Adam K. Raymond



  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gets by With a Little Help From His Friends

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gets by With a Little Help From His Friends

    Within the first 75 seconds of the premiere episode of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new show, HITRECORD ON TV (which premieres with two back-to-back episodes January 18 on Pivot), we've learned that he's the creator, producer, and director. We've also seen that he's hosting and shooting footage; later, we'll hear him sing and play the piano. The song? One he helped write, of course.Despite appearances, this project isn't really about Gordon-Levitt, his work, or his seemingly bottomless well of talent.

  • SPIN's Holiday Gift Guide 2013

    SPIN's Holiday Gift Guide 2013

    Just in time for Black Friday, here's our guide to the best music-centric stuff out there this holiday season — books delving into everything from rock-star sex lives to drum machines, speakers that resemble everything from gramophone horns to defunct video-game systems. Plus, y'know, a non-defunct video-game system or two. Hope you get what you want.

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    Live Music Can't Escape the Digital App-ocalypse

    The music listening experience, for all but a handful of vinyl stalwarts and cassette label junkies, has become fully digital. Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes provide the songs; phones and laptops put them in our ears; and for the majority of us in the rat race, music is completely divorced from the physical realm.The same cannot be said of the live stuff, which, by definition, requires that staid analog process of standing (or sitting, if you're old) in front of people playing instruments (or laptops, if you're young). But even though the main component of live music leaves out the smart phone, the rest of the concert-going experience is ripe for digitization and app-ification. At least that's what a handful of tech types are counting on.

  • Action Bronson's Vine

    How Vine Is Making Interesting Music Six Seconds at a Time

    In the seven months since Twitter launched Vine most users have found it the perfect way to project their mindless self indulgence with moving, rather than static, images. A rare few though are using Vine to get creative, particularly when it comes to music. And it's all thanks to the automatic looping feature that takes a six-second snippet and makes it last as long as you want. The Vine auto-loop can transform a forgettable six seconds into a mesmerizing 60. Or it can allow for experimentation with multiple Vines playing in unison. Or it can do things that no one has figured out yet. Since we can't highlight those, we've plucked the best existing examples of Vine music to prove that not all social media innovations exist solely for selfies.1. The simple loopIt's hard to imagine six seconds of audio sticking with you six seconds later.

  • Muzik headphones

    Smart Headphones: Actually a Smart Idea

    Headphones that do nothing but play music will soon be dinosaurs, found only in Hollywood period pieces and museums for ancient technology. The asteroid in this metaphor is Muzik, a Miami-based startup preparing to release the world's first connected, "smart" pair.Described by executives as "Social Smartware," a phrase the company has trademarked, these headphones are the first to allow users to post the music they're playing directly to Facebook and Twitter. They also have a built-in accelerometer that knows when you've taken them off and automatically stops the music. And when users want to adjust the volume or switch tracks, swipes and taps on the right ear cup will do the trick. Taken together, these features make Muzik "the first and only intelligent headphone system." Also, not that it matters, but they're supposed to sound really good, too.

  • Google Chromecast: Not the First Web-to-TV App, But Possibly the Easiest (and Cheapest)

    Google Chromecast: Not the First Web-to-TV App, But Possibly the Easiest (and Cheapest)

    Google's plot to rule every piece of technology in American homes moved forward last week with the release of Chromecast, a two-inch dongle that allows computers and wireless devices to stream video to a TV over a wireless network. Think of it as Apple TV without the iTunes requirement. Or Roku without the hardware. Or PS3 without the clunky interface. Also, think of it as way cheaper than those three products, whose price tags dwarf the mere $35 you'll pay for this one.Here's how Google's new "miracle device" works: The dongle plugs into an HDMI port on your TV, and also a power source, so no batteries or charging required. Download the app on your laptop, tablet, or phone, and you'll be ready to beam content directly to your TV. It currently comes with three apps — YouTube, Netflix and Google Play — but Google says others are on the way.

  • Metallica Comic Con 2013

    Ascent of the Nerds: Music That Mattered at San Diego Comic Con 2013

    As usual, the big news out of this year's Comic Con was made by major Hollywood studios and old guard TV networks shamelessly pandering for those coveted geek dollars. But just beneath the cacophony of endless movie announcements ("OMG, Marvel is making a Doctor Who/Thor mashup called Doctor Whor!") was a little something for those who prefer entertainment piped through their ears. Yes, there was music news made at Comic Con, but it was barely heard above the double-exclamation-point headlines. Now that San Diego's quiet, though, it's clear the weekend held just as much excitement for music fans as fans of pale girls in Slave Leia costumes. Here are the highlights:Metallica teased new movie, Metallica Through the Never, by destroying a city After 32 years as a band, the guys in Metallica are bored.

  • Umphrey's McGee

    Jam Band Umphrey's McGee Wants Fans to Wear Headphones at Their Show

    Many a concert-goer has had his aural experience ruined by sub-optimal acoustics or fellow fans howling like caged primates. Jam band Umphrey's McGee says no more. In March, the band began offering fans interested in a pristine listening experience a chance to hear the show as only the sound engineer does.According to a statement, Headphones & Snowcones — named after a song on the band's second album — is a "one of a kind music experience allows fans to rent a pair of Audio-Technica headphones and listen to the show with the same Sennheiser in-ear monitors the band wears on stage. The point is to separate the wheat from the chaff, or the music from all the nonsense ambient noise and echoes that come with seeing a band live.

  • Napster Documentary Shows Music Industry's Past, Future

    Napster Documentary Shows Music Industry's Past, Future

    In June 1999, a sole teenager forever altered the landscape of recorded music with the launch of Napster. It wasn't the first peer-to-peer file-sharing network, but it was the best, registering as many as 80 million users at its peak. But while the public embraced the service, those creating the music traded on Napster had decidedly mixed opinions, as this clip from upcoming documentary Downloaded proves:Artists React to Napster from Gizmodo on Vimeo.For every Napster-loving young'un like Fred Durst there was a curmudgeonly naysayer like Trent Reznor, and this spirited conflict is what filmmaker Alex Winter (he of the great '80s band Wyld Stallyns) captures in Downloaded: From day one, this technology was controversial.Downloaded starts with teenage computer whiz Sean Fanning developing Napster in his dorm room at Northeastern in 1999.

  • Bono / Photo by Getty Images

    Bono's New Charity Project May Foreclose on Farm Aid

    Farm Aid has revealed the lineup for this year's version of the 27-year-old charity concert: Along with organizers Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, names like Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, and Toad the Wet Sprocket are also on the list. It's not exactly the most contemporary or relevant group of artists, especially when contrasted with something called Agit8, "a totally unique music-based campaign" that attempts to turn a charity concert into a fully digital music experience. Mumford & Sons, fun., Macklemore, and Ed Sheeran, along with veterans Elvis Costello, Tom Morello, and Kid Rock, have contributed protest songs to the campaign that they will perform on video.

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