This limited edition reissue includes the classic album and a double LP of ‘Live At The Cabaret Metro, 1992’. The live show has never been available before on vinyl. Format: 3LP Gatefold on silver, gold & blue coloured vinyl. 2017 is the 25th anniversary of Copper Blue, the Top 10 debut album by American alternative rock band Sugar. In 1992 NME voted it Album Of The Year, and it was also included in the book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’.
Spotify began running a test on a small group of users yesterday, offering the Hi-Fi service for $5 to $10 above the $10 per month price for Spotify Premium. But a source and a few Reddit users who got the prompt and tried to sign up for the Hi-Fi service were either told it wasn’t available in their area at the time or they received an error message.
Control your Kwikset Premis lock from your Apple device either at home or on the road.
Did you remember to lock the door? Who is coming and going from your house? What if I need to let someone in while I’m not there? When did the kids get home?
You’ve managed important aspects of life from your smartphone for years. Why not have the same control over your home? Premis is designed to help you look after your home and family—even when you’re away.
Premis Smart Lock | Kwikset
“Lock my front door”
“Is my front door locked?”
– Also works with Apple Watch
Add, change, delete user codes
Lock and unlock door
*requires an Apple TV, or an iPad at home connected to your home network
See the lock’s history to see who has accessed the lock
The lock will display 2 random numbers that you have to press first, before entering a valid code, that makes it impossible for someone to successfully read fingerprints off the keypad to try to determine your code. This is rather nifty and doesn’t add much hassle to using the keypad. If a long passcode option is your preference but you don’t want to have to press 9 or 10 buttons then maybe consider using a 5-digit passcode. This combined with the 2 random numbers you have to press first adds up to 7 digits. Also, Kwikset warranties the keypad for life in case you’re concerned about frequent use wearing down the keypad.
Versions of iPhone, iPod, iPad, and iOS Premis lock can be enrolled with compatible HomeKit enable devices running iOS 8.1 or newer. These include the iPhone 4S, all iPhone 5, 6 and 7 variants, iPad 2 or newer, all versions of iPad Mini, and the iPod Touch 5th generation or newer.
Compatible versions of Apple TV Premis is compatible with 4th generation or newer.
Can I unlock Premis remotely? The lock can be locked or unlocked remotely using the Premis app or Siri, if the lock is connected to an Apple Home Hub. Home Hubs come standard on Apple TVs (4th generation and newer) and Apple iPads (with iOS 10 or newer). The Home Hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.
Other things to consider:
Kwikset has a newer version of the lock that resists forced turning. Keep in mind that no lock is completely pick-proof. The idea is to make it as time-consuming as possible so that a would-be thief moves on. If they want in badly enough then there are likely easier ways. (Windows, etc) Here is the video where they challenge professional locksmiths to pick the lock using various picking methods.
The SmartKey technology where you can ‘rekey’ the lock to work with your existing key requires that your current key shape will fit into the Kwikset lock. I had a different brand lock so my current key wouldn’t fit. I had to use the 2 keys that came with Kwikset Premis lock. It’s not really a big deal but I like to have a few extras, even with this new keypad feature. I ended up making a couple spare keys.
I read other reviews where people complained about the touchpad response time. I haven’t seen issues regarding this at all. It’s very responsive from my experience.
Installation was relatively easy though I had a few hurdles.
My door frame strike, the receiving end of the deadbolt, was 1/2″ deep when it requires a 1″ depth. There was a metal frame in my door frame that I had to punch through. The Premis lock kept thinking that it was ‘jammed’ otherwise. It would still work but the locked/unlocked indicator in the App would show it as “jammed”.
The outside portion of the door lock unit, the keypad part, wouldn’t slide into the door. The metal bar that turns the lock was about 1/8 of an inch off center. I had to unscrew the faceplace, the rectangular part that screws into the side of the door, 1/8″ inch to push the latch out a tad. It’s still solidly installed and you can’t really tell.
