I’ve greatly enjoyed Alan Krueger’s “Land of Hope and Dreams: Rock and Roll, Economics and Rebuilding the Middle Class” speech given at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past June. In the speech, Krueger compares the economics of the music industry to what is happening in the U.S. economy as a whole. It… Continue reading Rockonomics
I first got into Kanye West in 2005 with the release of Late Registration. There is a Grammy winning track on that album called Diamonds from Sierra Leone. It was originally a solo recording for Kanye but Jay-Z extended the track with his own verse and it was included as the final track as a “remix” of… Continue reading Yeezus Comes. Into and Out of Kanye West
I’ve been enjoying Sun Glitters’ most recent EP Mouth / Tight and was drawn into Zach Saginaw’s remix of the song “Mouth”. I’m writing to offer some more visibility to Zach and his work. Zach goes by the pseudonym “Shigeto,” which is both his middle name and the first name of his grandfather. This bit of background… Continue reading Producer Zach Saginaw and his Greatest Tour Story
I’ve been a fan of Devendra Banhart’s since I saw him open for Joanna Newsom at Berbati’s Pan in 2004. The new album is titled Mala and is coming out on March 12th on Nonesuch Records.
Coming up in the game of Hip Hop is often described as a hustle, which is to obtain something through energetic activities. Entrepreneurship is most certainly a hustle, and if there ever was a time where hustling is a factor in success, it is right now. We are in the depths of the worst… Continue reading Four Inspirational Hip Hop Songs for Entrepreneurs
I’m pumped to announce availability of Rock Show 2.0. This is the first version of Rock Show that works on the iPad and both the iPhone and iPod Touch. A lot of fixes and tweaks are in this version of the application, along with some new posters as well! Two articles are up about the… Continue reading Rock Show Concert Posters 2.0: Now on iPhone and iPod Touch
by Love and Light Great song, cool remix. I’ve been seeing these embedded waveform and music playback widgets by SoundCloud. Deadmau5 also uses this services for posting experimental clips. I like the in-timeline comments.
I don’t know how MIA arrived at the decision to stream her new album via MySpace, though I can only assume that it had something to do with a curly line struck through by a straight line. ThatPlace is a harbinger of bad user experience that may be contagious. The good news is that soon… Continue reading New MIA Album Maya Now Streaming
Just saw MIA’s Born Free video for the first time. It contains life-like violence and is difficult to watch. But it yields a striking combination of sound and imagery with a purpose. Boing Boing has info on the tune. Amazing how this artist can flex from a $100 music video of her dancing in lasers… Continue reading MIA Born Free Video
Aaron Fechter the President of Creative Engineering, Inc has been reprogramming a working animatronic bear-band set up. It looks like the company created it for a line of restraunts similar to Chuck E. Cheese. He’s currently taking cash bids to do syncing or “choreography” for the band members. The way the performance is filmed and presented… Continue reading Reprogrammed Animatronic Bear Band Plays MGMT Cover