In this edition of FDL: magical/simple/pretty folk-pop, in the form of three live show torrents from The Weepies. The band name sounds supersad, but we promise it’s happy. How could it not be? IT’S FRIDAY.
In this week’s Friday Download: a decade’s worth of live shows and bittersweet melodies from Death Cab for Cutie, preserved by the dedicated curatorial team over at archive.org. Set list after the jump.
Ultra is a label that has changed the landscape and creative culture of music. Today, we’re working with them to do it again.
Over the years, Ultra has been the home of, and catalyst for, artists like Kaskade, David Guetta, Tiesto, deadmau5, and Calvin Harris, among others. In 2013, starting now, they’ll be the first label release content direct-to-fan using an Alpha media format we’re calling the BitTorrent Bundle
. Here’s the deal.
We used to buy music at independent record shops downtown. We bemoaned their disappearance, but still shopped the chain mega-stores that took their place. When these moved online, in the form of iTunes or Amazon, we were there, wallets out. For fifty years or more, the path to purchase has essentially been the same. Go to the physical/digital record store, buy an album.
But what if the record store was inside the album instead?
What if every single piece of content could function as a flyer, and a standalone storefront?
What if you could code a checkout counter into each media file published by an artist?
You’d be able to reach the people who slip through the cracks of traditional retail outlets – the other 40% of the Internet. You’d be able to build content that appreciates in value over time; that grows more powerful, each time it’s shared. That’s the idea behind the BitTorrent Bundle. Continue reading →
In this week’s FDL: three live shows from the Arizona punk luminaries. This is the evolution of a great American band, recorded and perserved by the intrepid curatorial team over at archive.org. Happy Friday, people.
In this edition of FDL: Tegan and Sara. Three live shows from the road, circa 2013. Instant heartbreak and happy, kept in common by the dedicated preservationists over at archive.org. Have an epic weekend, all.
Who is Arthur Newman? The answer is not who you think.
Arthur Newman was one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, it’s the story of a man who fakes his death to reclaim his life. Wallace Avery (Firth) is a disappointment: a washed up golf pro with no way forward and no way out. He can’t go on like this. And he doesn’t. Avery stages his death, starts over as Arthur Newman, and makes a break for the open road.
Along the way, he meets Mike (Blunt). Beautiful; fragile, she’s also trying to leave her life behind. Together, they take on the world as new people. And they fall in love with the old selves they’ve left behind.
In this week’s Featured Content: an exclusive look at Arthur Newman, courtesy of the good people over at Cinedigm. We’re debuting the first ten minutes of the film, with over fifty behind-the-scenes stills featuring the Oscar-winning cast and crew. This marks the first time Hollywood’s ever premiered content within the torrent ecosystem; a visionary move by Cinedigm, and a significant shift in how the media industry perceives BitTorrent.
Arthur Newman hits U.S. theaters on April 26th. But BitTorrent fans can preview the film today. Get the download, and get inside Arthur Newman’s story.
Last year, we worked with Pretty Lights to help break the barriers of sound and access; delivering 3 of his EPs, a new single, and a Bonnaroo tour video to BitTorrent fans. 5 million downloads led to 60 thousand new emails, 30 thousand new Facebook fans, a 700% increase in web traffic, and sold out shows. In just two months. And this is just the beginning.
Today, in partnership with Fame House, we’re releasing breaking new work from Pretty Lights to BitTorrent users all over the world. If you didn’t catch his set at Coachella last night: fear not. You can download the new single, plus two video exclusives, right here on BitTorrent. Continue reading →
Every week, we spend time getting lost in the stacks at archive.org. Each Friday, we offer up a few of our favorite preserved objects and found moments. This week: we remember Jason Molina, with a short survey of live shows kept in kind by archive.org. Read on for the torrent links. Continue reading →
Every week, we spend time getting lost in the stacks at archive.org. Each Friday, we offer up a few of our favorite preserved objects and found moments. This week: a short survey of live shows by The National. Read on for the torrent links.