The handing process worked but was a little confusing. When you install the batteries the first time the lock will go through a series of tests where it extends and retracts the bolt. The bolt would only retract in part way so I thought it was failing due to the previously mentioned issue (number 2) maybe due to too much friction on the turning mechanism. I took the lock apart, loosened the faceplate screws another turn, and redid the wired that you have to tuck into the inside portion of the lock taking more care that it wasn’t pressing too hard against the turning mechanism. I think it still exhibited the same issue retracting during handing but it retracts all the way, every time, when using a key, the keypad, or the app so it’s working and that’s all that matters.
There are 3 small screws that have to be removed in order to remove the batteries. This is just not well thought out. However, if battery life lasts as long as it should then it’s not really a big deal. Two screws are on the sides and one screw is underneath the unit. My door handle is below the unit so it’s not the easiest screw to access. I ended up just leaving the bottom screw out.
So far I’m quite pleased with the Premis and would recommend it to others. I bought it for the convenience of letting others in if required, and as a backup, in case I somehow lose my key so I’ll have a way in.
I think in most cases installation is easy and it works as designed.
I live alone so some of these may not apply to you but most should be helpful. As with anything, follow your doctor’s orders.
It’s been four months since I had my right shoulder repaired due to a SLAP tear from years of volleyball and overhand sports. I read a lot of information online and watched a bunch of videos! Some were helpful but many rambled on and repeated the same information. These are some things I discovered that I didn’t see mentioned anywhere else or at least rarely saw mentioned. Hopefully, you’ll find something helpful.
Buy anything you think you might need. (see suggestions below)
Get your home prepared:
Clean if necessary
Supplies (see below)
Open any jars of food that you might want to use because they are very hard to open with one hand. This goes for both new jars or jars you’ve already opened but might be tight for various reasons. [For example, salsa can dry around the rim and reseal an already opened jar. I struggled with this. ;) ]
Get your sling adjusted and then you can just slide it over your head versus refastening all the straps every time you want to take it off. You really only need to undo the waist strap and lift it over your head. Often times I left the waist strap undone anyway and just used the shoulder strap. That way I didn’t have to do anything to take it off and it took no time. I tucked the waist strap into the area between the pad and the arm cup so it’s out of the way. At night I recommend fastening the waist strap to prevent you from any unintentional movements while you’re sleeping.
Your sling serves to not only support your arm but to prevent you from doing stupid things accidentally.
After a few days, you’ll gain confidence and leave it off when walking to the kitchen or bathroom. You’ll stumble over something and instinctually move your repaired arm and yell a string of curse words. Be incredibly deliberate with your steps or just don’t risk re-injuring yourself by moving around without your sling on. I was in the kitchen making something simple to microwave when I dropped a fork with my good hand. It bounced off the counter and I instinctually grabbed it out of the air with the hand on my repaired arm. Fortunately, it wasn’t a big movement but it woke me up to what could happen.
Ice Machine – “Polar Ice Machine” – step on one end of the hose to hold it still to help connect the hose joints using only your good hand. (http://amzn.to/2xCvIbz)
Sleeping/Bed: (How to sleep after shoulder surgery)
Bed wedge (http://amzn.to/2hiYDgB) – The first few nights I mostly slept using the wedge but worked myself off of it as I grew more comfortable with my arm in a sling. Plus it comes in handy when you’re awake during the day, want to stay in bed and don’t want to lie completely horizontal.
Phone/tablet extender attached to your bed or night table with long charge cable. You’ll spend a lot of time in bed and you’ll get sick of trying to hold it or get it to stand upright. This is a hands-free option that allows you to lay anyway you want.
Washing Tips: Lean forward slightly in order to wash your repaired arm and use gravity in your favor. Put your foot up on the side of the tub while standing and just let your arm hang or rest it against your thigh on the same side of your body. This way you can wash the repaired arm without having to use much muscle strength. Your leg will support your arm.
