The End of the Album as the Organizing Principle – A Rebuttal

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Last week I posted my thoughts on the music album’s place in an era of ubiquitous access to music – The End of The Album as The Organizing Principle. I concluded that there was no such place. Early technology for music playback, such as the vinyl record, had created restrictions for artists without ever consulting [...]

The Thermals move from Sub Pop to Kill Rock Stars

Friday, November 14th, 2008

My favorite local kick-ass, proto-punk outfit The Thermals, have changed teams moving from Seattle’s Sub Pop to Portland’s Kill Rock Stars. There’s a new album underway that should see the light of day around April 2009. After three albums on Sub Pop, ‘More Parts Per Million,’ Fuckin’ A’ and ‘The Body, The Blood, The Machine,’ [...]

My Love of Vinyl Records, Some Thoughts on McLuhan, Neil Young on Analog

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

McLuhan and Vinyl? I know – I sometimes stretch an idea to its snapping point but isn’t that why I bother to type all day? Here goes – As I sit on the panels I’m invited to, I often forget to remind myself, that at the heart of all my discussions about music and technology [...]

Amazon launches SoundUnwound, a new music site

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

I’m not certain that the world needs a new music site but this one looks interesting as it is user-driven. Amazon and IMDb have teamed up to bring us SoundUnwound. A quick search of ‘Gang of Four’ brings perfunctory results but here’s where the tail can wag the dog – if I become a member [...]

music think tank – please buy my record

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

I came across the music blog music think tank last night and found an essay by Rhodri Marsden entitled Please Buy My Record: The Futility of Flogging Music. [Flogging is an English expression for selling.] I encourage all musicians to give it a read. Here’s an excerpt – One thing that nearly all my bands [...]

Lil Wayne, a milli, deconstructing hip hop’s groove

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I’m always interested in what Sasha Frere-Jones has to say about music, especially hip hop, as he has a great knack at being clear and concise in his overviews. I recently read his take on Lil Wayne’s single A Milli. That’s the link to the whole piece but here’s the relevant clip – “Lil Wayne’s [...]

Pampelmoose on the radio tonight, Portland’s 94.7FM

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

I wrote last week on how Portland radio station 94.7FM is including an hour of each weeknight dedicated to new music – that means music that doesn’t normally hit the 94.7 playlists. It includes music from local Portland and Northwest artists, songs from upcoming new releases from national acts, music from underground indie artists as [...]

When Your Album Sucks – admit it

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Jon Wilde has some hilarious insights into why artists fail to talk about their shitty albums until it’s time to release a new one. His best example is Joss Stone talking about her album – She waited until the release of her third album before conceding that its predecessor, Mind Body & Soul, had been [...]