Celebrating 3 Years of Band of the Day app

Three years. One thousand and ninety-seven bands. Back in late summer of 2011, in the heart of Silicon Valley, we — a tiny group of designers, developers, and music writers — weren’t sure if we’d ever hit this milestone. In an industry that’s increasingly automated, how would an app that runs 100% on human curation even survive? What would happen if people didn’t like our taste in music? Luckily for us, there has yet to be a music discovery service that can entirely replace the human touch, and from all the feedback we’ve received, you’ve appreciated our taste in music thus far. Today, as your virtual music geek friend (Amanda Van West - hi!) behind Band of the Day app’s sleekly-designed facade, I’m proud to have chosen Sydney, Australia’s The Vines as the band to celebrate our third birthday.

Many of you might already be well-familiar with The Vines. After all, their debut album Highly Evolved (2002) sold over 1.5 million albums worldwide, with singles like “Get Free” and “Outtathaway!” topping the charts and getting significant airplay. This was followed by 2004’s Winning Days, and had the band touring all over the world. One of those stops was in April 2004 at The Warfield in San Francisco, California. It was part of what was dubbed ‘The Aussie Invasion Tour,’ with The Living End and Jet rounding off the lineup. I was a senior in high school at the time and — after reading all the praise about The Vines in music magazines like NME, Rolling Stone, and Spin — my friends and I made the trek from the suburbs to the big city to finally see what all the hype was about.

As soon as they hit the stage and struck the first few notes, I was in awe of the wild and raw punk rock energy sparking through the air. Frontman Craig Nicholls’ face would distort as he’d snarl out self-loathing lyrics like, “She never loved me/why should anyone?” (‘Get Free’), with beads of sweat flying off of his shaggy ‘do. To put it briefly, it was a ferocious, electrifying performance. Anyone who was there that night wouldn’t have been surprised to see The Vines blow up even further.

But like many bands who experience a meteoric rise to fame, it’s not without consequence. After 2006’s Vision Valley, which didn’t achieve as much commercial success as the previous releases, the band was dropped from their record label. Still, they persisted and two years later released Melodia, the first album for their then-label Ivy League Records. This was followed by 2011’s Future Primitives, which was self-funded by the band. Both were solid releases, but still didn’t achieve the accolades of their first two albums.

Now in September 2014, The Vines are back with a two-disc album, Wicked Nature — arguably their finest album since 2002’s Highly Evolved. It’s been released completely independently, funded through a crowdsourced PledgeMusic campaign ( This album sees a new band lineup, with the rhythm section now made up of Tim John on bass and Lachy West on drums. Nicholls is still at the helm as lead vocalist and guitarist, but for the first time ever he’s also taken on the role of producer (with Paul Mckercher as co-producer for disc one). The result is a 22-song journey through everything from explosive punk rock (“Out The Loop”), to sludgy grunge (“Metal Zone”), to free-spirited psychedelia (“Truth”). It’s The Vines being true to their very core, a band that knows what they do best and have done it with fearless gusto. This is the type of album that we’ll be shamelessly blasting over and over again here at Band of the Day HQ, and we hope that no matter where you are in the world, you’ll take the time to crank it up and join the virtual party on our third birthday today.

And to all of the bands we’ve featured over the past three years, the labels we’ve worked with, the music publicists, the friends/family members/app users who have all said, “hey, have you heard about this band?”, I’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU on behalf of the Band of the Day family. Our app would be nothing without all of this incredible music, and we feel lucky every single day we get to share new tunes with the world. Here’s to making it three years, and for many more years to come! - Amanda Van West (@amandabomb)


955 Dreams ships beautiful Band of the Day app (and shows way to new three-screen strategy)

The three screen strategy. It’s something you will hear a lot about over the next few weeks. Phone. Tablet. TV.This innovative little startup shows how it’s done as they release Band of the Day, quite an innovative little app. Meet the execs behind it and get it at


RCM Interview. Amanda Van West 'Band Of The Day' app.

As a blog that loves to champion incredible new music, we’re always on the hunt for great new sources of music recommendation and the Band Of The Day app is one of our favourites. We caught up with Amanda Van West to find out more. Firstly can you introduce yourself. Who are you and what…

RCM Interview. Amanda Van West ‘Band Of The Day’ app. was originally published on Right Chord Music

Band Of The Day App Features The Musgraves - -
Today, The Musgraves are the featured band for the Band of the Day App. Earlier this week, you may remember A Genuine Freakshow being featured. We are happy to say we had two of our bands featured in one Week! Get to downloading the app and enjoying some Musgraves tunes!

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Whilst chilling on the sofa at around 2am unable to retire to my slumber, I thought I’d go on a little adventure on my iPod. You know, tweet, download new apps and see what’s going on in the world of technology and music etc… and I discovered a new app which is RIGHT up my street! The app is called “Band of the Day” and the concept is basically that everyday a little pack of information and goodies about a new band/artist is released. It has a few duds, but on the whole is very good as it has a little something for everyone on it, from jazz to folk, rock to dubstep and so much more. It allows you to sample a few of the songs from that artist of the day, and every entry is archived so you can go back to it and listen whenever you like. And this is all for FREE.

