Bose intros SoundTouch WiFi music systems, makes home audio more like a car stereo
But “Sea Change,” which came after the end of a nine-year relationship, represents a career highlight simply for being unlike anything else he recorded before or since. Beck still pillages from the cool – Serge Gainsbourg (“Paper Tiger”), Nick Drake (“Round The Bend”), Hank Williams (“Lost Cause”) – but these songs have a startling, endearing honesty that makes them squarely his own. James Blake “James Blake” (2011) This young British producer makes club music for lean times. Layered with wobbly beats and looped sound effects, Blake’s tracks are invariably weird but deeply soulful, particularly his slow motion cover of Feist’s “Limit to Your Love.” His songs also draw upon references from the world outside: Radiohead, Talk Talk, Joni Mitchell , Antony and the Johnsons, and the XX. Poolside “Pacific Standard Time” (2012) The L.A. duo of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise (a San Francisco transplant who promotes local parties Blow Up and 1994) calls the music on its first album, “Pacific Standard Time,” daytime disco. It’s as good a label as any for the relaxed dance grooves and breezy choruses of songs like “Slow Down,” “Do You Believe?” and the ultra-chill cover of Neil Young ‘s “Harvest Moon.” Tricky “Maxinquaye” (1995) When it was first released, it sounded like nothing else. Now, of course, everything sounds like it. A bleak counterpoint to the hyperactive Britpop era, this Bristol native’s debut album melded hip-hop and blues with the wondrous voice of the teenager Martina Topley-Bird. Tricky, possessing no musical education, made things up in the studio as he went along, delivering mind-blowing material like “Aftermath” and “Hell is Round The Corner.” Years later, people are still studying it in fine detail. Haim “Days Are Gone” (2013) The Southern California sister act is all the buzz at the moment. Some critics – most vocally, Portishead’s Geoff Barrow – have grumbled that their sound is derivative of Shania Twain , which, yeah, OK, fair enough.
Kennedy October 10, 2013, 7:30 a.m. A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video – all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards , which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods. After a banner year, thanks to the success of Thrift Shop the bestselling digital song of the year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will vie for new artist, favorite pop/rock band, favorite hip-hop act and artist of the year along with Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Thirft Shop is also up for single of the year, a new category being introduced this year that will pit the single up against Robin Thickes inescapable song of summer, Blurred Lines, and the inexplicable Flordia Georgia Line and Nelly collaboration, Cruise. Although Daft Punk s Get Lucky was surprisingly snubbed for single of the year, the French dance duo made it in the electronic dance music category, which was introduced last year. A quick scan of the nominees yielded few surprises. Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Phillip Phillips are up for new artist of the year. The race for favorite pop male artist is between Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, while Pink , Rihanna and Taylor Swift will battle it out in the female category. Miley Cyrus , who didn’t score a single nomination, and Imagine Dragons are the first performers announced for the telecast, which airs live from the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. For the seventh year, winners will be determined by online voting (its certain One Direction fans already have their ballots fired up). Also for the first time, fans will also be able to vote for their favorite artists via Twitter.
Users can start with any SoundTouch system and add others for a multi-room experience: play the same music in every room, or different music in different rooms, indoors or out. SoundTouch Wi-Fi Systems: Effortless and Powerful SoundTouch Wi-Fi systems offer streaming music at the touch of a button, or an app for advanced functionality. They feature six presets on the system itself or the system’s included remote, and each can be personalized to an Internet radio station, music service channel, or stored playlist. Set a preset, and it only takes one press — one second — to your favorite songs. It’s as easy and effortless as flicking a light switch. The Bose SoundTouch app then lets you use your smartphone, tablet or computer for powerful capability and control: browse and discover content, operate any system in any room wirelessly, and combine all music services and stations with one look and feel. The new SoundTouch app is compatible with most Android, iOS, Mac OS and Windows systems. Bose will also offer the SoundTouch controller, an accessory premium controller that works with any SoundTouch system. It features a circular design, volume dial and proximity sensor. All essential functions and information are integrated, including an OLED preset preview. The SoundTouch controller can be placed on a table, or on the wall using an included bracket.
Music | Album Previews – Justin Timberlake, Glasser, Dizzee Rascal & Sub Focus
In a style that could sound cold and shut off, she instead emphasises a vulnerability that draws you into her world; theres nothing here but walls, walls, walls There are some who might pass it off as weird, but for those who are prepared to try something new, Interiors is definitely a grower. Sam Corcoran Dizzee Rascal -The Fifth(2/5) In The Fifth, Dizzee Rascal welcomes us into a world of beaches, booze and debauchery. Its a fun ride for the first few listens, but it lacks the depth to really draw you in. Grime merges into pop, characterised by uninspiring collaborations with Will.I.Am, Jessie J and Robbie Williams that all rely on repetitive sung choruses. The Fifth embraces the main- stream commercialism that began to take root in Tongue n Cheek, but with no trace of Dizzees natural exuberance. The acerbic has been swapped for Arse like That, with a level of objectification that belongs in the early 70s. Elsewhere, lyrics are stretched by a general lack of content, Life is a game of chess, and all the girls want to check me, proving a particular lowlight. Things pick up when the album passes its halfway point. Love This Town and Heart of a Warrior both recapture the aspirational message and joyful bounce associated with Dizzee, the latter track benefiting greatly from Teddy Skys crisp vocals. It can be no coincidence these two were the more prominent among the new tracks debuted when supporting MUSE earlier this year. The standard edition of The Fifth includes Bassline Junkie as the sole bonus track. Its a riotous postscript to what current Rascal fans know and love, heavily contrasting with the first half of The Fifth. Sadly, the tracks inclusion makes it all too clear where the rest of the album falls down. A few good tracks lost in a sea of video game music. Josh Woodcock Sub Focus -Torus(5/5) After four years, Sub Focus needed to deliver something impeccable and with Torus hes done just that.