App Show News | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:38:21 +0000 en Wanderer’s Latest Release Is The Song Of Your “Dreams” Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:57:24 +0000 Tom Wanderer is the gift that keeps on giving. "Dreams" just dropped today, and it'll... [/imgfull]

Wanderer is the gift that keeps on giving. The project of Tempe, Arizona musician Adam Simons has delivered not only a handful of stellar singles, not only one of our favorite EPs, City, but also a reimagined version of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams".

The rendition just dropped today, and it'll have your head in the clouds and the position of your favorite song secured. Give it a listen below, and be sure to tell us (and all of your friends) how much you ♥ it.


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4 Your Eyez Only: Watch the Trailer for J. Cole’s New HBO Special Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:15:28 +0000 Tom Go behind the lens with J. Cole's new special, 4 Your Eyez Only, which... [/imgfull]

Everybody has a story to tell—and J. Cole is passing the mic around the country to amplify the stories that need to be heard most. Go behind the lens with the Grammy nominated hip hop star on April 15th in his new HBO special, 4 Your Eyez Only—you can get a taste of what to expect by watching the trailer below. Showcasing songs and performances from his latest album of the same name, the special will also take the camera on the road to document heartfelt confessions and struggles of people in the South.

The Dreamville Film special follows J. Cole as he travels through different cities and reveals the challenges facing lower-income residents, as well as addressing the frustration felons often feel due to being barred from voting. He uses his platform to give a voice to those who feel they aren’t being heard, interviewing people in Baton Rouge, Atlanta, Ferguson, Mo., Cole’s hometown of Fayetteville, NC, and his father’s hometown of Jonesboro, Ark.

Tune into HBO to watch 4 Your Eyez Only on Saturday April 15th at 10pm ET/PT.



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Premiere: Discover “The Way Of The Future” with Moonwalker Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:45:02 +0000 Tom We've decided to deliver an exclusive listen of Moonwalker’s new track “The Way Of... [/imgfull]

When the weekend comes, you've gotta have plenty of new tunes to share with your friends and play at ridiculous loud volumes. With that in mind, we've decided to deliver an exclusive listen of Moonwalker’s new track “The Way Of The Future”.

After you know the song by heart, you can tune in to hear the New York quartet chat about the project, which came together from past band Reckless Serenade on Eddie Jason & Christhis Monday (3/28) at 8p ET. After forming in early 2017, the act immediately hit Rattlebox Studios with producer Brian Moncarz. Their three years of experience and time on the Vans Warped Tour 2016 with Reckless Serenade will only help the band as they move forward with a forthcoming album and tour dates.

Inspired by old school synths and movies like Gravity and Planet Earth, check out their sound below.


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Bleeding Audio: Film Diary Part 2 – Preproduction Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:00:15 +0000 Tom Director Chelsea Christer put together a four part diary of her journey through concept... [/youtube]

Sometimes you discover a story worth telling. Sometimes you become part of that story. As a teenager, director Chelsea Christer was introduced to pop punk band The Matches, which sparked the beginning of her journey to creating her feature length documentary, Bleeding Audio. Their story and Chelsea’s story are intertwined, and incredible—and you can hear her take on it through a four part diary. From concept to completion, travel along with her through the making of Bleeding Audio.

Read part one here. This is part two: Preproduction.

In sitting down to write this entry, I found it really difficult to make it interesting. Preproduction doesn’t always have the most dynamic twists and turns production often has. But it does involve a lot of research, preinterviews, research, development, research, emails, research, spreadsheets, and, did I mention research?

I already felt like I knew a lot about The Matches, but there was even more that I needed to learn in order to fully develop a feature-length film.

This initially started during the time I put together the promotional videos for The Matches’ reunion. For the videos, I had a set of questions that very generally asked about their history, but ended up opening doors to so many details that didn’t exist on the internet. After learning what I could from their answers, it took a few phone calls with all four guys, and A LOT of conversations with Justin San Souci and Jon Devoto (who are the easiest to access considering we’re all in the Bay Area) to start formulating the actual plot points of The Matches story—and how those ran parallel to the major milestones and changes in the music industry.

From these interviews and research sessions, I started to develop our treatment for the film. The treatment is a 3–5 page document that is essentially the prose/story version of the film. This is the outline that helps guide all of the preparation for interview questions and the B-roll or other moments we actively try to capture. Using what I learned from the guys, the act breakdowns I created (as shown in my Discovery diary), and the events that I knew were coming up (y’know...a few reunion shows)—I wrote and fine tuned the treatment that would later inform our production schedule.

