranged and recorded with a rare perfectionism (Springfield ended up re-recording all her vocals in New York because she was unhappy with the Memphis takes) and the songs hit a sweet spot between soul and pop that suggests Dusty was way ahead of her time.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Son of a Preacher Man&rdquo;, &ldquo;Breakfast In Bed&rdquo;, &ldquo;The Windmills of Your Mind&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis (1969)" alt="Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis (1969)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dusty-springfield-dusty-in-memphis.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Burial: Untrue (2007) </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>Believe it or not there was a time when dubstep wasn&rsquo;t the sound of adverts for energy drinks. These days Burial&rsquo;s <em>Untrue</em> is barely recognisable as dubstep: there&rsquo;s no pumped-up euphoric drops and it barely hints at the wriggling &lsquo;wub wub&rsquo; bass that was to come. Play &quot;Etched Headplate&quot; in most clubs and the only way you&rsquo;d empty the dancefloor quicker would be to release a wolf onto it. That&rsquo;s because <em>Untrue</em> isn&rsquo;t a record for dancefloors; it&rsquo;s a record about the lonely, 3am bus ride home, or the feeling of unease you get when walking alone late at night. While <em>Untrue</em> is not an album with any daylight in it, it&#39;s a long way from <em>The Dark Side of the Moon</em>. You don&rsquo;t listen to it to appreciate the stereo image of your expensive hi-fi, you listen to it for its heavily textured yet spacious tunes, and samples that sound like coins or bullet casings falling to the cold pavement. [TW]</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Archangel&rdquo;, &ldquo;Near Dark&rdquo;, &ldquo;Untrue&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Burial: Untrue (2007)" alt="Burial: Untrue (2007)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/burial-untrue.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999) </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>Boom! Boom! Crash! Boom! Subwoofers at the ready &ndash;&nbsp;it&rsquo;s a Flaming Lips album&hellip; Although actually, <em>The Soft Bulletin</em> isn&rsquo;t just a Flaming Lips album, it&rsquo;s THE Flaming Lips album, the high-point of a career now spanning 31 years and 14 albums. It&rsquo;s also the finest moment in the career of producer Dave Fridmann, a man regarded as the indie-rock Phil Spector (but without the murder) and whose CV also takes in such classics as Weezer&rsquo;s <em>Pinkerton</em> and Mogwai&rsquo;s <em>Come On Die Young</em>. Fridmann ramps up the percussion on <em>The Soft Bulletin</em>, turning drums and cymbals into weapons of mass destruction. But if the sound&rsquo;s big, the songs are bigger still &ndash; from string-drenched opener &ldquo;Race For The Prize&rdquo; to the searingly honest &ldquo;Feeling Yourself Disintegrate&rdquo;, it&rsquo;s a work of musical and lyrical genius. [MM]</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Feeling Yourself Disintegrate&rdquo;, &ldquo;Race For The Prize&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999)" alt="The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flaming-lips-soft-bulletin.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> The xx: xx (2009) </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>In 2009 four young, perpetually black-clad Londoners released an album blessed with a rare feeling of what one could call &quot;sonic unity&quot;: every track just fits. There&rsquo;s something incredibly clean about the xx&#39;s self-titled debut, as though the band are performing in an hermetically sealed room devoid of furniture, fittings, dust, microbes and, well, anything that isn&rsquo;t their instruments. Sparse drum machine beats, taut bass, a guitar tone polished to a mirror sheen and understated vocals from Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft make up a record of immense restraint. It&rsquo;s almost the opposite of Phil Spector&rsquo;s &ldquo;wall of sound&rdquo;: there&rsquo;s an evidence of sonic space here that makes the xx&rsquo;s gloomy brand of pop a joy to listen to.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Intro&rdquo;, &ldquo;Islands&rdquo;, &ldquo;Shelter&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="The xx: xx (2009)" alt="The xx: xx (2009)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-xx-xx.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Rage Against The Machine: Rage Against The Machine (1992) </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>Thanks to bands like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Papa Roach, the fusion of hip-hop and hard rock would later become a byword for &ldquo;horrific men saying horrifically dumb things&rdquo;, but it all started in much better place: Rage Against The Machine&rsquo;s eponymous debut album. While those other bands might have been angry at their parents, Rage were angry about the Western world, the military-industrial complex, the entire capitalist system. Very angry. Zack de la Rocha&rsquo;s politically-charged lyrics and Tom Morello&rsquo;s squealing guitar make for an incendiary mix, but Bob Ludwig&rsquo;s mastering keeps everything from boiling over. We have no hesitation in saying that this is one of the cleanest, most audiophile-friendly hard rock albums ever made. Marxist political theory rarely sounded so funky.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Bombtrack&rdquo;, &ldquo;Killing In The Name&rdquo;, &ldquo;Bullet In The Head&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Rage Against The Machine: Rage Against The Machine (1992)" alt="Rage Against The Machine: Rage Against The Machine (1992)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rage-against-the-machine-ratm.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Jay-Z: The Blueprint (2001) </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>Almost universally regarded as Jay-Z&rsquo;s finest album, <em>The Blueprint</em> is a hip-hop rarity: a record without numerous guest appearances. It&rsquo;s a decision that allows Jay&rsquo;s abilities as an emcee to shine &ndash; although he&rsquo;s aided by the fantastic production, much of it from a young upstart named Kanye West. West&rsquo;s soulful, vocal sample-heavy 60s-inspired tracks give <em>The Blueprint</em> much of its character, and from a pure sound quality point of view it&rsquo;s one of the best albums in rap history.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Izzo (H.O.V.A.)&rdquo;, &ldquo;Girls, Girls, Girls&rdquo;, &ldquo;Heart of the City (Ain&rsquo;t No Love)&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Jay-Z: The Blueprint (2001)" alt="Jay-Z: The Blueprint (2001)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jay-z-the-blueprint.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009) </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>When Baltimore psyche-pop oddballs Animal Collective turned to samplers and synths as the dominant instruments for their eighth studio album, few could have guessed that it would turn out to be their most successful on both the commercial and critical fronts (although it&rsquo;s far from a mainstream pop record, and less open-minded listeners might find its unconventional song structure baffling).</p> <p>The members of the band are older and have settled down, but their youthful joie de vivre hasn&rsquo;t melted away in <em>Merriweather Post Pavilion</em> &ndash; it&rsquo;s just shifted focus. There are songs about Avey Tare and Panda Bear&rsquo;s families on here but not a trace of sentimentality, just soaring, luscious electronic soundscapes and harmony-heavy vocals that bring to mind a post-rave culture Beach Boys.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;My Girls&rdquo;, &ldquo;Summertime Clothes&rdquo;, &ldquo;Brother Sport&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)" alt="Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/animal-collective-merriweather-post-pavilion.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977) </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><em>Rumours</em>&rsquo; meta-story is almost as compelling as the album itself: recorded against the backdrop of two intra-band breakups and rampant cocaine consumption, it signalled a new mainstream rock direction for the British bluesy throwbacks &ndash; one that propelled the group into new realms of popularity. Spurred by the songcraft of new American recruits Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac produced an LP without a skippable song (well, maybe &ldquo;Oh Daddy&rdquo; if you&rsquo;re feeling particularly mean), and the production and mastering are every bit as noteworthy as the hooks.