Users complain about Spotify/Facebook partnership, Spotify Death Watch 2011 begins

Users complain about Spotify/Facebook partnership, Spotify Death Watch 2011 begins

Facebook users are logging in and voicing their concern that Spotify has partnered with the devil by making it a requirement to have a Facebook account in order to sign up for the streaming music service. Helpful comments have included, “Thanks Spotify. You’re a mensch.” Lots of other services have partnered with Facebook to allow users to share what they’re listening to in their streams, but Spotify is the first to go so far as to make Facebook integration a must.

Spotify’s response to those concerned about their privacy? Go and set up a fake Facebook account and use Spotify that way. While an official acknowledgment of this suggestion has yet to be issued by Zuckerberg and crew, they’re probably not into their new partner encouraging users to break their terms of service (see part 4, section 2, “You will not create more than one personal profile”) and subsequently prevent the social network from accurately collecting the personal data it so desperately needs. Spotify is also encouraging users to manage their personal settings, from within both Spotify and Facebook, to exert more control over what’s being shared.

Spotify has seen over a million new users join since the partnership went into action, but most analysts acknowledge that this is really a boon for Facebook, not Spotify. Instead of building relationships with license holders and trying to create a Spotify-type service within Facebook, Facebook is having the service providers compete for access within the world of Facebook. Facebook then sells ads targeted to people based on what they’re listening to and Spotify gets more users whom they’ll try and turn into paying members.

To entice new users to make the switch from their free account to a paying one, Spotify is offering six months of free membership benefits, the estimated amount of time it takes for a user to appreciate the value in the services offered through a Spotify subscription. While the ads are mildly annoying, the free content users can get without a membership should suffice for most.

If this marks the beginning of the end for Spotify (which it doesn’t) there will inevitably be another service around the corner waiting to take its place as Facebook’s best music buddy.

Water Borders to release album on Tri Angle while pouring water over the face of an immobilized captive, thus causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning

Witch house! Feral cats! Spooky windswept cathedrals! San Francisco’s Water Borders are the aural equivalent of decadent writer Octave Mirbeau’s The Torture Garden, with, like, sly lookin’ little LOLcats popping up every few seconds to ask “I Can Has Depravity?” It’s like Throbbing Gristle spinoff Coil (whom the duo behind Water Borders are allegedly big fans of) for the Information Age. The men behind Water Borders, Amitai Heller and Loric Sih, have released a cassette on Skrot Up, a CD-R through Disaro (home to witchy luminaries like Salem and oOoOoo), and a 12-inch single through much-beloved blog 20jazzfunkgreats’ label, Hungry for Power. (That single Akko/Rome was described in a press release as a song about “feral cats roaming ruins.”)

Now Water Borders are announcing the imminent release of their first full-length, Harbored Mantras, on October 11 through the NYC-/London-based label Tri Angle Records, home to releases from artists like Balam Acab, How To Dress Well, and Holy Other. Mantras will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital download. Expect heavy dance music with Gamelan rhythms, Scott Walker dramatics, and an appreciation for Glasser (who designed the album artwork and appears on Water Harbors’ cat track, “Rome.”) Ooooooeeee! As Nelly once said, “It’s getting GOTH in here/ So take off all your clothes.” No parking on the dancefloor, etc.

Harbored Mantras tracklisting:

01. Tread on Them
02. What Wiwant
04. Bad Ethos
05. Even in the Dark
06. Feasting on Mongeese
07. Seed Bank
08. Miners
09. Antechamber

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Rhys Chatham releases new LP Rêve Parisien, a collab with Jacob Kassay

Guitarist, composer, trumpeter, post-minimalist, former downtown New York music figure, and avid gardener Rhys Chatham has a new LP, Rêve Parisien, available from the non-profit art publisher Primary Information. The record features four new tracks composed by Chatham for painter, installation artist, and high-price-driver Jacob Kassay’s exhibition Art: Concept in Paris in 2010.

According to Primary Information, Rêve Parisien contains compositions for solo trumpet that were performed live and loosely function as an audio catalogue to Kassay’s exhibition. These compositions take Chatham further into his minimal and less-distorted territory, as seen on his recent Outdoor Spell for Northern Spy Records. The LP is packaged in a gatefold with an arced die-cut cover, which was designed by Jacob Kassay in collaboration with Frank Napolski. Only 1,000 copies were pressed. Sample tracks are available for stream on Primary Information’s website.