So on October 2nd, I checked out Jonathan Boulet. He’s from Australia and fits in the folk-pop genre, with tribal beats and chilled out vibe. The song above is called “A Community Service Announcement” and is a beautiful example of what this guy is capable of. His vocals are easy going and although the song exerts a particular exuberance, it is really easy to listen to. The same can be said for the song “Ones Who Fly Twos Who Die”. I can definitely detect a Carnival edge to his music which can never be a bad thing! These songs are part of Boulet’s solo project, as he is also currently part of an Indie Rock band Parasades and Thrash Metal band Snakeface. 

As we reach into a colder October it is hard not to miss the summer sun, but when listening to Jonathan Boulet’s music it’s almost as if it never left us. I highly recommend you check out his music and check out the Band of the Day app! It’s little treasures like this that make me happy. His self titled album is available on iTunes NOW!

Band of the Day: Best of August 2014

Well, that month sure flew by! And of the 31 bands featured, here are the top five (and a bit more), as determined by a variety of super scientific app data-crunching:

#1: All The Luck In The World - the luck of the Irish is, indeed, with this folk trio from Wicklow, Ireland. Nah, scratch that. They’re amazing enough on their own musical merit. Congrats, lads! 

#2: Above & Beyond - there’s a good reason they’re world-renowned; these musicians clearly know how to produce incredible tunes.

#3: Clear Plastic Masks - bone deep, blue-collar rock & roll 

#4: Twin Oaks - dream pop/folk duo from LA

#5: It’s a four-way tie! Thor Rixon, Caleb Hawley, Matt Andersen, and Sequin all take the number 5 spot. 

Remember, if you missed out on any of these artists, you can click on the links to hear free tunes, or just look for them in the app. Download for free on iOS here, or on Android here

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955 Dreams Brings Elegance, Disruption To Music Discovery With Band Of The Day

via: techcrunch

955 Dreams is on a roll. They’ve released five iOS apps so far, and all five have been featured by Apple as an “App of the Week”. Band of the Day is the latest one, earning the distinction this week.

And the app earns the title. I’ve been trying it out for the past couple of weeks and it’s a great way to discover new music. Unlike Pandora which relies on algorithms, or some of the other music services that rely heavily on social, Band of the Day brings a straightforward and old-school approach to music discovery: humans pick a band to highlight each day.

But they do so in a beautiful way, custom tailoring content within the app for that band. You get music, videos, bios, and even a robust review written by 955 Dreams’ editorial team. Naturally, if you decide you love the music, buying it via iTunes is only one click away.

Just as important as the content is how it’s presented. Fans of the 955 Dreams apps On the Way to Woodstock and History of Jazz will be well aware of the team’s attention to detail. Talking with co-founders Kiran Bellubbi and T.J. Zark, it almost sounds as if they work for Apple. Bellubbi talks about the importance of “emotive” products, and feels they’ve nailed it with Band of the Day.

Rather than taking existing content and trying to shove it into an app, they thought about what a music app should look like from the ground up, Zark notes. And unlike with Way to Woodstock and History of Jazz where 955 Dreams had the luxury of designing for the iPad’s big screen, they had to fit Band of the Day onto the iPhone screen (an iPad version is in the works too).

And the goal was to keep the app under 20 MB (so you can download it over 3G) and make it so a user would never see a loading screen. “We’ve broken our backs to make that happen,” Bellubbi says.

Band of the Day is also trying to disrupt the market with a new model. While the app itself is free and comes with a free week’s worth of music, you then must pay either $0.99 a month or $9.99 a year to continue accessing new music each day. If the app is a hit, 955 Dreams should find a lot of money coming their way.

And the team absolutely expects the app to be a huge hit. Bellubbi lays out his vision for Band of the Day on one out of every three iPhones out there in the world. They hope it becomes the way for new musical acts to get discovered. And the music labels are on board with this as well — already over 50 different labels have signed on to distribute music this way.

But don’t expect to see Band of the Day (or any of 955 Dreams’ other apps) on Android any time soon — the team only has interest in designing for iOS.

You can find Band of the Day here in the App Store.

via: techcrunch

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A Genuine Freakshow are today’s featured band on the band of the day app! Featuring a new band everyday, Band of the Day App features new and upcoming bands from all over the world. Band of the Day wrote up a nice little article and review about A Genuine Freakshow and featured some of the…

Band of the Day: Best of July '14

August’s off to a great musical start, but we wanted to take a moment to share the top performing bands (based on number of song plays, music purchases, shares, and views) of July, in case you missed out on any. 

The #1 spot for July goes to: The Revivalists! 

