In 2014, Fitz and The Tantrums became one of my favorite new bands. In fact, I saw them perform the same set twice that summer and enjoyed every moment of it. Their energy and lyrics kept me extremely engaged, in spite of my favorite song Tighter not being played. If you haven’t herd any of their music before, give a listen to their 2013 album More Than Just A Dream and I’m confident you’ll get on the bandwagon.
On June 10 of this year, Fitz will be releasing a new, self-titled album. I’m counting down the days. In the meantime, the first single from the Album — titled HandClap — was released today. Give it a listen below. I’ve listened to it about ten times through this writing. My initial impressions: extremely catchy, upbeat, and enjoyable. If the album flows from this track I’ll be incredibly pleased on June 10.
Rumors have splashed across the internet about an upcoming product dubbed the “iPhone Pro.” Some rumors suggest that this will replace the iPhone x+ while others state it will be a special and supplementary version of x+. Jon at technobuffalo seems skeptical of the name change. Nevertheless, I do believe that Apple will look to adopt the Pro nomenclature for the iPhone line this year.
For one, Apple already does this with their Macbook and iPad lines. The Pro term makes laptops and iPads easily and quickly distinguishable from their less powerful siblings. Plus, the Pro terms makes a higher price tag more palatable.
Moreover, Apple has no qualms with renaming their products to simplify product lines. When the retina iPad 3rd generation was released, it wasn’t called iPad 3. Rather, it was simply called the new iPad. Continually adding modifiers to a product name makes it more and more confusing to follow. Does iPhone 11 plus ultra edition sound clean and simple to you?
Overall, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least for Apple to rename their iPhone lineup in 2016. Perhaps iPhone SE for the 4″ device, simply iPhone for the 4.7″ device, and iPhone Pro for the 5.5″ device. This change, based solely on my reasoning and not the rumor mill, clarifies the lineup beautifully.
I love DJ mixes. Combinations of previously separate tracks with tempo changes, interesting transitions, and bass drops are extremely creative and exciting to listen to. However, these remixes pose a problem. The DJ mixing these tracks may not [probably does not] have the legal rights to use the underlying intellectual property [i.e. the original recordings]. Billboard is reporting that Apple has found a solution.
Apple has partnered with Dubset, a company that “use[s] a proprietary technology called MixBank to analyze a remix or long-form DJ mix file, identify recordings inside the file, and properly pay both record labels and music publishers.” Essentially, Dubset eliminates the licensing problem by automatically detecting which tracks are used in a mix and paying the appropriate entities.
I’m not currently an Apple Music user [Spotify for days], but this partnership along with other Apple Music advantages [Cough cough Taylor Swift Streaming] may change my preference. Stay tuned.
A new interview with Jony Ive hit the web this week. Although Charlie Rose interjects too often, the video is incredibly fascinating. Ranging from the his relationship with Steve Jobs (always an interesting topic to explore) to taking pride in design decisions, the interview peals back a layer on a critical Apple executive. If you are interested in design, art, or technology, this is definitely worth a watch.
Early this month I was down in Florida attending the first Okeechobee music festival. In spite of this being the inaugural year of the festival, it was pleasantly well executed. The campgrounds we clean and easy to get to. The festival grounds were only a short distance away and the water refill stations were both easy to find and quick to access. Moreover, the lineup — headlined by Mumford and Sons and Kendrick Lamar — was phenomenal.
As with any first generation product, there is some room for improvement. Most importantly, the volunteers need a little more training and instruction. My buddy misplaced his wallet and each time we asked for the location of the lost and found we were directed [sometimes rudely] in contradicting directions. The festival organizers should also work to improve cell reception at the campsites. However, this is mostly nitpicking.
Overall, Okeechobee was a fantastic experience. I had an unforgettable time in Florida and look forward to year two.
Below is a playlist of all my coverage for Okeechobee: