Thanks to sponsor Tango Remote

Big thanks to Tango Remote HD for sponsoring the site this week.

This app is really cool, and lets one iOS device act as a remote control for the music and video on another. I’ve been using it for quite a while and can say it works well.

To get started, connect your iPad, for example, to a stereo or powered speakers with Tango Remote running. Next, launch the app on your iPhone and control the music playback as long as you’re on the same Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network. No more running back and forth. You can even create playlists on the fly with the remote device.

What’s cool is that it works with video on your device, too. Connect an iPad to your HDTV with Apple’s Digital AV Adapter and use the iPhone or iPod touch to control it while enjoying a wired, direct connection between the TV and the iPad.

Tango Remote is available now from the App Store for $4.99. Check it out.

SpotQueue and SpotQueue Remote

Big thanks to SpotQueue (free) and SpotQueue Remote by Blue Atlas Technology, LLC for sponsoring the site this week.

SpotQueue is a music player for your Spotify playlists. It offers features that the Spotify app doesn’t. Advanced Queueing lets you create and edit playlists on the fly. You can add a new track or album with one tap. Insert a track, album or whole playlist into any existing playlist with two taps. Create new playlist and re-arrange the queue during playback, and save a playlist that turned out especially well.

It’s easy to skip back and forth, control steam quality and manage playlists.

SpotQueue Remote lets you control SpotQueue from your pocket. Connect an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running SpotQueue to a stereo or powered speakers. Then, use SpotQueue Remote to control it from anywhere on the same Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network. Now you can manage your radio stations and SpotQueue’s Advanced Queueing from wherever you are. Control playback, mark favorites, and adjust stream quality. All from the iPhone in your pocket.

Grab them both and enjoy Spotify in a whole new way.

Beck releases new album as sheet music

This is absolutely brilliant. Musician Beck has released his new album as sheet music. No recorded songs, just sheet music. Forbes:

“Beck fans the world over will be drawn to the ‘invitation’ this sheet music presents. Go ahead, grab your guitar, find a friend who plays keys, get your brother to play drums, and then turn GarageBand on and record these Beck songs. And record them the way you want to record them. Be inspired by the imagery in the packaging, be inspired by the compositions, but generate your own takes. The idea of an unproduced album is beautiful.”

I envy kids who make music today so intensely. GarageBand and Macs make it so easy to record your own stuff, and the Internet, so easy to share. I would have killed a man with my bare hands in front of his own momma for a collection of brand new sheet music directly from a musician I admired, back when I was making music with my friends in the basement. Good job, Beck. What a genius idea.

Drummers, this is how you play a shuffle

The late Jeff Porcaro was one of the all-time great drummers. The beat he invented for Toto‘s [1. Did you know Toto was the studio band for Michael Jackson’s Thriller?] Rosanna is the definitive example of a rock shuffle. Watch the video above as Jeff describes what inspired the beat and how he plays it. This is a masters-level clinic from one of the greatest drummers ever.

Beastie Boys and a girl, 1984

Here’s the Beastie Boys performing on public access television, 1984. Adam Yauch is playing bass in this clip. He’s about 19-20 years old. Kate Schellenbach played drums with the Beastie Boys between 1979 and 1984. She later joined Luscious Jackson.

Finally, here’s “Cookie Puss,” the group’s first hip-hop recording (some NSFW lyrics). There’s an interview with the young group after the break.

[Via Dangerous Minds]

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The Van Halen Interview

Ed, Dave and Al talking about the old days and their craft. I could listen to this all day long. Plus, it’s Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Alex Van Halen talking in close proximity, and they’re not trying to kill each other. In fact, they’re actually laughing. That’s the most compelling part to me.

David Lee Roth interviews Eddie and Alex Van Halen

VH Interviews from Van Halen on Vimeo.

I’ve been a Van Halen fan since I first heard Diver Down as a 9-year-old while my friend Abe spray painted a huge “VH” on a neighbor’s garage.  In all that time, I’ve never seen this trio sit down for an honest discussion about their beginnings, influences and lives as musicians.

Whoever is in charge of marketing the new album, A Different Kind of Truth, is doing a fantastic job.

Thanks to Tango Remote HD for iPhone and iPad

Did you receive a new iPad, iPhone or iPod touch over the holiday? If so, check out Tango Remote HD to enhance video and audio playback on your new device. It allows one iOS device to function as a remote for the other. For example, connect your iPhone to a set of powered speakers and use an iPad to control music playback, complete with playlists, artist, album, etc. You can even create playlists on the fly.

Or, connect your iPad to a TV and control video playback with your iPhone or iPod touch. A direct connection means snappy response. I’ve been enjoying this app for a long time and I know you will, too. Go and get it.