1. Most of New York’s subway systems are going wireless, which is amazing because it means I can stream music while I commute. And what has made this development even better is Grooveshark’s new easier, mobile-sharing functionality that let’s me share the music I’m streaming, directly from my phone.  

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    Just click the song’s share button, copy the link & send to a friend. Voila!

    Many of us are hyper-connected these days to our mobile devices and our networks. Music itself is an entirely social entity – for me at least. Most songs in my playlists have a very specific person, mood or scenario associated with them. Streaming and sharing can keep memories alive and loved ones close, making this feature that much more important.

    What makes you want to share music? Do you have any songs in particular that really bring you back?

    -By Anna Murphy


  2. The Water Cooler

        with TV GIRL 

    TV Girl Grooveshark music free SXSW

    While elements of the 60’s are often used to inspire many contemporary bands, it’s rare to find a group of musicians that turn away from the decade’s psychedelic movement to focus on the pop music of the era. The San Diego based indie band, TV Girl, grabs a hold of the 60’s pop sound and transforms it into an indefinable marriage of electronic pop and urban rhythms. Incorporating hip-hop beats, acoustic instruments, and sound machines, these musicians delighted the sharks when they came in and gave us a private performance at the office.

    We chatted with these high school friends turned bandmates to find out a little bit more about the individuals behind this unique sound. Trung and Brad hung out at the Grooveshark Water Cooler and shared with us everything from adolescent sexual frustration to their lives of touring around the nation while juggling office work.

    GS: Correct me if I am wrong, you guys were working at a marketing firm when the band started. How is it like juggling corporate and concerts?

    Trung: Yeah, I still work there part-time. It is super nerdy Internet marketing stuff, not like Mad Men.

    GS: What do you tell your boss when you have to disappear for a week when you have to tour?

    Trung: Well, we both work from home because it is all based online.

    Brad: Yeah it’s kind of cool because that’s the perfect thing to do and tour because you don’t ever have to go into the office. Though the hardest part is to discipline yourself to do your work when you don’t have to go in the office.

    Trung: During our last tour I was definitely doing work in the hotel.

    GS: Where did the name TV Girl come from?

    Trung: The name TV Girl comes from a Beat Happening song of the same name. I really just liked how the named looked on paper and loved how it looked on my iTunes playlist.

    GS: Who were you guys in high school, and what album defined your high school experience?

    Trung: I used to be really into skateboarding, so I guess that’s how people knew me. If you search for it on YouTube you’ll find some funny old skate footage. I listened to The Beatles obsessively in high school. My friend Wes was pretty into them and he gave me their entire discography. So it was sort of by default that I listened to them because they took up the majority of my iTunes. Of all the albums, I probably listened to Please Please Me the most.

    Brad: The Violent Femmes self-titled album probably defined my high school sexual frustration. Honorable mentions go to The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Thermals’s More Parts Per Million, and The Dead Milkmen’s Big Lizard in my Backyard.

    GS: That’s funny that you mentioned sexual frustration in response to your high school experience.

    Brad: Girls; they’re all you really think about in high school and they are all I really thought about and that Violent Femmes’ record was all about that. It really spoke to me at that time. I still really like it but its one of those records that I cant really relate to the feelings I once had about it.

    GS: While we are on this topic, if you could have a date with one of your music influences who would you be with, where would you guys eat, and what song would be playing in the background?

    Trung: I’d grab a slice of pizza with an early 60s Ellie Greenwich and “Maybe Tonight” by The Shirelles would be playing in the background. I think shes such great songwriter and she was an icon of the music I am in to.

    Brad: I want to see Leonard Cohen’s seduction techniques in his prime so I’d probably dress up as hot girl and take notes and bring that back to my future and use it. We’d be listening to his song “Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On.

    GS: Where did the inspiration come to sample different artists like Tracy Chapman and Bob Dylan in your music?

    Brad: It stems from me starting to work with hip-hop beats. I’ve always composed and wrote songs using a guitar and it was cool to have a new avenue to explore songwriting. Sampling is sort of the bread and butter of hip-hop and it is very freeing because you can have any instrument at your disposal; like you could have parts that you could never play yourself or drumming that you could never get yourself no matter how hard you try. I think its a good tool to have if you are a songwriter. Nothing more than good old-fashioned hours of cruising youtube looking for tasty samples

    GS: How was performing at SXSW 2011?

    Trung: It was just a complete disaster. First of all, we drove out in a Corolla and it was four people in a car, with all of our gear driving out to Austin from San Diego. It was 22 hours of driving only to find out that we didn’t really have a place to stay. The whole situation was kind of last minute and during the day to day we’d have to lug all of our gear across the area because we performed in different areas everyday.

