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Record Store Day HYPE

Record Store Day is coming soon! BA HiBiscuits wrote this overview of some of the Record Store Day releases that are most exciting to her. Support your local independent record store!

April 18th means a few things for me this year. For one, it’s springtime, so there probably won’t be cold weather in Chicago any more. Probably. Also, I will have already received my tax return from the government (thanks government!), so there will be a little extra in my bank account. Finally – and probably related to that last thing about having a little more money – it’s Record Store Day, a time to celebrate one of the most awesome vestiges of the past that somehow still remains popular (RIP video rental)… the independent record store, with a ton of new releases, limited edition vinyl, and in-store performances.

Record Store Day happens every year on the third Saturday of April and brings together artists, music lovers, and independent record stores from all over the world. It was founded in 2007 by a group of record store owners in Baltimore, all because one record store employee (from Bull Moose) thought it’d be really cool to do something like Free Comic Book Day, but for independent record stores instead of comic book stores.

He was right. It is really cool. My first Record Store Day was in 2013 – it wasn’t even really on purpose; I was walking down Milwaukee Ave. and saw a huge crowd of people in Reckless Records. People bobbing their heads as some bands I’ve never heard of played sets right in the middle of the store, people forming a huge line at the register… After about 45 seconds of just observing from outside, I became one of them. I didn’t end up buying anything. I didn’t even own a record player at that point. But it didn’t matter, because it was just really cool to feel connected to a whole crowd of music lovers (kind of how I feel on plug.dj, heh).

Even though people often think of record stores as a hip rocker and indie hangout, there’s something for everyone on Record Store Day. I’m mostly an indie rock fan, but because my musical tastes are kind of all over the place, I decided to cover a little bit of a bunch of different genres. Without further ado, here are some of the Record Store Day releases that I’m most excited about…

For 80s lovers: Both A-Ha and David Bowie are releasing 7-inch picture discs – I might walk out with “Take on Me” on vinyl. Never thought that’d happen in 2015! Tears for Fears is also releasing a 12” single with remixes of some of their classics, and perhaps the most exciting one for me is the Violent Femmes’ first release in 15 years, Happy New Year. It’s appropriately on champagne clear vinyl.

For some really smooth R&B, check this out: D’Angelo is releasing a couple of the tracks on the critically acclaimed (and super sexy) Black Messiah on 7-inch.

Hip-Hop fans should look out for J Dilla’s release of his classic single “F**k the Police” on 7-inch badge-shaped picture disc. It even comes in its own custom pocket! A$AP Rocky is also putting out a release, featuring the heavy track “Multiply” (with Juicy J).

For longtime indie music fans, The Decemberists are re-releasing Picaresque in honor of the album’s 10th anniversary on red vinyl – looking to get my hands on this one especially. Another 10th anniversary pressing is The White Stripes’ red and white vinyl version of Get Behind Me Satan.

Some highly anticipated electronic releases: Banks is releasing The Remixes Part 2, with work by names like Aeroplane and KiNK, and it even includes instrumental versions for all of you producers on plug.dj to play with. Avicii is also putting out a remix release of his 2014 EP The Days/The Nights with a broad spectrum of reworks.

Rockers will love the Foo Fighters’ 10-inch Songs from the Laundry Room, with demos of “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me,” a cover version of “Kids in America” (made famous by Kim Wilde, of course), and even an unreleased track. It’s no surprise that the Foo Fighters are putting out something so great – Dave Grohl is this year’s Record Store Day ambassador.


See the full list of Record Store Day releases here – some of these releases are region-specific, so there might be something really exclusive near you! What are you going to try to get your hands on for this year’s Record Store Day? Tell us in the comments.

BA Spotlight: sinful

Congratulations to sinful for earning the BA Spotlight! He’s known for helping with moderation wherever he can, from hosting events to addressing inquiries on the Feature Request board. Make sure to congratulate him if you see him on plug and thank him for all of his contributions!

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1. What is your username on plug.dj and where do you like to hang out?

Hey there! My username on plug.dj is sinful, but some may know me as sin, sinny, toast, etc, I have several nicknames. I usually hang out in Tastycat and the Chillout Mixer though I love to room hop on occasion.

2. What music and artists are you excited about right now?

This a hard one, I love so much music.. seriously. I go through several different genres throughout my regular day but my favorite I’d have to say is trill (chillwave/chill trap), either that or liquid drum & bass. Currently I’m addicted to listening to Hybrid Minds, Rameses B, Haywyre, and Astronomyy (if you haven’t already heard them, then I definitely suggest you do!).

