So, this upcoming weekend is the Fourth of July.That s a very good thing, because, man, do we need to get outside and get some fresh air.Look, it s not that we here at The Monitor don t get out much, it s just that after Sunday s Game of Thrones season finale we have a lot of feelings to process and, well, a little nature could probably do us some good.And frankly, considering a lot of the good summer TV shows are over and Independence Day: Resurgence was a bust, there s not going to be much to keep us glued to our couches or theater seats this Fourth of July.But that doesn t mean we don t want to talk about those things.We have a lot of things to say about the Independence Day reboot, the Game of Thrones finale, and the end of O.J.
I often find myself thinking about what would happen if my heroes in music collaborated on a track and how incredible it would be to hear them jam in the same room.If you ve ever wondered about that kind of magical meeting of minds, or if your favorite artists are connected somehow, you ll definitely want to check out WhoSampled s new toy, called Six Degrees of Music Separation.Visit this page, enter the names of any two musicians or bands and WhoSampled will show you if they ve worked together, shared a producer or sampled tracks by the same artists.You can then listen to the tracks in question and share your discovery on social networks.I tried it out earlier this week and was surprised to learn that hip-hop legend Kendrick Lamar and grunge superstars Stone Temple Pilots are separated by just three steps: Lamar collaborated with Dr. Dre, who produced the N.W.A.track Apetite for Destruction , which was sampled in the song Fame by STP vocalist Scott Weiland on his solo record.
Every week, there are hundreds of thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves.It s too much for just your two ears to handle.With all those options, you can t be wasting your time on tracks worthy of a thumbs down click.But don t worry, we re going to save you the hassle.We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time.Here are our top 5 songs to stream this week:
CeeLo Green is probably in the DNA of your favorite rapper.Kendrick Lamar s talent for channeling contemporary energy through vocal-bending inflections over funk-infused hip hop on songs like 2015 s King Kunta is all over CeeLo s 2002 single Closet Freak.But today, CeeLo is making sure none of the MCs that inspired him go overlooked, as Digital Trends hosts the world premiere of CeeLo s new song dedicated to hip hop s lineage of great rappers, My Favorite MCs.CeeLo Green: The title My Favorite MC s almost implies it s an isolated event, but at large, it s an acknowledgement of energies, legacies, lineage.CeeLo Green, My Favorite MCsHow much of the track was you listing your personal favorites and how much of it was you listing rappers you felt should be more recognized?
President Barack Obama has once again released a list of his favorite summer hits on Spotify, this time allowing fans of the POTUS to listen to two playlists, one with daytime jams and the other with nighttime jams.Classics from artists like Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson meet newer singles from Chance The Rapper and D Angelo on this year s 39-track group of jams.But there are some notably absent superstars this summer; Songs from Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z, musicians for whom the president has expressed his admiration in the past, do not appear in this year s lineup.Once again, Obama demonstrates that he is a man of the times by highlighting hip, new hits from Australian songstress Courtney Barnett and new-classic soul musician Leon Bridge — two artists who entered the spotlight well after his formative, pre-Presidential years.The Commander In Chief s team once again chose Spotify to highlight Obama s seasonal taste in music, likely because the service doesn t require a subscription for the masses to stream it.As might be expected from a split list of daytime and nighttime singles, those for work hours are decidedly less contemplative than their after-hours counterparts, providing a sonic glimpse into how the president divides his time mentally while on and off the clock.
"It's hard to catch this particular issue but we've seen it for a few months now."Like many other small phone repair shops, iPhone Repair SF turns away customers who have logic board issues.In the past, Apple faced a class action lawsuit for not acknowledging a persistent graphics issues on its MacBook Pro laptops.It also faced another lawsuit for "Error 53," which locked iPhone users out of their devices after replacing parts like the screen, flex cable, and Home button.The metallic chassis feels really nice in the hand, with a ceramic-like feeling on the outside although if it's anything like the 6 then this can scuff over time if you keep it in a pocket with keys, so you'll need to think about the kind of case you'll want to keep it safe .The front of the phone is now covered in a new level of strength, with a glass that's far less prone to shattering when dropped on the floor – now that's something I can get behind.