But before any of this production schedule stuff, we were missing a crucial component: Budget. We had ZERO dollars to pay for ANY of this film.

That’s when we put together the plan to do a Kickstarter. Initially, we intended to raise funds for the whole film, but after scoping out the budget for production and post production together, we found it to be a much safer decision to separate out the two rounds of fundraising (and, oh my goodness, I’m so glad we did).

I feel like I should go into detail about this crowdfunding campaign, but considering my post production campaign is about to close, I simply am in no mood to talk about crowdfunding. Maybe I’ll add a bonus 5th entry to go into detail on my experiences with Kickstarter and what I’ve learned, and the magic that actually DOES comes with it. But for now, I’ll sum up this campaign in a few sentences.

Our first Kickstarter campaign should have been / was almost a complete and total failure. It wasn’t until nearly 5 days before it was over that we had one miraculous human being donate $10,000 to get a private show with The Matches, and the community mentality came in and we were funded the day before it ended. I look back now and see all of the things we did wrong, but I also look back and see all of the ideas that we had that were…really really great.

But hey, we were funded, and it gave us the opportunity to actually move into pre-production with actionable ideas rather than “oh hey, talk about doing a thing that we have no way of doing”

The biggest hurdle was selecting WHO the hell to interview for the film. The Matches provided me with a long list of names. The list included everyone who was involved with The Matches history, the significance of their involvement, their contact information, and (most importantly in regards to budget) where they are located in the world. From there, I got to do one of my favorite things: Organize all of the information into one, big, beautiful spreadsheet. Oh, yes. Alphabetized according to region, with several columns of information, notations, and contact info. The spreadsheet is a glorious thing to behold, but alas, because of all of the personal information, I can’t share it with you. Instead, I googled “heaven” and selected the first image, and yeah—pretty much the same thing.

The criteria for interviewees was pretty straightforward; we wanted reputable sources who could provide us with key insight to the ins and outs of the music industry. It would be a huge added bonus if these individuals had a relationship to, or influence in The Matches career, but overall we had a lot of investigative questions in regards to the industry that we needed answered. Luckily for us, about 80% of our interviewees had a close relationship with or investment in The Matches’ career as well as a deep knowledge of the industry—a majority of them having traversed from the heights, to the fall, to where it is today.

Honestly, there are times I look at my list of interviewees and can’t believe how ridiculous the amount of talent is. I’m still in awe of some of the amazing people who agreed to be in our film, and so grateful for their participation. Check out this public list I’ve been able to publish:

But I’m not gonna lie, there have been a few people I’ve reached out to who have turned down interviews. That has been really disappointing. Out of respect, I’m not going to name names, but each time someone would turn us down, it would fill me with a little bit of doubt in my film. It can be hard not to take it personally, but who knows, maybe they’ll have a change of heart in the 11th hour. Hey, the people we have in the film gave us incredible interviews and I’m so happy with what we have.

I keep starting to type about the content of the interviews, but I’ll circle back with that in the next entry. ;)


Once I knew WHO I was going interview and WHERE I was going to interview them, it was about scheduling everything and everyone. I found out that there were about a collective two weeks in LA, a day or two in the midwest, a week or more in the Bay Area, a couple days in New York, a few days in Australia, and at least a day or two in the UK.

All of that was pretty much set, unless, you know, folks were on tour.

Oh, and guess what. ALMOST EVERYONE WAS ON THE ROAD. Trying to schedule full blocks of time in each region proved near impossible because at least 2-4 of my interviewees would be on the road. It wasn’t until we decided to save budget by scheduling interviews as people came through San Francisco that we actually were able to make some progress without breaking the bank on travel expenses.

Now that we had our interviewees selected and (more or less) scheduled, it was time to actually pick up the cameras and start filming...

Next up: Production

Learn more about how to support the Bleeding Audio documentary here.


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Photos: With Confidence in Paris Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:51:13 +0000 Tom idobi photographer Gaelle Pitrel covered the With Confidence show in Paris at L'Espace B....

