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Spotlst is Tinder for Spotify
Feb 27, 2015 8:08am | Fact Magazine

The new web app lets you build playlists by a ruthless process of elimination.

We’ve had Tinder for afterparties, Tinder for fetish enthusiasts, Tinder for pictures of cute pets and countless more takes on the popular dating app’s simple swipe idea recently. Now we’ve got a take on the concept that might actually be of some use to a broader cross-section of the population – music fans.

Spotlst is a web-based app built by Glasgow developer Grant MacLennan that allows you to easily build Spotify playlists. You simply enter an artist you’d like to start off with, and the app will automatically suggest others like them, while previewing one of their tracks. If you like the track you add it to the playlist, if not, you consign it to the digital ether. Once you’ve built your playlist, you can easily name and save it straight to Spotify.

From what we can tell it works pretty well – we went from Rabit to Samename to Miss Modular in a few steps, so its grasp of hi-tech club music from the fringes is at least on point. Check it out at the Spotlst website.

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Spotlst is Tinder for Spotify
Feb 27, 2015 8:08am | Fact Magazine

The new web app lets you build playlists by a ruthless process of elimination.

We’ve had Tinder for afterparties, Tinder for fetish enthusiasts, Tinder for pictures of cute pets and countless more takes on the popular dating app’s simple swipe idea recently. Now we’ve got a take on the concept that might actually be of some use to a broader cross-section of the population – music fans.

Spotlst is a web-based app built by Glasgow developer Grant MacLennan that allows you to easily build Spotify playlists. You simply enter an artist you’d like to start off with, and the app will automatically suggest others like them, while previewing one of their tracks. If you like the track you add it to the playlist, if not, you consign it to the digital ether. Once you’ve built your playlist, you can easily name and save it straight to Spotify.

From what we can tell it works pretty well – we went from Rabit to Samename to Miss Modular in a few steps, so its grasp of hi-tech club music from the fringes is at least on point. Check it out at the Spotlst website.

The post Spotlst is Tinder for Spotify appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..



Sleater-Kinney rocks out on Seth Meyers watch
Feb 27, 2015 8:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

Sleater-Kinney has had quite the eventful week, what with the release of the spectacular Bob’s Burgers-ified music video for “New Wave” and the kick-ass live stream of the punk rockers’ sold-out Washington, DC concert. The band continued to march on in support of comeback album No Cities To Love last night, delivering a scorching performance of “Price Tag” on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Catch the replay below.

(Read: FACES: Carrie Brownstein)

Last night marked Sleater-Kinney’s third late-night performance behind No Cities To Love. They previously played “A New Wave” on Letterman and “Surface Envy” on Conan.



To Bring You My Love Turns 20
Feb 27, 2015 8:03am | StereoGum
In 1995, a few months after she released her best album, I saw PJ Harvey play an American football stadium. Alternative rock was firmly entrenched as a business interest by then, and major labels and radio programmers had started seizing on bands — Candlebox, say, or Bush — who could replicate the sounds of young […]



Björk on keeping Vulnicura off Spotify: Its not about the money, its about respect
Feb 27, 2015 7:48am | Fact Magazine

Björk’s Vulnicura has been one of the year’s two most high-profile leaks so far, causing the album to be rush-released two months early.

Several weeks on from release, however, it’s still not on Spotify. In a new interview with Fast Company, Björk explains that “I would like to say theres some master plan going on [with the album release], but there isnt. But a few months ago I emailed my manager and said, “Guess what? This streaming thing just does not feel right. I dont know why, but it just seems insane.”

“To work on something for two or three years and then just, oh, here it is for free. Its not about the money, its about respect, you know?” she continues. “Respect for the craft and the amount of work you put into it. But maybe Netflix is a good model. You go first to the cinema and after a while it will come on ­Netflix. Maybe thats the way to go with streaming. Its first physical and then maybe you can stream it later.”

Also, something to cheer up bedroom producers and labels who fear that they’re unorganised; even Björk admits that she’s simply “making it up as it goes, to be honest.”

Read Maya Kalev’s review of Vulnicura, and Tom Lea’s investigation into the murky world of leaks.

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Björk on keeping Vulnicura off Spotify: Its not about the money, its about respect
Feb 27, 2015 7:48am | Fact Magazine

Björk’s Vulnicura has been one of the year’s two most high-profile leaks so far, causing the album to be rush-released two months early.

