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Twitter’s back, baby

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It’s been too long. Twitter unceremoniously knee-capped their API a few years ago and a number of solutions popped up to fix the loss. However, those stopgaps also closed and left us with no good ways to read Twitter while in NewsBlur. Until now, that is.

You can now subscribe to https://twitter.com/username to get individual Twitter accounts on NewsBlur. Put them all in a folder to recreate your tweetstream.

Not only do you get the full tweetstream for that user, but you can also filter out tweets that are replies, retweets, or contain any text in them. You can also train Twitter feeds to highlight tweets that contain photos, are retweeted or liked, or have a word you want.

YouTube also deprecated their API and NewsBlur came to the rescue with native YouTube API support. Now Twitter joins that list of native support, giving you a better Twitter experience than ever before.

And because this native Twitter support takes more work than normal RSS feeds do, this feature is only available to premium subscribers.

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Harvison
2436 days ago
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it’s been over a week and I’m still not able to figure this out?

Any help would be greatly appreciated,
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marmalade
2438 days ago
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Useful for those of us who aren't in "full Twitter" mode. Thank you for this feature.
Sussex, UK
Belfong
2439 days ago
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I'm not sure I want a tweet stream in my RSS readers. There's tons of Twitter client that can do a better job. I still appreciate the effort though.
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jhecking
2439 days ago
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Great new feature! NewsBlur just keeps getting better all the time!
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egoexpress
2439 days ago
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Great feature!
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cygnoir
2439 days ago
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Yes! This is great news.
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skorgu
2439 days ago
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Nice!
samuel
2440 days ago
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This is a big deal. First Youtube, now Twitter. Next ... email.
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kyleniemeyer
2439 days ago
Then... THE WORLD
Splike
2439 days ago
Very nice! Hopefully we will see facebook pages next (feeds for user, public/private groups and public fan pages).
alexjurkiewicz
2439 days ago
How liable is support for these new systems to be killed by yt/twitter? Or are you pretty confident they're using stable APIs
samuel
2439 days ago
I can never be sure but these APIs have been stable for a couple years now. If they yank the cord, then that's their call. I'd like to not rock the boat though, so if it works I'm happy with that.
jqlive
2438 days ago
Can we add twitter lists? or is it only profiles? ... awesome feature update!
gazuga
2434 days ago
Another feature of yesteryear Twitter RSS was following a user's liked tweets by subscribing to twitter.com/[user]/favorites. What you've already hacked together here is a beautiful thing, though.
genseng
2440 days ago
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Is the response below expected behavior? It's true I have not set it upbut the article makes no mention of this.
"Your Twitter connection isn't setup. Go to Manage - Friends and reconnect Twitter."
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larand
2440 days ago
Seeing the same thing here.
samuel
2440 days ago
Yeah, I didn't bother to add that. You need to connect Twitter to get this to work.
moimadmax
2440 days ago
And if I don't want to create a Twitter account, any plan to have this without twitter account ?
samuel
2440 days ago
I would make a burner Twitter account then. I need to use your Twitter access token to assemble these feeds. That's the only way it works.
genseng
2439 days ago
Thanks!
ahooper
2439 days ago
"Manage - Friends" == Home - Manage - Followers - Social Connections
genseng
2432 days ago
Hey, look at that! Twitter is relevant to me again!
mburch42
2440 days ago
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This could be useful.
laza
2440 days ago
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Great feature!!!
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Hear over 1,300 genres in this amazing Spotify-powered interactive map

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“An incredibly simple, deep way to explore all of music,” say map creators The Echo Nest.

After a shot of antiviral pop? How about grave wave? Trace the bloodline of hundreds of music genres with this impressive sound-based map by those bods at The Echo Nest.

The Sound of Everything is a sprawling, sonic family tree that lets you click on 1,387 genres to hear what they sound like immediately, bringing up a canon of that genre’s music when you click on the arrow.

You can also search for artists to find out where they fall on the scatter-plotted map, so you’ll never be left scratching your head for a description again.

“This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1,387 genres by The Echo Nest,” says the Spotify-owned music data platform.

“The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.”

Wave goodbye to your Thursday afternoon.

Read next: Discover the sounds of the world with Spotify’s interactive musical map

The post Hear over 1,300 genres in this amazing Spotify-powered interactive map appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..

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Amazing!!
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Four Tet: Morning/Evening

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When Kieran Hebden began to play shows in support of his 2013 album Beautiful Rewind, one of the album's shorter tracks, "Ba Teaches Yoga", became a set centerpiece. Named for his recently departed maternal grandmother, the burbling track began to dilate beyond its original three-minute length as he kept performing it, eventually nearing the twenty-minute mark by the end of the tour. There might not be a direct sonic correlation between that track and the two twenty-minute tracks that comprise the entirety of Four Tet's eighth album, Morning/ Evening, but they seem thematically of a piece. The former pays tribute to his Indian heritage, the latter displays a structure that brings to mind Indian classical music.

