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From the iPod to iTunes: How Apple Has Changed How We Hear Music

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When someone mentions the iTunes store and the iPod, many people already know what those two things are, have at least some knowledge of them and the company that produced them (looking at you, Apple). Back in the early 2000s, (specifically before April 28th, 2003) however, no one had any clue of what these were and how much of an impact they would have on how we listen to music.

Twelve years ago today, Apple launched the iTunes store and released their third generation iPod that held 7,500 songs, according ...

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Madi Diaz – The Other Side (Magic Man Remix)

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Magic Man continue their hot streak of undeniable remixes, this time stepping in on Madi Diaz‘s “The Other Side.” It’s a dark and gritty take on the L.A. indie-pop songstress’ catchy original that gives Diaz’s vocals lots of room to shine. There are plenty of signature synth stabs to brighten things up toward the end, making this the one of those songs perfect for summer sunsets. Stream it below, and catch Madi Diaz now on the road with Fitz & The Tantrums.

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Tinashe – 2 On (UNiiQU3 Remix)

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It takes some balls to remix one of the summer’s hottest tracks. Tinashe and SchoolBoy Q‘s “2 On,” a chilly, thumping take on a DJ Mustard beat, has stayed in steady rotation on radio, blogs, in clubs and in our hearts and minds since March. You can’t improve a perfect formula, but you can change it and get the same results. Those familiar with DJ Uniiqu3‘s The New Klassiks (free d/l available via Lit City Trax) from earlier this year know her flavor of Jersey Club: sliced and diced vocals smoldering in hyper-aggressive drum programming (swinging between hip hop and ...

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Orangatang – Makin’ All Of Our Bodies Close

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California experimental pop collective Orangatang have an air of mystery about them. It’s not just that you could stare into the group’s artwork for hours, looking for answers to the universe’s great questions. It’s also because the kind of music they’re making is difficult to define. Take new song “Makin’ All Of Our Bodies Close” for example. There are elements of pop and electronic music, but this is more like sound. Lush, intricately layered sound, with synths and vocals and drums piling on top of each other. At a time when so many songs seem obsessed with building up to ...

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Hudson Mohawke – 100HM

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Scottish electronic producer Hudson Mohawke has released a beat that he made for the video game GTA V. Titled “100HM,” it’s a heavy hitting, horror-tinged banger that might be the first Hud Mo song you could reasonably play at a Halloween party. Featuring organ-like synths and a looped sample of Vincent Price laughing (from “Thriller”), the song is strange and fun. On top of the more gothic elements, there are still the usual staples of Mohawke’s production: a thick bassline and hard handclap beat that are just begging to blow out your speakers. Stream it below.

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Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream (MS MR Remix)

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Less a remix than a complete rework, MS MR’s take on Betty Who’s blissful pop anthem “Heartbreak Dream” takes the track in a completely new direction. Dark synths and a stripped-down beat showcase Betty’s vocals much more starkly — they seem to have gained an edge somewhere, as if the whole track took a bite of the poison apple. MS MR’s rework feels like the sugary original’s punk rebel cousin, powerfully gloomy, insistent, aware even in naïveté. Who would say no to more out of this collaboration?

Catch Betty Who at the Capital Pride Festival on June 8th and MS MR at ...

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Poliça – Raw Exit

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For the release of the deluxe edition of their 2013 album Shulamith, Poliça have given us a track that didn’t make the final cut: “Raw Exit.” It’s right in line with what one would expect from the Minneapolis electro-pop outfit with a mixture of horn-like synths, keyboards and sirens over a quick hitting drumbeat. Channy Leanagh’s vocals are really on display here as she sings in staccato bursts and then belts out the chorus, “Who’s ready to die alone?” It’s hard to believe that there was no room for this on the album, but it’s better late than never.