    Brad: It was fun but it was a pain.

    Trung: I think we know how to do it better if we were to go next year but it was still sort of cool just to being able to play with some of our favorite artists at the time, like Wise Blood.

    GS: What are some of the future plans for TV Girl?

    Brad: Well we are working on a record now and we just plan on continuing to play shows and figure out better ways to make our set interesting

    Hop on to Grooveshark and check out the band’s recommendations, “I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now” and “Benny and the Jetts.”

    Love,
    Grooveshark


  3.        


    Go to Summer Camp for Free

        Grooveshark wants to send you to the 12th annual Summer Camp  Music Festival for free this year! This awesome 3 day music and camping festival takes place just 2 1/2 hours from Chicago at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois and features over 100 artists on 7 stages. Confirmed 2012 artists include 3 days of moe. and Umphrey’s McGee, Jane’s Addiction, Primus, Pretty Lights, Common, Weir, Robinson, Greene Acoustic Trio, Gov’t Mule, Gogol Bordello, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lotus, Michael Franti, Shpongle, Yonder Mountain String Band, G Love, and many, many more! So check out the details & submission below to take a shot at getting free tickets to camp out & get down to sweet jams and share awesome music with your friends in the process!

    Here’s How to Win Those Tickets

    - Create a new Grooveshark playlist featuring artists from the Summer Camp lineup.
    - To be able to win, playlists must have at least 20 songs and 10 different artists from the lineup.
    - Get as many people to subscribe to your playlist as you can.
    - The top two playlists with the most subscribers each win a pair of General Admission tickets to Summer Camp 2012 + a code for 1 year of Grooveshark Anywhere.
    - 3 runner-ups will get a code for 6 months of Grooveshark Anywhere.
    - Fill out the form below so we can let you know if you win!


    Love & Summer Camp Jams,
    Grooveshark & Summer Camp


  4.        


    Wakarusa!?! Grooveshark?!? Free!?!

        We know you love music. So we’d love to get some free tickets to Wakarusa 2012 in your hands. A quick introduction for the curious, Wakarusa is this sweet four-day Festival at Mulberry Mountain in the Ozarks that kicks off this year on May 31, 2012. Check out the amazing Lineup!

    Here’s How to Win Those Tickets

    - Create a new Grooveshark playlist featuring artists from the Wakarusa lineup.
    - To be able to win, playlists must have at least 20 songs and 5 different artists from the lineup.
    - Get as many people to subscribe to it on Grooveshark as you can.
    - The top two playlists with the most subscribers each win a pair of General Admission tickets to Wakarusa 2012 + a code for 1 year of Grooveshark Anywhere.
    - 5 runner-ups will get a code for 6 months of Grooveshark Anywhere.
    - Fill out the form below so we can let you know if you win!


    For more info on Wakarusa, check out their Facebook page and Twitter.


    Love & Sweet Mountain Jams,
    Grooveshark & Wakarusa

  5. Today Is the Day to Show Your Love!

            Hey, remember Friday, when we previewed Samsung’s awesome Valentine’s theme?


    Samsung’s Awesome Valentine’s Theme!


    Widget-O-Love

            Show the ones you love what they mean to you with a special song just for them. Samsung’s Share a Love Note widget lets you show that affection almost instantaneously.


    Click “Get Started” to bring up the Widget-O-Love sharing window.



    Widget-O-Love as it will appear to your lucky recipients


    Warming the Heart with Playlists by Samsung

            Curious what other people are listening to while swooning over their significant others? Take a peek at the playlists in the Samsung Valentine’s Day Playlist Channel, where you can see the top-ranking playlists put together by other loversharks, just like yourself!


    Every love needs a soundtrack — Let Grooveshark & Samsung help you find yours!


    Get Creative! Scribble Those Feelings!

            Click the Samsung GALAXY Note on the theme to draw notes on the GALAXY Note with the virtual stylus. Have fun with it — make it a surprise by leaving messages for your loved one to find on their Grooveshark home screen!


    Look at that sexy device. Phone? Tablet? It’s GALAXY Note!



    Love,
    Grooveshark & Samsung


  6. Share Music, Show You Care

            For 2012’s holiday of love, Samsung is presenting Grooveshark users an innovatively expressive way to share heart-felt music with those they cherish through Facebook widgets with considerate, personalized messages.


