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Kid Rock is a moron
Topic: Arts 12:50 pm EDT, Oct  3, 2008

Kid Rock's video for "All Summer Long", a song about growing up in Michigan and our amazing summers and something I could definitely relate to, was filmed in NASHVILLE, TN!!! WTF???

Check this.

Best quote from the "So Hott Sisters":
"...where DJ Paradigm is going to be scratchin up the jamz." [in high midwestern whiney accent]

Philip French on Paul Newman - an actor of true genius, and a man of great decency
Topic: Arts 8:13 pm EDT, Sep 27, 2008

He did, however, have certain foibles. Motor racing was his great passion, and he produced and starred in Winning, a poor movie with the Indianapolis 500 as its background; two years ago he provided an appropriately gravelly voice to oldtimer Doc Hudson, an ancient but well-preserved vehicle in Pixar's animated movie Cars.

There are too few men like you in this world my friend. You will be sadly missed.

Philip French on Paul Newman - an actor of true genius, and a man of great decency

Nine Inch Nails Album Is Free Online
Topic: Arts 5:38 pm EDT, May  5, 2008

The album, which became available for download just after 3 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, appears to represent the first time a superstar act has distributed an entire album without any opportunity for people to pay for it. Its release comes two months after the band issued the instrumental album “Ghosts I-IV” and allowed fans to obtain a portion of it for free or the entire recording for $5. Before that, the British rock act Radiohead broke with convention by offering its 2007 album, “In Rainbows,” online under a tip-jar-style setup in which people could name their own price — including zero.

Mr. Reznor’s new offer could serve as another test of how the easy availability of free music online affects subsequent CD sales and other money-making opportunities. “The Slip” will not be sold on CD or vinyl until at least July, according to representatives for the band. But the free digital version could stoke interest for Nine Inch Nails’ recently announced concert tour. Already, radio stations have shown interest in “Discipline,” a song from “The Slip” that was released about two weeks ago.

This is still very much an experiment and I reckon one that is ultimately going to fail. While NIN has probably net profited from the release of Ghosts, probably why releasing The Slip for free was done, it still remains to be seen if it maintains or grows his revenue stream from the subsequent tour and follow on releases. The thing that's been missing from this whole shebang is what record companies do best: promotion.

Most of the promotion that's been gotten for this album has been its novel approach. But what happens when it's the 60th album to be released this year in this fashion? NIN won't even make a blip on the newsfeeds, especially because it's not a MoR pop act. One thing that I noticed during With Teeth and even Year Zero was that I heard singles and saw promotion. Survivalism was in constant rotation on Sirius, Music Choice, MTV, and all over iTunes. Same for the other singles from With Teeth. I also saw billboards at HMV and Virgin in a few major markets (NYC, Chicago, and Detroit). But I haven't seen jack shit for Ghosts and haven't heard Discipline on any outlet. I don't expect to hear material from Ghosts on radio outlets because it is decidedly non-radio friendly.

That's not to say that gimmicks like the promotion for Year Zero aren't effective. But it's a very crowded marketplace and not every artist can pull something like that together for every release. The point being that the system that's currently used by the labels, for all its trappings (ahem... payola), WORKS. It gets product to the table and pushes sales and that's ultimately what an artist needs to break through the noise (no pun intended). If you go independent, and you're not investing a good chunk of your proceeds into marketing and promotion (just like a label that's fully supportive of your release will be doing), then you are playing a zero sum game. Probably a negative sum game, because ultimately only your fans will buy the product, and that's a shrinking market for every artist unless you are delivering LCD hits time after time. Also, this can only be possible for an established artist. I do not see a way that a new artist can break in this fashion. They simply won't get enough exposure in a mass space long enough to build a fan base.

I'm no fan of the patron model used by the record labels. BUT, if this is really going to work, NIN and Coldplay and others need to make sure that they are working the promotion angle enough to ensure success. The economics of which I can't see working for an artist on a case by case basis. How are you going to compete with the economies of scale that the label offers for these services? It's like building my own little data center in a wiring closet compared to IBM.