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Dreams&rdquo;, &ldquo;Go Your Own Way&rdquo;, &ldquo;The Chain&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)" alt="Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fleetwood-mac-rumours.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003) </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 fourth killer record in a row from Atlanta hip hop duo Andre 3000 and Big Boi, this is essentially two solo albums in a single case. In hindsight, it was a signal that a creative partnership that had proved so fruitful in the past had run its course &ndash; but when each of the albums is as good as these, who cares? Andre 3000 morphs into an manic electro crooner and Big Boi brings all manner of cleanly-produced, P-Funk-influenced club-friendly jams.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;The Way You Move&rdquo;, &ldquo;Hey Ya!&rdquo;, &ldquo;Roses&rdquo;</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="1000" height="1000" title="OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)" alt="OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/outkast-speakerboxxx-love-below.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Steely Dan: Aja (1977) </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>In all honesty, if we had the space we could put all of Steely Dan&rsquo;s studio albums on this list. New York jazz-rockers Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are nothing short of slaves to perfection when it comes to recording and mastering, and consequently each LP is an audiophile&rsquo;s dream. But if we have to pick a single one, we&rsquo;ll say 1977&rsquo;s <em>Aja</em>, which features something like 40 session musicians and some of the band&rsquo;s most seamless production yet. Jazz-rock may conjure up nightmares of Kenny G soullessly noodling his sax, but their songs&rsquo; cynical, acerbic lyrics have always elevated &ldquo;the Dan&rdquo; to something more than the sum of their parts.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Black Cow&rdquo;, &ldquo;Deacon Blues&rdquo;, &ldquo;Peg&rdquo;</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="904" height="900" title="Steely Dan: Aja (1977)" alt="Steely Dan: Aja (1977)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steely-dan-aja.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Guns N&#039; Roses: Chinese Democracy (2008) </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>Whatever your opinion on Axl Rose&#39;s reworked, Slash-less Guns N&#39; Roses, there&#39;s no denying that his 13-years-in-the-making Chinese Democracy is a treat for audiophiles.</p> <p>In defiance of the ongoing <a href="http://www.gatewaymastering.com/gateway_LoudnessWars.asp">loudness war</a>, Rose and engineer Bob Ludwig opted to avoid using compression on the album &ndash; so it&#39;s packed with dynamics and details, from Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck&#39;s raw, wailing tones to the psychedelic shred of six-string virtuoso Buckethead. It might be heretical to say it, but you won&#39;t miss Slash. And with US$13m worth of guitar overdubs, orchestral tracks and electronic bleeps and bloops to pick through, it&#39;s great for highlighting the nuances of your hi-fi setup. [SG]</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks: </strong>&quot;There Was A Time,&quot; &quot;Better,&quot; &quot;This I Love&quot;</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="900" height="900" title="Guns N&#039; Roses: Chinese Democracy (2008) " alt="Guns N&#039; Roses: Chinese Democracy (2008) " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gnr-chinese-democracy.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971) </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>Joni Mitchell&rsquo;s masterpiece, <em>Blue</em> is a spare, sparse record showcasing the Canadian&rsquo;s pure stripped-down songwriting: most songs feature little instrumentation beyond Mitchell&rsquo;s acoustic guitar or piano. It&rsquo;s recorded to be highly revealing (with headphones, you can hear the piano pedals moving in the title track) which is entirely appropriate given the confessional nature of the songs, in which Mitchell details her life, loves and struggles with depression with unflinching transparency. Mitchell herself later said of the album, &ldquo;There&#39;s hardly a dishonest note in the vocals. At that period of my life, I had no personal defences. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s all there, clear as a bell, in the recording.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks: </strong>&quot;Blue&quot;, &quot;A Case Of You&quot;, &quot;California&quot;</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="900" height="900" title="Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971)" alt="Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/joni-mitchell-blue.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (2013) </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>Less an album than a love letter to disco, <em>Random Access Memories</em> will never be the most beloved of Daft Punk records &ndash; &ldquo;Get Lucky&rdquo; aside, there&rsquo;s nothing here that gets its hooks into you like &quot;Around The World&quot; or &quot;One More Time&quot;. But thanks to the use of original instruments and some of the most talented session musicians (almost every sound on the album comes from a &ldquo;real&rdquo; instrument) and collaborators in the game, it&rsquo;s an exquisite body of work. And it sounds amazing: rarely has deep sub bass every sounded, well, so bassy, so real and so gigantic as it does on <em>RAM</em>. There&rsquo;s a wide dynamic range here, so this is one big recent release that hasn&rsquo;t fallen victim to what horrified audiophiles refer to as the &quot;loudness wars&quot;.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Giorgio by Moroder&rdquo;, &ldquo;Get Lucky&rdquo;, &ldquo;Contact&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (2013)" alt="Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (2013)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/daft-punk-random-access-memories.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (1959) </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>Probably the most famous jazz album of all time &ndash; and almost certainly the best-selling, <em>Kind of Blue</em> represented a new direction for Miles Davis, as he discarded the complex chord progressions of hard bop for something different: improvisations based on scales, or &ldquo;modal&rdquo; jazz. The result is an album of gentle, evocative numbers that influenced not only the jazz scene but other genres like rock and classical. Ever the innovator, Davis later abandoned <em>Kind of Blue</em>&rsquo;s laid-back style, regarding it as a product of its time that no longer moved him.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;So What&rdquo;, &ldquo;All Blues&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (1959)" alt="Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (1959)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/miles-davis-kind-of-blue.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Sigur Ros: Agaetis Byrjun (1999) </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>Before Iceland&rsquo;s Sigur Ros became the go-to band to soundtrack every Attenborough documentary they sat awkwardly on the edge of post-rock &ndash; but it was a genre that never seemed to fit them. There are elements of <em>Agaetis Byrjun</em> that qualify it for such categorisation &ndash; it sounds epic in the true meaning of the word, not what you say when you&rsquo;ve just eaten a really nice biscuit &ndash; but if anything it&rsquo;s more post-folk, like Mogwai with flutes, horns and an orchestra rather than delay pedals and a volume dial. It creaks, moans and soars with the sounds of the band&rsquo;s near-Arctic home, and, without wanting to make it sound too much like some sort of hipster Enya record, there&rsquo;s even a hint of whale song to Jonsi&rsquo;s vocals. [TW]</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &quot;Olsen Olsen&quot;, &quot;Ny batteri&quot;, &quot;Svefn-g-englar&quot;.</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="900" height="900" title="Sigur Ros: Agaetis Byrjun (1999)" alt="Sigur Ros: Agaetis Byrjun (1999)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sigur-ros-agaetis-byrjun.