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USA (United Songs of America): US States Broken Down by Preferred Pop Artists

Posted by Billyjam, February 27, 2014 10:03am | Post a Comment

The Music Machinery website recently posted a popular state by state map of the USA that showed distinctive artists preferred by each state, and today followed up that map with a USA map broken into favorite artists on a state per state basis. Both maps, which are shown here or can be seen on MusicMachinery.com, take a look at the popular music preferences of the past year in the US based on certain online music listening (tracks played) habits. The map above of favorite artists broken down by state illustrates the most played artist in each state over the last year. It's compilers note how it is interesting to see "the regional differences in favorite artists and how just a handful of artists dominates the listening of wide areas of the country" - with the above map clearly showing a mere handful of artists - Drake, Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons, Eminen, Alt J, and (Eastern United States clear fave) Jay-Z - dominating national music tastes. Meanwhile the map below, which was the original map drawn up and published by Music Machinery, is of distinctive artists broken down by each individual US state; meaning the recording musicians listened to most, both proportionally most frequently, in a specific US state versus the rest of the country with electronic/dance artist Bonobo ranking highest for California and New Jersey proud rocker Bruce Springsteen ranking (not surprisingly) highest in the Garden State. According to the researchers of the maps their contributing information was "drawn from an aggregation of data across a wide range of music services powered by The Echo Nest and is based on the  listening behavior of a quarter million online music listeners."

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Bonobo's 'Pieces'

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2013 11:38am | Post a Comment

moheakAmoeba has entered into a partnership with L.A.’s Moheak Radio to provide the Amoeba Song of the Week every week for a recorded segment to air on Moheak’s online radio station. 

This week it’s Bonobo’s "Pieces," in which the U.K. producer teams with Swedish singer Cornelia on an effervescent track from Bonobo's recently released album, The North Borders. Stream the song below; pick it up for download from Amoeba.com, and check out the rest of the chilled-out album on CD, LP or download

bonobo the north bordersA bit about Amoeba’s Song of the Week: Every week we’ll provide a song hand-selected by our own staff to Moheak Radio for a recorded segment that will run four times a day (at around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and once overnight). Besides hearing what our expert staff is into, you’ll get the chance to win prizes from Amoeba Music. The giveaways will happen once a week with announcements at least once every four hours leading up to the giveaway, which will take place on Moheak’s Facebook page. Check it out, support local/online radio and win some prizes along the way.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bonobo

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 4, 2013 05:58pm | Post a Comment

BonoboBritish electronic musician Bonobo (aka Simon Green) released The North Borders this week, his highly anticipated follow-up to 2010's Black Sands. Bonobo stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently to do some record shopping. He picks up a few world music albums, the Jim O'Rourke project Loose Fur, two LPs for potential sampling featuring harps and folk instrumentation, the new Toro y Moi LP, Anything in Return (which I'm also loving right now), and a few more things.

My favorite moment from this video happens right at the end. He selects the new Johnny Marr album, The Messenger, in part because he saw Mr. Marr's episode in which he bought Bonobo's album. (Johnny Marr actually came into Amoeba that day looking to buy Black Sands and we coincidentally had it playing in the store.) Fast forward a few years, now we have Bonobo, having seen Johnny Marr buy his album in the same store, on the same series, and Bonobo is returning the favor. The WIMB circle of life, or as one person on YouTube called it, "the What's In My Bag Karma game." Pretty cool!


Bonobo - What's In My Bag?
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Johnny Marr - What's In My Bag?
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Remixes Are the New Black

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 29, 2012 08:02pm | Post a Comment
We've been getting so many great remixes offered as free downloads on Amoeba.com lately. It makes sense from a business standpoint: remixes raise awareness of an artist and their music through something generally unavailable on the album, while simultaneously helping to further interest in the studio versions. (This is my totally unscientific, un-researched hypothesis.)

One of the things I like about remixes is that they can bring new life into a track, make you hear it in an entirely different way. Remixes, like anything else, run the gamut and with the omnipresence of the remix these days there is a good chance of running into some crap ones too. But when they're good, they can be delicious. In fact, over the last few years I've come across a few remixes that I now prefer over their original tracks.
2 Hearts and Chemicals remixes
I'm in love with a new remix from LA/NYC band 
2 Hearts and Chemicals. Their "Coming Home" track was remixed by Miadis, a Dallas remix artist. I love what he did with the song, creating space, manipulating the vocals, and playing with the beats. The song has a different flow now, dipping and climbing like a sine wave. Download "Coming Home (Miadis Remix)."

Active Child Johnny Belinda RemixAnother example of a new remix I prefer over the original is a White Arrows remix of Active Child's "Johnny Belinda." The original track, from You Are All I See (Vagrant, 2011), has a completely different tempo and incorporates the faint stirrings of a choir of monks throughout. The remix maintains Pat Grossi's vocals, but alters the other elements completely. Download "Johnny Belinda (White Arrows Remix)."