Several weeks on from release, however, it’s still not on Spotify. In a new interview with Fast Company, Björk explains that “I would like to say theres some master plan going on [with the album release], but there isnt. But a few months ago I emailed my manager and said, “Guess what? This streaming thing just does not feel right. I dont know why, but it just seems insane.”

“To work on something for two or three years and then just, oh, here it is for free. Its not about the money, its about respect, you know?” she continues. “Respect for the craft and the amount of work you put into it. But maybe Netflix is a good model. You go first to the cinema and after a while it will come on ­Netflix. Maybe thats the way to go with streaming. Its first physical and then maybe you can stream it later.”

Also, something to cheer up bedroom producers and labels who fear that they’re unorganised; even Björk admits that she’s simply “making it up as it goes, to be honest.”

Read Maya Kalev’s review of Vulnicura, and Tom Lea’s investigation into the murky world of leaks.

The post Björk on ke...


Watch Tobias Jesso Jr.s TV Debut With The Roots On Fallon
Feb 27, 2015 7:48am | StereoGum
L.A. singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. made his late-night television debut last night with an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. He performed “How Could You Babe” with a little bit of help from the Roots and some backup singers, who help to put a fuller spin on the Goon track. “I heard this song on the internet […]



Yung Lean - Unknown Memory
Feb 27, 2015 7:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Hip Hop, Cloud Trap, Chillwave, whatever, Yung Lean's sound is as genre bending and out there as you get. But he's not a joke - this sad boy, Swedish rapper is at the forefront of a changing game.

Watch Sleater-Kinney Roar Through Price Tag On Seth Meyers
Feb 27, 2015 7:28am | StereoGum
In the past few weeks, the best mornings have been the ones where we get to start things off watching Sleater-Kinney play some late-night show or other. Since the band came back with their triumphant return No Cities To Love, Sleater-Kinney have already played Letterman and Conan. Last night, they served musical-guest duties on Late […]



Video Premiere: 'Bashed Out' by This Is The Kit
Feb 27, 2015 7:11am | Drowned In Sound

DiS is pleased to premiere the new video by This Is The Kit for the title track from her new album, Bashed Out.

This Is The Kit is the project name for Brit-living-in-Paris, Kate Stables. Her forthcoming third longplayer was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, and will be released on the Brassland label which he co-founded. The record features also the likes of Bryce Dessner and The Walkmen's Matt Barrick.

Without further ado, here's the video:

Director, Sam Weller says:

I felt close to Kate's lyrics almost at once. Images started to appear to me: A room in a river. A man falling into water. The film El Topo. The wind blowing leaves. Kate told me that an inspiration had been Rudyard Kipling's The Crab that Played with the Sea.

We built the room on a slipway in a morning with the tide coming in at the River Deben. The river has a powerful feeling of time and memory for me. We shot with the water coming into the room and as Ed Hirst got wetter and colder I felt it pushed his performance to a sort of limit. I wanted a crushed feeling. I knew his on screen presence would be very honest and kind of dark. He felt very right for the part. I think the song reaches into our pasts; how we are exposed to life.

The shots of the band on the beach at dawn seemed a perfect counterpart. We rushed to get set up with the light changing second to second. We lit Kate, Rozi & Jamie with a massive PanAura...


Harrison Ford to star in Blade Runner sequel
Feb 27, 2015 7:10am | Fact Magazine

The silver fox will return as police officer Rick Deckard.

Harrison Ford is set to reprise his lead role in Blade Runner for the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 dystopian sci-fi.

Ridley Scott will not be coming back to direct the latest version, but he has signed on as a producer. Alcon Entertainment is currently in negotiations with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve to helm the feature.

Ford has already described the script for the second instalment as “the best thing Ive ever read”, according to an interview with Scott from MTV last year. The action will take place several decades after the then-futuristic original, which was set in a grim, perpetually rainy Los Angeles in 2019.

If you’re thinking, ‘what does all this have to do with the weird electronic music I like?’ may we direct you to our Beginner’s Guide To Vangelis, the composer behind the original movie’s iconic soundtrack. Fingers crossed he’ll be signing on for the sequel’s score.

The Blade Runner OST also had a welcome vinyl reissue a couple of years back. [via Guardian]

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Brightons The Great Escape adds 100 artists including Kelela, Stormzy and Ghost Culture
Feb 27, 2015 7:05am | Fact Magazine

Another 100 artists have joined the line-up for this year’s seafront knees-up.

