Monthly Archives: August 2008

An interview with The Bays

They don’t release records, don’t rehearse and only play live, but for the people who know of them, The Bays are essential purveyors of one of the edgiest musical experiences around, driving John Walters to write in The Guardian: “The Bays remind you that music is about experience rather than shopping.”

The band gig tirelessly, fully committed to what they love every appearance is completely and utterly unique – and there’s no commercial agenda, no album to push, no marketing hype. Each gig is about the moment, the experience, a shared excitement between these primal beat-wizards and their growing throng of fans.

I spoke with keyboard player, Simon Richmond to find out what makes the band tick. Once again this was published in print earlier this year, but the title is now out of print.

Q: When, where and how did you all get together?
A: The Bays membership and sound has been evolving for about the last seven years. The current line-up: Andy Gangadeen, Chris Taylor, Jamie Odell, Simon Richmond has been going for nearly five years. The band came together after a series of spontaneous jams trying out bringing musical instruments together with sound sources and devices less often associated with live performance. The idea was to fuse the “music” and the “science” and show how both could work together at performance level.
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iPhone app Tap Tap Revenge gets Everlast, more

With over one million downloads, free iPhone app Tap Tap Revenge has attracted a whole lot of attention as pundits ponder what the game developer will do next to leverage that share – and the future seems to include free music and advertising.

Released Friday,Tap Tap Revenge 1.2 contains the option to download new songs – one from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, ‘Fire’, a track taken from ‘Repentance’, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s new album.

The other track is an exclusive promo affair from Everlast, who are offering their new track, ‘Stone In My Hand’ from upcoming album, ‘Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford’, for free exclusively through the game.
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Apple iPhone overtaking Windows Mobile share

Even though Microsoft has been on the market for longer with its Windows Mobile offering and despite that the OS is used within 140 different devices (and supported by a similar number of carriers), the world’s biggest software company is losing its lead.

Look at the numbers:
– Nielsen Mobile reports RIM’s BlackBerry to hold 31.1 per cent; Windows 20.6 per cent; Palm 16.9 per cent and Apple’s iPhone 12.2 per cent of the market.

This shows battle’s on, suggesting the two forces are debating Apple’s catching up of Microsoft’s share, given that most recent analysis points to its overtaking of Palm – and subsequent catch-up with BlackBerry.
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EMI continues to reinvent, Kempler up in re-org

Jeff Kempler has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, A&R Labels – North America, UK & Ireland, at EMI Music, reporting to EMI Music’s president of A&R Labels, Nick Gatfield.

The former COO of EMI’s Capitol Music Group, Kempler will help Gatfield oversee and steward the company’s A&R operations in North America and UK & Ireland, supporting his A&R team, EMI explained. 

“He will also work closely with Gatfield to develop experimental and new commercial models and revenue streams and to forge and maintain strong and transparent relationships with artists and managers,” the company informs.
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Why iTunes must get more social

There’s been lots of speculation about an impending update to iTunes. Version 8.0 is supposed to finally bring a recommendation engine and subscription service to the software.

This is extremely interesting from a music discovery perspective, and even more interesting to consider what this could mean in terms of an iTunes+iPhone experience.

This is an excellent article we’re linking too, do take a look.

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Napster’s lucky cat runs short of lives

We hear the bell ringing at Napster, where management are dealing with an executive board challenge on the one hand, while ending its once flagship university subscription schemes due to, well, our feedback was that students didn’t use it…

The company will phase out its university subscription program that gave students subsidized access to Napster’s music subscription service as part of their tuition fees.

The company said in a statement sent to P2P Blog that it will continue to maintain the program at a small number of schools, but not renew any contracts and not look for any new partners in higher education.
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XFM to give-away thousands of iTunes tracks

This may be a little fan-focused, but we think the prize is worth having (if you use iTunes), so we’ll tell you about it: XFM is offering 250 free iTunes downloads every day for two weeks in September.

From Saturday 30 August to Friday 19 September, you can register for the Ultimate iTunes Giveaway on the radio station’s website. “hen starting Monday September 8 for 2 weeks, we’ll  be calling back someone at random every hour during Rick Shaw and Jo Good’s shows between 9am and 4pm on Xfm.”
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Shorts Int’l offers top-class films through iTunes

An inspiring collection of short films – The Animation Collection – is now available via Shorts International through the iTunes Store in the US, UK and Canada.

The collection includes a host of excellent short pictures, including the 2008 Oscar winning short title, ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and 2008 Oscar Nominee, ‘Even Pigeons Go To Heaven’. We have a short clip from the former film available after the jump.
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Sony unveils slimline Walkman – with Ting Tings

Sony introduced three new Walkman player models this week at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, including the slimline (7.5mm) S-series.

Boasting up to 40-hours battery life, the S630 and S730 models both play MP3s and also offer video playback on their 2-inch QVGA (320-x-240 pixel) displays. The latter model also offers noise cancelling features.
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