Royksopp’s album “Senior” leaked

Alright. Norwegian electric band Royksopp has been posting juicy little blurbs about their new album, Senior, for months now. They’ve pushed back the release date once or twice, and have finally announced that the album, originally due for earlier this summer, would be released September 13th. The album is meant to accompany their prior album, Junior; while Junior contained lighter and more energetic tracks, Senior is said to contain some of the slower, darker, more lethargic tracks.

But the album has been leaked.

That’s right. The whole album has been floating around almost every major torrent site and on a few filehosting sites. And, may I say, it’s fantastic. It’s really, really good.

You can download Senior from here. But please, buy the vinyl or something. The album is totally worth it.

Download Senior now.

This is so damn catchy I had to blog it.

I don’t know what kind of music you’d even CALL this. It’s all sampled from some old song called “Tu vuò fà l’americano” [video here] by Renato Carosone, originally recorded in 1956.

So, Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP remixed the crap out of it. And it sounds awesome. It retains the swingy 1950’s feel while giving it a slightly faster, more up-beat tempo that is just so catchy. I can’t even explain it. It’s like what techno would sound like before electricity.



It was released in February of this year, and has since destroyed charts in Australia and most of Europe, reaching the top in Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, and UK’s Dance chart. Apparently, it hasn’t hit America that hard (yet). So, share the hell out of this song. It needs to get heard.

Get it!

Get it from iTunes (only $0.99)

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Charlie Slum’s Mixtape, “Headband” out soon!

Coming out May 15thThe anticipation is killing me.

Charlie Slum – Outro
Charlie Slum – So Easily Forgotten
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Yeah, yeah. I’ve been doing a lot of music promotion recently. You’ll live, I’m sure. That being said, I’ve been getting interested in a few young, local artists as of late, and wanted to help them get word of their music out. The latest and greatest is Cameron Bell, also known as “Charlie Slum.” He’s really a brilliant self-produced rapper from Pittsburgh. His mixtape, “The Headband” is coming out in 2 days (the 15th), so I’m really excited for that. He mixes mainstream beats with some truly unique lyrics to create some fantastic music. Plus, he’s passionate about what he does. His music is personal, which really adds to the whole experience. Seriously, give his stuff a listen.

Check out his Facebook Page

Listen to him on MySpace


I get by with a little help from my friends…

So I thought I’ll give a quick shout-out to one of them. My friend, Jon, has started putting recordings of himself playing piano, guitar and singing up on YouTube and, I have to say, they’re pretty good. He taught himself everything, and he plays by ear, which is harder and harder to find these days. Everyone, check him out, give him a quick “Like” on his YouTube videos, or subscribe to his channel.

Here’s his cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow.”


Check his youtube page out.

Recovering music from your iPhone!

Everyone knows that iPhones and iPod Touches are NOTHING like their predecessors when it comes to restoring your music library after some catistrophic computer mishap or hard drive failure. It happens a lot, and I’m probably one of the biggest culprits. A while back, I found all my songs on my iPod Nano, imported them into iTunes without copying them onto my computer, and then told iTunes to wipe my iPod. Within seconds, all my music (yeah, at the time it was only 8 gigs, but still) was gone. Needless to say, I wasn’t very pleased. I figured that the easiest way to help people out with it is to write up a little tutorial. Below, you’ll find tutorials for PC as well as Mac users, and all the download links you need.

“I’m a PC.”

Well, isn’t that nice for you then. The PC tutorial is markedly easier, and involves just one piece of software that many people already have: WinAmp. WinAmp is an iTunes replacement, and can be tweaked to do anything from DJ’ing to internet radio broadcasting. However, we are going to install a plugin that allows it to interface with an iPod Touch or iPhone, and back up its music. Alright; lets get started.