With Confidence

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Inbox Jukebox 005 – DYLYN, Billionaire, Bridgit Mendler, A Lot Like Birds, The Night Flight Orchestra + Benjamin Muñoz Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:30:59 +0000 Tom The Inbox Jukebox is the new column bringing you fresh new tunes and bands.... [/imgfull]

You slam through the door. You’re so freakin’ pissed off...for so many reasons. You’re about to throw your phone across the room just to watch it smash. Wait. You’ve got that one playlist. It’s audio therapy. This is your Inbox Jukebox:
DYLYN - "Secret"

If you ever need an anthem to get you up or a theme to express your pain, call DYLYN. She'll have you sipping on your "Mimosa" and telling your "Secret" in no time. Her sound is catchy but there are real depths below the atmospheric pop tunes. When we go out this weekend DYLYN is riding with us. Where you at?


Billionaire - "Reasons to be Fearful"

But we just wanna get high at our girlfriend's place.
Sit in bed and watch a documentary all about space...
[keep singing]

Billionaire is all up in the 80s and we're jumping in the telephone booth and going back with him. Something is definitely afoot at the Circle K and it's a solid tune to groove to. Heads up, movie studios: this belongs on your next indie film's soundtrack—hell, it could inspire your next indie film's big idea.



Bridgit Mendler - "Can't Bring This Down"

We don't get much neo-soul in our inbox (thanks, Reybee). We're nodding our heads to Bridgit Mendler's new track. Plus, there's a shoutout to TLC. Yeah, man. All we need is a red solo cup full of Henney and a boy who's dancing way too close while we've got our hands in the air. "You better stop it." Yup, that's perfect we "can't bring this down."


A Lot Like Birds - "For Shelley (Unheard)" music video

We knew there was something special about the new video from A Lot Like Birds. The girl with her eyes closed, listening to music in the backseat; the mom worriedly glancing at her daughter in the rearview while she drives... We were immediately transfixed by melody and visual. When lead singer Cory Lockwood shared the story behind "For Shelley (Unheard)" we felt his pain—in the way we've each had to mourn the loss of someone we love. Everything he's feeling about his mother, Shelley, lives on inside this song.
"That fall, I came home broken. I called her over and over, trying impossibly not to cry when we spoke. She didn’t have the same problem. I could always hear her smiling when we talked. I was writing a record at the time. I wrote about her. I didn’t know if I could ever bring myself to make it a legitimate song. There’s never been a problem for me with writing from a place that’s deeply personal. It’s just that, I never wanted her to hear it. I never wanted her to know that I was hurt, or worse, that my vision of her; this perfect, unbreakable version of strength and hope, had faltered..."




The Night Flight Orchestra - "Midnight Flyer"

This one time, we drove down to Atlanta with our mom, singing nothing but 80s rock. There was hair flying everywhere. Everyone on the road must've thought we were crazy as they chowed down on next exit Chik-Fil-A and Cracker Barrell carryout. We didn't care. There's something about the intersection of metal and rock-rock that makes you lose your inhibitions. The Night Flight Orchestra has that vibe unlocked:



Benjamin Muñoz - "Melle"

Remember that time you were in Belgium at that late night coffee shop and that DJ started spinning a trippy blend of snippets, interpolations, sounds, and melodies that made you feel like you were a character in an anime?
You don't remember? Well, Benjamin Muñoz is about to take you there with his new single "Melle". Get ready for action:


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Gorillaz ArtMusicFare ‘Cause We’re All ‘Humanz’ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:45:01 +0000 Tom Gorillaz will be performing their new album live in full tonight in London, and... [imgfull][/imgfull]

This might not be an Inbox Jukebox selection, but it was in our inbox, and it will be on repeat all day. After all, Gorillaz will be performing their new album live in full tonight in London. Notice our restraint in not shouting that, we'll just repeat it again: Gorillaz will be performing their new album Humanz tonight, live, in full, in London.

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have also released a four song sampler—featured in the tripped out short film Saturnz Barz (Spirit House). You can watch that below in 360 or standard, and you can hear the songs pretty much everywhere. Oh okay, fine, we'll add links to those too.

As if Gorillaz weren't already sending us into a frenzy of happy bounces and shouts of "All my life!" they've also announced the 14 track line-up for Humanz, a Special Edition with 5 more songs, and a Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set with—brace yourselves—all 14 tracks "presented across individual pieces of 12" coloured vinyl (each one a different colour), packaged in individually art-worked sleeves." There's also a Deluxe Vinyl + Art Book option.

Not that any of those are optional, some people...because, you know, um, spending (hold on while we launch our calculator app)...$507.91 on a single album is perfectly normal. And we're glad Gorillaz is letting us be perfectly normal with them once again—just like the sub-culture art fiends we are.

