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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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  • 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.
  • The So So Glos ‘Kamikaze’ Is Grand Punk Psychodrama - May 23, 2016
    It’s Wednesday morning, and The So So Glos’ Alex Levine is busy making his way over to Queens for band practice. The punks’ live... The post The So So Glos ‘Kamikaze’ Is Grand Punk Psychodrama appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Rappers Who Celebrate Faith Through Rhyme - May 23, 2016
    Earlier this month, Nate “NF” Feuerstein scaled the upper reaches of the Billboard albums chart with Therapy Session. The rapper’s second full-length is an... The post Rappers Who Celebrate Faith Through Rhyme appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • 10 Hip-Hop Albums You Need to Listen To - May 20, 2016
    As we near its midway point, the rap year remains slightly out of focus. However, a few trends have begun to emerge. Once an... The post 10 Hip-Hop Albums You Need to Listen To appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Ana Popović: Belgrade’s Blues Bombshell - May 20, 2016
    There exists but a single musician on the planet who can say her long, hard climb to blues stardom began in Serbia, and her... The post Ana Popovi: Belgrade’s Blues Bombshell 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!

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  1. The Magnetic Fields Prep 50 Song Memoir - May 25, 2016
    The Magnetic Fields’ 1999 triple LP 69 Love Songs remains their masterpiece, and it seems that Stephin Merritt and co. are working on another obscenely long album. They’ve just announced 50 Song Memoir, an autobiographical work featuring one song for each year of Merritt’s life, which will be released in early 2017 by Nonesuch Records. […]
  2. Shura – “What’s It Gonna Be?” - May 24, 2016
    UK Artist To Watch Shura is finally putting out her debut album, Nothing’s Real, in July. And tonight, she’s shared another groovy yet emotional, ’80s-indebted dance-pop jam called “What’s It Gonna Be?” “This record is about fancying someone and maybe having a kind of connection and realizing that it’s probably not gonna happen,” the singer […]
  3. Watch Father John Misty Perform “I Love You, Honeybear” On Le Grand Journal - May 24, 2016
    Father John Misty stopped by the French talk show Le Grand Journal yesterday to perform “I Love You, Honeybear,” the title track off of his excellent 2015 album of the same name. Watch him deliver a characteristically memorable performance below.
  4. Mourn – “Irrational Friend” - May 24, 2016
    After impressing a whole lot of us with their self-titled debut album last year, Barcelona baby punks Mourn are already coming back with a new album. It has the annoying-to-type title Ha, Ha, He,, and it’s coming in a week and a half. We’ve already posted the early tracks “Evil Dead,” “Storyteller,” and “Second Sage,” […]
  5. Ta-ku & Wafia – “Meet In The Middle” - May 24, 2016
    Brisbane-based songstress Wafia and Perth producer/singer Regan “Ta-ku” Matthews have come together to form a dope Aussie duo for the (m)edian EP. Ta-ku proved he was more than a notable SoundCloud beatmaker after breaking out with 2013’s Songs To Break Up To and solidified it with 2015’s Songs To Make Up To. Wafia offered a […]
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.

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    Harry, in the case of this post's title, is Harry Arnold. Drawing a blank? Arnold was among the finest big-band arrangers and tenor saxophonists in Sweden during the 1950s and '60s. From 1956 to 1965, Arnold led the Swedish Radio...            Related Stories Phil Woods: 1960  
  • Bill Evans: 'That Was Easy' - May 23, 2016
    On Oct. 28, 1966, pianist Bill Evans was in Oslo, Norway, to play a concert with his trio and to accompany jazz singer Monica Zetterlund. The Scandinavian tour must have been a short one, since he had been at New...            Related Stories Bill Evans: Sweden, 1970 Bill Evans: Some Other Time Bill Evans: What Is There to Say?  
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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Salutations All Fans Of Old School,

My primary mission is to preserve the memories of our classic music and film culture; and to help my visitors rediscover rare or physically out-of-print oldies on digital format/legal streaming; the kinds of hidden gems that are NOT usually promoted via the digital realm! Including, but not limited to: most internet radio stations, “On Demand” audio/video streaming services, and pay-per download/online retailers. I’d also like to help expose my visitors to some great music they may or may not ever heard before; in hopes that I can assist in reintroducing/rebuilding our lost classic culture (along with many other old school bloggers and internet radio enthusiasts who also work hard; and has dedicate so much of their time to not only keep our music/film history alive in the midst of the new digital age, but to keep our beloved classic artist paid, by encouraging the use of legally FREE internet radio, or low cost on-demand streaming membership services, or pay-per-download vendors). I try to focus on writing classic reviews on things I really personally like. So, just about every post you’re reading on my blog is the best of me; and if your tastes are like mine, you’re going to enjoy at least half of the music and movies I write about. My blog is also about cultural DIVERSITY! So, if you’re expecting to see only one type of genre here, this is NOT the blog site for you! 🙂

I am one of the very few multicultural bloggers of color, to own one of the most diverse classic music/movie blogs in cyberspace. I work hard to write my own original articles; and I try to make a conscious effort not to flood my social media accounts with the same retweeted/reshared content that seems to pop up about every hour on Facebook and Twitter. Mind you, it’s not that I think resharing and retweeting are bad, it’s incredibly important to share. However, because of social media very few of us are actually blogging anymore (as a whole) (especially bloggers of color), it just seems like there is no new information or enough diversity circulating. If we’re not writing, people who use social media as a huge part of their daily life, is more than likely to have a very narrow view of things based on what’s not read or seen on social media. We’re not being exposed to diverse information. Let’s face it, a lot of people get their news from social media.

