Episode 144: Grimes - Art Angels / Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone In The Universe

Episode 144: Grimes - Art Angels / Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone In The Universe

This week on the podcast we’re talking new albums from a hot up-and-comer and the return of a pop legend. First up, Grimes’ Art Angels is an unexpected pop explosion that stretches the limits of what we call indie. Is the young producer’s latest effort a missive from the future or one large step towards the mainstream? Then, pop mastermind Jeff Lynne has revived the legendary ELO with a new album Alone In The Universe.  Does this deeply personal, reflective cycle of songs live up to the name or is Mr. Blue Sky gone forever.

PLUS! Rdio is filing for bankruptcy and Pandora is stripping the company down for parts and we try to get to the bottom of what this may mean for artists and consumers alike. Does this mark the beginning of the streaming wars or is it the start of the slide down to a musical singularity where one stream will rule them all. Also…WTF Adele?  3.85 MILLION?

All this plus a new track from DC/Boston’s Kingsley Flood just in time for their show at U Street Music Hall right here in Washington, DC as we close out business as usual in 2015 in style on Episode 144 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!  

Spotify to officially launch in US TOMORROW!

In other news, HELL has officially frozen over.

It's been rumored for years, but now, the streaming music service that took over Europe looks like it's finally here. How will it stack up against its younger, scrappier cousins Rdio, MOG, and arguable MusicBeta by Google? Well tell you all about it this weekend, after we've been able to give it a run around the block.

In the meantime, here's the official press release, straight from the great streaming gods in the sky:


New York, July 13, 2011 - Spotfy, the award-winning digital music service loved by millions of Europeans, will become available tomorrow morning in the United States by invitation and subscription. Spotify is a new way to listen to and manage your music, discover new tracks and share songs and playlists with friends – music whenever you want it, wherever you are.

Be one of the first people in the U.S. to experience Spotify by signing up at www.spotify.com.

Spotify will announce more details at 8:00 AM EST.


So there you have it. The Mayans were SO freaking wrong.

The world officially ends at 8:00 AM tomorrow. It's been fun people!!!