Tidal Opens for Business

“TIDAL for all.” That’s the slogan for Jay Z’s new high-fidelity music streaming service, Tidal. But with a $19.99 a month service fee, it probably isn’t for everyone, especially those already paying for Spotify or torrenting most of their music.

Tidal Launch Event NYC #TIDALforALL

So what’s the deal? Well first off, Tidal is geared towards supporting artists, something that many claim Spotify doesn’t do. Jay Z is not the only one whose face is slapped on this thing. Host company, Aspiro, has also convinced other huge music celebrities including Jack White, Deadmau5, and Nikki Minaj to endorse Tidal as stakeholders. On top of just audio playlists (streaming in FLAC format for those familiar), Tidal is also currently streaming music videos. The service is available in-browser (on their website) and also in app form, like iTunes or Spotify. Currently it is unclear whether or not Tidal will offer exclusive streaming for particular artists, the way iTunes has exclusivity over The Beatles, but it seems a definite possibility.

In regards to competing with companies like Spotify, in his interview with The Fader Jay Z says “…we’re really not here to compete with anyone, we’re actually here to improve the landscape. If just the presence of Tidal causes other companies to have better pay structure, or to pay more attention to it moving forward, then we’ve been successful in one way…We want to do a very specific thing, we want people to come to Tidal for a specific sound, a specific experience…After that, the world decides. The universe decides.”

Maybe Jack White is Justified in Being a D*ck

If you’re a fan of Jack White or The Black Keys, then you’re probably well aware of their little rivalry. In the last couple of years White has made a real ass out of himself over The Black Keys. Not only did he bash on the band in a Rolling Stone interview and accuse them of riding on his coattails and being unoriginal, he also pulled his kid out of school to avoid association with Dan Auerbach’s child. Sure he went on to post an apology to The Keys and other artists on his website but come on, he said some pretty shitty stuff about a band that shares much of the same audience as his own, with nothing to provoke him other than his ego.

Like a lot of folks my age,  I went through a pretty intense garage-rock phase the first few years of High School and was super into both Jack White’s work as well as that of The Black Keys, for I, unlike Mr. White felt as if I shouldn’t have to choose a side.So when I was given the opportunity to see Jack White play at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, I had a couple of thoughts racing through my brain. Firstly, the 15-year-old version of myself trapped inside my head started peeing his pants with excitement. But simultaneously I was thinking back to The Black Keys arena show I witnessed a couple years ago on their El Camino tour and how it left such an awful taste in my mouth. Could Jack White, the man that truly believes he is a head above bands like The Black Keys, really outshine them? Did this guy actually have something to back up his claims? Was Jack White Justified in being a dick?

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Life On The Farm: Bonnaroo Lineup Analysis

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The Coachella lineup gave us a taste of festival season.  For Vandy students, a quality Rites lineup with heavy-hitting headliners kept the hype train rolling.  And last night’s Bonnaroo lineup announcement after a mid-February day that felt like mid-spring has me feeling like festivals should be starting tomorrow.  Bonnaroo, a four-day music festival that is among the nation’s best, is only a one hour drive from Vandy’s campus in Manchester, TN.  It is a must-go for anyone staying in the Nashville metro, and really the greater southeast United States, in the summertime (and a must-go for anyone with the necessary funds to travel from further away).  True to its reputation, this year’s lineup didn’t disappoint, although it does come with one head-scratching omission.

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