Last night at a benefit concert, Dave Grohl debuted a new Foo Fighters song called “The Sky is a Neighborhood.” A fan shot video is embedded above. It will be interesting to see if the Foo Fighters debut more new songs later this month at BottleRock music festival in California.
Quick story from Billboard. Billboard spoke with Paul Tollett, the founder of Coachella, and got some sad news. After grossing “$160 million over two weekends in October 2016,” Tollet and other organizers of Desert Trip have decided not to bring the festival back this year. This announcement quashes rumors of a stacked lineup, which included a Led Zeppelin reunion.
Tollet did leave the door open for the event to return in the future.
Interview with Paul McCartney from April 2017. Interesting tidbits from the video:
Favorite Song: Here, There and Everywhere.
He listens to music on CDs.
New album currently in the works, to be produced by 2017 producer of the year Greg Kurstin. Paul jokes that he is the one who gave Greg his start.
Current favorite artists: Dirty Projectors, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, “There are lots of them that I like.”
When asked if he was going to include some songs from Flowers in the Dirt on the tour’s setlist, he said he wanted to but was concerned with what songs would be knocked out of the setlist. Such a McCartney problem, too many songs to fit into a huge setlist.
I recently stumbled on an interesting TedX talk by Angela Ahrendts. The nearly 14 min talk focuses on human energy, bringing people together, and accomplishing great things. To Ahrendts, energy is the summation of three factors: trust, intuition and belief. But my summary won’t do the talk justice, click play and let it sink in.
Yesterday James Murphy took to Facebook to provide some updates on LCD Soundsystem’s new music. You can view his abridged post above, click ‘see more’ for the full message. A few big takeaways from the post.
Two new songs were released at midnight. I’ve embedded the two tracks below. The first is called “Call the Police.” Similar to All My Friends, this track builds throughout. I expect it to be a great track at live shows. The second song is called “American Dream.” It’s very LCD, just listen.
The new album is nearly finished. Just a little more mixing and mastering to go. The biggest time snag is going to be pressing the vinyl copies of the album, which James insists on being available on the same day the album is released. I hope that it will be finished by the time I see LCD play later this summer.
James also included some thoughts on playing live shows. It’s interesting to read the struggle between playing small and large venues. Thus far I’ve never seen a pure LCD show, only festival performances, but I’m sure that experience is amazing.
If you’ve made it this far and haven’t started streaming the music below, start now. It’s good. It’s LCD, so of course it is good. Stream.
*Update: Click here to watch the new songs live on SNL*
Today, Apple unveiled its new initiative that aims to bring dozens of educational opportunities to all Apple retail locations. Called “Today at Apple,” the sessions cover both basic and advanced topics. From photography to videography, and kids programs, Today at Apple has material for all people.
Interestingly, there will also be courses teaching coding:
Coding sessions are meant to introduce anyone to coding through Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app designed to make coding interactive and fun for beginners. These sessions will explore coding concepts with the same code professional developers use every day.
I think the coding courses provide a great way to expose children, and adults alike, to programming. By removing the stigma that a person is not technologically wired or able to code, Apple can promote a new mindset where coding is accessible to anyone.
In 2015 Prince removed his music from nearly all streaming services. Although Tidal users retained the ability to stream Prince’s work, the majority of music streamers were left without the Prince catalog. That is no longer the case. Today the catalog returns to Spotify, Apple Music, and more! Go to your favorite music streaming service, listen to the great Prince, and add some classics to your favorite playlists! Below, enjoy the fantastic Purple Rain album.
A recent test was conducted to compare the performance and reliability of the 4 major US Mobile Networks. The results are interesting and I suggest that you take a look at the full report. I have a three quick reactions.
1. Verizon and T-Mobile are essentially tied with respect to LTE performance. I’m quite shocked by this and impressed at how T-Mobile has drastically improved its network speeds.
2. As an AT&T customer, I’m amazed at how poor the service has become. AT&T trails Verizon and T-Mobile in both LTE speed, LTE availability, and latency.
3. Probably most interesting from the report, “[I]n our nationwide tests, all four operators fell short of the global LTE download average of 17.4 Mbps.” US Carriers need to reinvest in infrastructure and drastically improve.
This year, Boston Calling is moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex after years at the city hall plaza. The move, as well as transitioning the festival from two events per year to one event per year, allowed Boston Calling 2017 to book an incredibly impressive lineup. In fact, Consequence of Sound ranked this lineup the 4th best of year.
Any lineup with Tool right now is going to turn heads, and while Chance the Rapper is currently being hailed as the greatest living rapper, there’s something admittedly unique about seeing Mumford and Sons in the middle. — CoS
Beyond headliners Tool, Mumford and Sons, and Chance, Boston Calling did a great job with the undercard. Cage the Elephant put on a great live show, Weezer has fantastic natlagia factor (plus their latest album is pretty good), and Run the Jewels are touring their highly popular third album. To me, however, The XX and Bon Iver are must sees! The XX’s most recent album is fantastic; in fact, the lead single was one of my songs of the week late last year. Bon Iver also put out a new album recently, plus I just discovered the hit song Skinny Love. Overall, I’m very excited for Boston Calling and look forward to reporting more on the festival as it draws near.