ARTIST RECS | MUSIC 09/14

Finding new artists is easier than ever, but this creates a problem: it's harder than ever to filter through it all and keep tabs on what's really good. With so many artists popping up every day, it's impossible not to miss out on some fresh faces and new sounds. With that in mind, we'll be highlighting our favorite new acts each month. Here are the best new artists of September...(Read More)

Pre-Made Playlists: Curating beats as an industry

Spotify's Browse feature is the company's latest venture in curating the incredibly large number of playlists that are created on the app. Instead of having to look for your own beats to listen to, you can use the browse feature to search for a playlist based on theme, mood or even what kind of workout you are doing. This is similar to Songza which gives you a couple playlist options based on time of day and activity but with more of a Pandora feel. Recently Songza was bought by Google for millions of dollars in efforts to compete with Apple's acquisition of Beats by Dre. 

 

Playlist curation  can lead to billion-dollar acquisitions-see The Verge's article on how much Apple paid for Beats and million-dollar acquisitions as noted above. Remember iTunes Genius? Is that considered too old school to join the pre-made playlist party? Personally curating playlists has been a great help for me to find new music as an avid user of both Spotify and Songza I don't have to spend hours scouring the web for new music when I can just press play in the morning as I get ready, commute to work or dance around my kitchen as I cook dinner. These kinds of applications make it easy to integrate music throughout our day to day and who doesn't love some good tunes as a daily soundtrack? 

 

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Despite being sold at Target and being an indentured brand of Nike - Converse continue to do some things correct - one of them being their current 3Artists-1Song campaign. Their most recent submission - Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon + Diplo - "HERO" - is a solid track (all in the campaign are free to download via Converse's SoundCloud station).