Friday, July 30, 2010

I'm an American, I want Spotify

Spotify Reboots U.S. Label Negotiations []: Regarding the licensing status, Parks said “We are in fact in a good place with our label negotiations. We’re confident in our U.S. launch later this year.”  This quote comes after news that the company had to restart its negotiations with the US labels.  I have yet to try or even see Spotify in action but I'm eager to test it out.  Will the over-hyped music streaming service disappoint or is this what the future of music looks like?  Think of it as iTunes except you can stream much more than just the 30 second snippets.  I'll be trying out the freemium ad-based version but if its good, I would definitely pay to stream.  While I'm not a fan of Rdio, I do recommend Grooveshark in the interim.  I may even buy a Grooveshark T-shirt (*w/ 1 yr free!).
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Conan O’Brien’s Love/Hate Relationship with the Internet

A poster for Team Conan, created during the To...Image via Wikipedia
Conan O’Brien’s Love/Hate Relationship with the Internet [Techcrunch]:

Nice overview of Conan's SF Sketchfest Tribute and Q&A by Techcrunch.  Conan digs into the shake up of all traditional media thanks in part to the Internet.  As Sarah Lacy writes, "If it hasn’t happened to your industry yet—wait. It will."  Actually, I can't really think of an industry that it has begun to re-invent.

"'Those men behind the curtain—the great and powerful Oz—are scared shitless right now,' O’Brien said, adding that the chaos is so high that anyone in the audience could just as likely be running a major network in a few years. O’Brien opened by saying he was choosing to see opportunity in the volatility in his business, but over the next few hours it was clear that it wasn’t that simple."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Should ISPs Pay for Music Piracy?

Anti-copyright symbolImage via Wikipedia
Should ISPs Pay for Music Piracy?: "if ISPs and broadband providers are going to provide consumers the means to pirate music content—and the problem will only get worse as available bandwidth increases—ISPs need to either curtail piracy by “wising up” their pipes to prevent transfer of illegally distributed content, or “pay a fair price” for the copyrighted material traversing their networks."
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Leaky Music Faucet

How Artists Deal with Music Being Leaked Online - TIME:  "'Even just a few years ago, you had to know where on the Internet to go,' says Eric Garland, founder and CEO of media-analysis company BigChampagne. Whereas would-be downloaders once lurked primarily on peer-to-peer file-sharing programs like Limewire or BitTorrent, 'now,' says Garland, 'it's like, eh, just Google it.'"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood works on new Bryan Ferry album

Bryan Ferry is working on an album with an full lineup of contributors that included Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and Chic singer Nile Rodgers. Ferry's new album Olympia hits October 25.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Admiral Radley at Hammer

Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA.....
Looking forward to this Thursday's "Also I Like to Rock" concert at the Hammer Museum in Westwood.   Admiral Radley and The Happy Hallows perform starting at 8pm.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

Thom at Glastonbury 2010 (Harrowdown Hill)

Glad to see Thom expanding his use of the sampler/looper to play some more tracks off Eraser
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