11 tips for getting the most from MOG and Spotify

If you sign up for MOG or Spotify and leave everything at the default settings, you could be missing 50% or more of your music.  That's because Spotify defaults to ~96 kbps on mobile devices, and 160 kbps on the desktop. The settings outlined below will bring your Spotify mobile streams up to 160 kbps, [...]

By | September 19th, 2011|iThing, Tech|

Margot MacDonald & the Audio Conundrum

Sign up at IndieGoGo to support Margot MacDonald's next release Margot MacDonald has been performing for over 10 years and released three CDs, but none of her recordings to date truly reflect the breadth and depth of her talents. She aims to fix that with her next release, and wants your help to make it [...]

By | July 31st, 2011|Gig Bag, Songs|

They Might Be Giants: FLAC for the People

Brooklyn’s Ambassadors of Love serve up 18 new songs - No waiting! TMBG's new release Join Us is available from their site in either MP3 or FLAC (lossless) format for one low price of $9.99.  (Vinyl available for one low price of $15.) MMT is pleased to see bands such as TMBG and OK Go [...]

By | July 18th, 2011|Gig Bag, Songs|

Free Bleu! (from Four)

To my friends, I leave my power chords ~ Bleu - "Dead in the Mornin" Four If you're a fan of power pop, you should also be a fan of Bleu.  And if you didn't get introduced through last year's Free Friday feature, here's a second chance.  Take it!

By | July 16th, 2011|Gig Bag, Songs|

Adele: Live at the iTunes Festival – London 2011

Coming up:  Foo Fighters, Raphael Saadiq, Swedish House Mafia & more... If the Adele concert you planned to attend was postponed, cancelled, sold-out or otherwise just not happening, here's a chance to see her close up, on your own schedule, and for free! Gracious and charming throughout, her voice settles down around the 15-minute mark [...]

By | July 9th, 2011|Gig Bag|

Love (and other) songs for Mom

CHARTattack has a nice Mother's Day playlist with 10 songs about moms of all types.  For "Mother, Mother", they ask the question: "What has alt.rock songstress Tracy Bonham been up to since the '90s?"  Quite a bit, actually. There's a slicker VEVO version, but I like the original with Tracy's mom cleaning the [...]

By | May 8th, 2011|Gig Bag|

Five things that make the Fab Faux fabulous

Fabulous. Fantastic. Phenomenal. This month marks the thirteenth anniversary of the faux five, which puts them a couple years past what the fab four were able to manage.  What is it that keeps them together, and has kept their fans coming back for well over a decade? The Fab Faux played Lisner Auditorium in Washington, [...]

By | April 18th, 2011|Gig Bag|

#SXSW Ate my Flickrstream!! (And my YouTube Channel)

With new sets featuring The Bravery, Panic! at the Disco, and Tres Mts., the MMT flickrstream is now composed entirely of SXSW shots: And with new video of The Strokes performing "Last Nite" and an extended edition of "Shooting Holes" from Twin Shadow, the MMT YouTube channel has been gobbled up as [...]

By | April 3rd, 2011|Gig Bag, Songs|

Best of SXSW 2011> MMT Sammy Awards

South by is like Mardi Gras at Disneyland: you're surrounded by music and bacchanalian revelry, and there is no way to see it all in one day.  Or five.  With thousands of artists and dozens of simultaneous shows, one person can only absorb a fraction of the festivities.  MMT went to SXSW planning to be [...]

By | March 25th, 2011|Gig Bag|