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Neil Young: After The Gold Rush (1970) </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>Whether wrenching a feedback-drenched wall of noise from a battered Les Paul or strumming his way through a gentle countrified ballad, Neil Young has always been an artist who cares about sound quality: he favours releasing albums in Hi-Res formats like DVD-Audio and Blu-ray, and is about to launch <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/neil-young-shows-pono-audiophile-music-player/news">Pono</a>, a portable Hi-Res Audio player.</p> <p>While you could argue for days about which of Young&rsquo;s 40-odd LPs is the best, few offer as complete a picture of his range as a songwriter than <em>After The Gold Rush</em>, an all-killer-no-filler record offering mournful piano ballads (the title track and &ldquo;Birds&rdquo;), down-home sing-alongs (&ldquo;Cripple Creek Ferry&rdquo;) and angry axe-wielding stompers (&ldquo;Southern Man&rdquo;).</p> <p>There are several versions of this album available, all of which sound wonderful, but a forthcoming Blu-ray reissue with 24-bit/192kHz versions of the songs may end up being the reference edition.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks: </strong>&ldquo;After The Gold Rush&rdquo;, &ldquo;Southern Man&rdquo;, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Let It Bring You Down&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Neil Young: After The Gold Rush (1970)" alt="Neil Young: After The Gold Rush (1970)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/neil-young-after-the-gold-rush.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Radiohead: OK Computer (1997) </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>At the start of 1997 Britpop was on a life support machine. By the end of the year two albums had killed it completely: the bloat-rock of Oasis&rsquo;s <em>Be Here Now</em> and <em>OK Computer</em>. While the former represented everything bad about alternative music in the &lsquo;90s, the latter was a sign of better things to come. <em>OK Computer</em> is the record that caught Radiohead right on the cusp of the experimentation that would produce <em>Kid A</em>, and marries it with the kind of choruses that would have 90,000 fans singing every word back at the band from in front of Glastonbury&#39;s Pyramid stage that summer.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Paranoid Android&rdquo;, &ldquo;Climbing Up the Walls&rdquo;, &ldquo;Lucky&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Radiohead: OK Computer (1997)" alt="Radiohead: OK Computer (1997)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/radiohead-ok-computer.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> Prince: Sign o’ the Times (1987) </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 double album is made up of castoffs from three aborted records, but Prince being Prince, a collection of odds and sods turned out to be a masterpiece and one of the 80s&rsquo; greatest LPs. As usual, Prince not only sings but plays many of the instruments, including programming the drum machines and samplers that play such a huge role in the record&rsquo;s sound. On CD, it&rsquo;s not widely regarded as the best-mastered of Prince&rsquo;s records, but audiophiles should do their best to seek out the superb Japanese SHM-CD version (or the vinyl).</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Sign &lsquo;o the Times&rdquo;, &ldquo;U Got The Look&rdquo;, &ldquo;If I Was Your Girlfriend&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Prince: Sign o’ the Times (1987)" alt="Prince: Sign o’ the Times (1987)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/prince-sign-o-the-times.jpg?1393327185" /> </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-25"><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"> The Congos – Heart Of The Congos (1977) </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>Few producers have been so innovative and influential as Lee &lsquo;Scratch&rsquo; Perry, and The Congos&rsquo; 1977 debut is without doubt his most consistently brilliant piece of work. Recorded at Perry&rsquo;s Black Ark studio in Kingston, Jamaica, it&rsquo;s a mind-altering blend of reverb-heavy rhythms laid down by the studio&rsquo;s house band The Upsetters plus the perfectly matched harmonies of its three vocalists: tenor &lsquo;Ashanti&rsquo; Roy Johnson, falsetto Cedric Myton and baritone Watty Burnett. Somehow, Perry recorded it on an ageing four-track, but you&rsquo;d never know it from the lush &ldquo;Fisherman&rdquo; or &ldquo;Open Up The Gate&rdquo;, with the producer using found sounds and a battery of tricks to create the effect he was after. Roots reggae at its finest. [MM]</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Open Up The Gate&rdquo;, &ldquo;Fisherman&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="The Congos – Heart Of The Congos (1977)" alt="The Congos – Heart Of The Congos (1977)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/congos-heart-of-the-congos.jpg?1393327185" /> </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-26"><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"> Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975) </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>Pink Floyd is probably regarded as the archetypal band for audiophiles: prog rock giants serving up complex and immaculately produced albums full of lengthy songs. And never more so than on <em>Wish You Were Here</em>, an album that features only five tracks but runs well over 40 minutes. The whole album is essentially a tribute to Floyd&rsquo;s founding member and creative tinderbox Syd Barrett, whose heavy use of psychedelic drugs had led to him stepping away from the band and society in general. Even if noodly prog isn&rsquo;t your thing, it&rsquo;s an album that will give your speakers or headphones a full body workout.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Shine On You Crazy Diamond&rdquo;, &ldquo;Wish You Were Here&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)" alt="Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pink-floyd-wish-you-were-here.jpg?1393327185" /> </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-27"><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"> Jeff Buckley: Grace (1994) </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>David Bowie considers <em>Grace</em> to be the greatest album ever made, and while we won&rsquo;t go that far it&rsquo;s hard to see it as anything other than an excellent record from a singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers: his tenor voice is faultless and the songs, whether his own or covers, are memorable. It&rsquo;s a beautifully well recorded album too: play it on decent equipment and Buckley could almost be singing in your living room.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks: </strong>&ldquo;Hallelujah&rdquo;, &ldquo;Last Goodbye&rdquo;, &ldquo;Lover, You Should&rsquo;ve Come Over&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Jeff Buckley: Grace (1994)" alt="Jeff Buckley: Grace (1994)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jeff-buckley-grace.jpg?1393327185" /> </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-28"><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"> Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982) </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><em>Thriller</em>&rsquo;s cultural and commercial significance is well documented, but Michael Jackson&rsquo;s masterpiece is also one of the best-recorded and most immaculately produced albums of the 1980s. Producer Quincy Jones and Jackson enjoyed (or perhaps endured) a strained relationship during the making of <em>Thriller</em>, and every track was painstakingly remixed (a week was spent on each song) because neither was happy with the initial recordings. The hard work resulted in a record that blended disco, soul, rock and R&amp;B and a template that would inform pop music for the next 20-plus years. Oh, and it&#39;s comfortably the best-selling album of all time.