SoundCloud quietly floats past 15 million users; preparation underway for Next SoundCloud redesign

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Initially reported by Wired, and according to CEO and full-time dreamboat Alexander Ljung, the Berlin-based music streaming service SoundCloud recently exceeded 15 million users. Going along with that, they’ve decided to completely redesign the site, because let’s face it: after a certain point, web engineers just get bored, and the obvious way to alleviate said boredom is to fuck shit up, CSS-wise. Well, at least that’s the impression that I’ve come to take on over the years. Yes, I’m a cynical bastard.

I have faith that the redesign, which the company refers to as the “Next SoundCloud,” and which is currently in private Beta, will ultimately be a net positive though. According to Ljung, it “delivers a simpler, faster, more social sound platform to help everyone appreciate sound more.” Features of note include the ability to continuously play audio while navigating the site, a more appealing and interactive waveform player, and the ability to repost audio in a manner similar to Tumblr’s “reblog” feature. Co-founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss remarks, “It’s much more than an aesthetic change. By making use of state of the art technologies available in the latest generation browsers, we’ve created a technology platform that enables us to provide a much better user experience and develop new features faster.”

It wasn’t long ago that SoundCloud hit the 10 million user mark. Actually, you only have to go back to this past January. For the arithmetically challenged, that means that an apparent 5 million users signed up for the service in a mere 4 months — a 50% increase. Yeah, I’d say that’s reason enough to fuck shit up, but not in a sadistic way. Keep kicking ass, SoundCloud. Go here to preview the new site.

• SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com

RIP: Donald “Duck” Dunn, member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s and session bassist for Stax Records

According to BBC News:

Bass guitarist Donald “Duck” Dunn, who played with Booker T and the MGs, has died in Tokyo aged 70.

The MGs were the house band for Stax Records, and Dunn can be heard on songs such as Otis Redding’s Respect and Sam and Dave’s Hold On, I’m Comin’.

He was in Japan for a series of concerts, and had played two shows on Saturday night.

His friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour, said Dunn had died in his sleep.

“Today I lost my best friend,” Cropper wrote on his Facebook page. “The World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live”.

• Donald “Duck” Dunn: http://duckdunn.com

Animal Collective announce new album Centipede Hz, due in September

Stop Mother’s Day, everyone! Animal Collective are here to disrupt our Sunday with the announcement of a new album. Titled Centipede Hz, the __-track album will be out September __, 2012 via Domino and features contributions by the likes of ___, ___, ___, and maybe even Je__ica Alba. Check out the video announcement below, courtesy of Animal Collective’s official website:

And don’t forget about the announcement of the “Honeycomb”/”Gotham” 7-inch, which ruined our Sunday last week, too.

Now, if Animal Collective’s done announcing shit, I’m going to finish watching the series finale of Desperate Housewives.

Centipede Hz tracklisting:

01. Moonjock
02. Today’s Supernatural
03. Rosie Oh
04. Applesauce
05. Wide Eyed
06. Father Time
07. New Town Burnout
08. Monkey Riches
09. Mercury Man
10. Pulleys
11. Amanita

• Animal Collective: http://www.myanimalhome.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

Pygmalion Fest brings double headliners Grizzly Bear and Dinosaur Jr. to Champaign-Urbana, home of the Drinking Illini

Rockin’ college town(s) Champaign-Urbana, Illinois has/have a lot to be proud of. They’re home to a major university, were named one of the Top 25 Green Cities in the US, and spawned (or served as home base for) such notables as Roger Ebert, Ang Lee, David Foster Wallace and… Ludacris. (I love Ludacris.) So it’s easy to see how the cities’ Pygmalion Music Festival got its name — I mean, who’s to blame a place for falling in love with the supercool music festival it built with its own hardworking hands? Because for eight years, Pygmalion has been lighting up the music venues of both towns with some of the foremost names in indie music.

This year Pygmalion takes place September 27-29 and features double headliners Grizzly Bear and Dinosaur Jr. What’s more, 2012 brings a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ special to the good people of Champaign and Urbana: an increased focus on outdoor events. After last year’s first-ever outdoor concert celebrating 15 years of Polyvinyl Records, fest organizers decided to book an as-yet-unnamed major performer on the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ outdoor stage, plus the aforementioned Grizzly Bear/Dinosaur Jr. doubleheader in beautiful downtown Champaign. Twelve other acts will take that latter outdoor stage, too, with Tennis, Cloud Nothings, Hospitality, Willis Earl Beal, Frankie Rose, Big Freedia and The Divas, Lord Huron, Julia Holter, Lotus Plaza, Craft Spells, Owen, Oh No Oh My, Zeus, and more to be announced. Early Bird Festival passes went on sale Wednesday and are already gone! Remaining prices are $75 and then on to $85 the more you slack. You know the drill.

• Pygmalion Music Festival: http://pygmalionmusicfestival.com
• Kam’s: http://www.kamsillini.com

Radiohead producer and general lurking figure Nigel Godrich forms his own band Ultraísta

Avengers? Whatever. Skinnyhot new Spiderman? Pshaw. If you’re looking for Thrills! Do-goodery! Sweet soundtracks! And Excitement! Well, my fellow inhabitants of the real non-cartoon world, with its blissful lack of dudes flying around in spandex and its sad overabundance of villainy and bad behavior, when you need all-around heroes, look no further than Radiohead and their team. After all, when these guys aren’t making killer, innovative jams, they’re creating Artistic and Political Statements, and just generally saving the Earth through documentaries and good causes. And now, Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich is striking out on his own with a band called Ultraísta, to win the hearts and minds of the good people of whatever non-cartoon geographical area you happen to have ears in.

While the production wizard may be best known for his continuing partnership with Radiohead, he has also worked studio magic for the likes of Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Paul McCartney, Pavement, Air, and R.E.M. For Ultraista, Godrich is working with L.A.-based producer/drummer guy Joey Waronker (Beck, Elliot Smith). (Godrich and Waronker both play in Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace.) Ultraísta also includes London artist Laura Bettinson. No word on a full album yet, but here’s Ultraísta’s video for the track “Smalltalk”:

• Ultraísta: http://www.ultraista.co.uk/ultraista/ultraista.html

Battles march on Middle America this June

War is hell, but Battles seem like pretty nice guys. In fact, they’re such upstanding young men that they want to see all y’alls’ beaming, smiling, ecstatic faces on their upcoming June tour. They’re going to Ohio. They’re going to Colorado. They’re going to the bathroom frequently and washing their hands. They’re Battles, the best dudes in town! As a further token of good faith, take a gander at these remixes from last year’s album Gloss Drop (TMT Review).

As previously reported on these very e-pages, the remixes (ingeniously entitled Dross Glop) are also available as a four-part series of 12-inches that would just make the best Mother’s Day gift ever. Really, they are such nice boys.

Dates:

06.02.12 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
06.03.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
06.04.12 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
06.05.12 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live
06.06.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
06.07.12 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
06.09.12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.10.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
06.11.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
06.23.12 - Denver, CO - Westword Music Showcase

• Battles: http://www.bttls.com
• Warp: http://www.warp.net

  

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