This goes for anything really but if you need to do something that is a bit challenging (shaving, shaving head) then do the hard side first because your good arm will get tired. It’s easier to do the easier side second.
Getting Dressed: (How to get dressed after shoulder surgery)
Because I worked from home for a couple weeks I lived in gym shorts and tees which are very easy to put on! With your repaired arm held at your side, in the same position as if the sling were on, it’s easy to slide the first sleeve of the t-shirt on over that arm and up over your head. Then put your good arm through the other sleeve second.
It’s possible to tie shoes w one hand but it’s hard (look it up on youtube). I gave it a shot but gave up because it wasn’t something I had to do.
Completely fasten your pants with a belt before putting them on. It obviously helps a lot if they are slightly too big so you can pull them over your hips.
Completely fasten them, lie down on your bed, and slide them on. Then stand up and tighten the belt. I used one of those D-ring belts that is easy to tighten with one hand once you have them on. (http://amzn.to/2ykZUv6)
It depends on kind of work you do, obviously, but if you work a desk job then a laptop is much easier to work on because your hands and arms move very little.
I used a laptop at work and used Microsoft Remote Desktop/Apple ARD to remote into my desktop which was right in front of me. This basically allowed me to use my laptop keyboard for my main system. I preferred it over the other small keyboards I tried but you may not. (You can also get wireless keyboard or mini keyboard if you think it’ll help (jelly comb mini keyboard – http://amzn.to/2hs6nxc)
These are the albums that were released in 2016 that got the most play, listed in alphabetical order:
Casper Skulls – Lips & Skull Daughter – Not to Disappear DIIV – Is the is Are exmagician – Scan the Blue Flyying Colours – Mindfullness Living Hour – Living Hour Operators – Blue Wave Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony Syd Arthur – Apricity Wild Nothing – Life of Pause Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light
Instead, these are being released by Music On Vinyl, a Netherlands company who specializes in 180-gram re-issues, and distributed by Bertus Distributie. If you are thinking of contacting them for more info then don’t, I’ve already tried. I think it’s too early in the process for them to reveal anything as they couldn’t share anything more. If you want to read their faq then that may answer some basic questions.
Their mastering engineer’s experience is listed as:
“Our mastering engineer has 40 years of experience cutting records for many major artists like Michael Jackson, Alan Parsons Project, Santana, Mother Love Bone, Stone Temple Pilots, Faith No More and many more.”
“Which masters do you use?”
“We use the best audio available to cut our records. We receive and use different kinds of masters: analogue tapes, original metal parts, lacquers cut from analogue tapes and high res digital files 192/96khz/24 bit. Music On Vinyl does not use CD’s as masters.”
No release date information has been given yet but I expect it to be a while.
Midlake announced a 10th-anniversary reissue of their sophomore album The Trials of Van Occupanther. It will be released on 180-gram gold vinyl along with a bonus 7″ containing two unreleased songs: “The Fairest Way” and “Festival.” The set will be released on October 28 via Bella Union; it will include a poster, handwritten lyrics, and previously unseen photos. The Trials of Van Occupanther included their singles “Roscoe” and “Young Bride.”
Flyying Colours are releasing their debut album on September 23rd.
It’ll contain 10 new tracks, none of which appears on either previously released 5-track EP. (self-titled, and ‘ROYGBIV’)
I’m surprised that they are leaving so many stellar tunes off the album but excited to hear what’s in store.
After two critically acclaimed EPs, Flyying Colours are set to release their debut album ‘Mindfullness’ in September on Club AC30. Residing in a dream-world that sits somewhere between psych, indie, grunge and shoegaze, the Australian band’s beautifully dynamic new offering showcases their talent for uniting a delicate vocal melody with a satisfying thick wall of abrasive drums and guitars.
Leading track and first single It’s Tomorrow Now further stirs the melting pot. Opening with a chaotic looped squeal, the knockout punch of the frenzied opening riff and steady, driving drums sets the bar high for the nine tracks that are to follow.