01 “Intro: I Switched My Robot Off”
02 “Ascension” (Feat. Vince Staples)
03 “Strobelite” (Feat. Peven Everett)
04 “Saturnz Barz” (Feat. Popcaan)
05 “Momentz” (Feat. De La Soul)
06 “Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath”
07 “Submission” (Feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
08 “Charger” (Feat. Grace Jones)
09 “Interlude: Elevator Going Up”
10 “Andromeda” (Feat. D.R.A.M.)
11 “Busted And Blue”
12 “Interlude: Talk Radio”
13 “Carnival” (Feat. Anthony Hamilton)
14 “Let Me Out” (Feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
15 “Interlude: Penthouse”
16 “Sex Murder Party” (Feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
17 “She’s My Collar” (Feat. Kali Uchis)
18 “Interlude: The Elephant”
19 “Hallelujah Money” (Feat. Benjamin Clementine)
20 “We Got The Power” (Feat. Jehnny Beth)

Deluxe Tracks:
21 “The Apprentice” (Feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz, and RAY BLK)
22 “Halfway To The Halfway House” (Feat. Peven Everett)
23 “Out Of Body” (Feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz, and Imani Vonshà)
24 “Ticker Tape” (Feat. Carly Simon and Kali Uchis)
25 “Circle Of Friendz” (Feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)

Get into Humanz on 04.28

"Saturnz Barz" (Spirit House) in 360



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Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 006 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:31 +0000 Tom What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Featuring new... [/imgfull]

What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Fridays are always chock full of the latest songs and albums ready to be the soundtrack to everyone’s antics, and here you’ll find some of the week’s standout releases. Whether you’re ready to spin an anticipated song from a favorite artist or just taking a look at what’s out there, there’s a whole lot of tunes to dive right into. Who knows—maybe you’ll find your next obsession.

All Time Low - “Last Young Renegade”

All Time Low showed off a side of themselves that we haven't seen much of when they released their single, “Dirty Laundry,” last month. While it was a refreshing sound from the Baltimore natives, the latest song we get sings a much more familiar tune. “Last Young Renegade”,  the title track off their upcoming Fueled By Ramen debut, is signature All Time Low. It’s a little bit pop, a little bit rock, and it’s a whole lot of fun—plus, Alex Gaskarth’s pipes have never sounded so smooth.

Falling In Reverse - “Broken”

Now four albums deep in their career, Falling In Reverse have cemented themselves as one of the best pop/”hard rock” bands in the business. Whether they’re dishing out stuff like “Bad Girls Club” or the breakneck “God, If You Are Above,” you get the best of both worlds here, and their upcoming record, Coming Home, looks like they aren’t straying away from what works. After the ultra-catchy “Loser,” the band turns things up a notch on the newly-released, “Broken,” showing that they’ve got the writing chops to pen both radio singles and arena-rock anthems.

Betty Who - The Valley

It wasn’t going to be easy for Betty Who to follow-up the success that she had with her 2014 debut, Take Me When You Go. It got her a spot on tour with Katy Perry, notched her a couple of number one Dance Club singles, and made her one of the most promising up and coming artists around. The verdict after hearing her newest album, The Valley? She isn’t up and coming anymore; she’s a full-blown superstar. The record is straight-up loaded with club jams and ballads to listen on your downtime, but no matter the type of song that suits your needs, it’s all a part of a collection that’ll help rightfully turn her into a household name.

Zayn - “Still Got Time (feat. Partynextdoor)”

Ever since Zayn ditched One Direction for a solo venture, it seems like he’s been trying to find the sound that really suits him as an artist. Sure, last year’s debut, Mind of Mine, was decent, but his joint effort with Partynextdoor titled “Still Got Time” is really where he shines. Vocals from both play off each other perfectly, and the dancehall-esque vibe that the track captures displays an avenue that Zayn could (and should) cruise right down with his music in the future.

Kendrick Lamar - “The Heart Part 4”

When Kendrick speaks, the Internet listens—and he’s got a whole lot to say. In a surprise new single, Kendrick Lamar’s near-five minute track takes you on a journey from start to finish with groovy instrumentals and a solid flow. Also, for those into the drama side of things, word on the street is that some of the lines on “The Heart Part 4” fire shots right at Big Sean. Either way, it’s just nice to have Lamar back, and given all the teasing he’s been doing on social media, you have to figure his next record is on the horizon.