In the same manner that ragas pertain to certain parts of the day, Morning/ Evening has a biorhythmic specificity in mind.  Both tracks move between diffuse drifts of electronic tones and skittering drum programming. The "Morning" side begins with a straightforward tap of closed hi-hats and a deep thump that sounds flat at first, before a trickier pattern of programmed drums are overlaid. A melodic swell of bass then appears, as graceful, slow-moving and almost imperceptibly evolving as what you might find in early New Age music or the works of David Behrman.

And then, just over a minute in, a bright, quivering Indian voice manifests, saccharine strings at play around her. Voices often factor powerfully into Four Tet's productions: think of the honeyed utterances of "Love Cry", the chopped pirate radio barks that underpin Beautiful Rewind, or the startling reconfiguration of J. Lo's "Ain't It Funny" on "Pyramids". But the loop of famous Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar, whose voice has adorned thousands of Hindi films over a seven-decade career, startles upon its appearance. It remains foregrounded for much of the duration of "Morning", receding around the eight-minute mark for some of Hebden's most complex drum programming, then reappears halfway through. In using a famous Indian playback singer, which he no doubt grew up hearing in his household, Hebden gives the track an opulent yet pensive feel, which in turn gives "Morning" emotional depth.

"Evening" picks up where "Morning" left off, with a coffee percolator of a beat that never quite solidifies, instead leading into the kind of tones that recall early electronic music pieces like Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon. Hebden allows each element plenty of space to breathe, striking a balance between the abstract and the accessible. Another wordless voice comes into focus about five minutes in, though my ears can't tell if it's Mangeshkar or another Hindu devotional chant. Chimes and gentle digital processing comprise the middle section before everything drifts into near silence twelve minutes in. 

At around the twelve-minute mark, amid chimes and gentle digital processing, "Evening" drifts into near-silence, but just as you rise to play something else, it returns: a hi-hat figure arises, amid shimmering electronics and a kick. The inverse of "Morning," the last five minutes of "Evening" gather velocity and strength, to where it seems everything is converging on a climax and payoff for this slow twenty-minute build. But right where a release might be expected, everything fades back out instead: You sense a desire to make a grand statement, but the dramatic dissolve doesn't quite stick the landing. 

Nonetheless, Four Tet's position in the electronic landscape is solidified: He's able to work on the experimental fringe when he wishes, or collaborate with Burial, Jamie xx and Skrillex. Even news of a possible Diplo team-up doesn't cost him credibility. The scope and ambition of Morning/ Evening is profound, and will hopefully inspire producers to take bigger chances and not be satisfied with pop- or club-friendly lengths. Even where Morning/Eveningdoesn't quite work, it's daring and expansive.



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The Usborne Book of the Future >> Scribd

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From 1979, this book - taking "a trip in time to the year 2000 and beyond" - is fascinating, both for what it gets right and wrong. Correct prediction: onesies. Incorrect prediction: robots capable of bringing your drink. (Yes, we all wish it were the other way round.)
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All the personal finance advice you'll ever need

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After chatting with personal finance expert Helaine Olen, Harold Pollack wrote down all the personal finance advice you'll ever need on a 4x6 index card:

Finance Advice Index Card

Unless you're an insider or get particularly lucky, you're just not going to beat this. (via ezra klein)

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philippe
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Good advice!!!
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troutwine
3422 days ago
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Well done.
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Ferret
3424 days ago
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I need to get my Roth and some mutuals off the ground :-/
sarcozona
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This applies to people making a decent chunk more than a living wage, so this probably doesn't actually apply to you
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blakev
3425 days ago
true
karlkatzke
3424 days ago
This applies even more if you're 21 and making "just" a living wage than it does to someone who's 30 and has it "made," thanks to the power of compounding interest.
sarcozona
3424 days ago
A living wage is the minimum required for basic needs. Includes no debt repayment or savings. But yes, the earlier you can start saving the better.
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yep.

UK dance music is back – and this time it's going pop

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For the first time in more than a decade, British dance music is dominating the airwaves. Rudimental, A*M*E, MNEK, Disclosure and Duke Dumont talk about their all-conquering 1990s-influenced sound

British dance music is in rude health right now. Hackney four-piece Rudimental, producer Duke Dumont and Surrey brothers Disclosure have all scored top-three hits in the past few months – and a host of other acts are bubbling under the surface.