Long Holiday echoes the sun-tinged indie of the ‘90s, layered with ethereal harmonies and languid, hazy guitars, whilst the phenomenal 1987 is punchy and playful; reminiscent of the intelligent garage-indie of Broken Social Scene. Fuzzy psychedelic track Mellow is reverb-drenched, punctuated by distant vocals and dense sonic guitars. The post-rock drone of Roygbiv follows, and Sun Hail and Rain’s continuous percussive drive and grooving bassline allows the perfectly aligned male/female vocals to shimmer. Title track Mindfullness employs a post-punk sway, buzzing with distorted guitars and power chords.
Formed in 2011 in Brunswick by school friends Brodie and Gemma, they played every show they could week in, week out in Melbourne’s bustling inner north to finesse their sound. Debut single Wavygravy (2013) perfectly set the scene by truly capturing the unhinged essence of a Flyying Colours show. But the recent addition of the impressive abilities of Andy on drums and Mel on bass have taken that unhingedness to undreamt-of-levels, making the beautiful trip of their live show, something to truly marvel.
Apple announced yesterday at WWDC that they are redesigning the Apple Music app, “from the ground up.” While it is much needed it isn’t enough.
Apple’s Music app was a mess and was in need of a redesign. It looks like they had too many Cooks in the kitchen, pun intended. It feels to me like the creatives were handcuffed by what their executives wanted. They need to make a music app for the music lover and I think this will be a step closer but still many steps away.
Scan The Blue, the new debut LP from exmagician who hails from Belfast is out now on Bella Union. Bella Union is the same label that includes Beach House, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen, The Flaming Lips, and Wild Nothing.
The exmagician album reminds me of Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
exmagician’s debut album Scan The Blue, released by Bella Union on March 25th, sees longtime collaborators Danny Todd and James Smith looking to the future with new vigour and confidence. The Belfast duo, who have been friends since their teens, have made a multifaceted, sonically adventurous statement that fully justifies their decision to take full control of their work.
Danny and James last broke cover as the songwriters behind Cashier No.9, whose lush, David Holmes-produced album To The Death Of Fun (Bella Union) brought them critical acclaim (Best Album at the NI Music Awards, shortlisted for Best Album of 2011 by the Irish Times), strong radio support from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Radio 2 and a string of sold-out club dates and major festival appearances across the UK and Ireland.
Since then the pair have moved on and returned with something new. Self-written and produced with the help of Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, General Fiasco, Mojo Fury), Scan The Blue leaves behind the Laurel Canyon sheen of Cashier No.9 in favour of something louder, fuzzier and grittier, born of a playful attitude, greater confidence and a load of new pedals and synths. “It’s the dirt under the fingernails,” says Danny with a smile.
The musical reinvention is apparent from the very first seconds of opening track Kiss That Wealth Goodbye, which steams in with a filthy riff, the product of a guitar and a synth melding together so you can’t tell which is which – a feature of the album. “It’s like early Beefheart meets Add N To X,” says Danny – a measure of just how broad the duo’s influences are. “David [Holmes] lent me a Korg MS-20 and then I bought one myself. That synth shaped a lot of the record.”
Danny and James’s love for adventurous, psychedelic music from all eras is the current through Scan The Blue, as well as what James terms their “obsession” with detail. There’s Place Your Bets, a hopeful lyric over a shuffling rhythm that gives way to a widescreen coda, all layered synths and a trumpet solo from recurring guest Linley Hamilton. You might hear The Fall or Super Furry Animals on the swinging fuzz-stomp of Wild Eyes; late-period Pavement at their most graceful on the airy, spacious centrepiece Smile To The Gallery; or the heavy-lidded grooves of The Beta Band on Plan Retrieval, one of two songs sung by James, along with the poised ballad Feet Don’t Fail.
It’s a rich record full of sonic surprises, Danny and James’s decision to take the production reins themselves paying off in spades. Yet as James puts it, “The song is king. It has to be bulletproof before we start fucking about with it at all.” These songs have been carefully crafted over some time and only recorded and tweaked once the duo knew they were ready to be heard. Danny compares the process to sculpture, “chipping away at it” until the song is finished.
