Dawn Ostroff had spent most of her career in the TV and movie business before stepping into her job in music streaming a year ago. But the veteran television and video executive is now tasked with pulling off Spotify’s biggest new gamble in years. O stroff’s mission is to grow the streaming service into a full-fledged audio entertainment company — chiefly through a massive investment in podcasts, something for which Spotify was never originally known. She believes that the nascent audio platform, which is booming in popularity with global audiences, hold immense potential for the company due to its emotional resonance and capabilities in niche programming. “It’s about creating an audio ecosystem where you offer something in addition to music,” Ostroff says. “It’s almost like reading a book where you get to imagine what the person is talking about, and there’s also an intimacy, a very deep intimacy when somebody is talking to you, either in your ear or through audio that allows … [Read more...] about Future 25: Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content Officer at Spotify
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Akron/Family are a four-man band based in Brooklyn, of assorted rural origins (in Pennsylvania, California and upstate New York) and now roaming all over a wide, open space where antique folk balladry, primal drone and explosive improvisation meet and melt in a woodland psychedelia that answers an age-old musical question: What if Pink Floyd gave birth to Ummagumma in the Band’s basement at Big Pink? There is nothing retiring about the first nine minutes of Meek Warrior — “Blessing Force” is practically an album in itself, a mounting-hysteria suite of Hawkwind-like overdrive, healing-ritual chant and free-jazz blowing. The middle of the record (Akron/Family’s third, counting their 2003 split disc with Michael Gira’s Angels of Light ) is softer communion — pagan sing-along and log-cabin jamming — that turns wild and electric again in the ecstatic, tumbling rock of “The Rider (Dolphin Song).” Joining singer-instrumentalists Ryan Vanderhoof, Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton and Dana Janssen … [Read more...] about Fricke’s Picks: What If Pink Floyd Gave Birth to Ummagumma in the Band’s Basement?