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Episode 329: Here Comes 2018

Episode 329: Here Comes 2018

With 2017 behind us, happy days are here again (?), but that doesn't mean we all don't have work to do.

Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo blast-off into the new year with a sometimes tough, but always honest, discussion about what we're looking forward to in 2018, for fans, musicians, scenes, the music industry, and more, naming names and taking a good look at ourselves in the process.

It's 2018, and we're thrilled you made it. Now, lets head on down to the basement...


Episode 300: Generation Soundcloud with April + Vista

Episode 300: Generation Soundcloud with April + Vista

Soundcloud is one of the most ubiquitous "tools" used by artists and industry professionals alike since the collapse of the MP3 blog culture. Communities have built up within it, artists have been discovered through it, and 

Earlier this month, the music service announced that they were laying off 40% of their workforce, closing two offices, and, it was discovered, may only have enough cash to run for another 50 days.

On our 300th episode (!!!) Kevin, Marcus and special guests April George and Matt Vista (April + Vista), are discussing what this collapse could mean for artists, the blogosphere and the industry at large, and figuring out how to save the music industry in the process*

PLUS: Thoughts on the future of the cast, and a listen to a track that is nearest and dearest to our hearts. 

*Spoiler: We don't save the music industry


Episode 297: Gaming The Playlist - Spotify and You

Episode 297: Gaming The Playlist - Spotify and You

 

In a recent article on artist advocacy site CASH Music, journalist Liz Pelly investigated "The Secret Lives Of Playlists", and what she found out has sparked another cycle of controversy for the world's largest provider of streaming music, Spotify.

Is payola running rampant in the world of playlists? Is that really a problem? Do streaming services have a "moral" obligation to artists or has the label system simply evolved, meet the new boss, same as the old boss? Casey Rae (The Priest They Called Him: William S. Burroughs & The Cult of Rock 'n' Rolland Michael Kentoff (The Caribbean) join Kevin in the basement to try and navigate this hyper-complicated landscape and hopefully come up with some answers.

PLUS! Indie-Folk collective The Good Graces are back with a new LP (Set Your Sights) and we've got listen to one of it's best tracks for ya!


Episode 228: Teenage Fanclub - Here

Episode 228: Teenage Fanclub - Here

Like a sexier version of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, you can now mix your Tinder with your Spotify. Join us as three middle-aged men discuss the implications, you've obviously come to the most qualified source for these sort of things.

Scottish indie-rock legends Teenage Fanclub are back with a new label (Merge!) and a new album (Here!). Kevin's neighbor (and lifelong Teenage Fanclub fan) Michael Zwirn joins us in the basement to get to the bottom of what makes their latest power-pop gem tick.

Stronger Sex is a band from Washington, DC. Stronger Sex is a band you should KNOW from Washington, DC. Good thing we've got their latest track, "Dating", for you to hang all of your hopes and fears on...or just dance to.


Episode 227: Norah Jones - Day Breaks

Episode 227: Norah Jones - Day Breaks

A free tier is all fun and games, until you start getting served malware in it's ads. We're getting to the bottom of this so-obvious-we-can't-believe-it-hadn't-happened-yet "crisis" so you don't have to. 

On her latest album Day Breaks, nine time Grammy winner Norah Jones is returning to the jazz sound that made her famous. Join us as we dig into this modern greats' newest chapter.

Moses Sumney is rad AF. But don't believe us. Check out the track "Lonely World" of of his new EP Lamenatations, and join the converted. 


Episode 218: The Avalanches - Wildflower

Episode 218: The Avalanches - Wildflower

As the idiocracy draws ever closer, we take a look a new spin on the reality show where nine strangers are picked to makes some tunes and get judged by...Spotify.

After fifteen years, Australian sample kings The Avalanches return with their new album, Wildflower. Carrie's spawn joins us to discuss this comeback and drop some serious knowledge on our ass.

To celebrate ten years of being awesome, Portland Cello Project have released their version of the Prince classic (because every Prince song is a classic) "How Come U Never Call Me Anymore". We've got a listen and a look for you to dig into before the group plays here in DC on 9/21.


Episode 215: Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Episode 215: Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Spotify may be winning the streaming wars, but with a new round of rights negotiations ahead, will they be stopped in their tracks by the labels.

Chicago's Ryley Walker makes guitar music. Heady guitar music. On his latest album, Golden Sings That Have Been Song, we take yet another trip into the cosmos searching for answers that we may never find.

Sylvan Esso is back AF. Witness their new single "Radio". Rejoice.


THE LIST 6/24/16: RIP Dr. Ralph Stanley

THE LIST 6/24/16: RIP Dr. Ralph Stanley

Welcome to our new weekly column that is exactly what is says it is. A list. Specifically this week a Spotify playlist that might feature songs that have been rocking our earholes, oldies but goodies that needed a good revist, or, in the case of today's list, a theme.

THINGS TO PUT IN YOUR EARS

Last night we got word that one of bluegrass's greatest pioneers, Dr. Ralph Stanley, passed away at the tender age of 89. Stanley achieved noteriety playing with his brother throughout the Appalachians during the 50's and 60's, but it was the 2000 Cohen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou, featuring a solo rendition of "Oh Death" by Stanley that launched him, and bluegrass, back into the public eye where it remains to this day. 


Episode 90: - Streaming and You

Episode 90: - Streaming and You

Two weeks ago pop/country superstar Taylor Swift very publicly pulled her entire catalog from streaming music Spotify, and teh internets…well…it asploded. Some artists (like Swift) feel that they’re being “robbed” by this new format; some feel that streaming is not just the future, it’s the savior, of the music industry. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Who’s getting paid? How much are they getting paid? Where does the consumer fit into all of this?

Tune in as guests Ali Sternburg (Policy Council, CCIA) and Marcus Dowling stop by the basement and go full “wonk” on the truth, lies, and harsh realities of this technology that impacts musicians and music fans alike. It’s an impassioned discussion about a topic that’s near-and-dear to our hearts on Episode 90 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.

-Ends-

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!!!