And for the rest of the top 5 bands of July, we have:

#2 - Andrew St. James: A gifted 18 year-old folk artist whose lyrics are inspired by a colorful cast of characters

#3 (tied) - The Crookes: Four Sheffield lads with a knack for crafting sprightly, hook-laden Britrock; and Milky Chance: Elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lilting, lush vocals

#4 - Kognitif: Airy, abstract French trip hop that should soundtrack your next dinner party in space

#5 (tied) - Sabina: Sophisticated multilingual pop/rock solo project from the iconic Brazilian Girls’ front woman; and The Felice Brothers: Kitchen sink folk that makes even the coldest day feel like a perfect summer’s day lost in the backwoods

Sony and Tough Mudder Officially Partner Up for 2015 Challenge Course

Fitness has become and ever-increasingly more important part of modern day life and our gadgets reflect that.  With the advent of smartwatches and fitness bands we know more about our daily health than ever before.  From tracking calories to tracking steps walked throughout the day, fitness bands, apps and smartwatches paired with the latest smartphones get the job done.  But there’s more needed to reach the top of your game and that’s where fitness camps can come in.  Tough Mudder is a sort of fitness camp that’s put on every year and contains a 10-12 mile course that’s full of tough obstacles, with the goal of course, to complete the whole course.  What makes Tough Mudder different from other events like it out there?  It’s the focus on camaraderie and teamwork over finishing in a certain time.

Tough Mudder also gets its name from the incredibly difficult obstacles that’ll keep you trying over and over again, and the only way to truly win is to elicit the help of your friends.  As these sorts of events have become more and more social over the years Sony has teamed up with Tough Mudder for the 2015 challenge and will be bringing all its flagship products to the event.  This includes the Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Smartwatch 3 and Sony SmartBand Talk as well as the Lifelog app that Sony has been tweaking for years.  The Smartwatch 3 and SmartBand Talk will be used by participants to accurately count things like steps and distance traveled, all organized into the Lifelog app that we discussed in the SmartBand review.

Of course, we can’t forget Sony’s most recent flagship phone, the Xperia Z3, which will be utilized in a number of ways throughout the course. Tough Mudder will be placing Xperia Z3 phones throughout the course at strategically placed angles to catch the action.  Since the Xperia Z3 is IP68 waterproof and dustproof, the highest rating you can get on a device like this, Tough Mudder isn’t worried about the phone getting a little wet and getting ruined while event goers get dirty.  Features like TimeShift Burst and TimeShift Video will catch all the action and deliver it in new ways that event goers can see afterward and experience the event over and over again.  For more information on Tough Mudder check out the source link below.

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Long time no update! I bought a jawbone up band on a sweet groupon deal and signed up for my work’s walking challenge on the 7,000 steps a day team. Hopefully using the band and the app helps keep me on track with fitness!

Fitness Trackers

In just three short weeks, the Apple watch will be available for pre-order. On the off chance that you haven’t heard me gushing about it, I am so excited! I realize that the first generation of new technologies usually comes with a few bugs, and that many of us wait for the second or third generation before dropping hundreds of dollars on a new gadget. This is very wise, but I just can’t wait!

Over the past two years, I have played with multiple fitness trackers, and here are my thoughts and experiences on my favorites:

Jawbone Up: I really like this one and it would be my #1 if I hadn’t been through 7 bands in 12 months. The battery seems to die after three months of daily use. The customer service was always great and fast. My band would die and I would send and email it to customer service, and within 3-5 days I would have a new band. The companion app is my favorite, and I still use it with my Pebble watch (see below). In addition to tracking mileage, users can input different activities and adjust the length of time and intensity of the workouts. It tracks calories consumed, calories burned, weight, and distance; it also shows graphic representations of any two of these. My favorite is comparing calories consumed and burned. The Up also tracks sleeping, including light and deep sleep, although I don’t know what to do with this information. Pricing is $100-$125.

Misfit Shine: Looks like jewelry and different bracelets and necklaces can be purchased so that it really is jewelry. It runs off of a replaceable watch battery and is super easy to change. It has a strange blinking light watch function. I have a bad habit of wearing it upside down, so the time never makes sense. The Shine will tell you how many steps/miles you have moved and it assigns points for activity and congratulates you when you have reached your point goal. Syncing is super easy, as you just hold your phone near the Shine with the app open. The app is not as detailed as the Jawbone Up, but it is possible to add workouts, even though the selection is limited and the intensity is not adjustable. While there is not a food log, it does track sleep. Pricing is $100.

Pebble Watch: A smart watch, akin to what I would expect from a prequel to the Apple watch. It has a rechargeable battery that I charge every 3-4 days for about an hour. There is an app store with all sorts of different apps, from watch faces to fitness oriented to games. There is a blue tooth connection that allows it to work with both iOS and android phones. Yes, I receive notifications of phone calls, text messages, and reminders from my phone on my watch! I cannot respond to text messages via the watch, although there are apps that allows you to send canned responses. There is a remote control function that allows me to control the audio player from my phone. It even works with the Jawbone Up app, but syncing is not as smooth or as accurate as it is with the Up band, but this is not a deal breaker. The phone itself replaces the Up band! Pricing is $150.

Ultimately, the best fitness tracker is a subjective assessment; not everyone wants the same things from a fitness tracker. Many of you might not have any interest in seeing text messages on your wrist. If you are a watch person, most likely you will prefer a fitness tracker that is only a fitness tracker. Think about what exactly you want from your fitness tracker, and even try a few different trackers before committing.

Look for an update on the Apple watch and how much fun I am having with it in early May!