Throwing together elements of house, UK garage and drum'n'bass, these artists deliberately hark back to the 1990s while also sounding like the perfect present-day culmination of past club trends.

Links and collaborations abound between the main players. For example, Duke Dumont's chart-topping Need U (100%) featured guest vocals from A*M*E, an old school friend of producer MNEK who helped co-write the track. MNEK is signed to Rudimental's first label, Black Butter, an imprint that has become a hub for the scene. Fellow Rudimental collaborators Sinead Harnett and Syron are signed to it as solo artists, as are several of the emergent acts responsible for some lower-key yet still high-quality dance crossover hits of the year: Lulu James, Gorgon City, Clean Bandit. Indeed, one of Black Butter's earliest releases,Racknruin's Soundclash, featured Jessie Ware – whose route to mainstream success came first via the PMR label, home to Disclosure.

In two weeks' time Rudimental and Disclosure take their dance-pop crossover to Glastonbury – suggesting that even bigger things are yet to come.

Rudimental

The four men who form Rudimental are testament to what can happen when a broad range of skills and influences are channelled towards a common goal. Originally a trio, DJ Locksmith and producers/songwriters Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden grew up in Hackney, and cut their teeth on London pirate radio station Déjà Vu (which also provided an early home for Dizzee Rascal) before making their mark in the UK funky scene of 2008-09.

Their debut album Home ranges from smooth deep house to rambunctious, dramatic drum'n'bass, and is packed with an anything-goes maximalism that recalls the UK's last great mainstream dance act, Basement Jaxx.

"We feel we brought back a little musicality to electronic music," says Aggett. "It went a little wayward with the David Guetta stuff." Amir Amor, the collective's fourth member, who joined in 2011, continues: "We make music in a very organic way. We don't necessarily come from a bedroom/headphones/laptop background."

Rudimental frequent open-mic nights to find unknown vocalists to work with and stress that they want to make music that doesn't only work in a club context: their songs work as well on a wet Wednesday in the office as at a rave. "They make you want to drive fast, to scream and shout and put your hands up at a festival, to do the dreaded cleaning on a Sunday," laughs Dryden.

Rudimental's role in the British dance revival goes beyond their artistry, though. They own the Shoreditch studio Major Tom's, co-founded in 2009 by Amor and Nick Worthington, the former XL A&R and founder of 679 Records. Major Tom's was started with the intention of becoming a space for "young musicians to make music without limits or time constraints", as Amor puts it, and to enable Rudimental to develop their sound organically in a self-contained environment. Now, it also functions as a hub for the roster of the band's Black Butter label.

From the outside, it seems like one big family; DJ Locksmith agrees: "They don't just come in, record their vocal, that's that. The relationship continues."

It helps that collaborations tend to come about via musical connections rather than randomly picked session singers; Aggett reminisces about the hour he spent with Harnett bonding over their mutual love of Lauryn Hill before she had recorded a note with Rudimental.

"It's the antidote to dubstep," laughs Black Butter co-founder and Rudimental's manager Henry Village of the scene that has sprung up around this cottage industry. "People's taste seems really broad right now. You're hearing garage, house, drum'n'bass, pop, reggae and dub, but it all feels like it makes sense."

Village attributes much of this to cultural shifts at a very traditional gatekeeper: radio. "1Xtra starting up [in 2002] really made a difference – it had a huge role in getting underground music to the charts," he explains. "It feels like a really exciting movement going on." AM

Duke Dumont

"If anything, I'll always be the answer to a pub quiz question," says 30-year-old Adam Dyment, aka Duke Dumont. He's talking about Need U (100%) – not just a surprise No 1 hit five years deep into his career but also the song that stopped Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead reaching the top spot after Margaret Thatcher's death. Dyment attributes the ebullient house track's success to the wider culture growing up around his genre. From his debut 2007 single, a bootleg of the Miami freestyle classic When I Hear Music which led to its original singer, Debbie Deb, sending Dyment a complimentary email, to last year's underground club anthem The Giver, soulful vocals and electro-tinged house are hardly new territory for him. Yet the decision to structure Need U as a verse-chorus-verse pop song and to bring in A*M*E as a real singer rather than rooting through his collection for a vocal sample that fitted the beat were both deliberate.

"A year or two ago, even with the same song, it wouldn't have had that momentum," Dyment says. Like Rudimental and Henry Village, Dyment also praises the changing face of Radio 1. "Annie Mac's been pushing my music since day one – and she was the first to play Need U."