Nine Inch Nails Album Is Free Online

tourfilter = about damn time
Topic: Arts 4:52 pm EDT, Aug 21, 2007

We used to miss too many shows -- we'd hear about them after tickets they sold out, or worse, read about them in the Globe the day after. Maybe even in the Metro (oh, the shame!)

So we wrote a program to download all the area club listings daily, search for bands we liked, then send out email. That's Tourfilter. And it's not just for us, it's for everyone (chances are, we're in your city or coming soon).

In short, Tourfilter has tools to:

* Track as many bands as you can think of and send you an email when a show is announced.
* Combine your friends' calendars into one place.
* Listen to tens of thousands of MP3 and RealAudio tracks by bands with upcoming shows.
* Browse recent music blog listings, organized by band.
* Get show updates via RSS and iCal.

Since Ticketmonster's "email upcoming shows" function NEVER works, I think I will become a big fan of tourfilter. PLUS iCal support! HELLS YEAH!!!

tourfilter = about damn time

Anthony Wilson dies from cancer, or my friends, we are getting older...
Topic: Arts 5:02 pm EDT, Aug 11, 2007

Anthony Wilson, the music mogul behind some of Manchester's most successful bands, has died of cancer.

If you've ever listened to Joy Division, New Order, or the Happy Mondays, (or listened to white pop music for the last 15 years) or you've ever been to a rave or club in the last 20 years, you have this man to thank. He literally helped found a whole genre of music, but impacted culture in incalculable ways. For a great primer, see 24 Hour Party People.

Anthony Wilson dies from cancer, or my friends, we are getting older...

Topic: Arts 10:10 am EDT, Mar 20, 2007

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The Police To Be Vastly Smug Around The World This Year
Topic: Arts 10:13 am EST, Feb 13, 2007

The Police are merrily going around rubbing other bands' noses in it at the moment. Even though it basically consisted of a 56-year-old man, a 55-year-old man and a 65-year-old man playing a song about a prostitute, The Police's big comeback performance was the highlight of The Grammys, and that's not something you could say about other newly-reformed bands like James or Crowded House.

While I'm wondering if I somehow wrote this article without remembering, I'm very happy that this has happened. Yes, Sting is a pretentious asshole, but being someone who's loved this band since its formation and never got to see them in concert growing up, I'll be able to be one of those tired cliche ridden aging hipsters who's willing to overpay too much for a ticket to relive their youth. YEAH!

The Police To Be Vastly Smug Around The World This Year

The Police to Reunite for Grammy Awards
Topic: Arts 6:02 pm EST, Jan 30, 2007

The Police will reunite to perform at this year's Grammys ceremony, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.

Just get it over with and announce a tour. Do it for the fans! Charge whatever you want. Just put the egos aside and DO IT!!!!

The Police to Reunite for Grammy Awards

deviantART: Death and Taxes: ... by ~mibi
Topic: Arts 3:03 am EST, Mar 19, 2006

After a year in the making... researching, number crunching, layouts, stock gathering, and lots of procrastinating, i am proud to say it is finally done.

the SUPERDEVIATION, or "spot" as it was known to some, comes now with the final title.

Death and Taxes: A visual look at where your tax dollars go.

deviantART: Death and Taxes: ... by ~mibi

Sex Pistol to Rock Hall: 'Kiss this!'
Topic: Arts 3:22 pm EST, Mar 13, 2006

"They never cared who we were," Lydon said. "They never bothered to correct the incredible fatal, bad mistakes about our legend and legacy in their museum and up until now, they've rejected our nomination for three years running, and now they want a piece of us.

"Well, guess what? Kiss this!" he said, making a rude gesture.

I am very impressed that throughout their lives, they have remained true to the punk ethic. Long live the Sex Pistols!

Sex Pistol to Rock Hall: 'Kiss this!'

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