Friday, September 19, 2003

Recording industry's missteps
Excerpt: Restarting a thread I've had on the RIAA and the downturn in music sales: DenverPost.com - ENTERTAINMENT: The best-selling "Chicago" movie soundtrack is available on CD starting at $13.86. The actual movie, with the soundtrack songs included, of course, plus additional goodies ranging from deleted musical numbers to the director's interview and a "making-of" feature, can be had for precisely $2.12 more. Therein lies...

Thursday, April 22, 2004

London Booted
Excerpt: London Booted is a mash-up/remix of London Calling by The Clash. I have an on-again/off-again interest in The Clash, I blame a guy who rode my bus in high school as well as one of my friend Eric's roomates at CMU. Freshman year (1985) this roommate played all of his Clash record collection for us late into the night, including what I only recall...

Saturday, May 1, 2004

Interview of Stephin Merrit
Excerpt: Interview & review with Stephin Merrit of Magnetic Fields: Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | Irresistible forceStephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields may be the best writer of love songs around today. But that doesn't mean he has to be nice....

Monday, August 9, 2004

KVRX posts live mp3s of Magnetic Fields, others
Excerpt: KVRX of Austin has posted mp3's of various bands including <cite><a href="http://houseoftomorrow.com/">The Magnetic Fields</a></cite>.

Monday, January 10, 2005

1 + 1 + 1 = 1: The new math of mashups
Excerpt: The New Yorker: 1 + 1 + 1 = 1: The new math of mashups: One of the thrills of the mashup is identifying two well-known artists unwittingly complementing each other&rsquo;s strengths and limitations: bacchanalian rapper Missy Elliott combined with morose English rock band Joy Division, ecstatic Madonna working with furious Sex Pistols. The most celebrated mashups are melodically tuned, positing a harmonic relationship...

Sunday, February 6, 2005

New Kleptones: From Detroit to J.A.
Excerpt: New Kleptones blend: The kleptones invite you to take a journey "From Detroit To J.A.". I've been listening to it off and on for the past day, I like it but like the A Night at the Hip Hopera better....

Saturday, April 30, 2005

I blame the French
Excerpt: &hellip; for making me sick. I've spent the past week with an on-again, off-again head cold which both Lisa and Nancy also appear to have picked up on our sojourn in Paris. Admittedly it could have been the flight over to Heathrow, or the soggy weather in London on the 15th, but it's much easier (and more American) to just blame the french. Oh...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Earworms
Excerpt: Every time I read a story about Hurricane Rita, bits of Lovely Rita by The Beatles start cycling through my head. I'd include a link to it on iTunes but Apple (Computer) and Apple (Corps) continue to tussle over naming, and licensing issues (Apple Corps is the licensing company formed by The Beatles in the 60s)....

Monday, October 31, 2005

Music Industry Determined to Drive Away Customers
Excerpt: Via DRM Crippled CD: A bizarre tale in 4 parts, I came across this article: Burning the Faithful: The ironic result is that record companies treat their customers -- those who've chosen not to acquire music via illegal but easily accessible file-sharing sites -- as potential criminals. [...] In other words, DRM frustrates only the least capable, compelling them to get more capable, which...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Amen Break
Excerpt: Not sure where I found this originally, but I finally listened/watched a fascinating clip I downloaded about the Amen Break. Basically, the "Amen Break" is a 6 second drum riff which has been sampled, resampled, and repurposed by a variety of musicians to the extent that it shows up in Hip-Hop, Jungle, Techno tracks as well as commercial audio tracks for Jeep and "the...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Anyone using last.fm for anything interesting?
Excerpt: Do you use last.fm with itunes? How?

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Spent five years running the technology side of the circus known as www.ibm.com.

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