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Billie Jean&rdquo;, &ldquo;Beat It&rdquo;, &ldquo;Wanna Be Startin&rsquo; Somethin&rsquo;&rdquo;</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="900" height="900" title="Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)" alt="Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/michael-jackson-thriller.jpg?1393327185" /> </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-29"><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"> Massive Attack: Mezzanine (1998) </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>Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack had already established themselves as Britain&rsquo;s best-known proponents of what the Americans call &ldquo;electronica&rdquo; when they dropped <em>Mezzanine</em>, initially as a legal MP3 download on their website (they were among the first major acts to embrace digital distribution) and later as a physical release. Despite the Bristol trio apparently hating each other&rsquo;s guts during the making of the album it&rsquo;s a prime example of a record which uses ambient sounds to create rich texture, depth and atmosphere. The trade-off is perhaps a lack the hookier songs that loomed large on previous Massive Attack albums, but when a new direction results in songs like &ldquo;Teardrop&rdquo;, we&rsquo;re definitely on board. An LP you should play loud on headphones on dark, moody nights.</p> <p><strong>Standout tracks:</strong> &ldquo;Teardrop&rdquo;, &ldquo;Angel&rdquo;, &ldquo;Inertia Creeps&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <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></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/5-best-dacs-how-make-your-digital-music-sound-amazing/feature">5 of the best DACs: how to make your digital music sound amazing</a><br />&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="900" height="900" title="Massive Attack: Mezzanine (1998)" alt="Massive Attack: Mezzanine (1998)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/massive-attack-mezzanine.jpg?1393327185" /> </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"> 30 essential audiophile albums </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"> Give your hi-fi a workout </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/30-greatest-audiophile-albums/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:27:32 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432385 at http://www.stuff.tv Beep is a swanky, Wi-Fi connected music dial http://www.stuff.tv/beep-swanky-wi-fi-connected-music-dial/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s bringing sexy DAC </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="Next time you hear the Beep..." alt="Beep music dial" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202014-02-07%20at%2013.14.52.png?1392303595" /> </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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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>Hey now, what&#39;s DAC sound?</strong></p> <p>Well, a DAC (Digital to Analogue converter) is the noisebrain at the heart of a lot of good hi-fi. It takes a digital file like an MP3 and turns it into analogue audio. It&#39;s the audio processing equivalent of a bottle of Brasso and a nice clean duster. Most DACs are formidable-looking pieces of equipment that are chained into hilariously expensive hi-fi setups. Beep isn&#39;t. It&#39;s a simple dial that plugs into your speakers, and feeds them music, sweet music.&nbsp;Unless you&#39;re a Simply Red fan, in which case it feeds them cold, jazzy vomit.</p> <p><strong>It&#39;s DAC to the future.&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>It certainly is. There&#39;s no amp in the Beep, so you hook it up to powered speakers, or an amp, or anything with a 3.5mm (headphone-size) socket. The app (Android or iOS) helps it connect to your Wi-Fi network, which it then uses to stream tunes from Pandora (other services, including Spotify, are on their way). Pick a tune, set the volume with the nice big dial, and off you go.</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>Now DAC&#39;s what I call music.</strong></p> <p>Always with the DAC puns. The nice thing about Beep, other than its exceptionally pleasant looks, is that it doesn&#39;t require you to throw away your nice old hi-fi kit. It just upgrades it with better sound and wireless app control.</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="1201" height="900" title="It&#039;s Beepin&#039; marvellous" alt="Beep wireless DAC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beowndj_0.png?1392303595" /> </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>Who&#39;s DAC lady?</strong></p> <p>She&#39;s the lady on the advert. She&#39;s having a wonderful time with the Beep.</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="She&#039;s actually listening to Leonard Cohen" alt="Beep advert" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen%20shot%202014-02-07%20at%2012.53.16.png?1392303595" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Why... is she in the bathroom?</strong></p> <p>Don&#39;t worry, she&#39;s just demonstrating the Beep&#39;s multiroom capability. Because it uses your Wi-Fi network, you can stream the same song to multiple Beeps around the house (or different songs, if you like). With each Beep costing US$99, that&#39;s a very affordable multiroom setup. She does look sort of mischievous.&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="1199" height="900" title="The bathroom is not a place of dance" alt="Beep ad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen%20shot%202014-02-07%20at%2012.53.36.png?1392303595" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OH NO! STOP IT, ADVERT LADY! URGH! DIDN&#39;T ANYONE TEACH YOU TO CLOSE THE DOOR? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?</p> <p>More beepin&#39; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">Hot Stuff right here</a></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="1163" height="900" title="There&#039;s no need to make a song and dance about it" alt="Beep ad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen%20shot%202014-02-07%20at%2012.53.28.png?1392303595" /> </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"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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"> Beep: It&#039;s bringing sexy DAC </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/beep-swanky-wi-fi-connected-music-dial/news#comments Hot Stuff Music Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:19:30 +0000 Will Dunn 1432173 at http://www.stuff.tv The Fender Vaporizer amp takes your guitar back to the 1950s http://www.stuff.tv/music/fender-vaporizer-takes-your-guitar-back-1950s/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s Bill Haley meets The Jetsons with this beautiful compact retro amplifier </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="Fender Vaporizer takes your guitar back to the 1950s" alt="Fender Vaporizer takes your guitar back to the 1950s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fender-vaporizer-main.jpg?1391736677" /> </div> </div> </div> <p></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><strong>An old guitar amplifier? Well I suppose there is some technology in ancient analogue electronics...</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s not old, you ninny &ndash; this is a brand new amp from the maestros at Fender. It just looks old thanks to its rather lovely retro styling, which evokes 1950s and 1960s Americana. Think Ford Thunderbirds, Teddy Boys, fallout shelters and the early days of rock &lsquo;n&rsquo; roll.</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>It&#39;s pretty, at least</strong></p> <p>Indeed it is. It&rsquo;s part of Fender&rsquo;s Pawn Shop range of modern amps that offer old-school looks (and to an extent, an old-school sound). It&rsquo;s available in three colours too: Surf Green, Slate Blue and Rocket Red. Bill Haley would be in raptures.</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="Fender Vaporizer in red" alt="Fender Vaporizer in red" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fender-vaporizer-red.jpg?1391736677" /> </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>Technical details&hellip; if it has any?</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s a tube amplifier with 12W of power and two input jacks: one for &lsquo;normal&rsquo; sound and one for &lsquo;bright&rsquo; sound for that classic, sunny guitar tone. And then there&#39;s the vaporizer circuit which introduces a dirty, overblown, overdriven sound for a bourbon-soaked rockabilly vibe.</p> <p>Oh, and it does all that in a compact, fairly lightweight amp: 629 x 432 x 267mm, and 16.8kg.</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="Vaporizer" alt="Vaporizer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fender-vaporizer-top.jpg?1391736677" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Get me pomade, I need to style my quiff. How can I get one?