As for subject matter, don’t expect love songs… “Hope, trust and revenge, they always fall into those three categories,” says Danny. The title track, Scan The Blue, is evidence of that – a gorgeous slice of chamber-pop that brings the record to a satisfyingly hazy close. “It’s now time to drown it out, to move and shift the clouds of doubt away,” Danny sings on the chorus. After so many years of friendship and collaboration, these two songwriter-producers are looking to the future with their eyes firmly set on the horizon.
“The Internet radio service surged as much as 14.8 percent Thursday on news of a potential sale before giving up much of the gains after hours in response to disappointing earnings. Even with some expectations of a potential deal now reflected in the stock price, the shares closed roughly 77 percent below their record high, meaning shareholders don’t expect the $1.9 billion company to fetch anything close to a knockout premium.”
These were my most listened to albums that were released in 2015.
Listed in alphabetical order:
Autobahn – Dissemble (post-punk)
Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars (dream pop)
Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (indie rock)
Crocodiles – Boys (shoegaze)
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier (indie rock, shoegaze)
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (indie rock)
Flyying Colours – ROYGBIV (shoegaze)
Foals – What Went Down (indie rock)
Jack Ladder – Playmates (indie rock)
Ought – Sun Coming Down (post-punk)
Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You (shoegaze, alternative rock)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (indie rock)
Viet Cong – Viet Cong (indie rock, noise pop)
Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool (indie rock)
There is a recent article written by Ben Popper on The Verge about Spotify’s new Discover Weekly feature. These are my thoughts.
I realize my listening tastes and habits are not only unique to me but fall into a very small percentage of listeners who almost obsessively seeks out up-and-coming artists and dives into the second level of albums. Especially considering I’m older than most listeners who are willing to give new artists a shot. I’m usually one of a few people older than 35 at shows with 100 people in attendance, for artists on their first tour, who often times eventually come back a couple years later and sells out 2000 seat venues.
I really like Discover Weekly and think someone should’ve done it a decade earlier. Perhaps most listeners wouldn’t use it, and that could be part of the reason for not implementing it, but at least give me the option to enable it. If it’s worth a damn then I’ll continue to use it. These music companies have plenty of data to make it successful and it’s a shame that most fail to capitalize on that data. (Apple Music anyone?)
After reading in this article how Spotify creates Discover Weekly it seems like common sense. Maybe they didn’t have the data or resources until recently to implement it successfully. Who knows? (EchoNest acquisition) That may sound pompous but it’s out of frustration with Apple, and other services, producing products that have been mostly treading water for years.
Another related thought. It irks me that many artists are in multiple bands yet there is no easy and automated way to keep track of it all. Take Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade for example. His projects are all quite good (Handsome Furs, Divine Fits, Operators) however I need to follow him elsewhere or continually spend time and energy researching his status to see what else he’s doing. There is no reason that these services can’t automatically tell me when a singer/songwriter/guitarist/artist I like has released something under another name. I’m sure the musicians themselves would welcome this and this info exists online. (Allmusic and Wiki)
Spotify can add a little ‘info’ window or overlay telling me this type of stuff.
“We suggested this song to you because the singer in this band is also in this other band which you’ve indicated you like”, etc.
Just one of many ideas I’d like to see them implement. See the end of my post about Apple Music when it was released:
There are still many things I’d like to see Apple Music do that absolutely no one is doing. There is a lot of room to grow music recommendations as a feature, make the experience educational and engaging. Also incorporate it more with social and geo location.
This is exactly the kind of stuff I’ve been looking for since probably 2005.
The Chameleons UK, an 80s alternative/post-punk band, who influenced modern bands like Interpol, The Editors, Oasis, and The Verve, are playing at San Francisco’s Elbo Room on Sept. 21. (Mark Burgess, the original singer, with a backing band.)