Twitter's Vine App Officially Comes To Android
THE wait is finally over. If you're an Android user who has been anxiously awaiting Twitter's new short video service, Vine, since its launch in January, you can finally see what all the fuss is about. Considering over 13 million iPhone users are already uploading short, six-second looping videos to the popular mobile service, with the influx of Android users (and let's face it, there are more and more of them every day), the service is expected to explode with content over the next few weeks.
Following a path similar to Instagram's, Vine's rapid rise in users is almost guaranteed once Android users find out Twitter has finally released an app they can use. With video- and visual-content-creating apps gaining momentum, it will be interesting to see what creative and out-of-the-box uses new Android users figure out with Vine. (Not all Android phones will be able to use the app; Vine will only be available to users on devices running version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher.)
Vince Gilligan on Saul Goodman Spinoff Series
BREAKING Bad doesn't return for its finally eight episodes on AMC until Aug. 11, but rumours are already swirling that writer Vince Gilligan is in discussions to create a spinoff series around notoriously sketchy attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). Saul is a colourful character, whose loose interpretation a lawyer's role has been a key factor in keeping Walter White's meth empire growing, but does it have enough legs to stand alone as its own show?
Gilligan seems to think so, adding that the tone of the new show would obviously be a lot lighter than Breaking Bad and that it would be tough to change the way people think about the unlikely AMC hit, even if the Saul-centred show flops. He recently told Empire that "worst-case scenario, it's like the spinoff to M*A*S*H, AfterMASH, that nobody remembers -- and I don't think it hurt M*A*S*H any that it existed."
Stream of the Week: Haunter -- July 2005
SET for release on June 27 at the Windsor, the debut full-length from slacker noise-rock outfit Haunter has been a long time coming. Five years after the release of their amazing 7-inch record, the group has put together an attention-grabbing debut that may be one of the best local albums of the year.
Check the first single, July 2005, and head to the Windsor at the end of the month for a bill that includes locals Right Through and The Mystics. Tickets are $10 in advance at Music Trader, Into The Music, or www.ticketworkshop.com. $12 at the door.
Video of the Week: Boards of Canada -- Reach for the Dead
WHILE Boards of Canada may not have the same kind of deafening buzz around their new release, Tomorrow's Harvest, that Daft Punk had, there are still plenty of eager electronic music fans wondering what direction the Scottish duo will take on their long-awaited fourth full-length album.
After a puzzle-like game of hide-and-seek on the web, the group revealed the first video from the new album. Reach for the Dead trades in the warm, nostalgic analogue sounds that Boards of Canada are known for and already has nearly 750,000 views on YouTube. See below for the video.
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