Just Delete Me
IT can be nearly impossible to keep track of all the web-based products and services we sign up to. What seems irreplaceable today is old news a couple of years from now. Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule, but with the rate of change we face in the world of technology, it's likely your personal information is spread out across the web.
What do you do when you no longer want an account? Some places make it dead simple to leave their service and delete or take your information with you. Others make it nearly impossible to leave, hoping to keep you in their closed ecosystem, gathering data and dishing out ads along the way.
Just Delete Me is a straightforward way to take control of your online presence and easily remove your account from popular and not-so-popular web-based services. From Facebook to Dropbox and Meetup to Yahoo, Just Delete Me should be your go-to spot if you want to stop using a service and remove yourself from an online tool.
Video of the Week: Pearl Jam -- Mind Your Manners
HEADING into its 23rd year as a band and set to release its 10th album, Pearl Jam has crafted an identity that shrugs off the past without totally ignoring it, while at the same time cementing the fact it's one of the most important bands of the last two decades.
The Seattle act's decision early on to take control of every aspect of the band has been key to its survival. The members created a space to operate outside the music industry, even if at times their goals seemed lofty and nearly unobtainable (the Ticketmaster battle comes to mind). What often gets overlooked is that although the band may not have been on everyone's radar all the time, the grunge pioneers have a devoted fan base that supports it and its albums keep getting better. Backspacer (2009) saw the band in fine form with a renewed sense of purpose and creative energy.
Mind Your Manners is the first single and video from the forthcoming album Lightning Bolt, set for release on Oct. 15.
Download of the Week: Warsaw -- Record Lows
THE anticipated first release from Warsaw (not to be confused with the pre-Joy Division group of the same name) is finally seeing the light of day. After a handful of well-received but infrequent live shows, Darren Achorn (Projecktor, Meatrack), Josh Bedry (Electro Quarterstaff), Curran Faris (Hide Your Daughters) and Ethan Osland (Burnthe8track) have finally managed to get an EP together that rattles with a melodic, post-punk urgency that has been missing around these parts for too long.
Available as a name-your-price download from the group's Bandcamp site, Record Lows will end up on some year-end lists come December.
Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at twitter.com/anthonya.