Iggy Azalea - “Mo Bounce”

Twerk levels are reaching an all time high on Iggy Azalea’s brand new single’ “Mo Bounce.” Produced by Far East Movement and Stereotypes, the track is one of the first tastes we get from a new full-length after Azalea scrapped six months of material to start anew. With this fresh slate, she calls “Mo Bounce” “the most fun record” on her upcoming album, and we can only hope the supporting tracks match the electricity that this one has.

Gorillaz - “Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)”

Everyone's favorite animated band is back in a big, big way. On April 28th, Gorillaz are dropping Humanz, their first record since 2011. To celebrate the news, they decided to do more than just reveal a single, they unveiled a total of four songs from the record. Between the atmospheric standout “Andromeda” and the dreamy Popcaan-assisted “Saturnz Barz,” fans sure have a lot to be excited about, and it seems like the six year wait will pay off.

David Guetta - “Light My Body Up
(feat. Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj)”

At this point, anytime you see Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne paired together as artists on a track, you know it's going to be fire. With a slew of joint credits to their name, they add another—and perhaps one of their best—in David Guetta’s “Light My Body Up.” Wayne's verse could have been a little longer, but Minaj does her best Sia impression as she belts out a lengthy hook—it's instantly on a top ten of one of the catchiest things Minaj has ever been a part of.

Natasha Bedingfield - “More of Me”

Let’s just get this out of the way: Tangled is 100% the best Disney movie ever made. It’s basically a crime that it’ll never get a *proper* sequel, but the next best thing is an animated series on the Disney Channel that serves as its follow-up. Mandy Moore reprises her role and it’ll sport some new songs, and the greatest part about it is the track that Natasha Bedingfield wrote for it entitled “More of Me.” It won’t set the radio ablaze, but the cheesy throwback 90’s chorus is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face—even if they somehow aren’t the biggest Tangled fanatic.


Other new releases:
Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms
Gorillaz - “Saturnz Barz”, “Ascension”, “We Got the Power”
Local Natives - “I Saw You Close Your Eyes”
The Dollyrots - Whiplash Splash
Maroon 5 - “Cold (Hot Shade & Mike Perry Remix)”
Drake - “Blem”
Katy Perry - “Chained to the Rhythm (Oliver Heldens Remix)”
London Grammar - “Truth Is a Beautiful Thing”
Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa, and 2 Chainz - “Gang Up”
Diet Cig - “Link In Bio”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - “Speak To A Girl”
Trey Songz - Tremaine The Album
Mike WiLL Made-It - Ransom 2


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Join The “Last Young Renegade(s)” with All Time Low’s Brand New Track Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:31 +0000 Tom Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, Friday is here, and we owe it all... [/imgfull]

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, Friday is here, and we owe it all to All Time Low. Okay, Friday might have come either way, but the latest track from our pop punk faves is definitely casting the world in a rosy light today. Titled "Last Young Renegade", this is the second song (and title track) from All Time Low's forthcoming album. A more upbeat offering than first single "Dirty Laundry", "Last Young Renegade" will have you dancing away the wait until the album drops on June 2nd.

Check out the song and video for yourself below, and join us in wishing you were racing the streets on your way to your next All Time Low show (because how cool does their set look?!). Oh, and look out for some sneaky references to other songs in there...just sayin'. If you love what you hear (and we promise you will), make sure to pre-order Last Young Renegade, and you'll get the title track and "Dirty Laundry" instantly!



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Premiere: Your Mood Will Go “Way Up” When You Hear Jonezen’s New Track Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:21 +0000 Tom Detroit rock and roll and Los Angeles lights share the spotlight on Detroit-born/LA-based Jonezen's... [/imgfull]

Detroit rock and roll and Los Angeles lights share the spotlight on Detroit-born/LA-based Jonezen's sound. The hip hop artist is providing jams to go along with your coolest shades and wildest nights.

"Being the follow up to 'Bars', this is a dope track in that it showcases a different side of what I do. It’s not just 100% in your face lyrics. It’s still got the rock vibe but it also has a softer edge to it. Marty James killed the hook, which is super catchy..."

Today, we've got the exclusive first play of his latest song "Way Up", featuring Marty James. A musician who has fought through difficult times to become who he is, his career is all about pushing boundaries while being true to himself. Check out the track below, and let us know what you think over on Twitter.
"The song is really about getting gone, making moves, taking things to the next level. I wanted to make a record that people, no matter where they were from or what kind of sound they were into, could get behind and I think 'Way Up' does a good job of that."


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