Sonos Unveils Free Controller App for iPhone

I just downloaded the free iPhone App for the Sonos Digital Music Management system today.  I didn’t think Sonos could get any better, but it just did.  

For those of you who don’t know already, Sonos is my favorite digital music management system, hands down.   It allows you to play any music you want in any room of your house from the palm of your hand.  You can play your own music library, Internet Radio, Pandora, Last.fm, Sirius Satellite Radio, access millions of songs through Rhapsody, and more.  And now with the Sonos for iPhone application, you can control it all with your iPhone.  It’s even more fun and functional to use than the out of the box controller.  Beautiful.

Check out this demo to see for yourself. 

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$20 Changed My Life

I have arrived at the pearly gates of San Francisco street parking heav-an! (I sounded like Oprah in my head when I said that.)  Meter maids be damned!  My days of metered parking roulette are officially over. Last week I was bestowed a precious gift in the form of a San Francisco Parking Meter Debit Card, available in $20 and $50 increments, and I can honestly say it’s changed my life.  No longer am I burdened with the stress of finding change to feed the meter in this town (25 cents gets you about 5 minutes here).  Now all I have to do is swipe and go.  Swipe and go.  It makes me so happy that each time I do it I want to pump my fist in the air and go – “War, war, war.”

MIA, 20 Dollar

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Bad Kids

Great.  My son’s been in pre-school for 3 weeks now and I’m already getting reports that he’s  ‘running with the bad kids’. My sweet angel who just this morning told me I made his heart happy? (Sigh) Say it ain’t so. If it is, it’s gonna be a long 12 years. 

Black Lips, ‘Bad Kids’

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The Notwist – Boneless

I haven’t been able to get enough of the Panda Bear cover of ‘Boneless’ from Germany’s The Notwist. These guys have been making music for nearly 20 years.  They started as a hardcore punk band in the 90s and have slowly evolved into a fusion of indie pop and electronica. Their latest album, The Devil You + Me is a good album that gets better for me with every spin. They have a Radiohead meets Belle & Sebastian kind of vibe that feels really nice on my headphones.  

If you’re in San Francisco, be sure to catch their lush, electro-fuzz sound tonight at Bimbo’s.

Listen to the original Boneless:

Listen to Panda Bear’s version:

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Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky

Artist: Wintersleep
Album: Welcome to the Night Sky
File Under: Indie Rock
Recommended if You Like: Grandaddy, The Editors, Broken Social Scene, Jeff Buckley
Featured Track: ‘Drunk on Aluminum’

This has most definitely been the album of the week for me.  While not technically a new album (it was released in Canada in 2007), it just hit the US – and my inbox – last week.  And has been on heavy rotation ever since.  

Welcome to the Night Sky is the third album for the Halifax-based Wintersleep, and one that seems destined for success in the US. Already quite popular in Canada, the band recently received the 2008 Juno award for ‘New Group of the Year’. Their sound is expansive with heavy, smashing guitars combined with delicate, heartbreaking vocals. A sound so well represented in the track ‘Drunk on Aluminum’.

Dig deeper into the album and you start to peel back the layers, and musical influences.  They have drawn comparisons to Radiohead, Mogwai and Low. I hear Jeff Buckley at times, Broken Social Scene, The Editors and a bit of Grandaddy during others. But I think what makes them so compelling to me is that they but they never seem to imitate, only reference these artists.  Which makes me keep coming back for more.  I can’t quite put my finger on it.  So I keep listening to it.  And the more I do, the more I love it.  I hope you do too.

Catch Wintersleep at Slim’s in San Francisco November 24.

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Good Love

 

I awoke at god knows what time this morning because Judah thought there was bug in his room and wanted to cuddle in my bed.  Bleary eyed and half asleep, I obliged. Which is really no hardship on my end. Believe me, he’s the best cuddler in the world.  Except when he sleeps perpendicular to me and kicks me in the head all night.  Which was the case last night.  

So when he awoke at the opposite end of the bed this morning all alone, he said to me sleepily: ‘Mommy, I didn’t give you good love last night!‘  ‘I’m going to come over and give you some good love.’  Which basically means he’s going to puppy-pile on top of me. After settling in and before falling back asleep, he added: ‘I didn’t make you a picture yesterday either, Mommy.  I’m sorry.  I’ll make one for you today.’

How do they get so damn cute?  Every time I see him sleeping so peacefully like this, I always think of this song from The Acorn’s Glory Hope Mountain called ‘Lullaby (Mountain)’. The most beautiful lullaby ever.

Listen to Lullaby (Mountain):

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White Denim ‘Exposion’ Released Today

Whoo hoo!  I just bought my first album today via Topspin!  And it was the much anticipated debut LP from my favorite Texas rockers, White Denim, to boot.  The album is being digitally debuted with the new platform in advance of the album’s physical release on November 3.  In case you don’t recall from my prior posts, Topspin is a cool new technology platform that is helping artists circumvent labels and market directly to the fans.  It allows artists to offer a variety of ‘value add’ options and services to their fans.  

Take a trip to the White Denim site and you’ll see what I mean.  You can:

  1. Download the album in MP3 format with artwork for $8.99,
  2. Download the album in lossless FLAC format (for all you sound junkies) for $13.99,
  3. Or subscribe to the ‘band’ for a yearly membership of $29.99 and receive their new album in 320 kbps format, a 12″ copy of the album, a 7″ copy of the “Let’s Talk About It” EP , and a collection of unreleased digital live tracks. Plus a lot more goodies throughout the year. 

Cool huh?  It’s a whole new way to consume music and the artist gets to reap the rewards. What a concept.

Here’s Shake, Shake, Shake:

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