Makin' Music Together - Rdio and TastemakerX by Marc Ruxin
Sometimes, but very rarely, you are lucky enough to have two profound passions intersect. It is even more rare to be given the chance to turn these intersecting passions into a business. This a brief history of how that happened.
Coachella, 2014: Girls Win, Synths Beat Out Guitars By Marc Ruxin
Big music festivals can largely be tracked back to the first Newport Jazz festival in 1954, The Folk version in 1959, and then followed by Woodstock in 1969, Glastonbury in 1970 a bunch of other European festivals that followed and thrived through today.
In preparation for the big week, here is a delicious playlist pulled from the official SXSW artist list (caveat there are literally hundreds of bands, so this is definitely TastemakerX’s choice): TastemakerX V30 “SXSW 2014”
SXSW Party Time and We Bid Farewell to Another Legend
T-minus 9 days until the adult circus that is SXSW. Like Vegas for hipsters and techies, it comes on like a red hot cacophony of deafening blogosphere tech hype, and then morphs into five-day music orgy.
Funny how folk music forked into a primarily indie art form at some point after the 60’s and 70’s. There was time when Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Donovan, and CSN were legit mainstream artists. The British folkies like Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and Robert Wyatt tended to be critical favs, but perhaps the music was too precious, too progressive, too sad to make a dent. I guess you can point to Elliot Smith as the godfather of modern indie folk almost twenty years ago, and in his wake hundreds of great artists have emerged.
It’s been a busy week. The Grammys have come and gone - we’re happy for Lorde and Paul’s new song was actually pretty good. That said, shouldn’t the Grammys celebrate the best music and not just the most played?
Welcome to 2014. Coachella and Jazzfest lineups are already out. We continue to build out TastemakerX to be the best way to discover artists and the people who turn you on to them. Marc (@ruxputin), our CEO, has just released his 18th annual Bestest Music and Film Lists on our blog.
I’m not sure you need me to tell you about the 2013 records by Kanye, Daft Punk and Arcade Fire. They were unanimously fawned over, richly produced concept pieces that actually hang together. Instead, I’ll focus on the handful of albums (yes I still tend to listen to albums – albeit in a digital form) that stood out and made 2013 another great year.
Despite the current state of independent film (increasingly fewer screens, economically challenging business models, compressed distribution windows) 2013 proved to be one of the best years in a decade for films large and small.
It was another amazing year for new music. But with every year it’s getting even harder to find these precious needles in the haystack.
We spent 2013 doing our best to solve this problem, believing still that people turn people onto music. With that in mind, we hope everyone takes the time to build an end of the year collection with your 12 favorite Artists.
Nelson Mandela was a gentle giant. But unlike most passings, Africa is celebrating not mourning. He changed things in a very real way. He inspired people everywhere including artists all over the world to make music with strong social messages. In his honor here a few songs to help us remember.
A special December playlist for you. Plus Childish Gambino and Albert Hammond Jr
We can’t believe it’s already time to head into the big holiday rush. We could use a vacation (and a few jazzercise classes) after all of that Thanksgiving eating! Pace yourselves and get some musical motivation. Here’s what everybody was digging last week.
Coachella rumors! SXSW announcements! Plus new music from Jake Bugg and Luscious Jackson
With the end of the year drawing close it’s time to start speculating about 2014 festival headliners. Rumor has it Outkast is reuniting for Coachella in April with Arcade Fire, Haim and CHRVCHES joining in on the fun. SXSW has already posted their confirmed line up as well which includes highlights like London Grammar, Poolside, and Avi Buffalo. We already can’t wait for the 2014 Festival Season to start!
Flume, Sky Ferreira, Broken Bells are all happening this week
Twitter soars in its public debut. #music considers shutting the doors. YouTube hosts an awards show. Things change and quickly. Thankfully there are lots of great bands putting out serious music over the past few weeks to help ground us. We hope you add them to your collections so we can listen and follow you.
Fall's here with Head and the Heart and Cults releasing new music
After a relentless sea of mainstream movies and music throughout the Summer, this is that time of year when heady films and serious music starts to trickle into the market. Yup, releases are optimized against awards shows, best of lists, and general holiday entertainment spending. As such we had to suffer through many fallow months, but now we’re in the thick of it. Good times are back.
It’s been a dangerously great Fall for live music with the Austin City Limits Festival last weekend (with a repeat this weekend), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in SF, and TomorrowWorld in Atlanta. As such all of those bands are doing the club circuits in the weeks before and after so you can get in on the action.
Top 5 Bands to Make Your Week. ACL & Treasure Island
Thanks loads for checking out the new and still beta TastemakerX 2.0! Obviously, like anything new and different, we are still working out the kinks at a feverish pace. Much to do, but we’re getting closer! For now though, it’d be amazing to see everyone curate their first full-length 12 artist collections. In addition to building a great personal feed of news, tour dates, tweets, video and photos, most users are spending a good amount of time listening to other peoples “Collections.” The more artists you have, the better the stations will be to listen to.
While the lazy hazy days of Summer are all but over, we can still relive the bliss through the music we listened to and will remember it by. The Summer was filled with epic festivals and tours, incredible new releases and music playing long into the night.
This week we have two playlists to share with you all.
TASTEMAKERX DISCOVERIES V.2
The first is comprised of new artists and tracks we discovered. You’ll hear a span of sounds: ambient electronic, hip-hop, indie rock, indie pop, alternative post-grunge, noise rock, synth-pop, folk, pretty much everything! We hope you enjoy it and discover a new genre / artist that you weren’t familiar with before.