Berlin’s Most Fun Music Venue Is A Jamaican Bar With A Fake Beach

Iranian President Rouhani now has his own ‘Yes, We Can’ music video

PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Fortunately, there’s also a whole world of Berliner weirdo spots, with all the upside of those classic places (excellent sound systems, an anything-goes ambience), but that don’t require making it past the iron gates of Sven Marquardt . YAAM had absolutely everything a music-hunting, scene-averse tourist could want: German/Jamaican rastas fist-bumping you on the way in through a vast yard cordoned from the street by a graffiti-doused section of the Berlin Wall; an ad hoc shack called “Cool Runnings” slinging vegan food and mulled wine — a perfect way to batter the cold wind off the Spree; a DJ playing spooky, soulful trap and dancehall mixes through a sound system that rivaled the bass at Low End Theory (even tin shack dives in Berlin have perfectly calibrated low ends). The bartender noted that the first drink is the most expensive because they donate an extra Euro to the volunteer DJ and the club’s activist programs (which still rang up a pint of Berliner Kindl at around $3); fliers touting big shows for up-and-coming dancehaller Chronixx and classics such as the Skatalites; and a giant sign hangs outside that homophobia — long a scourge of Jamaican music — will not be tolerated in the slightest. If you’re in Berlin, it’s totally valid to seek out the heavyweight clubs of dance music. But it’s also refreshing to know that off the techno-tourist trail is a whole world of global-village blowup spots where instead of a steely-eyed gatekeeper, there’s a double first-bump and a mug of hot wine waiting for you inside. (The experimental-noise space Madame Claude’s was another). I can only image how much fun YAAM is in summer.
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YouTube may be getting ready to launch its music subscription

A file called music_upsell_dialog.xml contains text strings that promise offline playback to take your music everywhere, background listening to keep your music playing while listening to other apps and uninterrupted music with no ads on millions of songs. Subscribe to A YouTube spokesperson declined to comment on these specific findings, and instead send me this statement: Were always working on new and better ways for people to enjoyYouTubecontent across all screens, and on giving partners more opportunities to reach their fans. However, we have nothing to announce at this time. Google is already running a Spotify-like music subscription service called Google Play Music All Access, but there have been a number of reports that the company is looking to sell music subscriptions through YouTube as well. Most recently, Billboard reported that a YouTube music service will launch before the end of the year. The licensing agreements Google struck for its Play Music service also cover a YouTube offering, according to the report. Using YouTube to sell music subscriptions could make sense for Google. YouTube is effectively already the most popular music service in the world, and the sites charts of most-viewed videos routinely gets dominated by songs from major-label artists. Related research and analysis from Gigaom Research:
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YouTube set for ‘Music Pass’ subscription, app code reveals

Here’s the video, and below that, some snips from the speech, translated into English: I don’t have a full English translation of the speech, but it opens : “In the presence of the holy Koran and before the nation, I swear to the omnipotent God to safeguard the official religion of the country and the Islamic Republic as well as the country’s constitution.” Here are some quotes from the speech, as it was translated in write-up by Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian : The government of hope and prudence wants to bring back happiness to Iranians lives, Rouhani said, referring to his campaigns motto. To achieve this, we have to increase national wealth and power, and assign those with wisdom as decision makers, trust nongovernmental organizations, increase privatization and have trust in people. The only way to interact with Iran is to have dialogue from an equal position, creating mutual trust and respect and reducing enmities, Rouhani said. Let me state it clearly that if you want a positive response, talk to Iran not with a language of sanctions but a language of respect. Rouhani’s rhetorical style does have quite the same music-video-ready force and flourish as candidate Obama’s did. Max Fisher is the Post’s foreign affairs blogger. He has a master’s degree in security studies from Johns Hopkins University.
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Concert photos by the L.A. Times

The code, which was excavated by the blog Android Police , apparently reveals these forthcoming options: Background music to keep playing while you use other apps. Uninterrupted playback — so no ads. Offline play so you can watch videos and listen to music away from Wi-Fi without devouring your data allowance. Further code hints that you’ll be able to download a whole playlist to watch offline, and choose which definition the video is saved as, while uploaders will be able to specify their videos can’t be watched offline. There’s no indication as to whether all YouTube videos will be available, or just music. Related stories: YouTube app lands on Xbox One Google already has a monthly music-subscription service, clunkily called Google Play Music All Access . It’s possible that will be folded into the YouTube offering at some point — YouTube is certainly a much better-known brand.
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