The Great Escape returns on May 14-16 to celebrate its tenth year, and organisers have now revealed the next avalanch of acts who’ll be gracing the pubs and clubs of Brighton.

Among the new names you’ll find Fade To Mind diva Kelela, Phantasy Sound’s rising talent Ghost Culture, grime MC Stormzy and FACT faves Mumdance & Novelist, as well as electronic newcomer LA Priest, aka Sam Dust of Late of the Pier, Danish alt rockers Mew, Las Vegas native Shamir and LA visual artists-turned-electro/R&B duo 18+.

Meanwhile, spoken word star Kate Tempest has confirmed a second separately ticketed show at Brighton Dome – Corn Exchange on May 14 with support from George The Poet and Hollie McNish.

They join previously announced acts Alabama Shakes, Django Django, Ibeyi and Boothroyd among many more. The festival organisers have also announced Great Day Out, a multi-venue music programme on the Saturday of the festival aimed at fans aged 14 and over.

Check out the full list of new additions below and grab weekend passes from The Great Escape website. One and two-day tickets will go on sale later this ...


Gary Glitter sentenced to 16 years in prison for child sex offences
Feb 27, 2015 7:00am | Fact Magazine

Gary Glitter has been jailed for 16 years for a series of child sex offences in the 1970s and 1980s.

The former glam rock singer, real name Paul Gadd, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court this morning. Earlier this month the 70-year-old was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 and warned he could face life imprisonment.

Sentencing, Judge Alistair McCreath said: I have read the victim impact statements of all three victims. It is clear , in their different ways, they were all profoundly affected by your abuse of them. You did all of them real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Orchard had previously described Gadd as a “habitual sexual predator who took advantage of the star status, adding that his lack of remorse and defence that the victims were lying makes his crimes all the more indefensible.

Gadd has faced several similar charges over the last decade. He was deported from Cambodia to Vietnam in 2003 after being accused of sexual assault, and in 2006 was sentenced to three years in prison in Vietnam for sexually abusing two young girls. He was arrested in England in 2012.

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Harrison Ford to star in Blade Runner sequel
Feb 27, 2015 6:31am | Fact Magazine

The silver fox will return as police officer Rick Deckard.

Harrison Ford is set to reprise his lead role in Blade Runner for the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 dystopian sci-fi.

Ridley Scott will not be coming back to direct the latest version, but he has signed on as a producer. Alcon Entertainment is currently in negotiations with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve to helm the feature.

Ford has already described the script for the second instalment as “the best thing Ive ever read”, according to an interview with Scott from MTV last year. The action will take place several decades after the then-futuristic original, which was set in a grim, perpetually rainy Los Angeles in 2019.

If you’re thinking, ‘what does all this have to do with the weird electronic music I like?’ may we direct you to our Beginner’s Guide To Vangelis, the composer behind the original movie’s iconic soundtrack. Fingers crossed he’ll be signing on for the sequel’s score.

The Blade Runner OST also had a welcome vinyl reissue a couple of years back. [via Guardian]

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Fyfe on getting it right the second time around
Feb 27, 2015 6:29am | Drowned In Sound

Paul Dixon aka Fyfe, talks about getting it right the second time around...

"No matter how excited we get about the soaring popularity of streaming services, or the reemergence of vinyl in all its contextualised hilarity it's clear the industry is in fairly rapid decline. Its interesting that an increasingly frequent question posed to me in interviews is 'so why did you decide to sign to a label at all?. On the face of it this seems sensible enough, we are after all bombarded with the notion that it's never been easier to be an independent artist.

Whist it's true that 'the Internet' happened and the majors no longer monopolise distribution networks, I would argue that it's never been easier to be a hobby musician who earns a bit (sometimes quite a lot) of pocket money, yet it's never been harder to start and succeed as a full time, full on, bona fide career artist/ band/ musician. The once widely inhabited and richly creative space between the mega Pop-Star and the hobbyist is quickly shrinking.

It is within this context that I would like to explore the actual theme of this feature (sorry DiS editors) - those artists who get their break the second or even third, dare I say fourth time of trying - more on that soon.

So who am I and why do I have authority to make these statements? Well, I'm Paul Dixon aka David's Lyre aka Fyfe.

I signed to a major label aged 20 under the pseudonym David's Lyre. After a whi...

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