Now that new music comes out every Friday — though not always on every streaming service — it can be hard to know where to find the next great song.To help you out, Business Insider compiles this rundown of the best new music you can stream right now.This week, Kendrick Lamar collaborated with his labelmate Isaiah Rashad for an album track, and Bon Iver debuted a stunning and cryptic new single.Check out this week's best new songs: View As:
Thank You 4 Your ServiceHip-hop reunions have long been a case of sentiment winning over urgency; just because we re excited to see 90s titans working together again doesn t guarantee that the results burnish their legacy.It s not that WGIFHTYFYS has a cameo list like a Vanity Fair Oscars party Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Busta Rhymes, Elton John, Jack White, etc., it s that everyone sounds vital.This isn t a collection of e-mailed guest verses, it s a warm, all-hands-in-the-studio effort, with Q-Tip and Phife sounding more engaged than either has in years, their bar-trading as playful as ever though, on songs like We The People….and Conrad Tokyo, suffused with more than a little politically induced world-weariness .
Compton-born hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest musicians performing today.Never heard of him?You're in for an incredible journey.His four major albums contain some of the best songs created in the past decade.His last album, 2015's "To Pimp a Butterfly," went platinum, and earned Kendrick a gaggle of Grammy awards.The single "How Much a Dollar Cost" was even President Obama's favorite song of 2015.But none of that really does Kendrick justice.Accolades and adulation are one thing — seeing him perform live is another entirely.I've had the incredible luck to see him live twice in 2016: once this past summer, at a large festival, and once again this past weekend, in an intimate Brooklyn venue.
Every week, there are thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves — and it’s just too much for your two ears to handle.With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click.But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle.We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time.More: Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which service is the streaming king?Here are our top five songs to stream this week.
Apple has released a colorful, vibrant spot for its Apple Watch 2 Series that’s centered around all of the different ways people can use the technology to live more active lifestyles.Called ‘Live Bright,’ the upbeat ad features the Beyoncé song “Freedom" featuring Kendrick Lamar and has a similar feel to the ‘Go Time’ ad that Apple released last fall to launch Series 2.The spot opens with a woman sitting at an office desk who has just received a message on her Apple Watch that says “Time to stand!” Once she stands up, her movement kicks off a series of playful sequences that show people doing things like backpacking, playing basketball, running and jumping rope.The ad is particularly focused on showcasing the Apple Watch’s waterproof capabilities, with a good number of the scenes dedicated to showing people using the watch while they swim, play with water balloons and watch fireworks while in the ocean.According to Apple’s agency Media Arts Lab, the goal of the spot is to bring “a renewed sense of energy to inspire your active lifestyle this Spring.”“Whether it is nudging you to stand up and walk away from your desk, challenging you to be a little more active throughout the day, pushing you through a difficult work out or reminding you to breathe and relax, the Apple Watch Series 2 helps you stay active and live a healthy life,” the agency said in a statement.
Along with the first blooms of spring, this week brought two new additions to American English, thanks to and , respectively: “reaccommodate” (to drag an adult man off an airplane in full view of his fellow-passengers, bloodying him in the process) and “Holocaust centers” (a euphemism for “concentration camps”—itself a euphemism).My soundtrack to accompany these latest absurdities has been the lush, existential melancholy of Father John Misty, a.k.a.Josh Tillman, whose new album, “,” is both an endorsement and a critique of the doomsday dread of the times.Our rampant materialism, boiling planet, corporate overlords, corrupt politics, soulless entertainments, egomaniacal artists, selfish selves: it’s all here, in Tillman’s pitiless exploration of human nature, and of himself.My current stack of bedside books is topped by two collections of thoughtful essays.(It helps that it’s a paperback original.)
Leaving the Who’s compound, Tollett reluctantly agreed to venture out onstage for a photographer before the show began.Gate-crashing, a common plague for promoters of sixties-era festivals, was eliminated by Paul’s older brother Perry, an upholsterer by trade, whose crew built the ten-foot-high white fence that surrounds much of the perimeter, a three-year job.“Performers hate looking at empty seats,” he noted.Presents boardroom in downtown L.A., finalizing the 2017 Coachella poster, which announced this year’s lineup and was due to be released the following day.On the poster were the headliners for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar, respectively, each of whom would receive between three and four million dollars for playing.“The problem is that every one of them wants there.” He tapped the left side of the line, where Bon Iver held pride of place.