3. Where are you from? What do you do for fun when you’re not on plug.dj?

I am from Los Angeles, California, USA. When I’m not on plug.dj I’m usually working, hiking, or hanging out with some friends if they’re available. I love being outside in nature, so if you have any cool hiking spots you know of in Los Angeles, let me know!

4. Are you in school, or do you have a job? 

I am in school and I also have a job. I am a first year college student studying in computer programming and web development and have a part time job working and helping manage at an Italian deli. Mmmm Italian food!

5. What are some things you hope to accomplish personally next year? 

By next year I hope to further my knowledge in computer sciences as well as finish organizing some things at work such as updated handbooks, forms, rules, and a new website. Oh! And I want to finally push myself to hike Halfdome at Yosemite National Park.

6. What inspires you to be a Brand Ambassador? 

You! All of you! Working with the community of plug.dj is one of the main things that inspired me to become a Brand Ambassador, and continues to inspire me. I love to help out with questions, whether it be in random communities, the support room, or in feature requests.

7. How do you contribute to the plug.dj community as a BA? 

My ‘job’ as a Brand Ambassador is to help answer feature requests that you guys/girls send in as well as setting up Brand Ambassador hangouts. Hope to see you in either of the two!

8. Why do you love plug.dj? What’s the most exciting thing about plug.dj?

I love plug.dj because of the people I meet here. One of my favorite sayings is “I came for the music and I stayed for the people” because it’s so true. I’ve made plenty of great friends on plug.dj and I am so grateful for all the time I’ve been able to spend having fun listening to music and chatting with them.

 9. What’s the most common question you get about plug.dj, and how do you answer it?

The most common question I get asked on plug.dj is “Do you like being a Brand Ambassador?”, and my answer is “Hell yeah!”

10. Any final thoughts, advice or shoutouts you’d like to share?

Hmmm.. [Final thoughts]: Make sure to stop by at some of Tastycat’s or the Chillout Mixer’s events! [Advice]: Live Long And Prosper. [Shoutouts]: Shoutouts to my good friends Emsify, Terminally Chill, Lisanne, all the staff members from Tastycat and the Chillout Mixer, and of course ThoringMuffin and Babewaves for helping me through the BA program. Thank you so much for putting up with me :’) I’ve enjoyed plug.dj 100x more.

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Watch the Live Stream of Coachella 2015

It’s Southern California’s favorite time of the year–where people from around the world gather in the desert to experience one of the most eclectic music festivals out there. You guessed it, it’s Coachella time!

If you don’t have the funds to be at the festival yourself, plug has got you covered. We’ll be streaming Coachella all weekend long.

What’s an even better way to watch? You can jam out using one of the AMAZING new island-themed Avatars that are included with our subscription service. Subscribing to plug will help us stream Coachella for many years to come, so join the family!

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Now get to it! Subscribe, support and enjoy the Coachella stream. We’ll see you there :)

Coachella Lineup: https://www.coachella.com/lineup/

WOW! This Changes Everything! Goodbye Plug Notes, Hello Subscriptions!

Update 5: DONE!! Plug is back and better than evar! Thank you for all of your patience! Now let’s play!
Update posted: April 8, 2015 5:40pm PDT

Update 4: It took a bit longer than expected to convert everyones Plug Notes into Plug Points, but we’re in the home stretch now! Get ready to dance…
Update posted: April 8, 2015 3:14pm PDT

Update 3: We decided to up the ante on your remaining Plug Notes. 5:1 just wasn’t enough. How does 10:1 sound? Twice as nice, right? You’re welcome. :)
Update posted: April 8, 2015 11:30am PDT

Update 2: It has begun! We are now in the process of releasing the new version of plug.dj that will include all of the amazing subscription changes! Get ready for awesome!
Update posted: April 8, 2015 10:00am PDT

Update 1: Since many of you want to buy a subscription ASAP, I wanted to share an update. Our current go-live time for this update is now scheduled for Wednesday, April 8th, pending any last-minute issues. Hang in there! :)
Update posted: April 7, 2015 1:07pm PDT

Yearly Subscriber Badge

First and foremost, let us start by giving a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the amazing people in the community that purchased Plug Notes. It is extremely humbling to know that you love plug.dj enough to support it with some of your hard earned money. Thanks for that!

We have learned a lot over the last few months from listening to your feedback about the Plug Notes system. The two biggest lessons learned were:

  1. Most of you want to support plug.dj and would prefer cheaper pricing options.
  2. You would like to have the option to unlock avatars with earned currency (Plug Points).

