As Eminem puts out "Not Afraid," a documentary on the fortunes of his record label, we select five crucial musical accounts from across musical genres. Despite its similarity to the two-part Tarantino action film "Kill Bill," this Bill Withers documentary can actually trace its title to the soul and R&B singer-songwriter's second album from 1972. Documenting G-funk guru Calvin Broadus Jr.'s rejection of stage name Snoop Dogg in favor of Snoop Lion at the time of his 2012 Rastafari conversion, and released alongside an album of the same name. Martin Scorsese, world famous director of "Goodfellas" and "Gangs of New York," had been known as a rockumentarian since since 1978 reference "The Last Waltz." This Rolling Stones doc took footage from a specially altered 2006 concert tour and interpolated it with highly contextual footage chosen from earlier in the band's 40 year career.
According to industry sources quoted by 9to5Mac, a new iTunes music streaming service will offer curated playlists, the ability to store digital music collections in the cloud and song selections tailored to individual tastes. In May 2014 Apple acquired Beats, the company famous for its Beats by Dr Dre premium headphone range, but also for a music streaming service created by musicians for music lovers.
Bumbo's will be serving drinks during the festival. Contemporary Polish restaurant, Bumbo's, is still in the process of being built-out, but those who want to take a peek inside the rapidly transforming restaurant are invited to visit during this weekend's Hamtramck Music Festival, according to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page. Owners Brian and Tia Krawczyk will be serving drinks in their upcoming restaurant and bar space located inside the former Hank's Lounge at 3001 Holbrook St. The couple received a grant last November from the Detroit Lions to build-out their kitchen.
Neighborhood Restaurant Group is handling the food. AMP, the new music venue at Pike & Rose operated by the Strathmore, will open its doors this weekend. Neighborhood Restaurant Group is handling the food for the venue. They're going to be serving such items as chicken pot pie casserole, pimento cheese spread, tater tots and more, with a wine and cocktail list to match courtesy of NRG's Brent Kroll, Greg Engert and Jeff Faile.
By Leila Abboud BARCELONA (Reuters) - Shazam, the company behind the mobile phone app that enables its 100 million users to recognize music they hear, and buy the recordings, is now promising to extend the app's scope to objects, such as products in retail outlets. "Shazam is already a verb. We want to expand the universe of what you can Shazam," Chief Executive Rich Riley told Reuters at the Mobile World Congress industry fair in Barcelona. To fund the expansion the London-based company raised $30 million from several unidentified billionaires and financial institutions in January, coming on top of $40 million raised from Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim in 2013.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."
Minority owners of Norwegian music streaming service Wimp announced Wednesday they had blocked rap mogul Jay Z's $56-million bid and said the ball was now in the rap star's court. Over 10 percent of the minority owners of Wimp's parent company Aspiro had rejected the bid, meaning Jay Z has to amend his original offer for a 90-percent stake in the company, the Swedish Shareholders' Association said in a statement. The minority owners -- who believe Jay Z's bid undervalued the company's future potential -- had yet to hear back from from the platinum-selling artist. Jay Z used his controlling stake in Project Panther Bidco to launch a 464-million-kronor ($56-million, 49-million-euro) bid for Aspiro that was accepted early on by majority owner Schibsted, which controls 76 percent of the Swedish-listed company.
In one of its most complex and ambitious exhibitions, the Museum of Modern Art has designed a career retrospective on Bjork that probes the question -- just how does one put music on a wall? The highlight of the two-floor retrospective, which opens to the public Sunday and runs until June 7, is a walk through the artist's eight adult solo albums, with each museum-goer given a headset that, triggered by sensors, narrates a fictional biography of Bjork set to highlights of the music. The visitor sees diaries of Bjork with her musings -- "I don't recognize myself / This is very interesting," she writes in one, which turned into the song "Headphones" -- as well as some of Bjork's most sensational outfits, including the swan dress she wore to the 2001 Oscars and the dress of tiny bells designed by Alexander McQueen. The lobbies feature music from four "instruments" including a Tesla coil that appeared on Bjork's 2011 album "Biophilia," an innovative work that was accompanied by a smartphone app -- the first to enter the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
This is an older video, but it only recently came to my attention and it's definitely worth sharing. StarTropics is one of the few arguable classics from the NES era without any modern updates, but it's a game many of us fondly remember. This video points out the flaws in the game's music, and the story of why the music is broken is an interesting look at the technology behind the NES. The second song was hurt due to a bug, and of course there was no way to "patch" NES cartridges.