How to use Google Home with Sonos

If you’re wondering if it’s possible to control Sonos speakers and components with just your voice and a Google Home, it is! This article points out all of the Sonos products that are compatible, shows you exactly what you need to get it working, and clearly explains how to do everything. Continue reading How to use Google Home with Sonos

The best music streaming service in 2017

There’s a variety of music streaming services to choose from in 2017, and each one has its ups and downs. This article takes a close look at the best available options, and picks a winner.

Of course, the actual best choice for you is subjective. Your personal needs may be different than mine. But, this is my blog, not yours. My opinion is the only thing that matters around here. :)

Before we jump into it, let’s take a moment to appreciate how amazing music streaming services are. It’s incredible to have over 30 million songs in your pocket. It would be far better if the artists got paid more (and I mean substantially more). But still, never forget how amazing these services are. Continue reading The best music streaming service in 2017

How to cancel the Amazon Music Unlimited Echo plan

If you recently decided to try out the Amazon Music Unlimited plan for the Amazon Echo and your 30-day free trial is coming to an end, or if you’ve already started a paid subscription, clearly written instructions for how to cancel are provided below. Continue reading How to cancel the Amazon Music Unlimited Echo plan

Infographic: Music service options visualized with iPhone home buttons

The iPhone home button symbolizes simplicity, but, when it comes to music services — it’s anything but simple. The overlapping options offered by Apple, Google, and Amazon are terribly confusing. Below they’re visualized with multiple iPhone home buttons. Why? For the hell of it…

Original iPhone with 6 home buttons

Google Pixel Phone with four iPhone home buttons

Amazon Fire Phone with four iPhone home buttons

Xiaomi Mix with iPhone button

Burned Samsun Galaxy Note 7

 

So there you have it, a silly post. If you found it entertaining, you can support me by using these links when you shop at Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, or Amazon France. Thanks!

First thoughts on the new Zoom H4n Pro Recorder

Zoom just announced the new H4n Pro Handy Recorder, and I wanted to share my initial thoughts on it. The original Zoom H4n has been a popular choice for many, many years, so an update is important news and merits deep analysis.

The first thing you’ll notice about the new Zoom H4n Pro was how closely it resembles the original. The overall shape, as well as the buttons and controls all look very familiar. It’s clear that the significant changes to this device largely apply to what’s inside. Continue reading First thoughts on the new Zoom H4n Pro Recorder

Hands-on review of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones

I recently purchased a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones, and I decided to share my opinion of them. Here’s the short version: they’re good, big, recording studio headphones. If you’re not using them for production, they’re nice headphones for regular use, but, they’re bulky and lack built-in controls for smartphones. In my case, this turned out to be a problem. Continue reading Hands-on review of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones

How a Smelly Rock Club Becomes Part of Your Soul

When the news first broke that Maxwell’s was closing, it didn’t immediately strike me as upsetting. It was more of a “woah” moment. Shortly afterward, I read the following tweet from The Awl and chuckled:

However, in the days that followed, I realized more and more that Maxwell’s played a pretty significant role in my life, compared to all of the other rock venues in New Jersey, anyhow. Continue reading How a Smelly Rock Club Becomes Part of Your Soul

We Miss You, MCA

I’ve been writing for a long time. In fact, I started when I was just a little boy. I wrote my name. I wrote the word “cat.” As the years passed, I wrote more and more words.

Out of all of the words I’ve committed to the page, my favorite piece, by far, was the essay I wrote the day MCA passed away, entitled Close Encounters with Adam Yauch.

It’s been a year since the we lost Mr. Yauch, so I decided to mark the occasion by posting some Beastie-related stuff. Also, if you’re near Brooklyn today, you can take part in MCA Day. But, hurry up. It starts at 11AM.

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Hands-On Review of the Ableton Push

I had the opportunity over the weekend to test drive the new Ableton Push, a hardware control surface with 64 velocity-sensitive, RGB-LED illuminated trigger pads, and a host of other controls and goodies.

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Keep Lazy, Cupcake-Munching Weekends Alive by Participating in Record Store Day 2013!

The town or city that you live in is only as good as its record stores. Seriously. If the place where you live doesn’t have a local, independently-owned record store or two, you should immediately pack up and move to some place that does. Now.

Continue reading Keep Lazy, Cupcake-Munching Weekends Alive by Participating in Record Store Day 2013!