We are addressing both of your concerns with some important changes early next week.

First: I want a cheaper way to support plug.dj and get some cool stuff too!

Awesome! A subscription is the perfect option for you.

Subscribe to plug.dj

As a subscriber you will receive:

  • Unlimited access to ALL Subscriber Avatars and Badges — everything that was previously a Plug Notes avatar or badge is now available to you at no additional cost.
  • Unlimited access to ALL future Subscriber Avatars and Badges — each month we will be releasing a new community background theme along with avatars and badges to match the theme. This month’s theme is: The Lost Island.
  • An exclusive subscriber chat icon and name color.
  • No level restrictions on avatars! — Don’t want to wait until level 14 to unlock that awesome Ninja? Subscribers can unlock any avatar anytime!
  • Send gifts to your friends — Use your Plug Points to gift others in the community as a symbol of your appreciation for any act of awesomeness.
  • And most importantly… you get to ensure the future of plug.dj! — We depend on your support to add all the cool new features you want like Private Messaging, Mobile Apps, Bots, searching all playlists, etc… by becoming a subscriber it will help us get all of those finished and more!

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All of that for the INSANELY LOW PRICE of ONLY $2.99/month (USD).

What’s that you say? You want an even better deal?? OK!! You can get 2 months free PLUS an exclusive badge if you sign up for a yearly subscription for only $29.90 (USD)! That’s just 8 pennies a day for an all-access subscription to the best music community in the universe!

I’ve heard enough! I want to sign up NOW!

Second: I spend a lot of time on plug.dj and I want to unlock avatars and badges by spending time instead of money.

We hear you loud and clear. If you have lots of time and very little money, we’ve got you covered too! It’s like they say “time is money” right? If you can’t afford the $2.99/month for a subscription, all of the subscriber avatars and badges can now be unlocked with Plug Points so that you can grind out those points and get the exact avatar or badge you want. Most people should be able to earn at least one subscriber avatar a month if you visit plug.dj regularly. Of course, a subscription gets you access to ALL of the subscriber avatars and badges right away. Just sayin’ ;)

Wow, that really IS a great deal. I’m in!

Avatars priced for everyone

Conversion plan for our awesome supporters.

As one of our original supporters who purchased Plug Notes, rest assured, we’ve got something special for you!

  1. We have converted all Plug Notes purchases to Subscriptions at a value equal to the amount you have spent. For example, if you bought $19.99 worth of Plug Notes, you get a free 7 months subscription at no additional cost! $19.99 ÷ $2.99 = 7 free months (technically 6.68 months, but of course we will round up when appropriate!)
  2. Any avatars or badges that you unlocked with Plug Notes before subscriptions were introduced will remain in your account and will be available to use with or without a subscription. If you bought em, you keep em. They’re yours!
  3. We are giving 4 exclusive badges to people who have spent at least $20, $50, $100 and $200, respectively and inclusively. For example, if you spent $125, you get the $20, $50 and $100 badges.
  4. For any Plug Notes that you have not yet spent, we are converting them into Plug Points at a value of 5 10 to 1. For example, if you had 100 Plug Notes remaining, you will now have an additional 500 1000 Plug Points in your account.

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In summary, you not only get to keep what you already unlocked, but you also automatically get access to ALL of the other subscription avatars and badges that you didn’t yet unlock for as long as your free subscription lasts. Once the free subscription runs out, you can easily renew at the regular rate to keep all of these benefits.

Don’t forget, only Subscribers get to send gifts of Plug Points to your friends & comrades. Now you’ll have even more Plug Points to gift. Go make it rain!!

“We’re Working On It.” Yes, still.

So yeah… about those server outages. We had 3 outages in the last 3 days. :( Obviously not our proudest moment. We are extremely sorry that we dropped the ball and let you down. Every second that plug.dj is not fully functional is excruciatingly painful for all of us, just as it is for you. Stability, security & scalability are always our primary objectives, and when we fail at those, it stings. Stings real bad.

We know we can never replace the hours of fun you lost because of these outages, but perhaps we can give you something else instead? How about 875 Plug Notes so that you can buy yourself something nice? A small token of our appreciation for your loyalty, understanding and your patience.

Please know that we are always striving for 100% up-time and will continue to work tirelessly until we achieve that goal.

So please enjoy your free Plug Notes (they are already in your account!), and enjoy your weekend! We will be spending our weekend keeping a close eye on the servers to make sure everything works as expected! What communities will you be in this weekend?