Periscope & Meerkat Streams onperiscope.com
WHILE Meerkat was first out of the gate, the Twitter-owned live-streaming service Periscope has recently gone live. While the two platforms jockey for users to stream content (both are still iOS only, which seems odd considering the growth of the Android over the last few years), anyone can jump in and watch the live streams from both companies.
While Twitter has been integral to driving users to real-time streams, two new websites that collect all the available live streams from both companies has launched. These centralized locations make it easy to see what users are live and should help the growth of both streaming platforms.
Winnipeg Mix Tape Archive
BEFORE the ubiquitousness of music on the Internet, file sharing and sites such as SoundCloud changed the way that DJs distributed their mixes, many locals sold their mix tapes or CDs at clothing and record stores, merch tables at events or wherever they could get a bit of shelf space. These mixes were one of the only windows into the music that was being played at the warehouse parties, raves and club nights that were part of the first and second waves of electronic music in the city. Most of the house, techno, acid, hardcore and drum 'n' bass played by the DJs of that era were only available on vinyl and DJs sought out music that would define them as an artist, rather than just playing the Top 20 of the moment, which seems to be the approach many new DJs take these days.
While radio mix shows on 91.1 FM played a small role in helping define electronic music culture in the early '90s, DIY mix tapes and later CDs were the main way that party-goers were able to hear the music that was being played at raves and clubs in the comfort of their home or car. Looking to help document and preserve these performances, Winnipeg Mix Tape Archive was launched as a hub for accessing and promoting the early days of Winnipeg's burgeoning electronic music culture. Mixes from maverick hardcore DJ, Fishead, and drum n' bass trailblazer Type One have already been uploaded online.
Streams of the Week: The 10 Best Sets From Ultra Music Festival
WITH festival season unofficially kicking off with Ultra in Miami, Vice's electronic music offshoot, Thump, has compiled the 10 best sets from the annual celebration in Florida. With a mix of high-profile crowd favourites (Skrillex and Martin Garrix, both of who will be in Winnipeg this summer) and more underground acts (Seth Troxler and Joris Voorn), these 10 sets offer a snapshot of what went down in Miami at the end of March.
Video of the Week: Drake — Hold On, We're Going Home (Lykke Li cover)
TORONTO'S favourite son Drake gets the remix treatment from Swedish indie-pop singer-songwriter Lykke Li. Taking the former Degrassi star's sad club thumper Hold On, We're Going Home, she turns in a brooding, ethereal remix that effectively reimagines the song and was one of the standouts during her recent performance at the first weekend of Coachella.
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