</strong></p> <p>Well, you can go and grab your axe right now, youngster, because the Vaporizer is currently in stock with a number of UK suppliers. Expect to pay around &pound;375.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">CLICK HERE FOR MORE HIP-SHAKIN&#39; HOT STUFF STORIES</a></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> Hot Stuff Music Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:16:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432078 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg's Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-gadget-app-crams-your-ipad-tonnes-electro-synth-goodness/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg wants you to swim in fuzzy basslines. Here&#039;s why you should dive in </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="533" height="400" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-gadget-ipad.jpg?1390818127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>Another Korg app? Should I really be excited?</b></p> <p>Well, answer us this. Should you be excited about an app containing over 50 years worth of virtual synths and drum machines, created by a company whose products have had electro-heads salivating since 1962?</p> <p>Yes. Yes you should.</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>But I've already got GarageBand…</strong><br /><br />.. which doesn't even come close. Korg's app offers the ultimate portable blank canvas for pure unadulterated electronic music creation. If you want to dabble in synths, create your own electronic masterpiece or add a sprinkle of magic to your existing creations, this app will deliver in spades. Big, flashy spades, covered in knobs and buttons, pulsing with deep electrical humms of anticipation.</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="589" height="442" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-gadget-ipad2.jpg?1390818127" /> </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>But how does it work?</strong><br /><br />Korg offers 15 virtual synths and drum machines, or 'Gadgets' for you to play around with, letting you build up complex layers of sound in combination with a built-in sequencer and mixer.&nbsp;You can run more than 20 at once, from straight-up bass dropping synths to an videogame sound creators. You'll be pumping out a retro-8-bit-electro-pop-funk-acid-house tune in no time.&nbsp;Only three other people on the planet will 'get it', but who are we to judge?</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="500" height="375" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-ipad.jpg?1390818127" /> </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="500" height="375" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-ipad-2_0.jpg?1390818127" /> </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>Can I share my musical genius with the world?</strong><br /><br />Of course you can. Korg offers a free GadgetCloud music sharing service for all of its users worldwide, or you can upload creations directly to SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter. Bring on the torrent of Likes and Retweets.</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="715" height="536" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-ipad-3.jpg?1390818127" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Where do I throw my money?</strong><br /><br />While we'd happily take it, you're better off popping to the <a data-cke-saved-href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/korg-gadget/id791077159?mt=8" href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/korg-gadget/id791077159?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a> where you can pick up Korg Gadget for £19.99 - a special 25%-off introductory price.</p> <p>Just remember who pointed you in its direction when you're warming up for Deadmau5, Skrillex and... whoever else the kids are jumping around to these days.</p> <p><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">CLICK FOR MORE HOT STUFF STORIES</a></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="634" height="475" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-ipad-4.jpg?1390818127" /> </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/korg/korg-gadget-app-crams-your-ipad-tonnes-electro-synth-goodness/news#comments Apple Hot Stuff iOS apps iPad Korg Music Tablets Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:07:48 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431647 at http://www.stuff.tv Free music, movies and books: How to entertain yourself for hours for nothing http://www.stuff.tv/music/awesome-free-music-movies-and-books-how-entertain-yourself-hours-nothing/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feeling the post-Christmas pinch? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of cost-free media to get your hands on </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="Awesome free music, movies and books: How to entertain yourself for hours for nothing" alt="Awesome free music, movies and books: How to entertain yourself for hours for no" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nin.jpg?1390569460" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling a bit strapped for cash after Christmas?</p> <p>We know the feeling, but you don&rsquo;t have to resort to watching Eastenders or reading the back of cereal boxes just yet &ndash; we&rsquo;ve been scouring the internet to find the best (legal) ways to get films, music and books for free. So if you want to save yourself a few pounds this weekend, embrace your inner cheapskate and read on!</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"><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"> Free music </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>There&rsquo;s never been a better time to access free music online, thanks to the ad-supported versions of streaming services like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-reveals-unlimited-free-web-player-streaming/news">Spotify</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/rdio-takes-spotify-uk-launch/news">Rdio</a> (both of which let you pick exactly what you want to listen to) and online radio services such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/itunes-radio-will-be-huge-whether-you-it-or-not/feature">iTunes Radio</a> and Last.fm (which selects music for you based on parameters that you specify).</p> <p>That&rsquo;s all very well, but let&rsquo;s say you actually want to download music for free? There are plenty of sites packed with free independent and unsigned artists&rsquo; tunes, but if you want to listen to stuff you might already know these fall into &ldquo;inflatable dartboard&rdquo; levels of usefulness.</p> <p>There are still places to get free legal MP3s, luckily.</p> <p>Last.fm has a <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/+free-music-downloads">decent selection of free downloads</a>, with artists like Best Coast, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer, Death Grips, Mac DeMarco, Jens Lekman, WU LYF, Com Truise, Xiu Xiu and Justin Townes Earle included. There&rsquo;s an impressive haul of freebies here if you&rsquo;re into indie, alternative and underground music.</p> <p>Amazon also has a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Free-Songs-Music/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=334897011">huge supply of free downloadable music</a> (over 45,000 tracks in all). There&rsquo;s a lot of dross here, unsurprisingly, but we found tracks from Kendrick Lamar, Mogwai, Disclosure, Waxahatchee, Alejandro Escovedo, Blondie, Chromeo, The Walkmen and, er, Whigfield.</p> <p>If your tastes run a little more mainstream, you&rsquo;re going to struggle to find anything familiar. Artists like Katy Perry, Kings of Leon and David Guetta have little reason to give away their stuff for free &ndash; except when it comes to music videos, of course...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Top 20 games you can play free in your browser</a></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="Last.fm free download" alt="Last.fm free download" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/last-fm-free-download.jpg?1390569460" /> </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"> Free gig 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>Music videos are promotional in nature and consequently available for free all over the place &ndash; provided you want to stream rather than download (iTunes charges a standard &pound;1.89 per music video but we can&rsquo;t think of a single reason anyone would pay for one).