Also be sure to catch Chatham at Neon Marshmallow Fest on October 16 in NYC.

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Blitzen Trapper gears up for fall tour with Dawes by whittlin’

Having just released their new album American Goldwing, alt-country sextet Blitzen Trapper are hitting the road to tour with fellow folkies Dawes this October. Hailing from the grand city of Portland, Blitzen Trapper sound like a cross between Neil Young and Deer Tick, with a repertoire of acoustic, steady rockin’ tunes that stretches six albums deep. For those unfamiliar with their music, or fans who just need a quick refresher, both bands have also teamed up to release a free tour sampler, with three previously released tracks from each band.

By the way, tickets for the last two West Coast dates in Oregon and Los Angeles go on sale today.

Tourdates (all w/ Dawes):

10.07.11 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
10.08.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - SoHo
10.09.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
10.10.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10.13.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
10.14.11 - Utopia, TX - Utopia Fest
10.15.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre
10.18.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.19.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.20.11 - Louisville, KY - Headliner’s
10.21.11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
10.22.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.24.11 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
10.26.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
10.28.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.30.11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
11.01.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
11.02.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College
11.03.11 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
11.04.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
11.07.11 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
11.11.11 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune
11.13.11 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
11.15.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

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Avey Tare announces tourdates in support of Down There! Sure, that album came out like a year ago… but let’s all FREAK OUT anyway!

It seems as though the secret to domestic bliss in the Animal Collective family lies in their strict adherence to the adage “fair’s fair.” Apparently, at any give time, it’s perfectly acceptable within AC Inc. for any one of the four members to, say, write the next hit melody, sing the next song, act in a feature film, play a guitar instead of a drum, bring in a next-level loop, take a four-year break and then walk right back in, play a drum instead of a guitar, design his own shoe, or tour the United States in support of a solo album. That’s just how it’s done in AC-land. Hey, whatever works, right?

So it’s no surprise that, shortly after we all learned that Panda Bear would be surfing around the US and Europe on his now-like-six-months-old Tomboy album (TMT Review), Avey Tare’ll be good and god damned if he’s gonna sit idly by and let him hog all the headlines! Hell no. It’s time for Avey to drop his own hastily-announced list of solo dates supporting a record that has already been out for a while! Here’s hoping that you totally forgot the fact that you were only mildly impressed with Down There last October when you last listened to it! This is 2K11, bro. Avey Tare is a genius. Besides, who the heck are you? Sorry about that, Avey. They didn’t mean it.


11.30.11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
12.01.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
12.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
12.03.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
12.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
12.06.11 - Madison, WI - Majestic
12.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
12.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
12.10.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium
12.11.11 - Oakland, CA - New Parish

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Tim Hecker to release sort-of-new LP Dropped Pianos in October!!!

Picture me bursting through your door (it’s okay, we hypothetically know each other in this scenario), pausing to catch my breath, and then blurting out the following news: drone master Tim Hecker will be releasing a new LP in October! You are obviously thrilled but also slightly envious that I received the sudden news first, as it is always a pissing contest between the two of us about this kind of shit, hypothetically. Then as the excitement settles, I admit that it’s not entirely new material. You scowl at me, privately pleased that the news isn’t so valuable after all. You mock me, claiming this is like when I got excited about that Tim Hecker download that kept crashing on us.

But then I sell you on how absolutely amazing and interesting this material will be by telling you that the new record, titled Dropped Pianos, is a rare peek behind the curtains to the working process of Hecker’s Ravedeath, 1972 (TMT Review) and features “sketch pieces” recorded in 2010 in preparation for what would become a top contender for 2011’s record of the year. I then add that all of Dropped Piano’s compositions are piano driven and minimal in nature. You then turn off the Eluvium record that has been playing in the background this whole time and admit your defeat.

The new LP will be released on October 10 on Kranky. You can listen to a clip from it here; yes, it’s amazing.

Dropped Pianos tracklisting:

01. Sketch 1
02. Sketch 2
03. Sketch 3
04. Sketch 4
05. Sketch 5
06. Sketch 6
07. Sketch 7
08. Sketch 8
09. Sketch 9

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