Hear The Live Transmission Of Boards Of Canada’s New Album Today

The Internet, we can safely say, has wildly changed the way we are introduced to new music—and that seems to have inspired further innovations. While streaming a forthcoming album in full on NPR or Pitchfork is now old hat, it seems Boards of Canada would rather all their fans tune in at once and hear their feverishly anticipated Tomorrow’s Harvest today, at 4pm Eastern Standard Time.

All you have to do is mosey over to boardsofcanada.com at or before the appointed time; the rest should be self-evident. And with interest so high, it wouldn’t surprise us if the website crashed, à la Kevin Shields’ site when the new My Bloody Valentine went live—though Netflix was able to premiere Arrested Development without major incident, so who knows!

Anyway, upward of 11,000 people have already RSVPd to the event on Facebook, and that’s just among people who RSVP to stuff like this on Facebook. It should be an oddly communal experience, keeping with the subtle hints about the album dropped around the globe that fans had to collaborate to decipher. It didn’t take very long for William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition to come true, now did it. 

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Is Live Streaming a Threat to Fashion Bloggers?

In addition to leg warmers and ’90s references, one leading trend takeaway from both the Paris men’s shows last month and the recently wrapped up New York Fashion Week is live streaming. Everyone is doing it; or, rather, all the big names (from Rodarte and Alexander Wang to Marc Jacobs). But, according to London’s Telegraph, while the introduction of new technology into fashion week speak is great for the masses that aren’t granted access to shows, it’s not so beneficial for another former fashion outsider: the blogger.

The paper goes so far as to argue that bloggers like Tavi and Bryanboy will soon “be eclipsed by something that’s bigger than both of them – the virtual front-row seat at the instant digital fashion show.” Ooo, scary right? Not exactly. In fact, I couldn’t disagree more. Front row access for the mainstream consumer will surely change a few things (the influence of fashion bloggers not being one of them). Seeing clothes in motion, first and foremost, adds a whole new dimension to the fashion show experience. While most consumers are used to seeing flat, 2-dimensional versions of various looks, getting to see the fringe of a Rodarte knit skirt sway just so, or the clomping of the late Alexander McQueen’s SS10 space shoes is as good an anecdote as any to reinvigorating an interest in shopping that may have been suffocated by the recession.

Also, live streaming inherently makes the runway show more relevant. For years a select few have been able to experience the often theatrical combination of live models, soundtrack and, in some cases, elaborate sets–lengths to which designers fewer and farther between have gone. But, now, if a significantly wider audience can appreciate all of the components one might pull together for an effective, evocative show, there’s all the more reason to refocus on the practice once seemingly destined for extinction.

But, back to the bloggers for a moment, let it be said that the likes of Tavi and Bryanboy are by no means critics. In fact, I’ve nary seen a full show review by either one. They’ll comment and take in shows front row, but their fashion influence is much more inextricably liked to their personalities, their personal style and their general accessibility in a world of frivolity and feverish exclusivity.

Live streaming is, however, a threat to sites like Style.com who garner absurd amounts of traffic thanks to the fact that they are one of the few free sites that publish images of entire shows shortly after they happen. If portholes like ShowStudio and brands themselves are hosting video streams of their live shows it means far less traffic for the sites that have long simply shown stills.