If you have a subscription to online streaming service, Netflix, chances are you have spent more than a few hours poring over its endless list of titles, trying to find something to watch. Netflix indecision is a real problem and the company's complex algorithm, which customizes what films you might like, only makes that problem more acute in some cases.
This is where Netflix Roulette comes into play. With both a simple web interface and a smartphone app, the goal of this product is to limit your choices within the Netflix world, allowing you to get a single suggestion based on genre, star rating and whether it is a movie or TV show. It's still in the early stages of growth, and we can imagine a number of features that would make this even more attractive to hardcore Netflix users down the road. For now, it is a simple way to get a movie recommendation from Netflix's growing catalogue, but with a few additions and tweaks, it could become an even more valuable part of the Netflix experience.
Video of the Week: DJ Rashad -- Pitchfork Music Festival
The electronic music world lost a shining star on April 27 when DJ Rashad (a.k.a. Rashad Harden) was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in a Chicago apartment.
DJ Rashad was a pioneer of footwork, a complex style of electronic music that was popularized in the Windy City and is characterized by frenzied sounds, chopped-up samples and fast-paced drums. Chicago youth had created their own unique dance moves to go along with the frantic music. Footwork had spread worldwide, thanks to the success of innovators like Harden, whose critically acclaimed album from last year, Double Cup, was seen as one of the genre's breakthrough moments.
Stream of the Week: Sunny Day Real Estate -- Lipton Witch
If you are a fan of Seattle's Sunny Day Real Estate (SDRE) or a music collector looking for one of the limited pressings on Record Store Day, chances are you left empty-handed, as the band's first new song in 14 years was snapped up almost instantly at stores across North America. It's been nearly 20 years since the release of its stunning debut, Diary, and the band has been laying low since reforming in 2009 for a limited tour of select cities.
Considering the band's legacy and its impact on alternative music, it isn't a surprise that its split single on Record Store Day was a hot commodity. No word yet on if the release of the single marks a renewed period of activity for the group, but with the Foo Fighters also rumoured to be working on a new album and the fact that SDRE's bassist also plays with Dave Grohl's band, it doesn't look promising for another tour to coincide with the anniversary of Diary on Sub Pop.
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