If you need some proof of this, try Googling “Classic Music.” Your results would be of “Classical Music.” If you Google “Old School,” you’d mostly get results in relation to “Old School Hip Hop.” Black people are the one race that historically have always been the most connected to our music culture. It is unacceptable that it’s this difficult to find more historical Black music and movie bloggers. We talk so much about “knowing our history” (usually in relation to slavery) that we forget the other important part of our history, our musical history. Guys, our experiences has always been in our music! WTF????? Now, although, I do take in to consideration that a lot of us were poor back in the day, and could not afford a lot of the entertainment we so enjoyed. However, at the same time, there are now FREE digital technologies that allow us to re-experience those moments in high-definition; and we can then write about them!

This is one of the many reasons why I mention throughout my blog why seasoned folks have got to learn and use technology; we need you to help write our stories, which are your stories, so that our young online generation have something to read! We need more of the seasoned folks learning technology so that historical Black music is not forgotten, and fall in to a digital black whole forever. This is also unacceptable, since classic music and movies are now easier to find in the digital age; we just need the memories in order to find them. And if they don’t exist? Then use your memories and your keyboard to create new content to tell that story! There’s nothing more gratifying than creating your own sh**. Do you now understand how powerful Black writing is? Also, not to mention how therapeutic it is?

What do you think Wikipedia has been doing since their inception? What people of color should be doing more of; researching and creating content that previously did not exist online. We need a grand scale “Blackepedia,” that will NOT focus on an abundance of hip hop, urban wear, sports, the woes of “dealing with a Black man or woman,” and articles devoted to obsessions with anti-homosexuality. If you’re a teacher of color that works in a public school, try and start a newspaper and teach some of your ill behaved students a piece of our history! I don’t know how to explain the significant importance of Black presence online anymore than that. There exist a lot of garbage on the internet, and Black children need us to counteract it; but there’s barely anything they can search for (other than a bunch of bad hip hop with bad language, which carries over to their adulthood). Seasoned folk have always complained that young Black children aren’t being educated, yet you’re not helping to create the education material needed; just criticize, that’s all we tend to do. Stop with the ego fueled beliefs and open your eyes people!

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I’m very well informed about the music and movie industry/culture (as a fan and a blogger), which makes my blog worth visiting frequently. I want to focus on the lesser known/remembered pioneers of the entertainment industry, which is the whole reason I created VintageNewscast. I designed my blog simple and easy to navigate; without the intrusive background popups and annoying widgets that take forever to load. In addition, I try to keep my fans/visitors informed as to the direction of music and film within digital technology; as well as sharing more resources on where to find Free radio and low cost on-demand streaming services worth using (legally). For many of us, we must get out of the habit of solely using torrents and illegal download links; when we can use a plethora of FREE music services (and growing film services) that are not only legal, but are way easier, simple, safer, and convenient to use than primitive torrents.

Unless you already remember many of the albums I write about on my blog, you will not easily rediscover them on today’s radio (unless of course you’re watching one of those “Time Life Infomercials,” or one of those Doo-Wop/Disco Specials on PBS (even then, it is usually the same people) (and mind you those shows have become scarce)). For us older folks, our old classics has been replaced with a newer generation of classics. Marvin Gaye has now become R. Kelly; Aretha Franklin has now become Kelly Price; and Teddy Pendergrass has now become Jaheim.

Most music posted here can either be found on Rhapsody & Spotify. For now, Spotify’s desktop (PC) application is totally Free to use, and fully functional. However, Rhapsody has a slightly bigger library of original music tho (36+ million songs and growing every week), unlimited downloads, unlimited playlists, and tons more features for just $9.99 per month (pay a yearly subscription and save even more money). Other suggested digital retailers are Amazon, GooglePlay, and iTunes; all quick, safe and convenient. Most of classic movies I post can be found on either *Hulu,* *Netflix,* Amazon, Amazon Prime, Amazon’s On-Demand, iTunes, GooglePlay, VUDU, and or YouTube (public domain, Creative Commons, or legal commercial free programming).

I recommend that you bookmark my site and visit at least once every week. I frequently update my blog with something new. Follow me on twitter to get my classic tweets. If you’d like to also contact me, you can do so by sending me a direct message through twitter. Please be kind and tell your friends about VintageNewscast.com, your new home for new classic discoveries!

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