The Canadian crooner’s 2013 album To Be Loved (his eighth) is available for free on Google Play in mp3 form. The album contains some collaborations and several covers.
Here is the track listing:
1. “You Make Me Feel So Young”
2. “It’s a Beautiful Day”
3. “To Love Somebody”
4. “Who’s Lovin’ You”
5. “Somethin’ Stupid”
6. “Come Dance with Me”
7. “Close Your Eyes”
8. “After All”
9. “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”
10. “To Be Loved”
11. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”
12. “Nevertheless (I’m in Love with You)”
13. “I Got It Easy”
14. “Young at Heart”
Individually, the tracks would cost more than $18. No word as to how long this offer will last, so get it now!
It’s a glitzy affair, bordering on the psychedelic even while invoking memories of Jeff bridges computer cautionary tales from years past. It’s all neon and then some, with a hefty dose of splash on a dark canvas, with smooth animations and expressive secondary visuals. Altogether, it’s a delight to the senses.
If the goal is to catch one’s attention very quickly, the game does so admirably. This is helped in no small part by the amped up music, which works well with the game.
On the gameplay front, it packs in several different modes; we took on the “Massive Dance” first, but the basic concept is fairly simple across the board: avoid obstacles, and go far. In this mode, view is of an abbreviated top-down variety, and the intro tutorial is about as hands-on as they come. Gradually but surely, one understands how to navigate the controls. Our playing piece is akin to big rolling wheel, and the main concept is to guide it along a three-landed path. By default, it travels down the middle, and tapping on either side makes it dart to that side for a short time; holding the tap keeps it traveling on that side till the hold is released.
When one completes a current level, the next is unlocked, and on and on.
Now, the beginning obstacles are like structures jutting out of the sides. So, say, there is an obstacle on the left, one darts to the right, and the reverse is true for obstacles on the other side. It’s fairly easy in the beginning, and one even learns how to hold to automatically dodge same side sequence.
The trick is to adjust to the speed of the game. Boy, does it quicken. It starts off sedately enough, and then it combines random placements with a quick pace to create a very challenging game.
The different modes allow one to try different styles of play, flying and through mazes and the like, and helping stave off monotony. each version is accompanied by music and uniquely fun scenery.
The game is an enjoyable romp, and easy to get involved in.
Jukely, a concert subscription service, is now available to Android users.
Jukely members enjoy a vast selection of upcoming concerts to which they can claim a spot through the website, iOS and now, Android app. Live across 15 cities in the United States as well as in London and Toronto, new shows are released at 11am in membersâ€™ respective time zones and can be claimed before 5pm on the day of the show. The basic membership tier provides individual access to shows happening in a three day window with options to upgrade membership to bring a friend and claim spots even further in advance.
With the native app, users can:
Browse – Browse a list of upcoming shows
Explore – Learn about the shows and listen to full tracks
Claim – Get a spot on the Jukely Guest List and go
Jukely founder and chief Bora Celik mentions the importance of bringing an Android app to market. â€œWeâ€™ve always been aware of the large chunk of Jukely users using Android devices and weâ€™re excited to finally give them a new tool for using Jukelyâ€ he says. â€œWe really wanted to optimize and streamline the user experience on their mobile device, and introduce the Jukely experience to a whole new group of potential power users.â€
Here’s an interesting bit of news that underscores the importance of remote tools.
Two artists, Lizzo and Sad13, were able to co-author a new song — without meeting in person — using Google Docs as a collaboration tool. The song, which is available on Google Play Music, is called Basement Queens, and is a fusion of hip hop and indie rock.
Some of the most popular songs ever recorded were the result of collaborations. Recently we asked ourselves: Could technology help bring together two musicians who might not otherwise meet? And if so: What would they create? With this in mind, we challenged two unique artistsâ€”burgeoning hip hop queen Lizzo and indie frontwoman Sad13 (Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz)â€”to write a song together in Google Docs.
