Apple Launches Music Memos App for Musicians

Apple has launched a new app called Music Memos, which aims to help musicians who use their phones to record song ideas. Released along with an update for GarageBand, the app allows users to record high-quality audio on their iPhones and iPads. It also offers the ability to tag information and presets for drums and other instruments. Additionally, Music Memos can begin recording automatically by detecting when an instrument is being played and analyze guitar and piano recordings to suggest chords or notation. The app is available to download for free from the App Store now. Apple launches new Music Memos app aimed at musicians | NME.COM: http://www.nme.com/news/nme/90899

Top 10 Albums of 2015

Happy New Year! 2016 has arrived and I thought I would put together my Top 10 albums of 2015!  It was very tough to limit myself to just 10.  My criteria? It had to be a full album not a ep. It had to truly excite me. It had to be an album that I kept listening to over and over throughout the year.  So without further ado…and and a quick caveat (just because your album didn’t make my Top 10, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it or you.) here are my Top 10 albums of 2015:

10) Will Hoge – Small Town Dreams

9) Kacey Musgraves – Padgeant Material

8) Rhett Miller – The Traveler

7) Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune

6) Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks

5) Steve Earle – Terraplane

4) Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours

3) Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen – Hold My Beer vol 1

2) Chris Stapleton – Traveller

1) Ryan Bingham – Fear & Saturday Night

Randy Rogers Calls Newborn Daughter’s Death “Heart-Wrenching”

randyIn his first interview since the death of his week-old daughter earlier this month, country singer Randy Rogers tells People that baby Rumer Rain was born with a rare genetic disorder that leads to breathing and feeding difficulties. “She wouldn’t eat and she wouldn’t wake up…It was heart-wrenching and grueling not knowing what was wrong,“ says Rogers. Ultimately, the diagnosis came back as nonketotic hyperglycinemia, which affects about 1 in 66,000 newborns in the U.S. “[My wife] Chelsea and I always thought that we were two peas in a pod. Turns out literally we are, genetically,“ Rogers says. “We have the exact same recessed gene. The odds are astronomical.“ Rogers added that they do want to have more kids, but will have to use IVF because of the recessed gene.

Randy Rogers Opens Up About Death of Newborn Daughter : People.com: http://www.people.com/article/randy-rogers-opens-up-death-newborn-daughter

Heinz Buying Kraft in Food Industry Mega-Merger

mac n cheese n ketchupThe Associated Press reports that Warren Buffett’s firm has engineered a merger between Heinz and Kraft, creating one of the biggest corporate consolidations in food history. “This is my kind of transaction,“ said Buffett in a printed statement. “Uniting two world-class organizations and delivering shareholder value. I’m excited by the opportunities for what this new combined organization will achieve.“ Heinz will technically be buying Kraft; together the two companies boast $28 billion in annual revenue and are responsible for such brands as Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida, Cheez Whiz, Cracker Barrel, A1, Cool Whip, Jell-O, Planters, Velveeta, and their eponymous product lines.

HJ Heinz buying Kraft and building a $28 billion food giant: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/96d70a9c03334208ac6fa2dc2cff6813/hj-heinz-buying-kraft-deal-create-food-giant

Heinz and Kraft: What the deal combines: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/178acb9b81e143aab62541bee3669fda/heinz-and-kraft-what-deal-combines

Kristen Bell Plays Underpaid Mary Poppins in Funny or Die Parody

mary pIn a new Funny or Die sketch, Kristen Bell plays a fed-up version of Mary Poppins who is quitting her job with the Banks family because it doesn’t provide her with enough money to live on. The Frozen star charmingly sings about why the government should raise the federal minimum wage to the tune of the Disney classic tune “A Spoonful of Sugar.“ Best of all, when the underpaid Poppins opens up her famous umbrella, she finds that it’s broken and declares it “supercalifragilisticexpialibulls**t.“Kristen Bell plays an underpaid Mary Poppins in Funny or Die parody – CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kristen-bell-plays-underpaid-mary-poppins-funny-or-die-parody/

12 Best Road Trip Songs for Country Fans

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Whether you’re hitting the road with family or trekking across the country with your best friends, summer is the perfect time to take a road trip. CMT put out  a list of 12 great travel-centric country songs to make your long trip go by a little more quickly:

“Life Is a Highway“ Rascal Flatts

“My House,“ Kacey Musgraves

“On the Road Again,” Willie Nelson

“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line

“More Than Miles,” Brantley Gilbert

“Fastest Girl in Town,” Miranda Lambert

“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley

“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

“I’ve Been Everywhere,” Johnny Cash

“Amarillo by Morning,” George Strait

“Get Out of This Town,” Carrie Underwood

“Wagon Wheel,” Old Crow Medicine Show

While I agree with SOME of these, I don’t agree with all of them (mainstream suck@$$ songs in particular) What songs would you add to this list?

 

CMT : News : 12 Best Road Trip Songs: http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1729455/12-best-road-trip-songs.jhtml

Awesome Map Reveals Dirty-Sounding Cities Around the World

Geotechnologist Gary Gale has created an awesome map that highlights all the dirty-sounding places in the world. The United States boasts a bevy of locations, including Wet Beaver Creek, Arizona; Climax, Georgia; Knob Lick, Kentucky; and Intercourse, Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, across the world, some standouts are Shag Point, New Zealand; Blowhard, Australia and Cum, Brazil. Interestingly, Canada and Russia have very few places with names that evoke giggling.Just TRY Not To Laugh At This Map Of Dirty-Sounding Places From Around The World: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/11/vaguely-rude-place-names-of-the-world_n_5579023.htmlMaps | Vaguely Rude Places: http://maps.geotastic.org/rude/index.php