</p> <p><a href="http://www.vevo.com/">Vevo</a> (and Vevo&rsquo;s hundreds of YouTube artist accounts) should be your first port of call for free music video. For starters, the service has a pretty amazing line-up of &ldquo;Vevo Presents&rdquo; concerts: look above for a recent 77-minute Nine Inch Nails gig in full HD quality, and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zknR9CBPXjY">here&rsquo;s Lady Gaga&rsquo;s hour-long ArtPop show</a>. It also has an exhaustive selection of official videos ranging from the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxgqpCdOKak">brand new</a> to the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwSZvHqf9qM">relatively ancient</a>.</p> <p>For more alternative free music videos, try indie tastemaker Pitchfork&rsquo;s video channel, which features all manner of content including full live festival sets (<a href="http://pitchfork.com/tv/youtube/35-pitchfork-music-festival-paris/1052-hot-chip-full-set-pitchfork-music-festival-paris/">here&#39;s Hot Chip</a>), <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6yfFWvoygY">official promos</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZJ9rsU0exc">exclusive live performances</a>.</p> <p>And hipster bible turned media empire Vice offers a similar supply of free music video material through its <a href="http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk">Noisey</a> channel.</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/LBC3NXnN8y4" 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"> Free Movies </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 want to watch full-length movies for free (and legally) you can head straight to YouTube, which has its own film channel. OK, so many of the movies in it are either (a) tempting but cost money or (b) free but bloody awful, but delve deep enough and you&rsquo;ll unearth the occasional gem: stuff like <em>Night of the Living Dead</em> (see above), <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkYT2_GoV20">His Girl Friday</a></em>, <em><a href="http://youtu.be/6FZRjLPtPLM">Enduring Love</a></em> and <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEaxG7HBK5c">Shopgirl</a></em>.</p> <p>These films are often old, it&rsquo;s true, and some of them have foreign subtitles, but crucially they&rsquo;re free. So no looking that gift horse in the mouth, eh?</p> <p>Another option is <a href="http://www.crackle.com/">Crackle</a>, a service owned by Sony that offers free movies and TV shows to watch through mobile devices, computers, consoles and smart TVs. The selection is a bit more exciting than YouTube&rsquo;s, although you&rsquo;ll have to periodically sit through ads (much like watching a film on TV). At the time of writing Crackle&rsquo;s free films include <em>American Psycho</em>, <em>The Squid and the Whale</em> and <em>Requiem for a Dream</em> and its TV shows include <em>Seinfeld</em> and <em>The Shield</em>.</p> <p>Open Culture has a <a href="http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline">raft of links to free online movies</a> arranged by genre. They&rsquo;re almost all pre-1970, although there are a handful of more recent shorts and documentaries. Some highlights include Kurosawa&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.openculture.com/2012/11/watch_kurosawas_irashomoni_free_online_the_film_that_introduced_japanese_cinema_to_the_west.html"><em>Rashomon</em></a> and Tarkovsky&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PAhbcy8mP4"><em>Andrei Rublev</em></a>, so it&rsquo;s fair to say it might suit cinephiles more than casual viewers. It also includes links to other free movie sites (scroll down the foot of the page).</p> <p>One other alternative? If you&rsquo;re not already a Netflix or Lovefilm Instant subscriber (and haven&rsquo;t been in the past), you can trial both services for a month for free. Plenty to watch there &ndash; although you&rsquo;ll be charged for your second month if you forget to cancel before the trial is over.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">25 fantastic free android games</a></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/-_f2Enn8x5s" 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-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"> Free Books </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 abundance of out of copyright books means you&rsquo;ll never be short of free stuff to download to your ebook reader or tablet.</p> <p>Open Culture has a <a href="http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks">nice list of free ebooks</a> with links to book iOS and Kindle-friendly versions of written works such as Dostoevsky&rsquo;s <em>Crime and Punishment</em>, Conan Doyle&rsquo;s <em>The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes</em>, Fitzgerald&rsquo;s <em>The Great Gatsby</em>, Melville&rsquo;s <em>Moby Dick</em> and pretty much everything Shakespeare ever put his quill to. If classic literature (or weighty non-fiction screeds such Karl Marx&rsquo;s <em>Das Kapital</em> and Adam Smith&rsquo;s <em>The Wealth of Nations</em>) is your &ldquo;bag&rdquo;, there&rsquo;s hours and hours of entertainment here.</p> <p>Many libraries also &ldquo;lend&rdquo; ebooks for free in much the same way that they lend physical tomes &ndash; they have a set amount of ebook licences they can lend out at any one time (which means you might have to wait until another reader is finished with an ebook &ndash; and yes, we know how odd that sounds). OK, so you don&rsquo;t get that &ldquo;interesting&rdquo; book smell, but you also don&rsquo;t have to get out of bed to walk over to the library. Check your local library&rsquo;s website to find out if they participate.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></p> <p><em>Main image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwarby/4860335535/in/photolist-8puuqx-8puwXg-9kJHTg-8puprR-8purhr-8pust2-8pupSi-8pxDRo-8pxBCE-8puqfH-8purRn-7RE6oi-9kP6MU-9smkim-9sikhH-9smkPh-8gnfoY-aXTBnX-9VyWWc-83FAwd-a5Li5t-8euaEz-fjRuUk-gEs9Qu-8djHu5-8SaMth-8djH15-8djHZL-9EXVZU-9VAQQG-9kKZfe-aeTa3c-9Vz8QK-bpHqBf-7KuATW-7Hhfuh-9kMKy9-9kMMvL-fyyiLe-fyygza-9VMgvz-7xWnPX-fwP73Y-9kJHqK-fwyQZF-a2YtoH-9kP2U7-9kMNwd-bCq8WH-9kMSBb-a32p7J/">William Warby</a></em></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="Free eBook" alt="Free eBook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Crime-and-punishment.jpg?1390569460" /> </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> Ebook Readers iPod and MP3 Music Streaming YouTube Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:17:26 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431615 at http://www.stuff.tv New "AIRA" teaser for Roland's remade classics: are we getting a new TR-808 AND a 909 drum machine? http://www.stuff.tv/music/new-aira-teaser-rolands-remade-classics-are-we-getting-new-tr-808-and-909-drum-machine/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roland hints at reviving not just the booming TR-808 but also the dancefloor-dominating TR-909 beatbox as part of its AIRA range. Excitement level: critical. </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="Roland AIRA drum machine" alt="Roland AIRA TR-808 TR-909" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/RolandAira-1.jpg?1390354078" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>There is no more desirable gadget in electronic music than the Roland TR-808 drum machine. </strong></p> <p>Well, maybe the TR-909, depending on who you&#39;re talking to. Discontinued by the mid-80s, these machines have never been bettered or replaced, but it seems Roland is gearing up to do just that.</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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</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"> Roland AIRA drum 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>We already knew Roland&#39;s forthcoming AIRA range would reflect the 808 in some way. What we didn&#39;t suspect until today was that the 909 would also get a look in. This teaser released today, showing the actual cymbals that were sampled for the 909, would appear to shed no new light on the matter apart from the fact that the legacy of the 909 is also going to feature.</p> <p>However, we would draw your attention to the partially visible device on the table at the 0:17 mark, a few fuzzy frames at 1:09 and a shot of a rear panel at 1:13, which shows a USB input. This is clearly a sneak preview of a new AIRA product.