Copyright Criminals – Free Movie Screening and Q&A with Dave Allen and Kembrew McLeod

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The University of Oregon in Portland is showing a free screening of the documentary ‘Copyright Criminals’ and I have been invited to interview the director, Kembrew McLeod, afterwards. The documentary takes a look at the many hurdles that hip hop artists, DJs and producers have to overcome to use samples of other peoples work in [...]

Music, Brands and Marketing Plans Redux

Monday, December 29th, 2008

My original post, Music, Brands and Marketing Plans, whipped up a quick response and the comments were all very thoughtful – it is after all a bit of a thorny issue. [I realized that I had written about celebrities and brands before and the post includes an interview on the subject with former LA Times [...]

Franz Ferdinand Herr Kaschke Ulysses Remix

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Franz pic ©Nilina Mason-Campbell After taking over the playlist at an afterparty the other night in an attempt to dance-it up a bit more, I cued up Franz Ferdinand‘s latest single “Ulysses,” expecting its disco-fied decadence to go down a storm. It did, but only so much. See I’d forgotten that its verses don’t only [...]

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 [...]

Aaliyah, Talking Heads, Van Halen, Cure Mash Up with me on bass

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

My good friend Jon Ragel of Boy Eats Drum Machine invited me to “join” his band for a show at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom on Saturday August 16th. The premise being that it is a Talking Heads and Cure cover show! Ha! But put Jon and Dave in a room and you’re not going to get [...]

SqueakEClean drops a blog on us

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Ok SqueakEClean got him a blog… Here’s the word – This super spiffy digital weblog includes contributions by the crew at the Squeak E. Clean headquarters, our friends like DJ Zegon of N.A.S.A., and a very loyal army of interns. Tune in to check out N.A.S.A. remixes, news from the front lines of our studio [...]

Independents day today

Friday, July 4th, 2008

I’m certainly not alone in understanding that independent music of all stripes and shades is a huge part of the overall music business economy. One of the biggest reasons this blog exists is because of my passion for independent music. I may occasionally get cranky about this particular chunk of the long tail [see Coldplay [...]

bikini know how to keep the moose happy

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

So, Johnny Penn and Aaron Aujla aka, Bikini, took note of my submission policy, that means they win the top spot. For multiple reasons actually – 1. I like their laid back electro beats and pulses. 2. They sent in a jpeg along with the MP3s. 3. They’re good. And 4. They made my day [...]