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Recommendations: Spotify
I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties. The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available, however, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, because it's more stable. Mobile software has limited access; you can only play music in random mode (in other words there are no on-demand features). Limited radio skips per day. Limited playlists. Spotify does have an online community forum, but it appears to be more for reporting bugs than sharing music. The service itself allows you to follow Facebook friends, etc, but, that's about it. Spotify is not robust. It's an application that just exist, and don't expect too many software improvements in the future; unless of course they get more paid subscribers; but, I don't see that happening much either.

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  • A Conversation with Robert Glasper - May 27, 2016
    This year has been a busy one for Robert Glasper. The most famous contemporary jazz musician in the country has just released Everything’s Beautiful,... The post A Conversation with Robert Glasper appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • 10 Reasons to Listen To Dierks Bentley’s ‘Black’ - May 27, 2016
    It’s a romantically obsessive album — and who hasn’t been in that boat? The title track kicks off Black way more brazen than the... The post 10 Reasons to Listen To Dierks Bentley’s ‘Black’ appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • 30 Years Ago Run-D.M.C. Released Breakthrough ‘Raising Hell’ - May 26, 2016
    Thirty years ago, Run-D.M.C. embodied hip-hop. Released on May 26, 1986, the Queens, New York, trio’s third album Raising Hell found the group at... The post 30 Years Ago Run-D.M.C. Released Breakthrough ‘Raising Hell’ appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • 16 Things You Didn’t Know About Tycho - May 25, 2016
    Tycho is an audiovisual project led by producer wunderkind Scott Hansen, along with band members Zac Brown on bass and guitar and Rory O’Connor... The post 16 Things You Didn’t Know About Tycho appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Grateful Dead Celebrated by Indie Rock Royals - May 24, 2016
    You don’t have to love the Grateful Dead to dig Day of the Dead, an epic 59-song tribute compilation meticulously produced and curated over... The post Grateful Dead Celebrated by Indie Rock Royals appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
Recommendations: Crackle
Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE!

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering; and or you may have to direct connect to your network. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE! It's legal! and the ads pays the actors!

Stereo Gum: Music News
  1. Death Grips – “More Than The Fairy” (Feat. Les Claypool) - May 31, 2016
    Death Grips released their new album Bottomless Pit earlier this month, and now they’re already back with a new track. The noise-rap enigmas just dropped a disorienting squall called “More Than The Fairy,” featuring Primus’ Les Claypool on bass, on the world. Experience it below.
  2. NYC’s Santos Party House Closing After Hosting Neo-Nazi Punk Show - May 31, 2016
    New York City venue Santos Party House, owned partly by Andrew W.K. and Despot, has suddenly closed, DNAinfo reports. Last night, on the venue’s final night in business, it hosted the second night of NYC Oi! Fest, a punk festival with alleged ties to skinhead and neo-Nazi groups. The festival was originally scheduled to take […]
  3. Speedy Ortiz – “Puffer (Open Mike Eagle Remix)” - May 30, 2016
    Speedy Ortiz will release a companion EP to 2015’s Foil Deer this coming Friday, aptly titled Foiled Again. We’ve heard two excellent new songs off of it — “Death Note” and “Emma O” — and a Lazerbeak remix of Foil Deer stand-out “Puffer,” which features Lizzo. Today they shared Open Mike Eagle’s remix of the […]
  4. Bon Iver & The National Collaborate On Invisible Bridge Project - May 30, 2016
    The National’s Bryce Dessner teamed with Bon Iver to put on a concert in Paris called the Invisible Bridge. The show will take place on 9/25 at Paris’ Philharmonie, and Dessner enlisted his brother Aaron to accompany, as well as the French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèqu. The Chicago-based eighth blackbird quartet, who contributed […]
  5. Watch Bono Join Bruce Springsteen On “Because The Night” In Dublin - May 30, 2016
    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were joined onstage by Bono last night during their second show at Dublin’s Croke Park. The U2 frontman performed a rendition of “Because The Night,” which Springsteen co-wrote with Patti Smith and was originally released as a single off of her album Easter in 1978. Bono and Springsteen […]
Recommendations: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku. A lot of the movies are not as good as what Crackle has, However, I think you'll definitely be able to find some movies you'd like to watch. Currently, they have movies like, "Elite Squad: the Enemy Within (2010)," "Hoodium (1997)," and "Sins Expiation (2012) (with Danny Glover)." The nice thing about Ovguide, is that a lot of their movies appear to be curated. Now, normally I don't like curated content, only because websites that are curated tend to be a bit chaotic, in terms of navigating their site. However, when it comes to their Roku setup, it's integrated quite nicely. A couple of those curated film comes from Hulu.