With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click.We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time.Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify page for a playlist of our weekly picks, which can also be found at the bottom of this post.On FEEL., the album’s fifth track, the rapper investigates how famous he’s become, and how that has transformed both his music and the actions of those around him.”I feel like only me and the music though/feel like your feelin’ ain’t mutual,” he exclaims on the deep and introspective song, expressing a desire to maintain artistic integrity in a world full of musicians he thinks are corrupted by money and fame.Danger Doom — Mad NiceIconic rap duo Danger Doom (a collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and underground rapper MF Doom) announced plans this week to rerelease their only album, 2005’s The Mouse & the Mask, while simultaneously sharing this special bonus cut.
One of his best songs, “Alright,” was adopted by the Black Lives Matter movement as an informal anthem; sing-alongs erupted at rallies and protests across the country.“Alright” somehow manages to sound carefree yet urgent, like a radio jingle perforated by drum fills.“We gon’ be alright.” He sounded like a prophet, capable of articulating what people in the streets desired but couldn’t put into words.At the 2016 Grammys, he began his performance as part of a chain gang.While in high school, he began recording mixtapes, which caught the attention of a local manager named Anthony (Top Dawg) Tiffith.The songs on that album communicated Lamar’s ambivalence about his sudden fame, particularly at a moment when the nascent Black Lives Matter movement was casting light on all the young people, growing up just as he had, who would never see their twenties.
Instead, it was a massive dome where attendees could see giant neon caterpillars, alien landings, and geometric shapes pulsing through the cosmos—no hallucinogens required.Chrysalis, as the show in the dome is called, is a virtual reality trip very different from the goggle-enabled VR most folks are familiar with.The experience is the work of Obscura Digital, a San Francisco-based studio that spent three months developing Chrysalis.The result of their efforts is a steel and vinyl dome outfitted with 50 speakers, 15 projectors, and 500 seats that immerses viewers in a classic psychedelic story: the metamorphosis of a caterpillar.“When you sit back inside this giant dome, it’s a chrysalis cocoon that transforms the experience of being at a festival to a realm within realms,” says Emmett Feldman, art director at Obscura.Although Obscura had done large-scale visual projects before—the company created an immersive 360-degree sphere in Dubai and built a dome for NASA honoring the Space Shuttle Program, for example—the Coachella job was something entirely new, and required two teams working in tandem to complete: a creative team, which worked on the video aspects, and a tech team that developed the dome itself.
The past year has been good to streaming music services.A few months ago, two of its top executives left.But while it might be a bit too early to start printing obituaries, SoundCloud—and the 175 million people who use it every month—still stands at a crossroads.When it launched in 2007, the 1 song in the country was Soulja Boy’s “Crank That”—itself a product of YouTube and MySpace, which at the time were the biggest online discovery engines in music.SoundCloud solved those problems: it made audio-only music sharing both frictionless and cool (or at least not entirely uncool).Label ownership and radio were once the only outlets to get heard,” says Casey Rae, a music and media professor at Georgetown University.
The headliners of any given year's Coachella festival are pretty much music royalty, and at the 2017 fest that just wrapped last weekend, they were definitely treated as such in their accomdations for their stay.Drake, Lady Gaga, and Kendrick Lamar stayed in luxurious homes provided by Airbnb.The large pool spaces, fire pits, mountain views, and in-home bars (and a wine cellar) gave the artists a lot of room to relax in between their performances, which last over two weekends.One of the Airbnb homes even has a tennis court.As with just about everything that goes on at Coachella, these rentals go all out.They also come at hefty prices as high as $10,000 a night.But the best part for the stars?They got to stay in them for free.
Sit down Kitt, be humbleThe head of US trade watchdog the FTC has pushed for companies to loosen their ties over self-driving cars.Speaking at an event for the National Highway Transit Safety Administration (NHTSA), FTC boss Maureen Ohlhausen said legislators need to use "regulatory humility" when it comes to autopilots.Touting the self-driving technology as a way to reduce traffic deaths, Ohlhausen told the highway safety bod that rules on self-driving cars should be slackened."We regulators must keep that benefit in mind to ensure that our approaches to connected cars do not hinder such a positive outcome," she said [PDF]."And at the FTC it means we must continue to work with our sister agencies, like NHTSA, to avoid unnecessary or duplicative regulation that could slow or stop innovation, and ultimately leave consumers worse off."
Every week, there are thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves — and it’s just too much for your two ears to handle.With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click — you want the best new songs to stream now.But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle.We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs across every streaming service each week, and tell you which are worthy of your favorite headphones.Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify page for a playlist of our weekly picks, which can also be found at the bottom of this post.Interesting vocal samples join Lamar’s slurry rhyme scheme, blending well with a sparse trap-influenced beat.