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La Roux – Let Me Down Gently

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British synthpop artist La Roux is back with a new track ahead of a summer LP. It’s called “Let Me Down Gently” and it’s as soulful and elegiac as anything Elly Jackson has previously sung. The lyrics deal with an imperative for a lover with lines like “Turn me into someone good / That’s what I really need” and “You’re not my life / But I want you in it.” The synths fill the space behind Jackson’s expressive vocals and the beat kicks in after about a minute. The music drops out for a moment halfway through, but then it ...

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GirlsOnDrugs — Party Talk

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For the first twenty seconds, “Party Talk,” the new single from Leeds duo GirlsOnDrugs, sounds like a pretty shameless Purity Ring ripoff. Percussive synth pings — check. Creeping electronic mist — check. Nothing to see here, move along. But at the twenty-second mark, GirlsOnDrugs unleash their secret weapon: Kat McHugh’s arresting, mournful vocals. She sounds like she’s lived for a million years, centuries of aching wisdom forming the foundation of her haunting voice. The other half of GirlsOnDrugs is non-girl Luke Lount, who provides an adequately eerie backdrop against which McHugh’s voice can shine. Apparently we can’t take the band ...

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Wild Cub — The Mother We Share (CHVRCHES Cover)

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It seems like the glut of covers set out to shrink or expand the original, either stripping down a grander production or inflating an intimate song to epic proportions. Glasgow synth-pop outfit CHVRCHES’ debut single, “The Mother We Share,” was a skyscraper of towering catharsis, the one true heir to the anthemic throne that M83 claimed with “Midnight City.” Where the original stretched stories high, this cover from Nashville quintet Wild Cub occupies a cozier, quieter space. Lead vocalist Keegan DeWitt warbles out Lauren Mayberry’s moment-of-truth lyrics in an ursine growl, coming off like the poor man’s Justin Vernon. ...

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Turks & Caicos – Shadows And Light

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Hugo Manuel’s side project is better than your main project. The Oxford-based producer has just unveiled a gorgeous six-track release under a seasonally appropriate new name: Turks & Caicos. Manuel, best known for the sweetly nostalgic R&B-inflected dreamwave of Chad Valley, wades here into mid-tempo tropical disco territory. In a manner evoking recent releases from Classixx and Todd Terje, The Turks & Caicos EP is comprised of shapeshifting, dreamlike tracks that unfold their goodness in blissful and unexpected ways. “Shadows And Light” feels almost like the balearic reincarnation of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” with a slow ...

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Spotifriday: Emerging

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Welcome back to Spotifriday, a tailored selection of tracks from emerging artists updated every Friday to keep your weekends as fresh as possible. Previously, we’d share a 10-song playlist every Friday, but we realized that subscribing to a new playlist every week was a hassle, so we’ve moved the tracks into one simple, easy-to-locate list on our new All Things Go Spotify account. This week, check out 30 new songs from ATG favorites and rising blog-darlings, including Vacationer, Mapei, Ben Khan, tUnE-yArDs, and more. Welcome back to the weekend.

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Chromeo – Lost On The Way Home (Ft. Solange)

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Electrofunk duo Chromeo have always seemed like the band having the most fun, so it’s nice to see them letting other artists join in on it with their upcoming album White Women. After some deftly executed feature spots from Ezra Koenig and Toro Y Moi, Solange is entering the mix with an appearance on new track “Lost On The Way Home.” There ends up being plenty of room for both Ms. Knowles’ soulful pop and Chromeo’s funk. The song has a handclap beat and reverbing synths complemented by a deep bassline. Dave1′s falsetto trades off with Solange’s vocals in some call-and-response ...

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#TBT: Young Franco – Believe Dat Young Franco

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Believe dat Young Franco. Believe indeed. Né Joey Da Rin, the 19 year old Brisbane producer is yet another artist to add to a growing list of Aussie invaders: Flume, Chet Faker, Knife Party, Ta-Ku, Walden and so on.

