Keeping Up (Vol. 29)

by Darren Paltrowitz

Here are another 5 quick picks for you, the loyal reader:

jupiterone_sunshower_150MUSIC: Jupiter One – A recently discovery at a CMJ showcase, Jupiter One recently released Sunshower, their second full-length album on Rykodisc. Currently on tour with Regina Spektor, the Brooklyn-based group has previously had music featured in TV shows like Heroes and Kyle XY and video games including Madden NFL 08 and FIFA 09. Fans of Phoenix and MGMT ought to take note. (jupiterone.com)  

BOOK: Daniel Coyle / The Talent Code – New York Times scribe Daniel Coyle’s new book The Talent Code aims to explain why greatness is not born but grown. Observing talent first-hand, Coyle took a hands-on approach to his research as he traveled around the world before putting his pen to paper. While comparisons can be drawn to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, Coyle does not aim to dismiss or simply the circumstances behind many of his subjects’ successes. Three chapters are available on the author’s website as free samples. (thetalentcode.com)

TOOL: Lala – Referring to itself as “where music plays,” Lala includes over seven million songs in its database. Free of advertising, anyone can sign up to listen and create playlists. The catch of sorts is that Lala is aiming to get its users to buy songs, which it makes available for less money than iTunes (10 cents for web-streaming only or 89 cents for all access). All music purchased is DRM-free, compatible with both iTunes and Windows Media Player. (lala.com)

As always, if I’m missing something that’s worthwhile and deserving of column space, please reach out with an e-mail: darren.paltrowitz@gmail.com.

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