Download everything!
You’ll need to download Winamp, and the ml_iPod plugin for Winamp. Make sure you get version 3.08 or later of ml_iPod or it won’t support iPhone/iPod Touch devices. You do not need to download the “Pro” version of Winamp, and you can choose whether or not you want to download it with the free bundled .mp3. Install Winamp first by running the file you downloaded, follow all the steps, and enable any features you’d like. Then, run the ml_iPod plugin installer, follow all the steps, restart Winamp if its running, and get ready to rock and roll.

Getting started.
If you haven’t already, plug your iPod Touch/iPhone into your computer, run iTunes, but DO NOT SYNC IT or you will lose all of your music. Connecting it is crucial in initializing the device communication drivers. Next, you’ll want to close iTunes completely and open up WinAmp. If all goes well, you should notice your iPod Touch/iPhone on the left hand side menu. If not, try unplugging your device, waiting a minute or so, and plugging it back in. Still no luck? Restart your computer and re-launch Winamp, then try again. If you’re still getting nothing, you may have installed something wrong, old, or corrupted, and I recommend you uninstal everything and start from step one again, or contact me.

Prepping your device.
The best way to guarantee a clean backup is to make sure your device has a clean, correct database. This means that the file used to organize, list, and pull up songs is clean. Luckily, the ml_iPod plugin has a feature to clean up your database for you. Right click your iPod Touch/iPhone, select “iPod Tools” and choose Cleanup part 1. If you want to ensure your device is fully cleaned up, I’d run parts 2 and 3 afterwards. This may take some time, but it is well worth it. Cleanup part 1 removes any “orphaned” or unused database entries. Part 2 checks every file for consistency, and part 3 checks for any songs that it could not find.

Backup Time!
Here’s where things get hairy, at least for me. Go to start, click “My Computer,” and select your primary hard drive (usually “C:”). An issue I noticed with ml_iPod is that when it backs songs up to your computer, it copies them to the root folder of your primary hard drive, and for this reason, I IMPLORE that you make note of any and all files and folders in the root of your hard drive (anything in the folder “C:/). After you’ve done this, its time for some backing up. Go back into Winamp, clicking your device, and selecting any songs you want on your computer. Right click your selection, and select “Copy songs to hard drive.” You may have to wait a little bit as it copies, but once it finishes, you should have all of your songs back on your hard drive! Just move them to a place where you’ll be able to find them later, unplug your iPod, and go on your own merry way.

“I’m a mac.”

I’m still working on a tutorial for Mac users; the only method I’ve been able to come up with so far involves using a free trial, and I’m not a fan of 30 day trials. I should have a Mac tutorial up within a few days. Hang tight, and contact me with any immediate questions.

Spotify: Free Legal Music?

Yeah, its here.

Everyone these days is scared that the feds will show up at your door with an unpaid bill for 3 downloaded songs and a $200 million lawsuit, so whats a typical consumer to do? Music is around a dollar a song. A 16 gig iPod Touch holds 3500 songs. Thats all good and well, but $3500 is a lot of money. And don’t get me started on those 120 gig classics; that could hold enough data to make it weigh more. All analogies aside, its a very expensive world we live in; can’t we get some music for free, without worrying about all those nasty legal consequences?

Enter Spotify, the new line of applications desinged to provide free music for you on your computer and mobile devices. It works by generating enough ad revenue to pay for song licenses, and then passing on free music to its users. You can pay to have the ads removed, if they bother you enough.

Sadly, because of copyright issues, Spotify isn’t yet available in the United States, but I believe its been approved and is just being finalized. If you want to be notified as to when Spotify is available in your country, click here.

iPhone App

Recently, on Gizmodo, I saw an article about Spotify’s iPhone app, coming soon to the Appstore. According to the video’s Youtube page, the app will only be available to premium subscribers (i.e. those who pay to have their ads removed). Anyways, here’s the video; check it out.


I really can’t wait for the app to hit app stores; to quote Gizmodo, the app kills, Pandora, and Slacker in one shot.

If you’re on Android OS, they also have an Android app; check it out here.

Is anyone else massively excited for this to hit the states?