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Friday, Apr 30, 2010
Six 60-minute shows available for your listening pleasure on DJ Shadow Radio.

Just recently DJ Shadow launched a web radio. Shadow himself contributed the first, posted March 31st. The sixth, a contribution by OPM Records John Haput entitled “The Audio Arms Race”, was posted on Apr 26th. Shadow’s (and site staff’s) mission? “To expand the palates of music lovers everywhere.”


Welcome to My World (Part 1): Show contributed by DJ Shadow on Mar 31, 2010
The title says it all. These are the sounds that inform, comfort, inspire, and challenge me. By no means an “all-time faves” compilation, these are songs that have resonated with me strongly over the recent Winter months. Heartfelt, honest music of all genres, by artists including Image, Moreno Productions, Upheaval, and more.


The Audio Arms Race: Show contributed by John Haupt on Apr 26, 2010
Continuing on our mission to expand the palates of music lovers everywhere, we present selections from the refined mind of OPM Records’ John Haupt. This is the sound of the NWOAHM (New Wave of American Heavy Metal), including the likes of Dead Silence, Euphoria, Minotaur, and many others.


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Friday, Apr 30, 2010

Sadly, we must report that Lala.com will end its service of streaming gazillions of albums and songs on 31 May. This follows in the wake of its December 2009 purchase by Apple.


Touch Reviews speculates that this may well mean that we see streaming from iTunes in the future as Apple integrates Lala’s talented tech team into their product mix. Nothing along those lines has been confirmed as of yet.


Lala never quite found a strong revenue model and it’s too bad because the product was superb. PopMatters and thousands of other websites also embedded Lala content in their articles and blogs.


Will there be a similar offering down the road by Apple itself or some new partner? Will the Spotify partnership with Facebook and iTunes satisfy the demand of US listeners? Can Soundclound grow into a true Lala replacement? As of 31 May, there will be a void in the streaming music space and we all know that generally, businesses crowd in to fill a void. Ultimately, the biggest question is: Can a free, membership- driven streaming music service ever be a profitable proposition?


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Thursday, Apr 29, 2010

DJ and world-music enthusiast Gilles Peterson takes record-collecting to another level when he visits Havana, Cuba to check out a local record shop. He made a video of his visit to this “goldmine” to help support his upcoming album of Cuban-urban music. Watch it to learn a pro-tip or two from this über-crate-digger, or to see him act like an (adorably nerdy) kid in a candy-shop.


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Thursday, Apr 29, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Boxharp
Loam Arcane
(Hidden Shoal Recordings)
Releasing: Out now


Boxharp are Scott Solter (producer/engineer for the likes of Spoon, the Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice, and St. Vincent) and Wendy Allen (Tarentel, the Ballustrade Ensemble). Their latest release, Loam Arcane, is an EP of two halves. The hallucinogenic pop of the first half springs to vivid life with opener “FanFin”, which ricochets with disorientating beats and refracted vocal melodies as if some sort of life-sized zoetrope. Sparkling single “Rainbirds” follows, interweaving ambient textures with Wendy Allen’s pure vocals, giving way to a harmonised middle eight. The melodies return, crested by sparkling, wavering tones –- and then it’s over.


In the second, more abstract and haunting, half of the EP, the stunning “The Postcard” slowly dissolves the floor from under your feet. The track plays out like a consoling friend who turns into gas just as you need them most. And finale “Who Are Your People (South Shoal)” is a marriage of rhythmic bark, distant ghosted fauna and warm, flowing synths—slow motion tribal music for electric ghosts.


SONG LIST
01 FanFin
02 Rainbirds
03 The Postcard
04 Who Are Your People



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Thursday, Apr 29, 2010
by PopMatters Staff



The new Band of Horses album Infinite Arms drops on 18 May and the group has just released their new video to MySpace. Upcoming tour highlights include appearances at JazzFest in New Orleans, the Beale Street Festival in Memphis and dates at Madison Square Garden and Sasquatch.


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