Dyment's experience has provided him with valuable perspective on how club crowds have changed over recent years. "It's a younger crowd, definitely – and there are many more women at the parties I've played lately, compared to the ones I used to play. I think a lot more people are going out on Fridays and Saturdays than a few years ago, and this is what they want to dance to." Now, thanks to his new status, Dyment finds himself oscillating between his old and new worlds. "The day before Need U got to No 1, I was DJing an underground party in Berlin with the purest techno acts around [DJ Koze, Ikonika and Isolée at Stattbad]," he grins. "Then I come back to do student union parties in the UK. It keeps you on your toes."

Dyment considers the community spirit between himself, Disclosure and Rudimental an asset. "With the EDM guys, there's huge competition. I did a tour of Australia and got a minibus to the festival with a lot of UK house acts and French electro acts – we all knew each other, and not once was there mention of record sales or how much we were getting paid or what times we were playing," Dyment says. "On the way back, we were in a bus full of guys under the EDM banner, and all they spoke about was why they weren't headlining, how much more money they should've got and so on." He sighs. "It's from a different place, a different part of the brain." AM

A*M*E

Amy Kabba – also known as A*M*E – is irrepressible, frighteningly confident and prone to peppering her conversation with sentences that make anyone past their teenage years feel incredibly old. "We bonded over our love of 1990s music," she says of her relationship with producer and old school friend MNEK. "We were both born in 1994, so it was really hard to find people our age who loved that really old-school 90s stuff." Does she actually remember it from the time? She shakes her head: "Oh, no. But it must have been the most incredible time for music. Things being so live and raw, people belting out harmonies, Janet Jackson's sick moves, hi-tops and hair and Reebok trainers…"

It makes sense that A*M*E's approach to dance has been informed by hearing it on the radio rather than as a clubber. In fact, this whole movement can be viewed as what happened when kids raised on a diet of 90s R&B, hip-hop and dance music grew up and put what they learned into their own music.

The success of Need U (100%) also took A*M*E by surprise. She had already made the BBC's Sound of 2013 longlist before having much to show in the way of material – a K-pop-leaning early single, Play The Game Boy, had failed to make the top 100 – and was still in the process of finding her voice and the style of pop she wanted to make. Duke Dumont's beat was not initially a priority. "It was done in half an hour," she remembers. "MNEK and I were both really busy. We were like … sigh, can we be bothered to do it? But I did want to do a full song. Lots of people would say you can't do that with a dance track, there'll be too much happening, so we kept it simple and didn't overthink."

The singer, whose parents left Sierra Leone when she was eight years old, enthuses about the current "massive UK pop movement", singling Katy B and Jessie Ware out for praise. "The Americans have always sort of beaten us at pop," she says. "But we're stepping up, saying we're here now." AM

MNEK

Eighteen-year–old producer and songwriter Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike (or MNEK) has an ear for progressive pop music. His CV already includes writing and producing for Little Mix, Misha B and Rudimental.

Born in Catford and the recipient of a publishing deal by the time he was 14, MNEK initially had to convince his mum and dad that dropping out to pursue music was a good idea. "I have traditional African parents," he says. "They were a bit like: 'Stay in school!'".

Eventually they relented, allowing MNEK to concentrate on a sound that reflects the chart music he grew up with. "I've always loved two-step, garage, female vocals and 90s R&B," he says. "I grew up obsessed with people like Janet Jackson, Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins. I'm definitely more of a throwback to melodies and harmonies … I'm an old soul, I suppose."

He is also optimistic about the shifting state of pop: "I think it is being more experimental. Before it was littered with trance pop, which was basically just talking about nightlife. We're moving away from that radio fodder. This is a new era. The pop chart now has music people can dance to but it also makes you feel something." KY

Disclosure

No act better encapsulate the changing fortunes of UK dance than Disclosure. A year ago, their UK garage-inspired productions were circulating on specialist radio, in clubs and online. Today, they are the most successful new dance act in the country, and as of this month have a No 1 album, Settle.

Settle is a masterclass in big dance production, classic beats from garage and house reworked into FM-friendly pop songs. Because of the commercial nature of their music, Disclosure aren't convinced that what's happening in the charts is a victory for dance music as we know it. "I think because people discovered us through underground tracks like Latch, they think we're long-time DJs who've just got into making songs," says Howard. "But we've got a much more varied background. I played drums in an indie band, one of Guy's favourite records is by Seal. We make pop music in the style of house."

Disclosure are keen not to put a name to the change that's been happening in the charts while still being supportive of those sharing in their success: "This year has had a run of brilliant No 1s: Duke Dumont, Daft Punk, Naughty Boy," they say. "If you had to pick between that and the last few years of pop music, well, the choice is obvious." SW


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