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Recommendations: Popcorn
Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to site, but they do have a good mixture of both low budget and classic block buster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The  Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." All FREE to watch, and their service is also available on Roku.

Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to website, however, they do have an even mixture of both low budget and classic blockbuster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." Actors ranging from Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Hart, and Sylvester Stallone. All absolutely FREE to watch! The more people that watch movies using services like Popcorn Flix, the better movie selections will get. Their free service is also available on Roku.

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Recommendations: Tubi TV
It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)." My only gripe with Tubi TV, is that it's easier to search for movies on their website, and unfortunately, I haven't found a way to save movies on my online account, to then retrieve using Roku. But, it makes no sense to complain about something that is offered Free and legal right? -VintageNewscast.com

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Recommendations: Google
GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app; the one thing where the app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never tell someone never to try something. Go ahead and check them out.

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app (or web app for that matter); the one thing where its android app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. However, then again, most mobile streaming services are meant to be used as stand alone, such as Rhapsody (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs. GooglePlay also offers FREE radio! You do not need a subscription service to use it; all you need is a Google account to start. So far, I think I like their music better than Pandora. Go ahead and check them out.

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Recommendations: Rhap.
My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features like, unlimited songs in playlists, unlimited radio skips, control variety of music in your radio stations, works with Shazam, ability to compare musical tastes with other users by percentage to help discover more music you like. They offer "Cloud Sync," an application that scans all your local music, and match them with the music in their database. Albums found will be placed in your Rhapsody library, and iTunes playlists will be created as well. Music quality up to 320kbps AAC, CD sound. Control radio stream quality separately, for those bad signal days while listening to the radio. Tools to easily share on social media. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

Jazz Wax
  • Doc: History of British Jazz - May 30, 2016
    In the late 1940s and early '50s, European jazz musicians looked to American jazz artists and their recordings for jazz's secret formulas and a road map forward. Then countries and individual artists developed their own sounds based on cultural experiences...             
  • Weekend Wax Bits - May 28, 2016
    In this week's Wall Street Journal, my music chat with Broadway actress Jennifer Simard, who was just nominated for a Tony for her role in Disaster! For my "Playlist" column in the Review section, Jennifer chose to talk about Aerosmith's...             
  • Harry Arnold: Live, c. 1966 - May 27, 2016
    Following my post earlier in the week on Swedish arranger-conductor Harry Arnold, I figure you might want a see him in action. In the following clip, he's leading the Danish Radio Big Band on a TV show from around 1966....            Related Stories This Is Harry: The Mystery Band  
Recommendations: Netflix
I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else. Memberships as low as $5 a month for discs, discs are delivered within 3 days. Streaming membership as low as $8 per month.

Recommendation: HULU
I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion though, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies. The the bulk of their movies are the same kind of movies you'd find in the $5 cage in the "close out" section of your favorite DVD store. That's not to say you can't find good movies every once in a while, but the reality is they are better known for their TV shows, and some documentaries. They have some good "Original Content" too. Because licensing is expensive, they usually don't have all seasons for a particular show. If you need to see earlier seasons of a show, you're going to wind up signing up for Netflix.

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Recommendations: Amazon
Although I don't use AmazonPrime, I do think not only it is a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already a member of Amazon's Prime, You automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. I know that's one of the major complaints with the movies, not sure if that's the same with the music feature.

Recently tried AmazonPrime video package, and let me tell you the video and sound is phenomenal! They don't have as many movies as Netflix, however, many of them are quality movies. It's not only a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already an Amazon Prime full member, you automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album/film may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. This may annoying for some, but at least in terms of movies, it helps to bring in fresh content to watch.

Recommendations: iTunes
I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple music; and on of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)). However, iTunes is still so very popular that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add Apple music to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, iTunes really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their iTunes radio delivers an excellent selection of music. iTunes is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, iTunes is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my Purchased CD/MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple's music; and one of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)) (my previous issue appears to have been fixed, at least when it comes to sharing from the iTunes store). However, Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music) that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add "Apple Music" to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, Apple Music really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their radio delivers an excellent selection of music (subscription only). Please don't mistaken Apple's radio playlists, for their curated bulls*** radio. You don't need Apple to gain access to those, you can easily find those around the net if you look hard enough (which are also legal by the way, and artists get credit for each IP address connected). Apple Music is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, Apple Music is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

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