</p> <p>Also, regarding the big question of whether the AIRA range will use analogue or digital sounds, or perhaps a combination of both as in the TR-909, it&#39;s interesting to hear one of the original designers, Atsushi Hoshiai, say &quot;If I had to make a new rhythm machine today I would still use that very same cymbal.&quot; We think it&#39;s safe to predict that those very same cymbals have in fact been used in the creation of a new rhythm machine.</p> <p>This is all incredibly exciting. Head over to the official <a href="http://www.roland.co.uk/aira" target="_blank">Roland AIRA website</a> to find out how you can win a VIP trip to Dancefair in Holland to see the AIRA gear at its first public outing.</p> <p>Words by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</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/pXsMvTSCkuY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></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-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-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/new-aira-teaser-rolands-remade-classics-are-we-getting-new-tr-808-and-909-drum-machine/news#comments Music Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:59:20 +0000 Tony Horgan 1431518 at http://www.stuff.tv Spotify reveals unlimited free web player streaming http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-reveals-unlimited-free-web-player-streaming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The music streaming giant ditches all limits for web player users ahead of the Beats Music launch </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="Spotify reveals unlimited free web player streaming" alt="Spotify reveals unlimited free web player streaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spotify-logo_1.jpg?1389922080" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hot on the heels of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/spotify-offer-free-streaming-service-android-and-ios/news">bringing its free streaming service to Android and iOS</a>, Spotify has announced that it has removed all limitations for streaming free ad-supported music on its web player.</p> <p>Up until now, Spotify put an hourly cap on how much free music non-premium users could listen to each month after a six month trial period, but that&rsquo;s been abolished from today.</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-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/spotify-reveals-unlimited-free-web-player-streaming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-reveals-unlimited-free-web-player-streaming/news#comments Music Spotify Streaming Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431338 at http://www.stuff.tv Chüne! The smart speaker that can create the perfect New Year's Eve party playlist http://www.stuff.tv/music/chuene-interactive-music-box-could-give-you-perfect-playlist-new-years-eve/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The tiny Chüne can create a personalised playlist based on the tastes of your guests </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="2000" height="1240" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chune.jpg?1388417157" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The miniscule music box could be the key to a perfect party playlist, with its app-controlled ability to make sure the music appeals to everyone in the room</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/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</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"> The perfect playlist </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 might look like a rather unassuming bluetooth speaker, but in fact the Chüne is a smart playlist generator.</p> <p>The tiny box works with an app to allow party guest to tell it their musical tastes.</p> <p>Once you&#39;ve download the app,&nbsp;partygoers drag and drop their taste on to the logo in the centre, then tap their phone on the top of Chüne to add to the playlist.</p> <p>&quot;Chüne is a playful social music service that intelligently curates playlists depending on who is around, and how much fun they&rsquo;re having,&quot; its London inventors claim.</p> <p>The app also keeps track of what you like to listen to and lets Chüne know.</p> <p>Luckily, there&rsquo;s also a manual override, called the vibe dial, just in case all of your friends are death metal fans. </p> <p>The Vibe knob lets you adjust the music to fit the current vibe - twist it and the selection algorithm changes and the type of songs Chüne selects is altered.</p> <p>Controlled by a Raspberry Pi, the&nbsp;Chüne uses low energy bluetooth to communicate with your phone, and also has its own speaker and amplifier built in.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://chune.co.uk/">Chüne</a></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="2000" height="1305" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/app.jpg?1388417157" /> </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="2000" height="1355" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tap.jpg?1388417157" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How it works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the heart of Chüne is a Raspberry-Pi equipped with a WiFi/Bluetooth LE dongle.</p> <p>The Pi is also connected to a NFC reader, LED display and an amplifier, which is in turn connected to a speaker.</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> http://www.stuff.tv/music/chuene-interactive-music-box-could-give-you-perfect-playlist-new-years-eve/news#comments Android apps iOS apps Music Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:32:33 +0000 Mark Prigg 1430537 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Sonos Play:1 is our Music Gadget of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless was the way to go in 2013, and the mighty mini Sonos Play:1 was the most talented streamer of all </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="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Sonos Play:1 is the best music gadget of the year" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Sonos Play:1 is the best music gadget of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Play1WhtAngleAwardLogo.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today&#39;s home and mobile music gadgets have had to change to reflect and fit in with our desire to access all of our music anytime, any place, anywhere.</p> <p>They&#39;ve had to learn to stream from numerous music sources in numerous formats, but one thing&#39;s stayed constant: great sound is still great sound. Out of all the fantastic audio products that emerged in 2013, one particularly dinky player from Sonos stood head and shoulders above the competition...</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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</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"> Winner: Sonos Play:1 </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&#39;ve bought into the Sonos universe you&#39;ll be over the third moon of Saturn to hear of the &quot;1&quot;, the latest and dinkiest addition to the multi-room music system. One &quot;1&quot; is impressive, but when integrated into the bigger Sonos picture as part of a multiroom system or stereo pair, it&#39;s an absolute corker of speaker. It&#39;s capable of streaming from just about any music source, being controlled via Android or iOS and filling a room with real hi-fi sound, despite its meagre proportions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review">Read the review</a></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="Sonos Play:1" alt="Sonos Play:1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sonos1.JPG?1387299783" /> </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"> 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"> Runner-up: UE Boom </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 UE Boom&#39;s beer can dimensions pack a rechargeable battery that can keep going for up to 16 hours, merrily parping out tunes from your phone over a wireless Bluetooth hook-up. It&#39;s splash proof and can be paired with a second Boom for increased sonic power, making it ideal for festivals and travelling party people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ultimateears.com/en-gb/boom">Urban Ears UE Boom</a></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="UE Boom" alt="UE Boom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/UEBoom.jpg?1387299783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Libratone Zipp </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 rather more luxurious approach to portable music, the Zipp comes with a replaceable, unzippable fabric cover (Zipp, see?) and four hours of sumptuous off-grid sonics. You can feed it with a 3.5mm cable, via USB, AirPlay for Apple gear or with the help of the Libratone app for quality wireless transmissions from an Android phone or a computer without the need for a Wi-Fi network.