My Beautiful Dark Twisted Grammy:
The Grammy camp announced its 2012 nominees last night, with Kanye West racking in a solid eight nods between My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and his collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch The Throne. Oddly, though, Album of the Year wasn’t one of them. No one man should have all that power, anyway, Kanye. Besides, the Grammys isn’t done with its indie moment quite yet—see Wisconsin’s favorite cabin feverist Bon Iver‘s four nominations. In other Grammy news, The L.A. Times is reporting a possible Beach Boys reunion on stage, come the big night on Feb. 12th.
Fight For Your Right To (Third) Party:
Sweden’s reach at a share of the next great music streaming service, Spotify, is broadening its app approach with the inclusion of third-party developers. In other words, get ready to get your social media on. Of the 16 first-generation apps from the company’s new brand partners, look out for new roll-outs such as Songkick’s concert-tracking feature, or Rolling Stone Recommends, a “discovery tool for Spotify users to browse album and song reviews, as well as curated playlists, while simultaneously streaming the music” (Via Yahoo! Music News).
The Occupation WIll Not Be Televised:
In response to the waning Occupy movement, as city government and police forces put the kibosh on public assembly rights, on December 6th a congregation of “hundreds of performers and artists will occupy a privately owned public space in Times Square with 24 hours of non-stop free performances” (via Brooklyn Vegan). Catch the group’s full “Manifesto” here if you’re not convinced.
Christmas Time (Tunes) are Here:
It’s that lovely holiday time again where the internet fosters the quick spread of one-off Christmas covers. Among our favorites thus far are Brooklyn psych-folk crew Woods‘ take on Vince Guaraldi‘s A Charlie Brown Christmas classic “Christmas Time is Here,” Texas troubadour Josh T. Pearson‘s traditional take on “O Holy Night” and The Flaming Lips‘ par-for-the-trippy-course, “Atlas Eets Christmas: Infinite Christmas Sounds,” a 24-7 stream of many familiar tunes from “White Christmas” to “Silent Night.”