    A preview of Samsung’s spiffy Valentine’s Day theme


    Your Love, in a Facebook Widget

            Use Samsung’s Share a Love Note widget to leave songs on the Facebook walls of those you adore. It takes only a click to get your beloved gushing with emotion at the songs you think are just right for them.


    Click “Get Started” to bring up the Widget-O-Love sharing window.



    Presenting the Widget-O-Love as it will appear to your lucky recipients


    Samsung Offers Playlists from the Heart

            You can also let your significant others know what playlists get you thinking about your feelings for them by sharing playlists from the Samsung’s Valentine’s Day Playlist Channel.


    Every love needs a soundtrack — let Samsung & Grooveshark help you find yours.


    Draw Your Feelings - Get Creative!

            Click the Samsung GALAXY Note on the theme to open an interactive screen where you draw notes with the virtual stylus. Have fun with it — make it a surprise by leaving messages for your loved one to find on their Grooveshark home screen!


    Look at that sexy device. Phone? Tablet? It’s GALAXY Note!



    Love,
    Grooveshark & Samsung


  7. Sharks, we have a big announcement!

    Grooveshark is getting a site redesign! Everyone here has been working diligently to improve Grooveshark to be more seamless, aesthetically pleasing and easier to navigate. Our last site redesign was in December of 2010 and this redesign promises to be the best Grooveshark it can be. To reward our loyal users we are giving our subscribers an early access preview.

    Some aspects of the site redesign include a subtle facelift to the aesthetics, improvements to navigation, improvements to the queue and improvements to the social aspects of Grooveshark. The new social aspects will include new artist profile pages, new user profile pages, an improved community section and improved activity feeds. There will also be a new explore section with a discovery aspect including featured music and recommendations.

    Because we love the people who read our blog, we are sharing some screenshots to give a preview of some of the new features! 

    We’ve made some changes to make it easier to navigate Grooveshark, no matter what page you’re on. The new top navigation bar lets you quickly search for music, find your friends and feeds, view your music, and go to our new section, Explore.

    Explore is a brand new section of Grooveshark that helps you discover all kinds of new music. From new releases to featured playlists, popular songs and genre Radio Stations, Explore will help you find great music that you’re going to love.

    On the Artists page you can browse, discover or keep up with any artist you’d like!

    Here you can keep up with what your favorite artists have been up to lately on the New Releases page!

    On the Popular page you can explore the most popular songs being played on Grooveshark.

    Here you can browse and listen to the array of stations that Grooveshark has predesigned based on genre.

    Clicking on My Music takes you to your library of songs, playlists, favorites, and all the things you’ve pinned to your sidebar—your quick list of all your favorite playlists, songs, and stations.

    Your Favorites live here!

    Here are all of your playlists, neatly organized for you to find and jam out to!

    We’ve updated the Community page to make it easier to track what your shark friends are listening to! 

    This is what it will look like when you go to find a song and play it. 

    This page shows how artists will be organized. There will be tabs for activity, songs, albums and events. 

    We hope you enjoy the redesign and let us know what you think! We will unveil the official redesign to all of our users in the near future - stay tuned!


  8. We’ve stumbled upon this cool new site, Grooveshark Playlists, that is solely dedicated to finding and sharing playlists.

    You can register as a user and upload your own playlists- or you can simply search and browse the ones that are listed and download or play what you’re interested in.

    Check out some of the current playlists that users have uploaded below- you can browse the playlists by genre, or search for your favorite artist or playlist.

    So, if you’re ever on the hunt for new music or playlists but you don’t know where to look, you can check out Grooveshark Playlists and see if anything is up your music alley.


  9. Happy Friday, Grooveworld!

    We wanted to share a cool site with you that you just might find handy. Have you ever wished you could magically transport your favorite playlists into Grooveshark without having to manually recreate them yourself? Well, now you can. Thanks to Groovylists, a site that takes your playlists from Spotify, LastFM or iTunes and adds them to Grooveshark for you.

    There is a limit of 200 songs per playlist, but if you have more than that you can split the playlist into smaller files and add them individually. So, if you have a slew of playlists on other streaming sites that you just don’t want to part with, Groovylists makes it easy for you to send them all over to Grooveshark! The best part? It’s free.

    Check out this quick tutorial below:

    Do you use any other cool sites that help make your Grooveshark experience better? 

    Have a great weekend, sharks.


  10. Two unrelated thing! Awesome guy Mikkin is wondering if anyone has any great playlists of Bollywood music. Can anyone help him out? Post one! Make one!

    Also, Lachlan made a nifty little Grooveshark cursor that makes the cursor on your computer, well, Grooveshark-ified! Neat!