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/travelling-tunes-five-best-wireless-portable-speakers/feature">Read more</a></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="Libratone Zipp" alt="Libratone Zipp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LibratoneZipp.jpg?1387299783" /> </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"> Runner-up: B&amp;W Z2 </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>Primarily designed for Apple users, the Z2 is little cracker, filling rooms with music streamed via AirPlay or from a physically docked Lightning generation iPhone or iPod Touch. Sound is surprisingly big from such a compact unit, with a quick, snappy response.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bw/bowers-wilkins-z2/review">Read the review</a></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="B&amp;W Z2" alt="Bowers &amp; Wilkins Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BW-Z2.jpg?1387299783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Denon Ceol Piccolo </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>Denon&#39;s next-gen micro hi-fi discards the CD player and instead focusses on more forward-looking features, such as 24-bit streaming, a remote control app and AirPlay for wireless playback. Teamed up with decent speakers it makes a superb living room music system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/denon/denon-ceol-piccolo/review">Read the review</a></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="Denon Ceol Piccolo" alt="Denon Ceol Piccolo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/denon-ceol-piccolo-review_0.jpg?1387299783" /> </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"> 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"> Runner-up: Sony SRS-BTM8 </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>Incredible value at around &pound;60, Sony&#39;s portable speaker has the power and control to knock out tunes at a fair whack. While others at this price range struggle with anything even resembling bass, the Sony has all the frequencies covered, and its Bluetooth streaming is made even easier by its &quot;tap to pair&quot; NFC feature.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/sony-srs-btm8/review">Read the review</a></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="Sony SRS-BTM8" alt="Sony SRS-BTM8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-SRS-BTM8-review.jpg?1387299783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 </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 flexible as a worm at a yoga class, the Minx Air 200 is a home-based speaker that produces a big sound from wired or wireless sources, including internet radio. Stream to it from your phone, via Ethernet or hook it up to other hi-fi gear via the RCA connections. Oh, and it sounds really chunky too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/cambridge-audio-minx-air-200/review">Read the review</a></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="Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200" alt="Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cambridge-audio-minx-air-200-review.jpg?1387299783" /> </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"> Runner-up: Crystal Audio BluDac </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>Let&#39;s say you&#39;ve got a great hi-fi at home. You love it like an old dog, but like that old dog, it can&#39;t stream music over Bluetooth. Good news! All you need to do is plug the BluDac into the Aux input on your old hi-fi and as if by magic, it can now play music wirelessly from your phone or tablet. &pound;60 for a new lease of life? Yes please.</p> <p><a href="http://www.crystalaudiovideo.com/ProductDetails/Blu-DAC-UK.aspx">Find out more</a></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="Crystal BluDAC" alt="Crystal BluDAC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CrystalBluDac.jpg?1387299783" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More 2013 Stuff Gadget Awards winners </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013" target="_top">Click here to view the rest of the winners</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> http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2013 Hi-Fi & Streaming Music Play:1 Sonos Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:03:07 +0000 Tony Horgan 1429241 at http://www.stuff.tv The best gets better: Spotify now has a free streaming service for Android and iOS http://www.stuff.tv/android/spotify-offer-free-streaming-service-android-and-ios/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, smartphone and tablet users can get in on some free Spotify streaming action </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="Spotify to offer free streaming service for Android and iOS" alt="Spotify to offer free streaming service for Android and iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spotify-mobile_0.jpg?1386858749" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spotify has announced that it&#39;s extending its free&nbsp;ad-supported music streaming service to Android and iOS devices.</p> <p>The freebie service allows smartphone users to stream music from Spotify&#39;s radio stations, other users they follow on the service and artist mixes (which allow you to listen through any artist you like&#39;s back catalogue without interruption from &#39;related artists) from your smartphone with no listening cap.</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-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/android/spotify-offer-free-streaming-service-android-and-ios/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/spotify-offer-free-streaming-service-android-and-ios/news#comments Android iOS Music Smartphones Spotify Streaming Tablets Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:21:40 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1430011 at http://www.stuff.tv Report: Spotify’s free service is coming to mobile http://www.stuff.tv/music/report-spotify-s-free-service-coming-mobile/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone listeners will no longer require a Premium account, according to the Wall Street Journal </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="Report: Spotify’s free service is coming to mobile" alt="Report: Spotify’s free service is coming to mobile" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spotify-mobile.jpg?1386380717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spotify&rsquo;s mobile music streaming will soon be available for free, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.</p> <p>At present, anyone wishing to use Spotify on their phone or tablet must have a Premium account (&pound;9.99 per month), but the company is apparently planning to change that by making an ad-supported mobile service available. At present, Spotify offers free streaming only through its desktop app.</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"> Radio, not on-demand </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>But this new mobile version won&rsquo;t just be the full-fat Spotify on-demand service with a few ads sprinkled in. While there&rsquo;ll be a limited number of on-demand songs available, it&rsquo;ll be more like Pandora or Apple&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/itunes-radio-will-be-huge-whether-you-it-or-not/feature" target="_blank">iTunes Radio</a>, playing a choice of songs based on the user&rsquo;s input. Essentially you&rsquo;ll pick a few &lsquo;example&rsquo; tracks or genres, but Spotify will choose the actual songs and the order in which they&rsquo;re played.</p> <p>Spotify is holding a press event on 11th December in New York, so if this rumour has legs we&rsquo;re going to hear all the gory details then. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304096104579240432005003354-lMyQjAxMTAzMDAwNTEwNDUyWj" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>]</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> Apps and Games Music Spotify Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:31:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429840 at http://www.stuff.tv