Having a laugh …


I used to love reading comic books when I was younger, haven't been doing much of that lately. Found a good one today-satirical comic on one of the head dinosaurs of a big record conglomerate. Have a good laugh and wave goodbye to the old guard.

Here is another work following new emerging internet direct marketing model-artist to fan. Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses and solo fame is helping establish CASH Music(Coalition of Artists & Stake Holders).

Kristin states, "Just to head off any potential confusion, CASH Music is not "me", or "mine". It's a group of people that have built a framework that is not meant for any single artist. I'm only the first. Look for more artists soon. The next featured artist and a co-founder of the coalition is Donita Sparks. CASH will soon be open to any and all independent artists who want a set of tools to offer their music directly to their audience for collaboration as well as financial support."

So if your an indie artist maybe take a stroll over there and see if it looks good for you. If your a music lover you can check out samples of music and purchase there too.

Snip Snip to RIAA Funding?


Looks like EMI of music industry and Sex Pistol song fame has decided to pull on the purse springs of industry pit bull: RIAA, et al.

The IFPI said on Wednesday it was engaged in annual budget decisions and "as one would expect in this market, there is a focus on efficiencies and savings".

It declined to give any further details but added that it was also engaged in a very full agenda to promote the rights of its member record companies.

EMI, Terra Firma, the BPI and RIAA were all unavailable to comment.

Hopefully these rocket scientists are catching on it's bad business to sue the people that keep you employed or in this case, used to... Here is link for whole story.

New Net Jukebox fun…


Was doing my daily GReader browsing and was pleased to see a post on Songza a Net search engine/jukebox gizmo. Thought I'd put it's awesomeness to the Mark Forman 2.0 esoteric test with Henry the Cow. Low and behold a dozen selections come back from them or permutations of the band. Nice! Thanks OM for link.

Update: After using Songza a while it seems that most of the music is provided via Youtube hosted music videos. So, this is what enables such an eclectic selection of music.

Art of Mental Warfare

ArtofMentalWarfare.com presents The Warning, a politically powerful new music video featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Trent Reznor. The Warning takes on the covert interests behind the war and our media saturated society. From war crimes to the destruction of the environment and a celebrity-obsessed culture, The Warning is a clarion call to action for an apathetic nation.

Check out video and site and think about some of the issues suggested and stated.

Feelin Trent, not Amazon

Some irony here since Trent had lengthy rant on his blog re: Universal jerking him around as he strives to better interface with his fans and listeners without the participation of the music industry. I wanted to buy download album from Amazon but got the , sorry mp3 files only for sale to US customers. Hmm that's not very consumer friendly. Especially for something like a music file that is so easily obtained for free via other download channels. Very impressed by the several hundred comments Trent has received from fans on his post. Not just the quantity-many are very interesting as well. Kudos Trent as you take a stand and try to go a different path.

Update: Successfully downloaded new NIN Year Zero Remix Album: Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D and it is brilliant. Great to see what happens when Free Culture is nurtured. You can get Free Culture podcasts here.

Music critic with great POV


Robert Christgau was a name spoken with reverence around the music community, particularly in NYC where i grew up and cut my musical listening teeth. When I was a kid the Village Voice was still a pay for weekly and a must have for the NY entertainment listings. Would always get to Christgau's column after scanning the live show listings. He helped form many a purchasing decision back in the days of the record store.

Make sure to stop by his blog and check out some of his vast collection of reviews. After all he is the "dean of American rock critics."

Now for Something Completely Different…

Ben Tubby
Why doing a new music podcast of course. It's been over a month and felt good to do! So I mention Saul Williams and the reasonable Net-friendly way he is offering his new work produced by Trent Reznor of NIN fame(is there another??) Mention new baseball stadium here in Taichung. Give a shout out to Big Ed, play promo for Moshang's free web download album and lay the music down as below. Please show some love to these artists by purchasing music directly from them when possible and getting out to see them when in your area.

Take These Chains 3:41 Uncle Earl
Evolution 6:38 Hot Buttered Rum String Band
Crazy 4:29 Beth Quist
My Only Swerving 5:15 El Ten Eleven
Constant Suprises 4:34 Little Dragon
Knife the Etherics 4:03 Filastine vs. Badawi
NiggyTardust 3:40 Saul Williams
Black History Month 3:15 Saul Williams
Banged And Blown Through 3:43 Saul Williams
Indecent bed music??:Rampant Zoo Sex Orgy 2:59 Cube

Gee, D’Ya Think…


Happy that whiskey-money scion(Seagrams) and current head of Warner Music Edgar Bronfman chose to admit the obvious:

"We used to fool ourselves,' he said. "We used to think our content was perfect just exactly as it was. We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding. And of course we were wrong. How were we wrong? By standing still or moving at a glacial pace, we inadvertently went to war with consumers by denying them what they wanted and could otherwise find and as a result of course, consumers won."

This taken from speech at a conference in Macao. Maybe we can hook him up to subscription of the Lefsetz Report? Now the big question is-what are you going to do about it Ed? Just askin? Thanks to Adam for link.

Calling all music geeks…

If you used to shop the import record stores like I did(warning:If you don't know what a record is please skip down to post below with nice video-:) ) you'll probably remember the fanzine Trouser Press. Well it's been on the web for a while and serves as online encyclopedia for all those prog, foreign,indie, punk and new wave bands. They also have a forum which is perfect for long term music geeks like me to chat with others on the esoterica of our collective musical knowledge.