Sad13 and Lizzo first connected in Hangoutsâ€”in Massachusetts and Minnesota, respectivelyâ€”to hash things out. Within seconds they were inside a docâ€”riffing in real-time on ideas, then lyrics, then overall structure. And in just a couple of weeks they had a track they were really excited about.
The pair of women then flew to Brooklyn to meet for the first time IRL, and to record their new single, “Basement Queens”â€”a celebration of creating their own sound, on their own terms. And that’s how music was #madewithGoogleDocs.
* Fixed an issue with Android Wear
* Fixed an issue when downloading radio stations
* Added ability to sync local (non-cloud) music to Android Wear
* Added ability to choose which downloaded content gets synced to Android Wear
Spotify Music is bringing it’s pace-keeping feature to its Android app.
The feature uses music in based on the users history. After starting the app, all one needs to do is select a genre, and start moving; the app automatically gauges the users pace and plays music accordingly.
This Google Play Deluxe Edition boasts 18 tracks, one attributed to Nina Simone herself; other artists listed include Lauryn Hill, Common, Usher, Mary J Blige and Ms Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone, amongst others.
Purchased separately, the songs in the album would cost more than $23.00, so this is a pretty good acquisition by most standards.
Google Play is offering Born Free by Kid Rock for $0.99.
Born Free is American artist Kid Rockâ€™s eighth studio album. It released on November 16, 2010 with the title track being its lead single. The album is a rock and roll collaboration produced by Rick Rubin featuring several high profile artists such as, T.I., Sheryl Crow, and Bob Seger. This is Kid Rock’s first album not to feature a Parental Advisory sticker. It is also described as a country music album. Kid Rock described it as “very organic blues-based rock and roll”. Cable network TBS used the title track, “Born Free”, for its coverage of the 2010 Major League Baseball postseason. It was announced on June 16, 2011 that Born Free was certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipments in excess of one million copies. This gives Kid Rock his sixth Platinum album certification in the US. A Michigan only promotion was released with the album. It was a 4 song EP called “Racing Father Time”.
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I was hanging with some friends I wasn’t supposed to hang with, watching a movie I wasn’t supposed to watch when I decided what I was going to do in life.
The movie? Juice. The coming of age movie that featured Tupac and Omar Epps. Even Latifah made an appearance. Folks will remember Tupac’s tragically gritty performance, but it was all about Epps’ character, up and coming “local” DJ Q. Yes… the honeys, the money. Juice. I was going to spin and scratch my way to glory.
Unfortunately, I never came up with the money for a turntable, and Napster changed the direction of the music industry, so I changed paths. Deep down though, there has always been a KG-Spinderella hybrid in my soul.
Crayola DJ, a new game introduced at Google I/O, awakened the dormant monster.
It’s a simple app, and the tutorial guides one through the appropriately flashy user interface; the game incorporates several musical bits in different, broad musical categories, like hip hop, dance, holiday, pop and fusion. Within each of these are sub-components, like drumbeat and melody. using a two table visual system, it’s possible to add, subtract and otherwise tweak a jam pretty specific targets. It’s even possible to blend outputs, adjust tempos and special sound effects. It is surprisingly vivid, and the game gets high marks for the creativity alone.
Then the game challenges one to really rev up the production, allowing the player to chase points over a set time period; in this, the player gets points for being as creative as possible, with combos, effects, speed ups/downs and just keeping it steady. It is interestingly logical, and quite an enjoyable concept. There is even a local PVP option.
Created sounds can then be saved, piped via wired speakers or bluetooth and other wise enjoyed.
Crayola DJ does the enviable job of being easy to pick up while also hitting on the fun and creative. It is relatively self-contained, so nothing else is really needed to get it going after purchase. The number of musical loops and pieces make it possible to mix and match a countless number of times; the possible permutations allow for something new to be created every time. The scoring aspect is simple, and the PVP option is a nice touch. I think a multiplayer option would be nice (across devices), but for the target demographic, it works.
For a creative game that masquerades — delightfully so — as an offering for younger folks, Crayola DJ is remarkably cross-generational in appeal.