So where does the throwback come in? On “Believe Dat Young Franco,” Da Rin heavily samples Lil’ Wayne’s “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” using a vocoder to give the source material a Daft Punkish robot sound. What I’m doing? Gettin money. What we doing? Gettin money. What they doing? Hating on me, but they never cross. Give it a spin below.

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Ekkah – Figure It Out

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UK duo Ekkah, so named for the combination of the members’ names (Rebecca and Rebekah), sounds like a band beyond its years. It’s not just the feeling triggered by the smooth bass line, handclap beat, and sultry vocals on new track “Figure It Out,” which leaves listeners nostalgic for a better time in pop music. It’s also the sheer unexpected confidence from a group that’s been together less than a year and yet sounds like they have no doubts about what they’re doing. They might as well have sprung into the world fully formed like a pair of indie Athenas. ...

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Montaigne – Fantastic Wreck

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Back in 2012, Montaigne was a Triple J Unearthed Finalist with her single “Anyone But Me.” Since then it’s been all quiet on the Australian front, but she’s now re-emerged a little bit older and wiser to unveil a quirky and spectacular track. “Fantastic Wreck” is a truly unique pop tune in the ever-crowded music marketplace with its orchestral background and theatrical vocals. This one is definitely going to grow on you with each and every listen. Stream it below.

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My Name Is Jonas

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Weezer: making life better for losers everywhere. Their seminal self-titled LP, now commonly referred to as the Blue Album, proved that nerdiness and coolness were not mutually exclusive. Sure, it took some genius pop hooks to make their point, but the world has not been the same since. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, we reminisce over this classic album track-by-track with our own thoughts, stories and memories. Hit the jump to read them, and make sure to include your own in the comments below.

 

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Weezer has some pretty famous album openers.

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Mainline Mussy – Sick Of Your Eyes

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Bambusa Records recently surpassed 1,000 Likes on Facebook, so to celebrate they shared a tasty new tune from their very own Mainline Mussy. “Sick Of Your Eyes” is the perfect song to transition us from the winter cuffing season to a promiscuous summer of single love with its shout-worthy break-up chorus, tropical vibes and synth-laden sweetness. Get a free download of the track below and add it to your arsenal of summer jams.

DOWNLOAD: Mainline Mussy – “Sick Of Your Eyes”

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Premiere: Brett – Lovers

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Cascine will be repping the District this month when they release the debut album from our friends in Brett. The DC outfit has condensed their brand of pop to its dreamiest parts — case in point: “Chalon” — creating a sound that is all too fitting for the label. Today we’re premiering another track off their upcoming release: “Lovers.” Mick, Kevin and co. sprinkle some new-wave grooves into this new one, and also recruit the lovely vocal talents of Kim from Yumi Zouma. Yet another reason to love the new direction these guys are going in. Give “Lovers” a listen ...

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Seinabo Sey – Hard Time

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A few months after stunning us with the ubiquitously remixed “Younger,” Seinabo Sey returns with “Hard Time.” It’s a knock-out of an anthem, built on an infectious, circling beat (produced by Magnus Lidehäll of “Don’t Wait” fame) that lets Sey’s vocals take off. The track somehow sounds completely new, as if Sey dusted something off over in Sweden we’ve been waiting to hear all winter. It’s the balance in her vocals, equal amounts of measured sweetness and an almost brutal power, that really sets her apart. Hear for yourself and stream “Hard Time” below.

STREAM: Seinabo Sey – “Hard Time”

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Premiere: Prinze George – Victor (Wize Remix)

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Rising remix talent Wize steps onto the ATG pages once again with a remix of Prinze George‘s electro-pop gem “Victor.” Mr. Fanon dials back the original, kicking things off with some ominous keys before setting the rest of the track ablaze with body-moving, Drive-era guitar and synths. Can Wize do any wrong? We don’t think so. Give the remix a listen below.

STREAM: Prinze George – “Victor (Wize Remix)” [PREMIERE]

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